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Summer means fun at SMU’s 2011 camps and classes

Kids in the SMU-in-Plano LEGO CampEvery summer, SMU professors and coaches share their expertise with the community through camps, clinics and classes for kids and teens. Several opportunities are available for summer 2011; faculty and staff discounts apply for many of them.

SMU News has built a one-stop web portal for links to all the University’s summer camps and programs. Visit now for more information on Summer 2011 activities and openings.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 6, 2010

The end of 2010 (and beginning of 2011) at a glance:

Dec. 6: Last day of instruction
Dec. 7: Reading day
Dec. 8-15: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Saturday or Sunday)
Dec. 17: Guildhall Fall 2010 Exhibition, SMU-in-Plano
Dec. 18: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 18: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 24-31: University holidays
Jan. 4-13: J Term 2011 at SMU-in-Plano

Dallas Metropolitan BalletA fine time to give: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2010 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 17. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines for SMU faculty, staff and students. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library Center, Hamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room – drop off food donations at any of these libraries.

Everyone celebrate: SMU President R. Gerald Turner hosts the 2010 All-University Holiday Party at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dec. 11-12: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet (right) presents The Night Before Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Find tickets online at the Ticketmaster website.

J Term 2011 deadline extended to Dec. 10

j-term-logo-26oct2010.jpg With 18 courses still available, students can make the most of their winter break by enrolling in SMU’s “J Term,” or January Term. Now in its second year, the concentrated program of study, set for Jan. 4-13 at the SMU-in-Plano campus, allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course at a discounted tuition rate before the start of the spring semester.

The enrollment deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 10, for the 18 courses with seats available. They feature offerings from the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Courses include “Management Concepts” for business minors and non-business majors, “Career Development Theory and Practice,” “Mass Media and Technology” and “Crime and Delinquency.”

“J Term allows students to pursue a very focused learning opportunity with SMU faculty members and adjunct professors,” says Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director and director of the J-Term program. “These credit hours can help students accelerate their degree completion, earn a second major or minor, fulfill general education requirements or prerequisites, or just take a course of interest.”

J-Term courses are not available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and to complete the J-Term application form. The application must be received in Enrollment Services, faxed to 972-473-3433 or emailed to jterm@smu.edu by 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

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By | 2010-12-06T14:17:09+00:00 December 6, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , |

Scary good times for SMU this Halloween season

Black cat and Halloween jack-o-lanternAnd now, a quick round-up of various Halloween 2010 events around SMU:

• It’s time to show your knife skills again as the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports is hosting a Pumpkin Carving Competition this Thursday, Oct. 28. The competition begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Falls, where judges will hand out prizes to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd best carvings.

• The SMU Preschool and Child Care Center‘s “Mini Mustangs” will host their annual Halloween Parade at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29. This year’s march of costume-clad toddlers will go from Hawk Hall to the Flagpole and back. Faculty and staff are invited to join in handing out candy to the kids along the way. The SMU Police Department will also be participating.

SMU-In-Plano will host a Halloween potluck lunch at noon Friday, Oct. 29. The party is in Room 118, Building 4. RSVP to Sharla Agnew before 5 p.m. Thursday if you’re interested.

• Can you wear a costume and climb in it as well? If so, you should consider the Midnight Cosmic Costume Climbing challenge at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Attendants will compete for best costume (that they can climb in) and food, drinks, and a live DJ will be provided. The event begins at 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and will continue until 1 a.m. Bringing your own harness – shoes are optional, as Dedman also has rentals. For any questions, call the Climbing Wall at 214-768-9917.

2011 SMU J-Term deadline is Nov. 23

j-term-logo-26oct2010.jpgStudents can make the most of their winter break by enrolling in SMU’s 2011 J-Term at the SMU-in-Plano campus. Now in its second year, the concentrated program of study – set for Jan. 4-13 – allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course at a discounted tuition rate before the start of the spring semester.

The 33 available courses feature offerings from the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The enrollment deadline is Nov. 23.

