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Holiday traditions light up the Hilltop in December

SMU holiday lights

SMU welcomes December 2009 with some of its most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 3, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates the 50th anniversary of Christmas worship services 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 theme of the Magnificat will include three specially commissioned choral pieces offering global perspectives on Mary’s canticle from the Gospel of Luke. Read more.

• The Student Foundation’s 2009 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, 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 presents its 2009 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 19 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.

Students stand out during Family Weekend Nov. 13-15

Family Weekend posterAfter a winning Homecoming 2009 weekend, the SMU community prepares to celebrate another long-standing tradition: Family Weekend, set for Nov. 13-15.

With a theme of “Passport to SMU,” the weekend includes activities designed to help families learn more about their students’ experiences at the University. Highlights include:

Nov. 13 – Ford Stadium tour at 10:30 a.m.; Mothers’ Club reception and luncheon starting at 11 a.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center; meetings with the faculty at 2 p.m.; and a student talent show at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Nov. 14Meadows Museum tour starting at 10:30 a.m.; barbecue with the Dads’ Club and a tailgate party on the Boulevard starting at 11:30 a.m.; cheer on the Mustangs against the University of Texas-El Paso Miners at 2 p.m. in Ford Stadium.

Nov. 15 – Mass in Perkins Chapel at 9 a.m.; College Hispanic American Students luncheon at noon in Hughes-Trigg Student Center; and the Asian Council dinner at 6 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg.

Read the full schedule courtesy of SMU News (PDF format)

By | 2009-11-10T13:46:19+00:00 November 10, 2009|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , , |

Game on: SMU celebrates Homecoming 2009

22342D_046.jpgThe SMU community celebrates Homecoming 2009 through Nov. 8. This year’s theme is “Let the Games Begin,” and the event is coordinated by the Student Foundation.

Activities kicked off Oct. 31 with campus-wide community service projects and will conclude with the Homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 in Perkins Chapel. Highlights include:

• The Distinguished Alumni Awards Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Reunion gatherings, planned for the classes of ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ’04. For more information, call SMU Reunion Programs at 800-766-4371 or visit smu.edu/homecoming.

• The Homecoming parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 and featuring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as 2009 Parade Marshal. After the parade, head to Bishop Boulevard for tailgating.

• The Homecoming game, where the Mustangs take on the Rice Owls at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ford Stadium. Call 214-SMU-GAME or visit smumustangs.com for tickets.

Find a full schedule at the Student Foundation website.

Calendar Highlights: April 28, 2009

happy-face-istock-456.jpgDon’t worry, be happy: The SMU Health Center hosts a brown bag presentation on the Science of Happiness noon-12:50 p.m. April 30 in Room 205, Memorial Health Center. Learn about positive psychology, a new movement in psychology that focuses on what makes people happy. Faculty and staff earn 1 Wellpower Mind credit for attending. For more information, contact Jennifer Hughes.

Mane_Event_POSTER_PINK.jpg End-of-the-year fun: Join the SMU Student Foundation for the annual Mane Event from 3-6 p.m. May 1 on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall. The carnival-like event is a great way to have some fun before finals and includes music, games, inflatables and tons of free food. The event is free and open to the entire SMU community.

alonzo-kings-lines-ballet.jpgIn McFarlin Auditorium:

May 1-2: TITAS presents Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

By | 2009-04-28T09:37:40+00:00 April 28, 2009|Categories: Calendar Highlights|Tags: , , , |

SMU volunteer leaders honored with 2009 service awards

ACE House students and SMU mentorsSMU students, faculty and staff who lead and serve their community were recognized April 15 during the 2009 Excellence in Service and Leadership Awards.

The awards were sponsored by the University’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement, which supports leadership and service activities on campus and in North Texas.

Wright L. Lassiter Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, delivered the keynote address, in which he urged students to lead with their hearts and make an impact in their communities.

“As my father told me from a young age, ‘Service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy here on earth,'” Lassiter said. “And then he would add, ‘Junior, I want you to always live in a high-rent district.'”

This year’s winners include:

Leadership Awards

  • Outstanding President: Jaipreet Singh Suri, president of the Sikh Student Association
  • Outstanding Student Leader: Keelie Rood, director of administration for Student Foundation
  • Individual with Outstanding Leadership Skills: Clayton Gregory
  • Outstanding Residence Life Leader: Nicola Muchnikoff, resident assistant in McElvaney Hall

Service Awards

  • Inspirational Adviser: Erin Duffy, campus minister for Catholic Campus Ministry
  • Individual Dedicated to Service: Cody Meador, founder of the SMU chapter of Democracy Matters and Dallas Stewpot volunteer
  • Student Organization: Black Men Emerging
  • Greek Organization: Omega Psi Phi

Service-Learning Faculty Awards

  • Newcomer in Service-Learning: Julie Adkins, anthropology instructor, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Excellence in Service-Learning: Bruce Levy, director of the Center for Academic-Community Engagement and senior lecturer in English, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

(Above, young students and their SMU tutors outside the University’s Academic-Community Engagement (ACE) House in East Dallas.)

Visit the Office of Leadership and Community Involvement on the web

Celebration lights up Hilltop holiday season Dec. 7

Celebration of LightsThe Student Foundation’s 2008 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, 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 Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

By | 2008-12-05T14:25:48+00:00 December 5, 2008|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , , |

December traditions give the Hilltop something to celebrate

Celebration of Lights choir

SMU welcomes December with some of its most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 4, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology offers its traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Perkins Chapel at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Originating in 1888 at the cathedral of Truro in Cornwall, England, the service is the retelling through scripture and song of the story of redemption through Jesus Christ. Three compositions within this year’s service were written by Suzanne Byrd, a Perkins Master of Sacred Music student, and Perkins alumni John Thornburg and Paul Caldwell.

• The Student Foundation’s 2008 Celebration of Lights begins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, 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 Ballroom will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• The University presents its 2008 December Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 6:30 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. in Classroom One of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. RSVP online.

Campus rolls out ‘Red Carpet’ during Homecoming 2008

Homecoming 2008 logoStudents, alumni, faculty and staff celebrate SMU’s 2008 Homecoming, “Rolling Out the Red Carpet,” this week through Nov. 9.

Events include picnics, open houses, tailgate parties on The Boulevard and the 76th annual Pigskin Revue, presented by the Mustang Band, at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 7 in McFarlin Auditorium. The Homecoming game against Memphis begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Ford Stadium.

The University honored 5 leaders in business, technology and community service with SMU’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Nov. 6. The 2008 DAA Award recipients are Darrell Lafitte (’54), Malcolm Morris (’68), Gary Pittman (’53), and Richard Ware (’68). Richie Butler (’93) received the 2008 Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years.

Learn more about SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards
More Homecoming information from the SMU Student Foundation

Family Weekend is an “SMU Safari” Sept. 19-21

SMU Family Weekend 2008 logoFor more than 30 years, SMU moms, dads, students and siblings have participated in the University’s Family Weekend, celebrating longstanding traditions and launching new ones. This year, the Student Foundation plans an “SMU Safari” for Sept. 19-21

The weekend will include a luncheon co-sponsored by the Mothers’ Club, barbecue co-sponsored by the Dads’ Club, departmental open houses, student talent show and tailgating on the Boulevard before kickoff in the “Battle for the Iron Skillet” against TCU.

Find a schedule at the Student Foundation website

By | 2008-09-19T14:57:34+00:00 September 19, 2008|Categories: Calendar Highlights, News|Tags: , , |
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