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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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Mustang Minute: SMU celebrates Martin Luther King Day

SMU honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the week of Jan. 17-22 with community service, a unity walk, participation in the City of Dallas Martin Luther King Day parade and opportunities for discussion. Watch this and other Mustang Minute videos here.

Also, watch SMU alumnus Charles Cox remember his involvement in the day Dr. King spoke at SMU in this video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.

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Information about sexual misconduct policies and prevention

The following message from President R. Gerald Turner and Lori S. White, Vice President for Student Affairs, was emailed to students on January 28, 2015:

As we begin a new semester, we’d like to remind you of SMU policies and resources that support our campus community’s safety.

SMU strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual and gender-based harassment, assault and any form of sexual violence. It is important that you, as a member of our community, support a learning environment free from sexual misconduct and that you remain informed about SMU policies and resources.

For these reasons, we ask you to review the SMU Live Responsibly website or download the Live Responsibly booklet, which undergraduates received in printed form last semester to keep during their time at SMU.

Please pay careful attention to the information provided about Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that requires universities to investigate reports of sexual harassment and violence, and to have internal grievance procedures to address Title IX violations. SMU takes very seriously its obligations under Title IX and will vigorously pursue any violations. SMU’s Title IX Coordinator, Samantha Thomas, and seven Deputy Title IX Coordinators are available to assist you and other community members who have questions or concerns, or who wish to file a complaint under SMU’s Title IX policy. Call 214-768-3601 or email accessequity@smu.edu.

Please also be aware that in addition to violating SMU policy and federal law, sexual assault is a crime punishable under Texas law by imprisonment from two to 20 years, plus a fine up to $10,000. In the event of sexual assault, all community members are urged to immediately call police and seek medical care.

In addition to SMU’s Title IX Coordinator, campus and community resources available to help you include:

  • SMU Police, 214-768-3333 or pick up a blue-light phone on campus
  • The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, 214-345-6203
  • Trained confidential counselors at SMU’s Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, 214-768-4795; Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), 214-768-2277; the SMU Chaplain’s Office, 214-768-4502; and the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, 972-641-7273
  • The Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564
  • The Women & LGBT Center, 214-768-4792

We encourage you to contact these resources with any questions and to learn about ongoing programs at SMU to prevent sexual misconduct.

We would like to thank SMU student leaders who have developed the “Not On My Campus” campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault, as well as students who are participating in the White House’s national “It’s On Us” campaign. We also thank the students, faculty and staff who have helped to implement the recommendations of SMU’s 2012-13 President’s Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures.

Thank you, as well, for being informed about this serious issue and for your commitment to Live Responsibly at SMU.

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Super students take the spotlight during Engaged Learning Week

SMU Engaged Learning Symposium program - photo by Clayton T. SmithSMU’s Engaged Learning Week puts student achievement front and center with an expanded schedule for 2015 – including a business plan competition among the winners in the Fall 2014 Big iDeas Pitch Competition.

Other activities include open houses, exhibitions, performances and presentations from the University’s 2014-15 Engaged Learning Fellows.

This year’s event takes place Jan. 26-30 and is designed to help students learn more about expanding their education outside the classroom, from undergraduate research and community service to professional internships and creative projects.

The week will begin with the Lucky Cup, a free party taking place 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 in Café 100, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Hosted by Engaged Learning students and staff, the festivities will include exhibitions and live performances by Engaged Learning seniors – as well as free hot drinks, contests, prizes, photos with Peruna, and celebrity baristas.

SMU Engaged Learning logoThe week’s centerpiece events take place Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 27-29, as graduating Engaged Learning Fellows present their projects. The Engaged Learning Symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

This year, for the first time, student presentations will be grouped by type, with creative projects leading off on Tuesday, and research and service highlighted on Wednesday and Thursday. The new grouping is designed to make it easier for all undergraduates to schedule their attendance and to support and network with classmates who share similar interests.

Symposium attendees are invited to drop in for any and all of the presentations. Each will be followed by a Q&A, in which the student presenters have the opportunity to talk informally with the audience.

On Friday, Jan. 30SMU Engaged Learning hosts Big iDeas Demo Day noon-5 p.m. in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus. The schedule includes a free buffet lunch and the Big iDeas Pitch Competition Winners Fair from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Expressway Tower lobby. Later, the Pitch Competition winners will vie to receive up to $5,000 in project funding in the Business Plan Competition, 2-5 p.m. in The CUBE. Their proposals will be judged by a panel of experts from Executives in Action.

Find a full schedule at the SMU Engaged Learning Week homepage
Check the 2015 schedule of Engaged Learning students and presentations

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Calendar Highlights: The Spring 2015 term at a glance

Dallas Hall steps from a 3rd-story windowWelcome back! SMU’s 2015 Spring Term begins Friday, Jan. 16 – a few important dates at a glance:

  • Friday, Jan. 16: First day of classes for the 2015 Spring Term
  • Monday, Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Day (University closed). SMU celebrates MLK Day of Service 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – learn more at smu.edu/volunteer
  • Monday-Sunday, March 9-15: Spring Break
  • Friday, April 3: Good Friday (University closed)
  • Monday, April 13: Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza
  • Friday, April 17: Founders’ Day
  • Monday, May 4: Last day of classes for Spring 2015
  • Tuesday, May 5: Reading Day
  • Wednesday-Tuesday, May 6-12: Final examinations (no exams scheduled on Sunday)
  • Friday, May 15: Baccalaureate
  • Saturday, May 16: All-University Commencement and school/department diploma ceremonies
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SMU Urges Flu Shots and Other Preventive Measures

SMU health officials remind students, faculty and staff to take precautions against the flu and help prevent its spread by getting a flu shot.

Potentially severe flu season

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, cases of influenza are expected to increase across the country. Because flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, we recommend that if your student has not yet had a flu shot this fall at the SMU Health Center, that he or she do so at a local pharmacy, clinic or physician’s office to allow time to develop protection against the flu.

National data indicate that this year’s vaccine may be somewhat less effective than in previous years, but getting vaccinated continues to offer the best protection against the flu, according to the CDC.

Where to obtain a flu shot

Students who are remaining on or near campus during winter break can obtain a flu shot at local healthcare providers including QuestCare, 3414 Milton in Snider Plaza, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 214-368-4822. QuestCare will be closed December 24-25. For other options near campus, click here.

The SMU Health Center will reopen after winter break with special operating hours January 5, 7 and 9. On those days, medical services, including flu shots, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call 214-768-2141. Flu shots are available at no cost to SMU students, while supplies last. No appointment is needed; students should bring their SMU ID to the Health Center.

The SMU Pharmacy also will offer services January 5, 7 and 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), students should call 214-768-2277 and an emergency contact number will be provided 24/7. In case of a health emergency, students should call 911.

The Health Center resumes normal operating hours January 12, with flu shots and other services available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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