Moody Coliseum

SMU rolls out new faculty/staff basketball ticket procedures, prices

SMU vs TCU in American Airlines Center, 2013

SMU men’s basketball defeated TCU 69-61 in American Airlines Center on Nov. 8, 2013. SMU Athletics has rolled out a new procedure for claiming free faculty and staff tickets to home games in Moody Coliseum.

As the Hilltop prepares for the 2013-14 basketball season, SMU Athletics has introduced a new distribution process for free faculty and staff tickets, as well as discounted prices for season tickets.

The men’s and women’s teams return to a newly renovated Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

> Learn more about the Moody Coliseum renovation at newmoody.com

As in previous years, a limited number of free faculty/staff single game tickets will be available for each regular-season home men’s basketball game. Due to increased demand and limited availability, SMU faculty and staff members will be asked to pick up single-game tickets in advance. You may pick up tickets to one, two or three games in each distribution block, with a limit of two (2) free tickets per game per ID. You must present your faculty/staff SMU ID at time of pick-up; you may bring one other faculty/staff ID to pick up a total of four (4) tickets.

> SMU Men’s Basketball news online

One hundred (100) total faculty/staff tickets will be allocated for each game. Tickets will be scanned upon entry and recorded. If a free ticket goes unused, the faculty or staff member who claimed the ticket will not be eligible to pick up tickets in the block pickup following that game. If a free ticket is found to be sold, all ticket privileges linked to that SMU ID will be revoked.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on these pick-up dates for the games listed:

  • Monday, Dec. 9 – UCONN (Jan. 4), South Florida (Jan. 15), Rutgers (Jan. 21)
  • Monday, Jan. 27 – Memphis (Feb. 1), Temple (Feb. 6), Cincinnati (Feb. 8)
  • Monday, Feb. 10 – Houston (Feb. 17), Central Florida (March 1), UCONN (WBB) (Feb. 25)
  • Monday, Feb. 17 – Louisville* (March 5)

* Please note that all pick-up windows open on Mondays at 7 a.m. Windows are open until 5 p.m. or until all tickets are distributed.

Only the UCONN women’s game on Feb. 25 will require advance ticket pick-up. Those tickets will be distributed on Feb. 10 along with the Houston and UCF men’s game tickets.

SMU Women’s Basketball news online

Faculty and staff members may still pick up day-of-game tickets at the Curtis Culwell Center for any non-conference men’s or women’s basketball games. The new policy applies only to games in Moody Coliseum.

SMU faculty and staff members may also buy 2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets at reduced prices. A limit of four (4) season tickets may be purchased at the faculty/staff rate; additional tickets may be purchase at full price. Season tickets offer the same guaranteed location for each regular season home game.

Three options are available:

Baseline Season Ticket

  • Sections 200-202, 206-210 and 214-15
  • $99 Faculty/Staff rate (limit 4 per staff member) – a 20% discount from the regular price of $125
  • No Mustang Club donation required

Sideline Season Ticket

  • Sections 203, 205, 211 and 213
  • $192 Faculty/Staff rate (limit 4 per staff member) – a 20% discount from the regular price of $240
  • Requires a $250 Mustang Club donation

Sideline Mid-court Season Ticket

  • Sections 204 and 212
  • $240 Faculty/Staff rate (limit 4 per staff member) – a 20% discount from the regular price of $300
  • Requires a $500 Mustang Club donation

To purchase season tickets, call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-768-4263. Find a FAQ about SMU faculty/staff tickets under the jump.

> Visit the SMU Ticket Office homepage at smumustangs.com/tickets

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SMU Athletics reveals new Moody Coliseum court design

With the $47 million renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum moving closer to completion, SMU Athletics has revealed the new floor design for the historic facility.

> Watch this PonyUpTV video in a new window video

The court will have a blue border to contrast with the red seating and accents of the arena’s lower section. White lines will mark the lanes, three-point arcs and mid-court stripe. To keep the design clean, classic and simple, there will be no paint inside the lanes.

The center-court logo includes the blue SMU word mark and red pony. In addition, web and social media markings have been added to the sidelines (SMUMustangs.com and @SMUMustangs).

