Chatting With The Chaplain: Words From Our RCC

Remember the “Methodist” in SMU

The majority of the logos, advertising, chants and cheers for Southern Methodist University have been abbreviated to “SMU.” Now this is obviously a common practice among universities. We surely could use the grueling amount of time it takes to say “Southern Methodist University” in sundry other ways.

As we chant, cheer, and advertise our wonderful university and its gripping tagline “World Changers Shaped Here,” let us not forget what the “M” in SMU means. Methodist. What does this mean? Are all of our students Methodist? By no means. Are students required to convert to Methodism or Christianity? Certainly not. Then why Methodist?

“Methodist” is indeed a Christian denomination. This university was founded by Methodists, and today it continues to have a deeply rooted Methodist influence. The Office of the Chaplain website contains specific details about what this means: (, but I would like to highlight a few points about why being a church-affiliated university is important:

* There are inherent Christian values integrated into the university, including faith in Jesus Christ, morality, and treating others with love and respect

* If you are a Christian, there are ample opportunities to get connected with a Christian community (visit for resources ), and you are free to express your faith openly

* Whereas weekly chapel is not required, it is available every Wednesday at noon in the basement of Hughes-Trigg (

But what if I’m not a Christian?

* The Chaplain’s website (see above) also has opportunities for other religious student groups, such as Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh groups

* If you have no religious affiliation, you are free to maintain that status. Or if you desire, you have an opportunity to explore religious life on campus

I believe we should be proud of our Methodist heritage. Important world changers have been Methodist: James Farmer, a less known, yet highly prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement; Nelson Mandela; former President George W. Bush; and Hillary Clinton. You may not have a particular inclination towards one or more of these individuals, but each has affected change in their own way, and their Methodism was an important part of what drove them.

I myself am not a Methodist, but I am Christian who works as a Resident Community Chaplain for a Methodist University. And I am thankful that I am in an environment that welcomes the expression of faith and religious values – both Christian and non-Christian.

If you do have a religious affiliation, get connected on campus. Keep your faith strong and alive during your time here. If you do not affiliate with a particular religion, you are free to remain that way, or to explore your spirituality with the religious life on campus if you so choose. All in all, let us not forget the Methodist “M” in SMU, and let us appreciate the opportunities it provides for us during our time here at this great university.

smulogoMatt Esquivel
Resident Community Chaplain

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Getting Engaged as a Mustang

Happy Monday Everyone!

Check out this neat opportunity to engage your fellow Mustangs in meaningful conversations about the world around us.


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How to Stay Productive on the Weekends

This is a busy weekend! Make sure you are prioritizing your school work so you can enjoy Homecoming weekend. Keep the following 5 steps in mind:

      1. Have a plan!

Before the weekend hits, write down your to do list and when you will accomplish those items. This will help you map out how much time you need to complete a task.

      2. Don’t hit the snooze button

Sleeping in is great, but when you have a lot to do, make sure you do it. Get a full nights’ rest, but don’t oversleep. Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and get started on your to do list.

      3. Know where you work best

Pick a study space that will help you focus. If you focus best in an active environment, try a local coffee shop or restaurant with wifi. If you need a quieter space, you can try different libraries on campus.

      4. Take small breaks

Never feel like you have to do everything at once. Take a 5-15 minute stretch or snack break. This will help rest your mind! Be careful with social media! Set a timer if you are prone to online distractions.

      5. Keep a positive attitude

Studying can be very stressful, and sometimes that stressful energy hinders you from working at your best. Write encouraging notes to yourself or tell yourself “you got this,” to help bring positive energy.

Hang in there MHPS! Happy Homecoming!


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Homecoming Weekend!


Make sure to participate in the historic celebration this weekend! Please see below for a detailed schedule of events:

Wednesday, September 23
7 a.m. – Midnight Centennial Hall
Explore SMU’s achievements and its growing international prominence in an interactive experience for the entire family.

8:30 p.m. Centennial Countdown Concert
SMU Program Council invites alumni, parents, faculty and staff to count down SMU’s 100th birthday in a fun-filled evening of music featuring a musical headliner.

Thursday, September 24
7 a.m. – Midnight Centennial Hall
Explore SMU’s achievements and its growing international prominence in an interactive experience for the entire family.

8:30 a.m. Worship Service Services in Perkins Chapel.
10 a.m. Centennial Commemoration Ceremony
A special 100th anniversary celebration for the entire SMU community.

Noon Centennial Picnic
A State Fair theme will commemorate SMU’s rich Texas heritage at the Centennial Picnic, complete with classic State Fair of Texas fare, carnival games and birthday greetings from none other than Big Tex.

Evening Diamond M Club Mixer Free.
Appetizers and drinks after Alumni Band rehearsal.
Diamond M Club will provide appetizer buffet.
All attendees responsible for purchasing own beverages.

