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A giant undertaking: Larger-than-life SMU legends walk the Hilltop for Centennial Homecoming, Sept. 23-27, 2015

Ten towering puppets representing giants in SMU history will make special appearances during the University’s Centennial Homecoming festivities, Sept. 23-27, 2015.

Created by Emmy Award-winning Dallas artist Gretchen Goetz, the larger-than-life SMU Giants will walk, wave, and in the case of one giant, perform a well-known cheerleader leap.

“The giants are stylized, whimsical versions of the characters they represent, designed to make people smile and be happy,” Goetz says. Click the YouTube screen to catch a sneak preview from SMU NewsMyles Taylor, or visit this link to watch his Mustang Minute, “The Giants Are Coming,” in a new window.

How to Make a Giant: A Guide

Representing the accomplishments of faculty, alumni, students, staff and administrators from SMU’s history, the giants were selected based on a poll of students, faculty and members of the Celebration Organizing Committee.

At 10- and 12-feet-tall, the giants will be easy to spot, photograph, greet and share the fun as SMU celebrates its Centennial and Homecoming. Watch for them in the State Fair of Texas parade on Friday, Sept. 25 and in SMU’s Homecoming parade on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Written by Nancy George

> Meet the SMU Giants at the SMU News homepage

Tune In: Peruna Paint Project promotes the value of college

SMU students and alumni took time for their community as part of the Peruna Paint Project at Dallas’ Lee A. McShan Elementary School on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The ongoing project – in which University community members paint colorful murals using SMU themes – was created to encourage local elementary- and secondary-school students to think about college and to inspire them toward future opportunities.

Click the YouTube screen to watch the Mustang Minute video by Myles Taylor of SMU News, or visit this link to watch the Peruna Paint Project in a new windowvideo

> Check out more videos at the Mustang Minute blog

SMU to face UCLA in NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2015

SMU Men's Basketball takes home the American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles. #DeclareSMU

SMU Men’s Basketball takes home the American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles. #DeclareSMU

The XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, hosted a heavyweight title fight between the SMU Mustangs and the Connecticut Huskies on Sunday, March 15. Jumping in front of UConn early, SMU dominated the defending NCAA champions 62-54 to win the American Athletic Conference tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Seeded sixth, the Mustangs (27-6) face UCLA (20-13) on Thursday, March 19 in Louisville in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993. A year ago, SMU was left out of the field after losing to Houston in the AAC quarterfinals.

In his third season with SMU, Head Coach Larry Brown will make his first appearance in the NCAA tournament since he coached Kansas to a national title in 1988. As the only coach to win an NCAA trophy and an NBA title, Brown previously took UCLA to the NCAA tournament twice and Kansas five times before heading to the NBA and later SMU.

> Find ticket information at smumustangs.com/gameday

Tip-off time is set for 2:10 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on truTV. With a victory on Thursday, SMU will face the winner of the No. 3/14 match-up between Iowa State and UAB on Saturday.

> For complete NCAA Tournament coverage, visit the Mustangs NCAA Tournament Central 2015 webpage

> For merchandise celebrating the 2015 American Conference Championship, visit the Mustang Locker Room webpage

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

Tune In: Tower Center’s Joshua Rovner talks national security after al Qaeda on ‘Think’ Sept. 11, 2014

Joshua RovnerJoshua Rovner, director of studies in SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, will discuss U.S. national security strategies in a post-al Qaeda landscape on KERA 90.1 FM Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Rovner will appear on “Think with Krys Boyd” during the 1-2 p.m. hour with Hal Brands, assistant professor of public policy and history at Duke University.

Tune in at www.kera.org/listen

Rovner and Brands are also among the speakers in tonight’s Tower Center Forum, “After al Qaeda: The Future of American Grand Strategy.” Joining them will be Barry R. Posen, Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies Program at MIT. The discussion, moderated by Rovner, will explore American “grand strategy” of the past, present, and future for maintaining national security.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. It is free and open to the public; reservations are required. RSVP to the Tower Center.

Learn more about SMU’s Tower Center online

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

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SMU dedicates new Residential Commons complex

On Friday, May 9, 2014, SMU dedicated its new Residential Commons complex, enabling all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus and launching the Residential Commons (RC) model campus-wide. The RC model will be implemented campuswide during the Fall 2014 term.

The $146 million complex is the largest capital project in SMU’s history and part of a larger initiative to enhance students’ living and learning experience. New facilities for the nine-acre Commons complex include five residence halls – Armstrong CommonsKathy Crow CommonsCrum CommonsLoyd Commons and Ware Commons – as well as the Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons and the 800-space Mustang Parking Center. The complex will provide campus housing for an additional 1,250 SMU students, enabling nearly 2,750 students to live on campus.

