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Calendar Highlights: End-of-term Fall 2016 at a glance

December Commencement postcard 2016

 

The days grow shorter, and SMU’s Fall Term 2016 is drawing to a close. Here are some important end-of-term dates to keep in mind:

  • Dec. 5: Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 6-7: Reading days
  • Dec. 8-14: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • Dec. 15: Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for Winter Break (December graduates and residential students who need winter-break or Jan Term housing should contact Residence Life and Student Housing)
  • Dec. 23, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017: University closed for Winter Break

December Commencement

  • The Rotunda Recessional for December undergraduate candidates will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with its starting point in the Main Quad. Hot cider will be served. No RSVP is required.
  • The 2016 December Commencement Convocation begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown will deliver the Commencement address.
  • Faculty: The traditional Faculty Breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club, Moody Coliseum. The faculty should assemble in the Champions Club in academic dress by 9:40 a.m.
  • Guests: Tickets are not needed to attend December Commencement; all seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to Moody Coliseum open at 8 a.m.; guests are encouraged to find their seats by 9:45 a.m.
  • If you are unable to attend December Commencement, you can watch the ceremony via livestream. Tune in to smu.edu/live beginning at 9:45 a.m.

A quick look at the start of 2017

  • Jan. 9-19: SMU Jan Term (main campus and SMU-in-Taos)
  • Jan. 15: Residence halls open at 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (University closed)
  • Jan. 23: First day of Spring 2017 classes

SMU Bookstore offers double discounts, holiday de-stressing during Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days, Dec. 8-10, 2016

SMU Bookstore 2016 Faculty-Staff Appreciation Days graphicGet a head start on holiday shopping at the SMU Bookstore during 2016 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. From Dec. 8-10, present your faculty/staff SMU ID at the cash register to receive an extra 10% off all regular-price items – a 20% total discount – and an extra 50% off clearance items.

This year’s event includes a kick-off day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, featuring holiday goodies, ornament decorating, chair massages and other “de-stress” bonuses.

Some exclusions apply, including textbooks and tablets. The extra discount is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. No discounts are available on gift cards.

For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

By | 2016-12-05T11:28:09+00:00 December 5, 2016|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , |

Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown to give address at SMU’s 2016 December Commencement Saturday, Dec. 17

Dallas Police Chief David O. BrownRetired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown, who earned national acclaim for his leadership in a citywide crisis, will present the address during SMU’s December Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 in Moody Coliseum.

A Dallas native and a 33-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, Chief Brown gained national attention for his handling of a gunman’s July ambush of five police officers who died working to protect participants in a downtown Dallas protest march.

Brown, who retired Oct. 4, was sworn in as Dallas’ 28th police chief in May 2010, commanding a department with more than 4,000 employees and an annual operating budget of $426 million dollars.

Building and maintaining strong, transparent relationships with the community was Brown’s focus since becoming chief. During his tenure, Brown transitioned the department to a community policing-focused organization and implemented policies and training to ensure citizen and officer safety. He also expanded several community outreach programs and youth centered programs.

Brown implemented policies and training to ensure citizen and officer safety during interactions, and emphasized the importance of de-escalation training for his officers. Under Brown’s leadership, the Dallas Police Department reduced the use of deadly force by more than 40 percent and reduced excessive force complaints by more than 80 percent.

Chief Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in business administration and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, FBI National Executive Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, the National Counter-Terrorism Seminar in Tel Aviv, Israel, and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar in Washington, D.C. He also holds Master Peace Officer and Police Instructor certifications from the State of Texas.

In March 2017, Chief Brown will receive the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

> Read the full story from SMU News

Attention authors: Tell SMU News about your new books published in 2016

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 this brief web form to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to the SMU Books e-mail address. Please include in the web form a web address where News and Communications can find more information.

Questions? Contact book list editor Cherri Gann, 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

SMU Catering will take Thanksgiving baked-goods orders through Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Thanksgiving cornucopiaSMU Catering is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies, cakes, cookies and breads. Treats for 2016 include pumpkin, buttermilk and Jack Daniel’s pecan pies.

Also available are Mexican chocolate cake, white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, almond citrus cake, pear tart (featuring champagne-poached pears with frangipane filling) and pumpkin dip with gingersnaps.

The baked-goods 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 and include your contact phone number. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

Thanksgiving dessert order forms are available in several on-campus food outlets.

All orders and payments must be turned into SMU Dining Services in 101 Umphrey Lee Center by 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. All prices include tax.

Thanksgiving baked goods are for pick-up only. Orders will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the SMU Catering office, 101 Umphrey Lee Center. Products are guaranteed fresh until Sunday, Nov. 27.

By | 2016-11-16T13:10:50+00:00 November 16, 2016|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , |

Order your 2016 SMU holiday cards by Friday, Nov. 11

SMU holiday card 2016, frontThe official 2016 SMU holiday card is on sale now – but, like a Black Friday deal, they’ll be gone soon. Quantities are limited, so place your order by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. If you are paying by personal check, your payment must be received by this deadline.

This year’s card features an image of Dallas Hall taken during the University’s Celebration of Lights, with “May Your Days Be Merry and Bright” on the front and the greeting “Warm Wishes” on the inside. Cards can be ordered with a blank signature line or with “Southern Methodist University” preprinted.

