Calendar Highlights: March 20, 2013

North Texas Food Bank

Calendar Highlights: March 20, 2013

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French Film Festival: SMU’s 17th Annual French Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 9 with six films, all in French with English subtitles. All will be shown on the big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The schedule for March is as follows:

  • March 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
  • March 23: Nobody Else But You
  • March 26: Mr. Lazhar

All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the SMU French Club – visit their page for more information and the full festival schedule. 

More than a photo: Photographer Deana Lawson will be at SMU Wednesday, March 20 for the Meadows Division of Art Lecture Series. Lawson refers to the subjects in her photos as her family even though there is no blood relation; her work focuses on “the psychological, personal, political and historical experiences that are implicated through the body.” Lawson received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in New York. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.

A night in Vietnam: Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to to celebrate, “A Night in Vietnam” Saturday, March 23. The evening will include traditional Vietnamese food, desserts and games. There will also be a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. in the Varsity, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and is free and open to the public.

Collaborative Concert: The Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce  will perform a benefit concert together at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is titled “I Dreamed of Rain” after the song by Jan Garrett, symbolizing hope and forgiveness in the midst of troubled times. There is no cost to get in – instead, the ensembles are asking attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Donations can be made in person or online.

March 20, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

SMU celebrates the 2012 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The December holidays deliver some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these 2012 events:

• The Student Foundation’s 2012 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a 35-year-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

• On Thursday, Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service focuses on John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness….” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502. Read more about the service.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party – this year dubbed the “Santatennial Holiday Celebration” – from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 16 Winter Exhibition noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in Cohorts 16, 18 and 19.

• The University celebrates its 2012 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

November 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU economists examine fighting hunger through social networks

SMU economics researchers will analyze the roles social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger in North Texas.

Recent studies have found that household economic resources are not the only factor contributing to food insecurity, according to SMU economist Tom Fomby. About 1 in 6 U.S. households are affected by food insecurity, meaning there’s not enough food at all times to sustain active, healthy lives for all family members, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“This study will analyze the role of other factors causing food insecurity, such as urban or rural settings, access to nutrition assistance programs, access to inexpensive groceries, family support and social stigma,” Fomby said.

Fomby, professor of economics and director of the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies, and Daniel Millimet, SMU professor of economics, are conducting the study. A $120,000 grant from the North Texas Food Bank is funding the research. The study will be complete in March 2014.

Although household income is the single most powerful predictor of food security, poverty and hunger are not synonymous. According to Feeding America, 28 percent of food insecure residents in Dallas County are ineligible for most nutrition assistance programs because they have incomes above 185 percent of the federal poverty level; and the U. S. Department of Agriculture reports that 58.9 percent of U.S. households with incomes below the poverty level are food secure. The reasons for this are not well understood.

“With this research, we expect to better understand the causes of food insecurity in North Texas and improve the assessment of at-risk households,” Fomby said.

The SMU study is one of two major research projects launching The Hunger Center of North Texas, a new collaborative research initiative created by the North Texas Food Bank. The University of North Texas is also collaborating on a study.

“We believe that this research will be groundbreaking,” said Richard Amory, director of research for the North Texas Food Bank. “Nutrition assistance programs tend to approach individuals and households in isolation. Understanding the role that communities play in food security may help us leverage social forces to develop more effective programs and, ultimately, reduce the need for food assistance.”

SMU and the North Texas Food Bank recently formed a partnership, “Stampede Against Hunger,” to build on the University community’s strong support for NTFB, connecting campus groups already working with the food bank, as well as encouraging new types of participation for the campus and alumni community.

The University’s support for the food bank has ranged from traditional food drives and volunteer work in the NTFB distribution center, to research for the food bank conducted by students in the Cox School of Business and the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.

Faculty and students from the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development volunteer regularly in NTFB nutrition courses, and Fondren Library staff organize a “Food for Fines” drive each year, waiving library fines in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items.

Written by Nancy George, with the NTFB

> Read the full story at the SMU Research blog

November 12, 2012|News, Research|

Homecoming 2012 celebrates Centennial milestones and memories

Peruna with SMU spirit squadSMU celebrates Homecoming 2012 with milestones and memories from its hundred-year history. The festivities take place Oct. 25-28 in locations all over campus.

The celebration begins with the 2012 DAA Awards Thursday, Oct. 25 and continues through a weekend of picnics, reunions, and the SMU-Memphis game in Ford Stadium.

> Visit the SMU Homecoming homepage

The University’s oldest tradition, Pigskin Revue, celebrates its 78th anniversary at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets for this year’s show, “Holidaze,” are free and can be picked up in advance at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Tickets will also be available at the McFarlin box office beginning at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

In conjunction with Pigskin Revue, the organizing committee and the Mustang Band are also collecting canned food for the North Texas Food Bank, with a goal of 2,386 cans – one for every seat in McFarlin. Look for collection boxes in residence halls, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and other buildings around campus.

Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie

Leading up to the Mustangs’ football game against the Memphis Tigers, the SMU Homecoming Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and will celebrate the role that SMU has played in the Dallas community since its founding in 1911. The parade will feature Blake Mycoskie (pictured right), SMU alumnus and TOMS Shoes “chief shoe giver,” as grand marshal. SMU alumnus Dan Bell will serve as parade emcee.

Download a 2012 SMU Homecoming activities map (PDF format)

This year, the expanded Homecoming parade will begin at University Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue. The procession will wind its way along Hillcrest and through the SMU campus with student floats, bands and entertainment. Bright red and blue Centennial Bicycles will make their debut in the parade.

“As we celebrate SMU’s centennial, we are especially pleased to welcome back our alumni and show them the progress they have helped to make possible with their support,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We also are proud to recognize a great entrepreneur and philanthropist as our Homecoming grand marshal. Through his TOMS Shoes’ One For One Movement, Blake Mycoskie is an example of how our alumni contribute to the world.”

> Find a full list of 2012 Homecoming activities at SMU News

October 25, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

SMU joins North Texas Food Bank to ‘Stampede Against Hunger’

SMU students volunteer at the North Texas Food Bank

Members of the SMU men’s and women’s basketball squads volunteered at the North Texas Food Bank on Sept. 6, 2012.

SMU students, faculty and staff will have a unique opportunity to fight regional hunger this fall through a new partnership with the North Texas Food Bank.

The “Stampede Against Hunger” will build on SMU’s strong support for NTFB, connecting campus groups already working with the food bank, as well as encouraging new types of participation for the campus and alumni community.  The “Stampede” is NTFB’s first university partnership.

“The work of the North Texas Food Bank is a vital service to hundreds of thousands of individuals and families in our community.  SMU is always proud to partner with the food bank and especially during its 30th anniversary this year,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said.

In the coming year, the SMU community will have the opportunity to support the food bank through a variety of planned activities and will be challenged to develop others. Members of the men’s and women’s SMU basketball teams participate in a “sort-a-thon” Sept. 6 at the organization’s distribution center in southwest Dallas.

In November, the campus community and local alumni will join a brown bag campaign that challenges students to donate to NTFB the cost of the lunch they would have otherwise purchased, as well as participate in a food bank service day.

Written by Kimberly Cobb

> Read the full story from SMU News

September 11, 2012|News|
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