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.
- Relive the fun of Family Weekend 2014 with a video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor.
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.
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:
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.