Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Aug. 22, 2014

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Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Aug. 22, 2014

Dallas Hall stepsWelcome to the 2014-15 academic year, SMU community! Here are some Fall 2014 dates to remember:

  • Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 24
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 25
  • General Faculty Meeting: 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1 (University offices closed)
  • First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2014-15: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28 (University offices closed)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 8
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-17 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 20 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events. Learn how to submit your own events at this link.

August 22, 2014|Calendar Highlights|

Faculty Senate honors five with 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards

SMU’s Faculty Senate honored five outstanding staff members with 2014 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards during its last meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, April 30.

In addition to the award, each honoree received a tote bag containing items ranging from gift certificates to performance passes to SMU Basketball T-shirts. The gifts were donated by SMU Athletics, the SMU Bookstore, SMU Dining Services, Meadows Museum and Meadows Theatre.

This year’s winners:

  • Sandra Blackstone, Finance, Cox School of Business
  • Amy Dahmann, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Judy Gibbons, Intern Program, Perkins School of Theology
  • Cliff Gould, Parking Services, Parking and ID Card Services
  • Pam Henderson, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Meadows School of the Arts

Photos of each winner with Faculty Senate President Santanu Roy have been posted to the Faculty Senate website’s Awards and Recognitions Archive.

May 22, 2014|For the Record, News|

Deadline for 2014 honorary degree nominations is Sept. 30

Kay Hutchison, R. Gerald Turner and Swanee Hunt, SMU Honorary Degree Portraits 2013 by Hillsman S. Jackson

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (left) and ambassador and professor Swanee Hunt, with President R. Gerald Turner. Both women received 2013 honorary degrees from SMU. Photo: Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU’s Faculty Senate is seeking nominations for the honorary degree class of 2014. Nominees should be individuals “whose uncommon personal accomplishments at home or abroad have served society and the public good, or who enlarge human understanding and enrich human life, in any field of endeavor.” The deadline to nominate is Monday, Sept. 30.

Nominations should include:

  • a note identifying your membership in the SMU community
  • a 1-2 page statement detailing the nominee’s contributions
  • supporting biographical documentation
  • contact information for the nominee

Check SMU’s criteria for honorary degree selection (PDF format), and send nominations via e-mail or regular mail to Faculty Senate Secretary Steven Vik, SMU Box 750241, Dallas TX 75275.

Read the honorary degree criteria
Find a list of previous recipients at the Registrar’s homepage

September 3, 2013|News, Save the Date|

Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Aug. 26, 2013

Dallas Hall stepsWelcome back, SMU community! Here are some Fall 2013 dates to remember:

  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 26
  • General Faculty Meeting: 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 2 (University offices closed)
  • First Faculty Senate meeting of 2013-14: 3:10-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 (note new time)
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 14-15
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29 (University offices closed)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 9
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 12-18 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Graduation: Saturday, Dec. 21
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013-Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events. Learn how to submit your own events at this link.

August 26, 2013|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date|

Five win 2013 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards

The Faculty Senate honored five exemplary SMU staff members with 2013 Faculty Senate Outstanding Staff Awards during its last meeting of the academic year on Wednesday, May 1.

In addition to the award, each honoree received a tote bag containing items ranging from season tickets to memberships to logo sportswear. The gifts were donated by SMU Athletics, the SMU Bookstore, SMU Dining Services, Meadows Museum and Meadows Theatre.

This year’s winners:

  • Carole Harris, Music, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Carolyn Harrod, Biological Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Margaux Montgomery, Economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Stephanie Murray, Mechanical Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Charee Stewart, Philosophy, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

This year, as a campuswide thank-you to the staff, Faculty Senate President Steve Edwards presented dining coupons for RFoC @ Lee to each senator to take a deserving staff member to lunch. In addition, all staff members nominated for the Faculty Senate awards received dining certificates, as well as their nominators.

May 20, 2013|For the Record, News|
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