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Gift to Support SMU Residential Commons

Harlan and Katherine Raymond Crow of Dallas have committed $5 million toward the construction of the Kathy Crow Commons in SMU’s new Residential Commons complex, scheduled to open in fall 2014. Mrs. Crow is a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and an alumna.

“This gift from Harlan and Kathy Crow will support a campus home and gathering place for generations of students,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Students who live in Kathy Crow Commons will be part of an academic and residential community that will become a key part of their SMU experience. We are grateful for the Crows for this generous gift.”

SMU’s new Residential Commons model of campus living, which includes 11 Commons created from new and existing residential buildings, will provide an integrated academic and residential student experience. Live-in faculty members will have offices and teach classes in on-site classrooms. In addition, each Commons will develop traditions and host gatherings and activities to create a sense of community among the residents.

“We have studied numerous institutions with strong residential communities,” said Lori White, vice president for student affairs. “We know the Residential Commons model will strengthen the SMU experience by enhancing student involvement opportunities and creating common bonds and friendships among diverse groups of students.”

Since 1988, Harlan Crow has served as chairman and CEO of Crow Family Holdings, which manages the capital of the Trammell Crow family. The Trammell Crow Company, founded in Dallas in 1948 by Crow’s father, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest commercial real estate developers and investors. Mr. Crow has worked with Crow-affiliated entities for nearly 40 years. He serves on the board of directors of the American Enterprise Institute, the Southwestern Medical Foundation, the Supreme Court Historical Society, the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the Antiquarian Society. In addition Mr. Crow is the honorary consul of Denmark for the Southwestern region.

Dallas civic leader Kathy Crow earned her M.B.A. from Cox School of Business. In addition to her current position on the SMU Board of Trustees, she has served on the boards of SMU’s Tate Lecture Series and the Women’s Economics and Financial Series at Cox School of Business.

The $5 million gift for the Kathy Crow Commons counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised $844 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience. The campaign coincides with SMU’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915.

Written by Nancy George

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SMU Announces 2014 Football Schedule

SMU today announced its highly-anticipated 2014 football schedule. The slate is highlighted by six games on the SMU campus, including Ford Stadium match-ups with Texas A&M and TCU. Other 2014 visitors to Ford Stadium will be American Athletic Conference foes Cincinnati, Memphis, USF and Houston.

The SMU Football team opens the season on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Baylor, where the two squads will open BU’s McLane Stadium. The following Saturday, SMU will play at UNT in the Mean Green’s home opener on Sept. 6.

After an off week, SMU’s home slate kicks off with back-to-back games against Texas A&M and TCU on Sept. 20 and 27, respectively. The Mustangs’ first AAC road game of the year is up next, with an Oct. 4 trip to East Carolina.

After a second off week, SMU will again host back-to-back games with an Oct. 18 game against Cincinnati and an Oct. 25 game versus Memphis. After a third and final off week, SMU closes the regular season with five games, alternating away and home – Nov. 8 at Tulsa; Nov. 15 vs. USF at home; Nov. 22 at UCF; Friday, Nov. 28 vs. Houston at Ford Stadium; and Dec. 6 at UConn.

Kickoff times and TV information will be announced at a later date.

For Mustang ticket information, call the Athletics Department Ticket Office at (214) SMU-GAME (768-4263) or visit the website.

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Students Serving and Conducting Research during Spring Break

During spring break 2014, many SMU students, faculty and staff are using their time off to serve communities around the country, to study issues such as civil rights and human rights, and to experience the great outdoors. Trips during the March 8-16 break include:

asb-dog-bite-statueSMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage.  The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated. Read their blog.

University Honors Program in Virginia: Students in the Honors history class “The Founding Fathers and Slavery” are immersed in colonial Virginia during spring break. Highlights of the trip include visits to Alexandria, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington, Charlottesville and the plantations of George Washington (Mount Vernon), Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), and James Madison (Montpelier).

STEMPREP Project at SMU in Puerto Rico: Thirty-five SMU science and engineering students are spending spring break in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they are attending the Minority Trainee Research Forum. Students will present 15-minute research presentations at the scientific meeting. Participants are members of the STEMPREP Project at SMU, a mentorship and internship program for minority students interested in S.T.E.M, medicine and biomedical research careers.

Alternative Breaks: SMU has participated in Alternative Spring Break for 27 years, with students serving community organizations while learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. In partnership with the Community Engagement & Leadership Center, students, faculty and staff this year are traveling to 11 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Taos and St. Louis.