The cost is $1.50 per card, sold in packages of 25, with envelopes. You can place orders in quantities of up to 300. Cards are scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 22, and can be collected in Perkins Administration Building. You will receive an e-mail notifying you when your cards are ready for pick-up.

For more information, contact Karen Hart in SMU Public Affairs.

> Find details, more views and an online order form at the SMU Development and External Affairs website

SMU’s 2016 United Way campaign seeks to raise awareness, involvement along with cash

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas logoOrganizers of SMU’s 2016 United Way Campaign are seeking to raise awareness of how a little money can go a long way for the agencies and programs it supports. This year’s campaign takes place from Nov. 1-30.

Individuals can make their donations either directly to the United Way or to a partner agency of their choice through their personalized United eWay login, which will be sent each week in November via e-mail.

> Visit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas online

Toys for Tickets 2016This year, the SMU campaign’s Day of Impact volunteer opportunity will take place at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), according to SMU co-chairs Paul Krueger and Tim Norris. DCAC provides investigation, intervention and treatment services, free of charge, for more than 4,000 of Dallas’ most severely abused children and non-offending family members.

The 2016 campaign also includes a return of the popular Toys for Tickets program from Nov. 1-30, presented by the SMU Staff Association and SMU Parking and ID Card Services. Faculty, staff and students can redeem their unpaid parking tickets in exchange for new, nonviolent, unwrapped toys of equal or greater value. All donations will go to DCAC.

> Find a list of requested toys at smu.edu/smusa

For more information on how to make a United Way gift, contact Mary Tays. More information on this year’s campaign will appear in e-mail from SMU United Way and in future Forum posts.

SMU Homecoming 2016 football tickets available for pick-up through Friday, Nov. 4

SMU-Memphis graphic, SMU Homecoming 2016

SMU faculty, staff and graduate students can claim four free tickets to the SMU-Memphis 2016 Homecoming game all this week at the Main Ticket Office, Loyd All-Sports Center.

Present your SMU ID at the window to claim your tickets. Main Ticket Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

#WearBlueSaturday is in effect for the Nov. 5 game.

> Find more information at SMU’s Homecoming page: smu.edu/homecoming

Set your clocks to fall back Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Stock photo of a clock with sweep handsEarly sunsets are here again: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.

Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour earlier in observance of Standard Time. In addition, check your home and office computers and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

For help with your office computer clock, contact SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT).

By | 2016-11-07T17:30:27+00:00 October 31, 2016|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , |

Changes ahead as SMU rolls out 2017 Open Enrollment, Oct. 14-31, 2016

Benefits U logoMedical premiums will increase by two percent as SMU prepares for its 2017 Open Enrollment period. University faculty and staff members will be able to make benefits changes for 2017 from Friday, Oct. 14 to Monday, Oct. 31, 2016.

SMU Human Resources will hold several information sessions at Expressway Tower and SMU-in-Plano. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to attend and become more familiar with the University’s health plans. You may review your options online before your session.

> RSVP online for an “Understanding the SMU Health Plans” session

Notable among this year’s changes is the discontinuation of the University’s $1,000 deductible plan effective Jan. 1, 2017, originally announced in 2015. Benefits-eligible employees will have the opportunity to choose a new plan at the $2,000, $2,600 or $5,000 deductible levels.

All copays will remain the same for all plans in 2017, including Primary Care Physician (PCP) and specialist office visits as well as emergency room and Urgent Care Center (UCC) visits.

Get your flu shot for free during SMU’s Fall 2016 clinics

Prime Therapeutics, the University’s pharmacy benefits manager, is integrated with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. Plan members have one customer service number and one online portal (BCBSTX) for all medical and pharmacy information. SMU’s DFW-area network of retail pharmacies include, but are not limited to, chains such as Costco, CVS, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Target, Tom Thumb, Walmart and Walgreens. In addition, many locally owned, independent pharmacies throughout the area, including compounding pharmacies, are included in the network.

The open enrollment period is the only opportunity for SMU employees to make changes to benefits elections for the coming year, unless you have a qualified life event such as marriage or the birth of a child.

For 2017 open enrollment, you must take action if:

  • You are currently enrolled in the $1,000 deductible medical plan. If you are, and don’t make a new election, you will be enrolled in the $2,000 deductible medical option.
  • You want to make other changes to your current coverage, including adding or dropping dependents (eligible dependents include legal spouses and children).

  • You want to participate in one or both of the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or the Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2016. You must re-enroll in the FSAs or the HSA even if you participated in 2016.

In order to comply with the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Social Security number (SSN) is required for every individual enrolled in the SMU Medical Plan. If you have a spouse or dependent child enrolled in the plan, it is important that you enter a SSN for each.

> Find more information in SMU’s 2017 Benefits Guide

SMU uses a secure online open-enrollment application available through My.SMU.edu. To make your benefits elections for 2017:

  • Enter your My.SMU.edu user ID and password as you normally would to review your pay statement.
  • Click Benefits in the Employee Self-Service navigation on the right, then choose Benefits Enrollment to access your personalized Open Enrollment record.
  • Be sure to read all instructions carefully before making elections for 2017.

You will receive a confirmation statement summarizing your 2017 benefits elections in early December 2016.

> Learn more from the SMU Human Resources homepage: smu.edu/hr

By | 2016-10-12T16:59:11+00:00 October 12, 2016|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , |
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