Save the date: Summer send-off parties for new SMU families

Summer send-off parties in or near your hometown are a great place for new SMU parents to meet fellow parents and for your incoming student to make friends before the school year begins.

Here is a schedule of locations and dates this summer; more dates 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

Atlanta area: Hosted by Jodie and Rick Hammesfahr, 6:30-8 p.m. June 26
Chicago area: Hosted by Marta and Darcy Bonner, 6-8 p.m. July 25
Dallas area: Hosted by Steve and Lisa Provost, 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 31
Denver area: Hosted by Martha and John Gart, 5-8:30 p.m. August 9
Fort Worth area: Hosted by Greg Morse, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 9
Greenwich, Connecticut: Hosted by Alease Tallman, 4-6 p.m. August 8
Houston area: Hosted by Merrill and Joe Hafner, 6-7:30 p.m. July 24
• Kansas City area: Hosted by Ellen and Michael Merriman and Stephanie and Jim Seigfreid, 6-8 p.m. July 25
Little Rock, Arkansas: Hosted by James and Gini Adametz, 6-8 p.m. August 4
• Los Angeles area: Hosted by Sue and Jerry Jameson and Sue Kohl, 4-6 p.m. July 29
• New Orleans area: Hosted by Lucy and David Thomas, 6-8 p.m. August 2
• Orange County, California: Hosted by Susan and John Cox, 6-8 p.m. July 30
• Phoenix/Scottsdale area: Hosted by Nicole and William Bidwill, 7-9 p.m. August 9
• San Diego area: Hosted by Susan and Jim Morris, 6-8 p.m. July 31
• San Francisco area: Hosted by Nini and Les Pelio, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 2
St. Louis area: Hosted by Don and Renee Johnson, July 27, time to be announced
Tampa area: Hosted by Charlotte and Derek Embody, 7-9 p.m. August 1
Virginia/Maryland/Washington, D.C.: Hosted by Michael and Beth O’Shea, 7-9 p.m. July 19