Recreational Sports

Check in at SMU’s 2014 HR Fair Wednesday, Oct. 15

Stock image of 'Good Health, This Way' freeway signVendors from SMU’s medical, legal, life insurance and retirement plans will be on hand to discuss your options at the University’s 2014 Human Resources Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

You can learn more about health and savings plans, as well as the new LegalGUARD and PrivacyARMOR option, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms.

Flu shots will be available at the SMU Health Center station, and therapists from Dedman Center Recreational Sports will be on hand to provide chair massages. In addition, fitness instructors from the Center will give demonstrations of GroupX classes in Small Group Training, Zumba, Boot Camp and yoga.

Visitors can also check out Centennial Hall, the interactive exhibit in the Hughes-Trigg lower level featuring high points in SMU history and spotlighting faculty, staff, student and alumni excellence.

Visit SMU Human Resources online

Dedman Center parking lot closes permanently Jan. 9, 2012

To prepare for construction of SMU’s new student housing, the parking lot at the University’s Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports has closed permanently as of Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Dedman Center patrons have been requested to park in the Moody, Meadows or Binkley garages.

The Department of Recreational Sports has responded to the parking changes with a new Giddy Up golf cart service program to begin the first day of Spring 2012 classes, Tuesday, Jan. 17. The planned route will run Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to and from Dedman Center to Mustang Plaza, and from Binkley Avenue to Dedman Center and Loyd All-Sports Center, returning to Dedman Center. The 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Giddy Up route will make the same stops as the morning route and will also include Bishop Boulevard.

For more information as it develops, visit the Recreational Sports homepage at smu.edu/recsports.

Calendar Highlights: April 6, 2010

Meadows Percussion Ensemble tympani playerDrumming up excitement: Guest artists Don Fabian (principal saxophone of the Dallas Wind Symphony), Jamal Mohamed, Jonathan Jones, Leland Byrd and Meadows Dean José Bowen join the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon D. Lee, for its 2010 spring concert at 8 p.m. April 7 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program includes István Márta’s Doll’s House Story Daniel Levitan’s Marimba Quartet and Patrick Glenn Harper’s City Lights. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

One Day Without Shoes bannerShoes to fill: SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement (LCI) invites the entire community to experience “One Day Without Shoes” on April 8. The event is organized by TOMS Shoes to spread awareness about the impact a pair of shoes can have on an impoverished child’s life. SMU participants are asked to go the day, part of the day or even a few minutes barefoot to experience a life without shoes first-hand. LCI will provide a shoe valet and collect new and gently used shoes for donation. Learn more and RSVP online for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid place on a TOMS Shoe Drop. For more information, call 214-768-4403 or stop by 318 Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

2010 Scott-Hawkins Lecture: SMU’s Department of Religious Studies and Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series welcome Jeffrey Kripal, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University, for a lecture entitled “Beyond Belief, Beyond Reason: Religion, Science and the Paranormal.” The event begins at 7 p.m. April 8 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2095.

Text musicmaking: SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jack Delaney, presents what might be the first concert in which members of the audience are asked to leave their cell phones on. During “By Request Only – Cell Phones Required,” audience members will using text messages to select pieces for performance from a menu including medleys of hits by Michael Bublé and Coldplay, Beethoven’s Octet Op. 103, Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E flat, a set of Sousa marches, Varese’s Octandre, and a Bach chorale. Join the calling circle at 8 p.m. April 9 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center – tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Rocking the late night: Atmospheric lighting and DJ’ed music are just two of the attractions of Midnight Cosmic Climbing, offered by SMU Outdoor Adventures at 11 p.m. April 9 at the Climbing Center, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The event is free – bring your own harness and shoes, or borrow them at the center. For more information, contact Assistant Manager Albert Mitugo, 214-768-9918.

Scary good fun for SMU’s Halloween week

Halloween jack-o-lanternIt’s almost Halloween – seek out some scary fun with these campus activities:

• Enjoy a frightfully good workout with Group X Spooky Spinning, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited; no Group X pass is required. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Brook Jimenez, 214-768-4824.

