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SMU Welcomes George W. Bush Presidential Center to Campus


Former President George W. Bush at the podium as (from left) First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former President George H. W. Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former President Bill Clinton, former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter, and former First Lady Rosalyn Carter look on.

The dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday, April 25, brought members of the prestigious so-called Presidents’ Club to SMU.

President Barack Obama joined former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to dedicate the new Bush Center.

The event drew more than 10,000 invited guests, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other former heads of state. More than 500 members of the SMU community watched the simulcast in McFarlin Auditorium or at an outdoor viewing screen.

The dedication also was streamed live at A video of the dedication ceremony is available at

In his remarks, Bush thanked SMU, noting that President R. Gerald Turner runs “a fantastic university.” He said SMU students are “awesome,” drawing cheers from students in the audience.

President Obama remarked that the dedication was a “Texas-sized party.” He said all former presidents are a “support group,” and noted Bush’s “incredible strength and resolve” after the attacks of  9-11.  Referring to what all former presidents have in common, he said, “We all love this country and we do our best.”

Located on a 23-acre site on the east side of campus, the Bush Center houses the Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Library and Museum will open to the public May 1.

The Bush Center has designated Monday, April 29, as a special library visitation day for SMU faculty, staff and students.

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Students Make Connections at Career and Internship Fair

The spring Career and Internship Fair sponsored by the SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center brought hundreds of students and alumni to the Hughes-Trigg Student Center to meet with more than 100 employers, including finance and insurance firms, technology and engineering companies, retailers, nonprofits and government agencies.

  • Watch a video of the Career and Internship Fair by Myles Taylor of SMU News video

Before the fair, the Hegi Career Center offers a Career Prep Day, where students participate with employers and alumni in events including Resumania and Speed Networking.

Career counselors encourage students to begin exploring internship opportunities and the career development process during their first year at SMU. “Today’s employers want to see not only solid GPA and campus involvement on students’ resumes, but also multiple relevant work experiences,” says Darin Ford, director of the Hegi Career Center.

The Hegi Career Center offers students and alumni multiple resources in addition to the fair, including:

Learn more about career development resources at

    • Alumni are invited to share their career expertise and mentor SMU students. Learn more at SMU Connection.
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Tune In: Happy Holidays from SMU

Myles Taylor of SMU News captures highlights of SMU holiday traditions in this video, from Celebration of Lights and the Advent Worship Service to the Trains at NorthPark Center. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to open SMU’s 2012 Christmas video in a new window. video icon

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December Graduation 2012 is Set for Saturday, Dec. 15

December Graduation 2011

SMU celebrates during December Graduation 2011. Mechanical Engineering Professor José Lage (right), 2011-12 Faculty Senate President, carries the University Mace. Photo: Clayton Smith.

The SMU community will celebrate the graduation of hundreds of students at its 2012 December Graduation on Saturday, Dec. 15. Civic and philanthropic leader Caren Prothro, chair of SMU’s Board of Trustees, will be the featured speaker.

Update: Watch Caren Prothro’s address and see a slideshow from SMU News.

Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession. Doors to the staging area in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports open at 8:30 a.m., when formal portrait sessions will begin. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.

Complete information for candidates, guests and faculty from the SMU Registrar

“The spirit of community combined with our celebration of the individual is what makes SMU’s December Graduation Convocation a most joyous time,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Provost Paul Ludden in a joint message to December graduates.

December Graduation is a formal ceremony open to degree candidates from all of SMU’s schools and professional programs. All participants must wear academic regalia; however, honor ribbons, medals, flowers, decorated mortarboards or other adornments may not be worn during the ceremony. Students without regalia will be directed to the SMU Bookstore to rent a cap and gown. Decorated and ruined mortarboards must be replaced at the student’s expense.

Find complete rules for regalia at the University Registrar’s homepage

Caren Prothro

Caren Prothro

Caren Prothro has provided leadership and support for civic initiatives contributing to Dallas’ rise as an international center for business and culture, including SMU’s growth as a global educational and research institution.

As chair of the SMU Board of Trustees since 2010, Prothro has focused on the University’s goal of 100 endowed faculty positions and on increasing funds for merit-based scholarships that enable the University to draw top students nationally. A member of the Board since 1992, Prothro served as vice chair from 1996-2000. In addition, she serves as a co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign and its Campaign Leadership Council.

Along with her late husband, C. Vincent (Vin) Prothro, Mrs. Prothro has been a generous donor to SMU, supporting the Perkins School of TheologyMeadows School of the Arts and the Department of Biological Sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, She and her husband continued a long-standing tradition of SMU support from the Perkins-Prothro family of Wichita Falls – including Mr. Prothro’s parents, Charles and Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, and his grandparents, Joe and Lois Perkins, who endowed the SMU theology school in the early 1940s and funded six buildings for the school, including Perkins Chapel.

