Weather update: SMU open Friday, February 27

SMU’s main campus remains open Friday, February 27, but the University is monitoring the weather. SMU-in-Plano will close at 4 p.m. Friday and will delay opening Saturday until 1 p.m. Updates will be posted at the SMU Homepage, Facebook and Twitter.

  • More information about the SMU Inclement Weather Policy
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    SMU Inclement Weather Policy

    It is the goal of SMU to remain open and hold classes as scheduled. However, if conditions warrant closing, the President in consultation with the SMU Police and the Provost will make that decision. Individual schools, colleges and departments are not authorized to make their own decisions on closings, delayed openings or cancellation of classes.

    As soon as a decision is made, the following steps are taken to notify the university community:

    • An e-mail message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff.
    • A recorded message will be available at 214-SMU-INFO (214-768-4636). Please do not call the SMU Police Department.
    • Closing announcements will be posted on the SMU web site, via SMU’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/smu and at facebook.com/smudallas

    Additionally, the Office of News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 6 a.m. if day classes must be cancelled. If it becomes necessary to cancel evening classes or events, News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 4 p.m.

    SMU cannot guarantee that local media will announce closing information promptly or fully. Therefore, confirm information from non-SMU sources against official University communications.

    SMU’s goal is to maintain the normal operations and educational processes of the University while remaining sensitive to safety concerns. Therefore, if SMU remains open, faculty, students and staff should report to their classrooms or offices as usual. If someone lives in an area that is affected by bad weather and feels that travel to campus would be an unreasonable safety risk, that individual should contact his or her supervisor or department head to discuss possible options, and students should contact their professors in advance. For staff members, an absence when SMU is officially open can be taken as vacation leave. Emergency service personnel are expected to report to work in any case to keep essential services and operations functioning.

    Dining Services on the main SMU campus:

    Dining services will be available even when the University closes because of inclement weather. For information about hours of operation for SMU Dining Services, please see: www.smudining.com
    or
    www.facebook.com/smudining

    Fondren Library on the main SMU campus:

    Fondren Library expects to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. when the University closes for inclement weather.  Please check for any schedule changes on the CUL homepage: http://sites.smu.edu/cul/.

    SMU-in-Plano and other locations away from the main SMU campus:

    Separate decisions regarding closings or cancellations will be made for the Plano and Taos campuses. Those campuses are not automatically affected when the main campus is closed, or they may be closed when the main campus is not, depending on local conditions.

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    Mustang Minute: SMU Career and Internship Fair

    Students had the opportunity to meet with more than 90 employers representing a range of industries at the February 10 Career and Internship Fair sponsored by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center.

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    Mustang Minute: Big iDeas Demo Day

    Watch students present their Big iDeas during Engaged Learning Week, in this Mustang Minute! video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

    Watch this and other Mustang Minute! videos here.

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    SMU receives Top 25 rankings in Princeton Review’s 2015 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

    Dallas Hall at SMUSMU has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking outstanding career preparation and networking opportunities, according to The Princeton Review.

    The University placed #6 among the Top 25 Best Schools for Internships and #18 among Top 25 Best Alumni Networks. It is one of 200 schools profiled by the education services company in its new book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In – 2015 Edition (Penguin Random House / Princeton Review, Feb. 3, 2015).

    “In this new edition of the book, we recommend the colleges we consider the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects,” The Princeton Review stated in announcing the new rankings. The Review has developed a “Return-on-Education” (ROE) rating to create its list of the 200 colleges it profiles. ROE measures 40 weighted data points in areas such as academics, cost, financial aid, student debt, graduation rates, alumni salaries and job satisfaction.

    The Review based its ROE rating on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, plus surveys conducted by PayScale.com through April 2014 of alumni of the same schools.

    “An SMU education is a great investment. And while the cost might seem a tad steep on paper, the university really aims to make it affordable for all qualified students,” reads one excerpt from the University’s entry in the new guide. “Inside the classroom, students are greeted by ‘great’ professors who continually ‘take a personal interest in you and push you to reach higher.’ Finally, it’s not just the professors who receive terrific marks. The ‘administration genuinely care[s] about the personal growth of each individual student’ as well.”

