- 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)
The rain poured down, but spirits were high during SMU’s 2012 Family Weekend celebration Sept. 28-30. Relive “Boardwalk on the Boulevard” from the picnic to the Talent Show to the SMU-TCU game with a video courtesy of SMU News.
This year’s theme is Boardwalk on the Boulevard; President R. Gerald Turner said the theme “reflects the range of activities the students have planned for you to enjoy, from our talent show to Boulevarding before the Mustangs take on TCU.”
Antonea Bastian, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair, said, “Families are a very important part of our community, and this weekend is about celebrating them.”
Student Foundation put together a guide for the weekend and below are some of the highlights:
Friday, Sept. 28:
- To kick off the weekend there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford Stadium at 10 and 11 a.m.
- Following the tour there is a family luncheon in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at noon.
- Families have the chance to Meet the Faculty of each school in their respective buildings at 2 p.m.
- The evening holds two favorite traditions: the Taste of Dallas Dinner at 6 p.m. and the Talent Show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Saturday, Sept. 29:
- This year’s Family Weekend is happening during the Second Century Celebration, so make sure to stop by the Centennial Hall Open House in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg from 3-6 p.m. for a family photo.
- The annual BBQ on the Boulevard will start at 4 p.m. and kick off all Boulevarding activities.
- As the boulevard winds down, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against TCU, the Battle for the Iron Skillet!
- A Quick Look at The Battle for the Iron Skillet:
- The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports
- The rivalry dates back to 1915
- SMU won their first game over TCU in 1923
- TCU currently leads the series 44-40-7
- The last time the Mustangs and Horned Frogs met, SMU was victorious with a 40-33 win in overtime
Sunday, Sept. 30:
SMU families will celebrate in Texas style during Family Weekend 2011. Set for Sept. 16-18, the weekend has a theme of “SMU: It’s a State of Mind.”
“The Texas theme really works with everything we have planned, from the Dads’ Club barbecue to Cowboys Stadium tours,” says junior John Angle, chair of the Student Foundation committee that is coordinating the events.
The weekend also includes a luncheon co-sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, departmental open houses, a student talent show and tailgating on the Boulevard before the game against Northwestern State at Ford Stadium.
“Family Weekend is one of my favorite traditions,” says Angle, who is an accounting major in Cox School of Business and a history major, with a Spanish minor, in Dedman College. “It’s a chance for students to introduce their families to their professors, friends and SMU spirit, and for families to make great memories together.”
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 families will celebrate longstanding traditions and launch new ones September 24-26 during Family Weekend. This year’s theme, “Let the Good Times Roll,” pays tribute to the 1950s and ’60s and music that unites generations, says Elisabeth Knutzen, chair of the Student Foundation committee that coordinates the events.
“Family Weekend gives families the opportunity to see what their students do every day and to experience great traditions like the Boulevard,” says Knutzen, a junior accounting major in Cox School of Business. “For families who aren’t able to visit campus, we encourage students to bring friends and join in the events.”
Parents are invited to attend classes with their students and meet faculty members; visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center and an SMU Abroad discussion at Hughes-Trigg Student Center; and attend an exciting presentation for all ages by SMU physics professors.
Before the big game against TCU at 7 p.m., families can join the SMU Dads’ Club and Student Foundation for barbecue and tailgating on the Boulevard, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets to the barbecue and Saturday’s talent show will be available at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center beginning Friday, September 17, until they’re sold out (pay with Pony cards or cash). For football tickets, call 214-768-GAME (4263).
> Find a schedule (pdf) of the weekend’s events
> Watch President Turner’s video greeting to SMU families
> Guidelines for the Boulevard on SMU’s Live Responsibly site.
> Also on Friday: Gilbert Lecture Series presents scholar and author Seth Lerer on children writing in books
Activities Saturday, Sept. 25, include a morning fun run, a fish fry with the Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council, Meadows Museum tours, “Taste of Dallas” dinner and the annual talent show at McFarlin Auditorium. New this year are afternoon tours at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
In addition, Ambassador James K. Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, will discuss the institute’s partnership with SMU and opportunities for students at 4:30 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
The weekend wraps up Sunday, Sept. 26, with All-Campus Worship at Perkins Chapel at 11 a.m., the College Hispanic American Students’ luncheon, Meadows Museum visits and Asian Council dinner.
