Family Weekend

Take a closer look at student innovation during the 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, Friday, Sept. 23

engaged-learning-logo-300Make an appointment to see outstanding students show their work and stump for their innovations during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest.

The two events take place Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum, as part of SMU’s 2016 Family Weekend.

Find the complete symposium line-up at the SMU Engaged Learning homepage

During the Engaged Learning Symposium, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will present their work and take questions from the audience. They will include SMU’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows, Summer Research FellowsUniversity Honors Richter Research Fellows and McNair Scholars, as well as Engaged Learning Fellows.

> See the Big iDeas Pitch Contest rules and guidelines

SMU Big iDeas logo, blue background-400From 2-5 p.m., find out what some of SMU’s most innovative students are up to during the Big iDeas Pitch Contest. After developing their ideas, undergraduate teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with backgrounds in innovation and entrepreneurship. Next, judges determine which ideas are most realistic and can be developed in the following three months. The winning teams are eligible to win up to $1,000 in seed money to prepare prototypes and pilot programs for the Demo Day Fair in early February 2017.

> Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

SMU is ‘Home in the Heart of Texas’ for 2016 Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25

SMU Family Weekend 2016 bannerSMU family members from around the Metroplex and across the country will join their students in celebrating a beloved Hilltop tradition Sept. 23-25, 2016. SMU Family Weekend is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.

Student research, creativity and innovation will be on display during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Engaged Learning Fellows show their work 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Pitch Contest teams will hold forth from 2-5 p.m. for the opportunity to win $1,000 in seed money for their projects.

Find the full schedule for 2016 SMU Family Weekend

Limited quantities of Boulevard BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Friday event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Faculty and staff members can claim four free football tickets for the 7 p.m. Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU at the Ford Stadium ticket window with SMU ID. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.


SMU Boulevard celebrationClear bag policy at Ford Stadium:
The only bags permitted on Game Day are those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Game Day policies.

Giving back: In keeping with this year’s “Home in the Heart of Texas” theme, the SMU Student Foundation is partnering with Family Gateway, an organization that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families with children in Dallas County. Collection boxes for household items are available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and other locations.

Parking: On Friday, Sept. 23, Game Day parking is in effect. Please watch your e-mail on Thursday morning and plan to move your car if you usually park near Ford Stadium. Refer to www.smu.edu/athletics for a parking map.

— Sarah Hanan

Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Fall 2016

Dallas Hall at SMU

Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! Here are a few Fall 2016 dates to remember:

  • Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 21
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 22
  • General Faculty Meeting: Wednesday, Aug. 24
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 5 (University offices closed)
  • First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2016-17: Wednesday, Sept. 7
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 10-11
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 24-25 (University offices closed, no classes on Wednesday, Nov. 23)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 5
  • Reading days: Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 6-7
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 8-14 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 17 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Friday, Dec. 23, 2016-Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 (University offices closed)

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

Save the date: Engaged Learning Symposium, Big iDeas Pitch Contest scheduled for SMU Family Weekend, Sept. 23, 2016

SMU Big iDeas and Engaged Learning students in front of Dallas HallSave the date for SMU’s 2016 Family Weekend, and make an appointment to see outstanding students show their work and stump for their innovations during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest.

The events take place 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. SMU Engaged Learning will post a complete schedule in the coming weeks.

Find more information at the SMU Engaged Learning homepage

During the Engaged Learning Symposium, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will present their work and take questions from the audience. They will include SMU’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows, Summer Research FellowsUniversity Honors Richter Research Fellows and McNair Scholars, as well as Engaged Learning Fellows.

From 2-5 p.m., find out what some of SMU’s most innovative students are up to during the Big iDeas Pitch Contest. After developing their ideas, undergraduate teams pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with backgrounds in innovation and entrepreneurship. Next, judges determine which ideas are most realistic and can be developed in the following three months. The winning teams are eligible to win up to $1,000 in seed money to prepare prototypes and pilot programs for the Demo Day Fair in early February 2017.

