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Homecoming 2012 celebrates Centennial milestones and memories

Peruna with SMU spirit squadSMU celebrates Homecoming 2012 with milestones and memories from its hundred-year history. The festivities take place Oct. 25-28 in locations all over campus.

The celebration begins with the 2012 DAA Awards Thursday, Oct. 25 and continues through a weekend of picnics, reunions, and the SMU-Memphis game in Ford Stadium.

> Visit the SMU Homecoming homepage

The University’s oldest tradition, Pigskin Revue, celebrates its 78th anniversary at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets for this year’s show, “Holidaze,” are free and can be picked up in advance at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Tickets will also be available at the McFarlin box office beginning at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

In conjunction with Pigskin Revue, the organizing committee and the Mustang Band are also collecting canned food for the North Texas Food Bank, with a goal of 2,386 cans – one for every seat in McFarlin. Look for collection boxes in residence halls, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and other buildings around campus.

Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie

Leading up to the Mustangs’ football game against the Memphis Tigers, the SMU Homecoming Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and will celebrate the role that SMU has played in the Dallas community since its founding in 1911. The parade will feature Blake Mycoskie (pictured right), SMU alumnus and TOMS Shoes “chief shoe giver,” as grand marshal. SMU alumnus Dan Bell will serve as parade emcee.

Download a 2012 SMU Homecoming activities map (PDF format)

This year, the expanded Homecoming parade will begin at University Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue. The procession will wind its way along Hillcrest and through the SMU campus with student floats, bands and entertainment. Bright red and blue Centennial Bicycles will make their debut in the parade.

“As we celebrate SMU’s centennial, we are especially pleased to welcome back our alumni and show them the progress they have helped to make possible with their support,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We also are proud to recognize a great entrepreneur and philanthropist as our Homecoming grand marshal. Through his TOMS Shoes’ One For One Movement, Blake Mycoskie is an example of how our alumni contribute to the world.”

> Find a full list of 2012 Homecoming activities at SMU News

SMU prepares for 2012 Commencement May 11-12

SMU Commencement 2011 banner bearers, photo by Jake Dean

SMU observes its 97th Commencement May 11-12 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12 in Moody Coliseum and will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University. SMU expects to award approximately 2,100 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

> Follow SMU’s 97th Commencement weekend on Twitter at #SMUgrad2012

Dr. Rice has achieved prominence in both government service and higher education. She currently holds three positions at Stanford University: professor of political economy in the Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and professor of political science.

Rice earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, a Master’s from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her academic career began in 1981 when she joined the Stanford faculty. A dedicated teacher, she has received two of the university’s highest teaching awards. She rose through the faculty ranks to serve as Stanford provost from 1993-99, the first woman and first African American to hold that position.

Rice served for two years on the National Security Council staff under President George H.W. Bush. She was the president’s special assistant for national security affairs during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and reunification of Germany. She served on the staff of President George W. Bush as national security adviser from 2001-05. She then served from 2005-09 as the nation’s 66th secretary of state, the second woman and the first African American woman to hold the post.

Rice currently serves as chair of the Board of Advisers of the Bush Institute, part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.

> Read more about Condoleezza Rice from SMU News

During the Commencement ceremony, SMU will also confer an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon Nancy Cartwright, considered one of the most important and influential contemporary philosophers of science.

Cartwright is a professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the London School of Economics. The author of seven books, she has produced path-breaking work on issues such as the nature of physical laws, causation and scientific reasoning. She is a pioneer of today’s practice-based philosophy of science and helped develop the philosophy of social policy, economics, sociology, medicine, epidemiology and political science.

Cartwright is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

> Read more about Nancy Cartwright from SMU News

The weekend’s activities include the Baccalaureate service Friday, May 11, 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, banner bearers from SMU’s individual schools and colleges gather prior to the all-University Commencement Convocation. Photo from Commencement 2011 by Jake Dean.)

Calendar Highlights: Commencement countdown 2012

Photo by Guy Rogers of SMU seniors in McFarlin Auditorium during the 2011 Baccalaureate serviceThe entire SMU community is preparing for Commencement 2012. Some major events at a glance:

Learn more at the Registrar’s Commencement 2012 website
RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
More about former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the 2012 Commencement speaker

(Right, SMU seniors file into McFarlin Auditorium for the Baccalaureate service. Photo from Commencement 2011 by Guy Rogers.)

Picnic time: Save the date now for the 2012 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place Wednesday, May 23, rain or shine. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

SMU centennial party continues with 2012 Founders’ Day festivities

Fireworks over Dallas Hall at SMU Founders' Day 2011. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU marked its inaugural Founders' Day in 2011 with an unusual display of daytime fireworks over Dallas Hall. Photo credit: Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU celebrates 2012 Founders’ Day Weekend April 20-21 with events ranging from a movie night on the quad to a “Picnic With the Profs” to Family Day at Meadows Museum.

The public festivities begin Friday, April 20 with groundbreaking for the University’s new Residential Commons as part of the Centennial Celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Doak Walker Plaza. The event will be marked by the laying of a Centennial Cornerstone, a permanent tribute to the 100-year evolution of SMU’s campus and a new era of campus development.

Activities also include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2012 President’s Briefing.

Finally, SMU students and community members will meet up for popcorn, cotton candy and a free screening of “Forrest Gump” during Community Movie Night at 8 p.m. on the Main Quad, hosted by the SMU Program Council. Pack a picnic basket and bring blankets, lawn chairs and nonalcoholic beverages.

