Sports: Men’s Basketball continues seven-game homestand against former Southwest Conference foe Arkansas

nicmooreMen’s Basketball: SMU will try to rebound from road losses to powerhouses Gonzaga and Indiana last week, hosting Arkansas on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Texas Southern on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Monmouth on Sunday, Nov. 30. The Mustangs’ pair of Moores, Ben and Nic (right), lead the team in scoring through the first four games with 13.3 and 12.8 points per game, respectively.

heiseVolleyball: Riding an eight-game home winning streak, the volleyball team plays their final home game on Wednesday, Nov. 26 against Tulsa. SMU will close out the regular season at East Carolina on Friday, Nov. 28. The Mustangs swept the American Athletic Conference weekly awards for the third time this season, as Avery Acker took home her second Offensive Player of the Week award and Janelle Giordano earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. Morgan Heise (left), a three time Defensive Player of the Week winner, was named to the league’s weekly honor roll. Heise needs just 33 digs to break the Sidney Stewart‘s single-season record (625).

sjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (right) finished 101st out of 253 runners at the NCAA Championship on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. Her performance was an improvement on last year’s 155th place finish.

Football: The Mustangs look to pick up their first win of the season against in-state rival Houston on Friday, Nov. 28. SMU throttled Houston 72-42 in their last visit to Dallas in 2012. The Mustangs are coming off of a 53-7 loss to UCF in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Cougars took down Tulsa 38-28 on the road on Saturday, Nov. 22.

NCAA Football: UTEP vs. SMUWomen’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team tips off the SMU Thanksgiving Classic against Florida A&M on Friday, Nov. 28. USC and Sam Houston State will face off following the SMU-Florida A&M game. Destynee Hives-McCray (right) leads the Mustangs with 11.8 points per game, 9.0 rebounds per game and a 59.4 field goal percentage.

 

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Save the date: Celebration of Lights on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with the post-Thanksgiving observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2014 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, on the Main Quad.

Refreshments will be served prior to the event, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served.

Watch the SMU Forum during the first week of December for a full schedule of upcoming University holiday events.

Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

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SMU announces two new gifts for endowed faculty positions

Two new gifts to SMU totaling $3.5 million will create two new endowed faculty positions in two schools.

A gift of $2.5 million, made through the Texas Methodist Foundation, will establish the Susanna Wesley Centennial Chair in Practical Theology in Perkins School of Theology. A gift of $1 million from two SMU alumni will establish the Janet and Craig Duchossois Endowed Professorship in Management and Organizations in Cox School of Business.

The new gifts were announced Friday, Nov. 14. 2014 at a campus event honoring donors of endowed faculty positions.

“Increasing the number of endowed faculty positions at SMU is a major goal of our Second Century Campaign,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “These two new gifts for faculty positions in the theology and business schools move us closer to our goal of achieving 110 endowed faculty positions by the end of the campaign in December 2015. We are grateful to all of the donors who have helped us add to the strength of the SMU faculty by supporting this goal.”

Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist UniversityThe Susanna Wesley Centennial Chair in Practical Theology honors the woman referred to as “the mother of Methodism.” Her sons, John and Charles Wesley, led a revival within the 18th-century Anglican Church that sparked the emergence of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the American colonies. Historians point to her “practical theology” as a source of inspiration for her sons.

The Texas Methodist Foundation, which conveyed the gift, provides grant and stewardship services that advance The United Methodist Church and Christian ministries.

The chair’s “Centennial” designation represents a gift that includes operational funds to provide immediate impact while the endowment matures. The Wesley Chair commitment includes endowment funding of $2 million and annual operating support of $100,000 for the first five years. These operating funds will make it possible to fill the chair in the next academic year.

“The discipline of practical theology helps students reflect on and formulate conclusions about the various fields of theological inquiry as they relate to one’s practice of ministry,” said Perkins School Dean William Lawrence. “Perkins School of Theology graduates are facing an ever-changing world of ministry opportunities. Helping students think theologically in ministry settings is essential for successful pastors and Christian workers.”

