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Celebrate Homecoming 2016 with a ‘Road Trip Home to SMU’ Nov. 3-5

SMU Homecoming float

SMU invites alumni, students, faculty and staff members to load up the car for a “Road Trip Home to SMU”: Homecoming 2016 takes place Nov. 3-5.

Hosted and organized by the SMU Student Foundation, the special events include the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, a Homecoming Parade featuring grand marshals Michael ’83 and Michelle Carter, and reunions for the classes of 1971, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06 and ’11, as well as Mustang Mini-Reunions for student groups.

The SMU Staff Association invites all staff members to march with them in the Homecoming Parade at noon Saturday, Nov. 5. To participate, wear a red T-shirt and arrive by 11:30 a.m. at the Mustangs statue near Moody Coliseum.

> Find history, traditions and even gameday recipes at SMU’s new Guide to Gameday blog

SMU Student Foundation Homecoming 2016 logo, 'Road Trip Home to SMU'This year’s parade grand marshals are father-daughter Olympians Michael ’83 and Michelle Carter. Michelle won the gold medal in the shot put in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Her father, Michael, won the silver medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, played football for SMU’s undefeated teams in 1981 and 1982 and was an NCAA track champion. He is also the only player in NFL history to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl ring in the same season.

> Learn more about Homecoming 2016 events from SMU News

Traditional activities also include the Mustang Band’s Pigskin Revue and tailgating on The Boulevard, followed by the SMU-Memphis football game at 3 p.m. in Ford Stadium. SMU Athletics encourages game-goers to observe the #WearBlueSaturday tradition for the Homecoming game.

> More info on the SMU-Memphis Homecoming game at Gameday Central: smumustangs.com/gameday

SMU honors four oustanding graduates at 2016 DAA Awards Thursday, Nov. 3

DAA 2016 headshots

A philanthropist, a financial services leader and a real estate and construction magnate will receive SMU’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates. The DAA Award banquet and ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3  on the University’s historic Main Quad.

This year’s recipients include:

Kevin Lavelle ’08 will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Lavelle is the founder of Mizzen+Main, a clothing company that introduced advanced performance fabrics to traditional menswear.

> Learn more at smu.edu/daa

SMU ready to celebrate at 2016 May Commencement Convocation

SMU Class of 2016

SMU observes its 101st Commencement May 13-14, 2016 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

Technology and civic leaders, and SMU parents, Richard and Mary Templeton will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 14 in Moody Coliseum. The University expects to award nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

Cancer prevention pioneer and global health leader Dr. Groesbeck Parham will receive an SMU Doctor of Science honoris causa during the ceremony.

Some major events at a glance:

> Learn more about Richard and Mary Templeton
> Find times, locations and other details on school and department diploma ceremonies
> Find ceremony information and student stories at SMU News
> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement Convocation homepage

SMU celebrates 100 years on the Hilltop with Centennial Homecoming Sept. 23-27, 2015

Centennial Countdown Concert 2015SMU celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first classes on campus with the 2015 Centennial Homecoming Sept. 23-27, 2015.

The Centennial theme, “Hundredth on the Hilltop,” honors the University’s history and the achievements of its students, alumni and faculty.

Hosted and organized by the SMU Student Foundation, the special events will include a concert and midnight countdown to SMU’s 100th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

On the anniversary day of Thursday, Sept. 24, the University will gather for special celebrations including a worship service, Centennial concert and Convocation, a State Fair of Texas-inspired picnic, and the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Traditional activities with a Centennial twist will include the Homecoming parade, tailgating on The Boulevard followed by the SMU-James Madison football game in Ford Stadium.

> Watch for livestreamed SMU Centennial events at smu.edu/live

> More info on SMU’s Centennial Homecoming game at smumustangs.com/gameday

SMU Centennial Homecoming events at a glance

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Centennial Countdown Concert exclusively for SMU alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, featuring the Eli Young Band and special guest Cam, with a midnight countdown to SMU’s 100th anniversary on the Hilltop. Doors open 8:30 p.m., concert 9 p.m.-midnight in Moody Coliseum. [Countdown Concert]

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 – SMU’s 100th Birthday

Imperial BrassCentennial Worship Service led by Dean William B. Lawrence of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, 8:30 a.m., Perkins Chapel. Seating is limited; arrive early or watch via webcast at smu.edu/live. [Worship Service]

Carillon bells honoring the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes on the SMU campus, 10 a.m., Fondren Science Building.

