SMU celebrated its 13th year of The Boulevard during the season-opening football game against Texas Tech Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.
A new video by Myles Taylor of SMU News captures the fun, spirit and pageantry of the University’s pre-game festivities – which Southern Living magazine named one of “The South’s Best Tailgates” in 2012.
At the Fall 2013 Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, Sept. 19, students will have the opportunity to meet 112 companies and network with more than 270 employer representatives. Employers attending include the U.S. State Department, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corp, Scribe.ology, American Airlines, General Motors, KPMG, the FDIC, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, Hitachi Consulting and many others.
Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News
Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event will open a variety of doors for all SMU students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “Students are four times more likely to receive a job or internship offer if they have networked with someone in their dream company,” he says.
All majors are encouraged to attend the fair in order to gain real-world practice by using the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom, says Ford.
The 43rd president of the United States was the unadvertised guest of honor Friday, April 19, 2013 at an outdoor ceremony welcoming the George W. Bush Presidential Center to campus. More than 3,000 SMU alumni, students, faculty and staff cheered and waved as Bush strode to the speaker’s platform and later expressed his thanks to the University.
“Laura, SMU class of 1968, and I are thrilled with our association with Southern Methodist University,” Bush said. “We had high expectations about the collaborative effort and the joint programs. Those expectations have been exceeded in a very short period of time.”
The Dallas Arboretum; Daniel P. King, superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District in South Texas; and America’s Promise Alliance received 2013 Luminary Awards during ceremonies at the University.
The educational programs at the Dallas Arboretum introduce more effective instruction to more than 100,000 children in life and earth science each year.
Under Superintendent Daniel P. King’s leadership, several Texas school districts have been transformed from among the poorest performing to national models of success.
America’s Promise Alliance brings together more than 400 organizations dedicated to stemming the nation’s high dropout rate.
“The 2013 Luminary recipients are driven by the same level of dedication to do whatever it takes to impact students and get them engaged in learning,” said David Chard, Leon Simmons Endowed Dean in the Simmons School. “America’s Promise Alliance, The Dallas Arboretum and Superintendent King deeply understand their mission, and with data have designed innovative approaches that work. Once students can understand that their community, region and nation are behind them, their aspirations become real.”
The SMU community celebrated the graduation of more than 700 students at the 2012 December Graduation in Moody Coliseum. Civic and philanthropic leader Caren Prothro, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, delivered the address.
Prothro has served as chair of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2010 and was re-elected to another term as chair in July. She has emphasized the importance of reaching the University’s stated goal of having 100 endowed faculty positions and attracting nationally recognized experts to enhance SMU’s reputation as a center for research and scholarship.
Speakers include New York Times Magazine-lauded playwright and Meadows Prize winner Will Power, PBS KIDS marketing guru Lesli Rotenberg, “Pay It Forward” leader Charley Johnson and dozens of other speakers.
The TEDxSMU program is built around rapid-fire, highly visual talks and performances, all wrapped around a theme this year of re:THINK. Among the presenters is Christian Genco of Colleyville, Texas – an SMU senior computer science major who has created a unique experiment in playing music by sampling various foods. Genco will be a presenter at both TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU. Click the YouTube screen to watch him play The Star-Spangled Banner with fruits, vegetables and a beverage straw, or click this link to see Christian Genco’s performance in a new window.
“We are just pumped about the speakers and topics this year,” said TEDxSMU Executive Director Sharon Lyle. “This is our fourth year, now, and we can track real change in the Dallas area tied to people who were inspired to act after attending TEDxSMU. I can’t tell you how exciting that is.”
Tickets sales for TEDxSMU 2012 are closed, but the live-stream is free and designed to help the conversations that start at TEDxSMU get bigger, travel further and find new audiences.
The public festivities begin Friday, April 20 with groundbreaking for the University’s new Residential Commons as part of the Centennial Celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Doak Walker Plaza. The event will be marked by the laying of a Centennial Cornerstone, a permanent tribute to the 100-year evolution of SMU’s campus and a new era of campus development.
Activities also include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2012 President’s Briefing.
Finally, SMU students and community members will meet up for popcorn, cotton candy and a free screening of “Forrest Gump” during Community Movie Night at 8 p.m. on the Main Quad, hosted by the SMU Program Council. Pack a picnic basket and bring blankets, lawn chairs and nonalcoholic beverages.
On Saturday, April 21, the University will welcome back alumni from the classes of 1961 and earlier for the 2012 Golden Mustangs reunion.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. that day, Meadows Museum hosts a Family Day celebration featuring knights, falconers, and SMU student performers with activities and medieval fun for all ages. Highlights include tours of the Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, and its stunningly preserved 15th-century tapestries depicting the conquests of Asilah and Tangier by Afonso V, King of Portugal.
Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.
The University marked the 100-year anniversary of its founding in 1911 and will mark the centennial of its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.
IBM master inventor Romilea Flores will simulate the now-famous appearance of Watson the computer on the television game show Jeopardy! when she speaks at SMU’s Lyle School of EngineeringFriday, March 30, 2012. The event, which will pit SMU students against faculty in answering Jeopardy!-style questions, begins at 2:30 p.m. in Vester Hughes Auditorium, Room 147, Caruth Hall.
Flores will share her behind-the-scenes view of the IBM computer that uses natural language to answer questions in a human fashion (and is named for the computing giant’s first president, Thomas J. Watson). She will also talk about what’s in store for this path-breaking creation.
IBM's Watson, in avatar form.
In 2011, as a test of its abilities, Watson competed in a three-episode Jeopardy! contest for charity that remains the only human-vs.-machine match-up in the show’s history. In a two-game match, Watson beat both Brad Rutter, the game show’s biggest all-time money winner (more than $3.2 million), and Ken Jennings, the record holder for the longest championship streak (74 wins). IBM divided Watson’s $1 million first prize between two charities: international humanitarian organization World Vision and the World Community Grid, an initiative to build the world’s largest public computing grid to aid projects that benefit humanity, such as new treatments for HIV/AIDS, cancer research and affordable water purification.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, SMU alumnus and senior IBM leader Marty Salfen will discuss “IBM at 100: Reinventing the Modern Corporation” in Vester Hughes Auditorium. Salfen will offer a look at the key lessons IBM has learned about how to survive and thrive – examining how companies, institutions and, most importantly, individuals can get out ahead of change in today’s technologically integrated environment.