“Our goal was simple: create a nationally-recognized floor design that complements the Moody Coliseum renovation while maintaining the heritage and tradition of SMU basketball,” said Erik Herskind ’87, principal at Greenlight, the firm that created the design.

Learn more about the renovation at NewMoody.com

The new design also focuses on branding the University and SMU Athletics as the Mustangs’ exposure reaches unprecedented levels. All 18 men’s basketball conference games will be nationally televised during SMU’s inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference.

“We’re proud of where the design landed,” Herskind said. “It was a highly collaborative process between the design team at Greenlight and the staff at SMU. As an SMU alum, and father of an SMU sophomore, it was a particularly rewarding project for me. To be able to give back to the school this way feels great.”

The new court design will be ready for the opening home doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. The new Moody will open to Mustang fans with the men hosting Connecticut at 1 p.m. and the women facing South Florida at 3:30 p.m.

> Read the full story from SMU News

SMU Board of Trustees raises campaign goal to $1 billion

Bolstered by the success to date of SMU’s Second Century Campaign, the University’s Board of Trustees has raised the goal from $750 million to $1 billion.

At its quarterly meeting Friday, Sept. 13, the board voted unanimously to accept the new goal recommended by the campaign’s leadership.

The campaign seeks additional funds for scholarships, academic programs, faculty positions and campus improvements and facilities.

SMU already has surpassed its original goal and timetable, raising $780 million for a campaign scheduled to end in 2015, the 100th anniversary of the University’s opening. That date is now set to mark another milestone – the completion of SMU’s first $1 billion campaign.

SMU will join only 12 other private universities currently seeking goals of $1 billion or more. Among them are Columbia, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, the University of Chicago and the University of Southern California. SMU is the first comprehensive university in North Texas to seek that amount.

“The generosity of our donors, the strength of our campaign leadership and the hard work of volunteers around the globe have resulted in record-breaking support for SMU,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Even during uncertain economic times, our donors kept the momentum of the campaign going. They did not skip a beat in continuing to fund SMU’s rise in quality and reputation.”

Gerald J. Ford, trustee and convening co-chair of the campaign, said, “The notable investment made in SMU through the campaign demonstrates the University’s positive trajectory and unprecedented momentum. Raising and achieving the campaign goal is the next logical step for SMU as it expands its national and global impact.”

“Adding to SMU’s momentum during its Centennial era, 2011-2015, is the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Museum and Institute,” Turner said. “This resource has attracted joint programming, concurrent appointments of SMU faculty and Bush fellows, visiting dignitaries, heightened visibility and more than 206,000 visitors to campus thus far. The support attracted by this resource has already been a tremendous benefit to the campus, city and nation.”

The funding campaign for the Bush Center, conducted by the Bush Foundation, proceeded separately from SMU’s Second Century Campaign, although at the same time. The Bush funding campaign raised more than $500 million for construction, programming and endowment for the Bush Center. “The campaigns have been synergistic, achieving mutual success,” Turner said.

Read about the $1 billion campaign goal in The Dallas Morning News.

Important SMU Priorities

Raising the campaign goal to $1 billion will provide gifts to fund additional scholarships, endowed faculty positions, academic programs and campus life enhancements, including new facilities.

Faculty and academic leadership positions targeted for endowments include those in areas such as entrepreneurship, biostatistics, science and technology law, the impact of the arts on communities, art history, theological studies and library support.

Academic programs earmarked for new endowments and operational support represent areas of growing importance to the region and nation, among them programs in energy management, public policy, interdisciplinary studies, cyber security, arts research and K-12 school leadership.

Increased scholarship funding is being sought to support top undergraduate and graduate students throughout the University. These resources will ensure that SMU can educate the next generation of leaders in areas such as the arts, sciences, business and engineering, disciplines that, with others, are critical to the future of Dallas.

Capital projects for academics include the renovation of Fondren Library Center in Central University Libraries and Bridwell Library in Perkins School of Theology. In addition, funding is being sought for new campus facilities, such as the Residential Commons complex and the Mustang Band Hall, now under construction. The campaign also seeks to complete funding for renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and construction of new complexes for tennis, golf and other sports, along with operational support for athletics.

