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Students and holiday stress: How to cope, how to help

Dallas Hall Rotunda with studentsAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, the Office of the Provost is asking that all University community members look out for signs of stress in themselves and in co-workers and students.

The stretch from Thanksgiving to the end of finals is “a time of significant stress for many members of our community,” wrote Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Currall in an e-mail message dated Nov. 21, 2016. “We ask each of you to be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you. In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first round of final exams.”

In addition, Currall urged students “who feel the stress of the season and finals” to visit the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and make use of several resources available to them. Learn more under the jump.

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SMU Catering will take Thanksgiving baked-goods orders through Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Thanksgiving cornucopiaSMU Catering is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies, cakes, cookies and breads. Treats for 2016 include pumpkin, buttermilk and Jack Daniel’s pecan pies.

Also available are Mexican chocolate cake, white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, almond citrus cake, pear tart (featuring champagne-poached pears with frangipane filling) and pumpkin dip with gingersnaps.

The baked-goods menu also includes Mustang bread in both original and jalapeño cheese varieties.

For pricing information and to place your Thanksgiving order, call SMU Catering at 214-768-2368, or fax your order to 214-768-2366 and include your contact phone number. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

Thanksgiving dessert order forms are available in several on-campus food outlets.

All orders and payments must be turned into SMU Dining Services in 101 Umphrey Lee Center by 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. All prices include tax.

Thanksgiving baked goods are for pick-up only. Orders will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 and 8 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the SMU Catering office, 101 Umphrey Lee Center. Products are guaranteed fresh until Sunday, Nov. 27.

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Order your 2016 SMU holiday cards by Friday, Nov. 11

SMU holiday card 2016, frontThe official 2016 SMU holiday card is on sale now – but, like a Black Friday deal, they’ll be gone soon. Quantities are limited, so place your order by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. If you are paying by personal check, your payment must be received by this deadline.

This year’s card features an image of Dallas Hall taken during the University’s Celebration of Lights, with “May Your Days Be Merry and Bright” on the front and the greeting “Warm Wishes” on the inside. Cards can be ordered with a blank signature line or with “Southern Methodist University” preprinted.

The cost is $1.50 per card, sold in packages of 25, with envelopes. You can place orders in quantities of up to 300. Cards are scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 22, and can be collected in Perkins Administration Building. You will receive an e-mail notifying you when your cards are ready for pick-up.

For more information, contact Karen Hart in SMU Public Affairs.

> Find details, more views and an online order form at the SMU Development and External Affairs website

Toys for Tickets, SMUSA Holiday Toy Drive return – donate by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Toys for Tickets 2016Toys for Tickets is back for 2016, and once again SMU faculty, staff and students can redeem unpaid parking tickets while helping to make the holidays brighter for children.

Created by SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office, the annual citation-forgiveness program offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value.

To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office in Hughes-Trigg Student Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-25).

The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is also collecting toys ranging from board games to remote control cars for its 2016 Holiday Toy Drive. The drive will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Once again, both Toys for Tickets and the SMUSA Holiday Toy Drive will benefit children served by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), a United Way partner agency. All donated toys must be new, unwrapped, nonviolent and child-appropriate.

DCAC Holiday of Hope logoToys for the SMUSA drive can be donated at the following collection locations:

  • Laura Lee Blanton Building – Enrollment Services, 1st floor near the elevator
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk
  • Hughes-Trigg Student Center – SMU Parking and ID Card Services, main floor near the Commons
  • Umphrey Lee Center – Department of Economics, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs

> Find a list of requested toys at the SMUSA website

For more information on Toys for Tickets, e-mail SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275 (214-SMU-PARK).

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Feb. 12, 2016

Free Valentine’s Day Piano Duo Concert: Internationally acclaimed pianists and SMU alumni Liudmila Georgievskaya and Thomas Schwan will give a two-piano recital, featuring works of Mozart and Otto Singer’s rarely performed and brilliant transcription of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. The concert is Sunday, Feb. 14 beginning at 7:30 in Caruth Auditorium.

TEDxSMU Live 2016: Beginning Feb. 15 and running through Feb. 19, TEDxSMU will host live simulcast talks of the TED 2016 conference. Free and open to the  SMU community, you are invited for one talk, one session or the whole week! Viewing will be held in 253 Caruth Hall on the SMU campus.

> See a complete list of speakers, times and events here

WaltScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 12.51.13 PMer Horne’s “Triple Execution” Postcards: Death on the Border: Using photographer Walter Horne’s “Triple Execution” images of the Mexican Revolution, Claudia Zapata, SMU Ph.D. candidate in Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture, examines the pattern that Horne used to portray the role of Mexico and Mexican identity in the picture postcard format. The event is sponsored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon in McCord Auditorium.

Tower Center Monthly Seminar: On Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., James C. Garand, the Emogene Pliner Distinguished Professor and R. Downs Poindexter Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, will speak on “Is it Documentation, or is it Immigration? Exploring the Effects of Attitudes Toward Documented and Undocumented Immigrants on Immigration Policy Attitudes.” Garand will examine the effects of attitudes toward documented and undocumented immigrants on immigration policy attitudes. The event will be held in the Tower Center Boardroom, 227 Carr Collins Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to tower@smu.edu.

The Life and Times of George McGovern: The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, The Life and Times of George McGovern is the first major biography of the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate who became America’s most eloquent and prescient critic of the Vietnam War. In it, Thomas Knock, SMU Associate Professor and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the William P. Clements Department of History, traces McGovern’s life from his rustic boyhood in a South Dakota prairie town during the Depression to his rise to the pinnacle of politics at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as police and antiwar demonstrators clashed in the city’s streets. The book will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Presidential History, will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and seating is not guaranteed. For more information visit SMU.EDU/CPH.

