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SMU to celebrate Founders’ Day April 16-18

InsideSMUThe SMU community celebrates its final Founders’ Day Weekend of The Second Century Celebration April 16–18.

The weekend offers a wide range of activities on the Hilltop, including the celebration of another great milestone: the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum. Enjoy a day of special Meadows programs as well as exhibitions documenting the history of the Museum and highlighting the Abelló Collection, one of the world’s most renowned private collections never before seen in the United States.

This year’s event occurs during the centennial celebration of the Year of the Student, which is being commemorated throughout 2015.

Experience Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, featuring presentations by esteemed faculty, alumni and students. Gain an insider’s perspective on SMU’s exciting progress from President R. Gerald Turner.  Bring your family to enjoy SMU Community Day featuring exhibitions and activities at the Meadows Museum and a spring football game. Find the full weekend schedule and register here.

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SMU to recognize achievements on Honors Day 2015

SMU Honors Convocation 2013 procession

Honors Convocation 2013. Photo credit: SMU/Kim Ritzenthaler

SMU celebrates high achievement in academics and community life during Honors Day 2015 on Monday, April 13. The 18th Honors Convocation begins at 5:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, and the 2015 Awards Extravaganza takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

  • Watch Honors Convocation live April 13 at smu.edu/live beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Update: SMU students, faculty and staff receive the “M” Award and other awards for excellence at the 2015 Awards Extravaganza. Read more here.

SMU takes the third Monday each April to celebrate the achievements of students, faculty, staff members, trustees and administrators in the two ceremonies. The Honors Convocation recognizes academic achievement at the University and department levels.

SMU’s 2015 Honors Convocation award and honors recipients

Brian W. Stump, Albritton Professor of Geological Sciences and AAAS Fellow, SMU

Brian Stump, SMU’s Claude C. Albritton Jr. Chair in Geological Sciences

Brian Stump, Claude C. Albritton Jr. Chair in Geological Sciences in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will be the convocation speaker. An expert in seismic wave propagation and earthquake source theory, Stump has become well known in North Texas for his continuing research on the increasing occurrences of small earthquakes that have shaken the area since 2008.

But his work in detecting ground motion from explosions has for more than 20 years helped the United States government in ensuring that the world’s nuclear powers abide by their agreements related to underground nuclear testing. He served as scientific adviser to the U.S. delegation to the Conference on Disarmament from 1994 through 1996 and continues to be called upon frequently to assist the U.S. government in the interpretation of seismic and acoustic data.

In November 2014, Stump was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for distinguished contributions to his field, particularly in the area of seismic monitoring in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He is the fifth SMU professor to receive this honor.

Watch SMU’s Honors Convocation via live streaming Monday, April 13 at smu.edu/live

Later, the University presents several awards for excellence – including its highest honor, the “M” Award – during the 2015 Awards Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms.

Find more information on Honors Convocation: smu.edu/honorsday
Learn more about the Awards Extravaganza from SMU Student Life

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SMU receives $45 million gift from the Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation, Inc. has pledged $45 million to SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum, the largest single gift in SMU history. With this commitment, The Meadows Foundation has provided more than $100 million to the University since 1995.

  • Watch the announcement at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, at smu.edu/live.
Meadows Museum with “Wave” (2002), the first large-scale sculpture by Santiago Calatrava to be permanently installed in the United States.

Meadows Museum with “Wave” (2002), the first large-scale sculpture by Santiago Calatrava to be permanently installed in the United States.

“SMU has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with The Meadows Foundation, one initiated by Algur H. Meadows himself through the endowment of the Meadows School and the creation of the Meadows Museum,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The resulting collaboration has enhanced the lives of thousands of students, faculty and members of the local, regional and international communities. This year, as we celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum and the centennial of SMU’s opening, we are honored to accept a gift that will continue this extraordinary partnership.”

The $45 million gift, the largest in The Meadows Foundation’s history, includes $25 million to support goals and programs at the Meadows Museum, which houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The gift designates $13 million for exhibitions, education programs and initiatives; $6 million for acquisitions; and $6 million for an acquisition challenge grant. In addition, the gift will help the Museum expand relationships with international cultural institutions and enhance its reputation as the center for Spanish art in the United States.

MeadowsEvent-MeadowsSchool-front-24753503The Meadows Foundation gift also designates $20 million to the Meadows School of the Arts to support its goal to lead the nation in arts education. The funding will be used to attract and retain top faculty and students, create and maintain innovative programs of national importance and provide enhanced studio, gallery and state-of-the-art classroom spaces. The gift designates $12 million for facility enhancements, including a $10 million challenge grant, and $8 million for student and faculty recruitment and retention, as well as new strategic initiatives.

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Thanks, Mustangs, for a great season!

The SMU Men’s Basketball team brought great pride and excitement to the Hilltop all season long, making it all the way to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1993.

Watch this Mustang Minute! from SMU News about the Mustangs winning the AAC regular season championship.

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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:

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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SMU celebrates 50 years of Women’s Symposium

Lilly-LedbetterThe SMU Women’s Symposium will celebrate its 50th anniversary Wednesday, March 4, with an examination of women’s progress through the last 50 years.

Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and an advocate for gender wage equality, will present at noon a keynote address about her 10-year battle for pay equality at Goodyear Tire and Rubber.

“Lilly Ledbetter represents women using their voices to create change,” says Karen Click, director of SMU’s Women and LBGT Center. “We’ve been inspired by that for 50 years and hope that we continue, as women, to examine our voices and use them.”

The symposium is open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St. Visit smu.edu/womsym for registration.

More than 600 attendees are expected to attend SMU Women’s Symposium, created in 1966 as part of the University’s commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Now the longest running event of its kind, the student-led symposium has challenged, changed and broadened women’s perspectives on campus and in the community.

Past speakers have included Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelo, Margaret Mead, Marlee Matlin, Patricia Ireland and Eleanor Clift.

Read more from SMU News.

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Mustang Minute: Have a Heart for a Vet

The Military Veterans of SMU (MilVets) sponsored a cupcake sale on Valentine’s Day for the SMU community. Watch this SMU Mustang Minute video to learn more about this student organization.

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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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