SMU Board of Trustees chair and campaign co-chair Caren Prothro emphasized the case for going forward with a new goal: “The campaign has achieved remarkable results that can be seen in our impressive gains throughout the University, but its momentum tells us that much more can be accomplished. On behalf of the students we seek to serve and the faculty who help to shape their futures, we need additional resources for scholarships to attract the best among them and continue to increase our diversity. We need to recruit and retain faculty devoted to teaching, research and creativity with an impact on their disciplines and society. We want to establish and support new academic programs that will prepare students for leadership in their professions and communities. And we must provide the best facilities for these endeavors in a living-learning environment that is second to none.”

To Mike Boone, chair-elect of the SMU Board of Trustees, the University stands at a crossroads of opportunity and is ready to take a bold step forward. “At critical times in Dallas’ history, the city has been transformed by decisions that resulted in world-class assets for our community. Among these are an airport that serves as a global hub, a thriving arts district, a distinguished medical school producing Nobel laureates and a vibrant business community. Our new campaign goal signals the unequivocal commitment to join the list of milestones that have changed our community and its impact on the world.”

Results and Impact

To date, the campaign has raised funds for 472 new scholarships; 24 academic programs such as new schools, institutes and centers; 34 endowed faculty positions, bringing SMU’s total to 96 out of a goal of 100; and 26 capital projects, including new or expanded facilities for libraries, academic programs and athletics.

Many of the new academic programs SMU has created have direct impact on the Dallas region, such as new centers for legal services and financial studies. Schools recently endowed are the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, which focuses on school reform and programs for community impact. Other programs contribute to research and dialogue on important national and international issues, such as the Scholars Program of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, focusing on public policy and service, and the Embrey Human Rights Program. Still other resources, among them expanded acquisitions for the Meadows Museum and a new National Center for Arts Research, broaden the city’s reputation in the arts internationally.

In another measure of impact and rising quality, the average SAT score of entering students has risen from 1144 in 1999 to 1302 in 2013, thanks to increasing resources for scholarships.

“These resources bring outstanding students to Dallas and help to keep our bright local students in our region, all of which enriches the talent pool here,” said Carl Sewell, trustee and campaign co-chair. “Funding for new academic positions has enabled us to attract and retain scholars from throughout the world. Professors named to endowed chairs are distinguished scholars at the top of their careers and reputations,” he added. “They bring important research projects and work not only with graduate students, but also with undergraduates, mentoring them and involving them in their research.”

Ray L. Hunt, trustee and campaign co-chair, notes that increased academic resources “enable SMU to be nimble in creating new programs in emerging fields.” Examples include centers in alternative asset management, engineering leadership, and global markets and freedom. “Access to these programs will help our graduates to compete and lead in key areas where new expertise and perspectives are needed and will increase their contributions to critical areas for our nation and the world.”

As SMU changes with the impact of the campaign, “the community will be better served and Dallas will have the distinguished university it deserves,” said Mike Boone. “Regional leaders know that as SMU rises as a center of ideas, knowledge and service, our region will be strengthened as a global center of commerce and culture. Campaign resources have strengthened not only the University, but also the economic vitality of the region,” he said. “SMU is both an indicator and a predictor of success for Dallas and our region. We will continue to prosper together.”

Campaign Participation and Leadership

Thus far 58,159 donors have made one or more gifts to the campaign. This includes 279 who have given $100,000 or more, and 123 who have committed $1 million or more, an all-time high for SMU.

SMU’s campaign goals also include giving levels among alumni. The campaign seeks gifts from 25 percent of alumni each year and from 50 percent over the course of the campaign. Thus far more than 50 percent of SMU alumni have made one or more gifts during the campaign. A record 24 percent of alumni provided gifts in the fiscal year ending May 31, 2013, representing the highest number of alumni ever to give to SMU in a single year.

“The concept of a billion dollars may seem overwhelming, but the fact is that it will take gifts of all sizes for us to meet our new goal,” said Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, a trustee and campaign co-chair. “So we’re asking our alumni to take part at any level they can afford. It all counts, and it all makes a difference. Together, we are living up to the theme of our campaign, SMU Unbridled.”

