The SMU men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with head coaches Larry Brown and Rhonda Rompola, took center stage on the State Fair of Texas midway Monday, Oct. 13. They met fans, signed autographs, hung out with Peruna…and, of course, participated in the Mustang Minute.
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, SMU partnered with neighborhoods throughout Dallas and thousands of communities across the country for the 31st Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. SMU’s local National Night Out event was co-sponsored by the SMU Police Department.
Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State from 1997-2001, and her successor, Colin L. Powell, 2001-2005, were featured speakers at a Student Forum and at the Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 29, 2014. David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and former advisor to four United States presidents, moderated. Read more . . .
SMU alumna NoViolet Bulawayo ’07 returned to the Hilltop in September to discuss her first novel, We Need New Names, with the Class of 2018. The 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award-winner is only the second work of fiction to be chosen as the University’s Common Reading and is the first Common Reading book that was written by an SMU Graduate. Read more about it.
SMU broke ground Sept. 12, 2014, for Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the second building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The ceremony followed a gift of $25 million from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons in February 2013 to fund the new building and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility is named in honor of Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request. Read more . . .
Student, faculty, staff and alumni teams from SMU took part in the 20th annual Heart Walk through downtown Dallas on Sept. 13, 2014, to raise awareness about heart health and wellness. The Dallas division of the American Heart Association hosts the largest Heart Walk in the nation, having grown from 450 participants when it was started by fitness guru Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper to tens of thousands this year.
Campus organizations and community partners meet student leaders at SMU’s Engaged Learning Expo – an annual event where University undergraduates can explore learning opportunities beyond the classroom. SMU Engaged Learning Fellows can receive grants of up to $2,000 to design their own self-directed projects.