7 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration Honoring 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Bess Fraser Enloe ’60, Donald F. Jackson ’63 and Billie Ida Williamson ’74, and 2015 Emerging Leader Award recipient Michael W. Waters ’02, ’06, ’12.

Friday, September 25
7 a.m. – Midnight Centennial Hall
Explore SMU’s achievements and its growing international prominence in an interactive experience for the entire family.

11:30 a.m. Campaign Volunteers Meeting The campaign’s co-chairs invite volunteers to a special meeting to review campaign progress and plan the conclusion of the campaign. By invitation only.

11:30 a.m. Centennial Stampede of Service In celebration of the centennial of the University’s opening in 1915, 100 SMU students will come together to participate in service projects at ten local charities. During this “Centennial Stampede of Service” event, SMU students will provide nearly 300 hours of service to the Dallas community.

12 – 3 p.m. Mustang Band Mini-Reunion The “New” Band Hall, 6005 Bush Avenue.
Tickets $15.
Catered menu.
Afternoon Reunion Weekend Registration Stop by our registration area located in the Meadows Museum to pick up your weekend registration packet containing name tags, tickets and other important information.
Afternoon Campus Walking Tours
Participate in exciting guided tours and in-depth experiences around campus. Tours depart from Meadows Museum.

Afternoon Campus and Academic Open Houses A variety of activities at SMU’s schools between 2 and 5 p.m. will enable alumni once again to experience examples of the University’s extraordinary academic offerings. See individual listings on this page for more information.
Afternoon Mustang Mini Reunions Mustang Mini Reunions are alumni-driven gatherings aimed at reuniting alumni who shared a special connection while at SMU. No group is too large or too small. More information will be available soon!

2 p.m. The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey book signing and reception Please join as we celebrate the release of Sterling Moore’s new biography, “The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey.” Professor Jeskey taught Chemistry at SMU from 1945 to 1979, he served as the pre-med advisor and later volunteered with the SMU sports information office. Dr. Moore will give some remarks about the book, friends and family will be invited to share memories and a reception will follow.

2 – 3 p.m. Fondren Library Center Open House: Then and Now This event will be an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to learn about the past, present, and future of SMU Libraries. Attendees will relive the past in an exhibit showcasing the history of SMU Libraries. This will also be an opportunity to discover the future of the libraries and find out more about the Fondren Library Center renovation.

2 – 3 p.m. Deason Innovation Gym Want to understand how innovation happens? Come participate in an advised brainstorming session in our unique facility.

2 – 5 p.m. Harold Clark Simmons Hall Hard Hat Tours The Simmons School will host Hard Hat Tours of the new Harold Clark Simmons Hall. Building tours will begin at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. The three-story, 44,000 sq. ft. facility will be open to guests to view the new home for The Budd Center, Teacher Design Studio and classrooms.

3 p.m. Habito Labyrinth Tutorial Experience Dr. Ruben Habito will explain the theory and practice of the Labyrinth at Perkins School of Theology.

3 p.m. Dedman College Alumni reception with Faculty Dean DiPiero and faculty members of Dedman College welcome Dedman College alumni back to Dallas Hall for an informal reception.

3 p.m. Residential Commons Tour | Boaz Commons and Crum Commons We are transforming the residential life model for students through our Residential Commons program, which integrates the academic, residential and social experience. Join our RLSH staff for a tour of Boaz Commons and Crum Commons and see and experience where our students now call “home”.

4 p.m. Hunt Leadership Scholars Alumni – Homecoming Reception Join your fellow Hunt Leadership Scholars graduates for a mini-reunion during Homecoming weekend. Refreshments will be served. By invitation only. Mezzanine, Greer Garson Theatre.

4 – 5 p.m. Meadows School of the Arts Open House The Meadows School of the Arts and Dean Sam Holland invite alumni and friends for an open house in the newly renovated Hamon Arts Library to view a special exhibition featuring fashion design sketches, circa 1933-1942, by Nancy B. Hamon (1918-2011) from the Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers. Please join us for a reception highlighting the school’s innovative curriculum. Parking available on Bishop Boulevard.

Evening Reunion Class Parties for the classes of ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05, and ’10
Get ready for an unforgettable evening with classmates and friends. Catch up on old times, share memories and reconnect with one another while enjoying exceptional food, drinks and entertainment. Additional details will be available soon. You won’t want to miss your party!

5 – 7 p.m. Willard Spiegelman Alumni Mini-Reunion For over forty years, Willard Spiegelman, the Hughes Professor of English, has inspired generations of SMU students with his unique and energetic teaching style. Please join us on Homecoming weekend as we celebrate the profound impact Professor Spiegelman has had on alumni and the University.

6 p.m. President’s Associates Reception A reception honoring donors who make gifts totaling $1,000 or more in a single year. By invitation only.

6 – 8 p.m. Beta Theta Pi – Alumni Reunion All past and present brothers are welcome to join us as we reunite at Ozona’s from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 25. Please RSVP by September 18.

