University completes property swap with Chi Omega

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University completes property swap with Chi Omega

SMU Chi Omega House at 3014 Daniel Avenue

The Chi Omega house at 3014 Daniel Avenue will become the property of SMU’s Division of Student Affairs in a swap for University property at 3034 Daniel. The sorority will build its new house at the northeast corner of Daniel and Durham Street. Photo from the SMU Chi Omega website.

SMU has made a property trade with one of its sorority chapters to take effect Monday, April 1, 2013. The Iota Alpha chapter of Chi Omega at SMU will build its new house at 3034 Daniel Avenue, while the current Chi Omega house at 3014 Daniel Avenue will become the property of the Division of Student Affairs.

Chi Omega will begin construction on a new house this year, and its membership wanted to locate the facility closer to the hub of SMU’s sorority activity. In 2012, sorority members began discussions about the exchange with SMU vice presidents Brad Cheves, Development and External Affairs; Chris Regis, Business and Finance, and Lori White, Student Affairs. Cheves helped negotiate the swap.

Later this spring, the sorority will begin abatement and demolition of the SMU Faculty Club building currently located at 3034 Daniel, on the northeast corner of Daniel Avenue and Durham Street. The new Chi Omega house is scheduled to open at its new address in Fall 2014.

The University plans to relocate the Faculty Club to a new visitors’ center, currently in the planning stages. Plans for the facility at 3014 Daniel will be announced at a later date.

The move may have a minimal short-term impact on Faculty Club events such as the Distinguished Luncheons, which are frequently held in larger venues due to high levels of interest. In addition, Faculty Club members will continue to gather in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room in RFoC @ Lee.

In recent years, the Faculty Club has provided office space for Alumni Relations and Engagement and the Faculty Senate. Both offices have moved to the University’s East Campus on North Central Expressway – Alumni Relations to the 6200 Building and the Faculty Senate to the 12th floor of Expressway Tower at 6116 North Central.

The month of March has been devoted to removing and storing all Faculty Club property from the 3034 Daniel house, as well as reusable fixtures ranging from faucets to door handles, says Alison Tweedy, senior director of campus services. “Facility Services will take out anything that can be reused or repurposed,” she says.

The SMU Faculty Club, which is open to both faculty and staff members, was founded in 1921 as a social club for male faculty members. A women’s club was founded in 1928, and the two merged in 1963. Both clubs held their meetings in Atkins Hall (now Clements Hall) until the male club moved to the second floor of McFarlin Auditorium in the 1940s.

As Faculty Senate president in 1972-73, Ruth P. Morgan, who would later become University provost, made it a priority to establish a new home for the Faculty Club. Provost H. Neil McFarland provided the property at 3034 Daniel Avenue, then a sorority house, in 1973. The club was officially chartered in that location on August 6, 1973.

March 28, 2013|News|

ARAMARK to manage SMU facilities operations

Effective May 13, 2011, professional services provider ARAMARK will lead SMU’s Facilities Management and Sustainability operations.

Current FM&S employees are being offered the same or similar positions as part of the ARAMARK facilities services team. Each staff member’s salary and length of service at SMU will be transitioned to ARAMARK. There will be no salary decreases and no interruptions in pay or health benefits.

More information is included in the following statement released today:


Effective today, SMU has made a change in the leadership and management of the Facilities Management and Sustainability (FM&S) team. ARAMARK, a professional services provider well known to the SMU community and an industry leader, will now manage this component of the University’s operations.

Current FM&S employees are being offered the same or similar positions here on campus as part of the ARAMARK facilities services team. Each staff member’s salary and length of service at SMU will be transitioned to ARAMARK. There will be no salary decreases and no interruptions in pay or health benefits. ARAMARK will make every effort to provide employees with a benefits package that is comparable to the SMU plan.

This decision was based on three important considerations, as explained by SMU Vice President for Business and Finance Chris Casey:

Core competencies/organizational effectiveness – SMU’s core mission and competency is in the areas of teaching and research. Engaging with a respected professional service provider is a sensible solution that will allow the University to remain at the forefront of industry best practices and improve services to the campus. It also affords our FM&S employees with enhanced career and staff development opportunities.

Good stewardship – The SMU Board of Trustees has entrusted the administration of the University with the careful and responsible management of all funds, especially during challenging economic times. The University has been charged with managing budgets closely and initiating cost savings wherever possible while continuing to deliver first-rate service. The contract with ARAMARK is expected to result in significant savings to the University.

Proven track record – SMU has a long track record of engaging with professional service providers. Since 1995, the University has contracted with ARAMARK for Dining Services and more recently, for Custodial. During the past 25 years, SMU employees in the SMU Bookstore, Dining Services, Custodial Services, Copy Center and Parking Enforcement have made successful transitions to outside service providers.

Keith Gardner will serve as the Director of FM&S at SMU through ARAMARK. Keith has more than 30 years with ARAMARK in facilities management, most recently in health care. We welcome him to the SMU campus. Julie Wiksten will serve as the SMU contract administrator, just as she does for Dining Services, the Bookstore and other services. Those needing FM&S services should continue to access FM&S employees through their usual channels.

For more information or to ask questions, please e-mail auxiliaryservices@smu.edu.


May 13, 2011|News|

Environmental management peer review begins June 7

ICUT review stock imageAdvisers from seven Texas universities will visit campus June 7-10, 2010, to conduct a confidential environmental management peer review.

SMU will be the fifth Texas institution to be audited as part of a program of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) and EPA Region 6. The peer audit team will address environmental compliance criteria issues, with HRP Associates supervising the audit process.

Team members will arrive from Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, St. Edward’s University, Southwestern Christian College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Temple College and Texas Lutheran University. Inspectors will wear identification badges to ensure campus security.

A majority of buildings located on campus will be audited, including but not limited to Dawson Service Center, Dedman Life Sciences Building, Embrey Engineering Building, Fondren Science Building, Heroy Hall, Junkins Engineering Building, the Material Accumulation Center (MAC) building and Owens Arts Center. Also included are the University’s on-campus food service areas, mechanical rooms and elevator spaces.

The process will assist SMU in identifying ways to improve environmental management on campus. The review will focus on areas that use and/or store chemicals, and/or create hazardous waste.

> Find more information and a detailed schedule at the Risk Management homepage

June 1, 2010|News|

Postage increase takes effect May 12

Forever stampPut your budget on notice: The U.S. Postal Service will increase its first-class stamp price for letters weighing 1 ounce or less from 41 cents to 42 cents on May 12, 2008. A list of new prices:

  • First-class mail letter (1 oz.) – 42 cents
  • First-class mail letter (2 oz.) – 59 cents
  • Postcard – 27 cents
  • First-class mail large envelope (2 oz.) – $1
  • Certified mail – $2.70

Forever Stamps purchased at the 41-cent rate can be used with no additional postage even after the rate hike. For more information, visit SMU’s Postal Services website.

May 8, 2008|News, Save the Date|

Earth Week 2008 continues with water-saving giveaway

SMU faculty, staff and students who live off campus can receive a permanent and practical souvenir of Earth Week 2008. Stop by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk 8:30 a.m.-8 pm. April 21-25 to pick up one free low-flow showerhead, while supplies last. Each showerhead can save more than 3,600 gallons of water per year.

Installation demonstrations will take place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, in the Hughes-Trigg Commons. The giveaway is sponsored by SMU Campus Planning and Plant Operations. For more information, contact Michael Paul, CPPO’s director of energy management and engineering, 8-2122.

April 21, 2008|News, Save the Date|
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