Recreational Sports

Keep up with your workout during the holidays

Take advantage of the Winter Break quiet to work out at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The Center’s holiday hours are effective Dec. 15-Jan. 14:

  • Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Center closes for the University holiday Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. and will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 6 a.m. Regular hours resume on Jan. 15, 2008. For more information, visit the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports website.

By | 2007-12-13T13:38:55+00:00 December 13, 2007|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Holiday hours and a Turkey Day to-do list

thanksgiving-cornucopia-200.jpgPlanning to work off those holiday goodies at the gym? Don’t forget to schedule your workouts around the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports‘ hours for Fall Break and Thanksgiving:

  • Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19-20 – 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 – 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 – Closed for Thanksgiving
  • Friday, Nov. 23 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Regular hours will resume on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Speaking of holiday goodies, if you plan to order Thanksgiving desserts from SMU Catering, don’t forget that orders must be placed by Nov. 16. Orders are for pick-up only and will be available Nov. 19-20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Center. Visa, MasterCard and checks are accepted. Find a complete list of this year’s pies, cakes and cookies on the downloadable order form (PDF format), or visit

By | 2007-11-15T14:35:47+00:00 November 15, 2007|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , |

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 9, 2007

cowboys-cattlemen-250.jpgJazz in the winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble performs the music of Mingus, Bernstein, Joplin and Broege in “No Sun, No Shadow” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Survival stories: Sudanese survivors of violence tell their stories in their own words in “Voices from Sudan,” hosted by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The panel will feature refugees from Darfur as well as those who fled southern Sudan to escape the violent civil war. Free and open to the public.

Source code: Veteran newsman Tony Pederson, SMU’s Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism, speaks on “Reporter Privilege: A Con Job or an Essential Part of Democracy?” Nov. 14 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. The event, sponsored by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, begins with a reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres) at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lecture at noon. Free and open to the public.

Living responsibly: SMU students will discuss, debate and engage the issue of substance abuse at the University during a Substance Abuse Forum from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. November 14 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Panelists will include senior Todd Baty, business manager of the weekly newsletter Hilltopics, with members of the Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention: Dean of Student Life Dee Siscoe, English Professor Dennis Foster, Political Science Professor Dennis Simon, and Student Body President Katherine Tullos. For more information, visit the Live Responsibly home page.

Boys against men: Jacqueline Moore, Fellow in SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, discusses “Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Restraining Masculinity on the Texas Frontier” at noon Nov. 14 in DeGolyer Library. The lecture is part of the Clements Center Brown Bag Series – bring your lunch. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Elmore, 8-3684. (Top left: Cow Boys and Cattle Men on the Matador Ranch 1883, courtesy of the Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University.)

Cave exploringNew traditions: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra explores the traditions of large ensemble jazz and introduces new works by professional and student composers in a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Catch the MJO performing in the Meadows Fall Dance Concert through Nov. 11.

When “caving” is a good thing: Sign up by Nov. 16 for Recreational Sports’ Jester Cave overnight camping trip (bottom left), scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Learn more online at the Outdoor Adventures home page or contact David Chambers, 8-9918.

Scare up some fun for Halloween

Halloween cat and pumpkinCan’t get enough of the Halloween season? Get your freak on with some frightfully fun campus activities:

  • Scary fashions and slamming dance moves prevail at the Group X Blast From the Past aerobics party, 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 on Basketball Court 1, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited to the ’80s-themed festivities; no Group X pass is required. Put on your L.A. Gear and punk-rock hair to learn the choreography from Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, participate in a Madonna tribute workout and MC Hammer hip-hop class, and compete for costume prizes including a first-place award of an unlimited Group X workout pass for Spring 2008.
  • Get creative at The Great Pumpkin Search of SMU. The entire community is invited to bring a carved pumpkin (or to carve one on-site) from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Falls, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Judging takes place at 6 p.m., and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Pumpkins will be on display beginning Oct. 28.
  • The SMU Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to smile and wave, and feel free to bring treats for SMU’s littlest tricksters.
By | 2007-10-26T11:35:12+00:00 October 26, 2007|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|Tags: , |

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 18, 2007

light-the-night-200.jpgSound and vision: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents “New Sounds” by Rossini, Fauré, Adler and Revueltas from William Tell, Pelléas et Mélisande and more at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff; contact the Meadows Ticket Office at 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Points of light: SMU Recreational Sports and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society present “Light the Night” (top left) at 5 p.m. Oct. 21 in Doak Walker Plaza. Teams of friends, families and co-workers will gather to walk; music, food, family activities and illuminated balloons are part of the festivities. Proceeds from the annual fundraising walk will benefit leukemia research. For more information or to register, visit the Light the Night Web site.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Author T.M. McNally reads from The Gateway, a new story collection to be published this month by SMU Press, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception in the DeGolyer’s Texana Room.

K. SridharThe sound of India: The Brown Bag World Music Series presents K. Sridhar (middle left), Indian classical musician, sarod maestro and recording artist with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records, at noon Oct. 24 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch.

20 years young: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center begins its third decade with a 20th Birthday Party noon-1 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Commons. Stop in for food, fun, prizes and birthday cake.

