William Finnin

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 5, 2008

December Graduation 2007Fall 2008 finals and the holiday break are almost here – important end-of-term dates at a glance:

Dec. 5: Last day of instruction, last exam day for December graduate degree candidates
Dec. 8-13: Fall 2008 finals
Dec. 13: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
Dec. 13: December Graduation Ceremony, 7 p.m., Moody Coliseum
Dec. 13: Guildhall Cohort 9 Graduation with commencement speaker Ken Levine (BioShock), 2:30 p.m., Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center

Honoring Will Finnin: Vice President of Student Affairs Lori White hosts a reception honoring retiring SMU Chaplain Will Finnin 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. Remarks at 4:15.

Holiday happening: The SMU Staff Association presents its 2008 Holiday Luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The event will include a canned food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Lunch is $13 per person; RSVP to the Staff Association by Dec. 8.

Contemporary Ballet DallasIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Dec. 6: Contemporary Ballet Dallas (bottom right) presents Boogie Woogie Christmas Carol at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets online or call 214-821-2066.

Dec. 13-14: Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Buy tickets online, or call 214-631-ARTS (2787) or 817-467-ARTS (2787).

Chaplain Will Finnin to retire Dec. 31

William M. Finnin Jr., SMU’s chaplain and minister for 28 years, has announced his intention to retire effective Dec. 31, 2008.

Appointed by SMU President James Zumberge in 1980, Finnin founded the SMU Wesley Foundation, a United Methodist campus ministry. He also helped develop the University’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage and the Journey of Remembrance, a human rights seminar to the Nazi death camps of Poland.

Aside from Finnin’s many contributions to SMU’s programs and services, “it is the personal relationships and hours of pastoral care for which he will most be remembered,” wrote SMU President R. Gerald Turner in an e-mail to the University community. “During difficult times, countless numbers of students and their families, faculty, and staff have received an encouraging word, a warm and understanding spirit, and a strong shoulder.”

Finnin will be on study leave beginning July 1 and plans to remain active as a United Methodist minister after his SMU retirement. The search for a new University chaplain will begin later this summer.

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For the Record: Sept. 7, 2007

SMU student athletes at Ford StadiumWilliam Finnin, Chaplain’s Office, presented a paper, “Reconsidering the Covenant: Kenneth Underwood’s Prophetic Inquiry as Integral to University Ministry,” at the biennial gathering of the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association July 25-28, 2007 at TCU. He has received the 2007 Donald Shockley Award for Intellectual Contributions to the Profession of Ministry in Higher Education, presented by the United Methodist Campus Ministry Association and the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. Finnin also received the 2007 Bishop James Baker Graduate Fellowship for summer study focusing on the interfaith character of university chaplaincy.

SMU student athletes (left) collected almost $1,500 in donations during Monday’s football game for the survivors and families of those killed during a mass shooting at Virginia Tech last spring. Virginia Tech has received more than $7 million in contributions.

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