Four staff members receive 2008-09 Presidential Awards

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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.

May 22, 2009|News|

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.

April 1, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

October 30, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

October 24, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

May 13, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News|
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