Class of 2018 photo on Main Quad.
Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year!
Mustang Minute: Watch a video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor featuring highlights from Move-In Day 2014.
Mustang Corral 2014: View photos of the retreat in the Texas Hill Country on SMU Facebook.
Watch Opening Convocation online: Help SMU welcome first-year and transfer students during the 100th Annual Opening Convocation and Rotunda Passage. Watch the live webcast here beginning at 4:45 p.m. Central time Sunday, August 24.
Read about the Residential Commons in The Dallas Morning News.
Here are some Fall 2014 dates to remember:
- Opening Convocation and Common Reading discussion: Sunday, Aug. 24
- First day of classes: Monday, Aug. 25
- Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 1 (University offices closed)
- Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14
- Family Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 24-25
- Homecoming Weekend: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15
- Thanksgiving: Thursday-Friday, Nov. 27-28 (University offices closed)
- Last day of classes: Monday, Dec. 8
- Final exams: Thursday-Wednesday, Dec. 11-17 (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
- December Graduation: Saturday, Dec. 20 (official close of term and date for conferral of degrees)
- Christmas/Winter Break: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014-Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 (University offices closed)
Visit the SMU calendar to keep an eye on upcoming events.
At send-off parties across the country this summer, incoming SMU students and their parents can connect with fellow SMU families who live in or near their hometowns.
Update: See photos from the 2014 Dallas and Phoenix send-off parties.
Here is a schedule of party locations and dates; more will be announced in coming weeks. If you would like more information about any of the parties, please contact Kate Moreland in the Office of Parent Giving at 214-768-4737 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Atlanta area: Hosted by Lisa and Tom Noonan, 3-5 p.m. August 10
- Austin area: Hosted by Barbara and Tim Klitch, July 20 (time TBD)
- Chicago area: Hosted by Susan and Bert Getz Jr. ’89, 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 14
- Dallas area: Hosted by Steve and Lisa Provost, 6:30-8:30 p.m. August 5
- Denver area: Hosted by John and Melissa Eliot ’83, 6 p.m. August 7
- Greenwich, Connecticut, area: Hosted by James and Lisa Skinner, 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 12
- Houston area: Hosted by Michael and Krista Dumas, August 13 (time TBD)
- Kansas City area: Hosted by Ann Marie and Gordon Hamilton ’84, 6-8 p.m. August 13
- Los Angeles area: Hosted by Tammy and Tim Haldeman, 7-8:30 p.m. July 29
- Miami area: Hosted by Chino and Zady Cosculluela, 7 p.m. July 13
- New Orleans area: Hosted by Jeff and Kathryn Scurlock, August 14 (time TBD)
- Orange County: Hosted by Susan and John Cox, 6-8 p.m. July 27
- Portland, Oregon, area: Hosted by Brooke and Lane Webster, 7-8:30 p.m. May 29
- Phoenix/Scottsdale area: Hosted by Lee Ann and Rich Fennessy, 6-8 p.m. August 10
- San Diego area: Hosted by Ginny and Marshall Merrifield and Carla and Trey Nolan ’87, 4-6 p.m. August 3
- San Francisco area: Hosted by Julie and Don Wallunas, 4 p.m. August 10
- St. Louis area: Hosted by Bryan and Ann Cook, 6-8 p.m. June 19
- Washington, D.C., area: Hosted by Debbie Dunn, August 3 (time TBD)
More information for new SMU parents:
Congratulations again to our Class of 2014 SMU World Changers.
The 2013-14 school year at SMU was exciting. Take a look back at some, but certainly not all, of the excitement that took place on The Hilltop in this video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.
SMU’s Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, shined a spotlight on the University’s faculty as the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty gains momentum on the Hilltop.
SMU President R. Gerald Turner honored the University’s faculty during a special event April 11 at Moody Coliseum. President Turner’s Faculty Salute spotlighted the contributions and impact of the University’s distinguished scholars and included a video tribute and the taking of a group faculty photo. The faculty celebration was part of President Turner’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend Presidential Briefing, which highlighted the University’s accomplishments during the past year and provided a look ahead for the coming year. See the video.
Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU
This year Founders’ Day Weekend added a new performance program, Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, highlighting faculty, students, staff and alumni. The program featured compelling stories and demonstrations from 16 SMU faculty, staff, alumni and student speakers on topics ranging from NSA wiretapping, to civil rights, to a whimsical exercise in giant origami. See the slide show.
Founders’ Day Weekend expanded its annual Community Day activities this year, including family events at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum as well as at the Meadows Museum.
Students showed appreciation to donors for the support that makes their education possible. Watch the video here, or by clicking on the movie frame at right.
Minnesota defeated SMU 65-63 to win the NIT Championship Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Mustangs topped Cal 67-65 to go to the NIT Final 4 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on April 1. Read more from SMU Athletics.
Parents are invited to join alumni at watch parties around the country, beginning at 6 p.m. Central time unless otherwise noted:
- Austin: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, 509-A Rio Grande St. RSVP to email@example.com
- Dallas: The Barley House, 5612 SMU Blvd. between Central Expressway and Greenville Ave.
- Houston: J. Black’s, 110 S Heights Blvd. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Boston: Champion’s Boston, 110 Huntington Ave (7 p.m. Eastern). RSVP to email@example.com
- Chicago: Benchmark (2nd Floor), 1510 N Wells St. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Francisco: Taps Social House and Kitchen, 1516 Broadway (4 p.m. Pacific time). Complimentary appetizers available. RSVP to email@example.com
- Milwaukee area: Camp Bar, 4044 North Oakland Ave., in Shorewood (starting at 5:30 p.m. Central time). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Washington, D.C.: Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle, 1330 19th St. NW (7 p.m. Eastern time). RSVP to email@example.com
- Watch a video of SMU’s victory over the Cal Bears and advancement to the NIT Final 4.
- See a slideshow of the Mustangs’ victories over UC Irvine, LSU and Cal.
Buildings in Dallas and elsewhere have been lighted in red and blue for Mustang basketball victories. Watch this video from SMU News.
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.