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Calendar Highlights: April 1, 2015

OptingOutOpting Out: Balancing Obligations to God and the State: SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies presents “Opting Out: Balancing Obligations to God and the State,Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m., in Jones Great Hall. The lecture features guest speakers Hiram Sasser, Managing Director of Strategic Litigation, Liberty Institute; Marci A. Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Yeshiva University; and Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science & Tower Center Fellow, SMU. While the event is free and open to the public, guests are encouraged to RSVP to the Tower Center via email. 

The Clothesline Muse: Presented by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in partnership with TECO Productions, theatre performance The Clothesline Muse opens Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m., in the Bishops Arts Theatre Center. The multidisciplinary theater performance transports audiences to a world where the task of washing clothes by hand is transformed with beautiful imagery, dance and song. For tickets and more information, visit the event webpage.

Good Friday: The University is closed for Good Friday, April 3. Classes will resume the following Monday, April 6.

SpringAwakeningPosterSpring Awakening: The SMU Program Council and SMU Student Theatre (SMUST) production of Spring Awakening debuts on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m., in the Greer Garson Theatre. Featuring 35 students from various majors, this full-scale production is rehearsed and put together on the SMU campus in only 24 hours. Tickets to Spring Awakening are free. For more information, visit the Spring Awakening Facebook page.

Social Innovation Forum & Expo: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Hegi Family Career Development Center presents the forth annual Social Innovation Forum and Expo on Tuesday, April 7 from 2-4:30 p.m., in the Own Arts Center. Featuring industry experts and social media entrepreneurs, this event offers panel discussions, networking opportunities and information on Dallas-area groups developing solutions to social problems. While admission is free and open to the public, advance registration is required. For more information, email Meadows Assistant Director Abigail Smith.

Tate Lecture: SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents co-anchor of ABC News “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts on Tuesday, April 7. The event will start with the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:45 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, followed by The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m., in McFarlin Auditorium. For more information, visit the Tate Lecture Series webpage.

SMUSA loves Seuss: 2015 Valentine’s Day Luncheon celebrates the good Doctor on Friday, Feb. 13

SMUSA Seuss Valentine luncheonThe SMU Staff Association will share its love for all things Seuss at its annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon. The event takes place noon-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

The event also celebrates the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. In honor of the beloved children’s author, SMUSA urges attendees to bring a new children’s book for donation to a DISD elementary school library.

Lunch tickets are $15 per person and may be reserved online with and without an electronic payment.

> Buy a ticket for the SMUSA Valentine’s Luncheon with a credit card

> RSVP for all others

Calendar Highlights: The Spring 2015 term at a glance

Dallas Hall steps from a 3rd-story windowWelcome back! SMU’s 2015 Spring Term begins Friday, Jan. 16 – a few important dates at a glance:

  • Friday, Jan. 16: First day of classes for the 2015 Spring Term
  • Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day (University closed). SMU celebrates MLK Day of Service 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – learn more at smu.edu/volunteer
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21: Spring 2015 General Faculty Meeting
  • Monday-Sunday, March 9-15: Spring Break
  • Friday, April 3: Good Friday (University closed)
  • Monday, April 13: Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza
  • Friday, April 17: Founders’ Day
  • Monday, May 4: Last day of classes for Spring 2015
  • Tuesday, May 5: Reading Day
  • Wednesday-Tuesday, May 6-12: Final examinations (no exams scheduled on Sunday)
  • Friday, May 15: Baccalaureate
  • Saturday, May 16: All-University Commencement and school/department diploma ceremonies

SMU Staff Association continues 2014 Holiday Toy Drive through Friday, Dec. 19

holiday-toys-stock-300Continuing its traditional holiday service project, the SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive for its United Way Partner, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  

SMUSA is accepting new, non-violent, unwrapped toys ranging from board games to remote control cars. The Staff Association encourages participants to keep in mind that all donations must be child-appropriate.

Toys can be donated at the following collection locations through Friday, Dec. 19:dcac-logo

  • Blanton Building – 1st floor by the elevator
  • Dallas Hall – 1st floor stairwell landing
  • Expressway Tower – Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk
  • Umphrey Lee Center – 3rd floor, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway – Development and External Affairs

As an added bonus for a kind gesture, 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 Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 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, email 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, email Chris Milazzo.

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 Woman’s Club raises scholarship funds with cookbook project; recipes accepted until Dec. 15, 2014

Stock photo of gingerbread manThe SMU Woman’s Club is seeking festive and favorite recipes from all over the University community for a cookbook project to benefit its scholarship fund.

All recipes are welcome, including side dishes, main courses, desserts, sweets, food gifts, game-day snacks, kosher and ethnic treats, and vegetarian recipes, says Kathy Barry, Woman’s Club president. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 15, 2014.

The cookbook is scheduled for publication in October 2015; ordering information will be available in the spring. All proceeds benefit the SMU Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, which helps support a female University student in need of financial assistance.

