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SMU Staff Association continues 2014 Holiday Toy Drive through Friday, Dec. 19

holiday-toys-stock-300Continuing its traditional holiday service project, the SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive for its United Way Partner, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  

SMUSA is accepting new, non-violent, unwrapped toys ranging from board games to remote control cars. The Staff Association encourages participants to keep in mind that all donations must be child-appropriate.

Toys can be donated at the following collection locations through Friday, Dec. 19:dcac-logo

  • Blanton Building – 1st floor by the elevator
  • Dallas Hall – 1st floor stairwell landing
  • Expressway Tower – Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk
  • Umphrey Lee Center – 3rd floor, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway – Development and External Affairs

As an added bonus for a kind gesture, the SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value. To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office located in Expressway Tower, Suite 101, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on Toys for Tickets, email SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275.

If you have questions about the types of donations that are accepted, email Chris Milazzo.

SMU kicks off the 2014 holiday season with Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1

celebration-of-lights-01-135x100ratioWith Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.

  • Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of Lights Monday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service Thursday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 12, 2014

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Los Caprichos. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. Meadows Museum, SMU. 

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Los Caprichos. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. Meadows Museum, SMU.

Museum Thursday Lecture: Meadows Museum presents “Battlefields to Bullrings: Violence in Goya’s Work on Paper” Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., in the Bob Smith Auditorium. The lecture will feature Edward Payne, as he draws upon works in the exhibition Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention to investigate the intersections between graphic arts in Goya’s violent imagery. For more information, call 214.768.4677.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Dedman College’s Gilbert Lecture Series presents “The Making of Jane Austen” Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., in Dallas Hall, Room 306. Professor Devoney Looser of Arizona State University will present her research on the reception of Austen from the late 19th century forward. For more information, please visit the Dedman events webpage.

Pigskin Revue: The 81st edition of Pigskin Revue features SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts, with the SMU Mustang Band playing new music as well as old favorites from past revues. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m., in McFarlin Auditorium. For more information, email Pigskin Revue or contact the band office at 214-768-2263 (214-SMU-BAND).

Meadows Wind Ensemble: The Meadows Wind Ensemble welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom for a celebration of his music. The performance will take place Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff and can be reserved online here. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Chamber Music Late Night Concert: Meadows School invited audience members to hear a short program of varied chamber music in the Taubman Atrium following the Meadows Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, Nov. 14, at 10 p.m.. For more information, follow @SMUChamberMusic on Twitter or call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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SMU Homecoming 2013

Homecoming Parade: SMU alumnus Brian Baumgartner ’95 will lead the traditional Homecoming parade featuring iconic duos such as Batman and Robin, Mickey and Minnie, and Clark Kent and Lois Lane on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. Beginning at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue, the parade includes student floats as well as band and entertainment. For more information, visit the SMU Homecoming 2014 webpage.

Homecoming Football Game: Following the Homecoming parade and celebrations on The Boulevard, the SMU cheerleaders and Mustang Band will lead fans to Ford Stadium to watch SMU Football play UCF. The game will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Ford Stadium. For more information, visit the SMU Mustangs homepage.

Drawing from the Masters: Meadows Museum hosts Drawing from the Masters. Providing an opportunity to explore a variety of drawing techniques, guest artist Ian O’Brien will lead participants through the Meadows Museum’s galleries. Attendance is limited to 20 and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. The activity will take place Sunday, Nov. 16, at :30 p.m. in the Meadows Museum. For more information, email Carmen Smith or call 214-768-4677.

Black Radical Imagination Screening: In conjunction with the national Facing Race Conference to be held in Dallas Nov. 13-15, this screening is presented by the Meadows School of the Arts. Black Radical Imagination is a touring program of seven short films that delve into the worlds of new media, video art and experimental narrative. The screening will take place Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Dallas Museum of Art For more information, call 214-768-1222.

Meadows Guitar Ensemble: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents the Meadows Guitar Ensemble as they perform a program of guitar quartets and duos Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. The performance will include works from the Baroque era to the present day from Italy, Spain and the New World. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Staff Association presents 2014 Variety Show Tuesday, Oct. 28

SMUSA Variety Show 2014The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) presents its 2014 Staff Variety Show on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and seats are still available. Hosted by the award-winning Jenna Skyy, the luncheon and performances begin at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

The luncheon costs $9.99 per person and features turkey and Havarti sandwiches, house-made parmesan chips, fruit salad, lemon bars, iced tea and coffee. SMUSA is accepting luncheon RSVPs and online payment at this link.

A separate online RSVP link is available for attendees who prefer to pay with cash or check, or who plan to attend the show but not the luncheon.

