‘Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style’ at Bush Center

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First Lady Laura Bush and Oscar de la Renta

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is hosting a major retrospective of legendary American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, exploring his significant career from its origins to his most recent runway and red-carpet masterpieces.

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style features more than 50 garments, some on view for the first time. The exhibit opens July 19 and continues through October 5 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Known for his artistic eye and exquisite craftsmanship, Mr. de la Renta has designed for iconic women of style, including First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Barbara Bush. His designs for First Ladies will offer an opportunity to examine the unique role of the First Lady as our country’s official hostess to world leaders and diplomats and as a trendsetter in style, fashion, and entertaining.

Learn more about the exhibit.

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Welcoming Traditions for New Students and Parents

SMU helps incoming students and their families transition from high school to college with Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation (AARO). The two-day orientation sessions run from July 7 to August 4, and will be followed August 21-23 by Mustang Corral, a three-day off-campus retreat.

At AARO, first-year and transfer students and their families learn about campus resources and academic expectations, while connecting with faculty, staff and current and incoming students. During their AARO sessions, students:

  • Meet faculty members and other new students
  • Meet and have one-on-one meetings with their academic adviser
  • Register for fall classes
 in enrollment labs with their adviser
  • Receive their SMU ID
  • Meet their AARO leaders, who are current SMU students
  • Spend the night in Boaz, one of SMU’s Residential Commons
  • Learn about campus involvement opportunities
 and employment

Along with their students, parents will learn about SMU academics and resources, and are encouraged to attend special parent and family programming.

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At Mustang Corral in August, during the second step of the orientation process, incoming students will participate in group discussions, an introduction to the Residential Commons, diversity activities and self-assessments. They will learn about University traditions and interact with faculty, staff and students.

Students participating in Mustang Corral move into their residence halls August 20. They will be assigned a move-in time in August. The deadline to register for Mustang Corral is August 15.

Get ready for AARO: 

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Save the Date: Send-Off Parties for New SMU Families

4149573At send-off parties across the country this summer, incoming SMU students and their parents can connect with fellow SMU families who live in or near their hometowns.

Here is a schedule of party locations and dates; more will be announced in coming weeks. If you would like more information about any of the parties, please contact Kate Moreland in the Office of Parent Giving at 214-768-4737 or kmorelan@smu.edu.

  • Atlanta area: Hosted by Lisa and Tom Noonan, 3-5 p.m. August 10
  • Austin area: Hosted by Barbara and Tim Klitch, July 20 (time TBD)
  • Chicago area: Hosted by Susan and Bert Getz Jr. ’89, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 14
  • Dallas area: Hosted by Steve and Lisa Provost, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 5
  • Denver area: Hosted by John and Melissa Eliot ’83, 6 p.m. August 7
  • Greenwich, Connecticut, area: Hosted by James and Lisa Skinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12
  • Houston area: Hosted by Michael and Krista Dumas, August 13 (time TBD)
  • Kansas City area: Hosted by Ann Marie and Gordon Hamilton ’84, 6-8 p.m. August 13
  • Los Angeles area: Hosted by Tammy and Tim Haldeman, 7-8:30 p.m. July 29
  • Miami area: Hosted by Chino and Zady Cosculluela, 7 p.m. July 13
  • New Orleans area: Hosted by Jeff and Kathryn Scurlock, August 14 (time TBD)
  • Orange County: Hosted by Susan and John Cox, 6-8 p.m. July 27
  • Portland, Oregon, area: Hosted by Brooke and Lane Webster, 7-8:30 p.m. May 29
  • Phoenix/Scottsdale area: Hosted by Lee Ann and Rich Fennessy, 6-8 p.m. August 10
  • San Diego area: Hosted by Ginny and Marshall Merrifield and Carla and Trey Nolan ’87, 4-6 p.m. August 3
  • San Francisco area: Hosted by Julie and Don Wallunas, 4 p.m. August 10
  • St. Louis area: Hosted by Bryan and Ann Cook, 6-8 p.m. June 19
  • Washington, D.C., area: Hosted by Debbie Dunn, August 3 (time TBD)

More information for new SMU parents:

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Medical Services Offered at Loyd Center

As of June 6, the Health Center is temporarily offering medical services at the Loyd All-Sports Center, 5800 Ownby Drive. Medical services will be available from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the lower level, room L007.

For Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), call 214-768-2277 or 214-768-2860.

For more information, call the Health Center at 214-768-2141 or the nurse hotline at 214-768-3194.

The SMU Pharmacy is available to transfer students’ prescriptions to the pharmacy of their choice. Pease call the pharmacy at 214-768-2149 and leave a message with the following information:

  • Your name and student ID;
  • The prescription number if available or the name of the medication;
  • The pharmacy name and number where you want the prescription transferred;
  • A phone number in case the SMU Pharmacy needs to contact you.

Please allow 24 hours for transfers. Any transfer request left after 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday will be handled the following Monday. Prescriptions can be transferred back to the SMU Pharmacy when it reopens.

In case of emergency, students are asked to call 911 or SMU Police at 214-768-3333. Local hospitals and emergency resources are listed on the Health Center website. Students also may visit area clinics, including QuestCare, 3414 Milton in Snider Plaza, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; call 214-368-4822.

The Health Center is preparing for the demolition of the Memorial Health Center and the subsequent construction of the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Health Center staff members thank SMU students, faculty and staff for their support during this transition period.

Other changes during the transition include:

For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Health Education Lisa Joyner at 214-768-2393 or ljoyner@smu.edu.

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Hurrah for the Grads: Scenes from Commencement 2014

Congratulations again to our Class of 2014 SMU World Changers.

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The SMU Year in Review 2013-14

The 2013-14 school year at SMU was exciting. Take a look back at some, but certainly not all, of the excitement that took place on The Hilltop in this video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

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Congratulations, SMU Class of 2014!

commencement2014-08SMU celebrated the academic accomplishments of more than 2,100 students at its 99th annual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum.

“If we’re not celebrating today, we’re not living in this moment – and if we’re not living in this moment, we will not succeed when we’re in the depths of self-doubt,” said featured Commencement speaker Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “So live in this moment, graduates. Live in this moment, good parents…. Today, you can say you have done something very good.”

“Who and what are you going to choose to love?” continued Rawlings. “It’s a critical question, because it’s through passionate love that we take learning and leadership and focus it and really start to make a difference in the world. You will have to make that choice yourself. But I hope you choose to love the we and not the me. I hope you choose to love the good in the world and not the gold in the world. I hope you choose to love your family – the one that’s here today and the one that is coming in the future – and not fame.”

Elected mayor in 2011, Rawlings has created new strategies for growing the arts through the Mayor’s Business Arts Initiative, has used his visibility as mayor to organize a campaign against domestic violence and has put Dallas in the spotlight by taking a leading role with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Read more about Mayor Rawlings.

During the ceremony, honorary degrees were conferred upon Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, Methodist historian Richard P. Heitzenrater and SMU law professor Joseph W. McKnight.

Diploma presentation ceremonies were held by individual schools.

Read more from SMU News. 

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May 17 Commencement to Celebrate Academic Achievements

class-of-2014-quadSMU will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 2,100 students at its 99th annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in the newly renovated Moody Coliseum.

Guests are urged to arrive early as seating in the coliseum is limited to four guests per student. Additional seating will be available for a simulcast of the event at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The ceremony also will be broadcast outside Moody Coliseum on Mustang Plaza, and there will be a live webcast of the ceremony online.

New graduates will also have the opportunity to share their photos, thoughts and future plans via social media. Those who post by Saturday, May 31 on Twitter, Instagram or the SMU Facebook page using #SMU2014 will have a chance to win two Southwest Airlines vouchers or other prizes. Complete contest rules are available online.

