Food for Fines

Central University Libraries’ 2015 Food for Fines program continues through Wednesday, Dec. 16

Stock photo of canned foodsSMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) is once again giving students, faculty and staff members an opportunity to help the community – and possibly save some cash as well.

During the 2015 Food for Fines program, CUL will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU faculty, staff members and students will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library Center and the Hamon Arts Library.

Learn more about the North Texas Food Bank

To collect your credits, just bring food donations to either of these libraries through Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015. All SMU community members are welcome to participate – even those who have no library fines to cancel. Last year, the SMU community donated 374 cans, equaling $748 in waived library fines.

The Food for Fines program began in 2000 as a way for students to reduce or eliminate library fines while also giving back to the community. “The initiative encourages students to take a look around their dorm rooms to see if they do have any books that might well be overdue,” said Gillian McCombs, dean and director of Central University Libraries. “It is easy to forget these deadlines when you are powering away on a research paper during finals.”

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Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. Credit only applies to overdue book fines currently assessed; no future credit can be applied. Overdue fines cannot be waived if they have already been sent to the Bursar’s Office for collection.

“Every year we see students show enthusiasm for the program,” said Sam Cavanaugh, front desk receptionist at Fondren Library. “Last year we had several students bring in cans that amounted to more than their library fines. It’s great to see students giving back.”

— Emily Hooper

SMU Libraries’ 2014 Food for Fines program continues through Friday, Dec. 19

food-fines-195x300SMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) is giving students, faculty and staff members with overdue charges an opportunity to help the community while saving some cash.

During the 2014 Food for Fines program, CUL will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU faculty, staff members and students will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library Center and the Hamon Arts Library.

To collect your credits, just bring food donations to either of these libraries through Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. All SMU community members are welcome to participate – even if you have no library fines to cancel.

Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. Credit only applies to overdue book fines currently assessed; no future credit can be applied. Overdue fines cannot be waived if they have already been sent to the Bursar’s Office for collection.

Visit Central University Libraries online
Learn more about the North Texas Food Bank

SMU Libraries trade ‘Food For Fines’ through Dec. 20, 2013

SMU Central University Libraries' Food for Fines logoSMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) is giving students, faculty and staff members with overdue charges an opportunity to help the community while saving some cash.

During the 2013 Food for Fines program, CUL will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU community members will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Bridwell LibraryFondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Reading Room.

Bring food donations to any of these libraries through Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. Credit only applies to overdue book fines currently assessed; no future credit can be applied.

Visit Central University Libraries online
Learn more about the North Texas Food Bank

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 4, 2012

SMU J Term 2013 graphicWinter Break is nearly here – the end of 2012 (and beginning of 2013) at a glance:

  • Dec. 3: Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 4-5: Reading days
  • Dec. 6-12: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • Dec. 14The Guildhall at SMU Winter Exhibition, Cohort 16, SMU-in-Plano
  • Dec. 15: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
  • Dec. 15December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Dec. 24, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013: University holidays
  • Jan. 7-16J Term 2013 at SMU-in-Plano – registration deadline extended through Monday, Dec. 10

Celebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2012 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Food for Fines continues: The Central University Libraries 2012 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 14. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fine assessed from November 1, 2012 forward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off food donations at any of the listed libraries.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dallas Metropolitan Ballet - 'The Night Before Christmas'Dec. 15-16: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas with guest artists Stephen Hanna and Margaret Severin-Hansen at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $40 – buy them online at Ticketmaster.com.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 13, 2011

Stock photo of a blue ornamentAs the days dwindle down to a precious few, here are some notable dates for the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012:

  • Dec. 16The Guildhall at SMU Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation, SMU-in-Plano. Paul Barnett, senior creative director of BioWare Mythic and the guiding force behind the critically acclaimed MMO game Warhammer Online, will deliver the graduation keynote speech.
  • Dec. 17: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees.
  • Dec. 17: All-University December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum. Business and civic leader and SMU Trustee Carl Sewell (’66) will give the address. Faculty members may RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and processional.
  • Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012: University holidays.
  • Jan. 3-12J Term 2012 at SMU-in-Plano.

Stock photo of a wrapped holiday giftSMUSA plays Santa: The SMU Staff Association continues to collect gifts for United Way partner Children’s Medical Center of Dallas until Dec. 14, 2011. The Staff Association is accepting “ABCs” – action figures and dolls or their accessories; board games or handheld games and puzzles; and cards (as in gift cards, to child-friendly stores). Check the most current list of drop-off locations for the one nearest you.

