IMG_1891SMU is participating in The Trains at NorthPark, on display on the shopping center’s second level through Jan. 5, 2014.

The display is the most elaborate toy holiday train exhibit in Texas, with scale-model locomotives whizzing across America, past the Dallas skyline and SMU’s iconic Dallas Hall, then on to New York City, San Francisco, New England and Washington, D.C. Each holiday season, more than 80,000 people visit the exhibit, which supports the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. The exhibit includes 1,600 feet of track, 24 Lionel train sets hauling more than 100 rolling cars and pieces. and more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments.

NorthPark is on the east side of North Central Expressway at Northwest Highway, about 1.5 miles north of SMU.

In addition, The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

DSC_6883Visit the campus during the holidays to see more than 100,000 lights decorating the trees and Dallas Hall on the University’s main quad, on Bishop Boulevard norh of Mockingbird Lane. The lights were turned on Dec. 2 and will remain lit each night through early January. See a slide show of scenes from the lighting ceremony.

The SMU Staff Association is partnering with the SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office to collect toys for children that will be donated to SMU’s United Way Partner, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. Toy collections will continue through Dec. 19 — Blanton Building – 1st floor by the elevator; Dallas Hall – 1st floor stairwell landing; Expressway Tower – Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101; Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk; Umphrey Lee – 3rd floor, Suite 301; and 6200 N. Central Expressway – Development & External Affairs office.



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