Follow SMU’s 99th Commencement weekend on Twitter at #SMU2014

Read about SMU Commencement traditions and their long history

Featured speaker at Commencement will be Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. Elected mayor in 2011, he has created new strategies for growing the arts through the Mayor’s Business Arts Initiative, has used his visibility as mayor to organize a campaign against domestic violence and has put Dallas in the spotlight by taking a leading role with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Click here to read more about Mayor Rawlings.

During the ceremony, honorary degrees will be conferred upon Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson, Methodist historian Richard P. Heitzenrater and SMU law professor Joseph W. McKnight. Each honorary degree recipient will be included in symposia, which are free and open to the public.

Diploma presentation ceremonies will be held at individual schools. Click here for the Commencement schedule.

The Baccalaureate Service will be at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, in McFarlin Auditorium. It will be broadcast live.

Click for a map of the SMU campus.

Those attending Commencement activities at SMU on May 16-17 may park for free in any of the University’s parking facilities, including the surface lots and:

  • Binkley Garage – At Binkley Avenue and Ownby Drive
  • Moody Garage – Airline Road and SMU Boulevard
  • Airline Garage – Airline Road and Daniel Avenue
  • Mustang Parking Center – 6001 Bush Avenue at Binkley Avenue
  • Law Parking Center – Daniel Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue
  • Meadows Parking Center – Bishop Boulevard and Schlegel Street north of Mockingbird Lane

No parking will be permitted on Bishop Boulevard. Laws and regulations that prohibit parking in fire lanes and limit who may use areas reserved for the disabled are strictly enforced. Please allow extra time to find parking as construction activities may affect routes from parking areas to various locations on campus.

For more information about Commencement weekend, click here.

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Commencement Traditions: The Ceremonies, Regalia and Symbols

25025D_096-680x452Commencement Weekend at SMU is a mixture of time-honored practice and modern refinements, from the custom regalia to the Rotunda Recessional. Here is a roundup of the traditions and symbols that make up the University’s 21st-century approach to these ancient ceremonies.

CEREMONIES

Baccalaureate Service for Undergraduate Candidates

The Baccalaureate Service is a religious ceremony held in McFarlin Auditorium the Friday evening before May Commencement Convocation. This is a small and intimate service that features a special sermon for undergraduate candidates and their guests.

Wearing full regalia, candidates process into McFarlin and are seated together. Weather permitting, students line up on the Main Quad in the order of their arrival.

Rotunda Recessional

The Rotunda Recessional follows the Baccalaureate Service. Undergraduate candidates, led by faculty and alumni marshals, march through the front doors of Dallas Hall, across its Rotunda and around to the University’s Main Quad. This tradition marks the new graduates’ symbolic departure from the Hilltop and welcomes them into their new phase of membership in the SMU community – their lives as alumni.

The march is a bookend to another symbolic tradition, the Rotunda Passage. Before Opening Convocation, held the day before their first day of classes as first-years, students process through the back doors of Dallas Hall, across the Rotunda and onto the Main Quad as new members of the SMU student body.

Commencement Convocation

On Saturday morning, the all-University May Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs in Moody Coliseum. Students and faculty, dressed in full academic regalia, march to the ceremony to processional music.

Doctoral candidates and honorary degree recipients are hooded, Commencement speakers address our newest class of candidates, and the University president confers degrees. At the conclusion of the ceremony, “Varsity” is played and a prayer is said for the new alumni.

Diploma Presentation Ceremonies

Wearing full academic regalia, graduates are individually recognized in school or departmental ceremonies.

Continue reading below for information on regalia and symbols.

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Ask Deanie: How to Wrap Up the Academic Year

ask-deanie.jpg What should students do before they depart campus in May? I hope these tips will help make the transition to summer a bit easier.

Forward mail to summer address.
Pay fines for any overdue library books.
• Resell textbooks back to the bookstore.
• Clean their residence hall room or apartment to avoid penalty fees.
Return all keys in the proper manner to avoid penalty fees.
• After finals, get a good night’s sleep before driving long distances home.
• If your student needs to store items over the summer, see “Summer storage” below.

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