SMU’s Fall 2010 semester was one to remember – relive some of the highlights through this video by Eva Parks of SMU News. Click on the YouTube screen to start watching, or open the University highlight video in a new window.
One of SMU’s most beloved traditions has become a new addition for your YouTube playlist. Experience the sights and sounds of Celebration of Lights 2010 with this video from Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the screen to start the show, or watch the Celebration of Lights video in a new window.
A torrential downpour (and a 45-20 loss to Houston) did little to dampen spirits as the SMU community celebrated 2010 Homecoming Oct. 23. Relive the weekend – and Jack Ingram ’93‘s concert on the Main Quad – with a new video from Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen or this link to play the Homecoming video.
Ten years ago, SMU celebrated the first Universitywide tailgating party to be dubbed “The Boulevard.” The date was Sept. 2, 2000, during the opening of a brand-new Gerald J. Ford Stadium, when a sellout crowd watched the Mustangs beat Kansas.
As Homecoming 2010 approaches, President R. Gerald Turner shares the origin of The Boulevard at SMU, from its inspiration at Ole Miss to the unique qualities that have made it a University tradition.
SMU’s Family Weekend 2010 featured the Family Luncheon, the Boulevard Barbeque, Taste of Dallas Dinner, and a talent show – as well as the nationally televised Battle for the Iron Skillet football game pitting SMU against TCU. Relive the memories through a new video from Eva Parks of SMU News – just click on the YouTube screen to watch in a new window.
SMU’s Meadows Museum opened a historic partnership with the Prado Museum of Madrid on September 10 with the first of three annual loans from the Prado – El Greco’s masterpiece Pentecost (c. 1600). Learn more about the work – and find the artist’s self-portrait contained within – in this video from Eva Parks of SMU News.
(Right, Meadows Museum personnel install the El Greco masterpiece Pentecost in a photo originally published on the University’s Twitter feed.)
Last year, Madeleine Pickens gifted two rescued, trained mustangs to SMU during a “Salute To The Mustangs” event hosted by her non-profit organization, Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation.
On Aug. 26, 2010, SMU and the Mustang football team named the horses in a ceremony at the Mustang statues just outside Moody Coliseum. The black mustang was named “Liberty,” while the brown mustang will be called “Justice.” Members of the Seminole Nation symbolically painted and blessed the horses.
With Move-In Day and Mustang Corral behind them, and the fall term fully in progress, SMU’s Class of 2014 has officially joined the campus community. Eva Parks of SMU News met the incoming class last week – visit YouTube to watch her video starring the University’s newest students.
At 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22, SMU faculty, staff members and incoming first-year students will take part in the 2010 Common Reading discussion. Eva Parks of SMU News visited with the University’s student AARO leaders and captured their thoughts on Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Click through to YouTube to watch the resulting video.
Before the onset of high-tech social communication, the quickest way for people to spread holiday cheer was through mass-produced Christmas cards. The oldest mass-produced Christmas card – dating back more than 160 years – can be found among the extensive special collections at SMU’s Bridwell Library.
Years before greeting cards and color printing became a standard, businessman Henry Cole commissioned 1,000 ready-to-mail greeting cards to be printed and hand-colored because he was too busy to engage in the traditional English custom of writing notes with holiday greetings to friends and family.
The card is divided into three panels, each echoing traditional holiday themes. The center panel depicts a family drinking wine at a celebration, and the flanking panels illustrate charitable acts of feeding and clothing the poor.
Bridwell Library acquired the piece in 1982. It is believed that only 20 of Cole’s cards have survived to modern times. Bridwell’s copy of the card was signed by Cole and addressed to the card’s engraver, John Thompson (1785-1866). In addition to the card, the library also has a series of correspondence between Cole and the card’s designer, J.C. Horsley, which establishes the notion that the two were friends before the card was created.
Watch a new video about the oldest Christmas card created by Eva Parks of SMU News and featuring Eric White, Bridwell Library’s curator of special collections. Click the YouTube screen to start.