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Attention authors: Tell SMU News about your new books

loving-u-book-cover-150Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2014? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list.

Director of Online Communications Gary Shultz has made it easy: Just fill out this web form and click. Include your name and title, e-mail address, the title of your new book, month and year of its publication, and a brief description. Please include a web address where News and Communications can find more information. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

After you send in your information, please email a high-resolution copy of your book cover to SMU Books.

December 4, 2014|News, Save the Date, Site Spotlight|

SMU Alternative Breaks offers 20 trips during 2014-15

10511497_696268393814394_2995925763323181267_oIn 1988, SMU’s first alternative break trips traveled to a Brownsville refugee camp and a New Orleans soup kitchen. Founded the year before, the program provided an opportunity for students to perform community service during their time off.

This year, SMU Alternative Breaks offers 20 trips during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks – an all-time high.

Alternative Breaks (AB) is a student organization providing direct community service opportunities during every academic break. Performing service alongside reputable non-profit organizations, the AB program takes students, faculty and staff to communities in-need both domestically and internationally. Participants have the opportunity to do quality service, gain education about important social issues and reflect on how they can create positive social change.

During Fall Break 2014 (Oct. 11-14), AB offered six trips where students participated in various community service initiatives throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Sarah Day, a senior communications major in Meadows School of the Arts, participated in the San Antonio trip during her October break. Sarah addressed issues of food availability and access by working directly with individuals and families.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 3.00.10 PM“Alternative Breaks is one of the best things I have done in college. On each trip you learn so much about different social issues and because of the way AB places students into groups, you also get to experience a diversity of opinions from all over campus. Each time I come away with 10 new friends that I otherwise wouldn’t have had, and it has been cool to work with them to make a difference in the Dallas community once we come back,” shared Day.

Due to increased participant applications, AB added a third Winter Break trip for the first time. During the upcoming Winter Break students can travel to Austin, Ecuador or Puerto Rico.

Additionally, there are 11 domestic and international AB trips offered during Spring Break from March 8-14, 2015. These include trips to Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, New York and Texas.

For more information on any of these trips or to find the Alternative Breaks application, visit the SMU Alternative Breaks webpage.

Tune In: ‘Mustang Minute’ captures magic moments at SMU

A new series by SMU Video Communications Manager Myles Taylor captures the excitement of the academic year in 60 seconds or less. The Mustang Minute will explore every corner of the campus to offer Taylor’s unique view of University events, activities and people. Click the YouTube screen above to view an early hit: the making of the Class of 2018 photo.

The Mustang Minute is available in the University’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/SMUVideo as well as through the new Mustang Minute blog. It will soon be available as a podcast via SMU on iTunesU.

> Watch and subscribe at Mustang Minute

August 29, 2014|News, Site Spotlight, Tune In|

SMU OE2C announces first initiative: travel and entertainment policy and tools

Dallas Hall renderingA 10-member SMU team representing various campus constituents has scheduled a demonstration of new tools to improve the way the University plans for and reimburses travel and entertainment expenses.

The vendors will visit campus to present their capabilities on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 4 and 5, 2014. These demonstrations will be open to the broader SMU community. The time and location for these demonstrations will be announced soon.

The review of the University’s existing travel and entertainment policies is part of Project SMU: Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century. The OE2C microsite will provide additional information in the coming days.

> Frequently Asked Questions about SMU OE2C

“As the OE2C team traveled across campus conducting interviews, the most frequent suggestion we heard was addressing the University’s policies and processes for travel and entertainment,” said Bill Detwiler, associate vice president for business services and program manager for OE2C, and Martin Sweidel, professor of music, associate dean for administrative affairs in Meadows School of the Arts, and OE2C program coordinator. “We determined that improving the way SMU plans for and gets reimbursed for these expenses can save the University dollars and staff time.”

> More questions? Send them to SMU OE2C

Project SMU: Operational Excellence for the 2nd Century (OE2C) is a University-wide review of SMU’s financial structure and operating model, which aims to strengthen the long-term economic vitality of the University through operational improvements and savings.

> Bain & Company briefing: “The Financially Sustainable University” (PDF format)

SMU’s current OE2C site is undergoing a redesign to feature more information and more frequent new posts. Bookmark the site to stay up to date on the latest news.

Read the full statement from Detwiler and Sweidel under the cut.

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August 22, 2014|Bulletin Board, News, Save the Date, Site Spotlight|

‘Year of the Faculty’ website goes live

SMU's Year of the Faculty websiteSMU’s 2014 Year of the Faculty celebration kicks into gear with the launch of a new website honoring faculty achievement and recognition.

The site’s central feature is an archive of memories from SMU alumni and students. More than 300 remembrances of favorite faculty members have already been sent in, and the University is spreading the word through news and social media.

Throughout the year, the website will also highlight the achievements of individual faculty members from many different disciplines. Faculty profiles will include endowed chairs and noted experts, as well as award-winning teachers, scholars and researchers.

In addition, the Year of the Faculty theme will be part of several public celebrations throughout the calendar year, beginning with 2014 Founders’ Day Weekend April 10-13 – which launches with a historic Centennial Salute to the faculty at the annual President’s Briefing.

The Year of the Faculty is part of the University’s ongoing centennial celebration and will be a central theme of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign. The celebration was first announced by SMU Provost Paul Ludden during the 2014 Spring General Faculty Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 22.

> Visit SMU’s Year of the Faculty homepage

February 21, 2014|News, Site Spotlight, Year of the Faculty|
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