SMU Closely Monitoring Information about Ebola Case in Dallas

Updated October 2, 2014:

SMU is closely monitoring information related to a patient being treated for Ebola in Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden said Sept. 30 that U.S. hospitals have all the necessary infrastructure needed “to stop Ebola in its tracks” in the United States. The CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services are working with the Dallas County Health Department and the hospital to manage the case.

Important information about Ebola is available from the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/transmission/qas.html and from Texas Health Resources at http://texashealth.org/ebola-answers. SMU has established protocols in place and maintains working relationships with appropriate health agencies with regard to any communicable disease.

We will update this site as new information becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

For more information and resources:

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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the SMU Campuses

The following message from SMU President R. Gerald Turner was sent to students, faculty and staff on October 1, 2014:

Dear members of the SMU community:

SMU is committed to fostering a learning and working environment that supports health and safety. As part of that commitment, the SMU Police Department prepares and distributes an annual security report for the University’s main campus, the SMU-in-Plano campus and the SMU-in-Taos campus. This report is published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and its accompanying regulations also require that institutions issue an annual fire report, which is included in the security report.

The SMU report covers three calendar years, including incidents occurring on its campuses, at public areas adjacent to campuses and at certain non-campus facilities, including Greek houses and remote classrooms. Information also is gathered from the University Park Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Plano Police Department, Taos County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico and University officials with significant responsibility for students and campus activities.

The report is available online at smu.edu/CleryReport. If you would like a paper copy of the University’s annual security and fire safety report, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-1348 or e-mail lindaperez@smu.edu.

In addition to security policies and crime statistics, the report contains information about programs and procedures for enhancing campus security and individual safety. These resources include emergency response plans and notification systems, blue-light emergency phones across campus that connect directly to SMU Police, campus-wide crime alerts, the Silent Witness Program for anonymous crime tips, and the SMU Police Security Escort Program, Giddy-Up and SMU Rides.

Many campus officials who support campus security are highlighted in this report. I urge you to know how to reach these officials and to participate in the education and training they provide throughout the year, including crime prevention programs offered by SMU Police and emergency drills coordinated by the Office of Risk Management.

Two serious health and safety issue at colleges and universities nationwide, including at SMU, are substance abuse and sexual misconduct. This report contains information about policies, reporting procedures, education and prevention initiatives, and resources available to help, including the Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, SMU Police, the SMU Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, the Coordinator of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, and the Women & LGBT Center. Information also is available online at smu.edu/LiveResponsibly.

All students, faculty and staff members play an important role in their own and our community’s well-being. Each of us is asked to be informed and aware, to respect all community members and to uphold high standards of behavior. Thank you for supporting our collective efforts to provide an exceptional academic environment in which all of us can do our best work.

Sincerely,

President R. Gerald Turner

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SMU Rises in U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Colleges’

SMU rose in the ranks of the nation’s top universities in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, which was published online today.

Among 280 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 58, up from 60 a year ago. The ranking again places SMU in the first tier of institutions in the guide’s “best national universities” category.

In Texas, only Rice University at 19 and the University of Texas-Austin at 53 ranked ahead of SMU. Among private national universities, SMU ranks 40.

“It is gratifying for SMU to be noted for its positive movement among the best national universities in this ranking,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We appreciate external recognition of our progress, but we also know that rankings do not portray the whole picture of an institution and its strengths. We encourage parents and students to visit the institutions they are considering for a firsthand look at academic offerings, the campus environment and campus and total student experience.”

The factors weighed in determining the rankings include measures of academic quality, such as peer assessment scores and ratings by high school counselors; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

Rankings of nearly 1,600 institutions – including national universities, liberal arts colleges and regional universities and colleges – are posted online at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will be published in the U.S. News & World Report issue available on newsstands September 23.

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A Health and Safety Message from President Turner

SMU President R. Gerald Turner sent the following message to students, faculty and staff on August 25, 2014:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the start of what promises to be a memorable Centennial year on the Hilltop. I wish each of you success as you pursue your academic, professional and personal goals.

Toward that end, it’s imperative that every member of our community play a role in maintaining a healthy and caring campus environment. All of us must be familiar with SMU policies, procedures and resources supporting that environment.

For this reason, I ask every student, faculty and staff member to read the online booklet “Live Responsibly,” which you can access on the SMU Live Responsibly website, smu.edu/LiveResponsibly. It addresses sexual misconduct and alcohol and substance abuse, which are serious health and safety issues at universities across the country, including SMU. Undergraduates also will be receiving a printed copy of this booklet in the mail to review and keep during their time at SMU.

Please carefully read the information provided about SMU’s Title IX (Sexual Misconduct) policy, and contact Title IX Coordinator Samantha Thomas in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity with any questions at 214-768-3601. It should be understood that SMU will vigorously pursue its policies and support state and federal laws. The federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Sexual assault also is a crime under Texas law punishable by imprisonment. SMU will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form.

In the event of an emergency, including sexual assault or a medical emergency due to alcohol or drugs, SMU community members are urged to immediately call police and seek medical care for themselves and others. Please find more information about SMU and community resources available to help students in the Live Responsibly booklet and online.
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Welcome to the Hilltop, Mustangs!

Class of 2018 photo on Main Quad.

Class of 2018 photo on Main Quad.

Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year!

Mustang Minute: Watch a video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor featuring highlights from Move-In Day 2014.

Mustang Corral 2014: View photos of the retreat in the Texas Hill Country on SMU Facebook.

Watch Opening Convocation online: Help SMU welcome first-year and transfer students during the 100th Annual Opening Convocation and Rotunda Passage. Watch the live webcast here beginning at 4:45 p.m. Central time Sunday, August 24. 

Read about the Residential Commons in The Dallas Morning News.

Here are some Fall 2014 dates to remember:

  • Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 24
  • First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 25
  • Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1 (University offices closed)
  • Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14
  • Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25
  • Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28 (University offices closed)
  • Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 8
  • Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-17 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • December Graduation: Saturday, Dec. 20 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
  • Christmas/Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (University offices closed)

Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events.

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SMU Health Center Moves to 3014 Daniel Avenue

The SMU Health Center has moved to 3014 Daniel Avenue in preparation for the construction of the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

The Health Center will maintain normal operating hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at its new location. Appointments will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call 214-768-2141 for more information. Designated parking spaces are available in the lot at 3014 Daniel. Students in need of on-campus transportation to the Health Center during operating hours can call 214-274-9909 to be picked up by golf cart.

Most medical services, including consultations with physicians, immunizations and treatment of illnesses, will continue to be offered at the new location. Other services offered at 3014 Daniel include:

SMU again will offer flu shots at no charge to students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses. Please watch your email beginning in September for announcements of fall flu clinics.

In case of an 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.

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

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‘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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