• Bring your own pumpkin and start cutting at SMU’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Falls, Dedman Center. Carving tools will be provided. Jack-o’-lanterns will be displayed through Nov. 6 in the Dedman Center main lobby. Visit and vote for your favorite – prizes will be awarded for the best designs. Contact Tony Bates, 214-768-9916.

Outdoor Adventures offers late-night atmosphere and DJ’ed music in its Halloween Midnight Cosmic Climb, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 29 in Dedman Center. Bring your own harness; appropriate shoes will be provided as needed. Costumes are encouraged (must be harness-compatible), and prizes will be awarded for the best men’s and women’s get-ups. Contact David Chambers or Albert Mitugo, 214-768-4822.

SMU Child Care and Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 30. The procession begins at Hawk Hall and crosses the street before making its way to Boaz Hall, the flagpole, the Owen Arts Center and beyond. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to see the costumes and treat the tricksters.

Meadows Opera Theatre plays up the magic and make-believe in its annual Halloween Opera Free For All, which will include scenes from La Cenerentola (Cinderella), The Magic Flute, Rusalka, Hansel and Gretel, Once Upon a Mattress and Into the Woods. The free performance begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call the Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

SMU-in-Plano‘s Community Open House Oct. 30-31 will include trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Halloween Day. For more information, visit smuplano.com.

RSVP for Faculty/Staff Golf Tournament by June 11

The Bridges course at Firewheel Golf of Garland, Texas.jpgReady to dig up some divots with your fellow University community members? SMU Recreational Sports will hold its second Faculty/Staff Golf Tournament of 2009 at 12:45 p.m. June 12 at Firewheel Golf of Garland, 600 W. Campbell Road.

The cost per player is $36. To RSVP, e-mail Jack Harper or Chris Coleman in SMU Recreational Sports by Thursday, June 11. Please include your average 18-hole score in your message.

For more information, contact Chris Coleman, assistant manager of intramurals and sports clubs, 214-768-3362. (Right, a view of The Bridges, Firewheel’s newest course.)

Find directions to the greens at the Firewheel website
Visit SMU Recreational Sports online

Four staff members receive 2008-09 Presidential Awards

presidential-staff-awards-2009-300.jpgFour exceptional SMU staff members received 2008-09 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards at a May 21 ceremony in the Dallas Hall Rotunda. The honors recognize individuals who have shown outstanding performance, commitment, and ability.

This year’s recipients:

Gretchen Voight, assistant registrar for academic ceremonies, received the Presidential Award for New Employee Excellence, given to an individual who has been with SMU for one to three consecutive years.

Brook Benton Jimenez, assistant director of fitness in the Department of Recreational Sports, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, received the Presidential Award for Continuing Excellence, given to an individual who has been with the University for four or more consecutive years.

Joe Gargiulo, chief information officer for Information Technology, received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Leadership, given to a staff member who supervises one or more benefit-eligible employees and who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.”

Amber Kosik, director of SMU’s Hilltop Scholars Community in Perkins and Smith Halls, Residence Life and Student Housing, received the Presidential Award for Innovation, given to a staff member whose “creative, innovative ideas … significantly improve a work process or system or greatly increase the efficiency of an operation or unit.”

Read more about the winners at the Staff Association homepage.

Right, 2008-09 Presidential Award for Staff Excellence winners (left to right): Amber Kosik, Brook Benton Jimenez, Joe Gargiulo and Gretchen Voight.

Free lecture opens SMU Fitness’ Nutritional Counseling program

Morris BrossetteHealth counselor, personal trainer and triathlete Morris Brossette will give a free lecture on “Sugars and Sweeteners” at 6:30 p.m. April 1 in Classroom 1, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The event kicks off SMU Fitness’ newest program for 2009, Nutritional Counseling, which is open to SMU faculty, staff and students.

Brossette earned his B.S. degree in exercise science from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and has more than 13 years of experience as a personal trainer. Board-certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, he is also certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise. He received his training to practice health counseling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a featured health counselor with the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.