“J-Term allows students to pursue a very focused learning opportunity with SMU faculty members and adjunct professors,” says Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director and director of the J-Term program. “These credit hours can help students accelerate their degree completion, earn a second major or minor, fulfill general education requirements or prerequisites, or just take a course of interest.”

J-Term courses are not available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and to complete the J-Term application form. The application must be received in Enrollment Services, faxed to 972-473-3433 or emailed to jterm@smu.edu by 4 p.m. Nov. 23.

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SMU-in-Plano Summer Youth Program adds courses for parents

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SMU-in-Plano‘s Summer Youth Program is adding courses for parents in summer 2010.

Offerings for adults include classes in “Yoga While You Wait,” designed to help busy parents stay fit and stress-free during unlikely break times, such as the gaps between school and practice. Other courses include homework strategies, how to teach goal-setting and social confidence, recognizing dyslexia, digital camera secrets and more.

The Plano campus continues to offer a full slate of programs, including the popular LEGO® Technology series. Other workshop topics include math, writing, computer gaming, 3D animation, college prep and planning, reading enhancement, study and social skills, cooking, fashion sketching, web page design and a cartoon clinic, among others.

Courses are designed for children ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Parents may register online for both the adult and youth workshops. Also available for a small additional cost is an Extended Day Option for students entering grades 3-7.

For more information, contact SMU Summer Youth Programs, 214-768-5437, or visit smu.edu/summeryouth.

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Gaming giant THQ opens usability lab at The Guildhall

THQ logoInteractive entertainment software giant THQ Inc. has announced that it will sponsor a new, state-of-the-art usability lab at The Guildhall at SMU.

The lab will serve as a primary usability test center for all the company’s titles. THQ personnel will run the center and manage test activities, led by Dr. Karl Steiner, senior manager of Usability.

“By developing our lab at SMU, THQ is getting more than just a first-class testing facility, we’re also joining a community of dedicated gamers,” Steiner said. “We look forward to collaborating with SMU faculty members and students on test and research activities as well as contributing to the development of the next generation of gaming talent.”

THQ – the creator of best-selling titles including Saints Row, Company of Heroes, Metro 2033 and the UFC Undisputed and All-Star Karate franchises – expects the lab to be fully operational by summer 2010. In addition to enhanced game testing capabilities, the shared location will generate important opportunities for collaboration with faculty and the postgraduate community, as well as potential paid internships and research projects.

The Guildhall at SMU will be the only top graduate video game design and development program with an on-site Usability Lab.

“We are incredibly excited by this opportunity for collaboration with one of the game industry’s leading global publishers,” says Peter Raad, Guildhall founder and executive director. “THQ’s presence at SMU will have a significant impact on its faculty and students by providing valuable hands-on access to professional video game usability equipment.”

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By | 2010-03-16T14:59:31+00:00 March 16, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 23, 2010

SMU's Heart Beats for HaitiHelp for Haiti: Purchase your lunch or dinner at Lawyers Inn in Carr Collins Hall Feb. 23 and contribute to the SupPort-au-Prince fundraiser for Haiti. Chicken enchiladas con salsa verde with Mexican rice, beans, salsa and chips is the day’s special, and 20 percent of sales will go to Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Lawyers Inn hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

SMU community members can also share in the Dine for Haiti Benefit Buffet, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Great Hall of Perkins Prothro Hall. The dinner buffet features a wide selection of foods, and all proceeds go to the SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti relief effort. The cost is $5. For more information, contact Christene Dino, 626-375-2297.

Virtuoso visits campus: Russian artist Dmitri Ratser – one of the few pianists to include in his repertoire the complete works for piano and orchestra of Sergei Rachmaninoff – will perform a free guest concert at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Presented by the Division of Music Keyboard Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Lunch & Learn Series: Director of Organizational Effectiveness Jerry Magar of SMU Human Resources will share the ways in which brain physiology impacts emotions and decision-making ability, as well as how to use your physical body for emotional control and intellectual performance, in “Managing Emotional and Physical Stressors,” noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25 in the HR Training Room, Room 208, Expressway Tower. The session is free – register online and bring your lunch.