 Convocation Concert, Meadows Wind Ensemble, 10 a.m., McFarlin Auditorium.

Centennial Convocation Ceremony led by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, 10:30 a.m., McFarlin Auditorium. [Commemoration Ceremony]

Pealing of bells at Highland Park United Methodist Church and churches through Dallas-Fort Worth and the state of Texas in honor of the SMU Centennial, noon.

Centennial Picnic with a State Fair of Texas theme, featuring State Fair foods, carnival games and a greeting from Big Tex, noon, South Lawn, Clements Hall. Hosted by Aramark and open to all SMU community members and guests attending the Centennial Commemoration. [Centennial Picnic]

Distinguished Alumni Awards honoring Bess Fraser Enloe ’60, Donald F. Jackson ’63, Billie Ida Williamson ’74, and Emerging Leader Award recipient Rev. Dr. Michael Waters ’02, ’06, ’12, 7 p.m., Main Quad. [SMU DAA 2015]

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Stampede of ServiceCampaign Volunteer Meeting, a special gathering of SMU’s Second Century Campaign volunteers, 11:30 a.m., Main Quad. Invitation only. [Campaign Volunteer Meeting]

Centennial Stampede of Service, with 100 SMU students participating in service projects at 10 local nonprofit organizations including schools, libraries, food pantries and counseling centers representing SMU’s commitment to community service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. [More about #SMUServes]

State Fair of Texas 2015 Opening Parade featuring SMU Giants 10- and 12-foot marionettes and the Mustang Band, noon, downtown Dallas. [State Fair of Texas Parade route]

Campus and academic open houses in SMU’s schools, centers and libraries, 2-5 p.m. Visit the full Centennial Homecoming schedule for the most current individual listings.

Release party and reunion for the new Harold Jeskey biographyThe Man in the Red Tie, 2 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. [More about the Harold Jeskey event]

Willard Spiegelman reunion for friends and former students, 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. remarks, McCord Auditorium and 3rd-floor mezzanine, Dallas Hall. [More about the Willard Spiegelman event]

SMU Mustang Band, 'Pigskin Revue' Pigskin Revue, “A Century in Revue” – the 82nd edition of the annual variety show featuring SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts, with the Mustang Band playing new music as well as favorites from the past 100 years, 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are free for faculty, staff and students with SMU IDs, with no limit. Get yours at the Mustang Band table outside Hughes-Trigg Student Center. [More about Pigskin Revue]

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

• Tailgating on the Boulevard featuring Mustang Alley, the Mustang Walk to Ford Stadium, the Mustang Band and Cheer march, and food and beverage service, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Bishop Boulevard. [A guide to The Boulevard, including a map]

2014 Homecoming Parade, 'Dynamic Duos'• Homecoming Parade with the theme “Hundredth on the Hilltop,” in which students bring to life a themes from a past Homecoming beginning at 3 p.m. on Bishop Boulevard. [Homecoming Parade info]

• Homecoming Football Game featuring the SMU Mustangs vs. the James Madison Dukes, free Peruna bobbleheads for the first 5,000 attendees, a Ford Mustang giveaway courtesy of Bob Tomes Ford, a Centennial halftime performance by the Mustang Band, and a postgame Birthday Salute to SMU, 6 p.m., Ford Stadium. [More about the SMU Homecoming game and Birthday Salute]

Throughout the weekend

• Centennial lighting featuring ceremonial lighting of Dallas Hall, SMU’s East Campus Expressway Tower, and other landmark buildings throughout Dallas.

Mustang Mini Reunions for visiting alumni, current students, and other SMU community members. [More about Homecoming 2015 Mini Reunions]

 Museum and library exhibitions, including the Meadows Museum’s Treasures from the House of Alba, Hamon Arts Library’s Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. HamonSMU Centennial Hall, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime.

• Reunion gatherings throughout the weekend for the classes of ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10. [More at smu.edu/reunions]

Hundredth on the Hilltop

 

Centennial Week features launch party for new biography of legendary SMU professor Harold Jeskey

'The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey' book coverThe late Harold Jeskey retired from teaching in 1979, but he never forgot his love for SMU’s students – or its athletic teams. And his students never forgot him – or his signature red ties.