More information on the Nutritional Counseling program, including pricing, will be available at the lecture. For more information, contact Gina Garcia in Recreational Sports, 214-768-4818.

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Hauntingly good fun for Halloween

Halloween dogIt’s not too late to participate in the scary fun during Halloween on the Hilltop:

Outdoor Adventures offers Midnight Cosmic Climbing, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 30, in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Come for the late-night rock climbing – stay for the lights, prizes and DJ’ed music. Costumes are encouraged (must be harness-compatible). Contact David Chambers, 8-4822.

SMU Child Care and Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to see the costumes and treat the tricksters.

• Wear your biggest hair and scariest sweats to ’80s-themed Group X classes all day Oct. 31 at Dedman Center – including the Cardio Bosu Booty Bounce, Heavy Metal Spinning and a “Step Into the ’80s” version of Radical Abs. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited; no Group X pass is required. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Brook Jimenez, 8-4824.

• Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the departed with Mexican food, music and hot chocolate at a Dia de los Muertos celebration 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 153 Heroy Hall.

• The Hegi Family Career Development Center invites students, faculty and staff for a Haunted Open House 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31 at their offices in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The festivities feature haunted tours, treats, contests and prizes.

Meadows Opera Theatre celebrates the spooky side with performances of eerie scenes from Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor and Fiddler on the Roof in an Opera Free For All at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Haunting the Hilltop: Halloween on campus

Halloween cat and jack-o-lanternCelebrate the scary season with Halloween fun, SMU style:

• Create a lantern and compete for prizes at a pumpkin carving contest 4-8 p.m. Oct. 28 by The Falls, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Bring a pumpkin and any supplies you need. Carved pumpkins will be displayed at The Falls through Halloween; Dedman Center visitors can vote for their favorites through Oct. 30. Contact Lindsey Keller, 8-8816.

• Thrill to the cheesy magic of “B Movies Shot in Big D” 7-10 p.m. Oct. 29-30 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Each will be introduced by a faculty member from the Division of Cinema-Television in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Wednesday screenings include Logan’s Run and The Amazing Transparent Man (both introduced by Rick Worland). Thursday shows are Gas!, or, It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (introduced by Kevin Heffernan) and Mars Needs Women (introduced by Sean Griffin). Presented by Fondren Library Center and Friends of the SMU Libraries. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Lisa Wall, 8-4397.

Outdoor Adventures offers Midnight Cosmic Climbing, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 30, in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Come for the late-night rock climbing – stay for the lights, prizes and DJ’ed music. Costumes are encouraged (must be harness-compatible). Contact David Chambers, 8-4822.

SMU Child Care and Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to see the costumes and treat the tricksters.

• Wear your biggest hair and scariest sweats to ’80s-themed Group X classes all day Oct. 31 at Dedman Center – including the Cardio Bosu Booty Bounce, Heavy Metal Spinning and a “Step Into the ’80s” version of Radical Abs. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited; no Group X pass is required. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Brook Jimenez, 8-4824.

• Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the departed with Mexican food, music and hot chocolate at a Dia de los Muertos celebration 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 153 Heroy Hall.

• The Hegi Family Career Development Center invites students, faculty and staff for a Haunted Open House 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31 at their offices in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The festivities feature haunted tours, treats, contests and prizes.

Meadows Opera Theatre celebrates the spooky side with performances of eerie scenes from Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor and Fiddler on the Roof in an Opera Free For All at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Faculty-Staff Golf Scramble set for May 16

Stevens Park Golf ClubWith temperatures expected to remain in the 70s and low 80s all week, take advantage of the moderate weather and join the 2008 SMU Faculty/Staff Golf Scramble May 16 at Stevens Park Golf Club in Kessler Park, Oak Cliff (right). The $31 entry covers greens fees, cart, after-round beverages and door prizes.

The four-person scramble will have randomly assigned teams; participants must meet at the course by 12:45 p.m. on the day. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome. To participate, e-mail your name and average score by 3 p.m. May 15 to Jack Harper in Recreational Sports or call 8-3367.

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