> Check out the SMU Staff Association’s calendar of events online

Family Weekend 2014: Follow the Clues to SMU

smu_fw_14Family members from across the nation will “follow the clues to SMU” for Family Weekend 2014, Oct. 24-26.

Sponsored by Student Foundation and organized by the Family Weekend committee, the three-day event is devoted to SMU students and their families. For more than 40 years, this tradition has offered parents the chance to take a glimpse into their son’s or daughter’s life on campus.

Dozens of activities are planned for family members visiting campus during the highly anticipated event. Student Foundation has compiled a schedule for the weekend. Below are the highlights:

Friday, Oct. 24:

  • Attend a Class: Family members are encouraged to attend classes with their student.
  • Ticket Pickup: Family members can pick up their tickets at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After 4 p.m., tickets can be picked up at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk.
  • Engaged Learning Symposium: Stop by this come-and-go event to see student presentations from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Engaged Learning will also host an open house from 2-4 p.m. at the Office of Engaged Learning, G13 Clements Hall.
  • Family Luncheon: Co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club, the family luncheon will take place at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
  • Meet the Faculty: From 2-3 p.m. family members can meet Cox School of Business faculty in the Collins Center; Dedman College faculty in the Dallas Hall Rotunda; Lyle School of Engineering faculty in Caruth Hall; Meadows School of the Arts faculty in the Taubman Atrium; and Simmons School of Education and Human Development faculty in 144 Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall.
  • Hegi Family Career Development Center Open House: Stop by the Hegi Family Career Development Center from 2-3 p.m. to meet career counselors and discuss career planning.
  • SMU Abroad Open House: Visit the SMU International Center to meet study-abroad advising staff and discuss study-abroad program options from 2-4 p.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building.
  • Interterms and SMU-in-Taos Joint Open House: Learn more about summer and winter courses, as well as SMU-in-Taos, from 2-4 p.m. in 338 Blanton Student Services Building.
  • Panhellenic Sorority Potential New Member Parent Info Session: Families of women interested in going through Panhellenic sorority recruitment are invited to learn more about the process from 3-4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
  • My Home Away From Home: Tour your student’s Residential Commons with SMU Residential Life and Student Housing from 4-5 p.m.
  • Fish Fry: The Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council invite families to their annual Fish Fry from 5-7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity.
  • Taste of Dallas Dinner: The 8th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Talent Show: The 39th Annual Talent Show follows dinner at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

Saturday, Oct. 25

  • Ticket Pickup: Family members can pick up their tickets from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk.
  • Meadows Museum Guided Tours: Featuring masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Miró and Picasso, guided tours of Meadows Museum are available to family members from 2-3 p.m.
  • Boulevard Brunch: The annual Boulevard Brunch will take place before the game on the Clements Hall South Lawn from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
  • SMU vs. Memphis: As the Boulevard winds down, family members can head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Memphis. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26

  • College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon: Featuing lunch and entertainment, the College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon will start at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
  • Asian Council Parents’ Dinner: Featuring dinner and entertainment, the Asian Council Parents’ Dinner will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Stay updated with everything Family Weekend by connecting with Student Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

> Family Weekend 2014 registration is open through Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m.

Time to celebrate at the 2014 President’s Picnic Friday, May 23

2014 SMU Staff Appreciation Day and President's Picnic - imageSMU staff members will unofficially kick off the Memorial Day 2014 weekend with a party Friday, May 23, on the south lawn of Clements Hall. The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) and President R. Gerald Turner host the 2014 President’s Picnic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The traditional post-Commencement celebration features picnic food favorites and several prize contests. Food will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All SMU staff members are invited to attend.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online at smu.edu/smusa

SMU’s 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Thursday, March 6

SMU Staff Recognition Ceremony 2014 invitationThe SMU Staff Association presents its 13th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. A reception precedes the event at 10 a.m.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner will give his annual State of SMU speech, as well as the ceremony’s keynote address.

Winners of the 2014 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award and Presidential Recognition Awards will be honored during the event. The event also honors staff members who are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the University.

>  Learn more at the Staff Association homepage

Nominations now being accepted for 2013 SMU staff awards

UPDATE: Nomination deadlines for all 2013 staff awards have been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Find links to award criteria and nominating materials in this post.

Originally published Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

The SMU Staff Association is now accepting nominations for the University’s 2013 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award. This year’s deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

The Presidential Staff Recognition Awards “recognize the contribution and excellence of staff employees to SMU,” and the nomination and selection process is managed by the Department of Human Resources.

