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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.

Celebration of Lights 2014, Dec. 1, 2014

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As Thanksgiving Break comes to an end, SMU continues to usher in the 2014 holiday season with the beloved annual tradition Celebration of Lights. Sponsored by the SMU Student Foundation, this year’s ceremony will take place Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. 

The ceremony features 138,000 decorative lights, luminaries lining the sidewalks, seasonal songs performed by campus musicians, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas Story. While Celebration of Lights is a celebration rooted in tradition, this year features some new additions.

  • Dallas CASA’s Angel Tree Program: This year Celebration of Lights is partnering with Dallas CASA’s Angel Tree Program to help sponsor a record high of 82 children affected by domestic violence.
  • Live Stream: In an effort to bring Celebration of Lights to the entire SMU Community, Student Foundation will feature this year’s celebration as a live stream on smu.edu/live.

“We realized that the SMU community was more than just the students and faculty in the Dallas area but also the parents and alumni who aren’t able to come out to Dallas on a Monday evening,” said Jack Murphy, Student Foundation, Campus Events Chair. “Therefore, we chose to live-stream the event much like SMU does for convocation and graduation because Celebration is a major SMU tradition.”

For more information regarding the ceremony, email the SMU Student Foundation or Jack Murphy.

Save the date: Celebration of Lights on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with the post-Thanksgiving observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2014 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, on the Main Quad.

Refreshments will be served prior to the event, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served.

Watch the SMU Forum during the first week of December for a full schedule of upcoming University holiday events.

Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

By | 2014-11-21T17:46:11+00:00 November 20, 2014|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|Tags: , , |

Thanksgiving treats from SMU Catering: Order by Nov. 21, 2014

Thanksgiving cornucopiaToo rushed for holiday baking? SMU Catering has a selection of pies, cakes, cookies and breads to make your Thanksgiving feast easier to prepare.

Treats for 2014 include pumpkin, pecan and buttermilk pies. Also available are Mexican chocolate cake, white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, almond citrus cake, Pumpkin Decadence (gingerbread cake topped with pumpkin mousse and pumpkin ale sauce) and pumpkin dip with gingersnaps.

The Thanksgiving 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; include your phone number if you plan to pay with a credit card. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

All orders and payments must be turned into SMU Dining Services in 101 Umphrey Lee Center by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. All prices include tax.

Thanksgiving baked goods are for pick-up only. Orders will be available Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24-25 until 3 p.m. at the bakery in RFoC, Umphrey Lee Center.

By | 2014-11-19T11:36:17+00:00 November 19, 2014|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , |

How to help students with stress during 2014 holidays, exams

SMU students in Fondren Science BuildingAs SMU enters both the holiday and exam seasons, SMU Provost Paul Ludden is asking that all University community members watch for signs of stress in themselves and in students.

Ludden asked that each faculty and staff member “be aware of signs of stress in yourself and those around you” in an e-mail message dated Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

“In particular, I ask that you be aware of signs of stress among students, especially first-year students as they are experiencing their first set of final exams,” he added.

In addition, Ludden urged faculty and staff members to visit SMU’s Caring Community Connections homepage for information on identifying and helping students who may be in crisis. The confidential system “will allow us to identify students about whom we are concerned so that we are able to provide them with appropriate information, support, and advice,” he wrote.

He encouraged all to become familiar with SMU’s Guide for Faculty and Staff for Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress, which is available online at this link.

Ludden also asked faculty and staff members to “reach out to an individual who is separated from family and friends at this time and invite them to share some of your traditions and goodwill.”

Many SMU resources are available to help University community members stay healthy and safe during the holiday and exam season, including these:

SMU’s 2014 holiday cards available; order by Friday, Nov. 14

SMU holiday card 2014The official SMU holiday card for 2014 is now on sale – but, like the holidays, they’ll only last for a short time. Quantities are limited, too, so place your order by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. If you are paying by personal check, your payment must be received by this deadline.

The 2014 card features an image of Dallas Hall, with the greeting “Warm Wishes for a Joyous Holiday.” 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. Cards are scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 24, 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 Shateria Buie in SMU Public Affairs.

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

By | 2014-11-13T10:39:58+00:00 November 7, 2014|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , |

SMU Alternative Breaks offers 20 trips during 2014-15

10511497_696268393814394_2995925763323181267_oIn 1988, SMU’s first alternative break trips traveled to a Brownsville refugee camp and a New Orleans soup kitchen. Founded the year before, the program provided an opportunity for students to perform community service during their time off.

This year, SMU Alternative Breaks offers 20 trips during fall, winter, spring and summer breaks – an all-time high.

