President’s Picnic

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Week, May 10, 2011

Commencement 2010 assembly photo by Hillsman S. JacksonSave the date: Make plans to attend the 2011 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, rain or shine. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

Catch them while you can: Make plans to visit these SMU exhibitions before they close:

Commencement Countdown 2011:

> Learn more at the Registrar’s Commencement 2011 website
> RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
> Read more about U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the 2011 Commencement speaker

(Right, participants assemble for Commencement 2010. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.)

Calendar Highlights: Commencement countdown, May 3, 2011

Graduation candidate carrying the Howard Lantern, Commencement 2010, by Jake DeanThe countdown is on for Commencement 2011 – some major events at a glance:

> Learn more at the Registrar’s Commencement 2011 website
> RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
> Read more about U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the 2011 Commencement speaker

(Right, the Howard Lantern, passed by the senior class president to a representative of the junior class each year during the Baccalaureate service. Photo from Commencement 2010 by Jake Dean.)

Picnic time: Save the date now for the 2011 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, rain or shine. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

The 2010 President’s Picnic in photos

President's Picnic 2010, cowboy hats and cactiRain couldn’t dampen the spirit on May 20 as the SMU staff gathered in Umphrey Lee Center for the University’s 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic.

Hundreds of community members flocked to RFoC @ Lee to socialize, eat barbecue and veggie burgers, and watch the competition for the Mummy Wrap championship.

> See the 2010 President’s Picnic slide show slide show

UPDATE: 2010 President’s Picnic is May 20

Update: Due to the likelihood of rain on May 20, 2010, the Staff Association has moved the President’s Picnic to RFoC in Umphrey Lee Center. Picnic food will be served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Tug of War and Water Balloon Toss have been canceled, but the Spirit competition and Mummy Wrap contest will proceed as normal. For more information, visit smu.edu/staff_association/picnic.

2010 President's Picnic logoThe Staff Association is calling all SMU staff members to a Wild West chuck wagon for the 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The traditional post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

Staff members can earn 1 Wellpower Spirit credit for attending the picnic. RSVP online to register your department’s team for a competition and find a list of this year’s games.

Pick-up volleyball, horseshoes and frisbee golf will be played throughout the picnic. No team registration is required.

For more information, visit the Staff Association homepage.

> Sign up for the Spirit competition
> Register your Mummy Wrap team online
> Visit the Staff Association online

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Week, May 11, 2010

SMU Baccalaureate 2009Save the date: Make plans now for the 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

Commencement Countdown 2010:

May 14-15: Class of 1960 Golden Reunion
May 14: 2010 Honorary Degree Symposia
May 14: Baccalaureate and Rotunda Recessional
May 15: Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
May 15: All-University Commencement
May 15: School and departmental diploma ceremonies

> Visit the Registrar’s Commencement 2010 website
> Read more about U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, SMU’s 2010 Commencement speaker

Save the date: 2010 Staff Appreciation Day is May 20

SMU President's Picnic 2009 Tug o' War championsMark your calendar: SMU’s 2010 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic will take place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 20 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

Plan to attend and enjoy the food, fun and games – including that perennial favorite, the Tug o’ War championships.

Watch the Staff Association homepage for more information.

Staff awards, appreciation are part of 2009 President’s Picnic

Staff Appreciation Day 2008SMU’s 2009 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

In addition, SMU President R. Gerald Turner will present the 2008-09 Presidential Recognition Awards for Staff during a brief ceremony 11:30 a.m.-noon in the Dallas Hall Rotunda. Four awards will be given: the New Employee Excellence Award, the Continuing Excellence Award, the Outstanding Leadership Award and the Innovation Award.

Staff members can earn up to 2 Wellpower Spirit credits for attending the picnic – one for attending and another for participating in any game. RSVP online to sign up for a competition and find a list of this year’s games.

2009 Staff Recognition Award nominations due May 8

Nominations are being accepted for 2009 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards through 5 p.m. Friday, May 8. The awards “recognize the contribution and excellence of staff employees to SMU,” and the nomination and selection process is managed by the Department of Human Resources.

Four of the $1,000 awards will be presented, each with unique criteria:

New Employee Excellence Award
Continuing Excellence Award
Outstanding Leadership Award
Innovation Award

Award winners will be announced at the 2009 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic on May 21. For more information, contact Rebecca Sampson, 214-768-3311.

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Countdown, May 4, 2009

Staff Appreciation Day 2008Save the date: Make plans now for the 2009 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place May 21. Watch the SMU Forum for time, location and more information.

Dinner with Friends: The Friends of the SMU Libraries will hold their Annual Dinner and Meeting at 6 p.m. May 4 at Popolo’s Café. Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly magazine, will share light-hearted Texas tales including the story of the Preston Hollow jewel thieves and the legend of Candy Barr. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Amy Carver, 214-768-3225.

Honorary Degree Symposia: SMU honors its 2009 class of honorary degree recipients with the following special events, all scheduled for May 15:

• Panelists Mark Chancey of Dedman College’s Religious Studies Department and Jaime Clark-Soles, Roy Heller and Susanne Scholz of Perkins School of Theology discuss “The Bible in American Public Life,” a symposium honoring Doctor of Divinity recipient honoris causa Harold W. Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School. The symposium takes place 10 a.m.-noon in Perkins Chapel, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. reception in Bridwell Library.

• Co-founder and artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and honorary Doctor of Arts recipient Arthur Mitchell will discuss his life and work with Shelley Berg, Dance, and Maria Dixon, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, in “A Conversation with Arthur Mitchell,” followed by a Q & A with the audience. The event begins at 1 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, 2130 Owen Arts Center.

• SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to meet acclaimed author and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient Alexander McCall Smith and to take part in “A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith,” moderated by Dedman School of Law Professor Fred Moss, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. The SMU Bookstore will sell McCall Smith’s books on site, and the author will autograph them after the program.

Read more about the 2009 honorary degree recipients

Baccalaureate 2008Commencement Countdown 2009:

May 15-16: Class of 1959 Golden Reunion
May 15: Baccalaureate and Rotunda Recessional
May 16: Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
May 16: All-University Commencement
May 16: School and departmental diploma ceremonies

Find more information at the Registrar’s Commencement 2009 website
Read more about former First Lady Laura Bush (’68), the 2009 Commencement speaker

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