Cover of 'The Devil's Highway'A day without labor: SMU celebrates Labor Day Sept. 1. University offices will be closed, and no classes will be held.

Take it outside: The Faculty Club will host a Welcome Back BBQ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the SMU Faculty Club. The cost is $5; members may use their free membership lunch pass. RSVP by Sept. 1 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Common Reading author to speak: Author Luis Alberto Urrea (The Devil’s Highway) will give SMU’s first 2008-09 Gartner Honors Lecture at 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The entire SMU community and the general public are welcome.