Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 1.33.06 PM Family Weekend 2013, set for Oct. 4-6, provides SMU families with new and old ways to celebrate a longtime Hilltop tradition. The weekend includes Engaged Learning presentations, Residential Commons tours and a 5K race, in addition to Boulevarding before the Mustangs take on Rutgers.

All of the weekend’s events are about welcoming families to the Hilltop, says Will Slack, chair of the Student Foundation committee that is responsible for planning Family Weekend. “This is a time for parents to see their child’s accomplishments while exploring additional opportunities SMU offers,” Slack says. “Parents are a key factor in the success of their students and the University.”

The theme of the weekend is “SMU: Where Dreams Come True.” “SMU offers students an unparalleled experience and countless opportunities,” Slack says. “It is the hope of Student Foundation that you will see the ways in which our University makes student dreams a reality.”

Student Foundation compiled a guide for the weekend, including many new events. Pick up your Family Weekend pre-purchased tickets and T-shirts at the Hughes-Trigg Crossing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. After 4 p.m., tickets can be picked up at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk. If available, extra tickets and T-shirts also will be on sale at the Mane Desk.

Below are weekend highlights:

Friday, Oct. 4:

  • Engaged Learning Student Presentations, a new event, are set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Students will present on their research, civic engagement, internship and creative experiences around the world.
  • Hardhat tours of SMU’s new Residential Commons, set to open in 2014, will be given at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pre-ordered tickets are free of charge but required.
  • The Annual Family Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club, will be in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at noon. Pre-purchased tickets are required.
  • Attend classes with your student throughout the day, or from 2 to 3 p.m. you can meet Cox School of Business faculty in the Collins Center’s Palmer Conference Center; Dedman College faculty in the Dallas Hall Rotunda; Lyle School of Engineering faculty at Caruth Hall’s Palmer Conference Center; and Meadows School of the Arts faculty in Taubman Atrium.
  • Stop by the Hegi Family Career Development Center from 2 to 3 p.m. to meet career counselors and students, and discuss career planning.
  • Engaged Learning is hosting a Family Weekend Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. in Clements Hall G13. Learn how SMU is shaping world changers through student-developed and -executed projects.
  • Visit Central University Libraries’ Fondren Library Center from 2 to 4 p.m. to gain perspectives on the 21st-century library, 100 years after SMU’s first librarian was hired.
  • The Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council invite families to the Annual Fish Fry Social from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Varsity. Call 214-768-4583 to learn more.
  • The 7th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Tickets, which are required, are $30.
  • The 38th Annual Talent Show follows at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 5:

  • If you haven’t done so already, pick up tickets from 8 a.m. until noon at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk.
  • The annual Boulevard BBQ is now the Boulevard Brunch, co-sponsored by the Student Foundation and Dads’ Club, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The menu includes made-to-order breakfast burritos, hash browns, cinnamon rolls and coffee.
  • After Boulevarding, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Rutgers. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with coverage from ESPNews.
  • Take Meadows Museum guided tours at 2 and 3 p.m. and see masterpieces by El Greco, Miro and Picasso.

Sunday, Oct. 6:

  • The Kappa Alpha Theta chapter of SMU presents Theta Cats Making Tracks 5Ka new Family Weekend event. Join the sorority at 8:30 a.m. at Moody Coliseum for a one-mile fun run or 5k to raise money for its national philanthropy CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m. at Perkins Chapel.
  • The College Hispanic American Students Familia Luncheon, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom, features lunch and entertainment. Call 214-768-4586 to learn more.
  • The Meadows Museum is open from 12-5 p.m. free of charge for all families and students.
  • The Asian Council Parents’ Dinner, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom, features dinner and entertainment. Call 214-768-4586 to learn more.

In addition to the weekend’s events, Student Foundation is partnering with MilVets of SMU and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility to present the first Family Weekend community service event, SMU Families Giving Back. Families are asked to drop off care package items or purchase care packages for sale Friday at Hughes-Trigg Crossing. On Saturday, care package items can be dropped off at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk or at the MilVets tent on the Boulevard.

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– Kelsey Reynolds and Courtney Ziluca