The dedication of the Residential Commons complex “signifies an exciting new chapter in SMU history,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Each Commons is designed to seamlessly combine the intellectual and social aspects of University life, a concept that will be implemented campuswide in the fall. We are grateful to six generous families for transforming the SMU campus experience.”

Residential Commons facts and video video

Lead gifts of $30 million in total giving have been provided by Liz Martin Armstrong ’82 and Bill Armstrong ’82, Anita Ray Arnold and Truman Arnold, Katherine Raymond Crow ’94 and Harlan R. Crow, Sylvie P. Crum and Gary T. Crum ’69, Penny R. Loyd and Paul B. Loyd Jr. ’68, and Richard Ware ’68 and family.

Each five-story Commons in the new complex will be home to 250 students, a residence life director and a faculty member in residence.  The faculty member will serve as mentor and intellectual leader of the community, and has the opportunity to teach a class or host study sessions in the classroom included in each Commons.

Read more from SMU News

 

Tune In: Faculty honored during Founders’ Day 2014

SMU Centennial Faculty Photo, April 11, 2014SMU’s 2014 Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, spotlighted the University’s faculty as the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty gains momentum on the Hilltop.

The festivities included a Faculty Salute during the annual President’s Briefing, a showcase of faculty expertise as part of Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, and a Centennial Faculty Photograph in Moody Coliseum.

Relive the event in photos and video courtesy of the Founders’ Day Weekend page at SMU Newsslide show video

SMU meets Minnesota in 2014 NIT championship game tonight at 6 p.m. CT in Madison Square Garden

SMU Men's Basketball during the shootaround in Madison Square Garden, NIT 2014SMU will take on Minnesota in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament Championship at 6 p.m. CT Thursday, April 3, in Madison Square Garden, New York City. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

Both programs received No. 1 seeds in their respective regions. SMU is 4-2 all-time in the NIT, including this year’s victories over UC Irvine (68-54 on March 19), LSU (80-67 on March 24), California (67-65 on March 26) and Clemson (65-59 on April 1) en route to the program’s first national tournament final.

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SMU has 27 wins, the second-most in program history, and the most since the Mustangs recorded 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum, and broke their single-season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (previous record was 101,296 in 1984-85).

The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.3%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.2 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd in the American). SMU has held 29 of its last 45 (23 of 36 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 25 of 36 opponents this season.

> Find photos, tweets, watch party information and more at SMU News

SMU takes on Clemson in NIT semifinal tonight at 6 p.m. CT in Madison Square Garden

The SMU Mustangs in Madison Square Garden, 2014

The SMU Mustangs and Head Coach Larry Brown practiced in Madison Square Garden for the 2014 NIT semifinal game against the Clemson Tigers. The Final Four matchup begins at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 1 on ESPN2 and will be broadcast on radio by KAAM 770 AM.

No. 1-seeded SMU (26-9) will face third-seeded Clemson (23-12) in the 2014 National Invitation Tournament Semifinals Tuesday, April 1 in Madison Square Garden, New York. The game begins at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and will be broadcast by KAAM 770 AM Radio in Dallas.

The Mustangs advanced to the NIT Final Four with a 67-65 win against California after Nic Moore hit a game-winning three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left. They also knocked off LSU (80-67 March 24) and UC Irvine (68-54 March 19) en route to the semifinals. This is the team’s second trip to MSG; last playing in the world-famous venue against St. John’s on Dec. 7, 1950 (L, 76-72).

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SMU has 26 wins on the 2013-14 season – the second-most in program history, and the most since recording 28 wins in the 1987-88 season. The Mustangs went 18-1 at home this season, setting a record for home victories, including 12-1 inside Moody Coliseum. SMU also broke its season attendance record, setting the new mark at 107,412 (was 101,296 in 1984-85). The Mustangs sold out nine of 13 games in Moody Coliseum this season, a building record.

The Mustangs are 7th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (1st in the American), holding opponents to 38.2%. The Mustang defense is allowing just 62.3 points per game, 24th in the NCAA (3rd American). SMU has held 29 of its last 44 (23 of 35 this year) opponents under 40% shooting. SMU has outrebounded 24 of 35 opponents this season.

> Find photos and tweets from Madison Square Garden at SMU News

On offense, SMU is leading the conference in field-goal percentage, shooting 48.4% (18th NCAA). The Mustangs are also shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc, good for second in the conference. SMU is third in the league in assists per game at 15.3 (32nd NCAA), and is averaging 71.4 points per game. Additionally, the Mustangs have outscored 29 of 35 opponents in the paint by an average of 33.7-21.8.

Tonight’s NIT semifinal is the second meeting between the Mustangs and the Tigers. Clemson won the only previous matchup 67-51 on Dec. 18, 1970, in the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tennessee.

> Read more from SMU Athletics

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