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SMU celebrates a Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6, 2011

SMU Centennial bookcoverSMU celebrates its 2011 Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6 with milestones and memories.

The festivities begin Thursday, Nov. 3, with the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards. In addition to the Mustangs’ football game against Tulane, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will serve as grand marshal of the Homecoming Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, to celebrate the role Dallas leaders played in establishing SMU in 1911. WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater will serve as parade emcee.

This year the parade, which also will include Peruna IX and the Mustang Band, will feature a new viewing zone on Hillcrest Avenue with seating, an announcer and entertainment before the parade. Special outreach is being made to SMU neighbors to join the festivities, which will include a family fun area on the Boulevard.

Pigskin Revue, SMU’s oldest Homecoming tradition, will mark its 77th anniversary Friday, Nov. 4, in Umphrey Lee Center. The celebration includes a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. on the Center’s second-story patio, followed by the talent show at 8 p.m. in the Mack Ballroom.

Another Homecoming high point is the launch of the commemorative book SMU: Unbridled Vision (cover pictured at right), featuring more than 200 new photos of the Hilltop.

“As we celebrate the 100th year of our founding, it’s a pleasure to show our appreciation to the city of Dallas for competing to be the site of SMU in 1911 and for providing a supportive community through the years. SMU and Dallas have grown and prospered together, and we value that partnership,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “That’s why it’s especially gratifying to honor Mayor Rawlings as grand marshal and to add a special parade viewing area and activity section for families on the Boulevard.”

> Find a list of events at SMU News
>  Order your copy of SMU: Unbridled Vision online

Family Weekend takes place in an ‘SMU State of Mind’ Sept. 16-18

A family group enjoying SMU Family WeekendSMU families will celebrate in Texas style during Family Weekend 2011. Set for Sept. 16-18, the weekend has a theme of “SMU: It’s a State of Mind.”

“The Texas theme really works with everything we have planned, from the Dads’ Club barbecue to Cowboys Stadium tours,” says junior John Angle, chair of the Student Foundation committee that is coordinating the events.

The weekend also includes a luncheon co-sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, departmental open houses, a student talent show and tailgating on the Boulevard before the game against Northwestern State at Ford Stadium.

“Family Weekend is one of my favorite traditions,” says Angle, who is an accounting major in Cox School of Business and a history major, with a Spanish minor, in Dedman College. “It’s a chance for students to introduce their families to their professors, friends and SMU spirit, and for families to make great memories together.”

> Find a complete schedule at the SMU News site
> Download a full-color Family Weekend Guide from the Student Foundation (PDF format)
> Visit the SMU Parents blog for more news

Calendar Highlights: April 26, 2011

'Tomorrow' DVD coverSpecial screening: Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Fondren Library Media Collection will screen the 1972 independent film Tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by Horton Foote from the William Faulkner story, the film stars Robert Duvall – who made his screen debut in another Foote adaptation, To Kill a Mockingbird, and won an Academy Award for his performance in the film version of Foote’s Tender Mercies. Duvall plays Jackson Fentry, a Mississippi cotton farmer who leaves his father’s farm for a job at a sawmill, where he meets Sarah Eubanks (Olga Bellin), a pregnant woman abandoned by her husband. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Daniels Wall, 214-768-4397.

Singers’ showcase: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents a special performance by its young artists in the Opera Free For All Brown Bag Series: Singers’ Showcase at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free – bring your lunch.

Mane Event 2011: The Student Foundation throws its end-of-the-year party Friday, April 29, this year with a Latino flavor. “Fiesta SMU” takes place 2-5 p.m. on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall and includes live music, carnival games, inflatables and plenty of free food. The party is free and open to the entire SMU community.

Celebrating 1911: The Meadows Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jack Delaney, celebrates the 100th anniversary of SMU’s founding with a special 1911 Centennial Ice Cream Social Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program focuses on marches, rags and folk-influenced works that were new and exciting in 1911 and remain fresh today – including pieces by Percy Grainger, Herbert L. Clarke (the famed cornet player of the John Philip Sousa Band), Gustav Holst, Ring & Hager, John Philip Sousa, James Reese Europe and Henry Fillmore. Audience members will enjoy free ice cream sundaes in the lobby during intermission and may bring their treats back to their seats for the second half of the program. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Buy tickets online or get more information from Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS). Read more about the 1911 Centennial Ice Cream Social Concert program.

Tune In: Celebration of Lights 2010

One of SMU’s most beloved traditions has become a new addition for your YouTube playlist. Experience the sights and sounds of Celebration of Lights 2010 with this video from Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the screen to start the show, or watch the Celebration of Lights video in a new window. video

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The holidays arrive on the Hilltop in December

Holiday lights on the Main Quad

December 2010 brings some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 2, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Read more about this year’s service.

• The Student Foundation’s 2010 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• SMU Provost Paul Ludden will give the address at the University’s 2010 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online.

SMU celebrates ‘Broadway on The Boulevard’ for Homecoming 2010

mustang-band-homecoming-2009-400.jpgClass reunions, the SMU-Houston game and a free concert by award-winning country music star Jack Ingram ’93 will be highlights of Homecoming Week 2010, through Oct. 24. The Student Foundation chose “Broadway on The Boulevard” for this year’s theme.

