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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

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 serves seniors as part of 2013 United Way campaign

Darrah Rippy at C.C. Young, SMU United Way Day of Impact 2013

Staff Association President Darrah Rippy shares a laugh with residents of C.C. Young Senior Living in Dallas. Rippy was part of a group of SMU volunteers who visited the senior center on Nov. 22, 2013.

SMU community members reached out to residents of C.C. Young Senior Living on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. They played bingo and socialized with the seniors during a “Day of Impact” coordinated with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

The volunteers also presented SMU-themed game prizes ranging from sweatshirts to notebook covers provided by the Department of Human Resources, as well as other giveaways.

The University’s 2013 United Way campaign ended in November, but you can still make a tax-deductible gift for 2013 through Tuesday, Dec. 31.

For more information, contact Robert Garrett of the SMU United Way Committee.

SMU ready to read for United Way; 2013 campaign ends Nov. 22

Denton Bricker at Dr. Seuss Day 2013

The more that you read, the more things you will know: McFarlin Auditorium Director of Operations Denton Bricker meets a friend at the DISD’s Dr. Seuss Day 2013.

SMU faculty and staff members will help make Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 a special day for DISD school children – and there’s still time to join the University volunteers who will visit Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School at 3214 N. Winnetka Avenue, West Dallas, for Dallas ISD Reading Day 11-12-13.

> Sign up for Dallas ISD Reading Day 2013 at Zavala Elementary

You’ll get the opportunity to read to and chat with children in grades ranging from pre-K to 5th in partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

The University’s 2013 United Way campaign continues through Friday, Nov. 22. To make a gift, find your customized login code in your United Way reminder e-mail dated Thursday, Nov. 7, and use it at the United Way’s eWay site.

Even after the campaign ends, faculty and staff members can  make United Way contributions through the end of the 2013 tax year. For details, contact Robert Garrett, Business Services.

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

For the Record: Aug. 28, 2013

Alice Kendrick, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, has received an Outstanding Service Award from the Advertising Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), one of the largest communication associations in the United States. Kendrick received the honor along with her research partner Jami Fullerton, an advertising professor at Oklahoma State University, at the association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in early August. The award is presented annually to a member of the AEJMC Advertising Division for dedication to the arts and sciences of advertising teaching, research and service. Kendrick and Fullerton were honored for their work as co-editors of the AEJMC’s Journal of Advertising Education and their “high-visibility research projects that benefit educators and students,” according to an AEJMC announcement.

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has published “The Tucson Massacre: Deconstructing Competing Claims,” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, Volume 40, Number 2, Summer 2012, pp. 72-86. He also addressed the International Social Theory Association in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2013 with a presentation entitled Domestic and International Trafficking of Women: Social Pathologies in Contemporary Civilization.

Sheri Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has received the 2012-13 Margareta Deschner Teaching Award from SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Council. The honor recognizes excellence in teaching about women, gender and/or sexuality.

SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters, a liaison for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Southern Border Initiative, led a child abduction and trafficking training seminar July 9-10, 2013, at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. More than 70 national, regional and local law enforcement leaders participated in the event, which used exercises and discussions to improve investigation collaborations between Mexican and U.S. authorities.

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.

Visit the SMU Staff Association online

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 reads for the United Way; 2012 campaign ends Dec. 31

SMU at Saldivar Elementary, Dallas Reads 12-12-12SMU faculty and staff members celebrated a once-in-a-century day with DISD school children on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. About 50 members of the University community visited Julian T. Saldivar Elementary School near Bachman Lake for Dallas Reads! 12-12-12. The participants read to and chatted with children in grades ranging from pre-K to 5th in partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

The University’s 2012 United Way campaign enters its final days as the tax year draws to a close. The deadline for contributions counting toward this year’s goal of $75,000 is Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. To make a gift, find your customized login code in your United Way reminder e-mail dated Thursday, Dec. 13, and use it at the United Way’s eWay site.

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

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