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Calendar Highlights: Dec. 15, 2009

As the days dwindle down to a precious few…some important dates at a glance:

Holiday bells stock artThrough Dec. 17: Examinations
Dec. 18: Guildhall at SMU Fall 2009 Exhibition
Dec. 19: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 19: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 21-25: University holidays
Dec. 24: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl – SMU Mustangs vs. Nevada Wolfpack, 7 p.m. CT, ESPN
Jan. 1: University holiday
Jan 5-14: J Term 2010 at SMU-in-Plano

Food for Fines ends Friday: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2009 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 18. 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.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 8, 2009

The end of 2009 (and beginning of 2010) at a glance:

SMU J-Term 2010 logoDec. 9: Last day of instruction
Dec. 10: Reading day
Dec. 11-17: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
Dec. 18: Guildhall at SMU Winter 2009 Exhibition
Dec. 19: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 19: December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 21-25: University holidays
Jan. 1: University holiday
Jan 5-14: J Term 2010 at SMU-in-Plano

Fine fare: SMU’s Central University Libraries continue the 2009 Food for Fines drive through Dec. 18. 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.

Dallas Metropolitan Ballet Christmas productionEveryone celebrate: SMU President R. Gerald Turner hosts the 2009 All-University Holiday Party at 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dec. 12-13: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Buy tickets online, or call 214-631-ARTS (2787) or 817-467-ARTS (2787).

January 2010 to mark debut of SMU J-Term in Plano

SMU J-Term logoBeginning Jan. 5-14, 2010, SMU will offer an expanded January interterm called J-Term. The concentrated program of study allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course within eight class days spread over a two-week period.

For the J-Term’s inaugural outing, classes will be held Jan. 5-8 (Tuesday-Friday) and Jan. 11-14 (Monday-Thursday). The schedule provides six hours of instruction per day for a total of 48 contact hours, including time for exams. Available courses feature offerings from Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and Meadows School of the Arts (including the Temerlin Advertising Institute).

The daily schedule includes a break for meals. Most classes meet during the morning and afternoon from 8:45 a.m.-noon and from 1:15-4:30 p.m. Four afternoon/evening classes are available and will meet 1:15-4:30 p.m. and 5:45-9 p.m.

Students participating in J-Term will be responsible for their own housing. The SMU-in-Plano campus has no residence halls, and those at the University’s main campus are closed during that period.

J-Term 2010 courses are not available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and to complete an application. The application must be received in Enrollment Services by 4 p.m. Dec. 10, 2009 (Reading Day).

For more information about J-Term 2010, contact Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director, 972-473-3401.

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SMU-in-Plano celebrates name change Oct. 29-31

smu-in-plano-logo-300.jpgSMU’s campus in Plano’s Legacy Business Park, formerly known as SMU-in-Legacy, officially changes its name to SMU-in-Plano Oct. 29 with a 4 p.m. reception featuring SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Plano Mayor Phil Dyer.

A Community Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30-31, to which all University faculty and staff are invited. Saturday will include trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids. All events take place at the SMU-in-Plano campus, 5232 Tennyson Parkway. For more information, visit smuplano.com.

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Legacy no longer: SMU’s Plano campus gets a new name

smu-in-plano-logo-300.jpgKnown for a dozen years as SMU-in-Legacy, the University’s campus located in Plano’s Legacy Business Park is aptly changing its name to the more familiar SMU-in-Plano.

Festivities to celebrate the name change begin Oct. 29 with a 4 p.m. reception featuring SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Plano Mayor Phil Dyer at the SMU-in-Plano campus, 5232 Tennyson Parkway. A Community Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30-31, to which all SMU faculty and staff are invited. Saturday will include trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids. For more information, visit smuplano.com.

Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director, cites several factors for the switch. “This new moniker distinguishes the campus from the nearby commercial development called ‘The Campus at Legacy,’ which has proved confusing,” she says. “The school is located on Tennyson Parkway, not Legacy Drive, and SMU has a sister campus in New Mexico called SMU-in-Taos, so it makes sense to have both reflect the city in which they reside.”

The Plano campus opened in 1997 to offer SMU’s resources to working professionals in the growing Collin County area who wished to strengthen their careers through higher education. Today some 800 graduate students are enrolled at the campus, pursuing master’s degrees or professional certificates through programs including the Cox Professional M.B.A., counseling, dispute resolution, teacher education and engineering. The digital game design Master’s program at The Guildhall at SMU attracts students from across the United States and internationally.

