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SMU celebrates Year of the Faculty during 2014 Homecoming Nov. 13-16

Brian Baumgartner

Well-known for his character “Kevin” on the Emmy-winning television series “The Office,” actor Brian Baumgartner ’95 is making the trip back to SMU for Homecoming weekend.

SMU celebrates the Year of the Faculty during 2014 Homecoming Nov. 13-16, honoring the contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty members as teachers and researchers. The Homecoming parade theme, “Dynamic Duos: Better Together,” salutes powerful partnerships, including SMU’s relationship with Dallas and the pairing of SMU students and faculty.

Saturday’s events begin with actor and alumnus Brian Baumgartner ’95 leading the traditional Homecoming parade, with tailgating on The Boulevard followed by the traditional football game at Ford Stadium.

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Other Homecoming highlights include season openers for the SMU men’s and women’s basketball teams on Friday, Nov. 14. The 8:30 p.m. men’s game vs. Lamar is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 6 p.m. women’s game vs. Northern Colorado. For tickets visit smumustangs.com.

Events at a glance:

Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, Main Quad: honoring Mary Brinegar ’69, Frank M. Dunlevy ’71, John F. Harper ’68, and Emerging Leader recipient Alexandra Dillard Lucie ’05.

Pigskin Revue8:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 McFarlin Auditorium: the 81st 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 old favorites from past revues. Admission is free with an SMU ID or $15 without an SMU ID.

• Tailgating on the Boulevard, 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Bishop Boulevard: The Mustang Club Tent, with catering provided by Mi Cocina, will be located at the southeast corner of Bishop and Binkley on Mustang Alley. Adult admission is $10 per person in advance and $15 cash at the tent on game day. Children 8 and under are admitted for free.

• Homecoming Parade, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue: The 2014 parade will feature iconic duos such as Batman and Robin; Mickey and Minnie; and Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Baumgartner, known for his iconic role as Kevin Malone in the TV series “The Office,” will serve as grand marshal. The new route featuring student floats, bands and entertainment will begin at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue. (Parade Map)

SMU Homecoming• Homecoming Football Game, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Gerald J. Ford
Stadium: Cheerleaders and the Mustang Band will lead fans from The Boulevard into Ford Stadium. Halftime will include a performance by the Mustang Band, a check presentation from the SMU reunion classes and crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Visit smumustangs.com for tickets.

• All-University Worship, 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, Perkins Chapel: Join the SMU community at this inspirational service in Perkins Chapel and remember classmates who are no longer with us.

• Centennial Lighting, throughout the weekend:  This year’s Homecoming features a new tradition of ceremonial lighting that will extend across campus each evening throughout the weekend. Homecoming 2014 will also mark the debut of the illuminated SMU Mustang featured on SMU’s East Campus Expressway Tower.

• SMU Museum Open Houses, throughout the weekend: Explore world-class art, presidential artifacts, interactive exhibits and library treasures at SMU’s Bridwell Library, Centennial Hall, DeGolyer Library, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Heritage Hall and the Meadows Museum. All visits are complimentary during Homecoming except for the Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For tickets to the Bush Library and Museum, visit georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu.

• Reunion Gatherings, throughout the weekend: Reunion events are planned for the classes of ‘69 ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ‘99 ’04 and ’09. The Reunion Weekend kickoff celebration will begin on Friday, Nov. 14. Visit smu.edu/reunions for more information.

SMU Homecoming includes more events for all ages. For the full schedule, visit smu.edu/homecoming.

Written by Ariel Monticure ’15.

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Sjöström advances to NCAA Cross Country Championship

sjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström (right) advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual, as she finished third overall in the 142-runner field at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday, Nov. 14.  Sjöström’s time of 20:11.0 was not only a personal best, but was the second-fastest 6K time in school history.  Silje Fjortoft holds the SMU record with a 19:58.1 set in 2011. The Mustangs finished third overall, narrowly missing out on an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. Junior Shanoah Souza also posted a personal record with a time of 20:45.0, landing her at 15th overall. For their top-25 finishes, Sjostrom and Souza were named to the NCAA All-Region team.

burnett_straughnMen’s Swimming and Diving: The men’s swimming and diving team swept the weekly conference awards, as senior Devin Burnett was named American Athletic Conference Diver of the Week and junior Sam Straughan (both left) was named Swimmer of the Week. Burnett won both the one-meter and three-meter dives in SMU’s dual meet with TCU on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Both scores met qualifying standards for the NCAA Zone Diving competition. Straughan also earned two first-place finishes against TCU in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly. Both of Straughan’s times are the fastest in that event in The American so far this season.