> Share the Big iDeas Pitch Contest rules and guidelines

Watch for more about the Symposium and Pitch Contest in a future SMU Forum post.

> Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

Student Foundation hosts ‘Haunted on the Hilltop’ Family Weekend Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015

Athletics Football Family Weekend SMU vs Memphis Boulevard

SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs

SMU family members from across the country will join their students in celebrating 2015 Family Weekend Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The annual tradition is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.

For the third year, Student Foundation is partnering with Genesis Women’s Shelter, a Dallas organization devoted to ending domestic violence against women and children. Families and students are encouraged to bring household items to donate. Collection boxes will be available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and at other locations.

Ticket pickup: Tickets ordered in advance can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 30 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing, and from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Boulevard BBQ.

Family Weekend T-shirts: T-shirts will be sold in limited quantities on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing during ticket pickup. T-shirts are $10.

Parking:  On Saturday, Oct. 31Game Day parking is in effect. Refer to www.smu.edu/athletics for a map.

Below are weekend highlights. Find the full schedule here.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

Engaged Learning Symposium: Stop by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to listen to students present their achievements in research, service, internships and creative fields.

SMU Abroad ‘Get World Ready’: From 10 to 11 a.m. at the Blanton Building, families can learn about SMU Abroad’s 145 programs around the world.

Family Luncheon: Co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club, the family luncheon takes place at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. (Update October 19: Tickets for the Family Luncheon are no longer available; the luncheon has sold out.)

Meadows Opera Theatre Opera Free For All: The Meadows Opera Theatre will be performing an assortment of scenes from opera and musical theatre that delve into family dynamics at 1 p.m. in the Bob Hope Lobby.

Meet the Faculty: From 2 to 3 p.m. family members can meet Cox School of Business faculty in the Fincher Building; Dedman College faculty in the Dallas Hall Atrium; Lyle School of Engineering faculty in Caruth Hall; Meadows School of the Arts faculty at the Owen Fine Arts Center; and Simmons School of Education and Human Development faculty in Room 144 of Simmons Hall.

Big Ideas Pitch Contest: Families are invited to stop by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum between 2 and 5 p.m. to watch students pitch ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000.

Panhellenic Recruitment Parent Session: This information session from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater is for parents of women intending to participate in Panhellenic formal recruitment.

Open Houses: Between 3 and 4 p.m., families are invited to the Hegi Family Career Development Center in Hughes-Trigg, Suite 200, and SMU Abroad in the Blanton Building, Room 216.

Association of Black Students Fish Fry: From 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Varsity, the Association of Black Students invites families to enjoy homemade fried catfish while participating in games with students, faculty and staff.

Home Away From Home: Parents are invited to tour their student’s Residential Commons from 5 to 6 p.m. and meet the RAs, Faculty-in-Residence and others who work to make the community a home.

Taste of Dallas Dinner: The 9th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.  (Update October 19: Tickets for the Taste of Dallas Dinner are no longer available.)

Meadows Symphony Orchestra – Sleeper, Szymanowski and Verdi: Families are invited to attend this orchestra performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Caruth Auditorium located in the Owen Arts Center. Tickets to the show are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, faculty & staff.

Talent Show: The 40th Annual Family Weekend Talent Show begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets remain available for the Family Weekend Talent Show, while they last, at Family Weekend ticket pickup (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing) and at the McFarlin Auditorium Box Office starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Parent Leadership Council Meeting (current PLC Members only): The meeting welcomes parents of current students who support SMU with annual gifts of $2,500 or more. For more information and to learn about joining the PLC, please contact Christi Contreras at cshelton@smu.edu or 214-768-4746.

Boulevard BBQ: Join Student Foundation and the SMU Dads’ Club for this beloved tradition on the South Lawn of Clements Hall from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy Sonny Bryan’s BBQ before heading to Ford Stadium to watch the Mustangs against Tulsa. (Update October 19: Tickets are no longer available online but will be on sale at the event beginning at noon on the Clements Hall south lawn.)