Learn more about Caren Prothro

The ceremony lasts about two hours. No guest tickets are required, and free parking will be available throughout the campus. Find more information for students and guests at the University Registrar’s December Graduation home page.

Complete instructions for candidates
Information for guests, including maps, travel discounts and more
Information for guests with disabilities
December Graduation simulcast, photo and DVD information

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Tune In: SMU’s Year-End Closeup for 2012

SMU’s 2012 calendar year produced a wealth of memorable moments. Relive some of the highlights through this video by Myles Taylor of SMU News. Click on the YouTube screen to start watching, or click here to open the SMU highlight video in a new windowvideo

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SMU Celebrates the 2012 Holiday Season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The December holidays deliver some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these 2012 events:

• The Student Foundation’s 2012 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a 35-year-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Update: See photos from Celebration of Lights 2012. Photos

• On Thursday, Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service focuses on John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness….” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502. Read more about the service.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 16 Winter Exhibition noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in Cohorts 16, 18 and 19.

• The University celebrates its 2012 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Moody Coliseum. Learn more about the ceremony.

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Tune In: Homecoming 2012 in Photos

A face-painter at work in Peruna's Playground, SMU Homecoming 2012SMU’S 2012 Homecoming celebration provided several days of excitement, from reunions to Pigskin Revue to the parade (led by alumnus and TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie) to the Distinguished Alumni Awards. And to top it all off, the Mustangs delivered a 44-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers in Ford Stadium.

Gary Shultz of SMU News has posted dozens of images from the weekend. Visit his Homecoming 2012 page to see slide shows of all the action.

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Tune In: SMU Family Weekend 2012 in Photos and Video

The rain poured down, but spirits were high during SMU’s 2012 Family Weekend celebration Sept. 28-30. Relive “Boardwalk on the Boulevard” from the picnic to the Talent Show to the SMU-TCU game with a video courtesy of SMU News.

> More video and pictures from SMU Family Weekend 2012

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SMU Welcomes the Class of 2016 as the School Year Begins

As a new school year begins at SMU, it is a particularly exciting time to be here — the University is commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding and opening with The Second Century Celebration.

Classes started Monday, August 20, and it’s a good time for first-year students to consider their first lesson — college is different. And for more experienced students to remind themselves that each new school year brings a new beginning.

High school students typically study outside of class as little as two hours a week for frequent, small tests. In college, they need to study at least two to three hours outside of class for each hour in class, for just a few big tests each term. And in high school, students could count on parents and teachers to remind them of their responsibilities. In college, they must set their own priorities.

SMU’s Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center offers free tutoring and workshops throughout the academic year, including time management, learning styles and test preparation. The center offers 10 study tips for new college students; read more.

SMU Director of Parent and Family Programs Deanie Kepler regularly offers advice for both parents and students.

“Certain times in the academic year tend to be more challenging than others,” says Kepler. “Parents who understand the ‘ups and downs’ of their student’s first year will be better equipped to help them negotiate the challenges they will face.” See a month-by-month list of what to expect the first semester.

Don’t miss Kepler’s list of friendly reminders for the start of school.

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Move-in Day 2012: Welcome, New Mustangs!

Nearly 1,000 new Mustangs moved into SMU residence halls on Wednesday, August 15, unloading packed boxes, laundry baskets and suitcases with the help of families, friends and SMU students and staff. The first-year students left Thursday for Mustang Corral, a three-day retreat in the Texas Hill Country.

“Everything went great,” said Zach Swanger, from Scottsdale, Arizona, after he finished moving into his room at Virginia-Snider Hall. “Everybody has been so helpful and friendly. I’m excited to be on campus.”

“Move-In Day is a time of new beginnings and limitless possibilities,” said Lori White, vice president for student affairs. “But it’s also a day of goodbyes and missing each other, even before those final goodbyes are exchanged. I encourage parents, on your drive or flight back home, to make plans to come back to SMU for Family Weekend in September, when you’ll see your students adjusting to college and settling in to campus life.”

Angel and Rob Rice of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, moved their daughter, Savannah, into a room at Virginia-Snider. “I’m a little overwhelmed at the thought of saying goodbye,” Angel Rice said, “but we’ll be returning to campus Sunday for Rotunda Passage and Convocation, so we’ll have one more day together. And we’ll definitely be back for Family Weekend.”

The SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs sponsored “Thirst-Aid” stations near the residence halls, where parents picked up cool drinks and checked out dollies and tools.  Dads’ Club President Robert Ray ’87 delivered water to families and volunteers on a golf cart.

“We all remember that first Move-In Day with our students – feeling excited and a little sad, too,” said Kelly Mattingly, Mothers’ Club president. “It’s so rewarding to welcome new SMU families and be able to offer a hand.”

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