Men’s Basketball: Ben Moore scored a career-high 22 points and posted a team-high nine rebounds with five assists to lead No. 22 SMU to a 93-54 victory over Lamar on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. Yanick Moreira added 19 for SMU, equaling his career high, on a perfect 9-for-9 shooting. The Mustangs shot 61.1 percent from the field, good enough for 10th in the nation after the opening weekend of play.

Moore again led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points in a 72-56 loss at No. 13 Gonzaga on Monday, Nov. 17. It was the first meeting between the two schools. The Mustangs shot just 31.1 percent, and 24 percent in the second half.

Women’s Basketball: Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray led the Mustangs in scoring with 13 points in a 57-44 loss to Northern Colorado on Friday, Nov. 14 at Moody Coliseum. The Bears recorded a wire-to-wire victory, jumping out to a 19-6 lead and never turning back. Freshman Alicia Froling nearly posted a double-double in her first-career collegiate game, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds. SMU made a late push with a 15-3 run that closed the deficit to eight, but Northern Colorado held on for the win.

Hives-McCray was a dominant force again for SMU with 17 points and 15 rebounds in an exciting 63-59 victory over UTEP on Sunday, Nov. 14. The Mustangs went ahead 61-59 on a Keely Froling jumper with 1:23 remaining, and their stingy defense held strong through the final minute. The Froling twins combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds. After allowing the Miners to rally to a 42-39 lead early in the second half, Hives-McCray took over, recording 11 points and nine rebounds in the second half alone.

volleyballVolleyball: The volleyball team improved to 22-5 overall and 11-4 in the American Athletic Conference with a 3-1 victory against USF on Friday, Nov. 14. Junior Avery Acker recorded her 22nd double-double of the season with 39 assists and 18 digs in the win. Senior Caroline Young led the Mustangs with 14 kills, and junior Abbey Bybel added 10. Sophomore Morgan Heise had a team-high 22 digs, and Bybel also had 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.

SMU squandered a 2-1 lead against league-leader UCF, losing 3-2 on Sunday, Nov. 16. Four Mustangs finished with at least 10 kills, led by Young and Bybel who each recorded 17. Cailin Bula scored 14 kills, and Kristen Stehling added 11 for SMU. Heise finished with 30 digs, reaching 30 for the fourth time this season. Acker posted her 23rd double-double of the season with 49 assists and 15 digs before leaving the match due to injury late in the fourth set. SMU returns home to face Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Nov. 21 at Moody Coliseum.

NCAA Football: USF vs. SMUFootball: South Florida quarterback Mike White threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the second with :04 left in the game, to lift South Florida to a 14-13 win over SMU on Saturday, Nov. 15, spoiling the 2014 Homecoming festivities. Sophomore Matt Davis tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Justin Lawler with :26 left in the first half to put the Mustangs ahead 13-0. SMU is back in action at 11:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 22 when the Mustangs travel to Orlando, Florida to take on UCF. The game will air on ESPNews.

menssoccerMen’s Soccer: The Mustangs dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 24 Tulsa in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament on Friday, Nov. 14. SMU was outshot 16-9 in the match, forcing American Goalkeeper of the Year Michael Nelson to make four saves. Abe Matamoros and Cameron Drackett managed to get shots past Nelson in the 35th and 73rd minutes, respectively. Senior Damian Rosales was named to the 2014 American Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team at the conclusion of the tournament, won by Tulsa on Sunday, Nov. 16.

SMU Basketball set to host ‘Midway Madness’ at the State Fair of Texas on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Midway MadnessBasketball: Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will host “Midway Madness” at the State Fair of Texas on Monday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The Mustangs will set up a SMU-branded basketball court on Lone Star Boulevard outside the Texas Hall of State. Contests begin on the court at 10:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day with an autograph session from noon-1 p.m.

The men’s team began practice on Monday, Oct. 6 in preparation for their season opener against Lamar in Moody Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader that begins with the women’s team tipping off against Northern Colorado at 6 p.m.

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Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team climbed back into the National Collegiate Equestrian Association poll as the 9th-ranked program after an upset over then-No. 8 Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch on Saturday, Oct. 4. The Mustangs face defending national champions and No. 1 Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 26 at Sleepy P Ranch.

