Changes in SMU employee parking rates take effect for payroll-deduction plans beginning in August 2015

SMU faculty and staff members enrolled in the University’s Pre-tax Parking Deduction Plan will see an increase in their payroll deductions for parking after their permits are renewed in August 2015.

Payroll deductions for employees paid biweekly will increase from $12 to $14 each pay period beginning with the August 14, 2015 pay date. Payroll deductions for employees paid monthly will increase from $26 to $28 monthly beginning with the August 31, 2015 pay date. The payroll deduction amount will change automatically; no action on your part is required.

Parking rates for SMU employees changed effective June 1, 2015. However, annual employee parking permits expire on August 1 of each year, and the existing rates have carried over for the past two months.

You may change your election to participate in the SMU Pre-tax Parking Plan at any time. Complete and submit a SMU Pre-tax Parking Deduction Election Authorization form to the Parking and ID Card Services Office and return your current parking permit. The change will become effective on the first of the month following your change in election, subject to processing timelines established by the SMU Payroll Office.

Find a Pre-tax Parking Deduction Election Authorization on the SMU Parking and ID Card Services website: smu.edu/parking.

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SMU to join Park Cities Independence Day celebrations July 4, 2015

SMU in the Park Cities July 4th Parade 2014SMU will join in the Independence Day celebration and parade hosted by the Rotary Club of Park Cities Saturday, July 4, 2015.

The parade begins at 9 a.m., ending at Goar Park in University Park. The SMU float will feature members of the Mustang Band, members of the Military Veterans of SMU, and several of the University’s student athletes. Patriotic Peruna will also be on hand.

An SMU booth will also provide family activities in Goar Park at 9:30 a.m. The festivities will include a free patriotic family festival with music, food, and entertainment for all ages.

If you would like to be a member of SMU’s volunteer team, contact Suzanne Massey.

> Find more, including a map and full schedule, at smu.edu/community

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Wes Waggoner named interim SMU AVP for enrollment management effective July 1, 2015

Wes K. Waggoner

SMU Dean of Undergraduate Admission Wes Waggoner has been named the University’s interim associate vice president for enrollment management.

SMU Dean of Undergraduate Admission Wes Waggoner has been named the University’s interim associate vice president for enrollment management in the Office of the Provost, effective July 1, 2015.

“Wes has provided leadership in the SMU Admission Office during a time of an unprecedented increase in the number and quality of applicants to the University,” says Harold W. Stanley, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He has brought expertise and passion to his role as an executive director of the Division of Enrollment Services by overseeing improvements to recruitment strategies and increased efficiency in admission operations. He will maintain the division’s focus on serving prospective and current students, while supporting SMU’s ongoing commitment to increasing quality and diversity.”

As interim associate vice president, Waggoner will oversee the Division of Enrollment Services, which includes the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar and Bursar’s Office.  He also will provide guidance for summer school enrollment.

Waggoner was named dean of undergraduate admission and executive director of enrollment services at SMU in 2011. He previously held admission roles at TCU, the University of Tulsa, Tulane University, Fort Worth Country Day School and The Episcopal School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Tulane University and an MBA with a concentration in not-for-profit management from the University of Dallas.

Waggoner is a nationally known leader in the admission profession, having served as chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, chair of the Admissions Practices Committee for the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC), chair of the Higher Education Curriculum Committee for the Admission and College Counseling Institute, and as a member of The College Board’s SAT Advisory Committee and the SAT Score Choice Task Force.

SMU will conduct a national search to replace Associate Provost Stephanie Dupaul, who has been appointed vice president for enrollment management at the University of Richmond.

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Pres. Turner confirms SMU will opt out of Texas campus-carry law

As the state of Texas prepares to enact its “campus carry” law, SMU President R. Gerald Turner has confirmed that the University will remain a weapons-free campus by policy.

Senate Bill 11 was signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Saturday, June 13. The new law allows students age 21 and older with concealed-handgun licenses to openly carry the weapons on public college and university campuses in hip or shoulder holsters. The final version of the bill allows public schools to establish rules on where handguns can be carried and how they will be stored.

Turner confirmed the decision to opt out, as the law allows private colleges and universities to do, in a statement dated Friday, June 5, 2015:

At the end of their recent legislative session, Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 11, which is known as “campus carry.”

The final version of the legislation allows private Texas colleges and universities to opt out of its requirement and to continue to ban weapons, in consultation with their campus communities.

SMU has been a weapons-free campus by policy since at least 1994. University Policy 10.5, which prohibits the possession of any dangerous weapon on SMU property, remains in full force and is not affected by this legislation. You can read the policy online in the University Policy Manual.

If the campus carry bill is signed into law, SMU will follow the process it outlines to consult with faculty, staff and students about opting out. I appreciate the questions and concerns many of you have raised on this issue and look forward to continuing this conversation in the months ahead.

Thanks to each of you for the important role you play in maintaining a safe and welcoming campus for all.

> Read the statement at SMU News

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Julie Forrester becomes SMU associate provost June 1, 2015

SMU Law Professor Julie Forrester

SMU Law Professor Julie Patterson Forrester has been named University associate provost.

Law Professor Julie Patterson Forrester has been named SMU associate provost effective June 1, 2015.

Forrester will oversee SMU’s International Center; International Student and Scholar Services; SMU-in-Taos; the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center and the Loyd Center for the Academic Development of Student Athletes; and the University’s most prestigious scholarship for exceptional students, the President’s Scholars program.