The Second Century Campaign is led by five co-chairs: Convening co-chair Gerald J. Ford, with Ruth Altshuler, Ray L. Hunt, Caren H. Prothro and Carl Sewell. They lead a 15-member Campaign Executive Council and nearly 40 Steering Committee co-chairs spearheading various fundraising efforts, such as those for each school, the libraries, athletics and student life. Regional campaigns range from New York to Los Angeles and from Mexico City to Hong Kong. Campaign committee members total more than 350 worldwide, and hundreds of others are providing volunteer support.

Sports: B-ball plays last games in Moody, men’s tennis weekend play

Basketball says goodbye to Moody:

  • Men: The men were victorious against Rice  67-55 on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in their final game before the Moody Coliseum renovation. The Mustangs celebrated Senior Night prior to the game, and SMU alumnus Bobby Mills took a final shot after the last buzzer, making him the owner of both the first and last basket in the historic coliseum. (Mills scored the first basket in Moody on Dec. 3, 1956.) The Mustangs travel to Alabama Saturday, Mar. 2 to take on UAB at 2 p.m.
  • Women: The women play their final home game, and their last before the renovation, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 3 against UTEP. Currently, the Mustangs (20-7 overall) lead Conference USA with a record of 11-3. Moody Coliseum will reopen in December 2013.

Tennis comes back strong: SMU Men’s Tennis travels to TCU Friday, March 1 for a 5:30 p.m. match and returns home to play Tulane at noon Sunday, March 3 at Dallas’ Samuell Grand Tennis Center. The men enter the weekend after defeating Arkansas-Fort Smith 7-0 last weekend. It was their first match in three weeks, giving them ample time to practice and improve their play. The Mustangs are at 2-4 for their spring season.

Mustang Highlights:

SMU Men’s Swimming took first place in the C-USA Championship Meet Feb. 20-23, 2013. The women finished in third:

  • Mindaugas Sadauskas: Men’s Swimmer of the Meet
  • Isabella Arcila: Women’s Swimmer of the Meet
  • Devin Burnett: Men’s Diver of the Meet
  • Eddie Sinnott: Co-Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year
  • Jim Stillson: Men’s Diving Coach of the Year

SMU Track and Field finished fifth at the C-USA Indoor Championship:

  • Mary Alenbratt: Broke the school record for the 3000 meter run
  • Craisha Washington, Rachel Scruggs, Isis Wilson and Stephanie Kalu: Broke the school record for the 4×400 meter relay

SMU Women’s Tennis extended their winning streak to four matches.

(Images c/o SMU Athletics) 

Tune In: SMU December Graduation 2012

The SMU community celebrated the graduation of more than 700 students at the 2012 December Graduation in Moody Coliseum. Civic and philanthropic leader Caren Prothro, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, delivered the address.

Prothro has served as chair of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2010 and was re-elected to another term as chair in July. She has emphasized the importance of reaching the University’s stated goal of having 100 endowed faculty positions and attracting nationally recognized experts to enhance SMU’s reputation as a center for research and scholarship.

Click the YouTube screen to watch Prothro’s address, or click here to see Caren Prothro’s December Graduation address in a new windowvideo icon

> See a slide show of scenes from December Graduation 2012 from SMU News camera icon

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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.

Sports: Swimming & Diving at USA Nationals, basketball updates

photo c/o SMU Athletics

USA Nationals: Men and women’s swimming and diving will travel to Austin for the 2012 USA Nationals, Nov. 29-Dec. 1. The Mustangs enter the weekend after placing third at the Phil Hansel Invitational Nov. 15-17. The women placed third out of fifteen schools and the men were third out of six schools. In addition, the women’s 400-yard freestyle relay team qualified for the NCAA Championship this spring with their time of 3:16.51 at the Phil Hansel Invitational. USA Nationals begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29.

Basketball Lineup:

  •  SMU women’s basketball will play at home, Saturday, Dec. 1. The Mustangs are up against Texas-Pan American, whom they have played just once before in 1987. The women were just barely defeated in their game Wednesday night versus TCU with a score of 76-70 putting them at 5-2 for the season. The game Saturday tips off at 2 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.
  • SMU men’s basketball will travel to New York to play Hofstra on Saturday, Dec. 1.  This game marks the first of five away games for the men who won their home game against Utah on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The Mustangs stand 7-1 for the season with junior Nick Russell receiving honors for the Hoops for Hope Classic All-Tournament Team earlier this month. The game Saturday starts at 3 p.m.