DechambeauMen’s Golf: Junior Bryson Dechambeau won the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Erin, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and the team finished second behind No. 9 UCLA. The Mustangs held the top spot for a portion of the day, but could not hold off the Bruins. Dechambeau’s victory is the second of his career after a win at the inaugural 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships. SMU is back in action on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team claimed a 7th-place finish at the Schooner Fall Classic on Monday, Oct. 6 in Norman, Oklahoma, with a one-under final round. Junior Jenny Haglund led the Mustangs at five-under and tied for 4th in the field. The Mustangs travel next to Austin for the Betsy Rawls Invitational, hosted by the University of Texas. The event begins on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Agnes SjostromCross Country: Sophomore Agnes Sjöström was named the American Athletic Conference’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her 2nd-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 3. The race featured 20 schools and 165 runners. Her time of 16:17.7 set a personal record and ranks as the 2nd-fastest 5K time in SMU history. Sjöström finished just eight seconds behind New Mexico senior Charlotte Arter. The Mustangs finished 8th place overall.

volleyballWomen’s Volleyball: SMU split their weekend American Athletic Conference road matchups over the weekend with a win on Friday, Oct. 3 over Cincinnati and a loss to Memphis on Sunday, Oct. 5. The Mustangs knocked Cincinnati from the unbeaten ranks in the conference with a 3-1 win. Memphis took advantage of an injury to senior Caroline Young, defeating SMU in three straight sets. The Mustangs return home to host Houston on Friday, Oct. 10 in Moody Coliseum at 7 p.m.

Football: The Mustangs fell to No. 22 East Carolina, 45-24, in the Pirates’ American  debut on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Greenville, North Carolina. SMU finished with a season-high 390 yards of offense, led by junior Garret Krstich’s 339 passing yards. Krstich threw two touchdown passes to NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at East Carolinajunior Darius Joseph and kept the Mustangs in the game until late in the 4th quarter. After a missed field goal that would’ve trimmed the Pirate lead to 35-27, ECU scored 10 unanswered points in the final half of the 4th quarter. SMU enters a bye week before Cincinnati visits the Hilltop on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Men’s Soccer: Junior John Lujano was the hero in a 1-1 draw against UCF on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Orlando, Florida. Ahead 1-0, the Knights were signaled for a foul in their own penalty box with just seconds remaining. Lujano stepped up and converted the penalty kick to tie the game. The goal was Lujano’s second converted penalty in as many games. First-year goalkeeper Michael Nelson made five saves and was named to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for the second time this season. He has a 1.08 goals-against-average and has tallied 26 saves this season.

Men's Soccer

The Mustangs extended their American Athletic Conference unbeaten streak to six matches with a 2-0 win over Memphis on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Westcott Field. Freshman Jared Rice tallied a pair of assists and leads the team with five assists this season. The Mustangs are 5-0-1 in their last six games after a rocky 1-3 start. SMU is 2-0-1 in American play and sit atop the conference table. The team’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 11 at noon against Temple at Westcott Field.

lauryn boddenWomen’s Soccer: The SMU women’s soccer team went 0-2 in their Florida road trip with a 3-0 loss to No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 and a 2-1 loss to USF on Sunday, Oct. 5. Senior goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden  made her return to the net on Friday after missing the first 11 games to injury. Bodden made five saves against UCF and a career-high 11 saves against USF. The Mustangs carried a 1-0 lead into halftime against the Bulls, but surrendered two goals in the final 15 minutes.

rikki clarkeThe Mustangs rebounded against Temple at home on Thursday, Oct. 9 behind senior Rikki Clarke’s winner in the 20th minute. The goal was the first of the season for the four-year starter. Bodden had four saves in the game, all coming in the final 13 minutes with the Owls attempting to force overtime. SMU returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 12 for a noon tilt against UConn at Westcott Field.

Women’s Tennis: Junior Hristina Dishkova tallied two wins in the final day of the HEB/Under Armour Invitational in Waco, Texas on Sunday, Oct. 5. Dishkova finished the weekend with five overall victories. The Mustangs return to the court Friday, Oct. 10 in the Collin College Fall Open.

Sports: Acker reaches milestone for SMU Volleyball

Avery AckerVolleyball: Junior setter Avery Acker recorded her 2,000th career assist, becoming just the sixth Mustang to do so, in a 3-0 win over USF on Sunday at Moody Coliseum. With the win, SMU improved to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs will face Cincinnati and Memphis this weekend, both on the road. SMU is 10-4 combined all-time against the two schools.