Alternative Breaks (AB) is a student organization providing direct community service opportunities during every academic break. Performing service alongside reputable non-profit organizations, the AB program takes students, faculty and staff to communities in-need both domestically and internationally. Participants have the opportunity to do quality service, gain education about important social issues and reflect on how they can create positive social change.

During Fall Break 2014 (Oct. 11-14), AB offered six trips where students participated in various community service initiatives throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Sarah Day, a senior communications major in Meadows School of the Arts, participated in the San Antonio trip during her October break. Sarah addressed issues of food availability and access by working directly with individuals and families.

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 3.00.10 PM“Alternative Breaks is one of the best things I have done in college. On each trip you learn so much about different social issues and because of the way AB places students into groups, you also get to experience a diversity of opinions from all over campus. Each time I come away with 10 new friends that I otherwise wouldn’t have had, and it has been cool to work with them to make a difference in the Dallas community once we come back,” shared Day.

Due to increased participant applications, AB added a third Winter Break trip for the first time. During the upcoming Winter Break students can travel to Austin, Ecuador or Puerto Rico.

Additionally, there are 11 domestic and international AB trips offered during Spring Break from March 8-14, 2015. These include trips to Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Costa Rica, Missouri, Louisiana, Georgia, New York and Texas.

For more information on any of these trips or to find the Alternative Breaks application, visit the SMU Alternative Breaks webpage.

Family Weekend 2014: Follow the Clues to SMU

smu_fw_14Family members from across the nation will “follow the clues to SMU” for Family Weekend 2014, Oct. 24-26.

Sponsored by Student Foundation and organized by the Family Weekend committee, the three-day event is devoted to SMU students and their families. For more than 40 years, this tradition has offered parents the chance to take a glimpse into their son’s or daughter’s life on campus.

Dozens of activities are planned for family members visiting campus during the highly anticipated event. Student Foundation has compiled a schedule for the weekend. Below are the highlights:

Friday, Oct. 24:

  • Attend a Class: Family members are encouraged to attend classes with their student.
  • Ticket Pickup: Family members can pick up their tickets at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After 4 p.m., tickets can be picked up at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk.
  • Engaged Learning Symposium: Stop by this come-and-go event to see student presentations from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Engaged Learning will also host an open house from 2-4 p.m. at the Office of Engaged Learning, G13 Clements Hall.
  • Family Luncheon: Co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club, the family luncheon will take place at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
  • Meet the Faculty: From 2-3 p.m. family members can meet Cox School of Business faculty in the Collins Center; Dedman College faculty in the Dallas Hall Rotunda; Lyle School of Engineering faculty in Caruth Hall; Meadows School of the Arts faculty in the Taubman Atrium; and Simmons School of Education and Human Development faculty in 144 Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall.
  • Hegi Family Career Development Center Open House: Stop by the Hegi Family Career Development Center from 2-3 p.m. to meet career counselors and discuss career planning.
  • SMU Abroad Open House: Visit the SMU International Center to meet study-abroad advising staff and discuss study-abroad program options from 2-4 p.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building.
  • Interterms and SMU-in-Taos Joint Open House: Learn more about summer and winter courses, as well as SMU-in-Taos, from 2-4 p.m. in 338 Blanton Student Services Building.
  • Panhellenic Sorority Potential New Member Parent Info Session: Families of women interested in going through Panhellenic sorority recruitment are invited to learn more about the process from 3-4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
  • My Home Away From Home: Tour your student’s Residential Commons with SMU Residential Life and Student Housing from 4-5 p.m.
  • Fish Fry: The Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council invite families to their annual Fish Fry from 5-7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity.
  • Taste of Dallas Dinner: The 8th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Talent Show: The 39th Annual Talent Show follows dinner at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Saturday, Oct. 25

  • Ticket Pickup: Family members can pick up their tickets from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk.
  • Meadows Museum Guided Tours: Featuring masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Miró and Picasso, guided tours of Meadows Museum are available to family members from 2-3 p.m.
  • Boulevard Brunch: The annual Boulevard Brunch will take place before the game on the Clements Hall South Lawn from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • SMU vs. Memphis: As the Boulevard winds down, family members can head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Memphis. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26

  • College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon: Featuing lunch and entertainment, the College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon will start at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Asian Council Parents’ Dinner: Featuring dinner and entertainment, the Asian Council Parents’ Dinner will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

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

> Family Weekend 2014 registration is open through Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.

Calendar Highlights: Back to school in brief, Aug. 22, 2014

Dallas Hall stepsWelcome to the 2014-15 academic year, SMU community! Here are some Fall 2014 dates to remember:

  • Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 24
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 25
  • General Faculty Meeting: 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1 (University offices closed)
  • First Faculty Senate Meeting of 2014-15: 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28 (University offices closed)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 8
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-17 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Commencement Convocation: Saturday, Dec. 20 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (University offices closed)

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

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