Toys for Tickets, SMUSA Holiday Toy Drive return – donate by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Toys for Tickets, SMUSA Holiday Toy Drive return – donate by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Toys for Tickets 2016Toys for Tickets is back for 2016, and once again SMU faculty, staff and students can redeem unpaid parking tickets while helping to make the holidays brighter for children.

Created by SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office, the annual citation-forgiveness program offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value.

To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office in Hughes-Trigg Student Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-25).

The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is also collecting toys ranging from board games to remote control cars for its 2016 Holiday Toy Drive. The drive will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Once again, both Toys for Tickets and the SMUSA Holiday Toy Drive will benefit children served by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), a United Way partner agency. All donated toys must be new, unwrapped, nonviolent and child-appropriate.

DCAC Holiday of Hope logoToys for the SMUSA drive can be donated at the following collection locations:

  • Laura Lee Blanton Building – Enrollment Services, 1st floor near the elevator
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk
  • Hughes-Trigg Student Center – SMU Parking and ID Card Services, main floor near the Commons
  • Umphrey Lee Center – Department of Economics, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs

> Find a list of requested toys at the SMUSA website

For more information on Toys for Tickets, e-mail SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275 (214-SMU-PARK).

November 10, 2016|News|

A closer look at SMU’s new-look, mobile-friendly homepage design

This article is an updated version of the original posted on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

SMU homepage refresh, first screen, 400 pixels

A sample first screen previews the new SMU homepage. Click the image for a larger one that shows the full updated look.

SMU has introduced a new version of its homepage designed to be as useful as possible for audiences who are unfamiliar with SMU, including prospective students. The new-look site went live on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.

The more mobile-friendly design features enhanced use of photography and videos, with a smaller and more focused selection of top-page links designed to help users find relevant information more easily.

In addition, the updated site has a new template that will make it easier for schools and units to use a similar look for their own websites in the future.

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November 8, 2016|News|

Celebrate Homecoming 2016 with a ‘Road Trip Home to SMU’ Nov. 3-5

SMU Homecoming float

SMU invites alumni, students, faculty and staff members to load up the car for a “Road Trip Home to SMU”: Homecoming 2016 takes place Nov. 3-5.

Hosted and organized by the SMU Student Foundation, the special events include the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, a Homecoming Parade featuring grand marshals Michael ’83 and Michelle Carter, and reunions for the classes of 1971, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06 and ’11, as well as Mustang Mini-Reunions for student groups.

The SMU Staff Association invites all staff members to march with them in the Homecoming Parade at noon Saturday, Nov. 5. To participate, wear a red T-shirt and arrive by 11:30 a.m. at the Mustangs statue near Moody Coliseum.

> Find history, traditions and even gameday recipes at SMU’s new Guide to Gameday blog

SMU Student Foundation Homecoming 2016 logo, 'Road Trip Home to SMU'This year’s parade grand marshals are father-daughter Olympians Michael ’83 and Michelle Carter. Michelle won the gold medal in the shot put in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Her father, Michael, won the silver medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, played football for SMU’s undefeated teams in 1981 and 1982 and was an NCAA track champion. He is also the only player in NFL history to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring in the same season.

> Learn more about Homecoming 2016 events from SMU News

Traditional activities also include the Mustang Band’s Pigskin Revue and tailgating on The Boulevard, followed by the SMU-Memphis football game at 3 p.m. in Ford Stadium. SMU Athletics encourages game-goers to observe the #WearBlueSaturday tradition for the Homecoming game.

> More info on the SMU-Memphis Homecoming game at Gameday Central: smumustangs.com/gameday

November 3, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU stationery now available via online order

Stock image of SMU stationerySMU schools, departments and offices can now order updated letterhead, envelopes, notepads and business cards online, through the SMU stationery store operated by Marfield Corporate Stationery.

Following the conclusion of The Second Century Celebration and the finale of The Second Century Campaign, the University began to phase out use of the “SMU Unbridled 100” logo. This also gave the Office of Integrated Marketing the opportunity to incorporate the SMU tag line, “World Changers Shaped Here,” into more of the University’s identity materials, including stationery.

Other changes are more subtle. The most prominent is that on several styles of business cards, while all of the individual’s information is printed on the front of the card, many schools have added the school website and social media information to the back. The University continues to offer a “two-sided” card for those who include more individual information than can fit on one side of the card, such as departmental websites and social media accounts.

Marfield will continue to update the online store over the next several weeks so that all of the preview functionality for center and institute stationery reflects the new designs. Any stock ordered through the site from this point forward will have the updated look.

Integrated Marketing confirms that all individuals and offices may use up existing stationery stock, with or without the “SMU Unbridled 100” logo.

> Visit the SMU stationery store at smu.edu/stationery

November 3, 2016|Bulletin Board, News|

SMU honors four oustanding graduates at 2016 DAA Awards Thursday, Nov. 3

DAA 2016 headshots

A philanthropist, a financial services leader and a real estate and construction magnate will receive SMU’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The DAA Award banquet and ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3  on the University’s historic Main Quad.

This year’s recipients include:

Kevin Lavelle ’08 will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Lavelle is the founder of Mizzen+Main, a clothing company that introduced advanced performance fabrics to traditional menswear.

> Learn more at smu.edu/daa

November 3, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News|
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