NCAA Football: TCU vs. SMUFootball: TCU defeated SMU 56-0 for their third straight victory in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The 56-point defeat was the largest in the 94 meetings between the two schools. The Mustangs travel to Greenville, North Carolina, on Saturday, Sept. 4 hoping to pick up their first win of the 2014 season against the No. 22 East Carolina Pirates. Fans can catch the game on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT. The last time SMU traveled to Greenville, they left with a thrilling overtime victory to seal a spot in the 2010 Conference USA title game.

Men’s Basketball: Head Coach Larry Brown will host walk-on tryouts for the 2014-15 team on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Crum Basketball Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: The Mustangs will be featured in 14 televised games this upcoming season, including five on the ESPN family of networks. All nine conference home games will be televised, starting with the Jan. 3 contest against Houston, which will be carried on the American Digital Network.

Men’s Soccer: The SMU men’s soccer team blanked Northern Illinois 2-0 in a mid-week match on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Westcott Field. Freshman Abdul Yassine scored his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute. The Mustangs will head to Orlando, Florida, for a Saturday night clash with American Athletic Conference opponent, UCF. The series between SMU and UCF is even at 3-3-3, and they played to a 0-0 draw in their last meeting on Oct. 19, 2013.

Claire OatesWomen’s Soccer: BYU defeated the SMU women’s soccer team 3-0 on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs held with the Cougars for a majority of the game, but surrendered three goals in the final 30 minutes. Freshman midfielder Claire Oates was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week after recording a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Houston and leading the team in shots against BYU     . SMU is in the Sunshine State this weekend for games against No. 22 UCF on Friday, Oct. 3 in Orlando, Fla. and USF on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Tampa, Fla.

Cross CountryWomen’s Cross Country: The 24th-ranked SMU women’s cross country team finished second at the Ken Garland Invitational, hosted by the University of North Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Eagle Pointe Cross Country Course. The Mustangs, with an average time of 18:23, finished just 17 seconds behind Rice. SMU will head to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

Equestrian: The SMU equestrian team split its two meets on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a win over Tennessee-Martin and a loss to No. 6 Baylor to conclude the Willis Invitational hosted by Baylor at the Willis Family Equestrian Center. The win was the first for the season and for first-year head coach Carol Gwin. The Mustangs will host Texas A&M at Sleepy P Ranch this Saturday, Oct. 4.

Men GolfMen’s Golf: The Mustangs will head to Erin, Wisconsin, to compete in the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Marquette will host the three-day event that tees off on Sunday, Oct 5.

Women’s Golf: The SMU women’s golf team is set to participate in this weekend’s Schooner Fall Classic, hosted by the University of Oklahoma. The competition begins Saturday, Oct. 4 and concludes on Monday, Oct. 6. The Mustangs finished 12th in last year’s inaugural Schooner Fall Classic.

RowingRowing: The Mustangs begin their 2014-15 campaign on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Oklahoma City where they will participate in the Head of the Oklahoma.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The SMU women’s swimming and diving team opened the 2014-15 season with five top finishes at the North Texas Relays on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Southlake Natatorium. The Mustangs finished in the top-two of every event, which included competitors from North Texas and Tulane. SMU returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 18, when they will kick off the annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium.

Sports: Postseason Mustang basketball

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

Photo by Vladimir Cherry, Courtesy of SMU Athletics

The regular season for men and women’s basketball has ended, but Moody Magic has not. Both the men and women have home postseason games this week, the men on Wednesday, March 19 and women on Thursday, March 20.

Men’s Basketball: SMU was chosen as the #1 seed for the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. Their first game on Wednesday is against #8 seed UC Irvine at 8 p.m. UC Irvine won the Big West regular season title, and SMU finished third in the American Athletic Conference. Wednesday’s game will be the first in history between the two teams.

SMU finished the season with a 23-9 record and numerous honors. For the first time in program history, SMU is ranked in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Poll. Sophomore Nic Moore was named to the first team of the American Athletic Conference, U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-District Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 First Team.

Sophomore Markus Kennedy was also recognized; he was named a second-team honoree for the American Athletic Conference and to the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 25 Second Team.