New students arrive on the Hilltop for Mustang Corral Aug. 18, and the entire campus is gearing up for the Fall 2010 semester. Keep track of some important dates and times with this handy back-to-school calendar:
- Mustang Corral: Aug. 19-21
- First Sunday University Worship: Aug. 22, 11 a.m. in Perkins Chapel (with guest preacher SMU President R. Gerald Turner)
- Common Reading discussion: Aug. 22, 2:30 p.m. in residence halls (learn more about the 2010 Common Reading, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers)
- Opening Convocation and Rotunda Passage: Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m. (address by William Tsutsui, the new dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences)
- First day of class: Aug. 23
- Fall General Faculty Meeting: Aug. 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater (reception at 3 p.m., meeting at 4 p.m.)
- First Faculty Senate meeting of 2010-11: Sept. 1, 3:10 p.m, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West
- Labor Day: Sept. 6 (University offices closed)
- Family Weekend: Sept. 24-25 (SMU vs. TCU in the State Farm DFW Duel – Battle for the Iron Skillet)
- Fall Break: Oct. 11-12
- Homecoming Weekend: Oct. 22-23 (SMU vs. Houston)
- Thanksgiving holiday: Nov. 25-26 (University offices closed, no classes Nov. 24)
- Last day of class: Dec. 6 (reading day Dec. 7)
- Finals Week: Dec. 8-15
- December Graduation: Dec. 18
- Christmas/Winter Break and New Year holiday: Dec. 24-31 (University offices closed)
Mark your 2010 calendars for two of SMU’s biggest fall celebrations:
• Family Weekend, Sept. 24-26, to coincide with the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU Friday, Sept. 24. Theme: SMU Through the Years.
• Homecoming, Oct. 16-23, featuring SMU vs. Houston on Saturday, Oct. 23. Theme: Broadway on the Boulevard.
Bookmark the Student Foundation homepage to keep up with events and activities.
After a winning Homecoming 2009 weekend, the SMU community prepares to celebrate another long-standing tradition: Family Weekend, set for Nov. 13-15.
With a theme of “Passport to SMU,” the weekend includes activities designed to help families learn more about their students’ experiences at the University. Highlights include:
• Nov. 13 – Ford Stadium tour at 10:30 a.m.; Mothers’ Club reception and luncheon starting at 11 a.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center; meetings with the faculty at 2 p.m.; and a student talent show at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
• Nov. 14 – Meadows Museum tour starting at 10:30 a.m.; barbecue with the Dads’ Club and a tailgate party on the Boulevard starting at 11:30 a.m.; cheer on the Mustangs against the University of Texas-El Paso Miners at 2 p.m. in Ford Stadium.
• Nov. 15 – Mass in Perkins Chapel at 9 a.m.; College Hispanic American Students luncheon at noon in Hughes-Trigg Student Center; and the Asian Council dinner at 6 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg.
• Read the full schedule courtesy of SMU News (PDF format)
New and returning students are arriving on the Hilltop, and the entire campus is gearing up for the Fall 2009 semester. Keep track of some important dates and times with this handy back-to-school calendar:
- Mustang Corral: Aug. 21-23
- Common Reading discussion: Aug. 25, 2:15-3:15 p.m. in residence halls (learn more about the 2009 Common Reading, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama)
- Opening Convocation and Rotunda Passage: Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m. (address by Jeffrey W. Talley, Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship and founding director of the Institute for Engineering and Global Development, Lyle School of Engineering)
- First day of class: Aug. 26
- General Faculty Meeting: Aug. 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater (reception at 3 p.m., meeting at 4 p.m.)
- First Faculty Senate meeting of 2009-10: Sept. 2, 3:10 p.m, Hughes-Trigg Student Center
- Labor Day: Sept. 7 (University offices closed)
- Fall Break: Oct. 12-13
- Homecoming Weekend: Nov. 6-7 (SMU vs. Rice)
- Family Weekend: Nov. 13-14 (SMU vs. UTEP)
- Thanksgiving: Nov. 26-27 (University offices closed, no classes Nov. 25)
- Last day of class: Dec. 9
- Finals Week: Dec. 11-17
- December Graduation: Dec. 19
- Christmas/Winter Break: Dec. 21-25 (University offices closed)
- New Year’s Day holiday: Jan. 1 (University offices closed)