Fine forgiveness: The Central University Libraries 2011 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 16. Every gift of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines assessed from November 2011 onward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off donations at any listed library.

Book cover of 'Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life' by Stephen W. RankinCelebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2011 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Signed and sealed: SMU Chaplain Steve Rankin will sign his new book, Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life, from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Logos Bookstore, 6620 Snider Plaza. In this work, published by Wipf and Stock, Rev. Dr. Rankin draws from the Scriptures, from popular biblical interpretation, and from his own work as a teacher and minister to make the case for spiritual maturity. For more information, call the Chaplain’s Office at 214-768-4502.



Calendar Highlights: Dec. 5, 2011

SMU J Term 2012 logoThe end of 2011 (and beginning of 2012) at a glance:

  • Dec. 5: Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 6: Reading day
  • Dec. 7-14: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Saturday or Sunday)
  • Dec. 16: The Guildhall at SMU Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation, SMU-in-Plano
  • Dec. 17: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
  • Dec. 17: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012: University holidays
  • Jan. 3-12: J Term 2012 at SMU-in-Plano – registration deadline extended through Friday, Dec. 9

Food for Fines continues: The Central University Libraries 2011 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 16. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fine assessed from November 2011 onward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off food donations at any of the listed libraries.

Celebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2011 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents 'The Night Before Christmas'Dec. 10-11: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas with guest artists Stephen Hanna and Margaret Severin-Hansen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $10-40 – find them online at Ticketmaster.com.

CUL’s 2011 Food for Fines program runs through Dec. 16

SMU Central University Libraries' Food for Fines logoSMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) has kicked off its 2011 Food for Fines program and will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU faculty, staff and students will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Reading Room.

Bring food donations to any of these CUL libraries through Friday, Dec. 16.

Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. The credit may only be used against overdue book fines assessed from Nov. 1, 2011, to the present. No credit will be awarded for fines assessed prior to November 2011, and no future credit can be applied.

Visit Central University Libraries online
Learn more about the North Texas Food Bank

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 13, 2010

Stock photo of a red and white holiday gift boxThe end (of 2010) is near – some important dates at a glance:

Through Dec. 15: Examinations
Dec. 17: Guildhall Fall 2010 Exhibition, SMU-in-Plano
Dec. 18: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 18: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 24-31: University holidays
Jan. 4-13: J Term 2011 at SMU-in-Plano

Children's Medical Center logoSMUSA plays Santa: The SMU Staff Association will collect gifts for United Way partner Children’s Medical Center of Dallas until Dec. 14. The Staff Association is accepting craft items ranging from markers and modeling clay to stickers and wrapping paper, as well as poster, painting and jewelry kits. New books, VHS tapes and DVDs in English and Spanish are sought as well – including sounds books, board books, new children’s and teen titles, and current film and TV releases rated G, PG and PG-13. Items may be dropped off at the Blanton Student Services Building, 1st floor lobby; McFarlin Auditorium, outside the ticket office; or Expressway Towers (East Campus), Human Resources suite. Find a complete list of items for giving at the SMUSA website.

CUL Food for Fines logoFine forgiveness: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2010 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 17. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines for SMU faculty, staff and students. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room – drop off food donations at any of these libraries.

Everyone celebrate: SMU President R. Gerald Turner hosts the 2010 All-University Holiday Party at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

CUL’s 2010 Food for Fines program runs Nov. 29-Dec. 17

Food for Fines logoSMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) kicks off its 2010 Food for Fines program Nov. 29. The Libraries will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU faculty, staff and students will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library and the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Reading Room.

Bring food donations to any of these CUL libraries through Friday, Dec. 17.

Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. The credit may only be used against current overdue book fines – no future credit will be applied. Overdue fines may not be waived if they have already been sent to the Cashier’s Office for collection.

> Visit Central University Libraries online
> Learn more about the North Texas Food Bank

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 15, 2009

As the days dwindle down to a precious few…some important dates at a glance:

Holiday bells stock artThrough Dec. 17: Examinations
Dec. 18: Guildhall at SMU Fall 2009 Exhibition
Dec. 19: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 19: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 21-25: University holidays
Dec. 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – SMU Mustangs vs. Nevada Wolfpack, 7 p.m. CT, ESPN
Jan. 1: University holiday
Jan 5-14: J Term 2010 at SMU-in-Plano

Food for Fines ends Friday: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2009 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 18. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines for SMU faculty, staff and students. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library, and the ISEM Reading Room – drop off food donations at any of these libraries.

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