Store business and show business: Retailing legend Roger Horchow, whose Horchow Collection is both an upscale store and an SMU historical archive, talks about his experiences in business and on Broadway in “From the Post Office to the Box Office” Oct. 25 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Up with opera: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents scenes and songs from opera and musical theatre in its second brown-bag event of the fall term, “Opera Free For All,” at 1 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Shaolin WarriorIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Oct. 20: TITAS presents one of Portugal’s biggest pop stars, fado artist Mariza, in concert at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact TITAS at 214-528-5576.

Oct. 25-26: Performance artists and kung fu masters, the Shaolin Warriors (bottom left) perform for two nights at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact TITAS at 214-528-5576. Watch a preview on YouTube.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 12, 2007

Peruna ad from catalogTile while you can: Only a few more days to see “Tile Design in Valencia” in Meadows Museum – the exhibition closes Oct. 21. Check the Museum Web site for hours.

Wish books: Browse through hundreds of catalogs, most from the period 1865-1965, in “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs,” on exhibit through Feb. 15 in DeGolyer Library. The catalogs include merchandise ranging from machinery to kitchen appliances to fashion to medicine. Highlights include catalogs from JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and The Horchow Collection – as well as a catalog for Peruna (top left), which from 1880-1920 was a popular patent medicine before it became synonymous with SMU’s popular mascot.

High tech for teaching: The Center for Teaching Excellence presents a roundtable discussion on “Games, Sims and Other Software: Virtual Reality in the Classroom” 3-4 p.m. Oct. 15 in 323 Fondren Library. Read more and sign up online.

Say hey to Willie: Baseball legend and 24-time All-Star Willie Mays speaks at the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum at noon Oct. 17 in the Khmer Pavilion, Hilton Anatole Hotel. Find more information (and the 2008 schedule) at the Athletic Forum Web site.

C.S.I.: Archaeology: SMU Ph.D. candidate Catrina Whitley, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, talks about what ancient skeletal remains can tell researchers about how people of the Southwest lived and died. “The Study of Death: Revealing Life Stories in the Rio Grande del Rancho Valley” take place at noon Oct. 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library, and is part of the Clements Center Brown Bag Series. Bring your lunch. (Left, a young male victim of violence from Pot Creek Pueblo, 1250-1320 AD, photo by Catrina Whitley.)

Editor’s choice: “Editorial Leadership on The Dallas Morning News” will be the topic as Robert Mong, the newspaper’s president and editor, holds forth in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon event at noon Oct. 17 in the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Dee Powell at 8-3012 or visit

Annie LennoxLearn to fly: SMU’s Outdoor Adventures program offers “Try Hang-Gliding,” an Oct. 27 instructional trip to Lawton, Oklahoma. The $120 cost includes transportation, ground school, equipment rental and lunch. Sign-up deadline is Oct. 19.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Oct. 14: British pop/soul diva and Eurhythmics cofounder Annie Lennox (bottom left) in concert – doors at 6:30 p.m., Carina Round opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Oct. 19: Alt-country rockers Ryan Adams and the Cardinals in concert at 8 p.m. (doors at 7). Tickets available through Front Gate Tickets.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 27, 2007

Meadows dance studentsWhat’s opera, doc? The Meadows Opera Theatre presents scenes and songs from opera and musical theatre in a brown bag event, “Opera Free For All,” at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Sounds of Spain: The Orchestra of New Spain presents a concert of Renaissance music from Valencia at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Virginia Meadows Galleries, Meadows Museum. Tickets are $25 each for general admission, $20 each for Meadows Museum members.

Brown Bag Dance returns: The Meadows Division of Dance (top left) presents its fall 2007 Brown Bag Dance Series at noon each day Oct. 1-5 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch and watch SMU dance students perform original works in ballet, jazz and modern dance.

Sophia Loren with Stanley MarcusMore Fortnight fun: DeGolyer Library Curator Anne Peterson gives an illustrated history of “The Store” in “Fortnight, Fashion and Fun: Neiman Marcus Celebrates 100 Years in Dallas” Oct. 4 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The DeGolyer exhibition “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs” opens the same day and will run through Feb. 15. (Middle left, Sophia Loren and Stanley Marcus activate a recreation of the Villa D’Este fountains during the department store’s 1975 Italian Fortnight.)

Global impact: The Perkins School of Theology presents “Religion and Empire: Politics, Faith and the Future of Globalization” Oct. 4. Ulrich Duchrow, professor of systematic theology at the University of Heidelberg, will speak on “Faith Communities and Empire: Global Hope and Western Challenge” at 7 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. SMU Professor of Systematic Theology and symposium organizer Joerg Rieger will join Duchrow and scholars from SMU, TCU, Baylor, Phillips Theological Seminary and Princeton for an academic symposium on “Religion and Empire” 4-6 p.m. in the Kirby Hall parlor. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeorg Rieger, 8-2356.

Meadows Wind EnsembleWinds and “Fire”: The Meadows Wind Ensemble (bottom left) presents “Magneticfireflies,” featuring the title music from their new CD as well as the world premiere of composer Cindy McTee’s Finish Line for wind symphony. The show begins at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students; for more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Outdoor Adventures: Sign up by Oct. 5 for the Beaver Bend weekend canoe trip Oct. 12-14 on the Upper Mountain Fork River, Oklahoma. Cost is $70; a pre-trip meeting is scheduled for Oct. 9. For more information, visit SMU Recreational Sports or contact David Chambers, 8-9918.

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