Finally, Head Coach Larry Brown was named the District VII Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

The winner of Wednesday’s game will play either San Francisco or LSU in the second round. The final game of the NIT is scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

Women’s Basketball: For the first time in program history SMU will host the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Their first game is Thursday, March 20 against Texas Southern at 7 p.m. This will be the team’s sixth appearance in the WNIT after finishing the season with a 17-3 record.

The women finished fifth in the inaugural season of the American Athletic Conference with several players honored. Senior Keena Mays was named to the first team of the AAC, Senior Akil Simpson was named to the second team of the AAC and Kiara Parry was named to the All-Freshman team of the AAC.

The winner of Thursday’s game will play either Minnesota or Green Bay in the second round. The final game is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.

Tickets: Tickets for either game can be purchased at smumustangs.com/tickets or by calling 214-768-4263.

Sports: Basketball weekend, men’s golf to Mexico

AAC Indoors: SMU women’s track and field will compete in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2014. The championship meet is in New York City at the New Balance Track and Field Center in Armory. SMU currently has two runners, two throwers and one multi-event athlete ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA across six events. Fans can follow along with the championship event here.

Moody Magic: SMU men’s basketball returns home to play UCF Saturday, Mar. 1 at 3 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win on the road against UConn, 64-55 and currently have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00 season. Saturday marks the first home game as a ranked team since Mar. 9, 1985; the men are back at 23 on the AP Rankings. The UCF game is sold out but will air on ESPNews.

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Season ending: Saturday, Mar. 1 marks the final regular-season game for SMU women’s basketball. The Mustangs will take on USF on the road at 6 p.m. The women played USF at home in January and were defeated 76-62. If SMU wins Saturday’s game, they will take the No. 5 seed for the AAC tournament.

Golf goes international: The SMU men’s golf team will travel to Los Cabos, Mexico Mar. 2-5, 2014 to hosting the three-day Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate tournament for 14 teams. It is the 4th annual tournament and the Mustangs’ second time attending. All seven Mustangs will be there, including sophomore Bryson Dechambeau, who was recently named to the 2014 watch list for the Ben Hogan Award, the most prestigious award in men’s college golf.

Additional Highlights: 

  • Men’s Basketball Head Coach Larry Brown has been named a finalist for the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award.
  • The 2013 AAC All-Academic Team for football was just released. Out of the 246-member list, 20 of the players were Mustangs.
  • Nine women were placed on the 2014 Swimming and Diving All Conference Team.

Sports: Basketball doubleheader, Swimming preps for championship

Swimming season wraps up: The SMU women’s swimming team has its final dual meet of the season Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. The women will end the season at home against North Texas. On Saturday, Feb. 1 the Mustangs move on to time trials, also at home, beginning at 10 a.m. The team will honor seven seniors before Saturday’s time trials.

Looking ahead, the Inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship will be Feb. 19-22, 2014. In the AAC, SMU currently sits 1st in three relays: 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley.

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SMU senior swimmers to be recognized on Saturday (Images via SMU Athletics)

Back-to-Back Basketball:

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Make the most of Saturday’s doubleheader!

  • Men’s: The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum for a game against Memphis Saturday, Feb. 1. The men enter the game after a loss on the road to USF, 78-71, that ended their five-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m., and the game will be aired on CBS SportsNetwork.
  • Women’s: Immediately following the men’s game Saturday, SMU women’s basketball faces Temple at 3:30 p.m. In their last game, the Lady Mustangs defeated Cincinnati, 66-47, and senior Keena Mays scored 24 points. SMU Athletics has declared Saturday a “Dads and Daughters Game.” For $30, fans will receive two tickets, two hot dogs and drinks and two commemorative hats. Please call 214-768-1077 to purchase this package.

Track to Lubbock: SMU women’s track and field is heading to Lubbock this weekend for the Red Raider Invitational. The meet runs Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and is the third for the Mustangs during the indoor season. Junior Stephanie Kalu was recently named Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week after taking first place in the 60-meter dash. She finished with a time of 7.34 seconds at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational, placing her 1st in the AAC and 9th in the nation.

Renovated Moody Coliseum, Miller Event Center to open for 2013 December Commencement Convocation

SECOND UPDATE Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 4:28 p.m.: All extra complimentary faculty/staff tickets for the SMU-UConn Moody Coliseum opener have been distributed. No additional complimentary tickets will be available for this game. A limited number of tickets are available for sale. Please contact the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME or visit SMUMustangs.com to purchase tickets.