6 – 11 p.m. Law School Reunions Reunions event for law alumni with class years ending in 0 or 5.

6:30 – 8 p.m. Pre-Pigskin VIP Reception Drinks & heavy hors d’oeuvres
McFarlin Auditorium Mezzanine
Tickets $25/person
**Preferred Pigskin Seating for all who purchase Reception & Show Tickets**

8:15 p.m. Pigskin Revue The Pigskin Revue features SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts and the Mustang Band playing new music as well as old favorites from past Revues.

Saturday, September 26
7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Centennial Hall
Explore SMU’s achievements and its growing international prominence in an interactive experience for the entire family.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Class of ’70 Reunion Brunch and Party Join your classmates for a memorable brunch to kick off a day of Homecoming festivities.
12 – 2 p.m.

Daily Campus and Rotunda Alumni Reunion
Alumni of The Daily Campus student newspaper & Rotunda yearbook are encouraged to come celebrate the 100th anniversaries of these award-winning student publications with their fellow staffers and advisers. Reminisce at an informal game-day luncheon with those who have documented the history of SMU through the years. The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Afternoon Lyle on the Boulevard
Please join us to watch the parade, enjoy great food, beverages, music, see old friends, and visit with the Lyle community.

1 – 2:30 p.m. SMU-in-Madrid Alumni Mini-Reunion Join former SMU-in-Madrid study abroad students for a reception as we reminisce and reconnect on campus during SMU Homecoming Weekend. Enjoy refreshments and light appetizers. Alumni and their guests are welcome to attend.

3 p.m.
Homecoming Parade and Boulevard View parade floats and other entertainment as they march through campus in celebration of SMU Homecoming. The pregame celebration on The Boulevard includes options for food, beverages, fun children’s activities and SMU gear. And catch the spirit and tradition of Homecoming game day as the cheerleaders and Mustang Band take you from The Boulevard into Ford Stadium.

3 p.m. Reunion Village on the Boulevard
Join your classmates for a fun-filled experience with food and drinks on Clements Lawn prior to cheering on the Mustangs in Ford Stadium.

3 p.m.
Perkins on the Boulevard All members of the Perkins community and friends are invited to watch the Homecoming parade in front of Kirby Hall and enjoy food and fellowship.

3 p.m.
Diamond M Club- Pre-Game Meal Boulevard Served at the Diamond M Club spot on the corner of Binkley and Bishop Blvds.
Thanks to the generous Boulevard Sponsorship of Mike Laurent, there is no charge for the meal!
Menu details TBD.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meadows Homecoming Picnic Please join us to watch the parade, enjoy great food, beverages, music and dance, see old friends, and visit with the Meadows community.

4:00 p.m. Cox Tailgate Football tailgate party for Cox School alumni, parents and friends.

4 – 5:45 p.m. Law School Tailgate Football tailgate party for alumni and guests.

6 p.m. Football Game Cheer on Coach Chad Morris and the Mustangs as they take on James Madison University at Ford Stadium!

6 p.m. Homecoming Football Game- Diamond M Club Ford Stadium Block reserved near the Mustang Band.
Tickets $25/person.
Evening 100th Birthday Salute to SMU Immediately following the football game, enjoy a celebratory extravaganza, bobblehead giveaway, a chance to win a free car, and a fireworks display wishing SMU a happy 100th birthday!

Sunday, September 27
12 p.m. SMU Pride Homecoming Brunch The SMU Pride alumni group would like to invite you and your guests to a Dutch-treat Homecoming brunch. David Chard, dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will be joining us as a special guest. Come learn how to get involved with SMU Pride and mingle with fellow alumni.

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The construction site for the future Health Center will be active TONIGHT.

We have received the following information:
Mud Slab Pour Date: September 23, 2015 (4:00AM) Concrete Pour (Mud Slab)* (set up at 3:00AM)

If for some reason they are unable to pour tonight, then they will continue tomorrow night (early morning of Sept. 24th).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Trespassing on the construction site is illegal and dangerous. Do NOT enter the construction site.
Should you see someone in the site that is not a construction worker, or does not look like they belong there, contact SMU PD immediately (214) 768-3333.

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Get Connected

Are you following MHPS on Social Media?

If you like our pages now through Wednesday September 30th, you could be eligible for a free Starbucks gift card. If you already follow our social media, you qualify to win.



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Get Ready for Game Day!!

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Commons Dinner


It’s that time of year again! Join  your MHPS family for an evening of getting to know your fellow residents and enjoyment of great food! You don’t want to miss out on our special semester dinners.

Have you sent in your RSVP? Click the link below

See you there!

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Upcoming Events

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Fall 2015 Commons Dinner

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Big Man on Campus

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 3.17.28 PM“Is he the best college president in the country?” We think so. D Magazine details the ways President Turner continues propelling SMU forward into its Second Century of excellence.

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