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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.

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.

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 smu.edu/homecoming.

• 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 smumustangs.com 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 smu.edu/sustainability.

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).

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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.

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