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.
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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.
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.
Watch a sampling of SMU faculty and students in the news in 2013, from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.
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.
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.
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.
SMU’s 2013 Homecoming weekend Oct. 24-27 brought thousands of friends and alumni to campus for reunions, football, a parade and various other activities, as well as the announcement of a $1 billion goal for the Second Century Campaign at the Volunteer Summit.