All-University Holiday Party takes place Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

holiday-gift-red-with-snowflakes-stock-200Save the date: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

The SMU community will gather after finals (and before December Commencement) for refreshments, holiday music and conversation with friends old and new.

Take part in SMUSA’s 2015 Holiday Toy Drive and the Toys for Tickets program through Dec. 21

holiday-toys-stock-300The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is collecting new, non-violent, unwrapped toys ranging from board games to remote control cars. The gift will help make the holidays brighter for children served by its United Way Partner, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  

The 2015 Holiday Toy Drive will continue through Monday, Dec. 21. SMUSA reminds participants that all donations must be child-appropriate.

Toys can be donated at the following collection locations:dcac-logo

  • Blanton Building – 1st floor by the elevator
  • Carr Collins Hall – lobby near Lawyers’ Inn
  • Expressway Tower, East Campus – Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor circulation desk
  • Hughes-Trigg Student Center – 2nd floor, Suite 200
  • Umphrey Lee Center – 3rd floor, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs

As an added bonus, the SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value. To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office located in Expressway Tower, Suite 101, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on Toys for Tickets, e-mail SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275.

If you have questions about the types of donations that are accepted, e-mail Stephanie Howeth, Staff Association vice president of service and activities.

Help SMU Public Affairs compile its 2015 holiday book list

The SMU Office of Public Affairs needs your help compiling its annual holiday book list. All general-interest books by University faculty, staff and alumni that were published in 2015 will be considered for inclusion.

Authors can submit their own works by completing the online book form at the SMU News website and sending a high-resolution electronic cover image to the SMUBooks e-mail address.

Questions? Please contact book-list editor Cherri Gann at 214-768-7657.

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Moby Dick-inspired card game by SMU professor and students exposes subversive humor in Melville’s classic novel

'DICK, the card game' box setThe upcoming movie In the Heart of the Sea promises to offer a potentially Oscar-worthy take on the whale hunt that inspired Henry Melville’s Moby Dick. For folks who still giggle at the title, there’s another way to enjoy that classic novel this winter: DICK, the card game, from the mind of SMU English Professor Tim Cassedy.

Moby Dick is really, really funny,” Cassedy says. “You can downplay the irreverence and read the book as a very earnest story about American ruggedness and Ahab’s will and vengeance, and it is those things. But if you go into it knowing Melville is often kidding, it reads completely differently.”

DICK, the card game, exposes that humor.

In a concept familiar to anyone who’s played Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity, DICK is a humorous game of “complete the sentence.” Each turn, one player serves as a judge and asks their fellow players to submit cards that complete the sentence on one of the prompt cards, which contain phrases such as:

“Oh yeah? Well I graduated from the University of _______!” or, “Ted Cruz caused a stir today when he called a press conference to denounce ______.”

The player whose response card most tickles the judge’s fancy wins the round.

> Read more about DICK, the card game in the SMU Campus Weekly

What sets DICK apart from its play-on-words peers is that the response cards all contain quotes from Moby Dick. This is where it quickly becomes apparent that Moby Dick is, indeed, rife with toilet humor.

“Humor is something everyone can relate to – especially low-brow humor,” says co-developer Chelsea Grogan. “It makes Moby Dick accessible, and not this ivory tower we make it out to be.”

Potential response cards include: “An eruption of bears,” “Immaculate manliness” and “A sort of badger-haired old merman.”

Cassedy, Grogan and Jenna Peck came up with DICK while Grogan and Peck (recent SMU graduates) were students in one of Cassedy’s spring classes. They debuted the game at a conference of English professors from across Texas, where it was a hit. DICK, the card game is now selling in select bookstores around the country and online at whysoever.com.

— Kenny Ryan

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Dec. 4, 2015

Meadows Chamber Music Honors Concert: The chamber music program presents a dynamic, varied, passionate performance of jury-selected wind, brass, piano and string ensembles. Come hear these students showcasing the results of a semester of intense, peer-driven collaborative work. The event is on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Is ForensicScreen shot 2015-12-04 at 1.51.39 PM Science an Oxymoron?: Forensic science evidence (e.g., fingerprints, DNA, microscopic hair, & bite marks) is widely believed to provide powerful proof of identity in both criminal and civil trials. But in recent years, forensic scientists in some areas have been taken to task for overclaiming, failing to test their assumptions, and neglecting to explain to judges and jurors how the risk of error affects the value of reported matches. Solutions will be explored by professor Jonathan Koehler, professor at Northwestern University School of Law, on Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:15 p.m. This event will be in 153 Heroy Halland is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. at lawandstatistics.eventbrite.com or 214-768-3527.

Learn more about Jonathen Koehler

The Science of Listening to Music: On Monday, Dec. 7, Professor Elizabeth Margulis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, will examine the interface between science and music by using a series of the Lab’s recent experiments. The event will  begin at 4:30 p.m. in 2020 Owen Arts Center. For more information, click here.

Christmas and Crêpes: Come join the SMU Wesley Foundation at 3220 Daniel Avenue for crêpes, coffee, community, and Christmas music on Monday, Dec. 7 from 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Student Film Association Fall Film Festival: The Student Filmmakers’ Association will host their annual fall film festival showcasing the best recent short works created by SMU students. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station.

Paws and Take a Break: A team of registered therapy dogs from the A New Leash on Life group will visit the Taubman Atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 9, hosted by Hamon Arts Library. Research has shown that spending 5-24 minutes with a calm dog reduces blood pressure and the levels of stress hormones in the body. Come visit with a certified therapy dog from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.!

Therapy Dogs at Fondren

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