Mustang Minute! Pet Therapy

A team of registered therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas were at SMU’s Fondren Library Center on Dec. 8, 2014, to help ease the stress of upcoming finals. Research has shown that spending 5 to 24 minutes with a calm dog reduces blood pressure and the levels of stress hormones in the body.

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Mustang Minute! Dr. Bob Smith Health Center Groundbreaking

SMU broke ground Dec. 5, 2014, on the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, a 33,000-square-foot facility designed to provide comprehensive outpatient health care to SMU’s more than 11,000 students on an ongoing basis throughout the school year.

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Mustang Minute: 2014 Celebration of Lights

SMU kicked off the 2014 holiday season with one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions — the Celebration of Lights — on Dec. 1 on the Main Quad. The celebration featured than 140,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament, and lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

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Mustang Minute: SMU Welcomes New Football Head Coach

On Dec. 1, 2014, SMU announced that Chad Morris had been named the Head Football Coach of the Mustangs. Morris arrives on the Hilltop after five seasons as an offensive coordinator on the collegiate level and 16 seasons as a Texas high school coach.

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Actor Brian Baumgartner ’95 returns to SMU

Well-known for his character “Kevin” on the Emmy-winning television series The Office, actor Brian Baumgartner ’95 returned to SMU for Homecoming weekend, meeting with students for Q&A’s, serving as Homecoming Parade grand marshal and attending the SMU vs. Lamar men’s basketball game on Nov. 14. Baumgartner earned a special cadre of SMU fans during televised SMU men’s basketball games last season: As SMU basketball fans held up giant cutouts of alumnus Baumgartner at games, the funny man began responding on Twitter with quips such as “I’ll be watching until I get there,” and “I want to be in Moody with you.”

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Mustang Minute: SMU celebrates Veterans Day 2014

SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility awarded special commemorative lapel pins to SMU Veterans at a luncheon hosted by the Office of the Provost on Nov. 11. Colleges and universities across the U.S. are seeing a dramatic surge in veteran student enrollment and at SMU the number of military veterans using G.I. bill benefits has increased more than 250 percent since 2005.  SMU Military Veterans, an undergraduate group sponsored by the Maguire Center, has become an active part of SMU life, including participating in public service events and hosting a tent on the Boulevard on football game days.

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Mustang Minute: Meet the Peruna Profs!

As part of SMU’s Year of the Faculty, students voted for the University’s most exceptional and inspiring professors. The winners were honored with the designation of “Peruna Prof” – and a surprise visit from our beloved mascot to recognize their outstanding work. Watch as Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios and other leaders bring a special brand of Pony Pride to classrooms across campus.

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Mustang Minute: SMU Canstruction, Homecoming 2014

Can they build it? Yes, they can! The SMU Student Foundation has turned its annual Homecoming food drive into a fun competition that combines caring and creativity. Watch what happens when students turn 10,000 cans of donated food into their own variations on the 2014 Homecoming theme, “Dynamic Duos.”

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Mustang Minute: The New McFarlin Auditorium

Myles takes you behind the scenes of McFarlin Auditorium’s sparkling new renovation with Director of Operations Denton Bricker.

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Mustang Minute: Books & Batons: Meet SMU’s Megan McKennon

This Mustang Minute shines the spotlight on second-year law student Megan McKennon, whose passion takes her a long way from the Scales of Justice!

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