Activities kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 16 with campuswide Community Service Day and Homecoming float-building, and will conclude with the Homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 in Perkins Chapel. Highlights include:

• The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas.

Reunion gatherings for the classes of ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00 and ’05. For more information, call SMU Reunion Programs at 800-766-4371 or visit

• A free screening of the documentary film “Operation Babylift” by 2010 DAA Emerging Leader Award winner Tammy Nguyen Lee ’00, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Greer Garson Theatre Screening Room, 3531 Owen Arts Center.

Jack Ingram headshot• The Homecoming parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 and featuring country singer-songwriter (and SMU alumnus) Jack Ingram as 2010 Parade Marshal. After the parade, head to Bishop Boulevard for tailgating.

• A free concert by Jack at 12:15 p.m. in Ford Stadium, where he will also sing the National Anthem before the SMU-Houston game.

• The Homecoming game, in which the Mustangs are calling for a “Blue Out” – a sea of SMU fans wearing blue – as they take on the University of Houston Cougars, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Ford Stadium. Call 214-SMU-GAME or visit for tickets.

SMU also has the opportunity win the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Game Day Challenge. Help beat colleges competing around the nation by tossing every aluminum can, plastic bottle and paper product on The Boulevard and in Ford Stadium into the recycling bins provided. Even the Homecoming parade floats will be recycled after the game. For more information, visit

In addition, the Shoe Bank will give the shoes you donate in good condition on game day to those in need in Dallas and Haiti. Unwearable shoes will be broken down and turned into athletic turf. Shoe receptacles for donations will be placed on the Boulevard and outside the gates to Ford Stadium.

Find a full schedule at the Student Foundation website (PDF format).


Letting the good times roll at Family Weekend 2010

SMU families will celebrate longstanding traditions and launch new ones September 24-26 during Family Weekend. This year’s theme, “Let the Good Times Roll,” pays tribute to the 1950s and ’60s and music that unites generations, says Elisabeth Knutzen, chair of the Student Foundation committee that coordinates the events.

“Family Weekend gives families the opportunity to see what their students do every day and to experience great traditions like the Boulevard,” says Knutzen, a junior accounting major in Cox School of Business. “For families who aren’t able to visit campus, we encourage students to bring friends and join in the events.”

Friday, Sept. 24, President R. Gerald Turner will welcome families during the kick-off luncheon, co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club.

FamilyWeekend.jpg Parents are invited to attend classes with their students and meet faculty members; visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center and an SMU Abroad discussion at Hughes-Trigg Student Center; and attend an exciting presentation for all ages by SMU physics professors.

Before the big game against TCU at 7 p.m., families can join the SMU Dads’ Club and Student Foundation for barbecue and tailgating on the Boulevard, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets to the barbecue and Saturday’s talent show will be available at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center beginning Friday, September 17, until they’re sold out (pay with Pony cards or cash). For football tickets, call 214-768-GAME (4263).

> Find a schedule (pdf) of the weekend’s events
> Watch President Turner’s video greeting to SMU families video
> Guidelines for the Boulevard on SMU’s Live Responsibly site.
> Also on Friday: Gilbert Lecture Series presents scholar and author Seth Lerer on children writing in books

 FamilyWeekend2.jpg Activities Saturday, Sept. 25, include a morning fun run, a fish fry with the Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council, Meadows Museum tours, “Taste of Dallas” dinner and the annual talent show at McFarlin Auditorium. New this year are afternoon tours at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

In addition, Ambassador James K. Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, will discuss the institute’s partnership with SMU and opportunities for students at 4:30 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The weekend wraps up Sunday, Sept. 26, with All-Campus Worship at Perkins Chapel at 11 a.m., the College Hispanic American Students’ luncheon, Meadows Museum visits and Asian Council dinner.

Tune In: Mane Event mixes tradition with fun

Food, fun and Peruna in a Hawaiian print were the order of the day at SMU’s 2010 Mane Event, which took place April 30 on the Main Quad. Organized by the Student Foundation and originally celebrated as Peruna’s Birthday, the annual all-campus party commemorates the last day of class each spring.

Relive the excitement, or see what you missed, with a video from Eva Parks Spero of SMU News. Click on the YouTube screen to watch.

Say ‘Aloha’ to the 2010 Mane Event April 30

SMU's Mane Event 2010 posterThe Student Foundation is going Hawaiian for the 2010 Mane Event.

“Aloha SMU!” is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. April 30 on the Main Quad in front of Dallas Hall.

The carnival-inspired event is free, and the entire SMU community can enjoy the food, music, midway games and other festivities at this annual celebration of the last day of class.

For more information, visit the Student Foundation homepage.

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Save the date: Family Weekend and Homecoming 2010

Peruna with familiesMark your 2010 calendars for two of SMU’s biggest fall celebrations:

Family Weekend, Sept. 24-26, to coincide with the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU Friday, Sept. 24. Theme: SMU Through the Years.

Homecoming, Oct. 16-23, featuring SMU vs. Houston on Saturday, Oct. 23. Theme: Broadway on the Boulevard.

Bookmark the Student Foundation homepage to keep up with events and activities.

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