Travis Mays Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SMU

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Travis Mays Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SMU

travismaysTravis Mays has been named the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced last week. Mays previously served as an assistant coach for 14 years at various schools, serving under three hall of fame coaches. He has also played 11 years of professional basketball both domestically and abroad.

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“After meeting with Travis, I immediately knew that he was ready to be a head coach,” said Hart. “He has a tremendous coaching pedigree, having learned from some of the best in the business. Everyone spoke so highly of Travis — even those outside his immediate coaching circle, like Geno Auriemma. Travis displays strong character and a will to succeed. In short, he is a winner.”

Not only is Travis a gifted floor coach but he is also a recruiter with Texas roots. He graduated from the University of Texas, playing as a guard from 1986-90,  later going on to serve a three-year stint for the women’s basketball program from 2004-07 and then returning in 2012 to serve as Assistant Head Coach. He comes to SMU from Texas where he spent the past four seasons. His duties at Texas included recruiting, preparing opponent scouting reports, instructing guards on the court and public speaking at various community service and campus events.

“I think as a former player at Texas, Travis has name recognition and the ability to recruit that will make him a tremendous hire at SMU,” said Van Chancellor, a Hall of Fame Coach. “Sometimes during a hire, the Athletic Director is trying to hit a home run, and I think SMU has hit a grand slam.”

> Find more information on Coach Mays’ extensive background on the SMU Athletics page

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SMU celebrates 100 years on the Hilltop with Centennial Homecoming Sept. 23-27, 2015

Centennial Countdown Concert 2015SMU celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first classes on campus with the 2015 Centennial Homecoming Sept. 23-27, 2015.

The Centennial theme, “Hundredth on the Hilltop,” honors the University’s history and the achievements of its students, alumni and faculty.

Hosted and organized by the SMU Student Foundation, the special events will include a concert and midnight countdown to SMU’s 100th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

On the anniversary day of Thursday, Sept. 24, the University will gather for special celebrations including a worship service, Centennial concert and Convocation, a State Fair of Texas-inspired picnic, and the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Traditional activities with a Centennial twist will include the Homecoming parade, tailgating on The Boulevard followed by the SMU-James Madison football game in Ford Stadium.

> Watch for livestreamed SMU Centennial events at

> More info on SMU’s Centennial Homecoming game at

SMU Centennial Homecoming events at a glance

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Centennial Countdown Concert exclusively for SMU alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, featuring the Eli Young Band and special guest Cam, with a midnight countdown to SMU’s 100th anniversary on the Hilltop. Doors open 8:30 p.m., concert 9 p.m.-midnight in Moody Coliseum. [Countdown Concert]

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 – SMU’s 100th Birthday

Imperial BrassCentennial Worship Service led by Dean William B. Lawrence of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, 8:30 a.m., Perkins Chapel. Seating is limited; arrive early or watch via webcast at [Worship Service]

Carillon bells honoring the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes on the SMU campus, 10 a.m., Fondren Science Building.

 Convocation Concert, Meadows Wind Ensemble, 10 a.m., McFarlin Auditorium.

Centennial Convocation Ceremony led by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, 10:30 a.m., McFarlin Auditorium. [Commemoration Ceremony]

Pealing of bells at Highland Park United Methodist Church and churches through Dallas-Fort Worth and the state of Texas in honor of the SMU Centennial, noon.

Centennial Picnic with a State Fair of Texas theme, featuring State Fair foods, carnival games and a greeting from Big Tex, noon, South Lawn, Clements Hall. Hosted by Aramark and open to all SMU community members and guests attending the Centennial Commemoration. [Centennial Picnic]

Distinguished Alumni Awards honoring Bess Fraser Enloe ’60, Donald F. Jackson ’63, Billie Ida Williamson ’74, and Emerging Leader Award recipient Rev. Dr. Michael Waters ’02, ’06, ’12, 7 p.m., Main Quad. [SMU DAA 2015]

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Stampede of ServiceCampaign Volunteer Meeting, a special gathering of SMU’s Second Century Campaign volunteers, 11:30 a.m., Main Quad. Invitation only. [Campaign Volunteer Meeting]

Centennial Stampede of Service, with 100 SMU students participating in service projects at 10 local nonprofit organizations including schools, libraries, food pantries and counseling centers representing SMU’s commitment to community service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. [More about #SMUServes]

State Fair of Texas 2015 Opening Parade featuring SMU Giants 10- and 12-foot marionettes and the Mustang Band, noon, downtown Dallas. [State Fair of Texas Parade route]

Campus and academic open houses in SMU’s schools, centers and libraries, 2-5 p.m. Visit the full Centennial Homecoming schedule for the most current individual listings.