SMU will help celebrate the publication of a new biography about Jeskey, a popular professor of organic chemistry, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. and will include remarks by Sterling E. Moore, author of The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey. Friends and family will be invited to share memories.

Jeskey, the former R.S. Lazenby Professor of Chemistry in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, taught at the University from 1945 to 1979. He also served as faculty athletic representative and volunteered in the Sports Information Department for many years after his retirement. He adopted his famous red ties as a representation of excellence and awarded them to outstanding students in his classes.

Harold Jeskey, R.S. Lazenby Professor of Chemistry, SMUAnd his respect for student achievement went well beyond the classroom. “During the tumultuous days of integration, Jeskey presented a red tie to a black student he never even taught…perhaps as an award for bravely facing racism,” reads the book’s overview.

Moore took Jeskey’s organic chemistry class in 1951 and has imbued his Jeskey biography with personal experiences and insight. He also included interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and former students to “paint a vivid picture of a man whose legacy is deeply ingrained in the collective memory and culture of SMU.”

> Learn more about The Man in the Red Tie and author Sterling E. Moore from SMU News

The book publication party is also one of several Mustang Mini Reunions that will mark SMU’s Centennial Homecoming Week. Scheduled meet-ups include the following:

Steve LaRue and Dodie Jacobi’s Reunion Meetup of friends from Meadows School of the Arts, Student Foundation, Lettermen Hall, and the Class of ’85, as well as new alumni of every sort. All are welcome to join this casual, Dutch-treat meetup from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Old Monk, 2847 N. Henderson Avenue. Contact Dodie Jacobi for more information.

• The Williard Spiegelman Reunion for friends and former students of Professor Spiegelman, Friday, Sept. 25Learn more and register online.

• The Thespian Mini Reunion at Café Brazil Coffeehouse and Restaurant, 6420 N Central Expressway, Friday, Sept. 25Contact Danette Goss Alberts ’75.

• The Hispanic Alumni Mini-Reunion and Reception, hosted by the Honorable Delia D. Jasso ’76, featuring the Dallas Mexican American Historical League exhibit, “The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas’  Mexican American Veterans and Families,” Friday, Sept. 25Registration information here.

• The Gamma Omega Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Reunion at Ozona’s Grill and Bar, 4615 Greenville Avenue, Friday, Sept. 25.

• The Black Alumni Reunion, featuring several events during Homecoming Week including a happy hour, 20th year celebration, and Voice of Inspiration Gospel Choir reunion, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27Details and registration information here.

• The SMU-in-Madrid Reunion featuring guest speaker Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum, and a viewing of the exhibit Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and CollectingSaturday, Sept. 26. More details here.

• The Daily Campus and Rotunda Alumni Reunion, for alumni who have been involved with The Daily Campus student newspaper and the Rotunda yearbook as they celebrate 100 years at SMU, Saturday, Sept. 26. Learn more.

> Learn more about Mustang Mini Reunions

SMU continues its Centennial celebration during 2015 Founders’ Day Weekend April 16-18

R. Gerald Turner, President's Briefing, SMU Founders' Day 2012

R. Gerald Turner gives the President’s Briefing at SMU Founders’ Day 2012. The University celebrates the 2015 event from April 16-18.

The SMU community celebrates its fifth Founders’ Day Weekend with football, faculty talks, a President’s briefing, and a tribute to Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary. The festivities take place April 16-18, 2015 around the main campus.

The weekend begins Thursday, April 16 with the annual Golden Mustang reunion as the University welcomes back alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago. It continues on Friday, April 17, with the extremely popular Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, featuring thought-provoking presentations by faculty, alumni and students.

Also on Friday, SMU President R. Gerald Turner offers perspective on the University’s progress during the President’s Briefing at 7 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. In addition, the SMU Program Council presents the newest edition of a beloved tradition, Sing Song: EARTH, at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Saturday, April 18 is SMU Community Day. This year features exhibitions and family activities at the Meadows Museum’s “Passport to Spain” plus spring football and opportunities to meet Head Coach Chad Morris and current and former SMU players at the Mustang Fan Fair.

