Take part in SMUSA’s 2015 Holiday Toy Drive and the Toys for Tickets program through Dec. 21

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Take part in SMUSA’s 2015 Holiday Toy Drive and the Toys for Tickets program through Dec. 21

holiday-toys-stock-300The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is collecting new, non-violent, unwrapped toys ranging from board games to remote control cars. The gift will help make the holidays brighter for children served by its United Way Partner, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  

The 2015 Holiday Toy Drive will continue through Monday, Dec. 21. SMUSA reminds participants that all donations must be child-appropriate.

Toys can be donated at the following collection locations:dcac-logo

  • Blanton Building – 1st floor by the elevator
  • Carr Collins Hall – lobby near Lawyers’ Inn
  • Expressway Tower, East Campus – Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor circulation desk
  • Hughes-Trigg Student Center – 2nd floor, Suite 200
  • Umphrey Lee Center – 3rd floor, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs

As an added bonus, the SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value. To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office located in Expressway Tower, Suite 101, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on Toys for Tickets, e-mail SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275.

If you have questions about the types of donations that are accepted, e-mail Stephanie Howeth, Staff Association vice president of service and activities.

December 9, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

SMU Staff Association continues 2014 Holiday Toy Drive through Friday, Dec. 19

holiday-toys-stock-300Continuing its traditional holiday service project, the SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is hosting a Holiday Toy Drive for its United Way Partner, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC).  

SMUSA is accepting new, non-violent, unwrapped toys ranging from board games to remote control cars. The Staff Association encourages participants to keep in mind that all donations must be child-appropriate.

Toys can be donated at the following collection locations through Friday, Dec. 19:dcac-logo

  • Blanton Building – 1st floor by the elevator
  • Dallas Hall – 1st floor stairwell landing
  • Expressway Tower – Parking and ID Card Services, Suite 101
  • Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk
  • Umphrey Lee Center – 3rd floor, Suite 301
  • 6200 N. Central Expressway – Development and External Affairs

As an added bonus for a kind gesture, the SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value. To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office located in Expressway Tower, Suite 101, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For more information on Toys for Tickets, email SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275.

If you have questions about the types of donations that are accepted, email Chris Milazzo.

December 9, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

SMU faculty, staff to join Interfaith Housing Coalition for 2014 Stampede of Service Nov. 7

Interfaith Housing Coalition Dallas logoTo kick off the weekend that precedes Homecoming 2014, SMU faculty and staff members will participate in a volunteer day as part of the University’s annual Stampede of Service.

Volunteers will meet at United Way partner agency Interfaith Housing Coalition (IHC) from 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 7. The SMU group will help perform move-in preparation in IHC apartments for working poor families transitioning out of homelessness.

To volunteer, sign up online through SMU’s United Way Day of Impact page. Watch SMU Forum for more information about Stampede of Service 2014.

> Learn more about SMU service opportunities at smu.edu/volunteer

October 23, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

SMU student event raises funds and awareness for the homeless

Mustang Heroes Sleep in a Box event 2012

SMU students participating in Mustang Heroes’ 2012 “Sleep in a Box” event collect supplies from an organizer’s table. Photo by Christina Voss.

Mustang Heroes, an SMU organization dedicated to creating sustainable and engaging volunteer opportunities for students, recently hosted “Sleep in a Box” – an event to raise awareness of homelessness in the Dallas community.

The Sept. 22, 2012 event raised approximately $2,000 through donations from students who paid to participate in the event. The funds were donated to Vogel Alcove, a childcare center for the homeless.

Students painted their own boxes for a decorating competition and watched a screening of “The Pursuit of Happyness,” a biographical drama of American businessman Chris Gardner’s struggle with homelessness.

Daniel Poku, co-founder of Mustang Heroes, was the featured speaker and discussed viewing the homeless in a personal way. Participating SMU organizations included New Century Scholars, Alternative Breaks and Tri Delta.

Mustang Heroes president and co-founder Carissa Grisham said that she hopes the event “broke some stereotypes and underlined the importance of volunteerism, activism and philanthropy to my peers.”

“The event was a fun and interactive way for SMU students to broaden their horizons and become more aware about the issues affecting Dallas, especially the issue of homelessness,” said Kim Janice, a Mustang Heroes member and event participant.

> Read the full story from SMU News
> See a slide show from the 2012 “Sleep in a Box” event slide show icon
> Learn more about Mustang Heroes online

October 18, 2012|News, Tune In|

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

April 17, 2009|News|
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