SMU hosts a special program for its entering students every August called “Mustang Corral,” designed to teach the basics of academic and social life on the Hilltop. But this year, SMU’s 100th birthday, the University took its show on the road – taking the first-year students by bus to experience why being in Dallas is one of the best things about being at SMU. SMU faculty members and staff created 25 different tours to introduce entering students to their new hometown. Destinations ranged from the Dallas Zoo to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, but kayaking on White Rock Lake and touring the AT&T Stadium were among the most popular.
SMU welcomes the Class of 2015 to SMU with various events and ceremonies, including the traditional Opening Convocation. Hear the speeches, see the class photo and more at http://www.smu.edu/News/2015/convocation-24aug2015
On July 29, 2015, the cupola was placed atop Harold Clark Simmons Hall, which is being made possible through a generous donation by Harold and Annette Simmons. As part of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School, this 40,000 square foot facility will house several academic and community-support spaces, including a teaching design lab, student assessment lab, classrooms, the Department of Teaching and Learning, and the Budd Center for the Involvement of Communities in Education. The building’s groundbreaking occurred on September 12, 2014, with construction beginning soon thereafter. To learn more about the gift and the groundbreaking, please click here.
SMU’s Candace Walkington conducts research with Guildhall campers using motion capture to teach math. Walkington is an assistant professor in Teaching and Learning at SMU, specializing in mathematics education. Her research examines how abstract mathematical ideas can become connected to students’ concrete, everyday experiences such that they become more understandable. She conducts research on “personalizing” mathematics instruction to students’ out of-school interests in areas like sports, music, shopping, and video games.
The Meadows Museum and Big Thought combined forces for “Turn Up’ on June 13, 2015, a fun-filled day of activities and presentations that focused on the intersection of art and science. Activities included a scavenger hunt in the galleries, a mural project with Catalyst Arts Movement, build your own camera obscura, sound drawings, sci-fi robot sculptures, wind tube experiments, and much more. The Museum also invited local partners, including the Dallas Public Library, Dallas Museum of Art/Perot Museum of Nature and Science Teen Advisory Council, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Reading Partners and SMU associates in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.