Over the past two years, the Woman’s Club has provided a total of $16,800 in monetary support, Barry says – including funding for a young woman from a family of four children who were all paying their own way through school. “She told us that without this support, she could not have stayed at SMU,” Barry adds.

For more information, or to send in your favorite recipe, email Kathy Barry.

Visit the SMU Woman’s Club online

Extra discounts at the SMU Bookstore during 2014 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days Dec. 3-5

Stock photo of a wrapped holiday giftSave money on your holiday shopping at the SMU Bookstore during 2014 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days. From Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Friday, Dec. 5, present your faculty/staff SMU ID at the cash register to receive an extra 15% off all regular-price items – a 25% total discount – and an extra 50% off clearance stock.

Some exclusions apply, including textbooks and tablets. The extra discount is also not applicable to other discounts and promotions. No discounts are available on gift cards.

Visit on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 5-7 p.m. to enjoy coffee, cookies and live holiday music during the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days kick-off. For more information, call the SMU Bookstore at 214-768-2435.

Meadows Theatre presents Look Homeward, Angel Dec. 3-7, 2014

LHA 9344The Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts mounts its final production of 2014 with Look Homeward, Angel, running Wednesday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 5, in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Based on the autobiographical novel by Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel is an acclaimed 1957 adaptation by playwright Ketti Frings. Tracing the coming of age of Eugene Gant, the play is set in the small town of Altamont, North Carolina where Gant’s mother runs The Dixieland Boarding House.

The Meadows production is directed by Benard Cummings, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. Before returning to his alma mater to teach acting, Cummings performed in regional theaters across the country, as well as Off-Broadway and on episodic television. Additionally, Cummings has taught acting at SUNY-Purchase and Stella Adler/NYU, as well as the summer apprentice company at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Tickets for faculty, staff and students are $7 and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787. A full cast list can be found below.

Look Homeward, Angel

Dec. 3-5, 2014

Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU

LHA 9477Crew

  • Director – Benard Cummings
  • Scenic Director – Russell Parkman
  • Costume Designer – Amanda MacArthur (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Lighting Designer – Janet Berka (M.F.A. ’15)
  • Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
  • Vocal Coach – Anne Shilling
  • Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
  • Music Compositions – Derrick Horne (MFA M.M. Composition, ’16)
  • Music Advisor – Pamela E. Pagels (Music Librarian, SMU Central University Libraries)
  • Stage Manager – Alejandra Flores (B.F.A. ’16)

Cast

  • Eliza Gant – Tiana Johnson (M.F.A. ’16)
  • LHA 9215W.O. Gant – Timothy Paul Brown (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Ben Gant – Kamen Casey (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Eugene Gant – Robert George (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Helen Gant Barton – Caitlin Galloway (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Hugh Barton – Jesse Karmazin (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Luke Grant – Nick Miller (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Laura James – Dagny Sanson (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Will Pentland – George Colligan (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Dr. Maguire – Taylor Harris (M.F.A. ’16)
  • Mrs. Marie Pert – Jenna Richanne (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Jake Clatt – Blake Rhett Murray (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Mrs. Clatt – Kathleen Bennett (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Madam Elizabeth – Andrea Flowers (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Miss Florry Mangle – Katy Tye (B.F.A. ’15)
  • Mrs. Snowden – Madeleine Boudreaux (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Mr. Farrell – Ian Hill (B.F.A. ’16)
  • Miss Brown – Joanna Coogan (B.F.A. ’17)
  • Tarkinton – Matthew Talton (B.F.A. ’16)

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 3, 2014

rhetoric-of-genocide-bookcoverPublic Debate: SMU Debate Team vs. National Debate Team of Rwanda: Sponsored by the Meadows School’s Division of Communication Studies, SMU hosts a one-hour debate with the Rwandan national debate team Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., in Umphrey Lee Center, Room 241. The topic for the evening debate is “The United States has an obligation to take the international lead against global instances of genocide.” The SMU debate team will take the affirmative and Rwanda will take the negative. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Dr. Ben Voth or call 214-768-2787.

Christmas Worship Services: The annual Christmas Worship Services will take place Thursday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., in Perkins Chapel. These services reflect the liturgical context of the Advent season, the musical traditions of Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts, and the muliticultural environment of SMU. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2091.

Houston Faust Mount II Book Signing: The SMU Central University Libraries present a book signing for Oilfield Revolutionary: The Career of Everette Lee DeGolyer with author Houston Faust Mount II Thursday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m., in the DeGolyer Library. The novel explores DeGolyer’s influence on oil exploration through national politics, geology and philanthropy. For additional information, visit the CUL News blog.

Meadows Symphony: Meadows School of the Arts presents Meadows Symphony Orchestra: Mozart, Weber and Strauss Friday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. The performance will feature Meadows Associate Professor Carol Leone as a soloist for Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor, as well as Weber’s Overture to Der Freischutz and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1

celebration-of-lights-01-135x100ratioWith Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.

  • Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.
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