SMU vs. Tulsa: The game begins at 3 p.m. at Ford Stadium. Football tickets may be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website. SMU students attend the game for free with their valid SMU Student ID.

Meadows Museum Special Exhibition Tours: The Meadows Museum will offer one-hour docent-guided tours of the special exhibition Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The two tours will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. SMU students attend free with a valid SMU ID.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

CHAS La Familia Luncheon: Families are invited to join the College Hispanic American Students for lunch and entertainment starting at 1 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra – Sleeper, Szymanowski and VerdiFamilies are invited to attend this orchestra performance at 2:30 p.m. in the Caruth Auditorium located in the Owen Arts Center. Tickets to the show are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, faculty & staff.

Asian Council Family Laser Tag: Enjoy the classic childhood pastime of laser tag with SMU’s Asian Council starting at 6 p.m. in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. To RSVP, please email Eugene Kim at eskim@smu.edu.

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

George W. Bush Presidential Center: At the Bush Presidential Center, families can explore the interactive museum galleries, sit in the Oval Office, enjoy the Texas Rose Garden, eat lunch at Café 43, shop in the Museum store and stroll through the 15-acre park filled with native Texas prairie grasses and wildflowers. The Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online; SMU students attend free with a valid SMU ID.

– Milan Khatami

Students show their work during Family Weekend at 2015 Engaged Learning Symposium, Oct. 30

SMU Engaged Learning Symposium program - photo by Clayton T. SmithThirty students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will talk about their work during Family Weekend at SMU’s Fall 2015 Engaged Learning Symposium. The event takes place 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Find a complete list of participants at the SMU Engaged Learning homepage

Student presenters will include SMU’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows, Summer Research Fellows and University Honors Richter Research Fellows, as well as two Engaged Learning Fellows. The lineup features the University’s Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows and McNair Scholars.

The Engaged Learning Fellows participating in the fall symposium are on track to graduate in December. Watch for more about the Symposium in a future SMU Forum post.

> Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

2014 Engaged Learning Symposium showcases SMU student projects Friday, Oct. 24

SMU Engaged Learning Symposium program - photo by Clayton T. SmithTwenty-five students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will talk about their work during Family Weekend at SMU’s Fall 2014 Engaged Learning Symposium. The event takes place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Student presenters will include SMU’s Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows, Summer Research Fellows and University Honors Richter Research Fellows, as well as two Engaged Learning Fellows.

In addition, this year’s lineup features the University’s Caswell Undergraduate Leadership Fellows and McNair Scholars.

Watch for a complete list of participants at the SMU Engaged Learning homepage

The Engaged Learning Fellows participating in the fall symposium are on track to graduate in December.

For the second year in a row, this annual fall event will take place during SMU Family Weekend, which provides unique opportunities for parents to see the scope of their students’ achievements, says Director Susan Kress.

“As opportunities for undergraduate research and community service across the campus grow, we are delighted to host students engaged in high-level activities at the fall symposium,” she adds.

> Visit SMU’s Office of Engaged Learning online

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 3, 2013

Higher Education Colloquium: The Department of Education Policy and Leadership presents a panel on the impact of changes in national and state policy on college student success and financial aid. The panel includes Don Heller, Professor and Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, Michael McLendon, Professor and Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University, Laura Perna, Professor at University of Pennsylvania, and Scott Thomas, Professor and Dean of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Michael Harris, Associate Professor of the Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University, will moderate the panel. The event is on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium; registration is required.

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Family Weekend 2013: SMU families will arrive at the Hilltop for Family Weekend 2103, Oct. 4-6. The theme is SMU: Where Dreams Come True, and the weekend is full of activities from the Annual Taste of Dallas Dinner on Friday to the football game against Rutgers on Saturday. Read all the details here. Pony up!

