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Students Shine in 2014 Engaged Learning Week

SMU Engaged Learning logoSMU’s 2014 Engaged Learning Week puts student achievement front and center with open houses, exhibitions, performances and presentations from the University’s 2013-14 Engaged Learning Fellows.

This year’s event takes place Feb. 5-7 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. Wednesday, Feb. 5 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 and Girl Scout cookies, contests, prizes, photos with Peruna, and celebrity baristas. One lucky student will win a LYFEBox package, the Big iDeas brainchild of SMU students and brothers Myles and Kaleb Lee. Other prizes include two tickets to the 2014 Empty Bowls event benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, each of which includes a souvenir dish handcrafted by a Texas artist and food from 18 of North Texas’ finest restaurants.

Participants in SMU's 2013 Engaged Learning Week

Participants in SMU’s 2013 Engaged Learning Week gather on the Main Quad. The 2014 event takes place Feb. 5-7.

The week’s centerpiece event takes place Thursday, Feb. 6, as 40 graduating Engaged Learning Fellows present their projects. The Engaged Learning Symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The participants will share their work in the areas of research, service, internships and creative activities.

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, Feb. 7, SMU Engaged Learning hosts an open house 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in G13 Clements Hall.

Scheduled events include:

  • 11 a.m.: Provost’s Office presentation on how Engaged Learning fits into an SMU education
  • Noon: Free buffet provided by Buca di Beppo
  • 1 p.m.: Faculty members Gretchen Smith, Theatre, and Thomas Osang, Economics, on “The Joy of Mentoring”
  • 2 p.m.: Engaged Learning Director Susan Kress on how to create a successful Engaged Learning Fellowship proposal

Find a full schedule at the SMU Engaged Learning Week homepage
Check the schedule of Engaged Learning students and presentations (coming soon)

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Last Chance for 2014 Senior Yearbook Photos

Now is the time for seniors to take graduation cap and gown photos for the 2014 Rotunda yearbook.

Appointments are being accepted now for the week of Monday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 8. Photos are being taken in Portico A of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.

Seniors must schedule a 10-minute appointment, and the sittings are free. Appointments can be scheduled here or by calling 214-768-4549. Caps, gowns and tassels will be provided for seniors, but they must bring their own honor cords. Men are strongly encouraged to wear a coat and tie, and women should dress in business casual clothing. This is the last chance for May 2014 graduates to have their portraits taken in their caps and gowns.

For more information, call 214-768-4549.

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Scenes from Celebration of Lights 2013

SMU’s annual Celebration of Lights on December 2 kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of more than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament.

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SMU Commencement Returns to Renovated Moody Coliseum

Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt

SMU’s December 21 commencement marks the debut of the newly renovated Moody Coliseum and its 39,245-square-foot Miller Event Center.

More than 600 students will graduate during the 10 a.m. ceremony, which will include the facility’s official dedication. SMU trustee and business leader Ray L. Hunt will deliver the commencement address.

“One of the greatest joys of University life is Commencement, when we celebrate the achievement and potential of our new graduates,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “This year represents another milestone in that our December graduates are the first to receive their degrees in the newly renovated and expanded Moody Coliseum. We are honored to share this special memory with them, as we wish them the best in the next phase of their journey.”

Hunt, the commencement speaker, is the CEO of Hunt Consolidated Inc. and chair of Hunt Consolidated Energy and Hunt Investments and graduated from SMU in 1965 with a B.A. in economics. He was a University Scholar and received the Outstanding Business Student Award. A member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1976, he was board chair from 1987 to 1992. He currently serves as a co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign and sits on the Advisory Board of the Maguire Energy Institute. His past SMU leadership positions include president of the Alumni Association and membership on the President’s Leadership Council, and he served on the boards of the Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. His support for SMU includes establishing in 1993 the Hunt Leadership Scholars program with his wife, Nancy Ann Hunt, a 1965 SMU graduate.

Read more from SMU News.

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A Year of SMU in the News

Watch a sampling of SMU faculty and students in the news in 2013, from SMU News’ Myles Taylor. video

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Renovated Moody Coliseum to Open for December Commencement

Moody-Coliseum-Floor-rendering-13sept2013With the snip of a red ribbon, SMU’s expanded and renovated Moody Coliseum and the new Miller Event Center will officially open at December Commencement Convocation Dec. 21.