SMU Cox School of BusinessThe Janet and Craig Duchossois Endowed Professorship in Management and Organizations is designed to strengthen the Cox School of Business in an area of increasing importance to corporations and other types of institutions.

“The Department of Management and Organizations in the Cox School offers students tools to succeed in a globally competitive environment,” said Cox Dean Al Niemi. “The increased faculty strength provided by this new professorship will enable more students to develop skills that help prepare them for future leadership in the business world.”

Janet and Craig Duchossois earned B.B.A. degrees from SMU’s business school in 1966 and 1967, respectively. Craig also earned an M.B.A. degree from SMU in 1968. he is CEO of The Duchossois Group, Inc., which deals in commercial and residential access control. Mr. Duchossois was honored in 2002 with the Cox School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Janet previously owned an interior design and home furnishings business..

The Wesley Centennial Chair and the Duchossois Endowed Professorship bring the total to 40 endowed faculty positions established during SMU’s Second Century Campaign. SMU now has 102 fully endowed faculty positions toward its goal of 110, which includes positions previously endowed throughout the University’s history.

> Read the full story from SMU News

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OE2C: Travel Initiative seeks faculty-staff input on travel management companies

Stock illustration of commercial airlinerAs part of Project SMU: Organizational Excellence for the 2nd Century, the Travel initiative is examining savings and efficiency measures in the travel booking process.

The University’s new travel software solution, Concur, requires integration with a travel management company (TMC). According to the OE2C website, the TMC will be responsible for issuing tickets on behalf of airlines, hotels and rental car companies booked through Concur; providing live assistance for travel booking;  and assisting with changes to itineraries.

The Travel committee plans to recommend a TMC to the OE2C Executive Committee before the winter break. Committee members have examined information from a variety of companies and have selected four finalists for campus presentations from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center:

· Colwick Travel
· Corporate Travel Planners
· Christopherson Business Travel
· Corporate Travel Management

Please plan to attend these presentations and bring your questions. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback after demonstrations are complete.

> Read more about the Travel Initiative from the OE2C website

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Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2014

Lee Cullum, Moderator & Senior Fellow of Tower Center Forum

Lee Cullum, Moderator & Senior Fellow of Tower Center Forum

Tower Center Forum Event: As part of the Tower Center Forum, SMU Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents Ambassadors Unplugged: Antonio Garza and Mark Langdale. Moderated by Tower Center Senior Fellow Lee Cullum, the forum discussion will take place Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., in the Jones Great Hall. SMU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

The Dialogue: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: As part of International Education Week, SMU’s International Student and Scholar Services hosts a free film screening of The Dialogue, a movie about U.S. and Chinese students traveling to China. Following the screening, Chinese international students and American students who have studied abroad will come together to discuss their experiences around intercultural communication. The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. For more information, contact SMU International Student and Scholar Services via email or on Facebook.

Dos Prados: SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents “Dos Prados: Larry Palmer’s Favorite Music for the Pascoal Caetano Oldovini Organ.” The concert features SMU Professor of Harpsichord and Organ Larry Palmer performing his favorite Iberian Baroque music surrounded by the masterworks in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection. This performance will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m., in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert: Directed by Dylan Smith, the Meadows Jazz Orchestra launches its 2014-15 season with the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Fall Concert. Featuring an evening of traditional big band music, the concert will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., in the Bob Hope Theatre. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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SMU Men’s Basketball team & head coach Larry Brown

SMU Men’s Basketball: Marking the beginning of seven consecutive home games, SMU Men’s Basketball will return to Moody Coliseum to play Eastern Washington on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m.

Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series: As part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series, Meadows School of the Arts presents Stefan Engels as he performs classic French works. After serving as professor of organ at the prestigious University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholody” in Germany, Engels joined SMU in fall 2014 as the new Leah Young Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Music Performance. Engels debut recital will take Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff, and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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Thanksgiving treats from SMU Catering: Order by Nov. 21, 2014

Thanksgiving cornucopiaToo rushed for holiday baking? SMU Catering has a selection of pies, cakes, cookies and breads to make your Thanksgiving feast easier to prepare.

