From Perunapalooza to Pony Preview, from Meadows Museum Family Day to the Luck of the Loydians Residential Commons celebration, and from the Red-Blue Scrimmage to Mustang Fan Fair, SMU Founders’ Day Weekend was packed with activities for the entire community. Take a look back with these photos by Kim Leeson and Guy Rogers III.
SMU Football has announced its 2017 schedule, which will include seven home games. The Mustangs will open the season with their annual Whiteout in Ford Stadium on Sept. 2 against Stephen F. Austin. They will remain at home the following week, hosting 2016 bowl team North Texas on Sept. 9.
Visiting teams during the 2017 season will include 2016 bowl teams Tulsa, UCF and Arkansas State, as well as American Athletic Conference rivals Tulane and UConn.
- TCU, The Battle for the Iron Skillet, Sept. 16 in Fort Worth
- Arkansas State, Sept. 23 (Family Weekend)
- UConn, Sept. 30 (conference game)
- UCF, Nov. 4 (Homecoming)
- Tulane, Nov. 25 (Senior Day, conference game)
Women’s golf victorious: SMU women’s golf traveled to Nebraska Sept. 10-11, 2012, for the Chip-N Club Invite and came home with the title for the second year in a row. First-year Alexandra Rossi shot three over par and earned individual medalist honors in her first career collegiate match. (Right, Rossi courtesy of SMU Athletics.)
“Wear red, be early, and be loud”: SMU will face Texas A&M in the second home game of the season at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. SMU and A&M have met 78 times – the last on Sept. 4, 2011, when the Aggies defeated the Mustangs 46-14. Overall, the Aggies have a 42-29-7 edge, but this can change come Saturday. Look out for:
- Margus Hunt: Hunt is a senior defensive end that first started playing in 2009. Since then he has broken the NCAA career record when he blocked his ninth career FGA in the 2012 SMU vs. SFA game. Hunt is currently on the Watch Lists for both Hendricks and Lombardi Awards, was named preseason All-Conference USA by several outlets and was named the No. 1 athletic “freak” in college football by CBSSports.com.
- Kenneth Acker: Acker is a junior defensive back who this week was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week.
- Zach Line: Line set a school record by rushing for five TDs in the 2011 Northwestern State game. Line’s 36 career rushing TDs are third all-time at SMU. This year Line is joined by his brother, PARADE Magazine All-American Prescott Line.
- Darius Johnson: Senior wide receiver Johnson was named MVP in back-to-back bowl games, the Armed Forces Bowl (2010) and BBVA Compass Bowl (2012).
View the full roster and flood Ford Stadium with red this Saturday.
Bump, set, spike: SMU volleyball will finish off the tournament season with the Oklahoma Invitational, beginning this weekend. They will face Oklahoma on Friday, Sept. 14 and New Mexico and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Mustangs enter the tournament with senior Courtney Manning named First Team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest Region honorable mention; and sophomore Caroline Young named to the C-USA All-Freshman team. (Below, SMU Volleyball courtesy of SMU Athletics.)
Men’s Annual Soccer Classic: SMU men’s soccer will host the Annual SMU Soccer Classic this weekend, Sept. 14-16, 2012. They will face Oakland on Friday, Sept. 14 and UC Davis on Sunday, Sept. 16. Currently the Mustangs are 40-11-4 all-time when hosting a tournament. This week, sophomore Tyler Engel was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and selected to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.
Looking Ahead: Upcoming Mustang matches at a glance….
A Taste of Tango: Break out your dancing shoes and join the Meadows Wind Ensemble for “A Night in Buenos Aires: A Celebration of Tango.” The program features numerous tango performances that are sure to dazzle and inspire you – and even includes works by Igor Stravinsky and John Phillip Sousa! The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in Caruth Auditorium. Admission is $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
Back to the Boulevard: The Mustangs’ first home game of the season is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. We are up against Stephen F. Austin and hope to see everyone in white supporting our team. Pony up!
Jammin’ in the Atrium: Starting Sept. 12 you can add zest to your Wednesday lunch hour and join the Meadows World Music Ensemble for a jam session. The sessions start at noon in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center, and feature art and music from various cultures.
Annual archaeology lecture: Jeremy Sabloff, president of the Santa Fe Institute, gives the 2012 Fred Wendorf Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Sabloff will discuss the development of Maya hieroglyphic texts and other exciting advancements of study in “Settlement Pattern Studies and the Emergence of the Current Model of Ancient Maya Civilization.” The lecture takes place in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. (Left, Jeremy Sabloff, photo courtesy of the Santa Fe Institute.)
Spanish art influence: This semester the Meadows Museum of Art will host the exhibit: “Diego Velazquez: The Early Court Portraits.” Velazquez was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and had large influence over the portraiture of the period. In the Meadows Museum from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 13 a free symposium, featuring three guest speakers, will take place. The exhibit will open the following Sunday, Sep. 16, 2012 and run through Jan. 13, 2013.
The Opera Stars of SMU: The opening showcase of the 2012-13 Opera Free For All series begins at 1 p.m Friday, Sept. 14 in the Bob Hope Lobby of the Owen Arts Center. The showcase will feature 60-second arias by Meadows Opera Theatre Ensemble members. Performers will strategically use their allotted time to stand out and make a lasting impression.
Latin Spice: Latin American Heritage Month begins Sept. 15, 2012. President Lyndon Johnson first introduced this month-long celebration of Latin history and culture; Sept. 15 was chosen as the start date because on that day in 1821, five Latin American countries gained independence. During this month we recognize and appreciate the accomplishments of the Latin American community.
Former SMU kicker Thomas Morstead had an NFL rookie season to remember: As a breakout punter for the National Football Conference Champion New Orleans Saints, he will play in Super Bowl XLIV Feb. 7, 2010 in Miami. Cox Sports TV has created a video profile of Morstead in which he talks about his friendship with the late SMU Special Teams Coach Frank Gansz, who died a day after Morstead was drafted by the Saints. Watch the video.
(Left, Morstead, holding a photo of Gansz, with the George Halas Trophy presented to the NFC championship team.)