December 2011 brings the festive season at SMU

Carl Sewell

December 2011 brings the festive season at SMU

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

December 2011 brings a flurry of festivity to the Hilltop, including some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 1, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service will center on Luke 2:10, “And the angel said, ‘Fear not…,'” and will address the nature of fear in our society and how the message of hope offered in the Gospels speaks to our circumstances today. Read more about the 2011 service and see a video from the 2010 service. Video

• The Student Foundation’s 2011 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Watch slideshows of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Faculty and staff members also have the opportunity to sponsor a child’s campus visit for the celebration. The Student Foundation plans to invite 50 students from Dallas’ César Chávez Learning Center to the Hilltop for the holiday fun. Sponsors or sponsor groups will provide a gift and join the children before the ceremony for cookies, games and other activities. Learn more at Facebook or contact Jordan Kragen of the Student Foundation.

The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation Friday, Dec. 16, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work.

• Business and civic leader (and SMU Trustee) Carl Sewell ’66  will give the address at the University’s 2011 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Procter Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

November 30, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Trustees honor outgoing chair Carl Sewell

prothro-sewell-turner-10june2010.ashx.jpgDallas business leader Carl Sewell was honored at the May meeting of the SMU Board of Trustees with a resolution recognizing his leadership of University advancements during his four-year term as board chair.

Sewell joined the SMU Board of Trustees in 1996. He served on numerous standing committees of the board and as vice chair from 2004-06, chair-elect from 2005-06 and board chair from 2006-10, concluding his term at the May meeting. He remains a board member, co-chairing the Trusteeship Committee and serving on committees for Academic Policies and Planning, Athletics, and Executive/Personnel/ Compensation.

A 1966 graduate of SMU, Sewell is chair of Sewell Automotive Companies and a national leader in the automotive industry.

As chair of the Board of Trustees, “Mr. Sewell has led by sharing his experience, skills and thoughtful insight into Board policy-making, but also through his generous financial support which has materially aided the University in achieving a leadership role in higher education in the Southwest and becoming a nationally recognized university,” the resolution states.

In photo: Carl Sewell (center), with SMU Board Chair Caren Prothro and SMU President R. Gerald Turner, accepts a resolution honoring him for his four years of service to the University as board chair.

> Read more from SMU News.

June 21, 2010|News|

‘Meadows at the Meyerson’ to honor Peggy and Carl Sewell

Meadows Symphony Orchestra strings

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will honor noted arts and civic patrons Peggy Sewell and SMU Board of Trustees Chair Carl Sewell (’66) in its 16th annual benefit concert. “The 2009 Meadows at the Meyerson” takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street.

Under the direction of Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra will perform Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 by Sibelius, a musical interpretation of the Scandinavian folk tale about a magician trying to win the beautiful “daughter of the North.” The Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir will join the symphony in a performance of Fern Hill, a work by Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning American composer John Corigliano based on the poem of the same name by Dylan Thomas. Concluding the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Students from the Meadows School will also present performances and displays in the lobby before the concert.

“For the past 16 years, ‘Meadows at the Meyerson’ has been one of our most important annual events,” says Meadows Dean José Bowen. “Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, it has raised more than one million dollars to benefit our students, our programs and our educational mission. It also enables us to provide scholarship support for the Meadows Scholars program, which was inaugurated last year to recruit the brightest and most talented students to Meadows and SMU.

“We applaud Peggy and Carl, our first supporters of this program, for their commitment to provide scholarships for the next generation of creative leadership at SMU.”

Tickets range from $7-$13 and are available online or through the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

March 26, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|

New look for Laura Bush Promenade

Laura Bush Promenade celebration at SMUSMU celebrated the completion of a new landscape for the Laura Bush Promenade in February 2009. The Promenade, a garden and seating area that intersects the University’s Fondren Library Center, was given in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush as a tribute to his wife’s contributions to literacy and libraries. Mrs. Bush (’68), the recipient of the 2008 Methodist Health System Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award, was surprised at the award ceremony with the announcement that the planting at the Promenade would be renovated courtesy of Lambert Landscape Company. Left to right, R. Gerald Turner, SMU president; April Box Chamberlain, president and CEO, Methodist Health System Foundation; Paul Fields, president and director of design, Lambert Landscape Company; Susan Byerly Nowlin (’67), co-chair, Folsom Leadership Award dinner; Carl Sewell (’66), chairman, SMU Board of Trustees; and Jim Koons, SMU associate vice president for campus planning and plant operations.

February 11, 2009|News|

University celebrates December Graduation Dec. 13

December Graduation imageThe SMU community will celebrate the graduation of more than 900 students Dec. 13 in Moody Coliseum.

Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. with a student and faculty procession and are expected to last about two hours. Speakers will include the following:

  • President R. Gerald Turner
  • Carl Sewell (’66), chair of the SMU Board of Trustees
  • Darrell Lafitte (’54), former SMU All-America football player and a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Dennis Foster, Faculty Senate president and D.D. Frensley Professor of English
  • Student Body President Rob Hayden

“The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual makes SMU’s December Graduation Convocation a special time,” President Turner says.

Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 6:30 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Faculty members may RSVP online for the reception and Processional.

Find information for students, faculty and guests at the University Registrar’s December Graduation home page.

December 12, 2008|News, Save the Date|
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