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An artist’s rendering of a new concourse area in SMU’s Moody Coliseum. The freshly renovated venue will reopen for the University’s 2013 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 21.

With the snip of a red ribbon, SMU’s expanded and renovated Moody Coliseum and new Miller Event Center will  open at the University’s 2013 December Commencement Convocation Saturday, Dec. 21.

The 167,000-square-foot complex and Dallas landmark is home to Mustang men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and SMU academic ceremonies, as well as numerous community events such as concerts, cultural programs and high school graduations. The renovation and expansion features new seating, entertainment areas, court improvements and infrastructure, yet retains the ambiance that has made Moody a favorite venue for more than 50 years.

> Read more about the history of “Moody Magic”

“With this renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and the addition of the new Miller Event Center, SMU will be home to one of the finest collegiate arenas and events centers in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thankful to the Moody Foundation and David and Carolyn Miller and others for their support of this facility, which will benefit the entire North Texas area.”

SMU Provost Paul Ludden said that it was appropriate that the first event to be held in the facility will be the University’s December Commencement Convocation ceremony. “Our graduates and their families and friends will help us usher in a new era in this remarkable facility.”

A $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation in 2011 provided the impetus for the extensive expansion and renovation. SMU and the Moody Foundation have enjoyed a long partnership, beginning with a 1965 gift in support of the SMU Coliseum on campus that, in acknowledgement, was renamed Moody Coliseum.  Since that time, the foundation also has supported improvements to Fondren Science Building.

> Visit the New Moody online at newmoody.com

Alumnus and trustee David Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn, also committed $10 million toward the renovation project in 2011. The Miller Event Center, an addition on the north side of Moody Coliseum, named in their honor, includes the Miller Champions Club – a 5,000-square-foot furnished entertainment area on the concourse level – and suites with courtside views, along with administrative areas to support student-athletes and coaches.

The Miller Champions Club is named in honor of David Miller by contributions of several friends, including leadership commitments from Gina and Tucker Bridwell and Belle and Don Berg. Early funding of a feasibility study and conceptual design for this significant construction project was provided by Sylvie and Gary Crum.

All faculty and staff tickets for the opening basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 have been claimed. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the SMU Athletics Ticket Office. To help meet the demand, SMU Athletics will also release any unclaimed student tickets to faculty and staff members on Thursday, Jan. 2 after the student ticket pick-up window closes.

Faculty and staff tickets are still available for games on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The renovation celebration at a glance:

Artist's rendering of the new floor in SMU's renovated Moody Coliseum

Artist’s rendering of the new floor in SMU’s renovated Moody Coliseum. Basketball returns to Moody Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

  • Friday, December 6, individual game tickets on sale
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, Leadership Donor Celebration (by invitation)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-9 a.m. Basketball Season Ticket Holders’ Preview
  • Saturday, Dec. 21December Commencement Convocation and Building Dedication Ceremony
  • January 4, inaugural athletic events:
    • Men’s Basketball:
    SMU Mustangs vs. University of Connecticut Huskies
    • Women’s Basketball:
    SMU Mustangs vs. University of South Florida Bulls

Written by Nancy George

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Sports: Cross Country to NCAA Championships, Swimming to
Texas A&M Invitational

TCU Swim/Dive vs SMUA&M Invitational: SMU men and women’s swimming will be in College Station Nov. 21-23 for the Texas A&M Invitational. Participating teams will include Stanford, LSU, TCU, Air Force and Texas A&M. Following the A&M meet, the men will compete at the Texas Invitational Dec. 5-7 as their final event of 2013; the Texas A&M Invitational will be the last event of the year for the women. Follow along with the Mustangs here.

Football to Florida: The Mustangs will travel to Tampa Saturday, Nov. 23 to take on the USF Bulls. SMU is coming off a home win against UConn, 38-21. They must win two of three final games to become bowl-eligible. It was announced this week that two SMU seniors, quarterback Garrett Gilbert and wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, have been named Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalists. Finalists for the award will be announced on Monday, Dec. 9, and the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. This is the first time SMU has played USF; kick-off is set for 6 p.m.

