Protect yourself against mosquitos and West Nile virus

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Protect yourself against mosquitos and West Nile virus

Mosquito spraying update, Aug. 16, 2012: Dallas County has notified the City of University Park that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will occur between 8:30 p.m. today, August 16, and 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17. This will include SMU’s main campus. In addition, the City of University Park will begin ground-spraying the SMU main campus beginning about 8:30 p.m. today and again at 11 p.m. Friday, subject to weather conditions. Those on campus during the aerial and ground spraying should remain inside as a precaution. Read more from SMU News.

Because mosquitoes are common in North Texas this time of year, the City of University Park has been spraying for mosquitoes to diminish the threat of West Nile virus. SMU is working with area authorities in addressing the mosquito problem.

beware of mosquitoesThe SMU Health Center is prepared to test and provide immediate care for anyone in the SMU community who suspects he or she is infected with West Nile. The SMU Health Center also has the recommended DEET insect repellent available while supplies last.

To protect yourself against West Nile and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, the Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services recommends that you:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or any other EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Wear long sleeves/pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
  • Protect yourself especially if you go outside during dusk and dawn hours.
  • Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. SMU monitors the campus daily for standing water, removes it and treats the area. Avoid stagnant water. If you see stagnant water on campus, please report it to SMU Facility Services at 214-768-3494.

Those with questions about the West Nile virus should contact the SMU Health Center at 214-768-2141.

More health considerations during the dog days of summer:

Avoid becoming dehydrated. The Mayo Clinic urges people to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables.

Check your sun exposure. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns:

  • Avoid overexposure to UV rays from both natural and artificial sources.
  • Wear protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, long pants and long-sleeved shirts made of tightly-woven fabric, and sunglasses that provide 100 percent UV ray protection.
  • Use a broad-spectrum (protecting from both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater to protect uncovered skin.
August 16, 2012|News|

Enforcement of UP’s residents-only parking zones begins Sept. 1, 2011

The final SMU Residential Parking District map from the City of University ParkTo ensure that University Park residents who live near the SMU and Highland Park High School campuses have available on-street parking, the UP City Council voted in March 2011 to approve residential parking districts in both areas. Enforcement of the SMU parking district begins Sept. 1, 2011, according to the city’s website.

The plan restricts much of the on-street parking in the SMU neighborhood to UP residents with city-issued permits. Vehicles without a sticker are subject to receiving a ticket.

In response, the University changed its parking policies effective as of the Fall 2011 term. Beginning in August 2011, all students living in an SMU residence hall, or in a sorority or fraternity house, must register for a parking permit or must opt out if they do not have a vehicle at school. Students who make no parking choice will be charged the annual parking fee.

Student commuters who must drive to campus will need an SMU parking permit to park on campus.

Faculty and staff members who do not have a current parking permit but need one will be required to visit the Park ‘N Pony Office and complete a payroll deduction authorization form to get an SMU employee parking permit.

An alternative to driving and parking on campus is to use Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and the Mustang Express shuttle for free. DART SMU Transit Passes are available at the Park ‘N Pony Office for a one-time fee of $5. The DART SMU Transit Pass allows unlimited access to buses and trains throughout the DART system.

The free Mustang Express shuttles run 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The buses provide a convenient connection to the main campus from the Mockingbird and Lovers Lane DART Rail stations, with several stops on Bishop Boulevard. The Mustang Express route is serviced about every 15 minutes during business hours when classes are in session.

The Park ‘N Pony Office is in Suite 101 of the Expressway Tower building in SMU’s East Campus area and is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. For questions, additional parking information, directions or assistance, contact Park ‘N Pony, 214-768-7275.

> SMU Forum: “Residents-only” parking plan prompts SMU policy changes
> Visit the City of University Park homepage for a full list of the zoned streets and blocks
> Download a full-sized version of the approved SMU Residential Parking District map (PDF format)

August 26, 2011|News, Save the Date|

‘Residents-only’ parking plan prompts SMU policy changes

Proposed University Park Residential Parking District mapThe University Park City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday, March 15, 2011, on a proposed residential parking district that will restrict much of the on-street parking in the SMU neighborhood to UP residents with city-issued permits.

In response, the University is changing its parking policies effective as of the Fall 2011 term. Beginning in August 2011, all students living in an SMU residence hall, or in a sorority or fraternity house, must register for a parking permit or must opt out if they do not have a vehicle at school. Students who make no parking choice will be charged the annual parking fee.

Student commuters who must drive to campus will need an SMU parking permit to park on campus.

Faculty and staff members who do not have a current parking permit but need one will be required to visit the Park ‘N Pony Office and complete a payroll deduction authorization form to get an SMU employee parking permit.

University community members received full details of the policy changes in an e-mail sent Wednesday, March 9, 2011:


SMU is fortunate to be located in a beautiful residential neighborhood, and the University is committed to being a good neighbor in our special community. One issue that deserves our attention and courtesy is the impact of parking on neighborhood streets surrounding campus. The City of University Park is considering establishing residential-only parking districts in neighborhoods adjacent to the SMU campus.

On-street parking within established residential parking districts will be restricted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Only UP residents will be allowed to park on City streets within the established residential parking districts with a displayed resident parking or guest permit issued by the City of University Park. Other vehicles will be cited by the City of University Park Police Department. On-street parking on weekends or after 5 p.m. will be permitted. For additional information, visit the proposed Residential Parking Districts webpage or see the related map.

For this reason, SMU is making changes to its parking policy. Starting in the fall (August 2011), all students living in an SMU residence hall or sorority or fraternity house must register for a parking permit or must opt out if they do not have a vehicle at school. If no choice is made, residential student accounts will be charged the annual parking fee. If you are a student commuter and must drive, you will need an SMU parking permit to park on campus. Students can purchase their SMU parking permits online at Park ‘N Pony.

Faculty and staff who do not currently have a parking permit but need one must visit the Park ‘N Pony Office and complete a payroll deduction authorization form in order to get their SMU employee parking permit.

Please respect our neighbors by parking on campus rather than on the neighborhood streets.

An alternative to driving and parking on campus is to use DART and the Mustang Express shuttle for free. DART SMU Transit Passes are available at the Park ‘N Pony Office for a one time fee of only $5.00. The DART SMU Transit Pass allows unlimited access to buses and trains throughout the DART system. The free Mustang Express shuttles run between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Mustang Express shuttles provide a convenient connection between the center of the SMU campus with stops on Bishop Blvd. and the Mockingbird Rail Station. When classes are in session, stops along the Mustang Express route are serviced about every 15 minutes during business hours.

The Park ‘N Pony Office is located in suite 101 of the Expressway Tower building and is open between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. For questions, additional parking information, directions or assistance, please call 214-768-7275 or visit parking@smu.edu.

Thank you.


> Learn more from the University Park City Council homepage
> Find a full-size version of the proposed Residential Parking Districts map
> Visit Park ‘N Pony online

March 9, 2011|News|
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