Treats for 2014 include pumpkin, pecan and buttermilk pies. Also available are Mexican chocolate cake, white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, almond citrus cake, Pumpkin Decadence (gingerbread cake topped with pumpkin mousse and pumpkin ale sauce) and pumpkin dip with gingersnaps.

The Thanksgiving menu also includes Mustang bread, in both original and jalapeño cheese varieties.

For pricing information and to place your Thanksgiving order, call SMU Catering at 214-768-2368, or fax your order to 214-768-2366; include your phone number if you plan to pay with a credit card. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

All orders and payments must be turned into SMU Dining Services in 101 Umphrey Lee Center by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. All prices include tax.

Thanksgiving baked goods are for pick-up only. Orders will be available Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25 until 3 p.m. at the bakery in RFoC, Umphrey Lee Center.

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How to help students with stress during 2014 holidays, exams

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, SMU Provost Paul Ludden is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Ludden asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

In addition, Ludden urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, which is available online at this link.

Ludden also asked faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these:

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OE2C: Procurement Initiative begins cost-saving work

Project SMU: Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C) has assembled a Procurement Initiative team tasked with saving the University millions of dollars each year.

The team, chaired by Cox Dean Al Niemi and Vice President of Student Affairs Lori White, began work on Nov. 6, 2014. The initiative’s goal is to help the University realize $11-15 million in annual savings through both quick savings in a few specific spending categories and a redesigned purchasing organization.

Terry Conner, director of Purchasing and Accounts Payable, will serve as project manager and will collaborate with a committee comprised of these SMU contributors:

  • Catherine Collins (Cox School of Business)
  • Donna Cotter (Central University Libraries)
  • Patrick Cullen (Campus Services)
  • Windy Epperson (Accounts Payable)
  • Ellen Frost (Bridwell Library)
  • Cathy Heckman (Purchasing)
  • Mary Hollerich (Central University Libraries)
  • Abby Kinney (Office of Information Technology)
  • Dawn Norris (Student Life)
  • Anel Reyna (Office of Information Technology)
  • Justin Trombold (Simmons School of Education and Human Development)
  • Carmela Wells (Grant and Contract Accounting)

> More information at the SMU OE2C blog

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SMU ISSS hosts International Education Week Nov. 18-20, 2014

international-ed-week-135x100ratioPromoting cross-cultural understanding and furthering international education, SMU International Student and Scholar Services hosts International Education Week, Nov. 18-20.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.  For SMU students, faculty and staff, the week-long event includes a number of festivities provoking thought and discussion through fun activities, food and prizes.

According to Anna Lippard, SMU International Services specialist, “International Education Week is an opportunity for all SMU students to learn more about other cultures, meet international students, and to celebrate the diversity on SMU’s campus.”

Listed below includes details regarding various events and activities scheduled for SMU’s International Education Week:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 18 – SMU Summer 2015 Programs Fair: Hosted by SMU Abroad, the SMU Summer 2015 Programs Fair features over a dozen international programs. The event will take place 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19 – International Day Celebration: A celebration lunch for international students to wear their traditional clothes, enjoy free food, dancing, entertainment and prizes. The event will take place 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20 – The Dialogue: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: A free movie screening of The Dialogue, a film about U.S. and Chinese students traveling to China. Following the screening, Chinese international students and American students who have studied abroad will come together to discuss their experiences around intercultural communication. The event will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.

For more information, contact SMU International Student and Scholar Services via email or on Facebook.

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Tune In: SMU takes the ‘It’s On Us’ pledge

The SMU community shows its support for It’s On Us, a nationwide campaign to end sexual assault and violence, in the latest video from Myles Taylor of SMU News.

Learn more from President R. Gerald Turner, basketball coaches Larry Brown and Rhonda Rompola, Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios and many more students, faculty, staff members and administrators – click the YouTube screen, or open this link to watch the SMU It’s On Us video in a new windowvideo

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