Need a last minute gift? How about a book?

SMU News Originally Posted: Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum. Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, a literary Shakespearean riff in the form of a card game, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. This collection has something for all reading preferences, from light to serious. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. [...]

SMU to celebrate Rotunda Recessional and December Commencement on Dec. 16 and 17

SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2016 One of SMU's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Recessional, which will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles some 536 degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, [...]

A look back at the top SMU news stories of 2016

New books for SMU holiday-roundup

Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2016? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list. Please complete the brief web form at to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to Please include in the web form a web address where News and Communications can find more information. Questions? Contact the book list editor Cherri Gann at or 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.  

‘Failing Families, Failing Science’

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: December 2, 2016 New book about balancing work and home life as an academic scientist warns that failure to address the challenge will cost institutions and science as a whole. By Colleen Flaherty Much of the literature on balancing faculty and home life centers on women. There’s talk of the “baby penalty” for women who choose to have children, for example. A new book, based on five years of research involving academic scientists, sheds more light on the struggles of both men and women as they try to grow their careers and their families. Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science (New York University Press) is based on the idea that work-life balance is not an issue exclusive to women -- and must be [...]

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Join “A Gathering For Dignity” Friday (11/11) 1 p.m. at the Flagpole

Event 11/15-Hunger & Homelessness Awareness: A Discussion of Dallas’s Response

  The McNair Scholars Program &  The Department of Sociology Present a Panel: Hunger & Homelessness Awareness: A Discussion of Dallas’s Response A panel of local experts will discuss the challenges of hunger and homelessness in our community. Topics include: Dallas’s housing crisis, nonprofit intervention strategies, street outreach initiatives, and your questions. Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Southern Methodist University Fondren Science Building, Room 123 Hors d’ oeuvres will be served. For more information, email panel moderator, Alicia Schortgen, Ph.D., at  Please consider bringing an unused toiletry item (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.) or canned good to donate to our local hunger and homelessness service organizations.

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