SMU Athletics games will resume on December 15, 2012 

 

Basketball season begins Nov.10-11, 2012

This weekend marks the start of the 2012-13 Basketball season.

First up are the women who play on Saturday, Nov. 10. The women will take on Alcorn State at noon in Moody Coliseum. This is the first of seven games in 19 days, six of which are at home, for the women. The Mustangs are lead by head coach Rhonda Rompola who has been the women’s basketball coach since 1991 and earned her 300th career victory on Jan. 13, 2008. Rompola is also an SMU grad herself.

The men start their season on Sunday, Nov. 11. The men will play LMU at 6 p.m. in Moody Coliseum and this is the first of 9 games in 21 days for them. The men are led by new head coach Larry Brown; he is the only coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship. This season marks the 38th for Coach Brown and the 97th for Mustang basketball.

This is the Mustangs first season in the Big East Conference. Be sure to check out the men’s and women’s full season schedules, and Pony Up!

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2012

On this day 520 years ago: Happy Columbus Day! Today, we celebrate the journey of Christopher Columbus and his arrival in America on Oct. 12, 1942. Columbus Day became an official federal state holiday in 1937 and is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.

Author visit: Friends of SMU Libraries will host a lecture and book signing by author Susan Orlean Wednesday, Oct. 10. Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of seven books, including the best-seller The Orchid Thief and her most recent, Rin Tin TinThe Life and the Legend. The event will start with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Building. This event is free and open to the public; please RSVP to Cindy Ruppi if you plan to attend.

Moody Tip-Off: To kick off the 2012-13 basketball season and the re-design of Moody Coliseum as part of the University’s centennial celebration, SMU Athletics will host a “Tip-off at Moody” on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The special event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. tip-off; the night concludes with dinner and events at 7 p.m. The men’s basketball season begins Sunday, Nov. 11 against Loyola Marymount.

Oldovini’s organ: The Meadows School of the Arts and Larry Palmer, professor of harpsichord and organ, have teamed up to bring a special musical opportunity to the SMU community. Palmer will perform monthly demonstrations on Oldovini’s organ in the Meadows Museum. The organ is the only instrument by Pascoal Caetano Oldovini to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula. The first demonstration takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11; it is free, open to the public and a unique musical experience not to be missed.

Gallery Talks: The Meadows Museum hosts a Gallery Talk on Friday, October 12, in conjunction with the Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits exhibition. The event will feature perspectives from guest speakers such as Mark Leonard, chief conservator for the Dallas Museum of Art, on the painting techniques used and other insights. The talk takes place at 12:15 p.m. in the Jack and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum. No reservation is required, and the event is free for SMU faculty, staff and students.

SMU Forum wishes the faculty and students a very happy fall break! See you back on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 

Sports: Tennis season begins, soccer starts conference play

Tennis to travel: The 2012-13 tennis season kicks off this weekend for the men’s and women’s teams. The women travel to Austin for the Texas Invitational Sept. 21-23. The men have three players traveling to New York for the NTC Invitational Sept. 21-23 and four players traveling to Tyler, TX for the Tyler Invitational Sept. 22-23.

Volleyball home matches: This weekend, Volleyball will play home matches on Friday and Sunday. The Mustangs take on East Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. They are 5-4 all-time against ECU and have been victorious in the last four matches. At 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 they will play Marshall. All matches will be held in Moody Coliseum.

Conference opener: The women’s soccer team kicks off its Conference USA schedule against Houston at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. The Mustangs are 10-1-1 all-time against Houston, including a 1-0 win over the Cougars at their last match up in October 2011. They will stay in Houston for the weekend and face Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.

Men take on South Carolina: Men’s soccer also has its first Conference-USA game coming up: SMU will play South Carolina at home at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The Mustangs enter the game after a tie against CSU on Thursday, Sept. 20 and winning both of their games in the SMU Classic the weekend of Sept. 14. Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra was named tournament MVP.

(All pictures courtesy of SMU Athletics.)

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