The 167,000-square-foot complex and Dallas landmark is home to SMU men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the pageantry of SMU academic ceremonies, as well as numerous community events such as concerts, cultural programs and high school graduations. The renovation and expansion features new seating, entertainment areas, court improvements and infrastructure, yet retains the ambiance that has made Moody a favorite venue for more than 50 years.

“With this renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and the addition of the new Miller Event Center, SMU will be home to one of the finest collegiate arenas and events centers in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thankful to the Moody Foundation and David and Carolyn Miller and others for their support of this facility, which will benefit the entire North Texas area.”

SMU Provost Paul Ludden said that it was appropriate that the first event to be held in the facility will be the University’s December Commencement Convocation ceremony. “Our graduates and their families and friends will help us usher in a new era in this remarkable facility.”

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Mustang

If you have an SMU Mustang on your holiday gift list this year, look no further than this 2013 Gift Guide, from SMU News’ Alyssa Eubank. From keepsakes to custom bicycles to a professional certificate course, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to your Mustang’s face this holiday season.

SMU Bookstore: In store and online

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  • The SMU Bookstore has plenty of gift options for this holiday season such as SMU ornaments, key chains and decorative signs.
  • A must for any SMU Mustang’s car is a chrome-plated car emblem that shows off SMU pride even when stuck in traffic.
  • The Tervis 24-oz Tumbler proudly displays the University logo in a great on-the-go cup. This double-wall insulated glass is shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Apparel for every Mustang

  • For her, a Diane Dal Lago infinity scarf is the ideal winter accessory with sparkly red Mustangs to make a statement.
  • For him, a Cutter & Buck button-up shirt comes in three great SMU colors: Red for Wear Red Friday and game day, White for traditional White Out, and Blue for every other occasion.

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SMU Weather Update: Classes to Resume Monday, Dec. 9

SMU will resume normal operations and class schedules Monday morning, Dec. 9, at both its main Dallas campus and at SMU-in-Plano.

SMU asks our community to continue to exercise caution and heed safety warnings. While SMU Facilities Services personnel are working to clear ice from campus walkways, students, faculty and staff should be prepared to seek an alternative path if unsure of their footing. They also should continue to avoid walking under trees as accumulated ice melts.

Students, faculty and staff are asked to observe the following precautions:

  • Please use extreme caution. Don’t try to carry anything that isn’t necessary while walking.
  • Avoid inclines and ramps where possible.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks: If you think you may need assistance in getting from your car to your building, consider reaching out to someone in your work area prior to, or as you arrive, on campus.
  • Be aware that ice may still fall from trees and slide from roofs of SMU buildings. Use caution.
  • Report unsafe conditions to the Facilities Services Service Request Center at 214-768-3494; after hours, call SMU Police dispatch at 214-768-3333.)

Students should contact their professors in advance if they feel travel to campus Monday morning would be an unreasonable safety risk.

Please also see the SMU Inclement Weather Policy.

 

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SMU Is Monitoring Weather; Weekend Classes Cancelled

SMU Update, Sunday, December 8: All classes and exams are cancelled this weekend on the main SMU campus and at SMU-in-Plano due to inclement weather.

SMU continues to monitor the weather situation in consultation with safety officials and will post updates at smu.edu and on Twitter and Facebook.

SMU students are asked to be aware that heavy ice accumulation has compromised the strength of tree branches on the main campus. Students should use extreme caution when approaching or passing under overhanging branches. Students should use alternate routes to avoid passing under trees, and refrain from parking under or near any trees close to parking areas.

Dining Services on the main SMU campus
Dining services will be available even when the University closes because of inclement weather.  RFoC at Umphrey Lee will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. All other on-campus dining locations will be closed Saturday. Find the most current information about hours of operation for SMU Dining Services online and on Facebook.

Fondren Library on the main SMU campus
When the University closes for inclement weather, Fondren Library expects to be open. Hours of operation will be posted on the CUL homepage.

Meadows School of the Arts events
For the latest information on Meadows School of the Arts events, including cancellations, see the Events area of their homepage at www.smu.edu/meadows.

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A Monday Celebration of Lights Kicks Off 2013 Holiday Season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, on the Main Quad.

UPDATE: Watch a slide show from Celebration of Lights 2013. slide show

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

• The University celebrates its 2013 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Moody Coliseum. Guests do not need tickets to attend; doors to Moody Coliseum open at 8:30 a.m., and guests are encouraged to be seated by 9:45 a.m. Learn more about the ceremony, including information for guests.

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