MVP: The Meadows Virtuosi Players was formed in 2012 to showcase outstanding meadows students performing side by side with their faculty colleagues. Faculty artists Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert started the program and will perform alongside Ekaterina Gumenyuk and Hando Nahkur Saturday, Oct. 5. Gumenyuk and Nahkur were the first two pianists accepted into the Meadows Artist Diploma Program. The concert is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Family Weekend 2013 celebrates ‘SMU: Where Dreams Come True’

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 1.33.06 PMIt’s that time of the year again: SMU Student Foundation will present Family Weekend 2013 Oct. 4-6.

The theme for the weekend, “SMU: Where Dreams Come True,” reflects the “unparalleled experience and countless opportunities” the University offers to students, says Will Slack, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair. “It is the hope of Student Foundation that you will see the ways in which our University makes student dreams a reality.”

Student Foundation compiled a guide for the weekend, including many new events. Below are the highlights:

Friday, Oct. 4:

  • Engaged Learning Student Presentations* will be given during the Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will discuss their research, civic engagement, internship and creative experiences around the world.
  • Hardhat tours of SMU’s new residence halls, set to open in 2014, will be given at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Residential Commons Tour* is free of charge but a ticket is required.
  • The Annual Family Luncheon will be in the HTSC Ballroom at noon.
  • Engaged Learning* is hosting its first-ever Family Weekend Open House from 2-4 p.m. Learn how SMU is shaping world changers through student-developed and -executed individual study projects.
  • The 7th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the 38th Annual Talent Show follows at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets from the HTSC Crossing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. tickets can be picked up at the HTSC Mane Desk

Saturday, Oct. 5:

  • The annual Boulevard BBQ is now the Boulevard Brunch. Due to the early game, brunch will be served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The menu includes “made-to-order breakfast burritos, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, coffee, etc.”
  • After Boulevarding, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Rutgers. Kick off is set for 11 a.m. with coverage from ESPNews.

You can pick up your tickets from 8 a.m. until noon at the HTSC Mane Desk

Sunday, Oct. 6:

  • The Kappa Alpha Theta chapter of SMU presents Theta Cats Making Tracks 5K*. Join the ladies at 8:30 a.m. for a one-mile fun run or 5k to raise money for their national philanthropy CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m. All services are held at Perkins Chapel.
  • The Meadows Museum is open noon-5 p.m. free of charge for all families and students.

In addition to the weekend’s events, Student Foundation presents the first-ever Family Weekend community service event:

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Stay updated with everything Family Weekend by connecting with Student Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Denotes new event

Students show their work in Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium

Engaged Learning Week 2013, Michael Tran, photo by Clayton T. Smith

Michael Tran ’13, now an SMU master’s degree candidate in mathematics, presented his project during Engaged Learning Week in January. Students in programs from across campus will participate in the Engaged Learning Symposium during Family Weekend 2013. Photo by Clayton T. Smith.

Twenty-two students in research, service and internship programs from across campus will show their work during Family Weekend at SMU’s Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium. The event takes place 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Student presenters include Maguire and Irby Family Public Service Interns, Summer Research Fellows and University Honors Richter Research Fellows, as well as students taking part in Engaged Learning projects (now known as Engaged Learning Fellows).

Their investigations range from biometric applications for cloud computing, to second-language learning to improve self-esteem, to how Russia recycles.

Engaged Learning Fellows participating in the fall symposium are on track to graduate in December.

For its second fall symposium, the Office of Engaged Learning wanted to include student engagement that happens across campus programs, says Director Susan Kress. “We are delighted that our colleagues in the Maguire, Honors and Undergraduate Research programs have accepted our invitation to host their students’ summer work.”

Kress believes the symposium’s audiences, ranging from SMU faculty members to parents of undergraduates, “will appreciate the variety of presentations packed into one event,” she says. “And how lucky are we that it falls on Family Weekend?”

> Find a full schedule at the Engaged Learning website

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