    In addition, the Review writes, “the school excels at leveraging its prime Dallas location where there are ‘ample internship [and job] opportunities.’ It also manages to attract a number of corporations for its spring job fair…. And fear not; career services ensures that students arrive at the fair prepared. Indeed, they provide interview techniques, resume workshops, networking tutorials and, most important, votes of confidence.”

    “We salute and highly recommend Southern Methodist University and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools. They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need – via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior VP/publisher and lead author of the book. “Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”

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    Mustang Minute: SMU celebrates Martin Luther King Day

    SMU honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the week of Jan. 17-22 with community service, a unity walk, participation in the City of Dallas Martin Luther King Day parade and opportunities for discussion. Watch this and other Mustang Minute videos here.

    Also, watch SMU alumnus Charles Cox remember his involvement in the day Dr. King spoke at SMU in this video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

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    Information about sexual misconduct policies and prevention

    The following message from President R. Gerald Turner and Lori S. White, Vice President for Student Affairs, was emailed to students on January 28, 2015:

    As we begin a new semester, we’d like to remind you of SMU policies and resources that support our campus community’s safety.

    SMU strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual and gender-based harassment, assault and any form of sexual violence. It is important that you, as a member of our community, support a learning environment free from sexual misconduct and that you remain informed about SMU policies and resources.

    For these reasons, we ask you to review the SMU Live Responsibly website or download the Live Responsibly booklet, which undergraduates received in printed form last semester to keep during their time at SMU.

    Please pay careful attention to the information provided about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that requires universities to investigate reports of sexual harassment and violence, and to have internal grievance procedures to address Title IX violations. SMU takes very seriously its obligations under Title IX and will vigorously pursue any violations. SMU’s Title IX Coordinator, Samantha Thomas, and seven Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available to assist you and other community members who have questions or concerns, or who wish to file a complaint under SMU’s Title IX policy. Call 214-768-3601 or email accessequity@smu.edu.

    Please also be aware that in addition to violating SMU policy and federal law, sexual assault is a crime punishable under Texas law by imprisonment from two to 20 years, plus a fine up to $10,000. In the event of sexual assault, all community members are urged to immediately call police and seek medical care.

    In addition to SMU’s Title IX Coordinator, campus and community resources available to help you include:

    • SMU Police, 214-768-3333 or pick up a blue-light phone on campus
    • The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, 214-345-6203
    • Trained confidential counselors at SMU’s Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, 214-768-4795; Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), 214-768-2277; the SMU Chaplain’s Office, 214-768-4502; and the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, 972-641-7273
    • The Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564
    • The Women & LGBT Center, 214-768-4792

    We encourage you to contact these resources with any questions and to learn about ongoing programs at SMU to prevent sexual misconduct.

    We would like to thank SMU student leaders who have developed the “Not On My Campus” campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault, as well as students who are participating in the White House’s national “It’s On Us” campaign. We also thank the students, faculty and staff who have helped to implement the recommendations of SMU’s 2012-13 President’s Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures.

    Thank you, as well, for being informed about this serious issue and for your commitment to Live Responsibly at SMU.

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    Super students take the spotlight during Engaged Learning Week

    SMU Engaged Learning Symposium program - photo by Clayton T. SmithSMU’s Engaged Learning Week puts student achievement front and center with an expanded schedule for 2015 – including a business plan competition among the winners in the Fall 2014 Big iDeas Pitch Competition.

    Other activities include open houses, exhibitions, performances and presentations from the University’s 2014-15 Engaged Learning Fellows.

    This year’s event takes place Jan. 26-30 and is designed to help students learn more about expanding their education outside the classroom, from undergraduate research and community service to professional internships and creative projects.

    The week will begin with the Lucky Cup, a free party taking place 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in Café 100, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Hosted by Engaged Learning students and staff, the festivities will include exhibitions and live performances by Engaged Learning seniors – as well as free hot drinks, contests, prizes, photos with Peruna, and celebrity baristas.