Beginning in January 2010, SMU-in-Plano will add two more programs: the Master of Liberal Studies degree, offered through the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and the Graduate Marketing Certificate Program, offered by the Cox School of Business.

In addition to graduate degrees and certificate programs, SMU-in-Plano offers noncredit courses for adults through the Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) program, such as photography, financial planning and test preparation. Summer programs include the Advanced Placement Institute for teachers, as well as the Academic Enhancement programs and Summer Youth Program for K-12.

Deadline extended for Guildhall’s Indie Game Challenge

'Your Game Here' logoDue to overwhelming interest, organizers of the 2009 Indie Game Challenge – including The Guildhall at SMU – have announced that the entry deadline has been extended from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 2009.

Amateur and professional video game developers will compete for almost $300,000 in prizes and scholarships, including a $50,000 scholarship to the Guildhall. They will also get a chance to present their games to top publishers. Their pitch videos will be broadcast on GameStop.com and GameStop TV, where they will be seen by millions of gamers and be eligible for additional prize money and a special People’s Choice Award.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and GameStop join the Guildhall as sponsors of the contest, which launched July 14. GameStop customers have seen the distinctive “Your Game Here” boxes and entry cards in stores throughout the summer.

New and previously developed games are eligible for entry so long as they have not been professionally published, in accordance with the complete rules found at www.indiegamechallenge.com. This includes the eligibility of games previously submitted to other awards competitions, whether or not those games received awards. Online or self-published games that have appeared in Apple’s iTunes Game Store may also be eligible so long as they are not from a major publisher.

Judging will be conducted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences after Oct. 31. Up to 12 finalist teams will be announced on or about Jan. 15, 2010, and up to five members of each finalist team will be flown to an awards reception Feb. 19, 2010, at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa in Las Vegas.

The organizers expect a number of student entries from video game educational programs across the nation, says Peter Raad, Guildhall founder and executive director. “The Challenge provides a tangible opportunity for students across the country to bring their ideas to fruition while developing their aptitude for teamwork and collaboration,” he says. “We’re looking forward to seeing some of the fresh ideas these teams are capable of creating.”

For additional information, visit www.indiegamechallenge.com or e-mail indiehelp@smu.edu.

SMU Summer Youth Program comes to main campus

Abbey LEGOsSMU-in-Plano’s Summer Youth Program is bringing selected workshops to the University’s main campus for summer 2009.

Offerings include the popular LEGO workshops for students ranging from kindergarten to grade 4, including Early Structures, Crazy Contraptions, Car Rally and Mindstorms: Apprentice Droids.

Entering kindergarteners may also sign up for Toy Builders classes, where they will learn to make playthings ranging from robot hands to musical instruments out of ordinary household items.

The Plano campus will continue to offer a full slate of programs, including workshops in math, writing, computer gaming, 3D animation, college prep and planning, reading enhancement, study and social skills, forensic science, cooking, fashion sketching, and web page design, among others.

Parents may register children online for both the Dallas and Plano workshops. Students registered for a full morning and afternoon of workshops may bring food for a supervised lunch at no additional cost.

For more information, contact SMU Summer Youth Programs, 214-768-5433.

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Game design students show their skills at 2009 Spring Exhibition

A screencap from the Guildhall at SMU Cohort 10 game 'The Chronos Project'

The Guildhall at SMU will showcase new video games developed by graduate students in art creation, level design and software development during its Spring 2009 Exhibition May 15.

The exhibition schedule includes these events:

A screencap from the Guildhall at SMU Cohort 10 game 'Leviathan'• Graduating students from Cohort 10 presenting their directed focus studies and master’s thesis projects in individual poster sessions, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

• Honors presentations featuring nominated works by the graduating class’ top talent, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

• Poster sessions from the graduating class’ top 5 team winners, plus play-testing of their 2D games, 3:30-5 p.m.

• “Interactive classrooms” of Capstone team presentations and play-testing of 3D games developed by graduating students, 6-9 p.m.

The Spring 2009 Exhibition will take place in Building 2, SMU-in-Plano, 5232 Tennyson Parkway. The Capstone team presentations and 3D play-testing will take place in the Great Room, Building 3, SMU-in-Plano. For more information, visit the Guildhall website.

Pictured, screencaps from Guildhall at SMU Cohort 10 games The Chronos Project (top) and Leviathan (right).

By | 2009-05-14T14:08:01+00:00 May 14, 2009|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , , , |
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