Jonathan Wilfong brought a surge of excitement to the final seconds of Men’s Basketball against East Carolina University on Jan. 17, when he stole the ball and drove it down court for a dunk that capped the Mustangs’ 77-52 victory.
SMU honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 17 – 22 with community service, a unity walk, participation in the City of Dallas Martin Luther King Day parade and opportunities for discussion. Learn more at http://www.smu.edu/News/2015/dream-week-2015-14jan2015
SMU’s seismology team held a news briefing on Jan. 6, 2015, to explain what was known and what information is being sought about a series of recent earthquakes in Irving, Texas. The team announced Jan. 7 that it will deploy 22 more seismographs in the Irving area over the next few days to better understand the series of earthquakes that United States Geological Survey (USGS) data indicates are occurring on or near the site of the old Texas Stadium. The team is led by Brian Stump, the Albritton Chair of Geological Sciences at SMU, and Heather DeShon, Associate Professor of Geophysics. Learn more at http://www.smu.edu/News/2015/earthquakes-study-irving-06jan2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.