Release party and reunion for the new Harold Jeskey biographyThe Man in the Red Tie, 2 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. [More about the Harold Jeskey event]

Willard Spiegelman reunion for friends and former students, 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. remarks, McCord Auditorium and 3rd-floor mezzanine, Dallas Hall. [More about the Willard Spiegelman event]

SMU Mustang Band, 'Pigskin Revue' Pigskin Revue, “A Century in Revue” – the 82nd edition of the annual variety show featuring SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts, with the Mustang Band playing new music as well as favorites from the past 100 years, 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are free for faculty, staff and students with SMU IDs, with no limit. Get yours at the Mustang Band table outside Hughes-Trigg Student Center. [More about Pigskin Revue]

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

• Tailgating on the Boulevard featuring Mustang Alley, the Mustang Walk to Ford Stadium, the Mustang Band and Cheer march, and food and beverage service, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Bishop Boulevard. [A guide to The Boulevard, including a map]

2014 Homecoming Parade, 'Dynamic Duos'• Homecoming Parade with the theme “Hundredth on the Hilltop,” in which students bring to life a themes from a past Homecoming beginning at 3 p.m. on Bishop Boulevard. [Homecoming Parade info]

• Homecoming Football Game featuring the SMU Mustangs vs. the James Madison Dukes, free Peruna bobbleheads for the first 5,000 attendees, a Ford Mustang giveaway courtesy of Bob Tomes Ford, a Centennial halftime performance by the Mustang Band, and a postgame Birthday Salute to SMU, 6 p.m., Ford Stadium. [More about the SMU Homecoming game and Birthday Salute]

Throughout the weekend

• Centennial lighting featuring ceremonial lighting of Dallas Hall, SMU’s East Campus Expressway Tower, and other landmark buildings throughout Dallas.

Mustang Mini Reunions for visiting alumni, current students, and other SMU community members. [More about Homecoming 2015 Mini Reunions]

 Museum and library exhibitions, including the Meadows Museum’s Treasures from the House of Alba, Hamon Arts Library’s Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. HamonSMU Centennial Hall, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime.

• Reunion gatherings throughout the weekend for the classes of ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10. [More at]

Hundredth on the Hilltop


September 23, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Year of the Student|

Calendar Highlights: April 15, 2015

Award-winning author Edwin Black visits SMU on

Award-winning author Edwin Black visits SMU on April 15.

“International Law & Israel:” Sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights, award-winning author Edwin Black will visit SMU to discuss “International Law & Israel” on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in the Ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Black will be discussing the current situation in Israel in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the U.S. and the U.S. negotiations with Iran. This event is free and open to the public.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Sponsored by SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series, award-winning author and game designer Ian Bogost will visit SMU to discuss “The Mistrust of Things” on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 131 of the Dedman Life Science Building. Bogost will answer society’s obsession with “things” in a world overburdened with stuff. This event is free and open to the public.

Founders’ Day Weekend: Offering a wide range of activities on the Hilltop, SMU Founders’ Day Weekend will take place April 16-18. Founders’ Day Weekend will celebrate The Second Century Campaign and the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum, as well as serve as an opportunity to reconnect with professors, classmates and current students. For additional information and a full schedule, visit the Founders’ Day Weekend event webpage.

11156338_10152780279721981_739504618190428881_nSMU Spring Football Game: The SMU Mustangs football team returns to Ford Stadium on Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m., for the Spring Game. With the Chad Morris era underway on the Hilltop, the game seeks to give fans a glimpse into #PonyUpTempo football. For more information, visit the Spring Football Game event webpage. 

Barefoot on the Boulevard: SMU’s annual student-sponsored celebration of green living, Barefoot on the Boulevard will take place Saturday, April 18, from 12-5 p.m., on SMU’s Bishop Boulevard. As an early Earth Day celebration, the event will feature food, music and fun with performances by individual singers and guitarists. This event is free and open to the public.

Photograph taken at SMU Fashion Week 2014.

Photograph taken at SMU Fashion Week 2014.

Brown Bag Lunch: The John G. Tower Center for Political Studies hosts a Brown Bag Lunch exploring “Wars and the Shifting Middle East Playing Field” on Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227 of Carr Collins Hall. This lecture will feature Martin P. Adams, as he discusses his 38 years of diplomatic experience in Washington, D.C. and overseas, most recently in the Arabian Gulf. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

SMU Fashion Week 2015: The fourth annual SMU Fashion Week 2015 kicks off on Wednesday, April 22 and will run through Friday, April 24. Focusing on the “Business of Fashion,” the three-day event features leading professionals in the fashion industry, as well as a fashion show. For more information, visit the SMU Fashion Week 2015 event webpage. 

April 15, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Sports Highlights: March 23, 2015

SMU Mustangs forward Markus Kennedy (5) reacts during the first half against the UCLA Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

SMU Mustangs forward Markus Kennedy (5) reacts during the first half against the UCLA Bruins in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Men’s Basketball: In SMU’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993, the Mustangs were edged out by the UCLA Bruins, 60-59, in the final seconds of the Thursday, March 19, game. After a rough start to the second half, SMU clawed its way back into the game as Nic Moore scored a three followed by a Ryan Manuel dunk moments later. With 10 seconds left, Yanick Moreira was called for goaltending. The loss ends SMU’s season and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 22 years.

