Family Weekend 2013 celebrates ‘SMU: Where Dreams Come True’

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Family Weekend 2013 celebrates ‘SMU: Where Dreams Come True’

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 1.33.06 PMIt’s that time of the year again: SMU Student Foundation will present Family Weekend 2013 Oct. 4-6.

The theme for the weekend, “SMU: Where Dreams Come True,” reflects the “unparalleled experience and countless opportunities” the University offers to students, says Will Slack, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair. “It is the hope of Student Foundation that you will see the ways in which our University makes student dreams a reality.”

Student Foundation compiled a guide for the weekend, including many new events. Below are the highlights:

Friday, Oct. 4:

  • Engaged Learning Student Presentations* will be given during the Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will discuss their research, civic engagement, internship and creative experiences around the world.
  • Hardhat tours of SMU’s new residence halls, set to open in 2014, will be given at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Residential Commons Tour* is free of charge but a ticket is required.
  • The Annual Family Luncheon will be in the HTSC Ballroom at noon.
  • Engaged Learning* is hosting its first-ever Family Weekend Open House from 2-4 p.m. Learn how SMU is shaping world changers through student-developed and -executed individual study projects.
  • The 7th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the 38th Annual Talent Show follows at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets from the HTSC Crossing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. tickets can be picked up at the HTSC Mane Desk

Saturday, Oct. 5:

  • The annual Boulevard BBQ is now the Boulevard Brunch. Due to the early game, brunch will be served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The menu includes “made-to-order breakfast burritos, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, coffee, etc.”
  • After Boulevarding, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Rutgers. Kick off is set for 11 a.m. with coverage from ESPNews.

You can pick up your tickets from 8 a.m. until noon at the HTSC Mane Desk

Sunday, Oct. 6:

  • The Kappa Alpha Theta chapter of SMU presents Theta Cats Making Tracks 5K*. Join the ladies at 8:30 a.m. for a one-mile fun run or 5k to raise money for their national philanthropy CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m. All services are held at Perkins Chapel.
  • The Meadows Museum is open noon-5 p.m. free of charge for all families and students.

In addition to the weekend’s events, Student Foundation presents the first-ever Family Weekend community service event:

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

*Denotes new event

October 1, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU celebrates the 2012 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The December holidays deliver some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these 2012 events:

• The Student Foundation’s 2012 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 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 35-year-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

• On Thursday, Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service focuses on John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness….” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502. Read more about the service.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party – this year dubbed the “Santatennial Holiday Celebration” – from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 16 Winter Exhibition noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in Cohorts 16, 18 and 19.

• The University celebrates its 2012 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

November 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Family Weekend 2012: Boardwalk on the Boulevard

Expect the Boulevard to be packed this weekend; a record number of SMU families have registered to attend Family Weekend 2012, Sept. 28-30.

This year’s theme is Boardwalk on the Boulevard; President R. Gerald Turner said the theme “reflects the range of activities the students have planned for you to enjoy, from our talent show to Boulevarding before the Mustangs take on TCU.”

Antonea Bastian, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair, said, “Families are a very important part of our community, and this weekend is about celebrating them.”

Student Foundation put together a guide for the weekend and below are some of the highlights:

Friday, Sept. 28:

  • To kick off the weekend there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford Stadium at 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Following the tour there is a family luncheon in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at noon.
  • Families have the chance to Meet the Faculty of each school in their respective buildings at 2 p.m.
  • The evening holds two favorite traditions: the Taste of Dallas Dinner at 6 p.m. and the Talent Show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Saturday, Sept. 29:

  • This year’s Family Weekend is happening during the Second Century Celebration, so make sure to stop by the Centennial Hall Open House in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg from 3-6 p.m. for a family photo.
  • The annual BBQ on the Boulevard will start at 4 p.m. and kick off all Boulevarding activities.
  • As the boulevard winds down, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against TCU, the Battle for the Iron Skillet!
  • A Quick Look at The Battle for the Iron Skillet:
    • The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports
    • The rivalry dates back to 1915
    • SMU won their first game over TCU in 1923
    • TCU currently leads the series 44-40-7
    • The last time the Mustangs and Horned Frogs met, SMU was victorious with a 40-33 win in overtime

Sunday, Sept. 30:

  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m.
  • Meadows Museum will be open free of charge from 1-5 p.m. It will be a great time to catch the Meadows’ latest blockbuster exhibition (and collaboration with the Prado), Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits.
September 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

December 2011 brings the festive season at SMU

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

December 2011 brings a flurry of festivity to the Hilltop, including some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 1, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/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. This year’s service will center on Luke 2:10, “And the angel said, ‘Fear not…,'” and will address the nature of fear in our society and how the message of hope offered in the Gospels speaks to our circumstances today. Read more about the 2011 service and see a video from the 2010 service. Video

• The Student Foundation’s 2011 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 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. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Watch slideshows of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Faculty and staff members also have the opportunity to sponsor a child’s campus visit for the celebration. The Student Foundation plans to invite 50 students from Dallas’ César Chávez Learning Center to the Hilltop for the holiday fun. Sponsors or sponsor groups will provide a gift and join the children before the ceremony for cookies, games and other activities. Learn more at Facebook or contact Jordan Kragen of the Student Foundation.

The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation Friday, Dec. 16, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work.

• Business and civic leader (and SMU Trustee) Carl Sewell ’66  will give the address at the University’s 2011 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current 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 for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Procter Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

November 30, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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