Guildhall Open House: The Guildhall at SMU welcomes prospective students to its Spring 2010 Open House, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at SMU-in-Plano, 5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2. Activities include information sessions on the Guildhall’s master’s-level and certificate programs and its three specializations: art creation, level design and software development. Register online or contact René Archambault, 972-473-3539.

Bridwell Library Lecture: Scott Husby, former rare books conservator at Princeton University and creator of the illustrated database “Bookbindings On Incunables in American Library Collections,” will share his recent discoveries concerning more than 160 15th-century bindings held by SMU’s Bridwell Library in “Traveling Texts: What Bookbindings Tell Us About 15th-Century Printed Books,” March 2 in the Benefactors Room, Bridwell Library. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.

'How Did Davy Die' book coverRemembering the Alamo: More than 30 years ago, amateur historian Dan Kilgore ignited a controversy with How Did Davy Die?, in which he wrote that historical sources suggested Davy Crockett did not die in battle at the Alamo, but that Mexican forces had taken him captive and then executed him on order of Antonio López de Santa Anna. Now, upon the release of an enlarged commemorative edition of Kilgore’s book, professional historian James E. Crisp visits SMU to reconsider the heated dispute surrounding it in “How Did Davy Die? And Why Do We Care So Much?” The event takes place March 3 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, registration is required. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

Guildhall-sponsored Indie Game Challenge announces finalists

Your Game Here logoThe Guildhall at SMU has announced the selection of 12 finalists in its inaugural Indie Game Challenge (IGC), cosponsored by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and GameStop.

The IGC finalists – six nonprofessional and six professional teams – are eligible for more than $350,000 in prizes and scholarships. The winners will be announced Feb. 19 at the AIAS’ D.I.C.E.™ (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit at the Red Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Hosting the awards ceremony is Adam Sessler, host of G4’s “X-Play” and editor-in-chief of games content for G4tv.com.

All 12 finalists will have the opportunity to pursue potential commercial avenues for their games while at D.I.C.E. AIAS is arranging face-to-face meetings between the finalists and video game executives from publishers and developers such as Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Microsoft, NAMCO/Bandai, THQ, Ubisoft and others.

The finalists are as follows:

Non-Professional Category (Game/Team)
Climb to the Top of the Castle – TwO Bros. Games
Dreamside Maroon – Terraced
Galactic Arms Race – Galactic Arms Race
Gear – Team 3
Waker – Poof Productions
zeit2 – Brightside Games

Professional Category (Game/Team)
Aaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity – Dejobaan Games, LLC
Altitude – Nimbly Games
Cogs – Lazy 8 Studios
Fieldrunners – Subatomic Studios
Miegakure – Marc ten Bosch
Vessel – Strange Loop Games

For more information on the competition and to learn more about each finalist, visit www.indiegamechallenge.com.

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Guildhall announces student game based on ‘Braveheart’

Screenshot from 'Braveheart: Primae NoctisThe Guildhall at SMU has announced the upcoming debut of a student-designed game based on Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-winning film “Braveheart” (1995), created in cooperation with Paramount Pictures.

Students enrolled in The Guildhall, SMU’s graduate video game education program, participate in a simulated design studio in the course’s final semester. The assembled design teams must produce a working prototype game prior to graduation, demonstrating skills learned in art creation, level design, and programming.

One of this year’s projects, Braveheart: Primae Noctis, was made possible through an educational arrangement between SMU and Paramount.

“We believe this to be the first project of its kind where a university has been able to develop a prototype game for educational purposes based on a major motion picture,” says Peter Raad, Guildhall executive director. “The opportunity for our students to work on a globally recognized concept like ‘Braveheart’ is extraordinary by any measure.”

Gaming aficionados will have a chance to preview and play Braveheart: Primae Noctis at the Guildhall’s 2009 Fall Exhibition, which takes place 1-5 p.m. Dec. 18 at SMU-in-Plano. For more information, visit the Guildhall at SMU homepage.

(Above, a screenshot from Braveheart: Primae Noctis.)

By | 2011-11-14T11:49:26+00:00 December 17, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |
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