Women’s Basketball: Seeded tenth, the SMU Women’s Basketball team fell to seventh-seeded Memphis, 71-59, in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, March 6, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. SMU was led by senior Raven Short who scored a career-high 17 points in her final game as a Mustang. For more information on the conference tournament, visit The American’s website. 

Women’s Equestrian: SMU junior Schaefer Raposa won three equitation on the flat match-ups to win the 2015 Pin Oak Collegiate Invitational at the Southwest Equestrian Center on Sunday, March 22. Earlier on Friday, March 20, the eighth-ranked SMU equestrian team concluded the regular season with an 11-8 victory at the Gambler’s Choice Equestrian Center. SMU now shifts its attention to the United Conference Championship, a two-day event beginning on March 27, in Fresno, California.

SMU Men's Golf. Junior Bryson DeChambeau.

SMU Men’s Golf. Junior Bryson DeChambeau.

Men’s Golf: SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau was named one of 24 collegiate golfers selected to the 2015 Ben Hogan Award Watch List. One of the most prestigious award in men’s college golf, The Ben Hogan Award is presented annually to the top men’s NCAA Division I, II or II, NAIA or NJCAA college golfer. DeChambeau was a semifinalist for the 2014 Ben Hogan Award, and is one of six juniors on the 2015 watch list. For the latest information on The Ben Hogan Award, visit The Ben Hogan Award webpage.

Women’s Golf: The SMU Women’s Golf team is currently in Kapalua, Hawaii to compete in the Ānuenue Spring Break Classic at the Bay Course in Maui. The 54-hole tournament begins Monday, March 23, and concludes Wednesday, March 25.

Men’s Rowing: The SMU Rowing team won all three Varsity 8 events to defeat Creighton and the University of Central Oklahoma on Saturday, March 14 at White Rock Lake. The Mustangs are back in action March 28-29 at the San Diego Crew Classic.

SMU Women's Swimming & Diving. Senior Isabella Arcila.

SMU Women’s Swimming & Diving. Senior Isabella Arcila.

Men’s Swimming & Diving: SMU senior Devin Burnett placed third in the platform and earned his third bid to the NCAA Championship on Wednesday, March 11, at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championship at the University of Iowa. The championship takes place from March 26-28 at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: SMU senior Isabella Arcila earned the second fastest time in school history in the 100-yard freestyle during the final day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. With the completion of the Championship, the Mustangs’ 2014-15 team schedule comes to a close. Select Mustangs will compete at the Mesa Grand Prix, April 15-18.

Men’s Tennis: The SMU Men’s Tennis team fell 4-2 to the Memphis Tigers at the Racquet Club in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday, March 21. The Mustangs return home to host Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. CT in the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Tennis: The SMU Women’s Tennis team fell 4-0 to Tulane on Sunday, Marhc, 22, at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavillion at the SMU Tennis Complex. This loss was the Mustangs’ first in the American Athletic Conference play this season. Next, Mustangs will take on UAB on Friday, March 27, at 3 p.m., at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Track & Field: Holly Archer, Stephanie Kalu and Isabelle Marten all earned gold medals for SMU at the TCU Invitational on Friday, March 20. Next, the Mustangs will compete in the Texas Relays, hosted by the University of Texas, on March 25-28.

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Men’s Basketball: The Mustangs’ five-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday, March 1, after UConn upset SMU 81-73. The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum for their regular-season finale against Tulsa at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs play their final game of the regular season at Memphis Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. SMU first-year Alicia Froling leads the team with 11.5 points per game, and junior Destynee Hives-McCray ranks in the top 10 in the league in rebounds. For live game stats, visit Gametracker powered by CBS Sports.

Equestrian: The Mustangs’ Sunday, March 1 meet against South Dakota was canceled due to inclement weather. The next meet for the Mustangs is on Sunday, March 8, against Oklahoma State.

Football: The Mustangs have finalized their 2015 schedule, announcing the addition of James Madison to the slate for the Centennial Celebration and Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first season under new head coach Chad Morris features seven games on the SMU campus, including Ford Stadium match-ups with in-state rivals Baylor and UNT. To view the full schedule, visit the SMU Mustangs webpage.

Men’s Tennis: The Mustangs picked up another win on Sunday, March 1, defeating Incarnate Word 7-0 at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavilion in the SMU Tennis Complex. SMU returns to the court on Friday, March 6, as it hosts both Sacramento State at 2 p.m., and Texas-Pan American at 6 p.m., at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Women’s Track & Field: The Mustangs finished third at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championship on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the New Balance Track & Field Center. Finishing with 83 points, the Mustangs were 3.5 points behind second-place UCF and 25 points behind champion Connecticut. Next, the Mustangs will travel to Arkansas on March 13-14 for the NCAA Indoor Championship.

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