She will also facilitate the Faculty Athletics Admissions Subcommittee and the University’s Common Reading program.

In addition, she will continue in her role as faculty liaison to SMU’s Operational Excellence for the Second Century (OE2C) project.

Professor Forrester, an award-winning legal scholar in property law, joined the Dedman Law faculty in 1990 and teaches in the areas of property, real estate transactions and land use. She served as the law school’s associate dean of academic affairs in 1995-96 and as its interim dean from June 2013 to June 2014.

She received her B.S.E.E. with highest honors in 1981 and her J.D. with high honors in 1985 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the Texas Law Review, Chancellors, and The Order of the Coif. After graduation she was a real estate attorney with the Dallas law firm of Thompson & Knight.

Forrester, co-author of Property Law: Cases, Materials, and Questions (second edition, 2010, with Edward E. Chase), writes and speaks on real estate finance, the residential mortgage market, predatory lending and real property law. She was one of the first legal scholars to write about the problem of predatory lending in the subprime mortgage market, for which she was awarded the Tulane Law Review’s John Minor Wisdom Award for Academic Excellence in Legal Scholarship in 1995.

She is a member of the American Law Institute and is on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Real Estate Transactions Section. She recently served on the State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section committee charged with drafting the new Texas Assignment of Rents Act.

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SMUSA Centennial Staff Photo rescheduled for June 4, 2015

SMU Staff Association Centennial Photo invitationThe SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) has rescheduled its Centennial Staff Photo for Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Registered Centennial Staff Photo participants may assemble and pick up their T-shirts on the Main Quad beginning at 9:30 a.m. The photo is scheduled for 10 a.m., and the group will disperse at 10:15.

SMUSA originally scheduled the photo to be taken during the University’s annual Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic May 21, but rain forced the group to move the shoot to a new date.

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Boone re-elected SMU Board of Trustees chair effective June 2015

Mike BooneCivic leader Michael M. Boone, co-founder of the law firm of Haynes and Boone, has been re-elected chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, the University’s 42-member governing board, effective June 2015.

“Mike Boone’s leadership has been crucial as SMU marks the final year of its centennial celebration and capital campaign,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “His able guidance has set a strong course as we prepare for our second century of achievement.”

Boone has been an SMU trustee since 1996. Throughout his service on the Board, he has been a member of virtually every Board committee, among them Finance, Audit and Trusteeship. A former adjunct professor of corporate securities law at the Dedman School of Law, he currently serves as vice chair of the Dedman Law School’s Executive Board. In leading the Board of Trustees, Boone serves as a co-chair of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which seeks $1 billion for scholarships, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

In addition, Robert Dedman Jr. was re-elected vice chair of the Board of Trustees and David Miller was re-elected secretary.

Robert Dedman is the general partner of Putterboy, Ltd. and president of the Dedman family enterprise, DFI Management, Ltd. He was elected to the SMU Board of Trustees in 2004 and has served as secretary of the Board since 2010. He also serves on the Executive Boards of Dedman College and Dedman School of Law and on The Second Century Campaign Leadership Council. He previously served SMU on the board of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College, the 21st Century Council and the Texas Campaign Committee for The Campaign for SMU.

David Miller is co-founder of EnCap Investments L.P., a leading private equity firm based in Houston and Dallas, where he serves as a partner. He also serves as president of the David B. Miller Family Foundation. Miller has served as a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2008 and is a member of the Second Century Campaign Leadership Council. He is chair of the Executive Board for the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, co-chair of The Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Cox School of Business and serves on the Campaign Steering Committee for Athletics.

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Four named 2015 SMU Ford Research Fellows

SMU Ford Research Fellows 2015

Ping (Peggy) Gui, Robert Howell, Lisa Siraganian and Nathan Cortez were named SMU’s 2015 Ford Research Fellows during the University’s Board of Trustees meeting in May.

Four distinguished SMU professors were named 2015 Ford Research Fellows during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 7.

This year’s recipients are Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law; Ping (Peggy) Gui, Electrical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; Robert Howell, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Lisa Siraganian, English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Established in 2002 through a $1 million pledge from trustee Gerald J. Ford, the fellowships help SMU retain and reward outstanding scholars. Each recipient receives a cash prize for research support during the year.

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Three named 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors 2015-17

Jill DeTemple, Darius Miller and Yildirim Hürmüzlü were named SMU’s 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors during the University’s Board of Trustees meeting in May.

Three of SMU’s best teachers have been named 2015-17 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors, as announced by the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence during the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, May 7, 2015.

The 2015 honorees are Jill DeTemple, Religious Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; Yildirim Hürmüzlü, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering; and Darius Miller, Finance, Cox School of Business.

The new members of SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers will join returning members Jaime Clark-Soles, New Testament, Perkins School of Theology; Michael Lattman, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences; and Paige Ware, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Each year since 2001, the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Awards, named for SMU Trustee Ruth Altshuler, recognize SMU faculty members for their commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning.

“These are faculty whose concerns for higher education go beyond classroom boundaries and often the boundaries of their own discipline,” according to the CTE. “They represent the highest achievement in reaching the goals of higher education.”

Each recipient receives a $10,000 award and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers for the two years of their appointment as Altshuler Professors. Members participate actively with other members of the Academy to address issues in classroom teaching.

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