The awards will be presented at the 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6. Each Presidential award includes a $1,000 cash prize, and each carries unique criteria:

  • New Employee Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with SMU for 1 to 3 consecutive years.
  • Continuing Excellence Award, given to a staff member who has been with the University for 4 or more consecutive years.
  • Outstanding Leadership Award, given to a staff member who supervises 1 or more benefit-eligible employees and who “demonstrates exceptional leadership ability within his or her unit or across the University.”
  • Innovation Award, given to a staff member whose “creative, innovative ideas … significantly improve a work process or system or greatly increase the efficiency of an operation or unit.”

> Review the criteria for the Presidential Staff Recognition Awards

The Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award is presented by the SMU Staff Association to permanent full-time employees “who have exemplified the qualities and characteristics of Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins as a member of the University community by demonstrating integrity, productivity and devotion to SMU and family.”

The award was endowed by Dallas E. Hawkins II to honor his mother and her life as well as to benefit the university she served as a staff member from 1924 to 1961.

> Learn more about Loretta and about the award bearing her name

Hawkins Award nominees must have been permanent, full-time SMU staff employees for at least 5 five years as of the month of the nomination deadline and be in good standing with the University. The award includes a cash prize of $1,500.

Students, supervisors, employees, co-workers and colleagues are welcome to submit nominations for all awards. Honorees will be named at the 2013 Staff Recognition Ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Find lists of past Presidential and Hawkins award winners

Send Presidential Staff Recognition Award nominations to SMU Human Resources, to the attention of Rebecca Sampson, SMU Box 232. Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award nominations may be sent to Staff Association President Darrah Rippy, SMU Box 181. Mark all nomination materials confidential.

Download Presidential Award criteria and nomination forms from SMU Human Resources
Find Loretta Hawkins Award criteria and nomination forms at the Staff Association homepage

SMU Staff Association continues 2013 Holiday Toy Drive

Stock photo of holiday toysThe SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is continuing its 2013 holiday toy drive for United Way partner Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).

SMUSA is accepting nonviolent, unwrapped toys ranging from dolls and action figures and related accessories, to board and handheld games and puzzles. All items should be new and unused, as well as appropriate for children.

Find more toy drive details at the SMUSA site

Toys can be dropped off at these designated donation locations through Thursday, Dec. 19:

  • Blanton Student Services Building, 1st floor by the elevator
  • Dallas Hall, 1st floor stairwell landing
  • Expressway Tower (East Campus), Parking and ID Card Services (Park ’N Pony), Suite 101
  • Fondren Library Center, 1st floor near the circulation desk
  • Umphrey Lee Center, 3rd floor, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway (East Campus), 2nd floor, Development and External Affairs

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center logo

The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is “to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues,” according to its website. In addition, DCAC coordinates the investigation and prosecution of severe cases of child abuse. Last year, the Center served more than 2,400 children (and their nonoffending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or had witnessed a violent crime.

Park ’N Pony has renewed its partnership with SMUSA on the successful Toys for Tickets program, created in 2011 by Parking and ID Card Services Director Mark Rhodes. For the second consecutive year, each person who brings a toy directly to the Parking and ID Card Services Office for donation will be entered in a drawing to win $50 added to their Pony Express account.

Through Thursday, Dec. 19, SMU faculty, staff and students may pay off outstanding campus parking tickets with new, nonviolent, unwrapped toys of a value equal to or greater than the cost of the ticket(s). All toys will be contributed to SMUSA’s 2013 toy drive.

Toys For Tickets dismissals apply only to unpaid SMU parking tickets issued for unauthorized parking, parking without a permit, over-time parking or improper display of a permit. To participate, bring your parking tickets and a receipt for the toys to Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101, Expressway Tower between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online

SMUSA’s Fall 2013 Staff Day takes place Oct. 31

Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company timetable from 1880

An 1880 timetable from the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company (“Always On Time”) is an example of the finds that await in “Treasures of the DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting.” DeGolyer Director Russell Martin will lead a tour of the exhibition during SMU Staff Day, Oct. 31, 2013.

University staff members can learn more about everything from consumer rights in identity-theft cases to the new Residential Commons during SMU Staff Day Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level.

The event will feature a 50-year perspective on the Kennedy assassination, as well as the annual Staff Talent Show presented by the SMU Staff Association.

Learn more about Staff Day sessions

The planned sessions also include a workshop on stress management, an overview of SMU library services for staff, and a tour of the new exhibition Treasures of the DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting led by DeGolyer Director Russell Martin.

Lunch will be available during the Talent Show for $9.99 per person at the door. You may attend the Talent Show without buying lunch; a $2 contribution at the door is suggested.

> RSVP and find more information at the SMU Staff Association website

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