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SMU’s Research Day Reflects Variety of Interests

ResearchDay2014-01SMU graduate and undergraduate students presented results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research on Feb. 26, in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

This annual event fosters communication between students in different disciplines, gives students the opportunity to present their work in a professional setting, and shares the outstanding research being conducted at SMU with peers and industry professionals from the greater Dallas community.

This year saw a 50 percent increase in student participation. A cash award of $250 was given to the best presentation from each department.

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Dallas Glows Red and Blue for SMU Basketball

Buildings in Dallas and elsewhere have been lighted in red and blue for Mustang basketball victories. Watch this video from SMU News.

  • Learn more about the men’s and women’s next games on Gameday Central.
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Students Can Make Connections at Career and Internship Fair

At the Spring 2014 Career and Internship Fair on February 24, students will have the opportunity to meet 117 companies and network with more than 225 employer representatives. Employers attending include the U.S. Department of Labor, Neiman Marcus, Peace Corps, McAfee Inc., American Airlines, KPMG, Citi, Ernst and Young, Deliotte, JCPenney and many others.

  • Watch a video of the February 2013 Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center, the fair is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center, says the event can open a variety of doors for students, whether it is their first semester or their last. “For the first time, we have partnered with eight SMU graduate school departments who will be in attendance recruiting students for graduate school opportunities on the Hilltop,” he says.

“Be prepared,” he adds. “Students who do their research always stand out above the rest.” 

To prepare for the fair, Hegi Career Center counselors suggest:

  • Dress for success by wearing professional business attire;
  • Print out and bring multiple copies of your résumé for the opportunity to network with multiple companies;
  • Research the companies that will be in attendance and choose the ones that interest you most;
  • Come early to meet with “fresh and ready” recruiters.

The center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the biannual fair, including:

  • One-on-one meetings with counselors, career assessments and a four-year plan;
  • Discussions with industry panels composed of employers who provide professional advice;
  • Workshops on interviewing, résumés and other career skills;
  • MustangTRAK, an online database featuring hundreds of jobs and internships, and UCAN, or University Career Action Network, a shared internship database among universities across the country.

Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.

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SMU Celebrates Year of the Faculty in 2014

FacultyInResidence-300x155In 2014, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is commemorating the Year of the Faculty, marking the extraordinary contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty as researchers, teachers and University citizens.

Throughout the year the Year of the Faculty website will highlight individual faculty members and their remarkable achievements across the spectrum of disciplines. During this period of the Second Century Campaign, highlighting faculty achievement also is a way to remind donors of the impact of their giving on recruitment and retention of outstanding professors. For this reason, the faculty highlighted on this website will include those who have been appointed to endowed chairs. Thanks to the generosity of donors, SMU has created 34 new endowed faculty positions thus far in the campaign, for a University total of 96. SMU has set a goal of having a total of 110 by the end of the campaign, which runs through December 2015.

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Parents Asked to Be Aware of Potential Phone Scam

SMU parents and grandparents are asked to be aware that a nationwide phone and email scam has been targeting grandparents for several years. An SMU Mothers’ Club member has reported that her parents recently received a call seeking money, supposedly to help their grandson, a college student in Louisiana.

The FBI provides helpful information about this so-called “grandparent scam” online. The FBI recommends that anyone who receives a call seeking money should:

  • Resist the pressure to act quickly
  • Try to contact your grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas. Wiring money is like giving cash, once you send it, you can’t get it back.

 

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Weather Update: SMU Is Open Friday, February 7

The University is open today, February 7, for normal business operations and classes are being held as scheduled.

Following is information from the SMU Weather Policy:

When conditions warrant closing or delays, SMU has procedures in place to ensure that students, faculty and staff know where to go for information. 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 website, via SMU’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/smu and at facebook.com/smudallas.

The Office of News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 6 a.m. if day classes must be cancelled.

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.

However, 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.

Emergency service personnel are expected to report to work in any case to keep essential services and operations functioning.

Visit SMU’s Inclement Weather Policy page

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Moody Magic Is Back

The SMU Men’s and Women’s basketball teams played their first games in the renovated Moody Coliseum on Jan. 4, 2014. Moody and the new Miller Event Center opened with formal ceremonites at the December Commencement Convocation on Dec. 21, 2013. The Men’s Basketball team won their first victory there against UConn on Jan. 4, 74-65. The Women’s first victory came against Memphis on Jan. 7, 80-75.

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