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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.

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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

Celebrate SMU at the 2013 President’s Picnic May 23

SMUSA President's Picnic flyer 2013Even after Commencement, SMU staff members will have plenty of reason to party on the green University lawns: The Staff Association and President R. Gerald Turner invite all SMU staff members to the 2013 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic.

The traditional post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, on the south lawn of Clements Hall. The festivities will include picnic food favorites and several prize contests. Food will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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Staff Development Day 2013 takes place Thursday, March 21

SMU staff members can learn more about everything from PhotoShop to the Fondren Library media collection at the 2013 Staff Development Day Thursday, March 21 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

With a theme of “Celebrating SMU,” the event will feature a keynote overview of the ceremonies and commemorations surrounding the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in April.

> Learn more about 2013 Staff Development Day sessions

Martín Rico y Ortega (Spanish, 1833-1908), Rio San Trovaso, Venice, c. 1903.

Rio San Trovaso, Venice (ca. 1903) by Martín Rico y Ortega.

The 16 planned sessions include a workshop on tuition benefits, a look at SMU’s sustainability programs, and a docent-guided tour of the Meadows Museum’s latest major exhibition, Impressions of Europe: Nineteenth-Century Vistas by Martin Rico.

Dress code is casual, and SMU spirit attire is encouraged. For more information, visit the SMU Staff Association website.

SMU’s 2013 Staff Recognition Ceremony is Tuesday, Feb. 12

SMU Staff Recogntion Ceremony 2013 invitationThe SMU Staff Association presents its 12th annual Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2013, in McFarlin Auditorium. 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 2013 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

Nomination deadlines extended for 2012 SMU staff awards

Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins

Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins

This post was originally published Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

The nomination deadlines for SMU’s 2012 Presidential Staff Recognition Awards and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award have been extended for one week. Nominations for all awards will now be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21.

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 include $1,000 cash prizes, 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.”

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.

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.

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 Abigail Smith, SMU Box 335. 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 2012 toy drive continues through Dec. 20

Stock photo of a wrapped holiday giftIn keeping with annual tradition, the SMU Staff Association has organized a holiday drive to collect toys, games and other gifts for United Way partner Children’s Medical Center.

The Staff Association 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

SMU community members may bring items to the SMUSA Holiday Luncheon, scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. In addition, toys can be dropped off at these designated donation locations through Thursday, Dec. 20:

  • Children's Medical Center logoBlanton Student Services Building, 1st floor by the elevator
  • Dallas Hall, Rotunda, 1st floor
  • Expressway Tower (East Campus), 2nd floor, Suite 200 (near Human Resources)
  • Expressway Tower, 1st floor, Parking and ID Card Services (Park ’N Pony)
  • Perkins Administration Building, 1st floor by the elevator

Additionally, Park ’N Pony is renewing its successful Toys for Tickets program, created in 2011 by Parking and ID Card Services Director Mark Rhodes. In a new twist added for 2012, 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. 20, SMU faculty, staff and students may pay off outstanding campus parking tickets with new, non-violent, unwrapped toys of a value equal to or greater than the cost of the tickets. The toys will be donated to Children’s Medical Center.

The program applies 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 the Park ’N Pony office, Suite 101, Expressway Tower between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online

A little bit rock and roll: 2012 President’s Picnic is May 23

SMU Staff Association 2012 President's Picnic postcardFood, fun, tug-of-war…it’s that time of year again. The Staff Association and President R. Gerald Turner invite all SMU staff members to the 2012 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic.

The traditional post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, on the south lawn of Clements Hall.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Country Rock and Roll,” staff members and departmental teams are encouraged to dress as their favorite music stars for the annual Spirit Contest. New attractions will include a photo booth and a bingo contest (first-come first-served and limited to 50 players per game).

The 2012 menu includes hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as veggie burgers, Frito pie, corn on the cob, watermelon and other treats. Food will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Team competitions include the Mummy Wrap and the hotly contested Tug-of-War. RSVP online to register your 3-person team for the Mummy Wrap (log in with your 8-digit ID and e-mail password and click the “Respond to this survey” link).

Pick-up volleyball, horseshoes and frisbee golf will be played throughout the picnic. No team registration is required for these games. The Candy Count is back as well, with three prizes available for those who most nearly guess the number of candies in the jar.

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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.

SMUSA hosts 2012 Staff Night at the Dallas Stars March 24

Dallas Stars logoThe SMU Staff Association has arranged discount tickets for a Dallas Stars hockey game to celebrate 2012 Staff Night at the Stars Saturday, March 24, in American Airlines Center. The Stars, currently in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008, will take on the Calgary Flames with a puck-drop time of 1 p.m.

The Stars offer tickets for the following prices and seating areas:

  • Upper-level tickets ($15) in or near Section 324, at center ice or in the south end of the arena
  • Lower-level tickets ($45) in Section 104 or 109 (south or north end)
  • Platinum-level tickets ($50) in Sections 204-206 (south end)

To buy tickets, contact Thomas Arendt at the Dallas Stars, 214-387-5636, and mention SMU Staff Night March 24.

Pay parking is available at American Airlines Center or in the adjacent West End. Staff members can also ride DART Rail or the Trinity Railway Express to Victory Park. Visit the DART website for route and fare information.

> Study a seating map at DallasStars.com
> Find your seat with the Stars 3D Seat Viewer

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