On  Saturday, April 21, the University will welcome back alumni from the classes of 1961 and earlier for the 2012 Golden Mustangs reunion.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. that day, Meadows Museum hosts a Family Day celebration featuring knights, falconers, and SMU student performers with activities and medieval fun for all ages. Highlights include tours of the Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, and its stunningly preserved 15th-century tapestries depicting the conquests of Asilah and Tangier by Afonso V, King of Portugal.

Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

The University marked the 100-year anniversary of its founding in 1911 and will mark the centennial of its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.

Find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website
Relive memories of the first Founders’ Day Weekend with this SMU News video video

SMU celebrates a Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6, 2011

SMU Centennial bookcoverSMU celebrates its 2011 Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6 with milestones and memories.

The festivities begin Thursday, Nov. 3, with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards. In addition to the Mustangs’ football game against Tulane, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will serve as grand marshal of the Homecoming Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to celebrate the role Dallas leaders played in establishing SMU in 1911. WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater will serve as parade emcee.

This year the parade, which also will include Peruna IX and the Mustang Band, will feature a new viewing zone on Hillcrest Avenue with seating, an announcer and entertainment before the parade. Special outreach is being made to SMU neighbors to join the festivities, which will include a family fun area on the Boulevard.

Pigskin Revue, SMU’s oldest Homecoming tradition, will mark its 77th anniversary Friday, Nov. 4, in Umphrey Lee Center. The celebration includes a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. on the Center’s second-story patio, followed by the talent show at 8 p.m. in the Mack Ballroom.

Another Homecoming high point is the launch of the commemorative book SMU: Unbridled Vision (cover pictured at right), featuring more than 200 new photos of the Hilltop.

“As we celebrate the 100th year of our founding, it’s a pleasure to show our appreciation to the city of Dallas for competing to be the site of SMU in 1911 and for providing a supportive community through the years. SMU and Dallas have grown and prospered together, and we value that partnership,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “That’s why it’s especially gratifying to honor Mayor Rawlings as grand marshal and to add a special parade viewing area and activity section for families on the Boulevard.”

> Find a list of events at SMU News
>  Order your copy of SMU: Unbridled Vision online

Join the celebration: SMU Commencement 2011

SMU Commencement 2010 school standards photo by Jake Dean

SMU observes its 96th Commencement May 13-14 with events for students, faculty, alumni and the entire community.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas will speak at the all-University ceremony at 9:30 a.m. May 14 in Moody Coliseum. The University expects to award undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees to more than 2,100 students.

Some major events at a glance:

May 12Honorary Degree Symposium on the Constitutional Court of South Africa honoring Justice Pius Nkonzo Langa, 5 p.m., 201 Florence Hall, Law Quad
May 13 – Class of 2011 Group Photo, 6:30 p.m., Main Quad (full academic regalia)
May 13-14Class of 1961 Golden Reunion, various times and locations
May 13Baccalaureate followed by Rotunda Recessional, 8 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium
May 14Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
May 14All-University Commencement, 9:30 a.m., Moody Coliseum
May 14Commencement Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., RFoC @ Lee, Umphrey Lee Center
May 14School diploma presentations, various times and locations

> RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
> Learn more about Sen. John Cornyn
> Find highlights from the SMU visit of the Dalai Lama, 2011 honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient
> Visit the Registrar’s May Commencement homepage at smu.edu/commencement

(Above, the school standard bearers from SMU Commencement 2010. Photo by Jake Dean.)

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.

SMU centennial kicks into high gear with Founders’ Day celebration

Founders' Day banner, 800px

SMU begins a new tradition with the first Founders’ Day Weekend celebration April 15-17, 2011.

The festivities begin Friday, April 15 with a Centennial Celebration at 1:30 p.m. on the Main Quad. The attractions include a performance by the Mustang Band, the raising of the Centennial Flag, and the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for the University.

The day’s activities also include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2011 President’s Briefing.

Also scheduled is Relay for Life, the SMU student body’s largest annual philanthropy event, which supports the American Cancer Society. The Relay takes place 5:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m. April 15-16 on Bishop Boulevard. For more information, call 214-768-4405.

In addition, the University will welcome back alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago for the annual Golden Mustang reunion.

From 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, SMU celebrates with its neighbors as the gold sponsor of the annual University Park Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt in Goar Park, 3800 University Boulevard. Peruna and the Easter Bunny will make special appearances, in addition to other family activities. The University also will provide special SMU giveaways. For more information, call 214-987-5488.

For 10 evenings, representing SMU’s 10 decades, the dome of Dallas Hall will be lit in honor of the citizens of Dallas who provided the funds for SMU’s first building. The first lighting begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 17, and continues each night through Tuesday, April 26.

Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

The University will mark the 100-year anniversaries of its founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.

> RSVP and find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
> Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website

SMU gears up for Founders’ Day centennial celebration

Second Century Celebration logoIn honor of its first 100 years, SMU will inaugurate a special day on the Hilltop with its first Founders’ Day Weekend celebration April 15-17, 2011.

The festivities begin Friday, April 15 with a Centennial Celebration at 1:30 p.m. on the Main Quad. Activities include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2011 President’s Briefing.

For 10 evenings, representing SMU’s 10 decades, the dome of Dallas Hall will be lit in honor of the citizens of Dallas who provided the funds for SMU’s first building. The first lighting begins at 7 p.m. April 15 and continues each night through April 24.

Also scheduled is Relay for Life, the SMU student body’s largest annual philanthropy event, which supports the American Cancer Society. In addition, the University will welcome back alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago for the annual Golden Mustang reunion.

Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

The University will mark the 100-year anniversaries of its founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.

> RSVP and find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
> Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website

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