The Meadows Museum 50th anniversary celebration includes programs and exhibitions documenting the history of the Museum and a special preview of the Abelló Collection, one of the world’s most renowned private collections that will be seen for the first time in the United States at the Meadows.

This year’s event  marks the final Founders’ Day Weekend of The Second Century Celebration. Designated as the third Friday in April each year, Founders’ Day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

> Find a complete schedule at the SMU Founders’ Day website: smu.edu/foundersday

SMU celebrates Year of the Faculty during 2014 Homecoming Nov. 13-16

Brian Baumgartner

Well-known for his character “Kevin” on the Emmy-winning television series “The Office,” actor Brian Baumgartner ’95 is making the trip back to SMU for Homecoming weekend.

SMU celebrates the Year of the Faculty during 2014 Homecoming Nov. 13-16, honoring the contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty members as teachers and researchers. The Homecoming parade theme, “Dynamic Duos: Better Together,” salutes powerful partnerships, including SMU’s relationship with Dallas and the pairing of SMU students and faculty.

Saturday’s events begin with actor and alumnus Brian Baumgartner ’95 leading the traditional Homecoming parade, with tailgating on The Boulevard followed by the traditional football game at Ford Stadium.

> Learn more about Brian Baumgartner from SMU News

Other Homecoming highlights include season openers for the SMU men’s and women’s basketball teams on Friday, Nov. 14. The 8:30 p.m. men’s game vs. Lamar is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 6 p.m. women’s game vs. Northern Colorado. For tickets visit smumustangs.com.

Events at a glance:

Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, Main Quad: honoring Mary Brinegar ’69, Frank M. Dunlevy ’71, John F. Harper ’68, and Emerging Leader recipient Alexandra Dillard Lucie ’05.

Pigskin Revue8:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 McFarlin Auditorium: the 81st edition of the annual variety show featuring SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts, with the Mustang Band playing new music as well as old favorites from past revues. Admission is free with an SMU ID or $15 without an SMU ID.

• Tailgating on the Boulevard, 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Bishop Boulevard: The Mustang Club Tent, with catering provided by Mi Cocina, will be located at the southeast corner of Bishop and Binkley on Mustang Alley. Adult admission is $10 per person in advance and $15 cash at the tent on game day. Children 8 and under are admitted for free.

• Homecoming Parade, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue: The 2014 parade will feature iconic duos such as Batman and Robin; Mickey and Minnie; and Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Baumgartner, known for his iconic role as Kevin Malone in the TV series “The Office,” will serve as grand marshal. The new route featuring student floats, bands and entertainment will begin at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue. (Parade Map)

SMU Homecoming• Homecoming Football Game, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Gerald J. Ford
Stadium: Cheerleaders and the Mustang Band will lead fans from The Boulevard into Ford Stadium. Halftime will include a performance by the Mustang Band, a check presentation from the SMU reunion classes and crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Visit smumustangs.com for tickets.

• All-University Worship, 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, Perkins Chapel: Join the SMU community at this inspirational service in Perkins Chapel and remember classmates who are no longer with us.

• Centennial Lighting, throughout the weekend:  This year’s Homecoming features a new tradition of ceremonial lighting that will extend across campus each evening throughout the weekend. Homecoming 2014 will also mark the debut of the illuminated SMU Mustang featured on SMU’s East Campus Expressway Tower.

• SMU Museum Open Houses, throughout the weekend: Explore world-class art, presidential artifacts, interactive exhibits and library treasures at SMU’s Bridwell Library, Centennial Hall, DeGolyer Library, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Heritage Hall and the Meadows Museum. All visits are complimentary during Homecoming except for the Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For tickets to the Bush Library and Museum, visit georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu.

• Reunion Gatherings, throughout the weekend: Reunion events are planned for the classes of ‘69 ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ‘99 ’04 and ’09. The Reunion Weekend kickoff celebration will begin on Friday, Nov. 14. Visit smu.edu/reunions for more information.

SMU Homecoming includes more events for all ages. For the full schedule, visit smu.edu/homecoming.

Written by Ariel Monticure ’15.