    SMU Engaged Learning logoThe week’s centerpiece events take place Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 27-29, as graduating Engaged Learning Fellows present their projects. The Engaged Learning Symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

    This year, for the first time, student presentations will be grouped by type, with creative projects leading off on Tuesday, and research and service highlighted on Wednesday and Thursday. The new grouping is designed to make it easier for all undergraduates to schedule their attendance and to support and network with classmates who share similar interests.

    Symposium attendees are invited to drop in for any and all of the presentations. Each will be followed by a Q&A, in which the student presenters have the opportunity to talk informally with the audience.

    On Friday, Jan. 30SMU Engaged Learning hosts Big iDeas Demo Day noon-5 p.m. in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus. The schedule includes a free buffet lunch and the Big iDeas Pitch Competition Winners Fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Expressway Tower lobby. Later, the Pitch Competition winners will vie to receive up to $5,000 in project funding in the Business Plan Competition, 2-5 p.m. in The CUBE. Their proposals will be judged by a panel of experts from Executives in Action.

    Find a full schedule at the SMU Engaged Learning Week homepage
    Check the 2015 schedule of Engaged Learning students and presentations

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    SMU Flu Advisory Update

    We are in the midst of flu season, and cases have been reported at SMU.

    The flu spreads easily and can impact the campus. We need your help to prevent cases of flu from spreading.  It is important for all students, faculty and staff to take the following precautions:

    • Be aware of flu symptoms, including fever with cough or sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.
    • If you have flu symptoms, stay at home and avoid contact with others.  Do not return to class or work until you no longer have fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
    • Seek medical attention if experiencing acute symptoms such as body aches, cough or a fever of more than 100.5. In case of emergency, call 911 or visit a hospital emergency room. For information about weekend and after-hours options near campus, click here. The Health Center is open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; call 214-768-2141.
    • Students with the flu should email their professors as soon as possible and let them know they have the flu, or they may call the Office of the Dean of Student Life for assistance at 214-768-4564.
    • Resident students who have flu symptoms may order meals for pickup. Those picking up the meals must have the ill student’s SMU ID card. For meal pickup at Umphrey Lee, contact Tammie Henderson (214-802-8973 or tammieh@smu.edu). For meal pickup at Arnold Dining Commons, contact Shawna Bass at 214-768-2391 or bass-shawna@aramark.com.
    • If symptoms get worse after you have been on medication for three or four days, return to your healthcare provider to make sure you have not developed a secondary infection. Those with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, or complications should call the Health Center at 214-768-2141.

    To avoid the flu:

    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces such as door handles.
    • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with either a disposable tissue or a sleeve, and avoid touching your face.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick. Get plenty of rest to keep the immune system working at its best.

    Get a Flu Shot

    SMU offers free flu shots for all SMU students, as well as benefit eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses, while supplies last.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends that people who have not yet gotten the flu shot do so, with flu activity high across most of the country. While the CDC reports that the flu vaccine is not as effective this year against some viruses, it advises that getting vaccinated can prevent some infections and reduce the severity of illness.

    Flu shots are available at the Health Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Please bring your SMU ID to the Health Center.

    More info:  www.smu.edu/flu

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    Calendar Highlights: The Spring 2015 term at a glance

    Dallas Hall steps from a 3rd-story windowWelcome back! SMU’s 2015 Spring Term begins Friday, Jan. 16 – a few important dates at a glance:

    • Friday, Jan. 16: First day of classes for the 2015 Spring Term
    • Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day (University closed). SMU celebrates MLK Day of Service 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – learn more at smu.edu/volunteer
    • Monday-Sunday, March 9-15: Spring Break
    • Friday, April 3: Good Friday (University closed)
    • Monday, April 13: Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza
    • Friday, April 17: Founders’ Day
    • Monday, May 4: Last day of classes for Spring 2015
    • Tuesday, May 5: Reading Day
    • Wednesday-Tuesday, May 6-12: Final examinations (no exams scheduled on Sunday)
    • Friday, May 15: Baccalaureate
    • Saturday, May 16: All-University Commencement and school/department diploma ceremonies
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