Championship Bound: For the first time since 2009, SMU women’s cross country will compete in the NCAA Championships. The Mustangs advanced to the championship after placing second (out of 20) at the South Central Regional Meet. Sophomore Tova Magnusson was the first to finish the 6k for the Mustangs with a time of 20:49.7, placing 12/140 overall. Magnusson was also named USTFCCCA All-Region selection along with Shanoah Souza and Agnes Sjöström. The NCAA Championship begins at noon Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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Basketball Update:

  • Men: The men have two home games lined up before Thanksgiving break. The Mustangs play Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 and Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26. Sunday’s game marks the first of four games of the Corpus Christi Challenge. Freshman Ben Moore was named AAC Rookie of the Week, and sophomore Nic Moore is currently the highest scorer for the Mustangs, averaging 15 points per game. The men are currently 3-1 in the American Athletic Conference.
  • Women: The women will travel this weekend to play Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. They are coming off a home win against Mississippi Valley State, 91-52, putting them at 4-0 for the season. As a team, the Mustangs are averaging 81.2 points per game and defensively forcing 20 turnovers per game. The women return home for a game against Lamar at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

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SMU rolls out new faculty/staff basketball ticket procedures, prices

SMU vs TCU in American Airlines Center, 2013

SMU men’s basketball defeated TCU 69-61 in American Airlines Center on Nov. 8, 2013. SMU Athletics has rolled out a new procedure for claiming free faculty and staff tickets to home games in Moody Coliseum.

As the Hilltop prepares for the 2013-14 basketball season, SMU Athletics has introduced a new distribution process for free faculty and staff tickets, as well as discounted prices for season tickets.

The men’s and women’s teams return to a newly renovated Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

> Learn more about the Moody Coliseum renovation at newmoody.com

As in previous years, a limited number of free faculty/staff single game tickets will be available for each regular-season home men’s basketball game. Due to increased demand and limited availability, SMU faculty and staff members will be asked to pick up single-game tickets in advance. You may pick up tickets to one, two or three games in each distribution block, with a limit of two (2) free tickets per game per ID. You must present your faculty/staff SMU ID at time of pick-up; you may bring one other faculty/staff ID to pick up a total of four (4) tickets.

> SMU Men’s Basketball news online

One hundred (100) total faculty/staff tickets will be allocated for each game. Tickets will be scanned upon entry and recorded. If a free ticket goes unused, the faculty or staff member who claimed the ticket will not be eligible to pick up tickets in the block pickup following that game. If a free ticket is found to be sold, all ticket privileges linked to that SMU ID will be revoked.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on these pick-up dates for the games listed:

  • Monday, Dec. 9 – UCONN (Jan. 4), South Florida (Jan. 15), Rutgers (Jan. 21)
  • Monday, Jan. 27 – Memphis (Feb. 1), Temple (Feb. 6), Cincinnati (Feb. 8)
  • Monday, Feb. 10 – Houston (Feb. 17), Central Florida (March 1), UCONN (WBB) (Feb. 25)
  • Monday, Feb. 17 – Louisville* (March 5)

* Please note that all pick-up windows open on Mondays at 7 a.m. Windows are open until 5 p.m. or until all tickets are distributed.

Only the UCONN women’s game on Feb. 25 will require advance ticket pick-up. Those tickets will be distributed on Feb. 10 along with the Houston and UCF men’s game tickets.

SMU Women’s Basketball news online

Faculty and staff members may still pick up day-of-game tickets at the Curtis Culwell Center for any non-conference men’s or women’s basketball games. The new policy applies only to games in Moody Coliseum.

SMU faculty and staff members may also buy 2013-14 men’s basketball season tickets at reduced prices. A limit of four (4) season tickets may be purchased at the faculty/staff rate; additional tickets may be purchase at full price. Season tickets offer the same guaranteed location for each regular season home game.

Three options are available:

Baseline Season Ticket

  • Sections 200-202, 206-210 and 214-15
  • $99 Faculty/Staff rate (limit 4 per staff member) – a 20% discount from the regular price of $125
  • No Mustang Club donation required

Sideline Season Ticket

  • Sections 203, 205, 211 and 213
  • $192 Faculty/Staff rate (limit 4 per staff member) – a 20% discount from the regular price of $240
  • Requires a $250 Mustang Club donation

Sideline Mid-court Season Ticket

  • Sections 204 and 212
  • $240 Faculty/Staff rate (limit 4 per staff member) – a 20% discount from the regular price of $300
  • Requires a $500 Mustang Club donation

To purchase season tickets, call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-768-4263. Find a FAQ about SMU faculty/staff tickets under the jump.

> Visit the SMU Ticket Office homepage at smumustangs.com/tickets

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