Families Invited to Spring Arts Celebration

springarts.jpg SMU families are invited to campus March 19-21 to celebrate the University’s first Spring Arts Weekend.

Activities will include Sing Song, the annual Broadway-style competition featuring student teams performing skits they create themselves, as well as an art auction, state-of-the-art video gaming at the M Lounge, exhibits at the Meadows Museum and Bridwell Library, and a Meadows Chorale performance at Perkins Chapel.

The evening of March 20, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Dance Ensemble will perform a gala concert at the Winspear Opera House, part of the new AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. (Find ticket information here or call 214-880-0202.)

“Spring is a wonderful time to showcase our talented students and faculty, as well as our beautiful campus,” says Deanie Kepler, director of Parent and Family Programs. “We encourage families to go at their own pace and explore the many exhibits, concerts and performances on campus and in Dallas.”

Check below to find a schedule for the weekend:


Friday, March 19

6 a.m.-10 p.m. Parents workout free with their students at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. If you have ever wanted to tackle the challenges of a climbing wall, now is your chance!

8 a.m.-6 p.m.Invention & Discovery: Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe” in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries of the Bridwell Library

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Hunt Scholar and President’s Scholar interview day at various campus facilities

9 a.m.-10 p.m. “Human Rights Photographs and Reflections,” sponsored by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Commons

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron & Collector,” at SMU’s Meadows Museum

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Battle other students and families on the newest state-of-the-art video gaming technology in the M Lounge at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Also at the M Lounge, March Madness: Catch the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on the biggest TV screen in Dallas.

2:30-3 p.m. Book signing and discussion of “Our White Boy,” with Jerry Craft and author and Dedman College academic adviser Kathleen Sullivan Stephens, in the M Lounge at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Jerry Craft, former mayor of Jacksboro, Texas, was the first white man to play in the West Texas Colored League in 1959-60.

3 p.m. Afternoon cookie break with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs at Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center

3:30 p.m. Gallery Talk about one of the major self-taught masters of the 20th century with curator Philip Van Keuren, associate professor of art: “Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings,” at Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center

5-7 p.m. Opening Reception of Spring Art Exhibition and Sale, sponsored by the Student Art Association, at the Doolin Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts (north entrance)

7 p.m. French Film Festival: a free screening of Il y a Longtemps Que Je T’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long), in French with English subtitles, at Hughes-Trigg Theatre (call 214-768-1423 for more information)

7:30 p.m. All-University Sing Song at McFarlin Auditorium, a Broadway-style competition featuring student teams performing skits they create themselves – this year with a Disney theme. Tickets for “The Wonderful World of Sing Song” are $10 for students, $12 for others, and can be purchased at Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg and at the McFarlin box office (call 214-768-4583 for more information).

8 p.m. Allegro Guitar Society Concert at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts

Saturday, March 20

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Springfest, sponsored by Undergraduate Admission, at Hughes-Trigg Student Center

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Parents workout free with their students at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. If you have ever wanted to tackle the challenges of a climbing wall, now is your chance!

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Spring Art Exhibition and Sale, sponsored by the Student Art Association, at the Doolin Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts (north entrance)

9 a.m.-10 p.m. “Human Rights Photographs and Reflections,” sponsored by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Commons

9:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries at Taubman Atrium, Meadows School of the Arts

10-10:45 a.m. Lecture and book signing on Texas artist and former SMU professor – Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker and Interpreter of the Southwest – with Ellen Buie Niewyk, curator of Bywaters Special Collections, and Sam Ratcliffe, head of special collections, at the Hamons Art Library, Meadows School of the Arts.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron & Collector,” at SMU’s Meadows Museum

10 a.m.-6 p.m.Invention & Discovery: Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe” in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries of the Bridwell Library

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Battle other students and families on the newest state-of-the-art video gaming technology in the M Lounge at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Also at the M Lounge, March Madness: Catch the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on the biggest TV screen in Dallas.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Family Day at the Meadows Museum: The King and I, a free celebration of the reign of King Charles IV of Spain for families, adults and children of all ages

7-9 p.m. Art for Darfur – “An Evening of Art and Dance” – auction includes artwork from Dallas’ Rice and Hotchkiss elementary schools and performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, sponsored by Amnesty International, at Hughes-Trigg Ballroom (call 214-768-3308 for more information)

8 p.m. The Meadows Symphony Orchestra and the Meadows Dance Ensemble perform at the new Winspear Opera House in Dallas (Find ticket information here or call 214-880-0202)

Sunday, March 21

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Spring Art Exhibition and Sale, sponsored by the Student Art Association, at the Doolin Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts (north entrance)

9 a.m.-10 p.m. “Human Rights Photographs and Reflections,” sponsored by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Commons

11 a.m. Sunday Worship, “Finding God in Unexpected Places,” with the Reverend Dr. Stephen W. Rankin, University Chaplain, at Perkins Chapel

11 a.m.-midnight Parents workout free with their students at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. If you have ever wanted to tackle the challenges of a climbing wall, now is your chance!

Noon-5 p.m. Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron & Collector,” at SMU’s Meadows Museum

Noon-9 p.m. Battle other students and families on the newest state-of-the-art video gaming technology in the M Lounge at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Also at the M Lounge, March Madness: Catch the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on the biggest TV screen in Dallas.

2 p.m. Minority Academic Awards Ceremony at Hughes-Trigg Theatre

2 p.m. Meadows Chorale “Alleluia” at Perkins Chapel

2-10 p.m.Invention & Discovery: Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe” in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries of the Bridwell Library

7:30 p.m. Allman Family Public Lecture of Dedman College’s Collegium da Vinci, featuring Thomas Cech, Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, discussing “Fostering Innovation Within and Between the Science Disciplines,” at Crum Auditorium in the Collins Executive Education Center

Nearby hotels

Parents who identify themselves as SMU visitors when they make reservations at area hotels may receive discounted rates. Hotels near campus include:

• Hilton, Dallas Park Cities: 5954 Luther Lane, 214-368-0400
• Palomar Hotel: 5300 East Mockingbird Lane (at North Central Expressway), 214-520-7969
• Hotel Lumen: 6101 Hillcrest, 214-219-2400
• Doubletree at Campbell Center: 8250 North Central Expressway, 214-691-8700
• Radisson Hotel: 6060 North Central Expressway (Mockingbird exit), 214-750-6060
• Courtyard by Marriott, Northpark, 10325 North Central Expressway (Meadow Road exit), 214-739-2500
• Embassy Suites Dallas Love Field, 3880 West Northwest Highway, 214-357-4500

Questions? Contact Deanie Kepler, director of Parent and Family Programs: gkepler@smu.edu or 214-768-4797.

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