> Read the full story from SMU News

SMU prepares for 2013 Commencement May 17-18

Baccalaureate 2012 photo by Guy Rogers III

SMU observes its 98th Commencement May 17-18 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

Former U.S. Senator from Texas Kay Bailey Hutchison will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18, to be held on the University’s historic Main Quad. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University in recognition of her distinguished career in public service and support of higher education, especially in the areas of science and engineering. SMU expects to award approximately 1,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

The ceremony will be simulcast live at smu.edu/livevideo

Follow SMU’s 98th Commencement weekend on Twitter at #SMUgrad2013

In 1993, Hutchison became the first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate. She was re-elected three times. She also joined Margaret Chase Smith as one of only two women in Senate history to be elected to Republican leadership. As Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, she was the fourth-highest ranking Republican senator.

Hutchison served as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science. She also chaired the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee and served on Defense Appropriations for 16 years.

Throughout her career in the U.S. Senate, Hutchison worked to improve and expand higher education opportunities for students. She has championed advancements in science, technology, engineering and math education and helped thousands of Texans earn college degrees who could not have otherwise gained access to higher education. Through her efforts, research at Texas universities has grown to make the state among the top three for university research in the nation.

Hutchison’s efforts also helped bring more than $20 million in federal funds for research projects to SMU. Some of the projects that have been funded through her efforts include the Infinity Project, a math- and science-based engineering and technology education initiative; various NASA and national defense projects; high-tech visual equipment development; and biotechnology projects. In addition to science, technology, engineering and math projects, Hutchison has established the Ray and Kay Bailey Hutchison Scholarship at SMU’s Dedman School of Law and the Hutchison Legal Resource Learning Center.

Read more about Kay Bailey Hutchison from SMU News

The University will also confer honorary degrees upon four other individuals in recognition of distinguished contributions in their fields:

  • James Robert (Bob) Biard will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, for his outstanding contributions in the field of optoelectronics. Biard received the world’s first patent for the light-emitting diode (LED) during his career with Texas Instruments.
  • Swanee Hunt will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for her efforts toward world peace and gender parity. Hunt, former U.S. ambassador to Austria, is founder and president of the Institute for Inclusive Security, which trains women peace builders around the globe.
  • Francis Christopher Oakley will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his distinguished contributions to higher education as a scholar and administrator. Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas and president emeritus of Williams College, where he led establishment of the tutorial form of instruction.
  • Bryan A. Stevenson will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, for his efforts to achieve social equity through criminal justice reform. Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system.

Read more about the 2013 honorary degree recipients

In addition, nine retiring faculty members will be recognized during Saturday’s Commencement Convocation:

  • William Beauchamp, associate professor of French, Dedman College
  • David Blackwell, William B. Hamilton Chair in Earth Sciences, Dedman College
  • Robert C. Davis, associate professor of mathematics, Dedman College
  • Margaret (Maggie) H. Dunham, professor of computer science and engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
  • Charles (Charley) Helfert, associate professor of theatre, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Robin W. Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics and former dean of Perkins School of Theology
  • Bijan Mohraz, professor of civil and environmental engineering, Lyle School of Engineering.
  • Laurence (Larry) Scholder, professor of art, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Linda Brewster Stearns, professor of sociology, Dedman College

The weekend’s activities include the Baccalaureate service Friday, May 17, in McFarlin Auditorium. The service will be followed by Rotunda Recessional, a tradition in which seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, marking the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.

More information at the SMU Registrar’s Commencement homepage

Some major events at a glance:

(Above, photo from Baccalaureate 2012 by Guy Rogers III.)

Calendar Highlights: Commencement countdown, May 13, 2013

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Photos from SMU 2013 May Commencement Brochure

The entire SMU community is preparing for Commencement 2013. Here is a look at some of the big events:

Additional Information:

Tune In: SMU Homecoming 2012 in pictures

A face-painter at work in Peruna's Playground, SMU Homecoming 2012SMU’S 2012 Homecoming celebration provided several days of excitement, from reunions to Pigskin Revue to the parade (led by alumnus and TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie) to the Distinguished Alumni Awards. And to top it all off, the Mustangs delivered a 44-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers in Ford Stadium.

Gary Shultz of SMU News has posted dozens of images from the weekend. Visit his Homecoming 2012 page to see slide shows of all the action.

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