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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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SMU Celebrates 2012 Commencement

Provost Paul Ludden and Condoleezza Rice

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking at SMU’s Commencement on Saturday, told the graduates that as educated persons they have a responsibility to commit themselves to reason and the pursuit of truth.

“You’ve been encouraged to know that reason and faith are not enemies of one another, but together permit the fullest expression of what it is to be human,” she said. “This experience will sustain you for the rest of your lives.”

See slideshows from SMU Commencement Weekend 2012 slide show
Watch Condoleezza Rice’s Commencement address at SMU video
> Read a transcript of Condoleezza Rice’s address.
Read more from SMU News, including a spotlight on graduating students

She told the 2,100 graduates, their families and friends at Moody Coliseum that education “is a force that erases arbitrary divisions of race and class and culture, and unlocks every person’s potential. …  Education is transformative. It literally changes lives. That is why people work so hard to become educated. And that is why education has always been the key to human beings and their dreams.”

Rice, who received an honorary degree during the ceremonies, said, “No one should assume that a life of reason is easy. To the contrary, it takes a great deal of courage and honesty. For the only way you will grow intellectually is by constantly examining your opinions, attacking your prejudices, and completing your journey toward the force of reason.”

The weekend’s activities included the Baccalaureate service Friday, May 11, with guest speaker Richard J. Wood, dean emeritus of Yale University Divinity School and former president of Earlham College.

The service was followed by Rotunda Recessional, a tradition in which seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall, marking the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni.

Read more about honorary degree recipients Condoleezza Rice and philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright after the jump.

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Founders’ Day Weekend: Tributes to the Past, Building for the Future

President R. Gerald Turner at the celebration April 20

SMU is marking a milestone by reaching $610 million toward its Second Century Campaign goal of $750 million. A range of new initiatives to build and renovate campus facilities were announced at a campus celebration Friday April 20, the first day of SMU’s 2012 Founders’ Day Weekend celebration.

The new and renovated facilities mark the final phase of SMU’s Centennial Master Plan for campus development. SMU is celebrating the contributions of more than $47 million that has been raised thus far in support of these facilities. Nine commitments of $1 million or more and nine of $100,000 or more have been received in support of these projects.

“A major part of SMU’s mission is to provide our students with a well-rounded collegiate experience that includes outstanding academic programs, first-rate facilities and opportunities for personal development,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “These new facilities represent that commitment and will further transform our campus, enhancing student life and continuing the standard of excellence we inherited from our founders and value today.”

The Founders’ Day Weekend celebrations began with the dedication of the Centennial Cornerstone and groundbreaking of SMU’s new Residential Commons complex. The cornerstone marks a permanent tribute to the 100-year development of SMU’s campus and usher in a series of campus developments that are part of the Centennial Master Plan.

In addition to the Commons, other projects either beginning or planned include renovation of Fondren Library Center, expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum, construction of a new indoor-outdoor tennis complex south of Mockingbird Lane, construction of a new Mustang Band Hall at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, construction of a new data center to increase computing power for teaching and research, and renovation of Memorial Health Center, soon to be renamed the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

“These new and renovated facilities will allow SMU to provide the best experience for our students,” said Caren Prothro, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees.

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Hall Of Famer Larry Brown Named Head Basketball Coach

Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown is the new head men’s basketball coach at SMU. Brown arrives on the Hilltop as the only head coach to win both an NCAA title and an NBA Championship, having won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and an NCAA title with Kansas in 1988. Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on Sept. 27, 2002.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to coach at SMU,” said Brown. “I’ve built so many relationships in the basketball world, and my success has been due to the coaches I’ve played for and the players I’ve coached. I want to thank them all. I always thought of myself as a college coach, and this gives me a wonderful chance to get back where I started.”

“Larry Brown is one of the top coaches in the history of the game,” said SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “He is a legend and has made every team he has ever coached a winner. As we transition into the nation’s top basketball conference, the BIG EAST, his leadership will be invaluable.”

“From an educational perspective, hiring a teacher of the game like Larry Brown will make a huge impact on both our student-athletes and our community as a whole,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Athletics is an integral part of SMU, and developing a winning basketball program will dramatically increase our national profile, while providing a rallying point for our students, alumni, faculty, staff and the city of Dallas.”

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SMU Honors Outstanding Achievement at 2011-12 Extravaganza

2011 laurelsSMU students, faculty, staff and administrators were recognized with awards including the University’s highest commendation, the “M” Award, at the 2012 Awards Extravaganza Monday, April 16.

On the same day, the University honored its best students at the 15th annual Honors Day Convocation. The address was delivered by Jodi Cooley, assistant professor of experimental particle physics in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and recipient of a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award of more than $1 million for her research toward detecting the particles that are believed to make up dark matter.

Find a list of University, school and departmental awards from Honors Convocation 2012
> Read physicist Jodi Cooley’s Honors Convocation address
> See a slideshow from Honors Convocation

Find the the Awards Extravaganza 2012 winners list after the jump.

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Students Present Their Work at Research Day 2012

SMU graduate students and several undergraduates presented results of research they have been working on at SMU at the annual Graduate Student Research Day on Friday, February 10.

Sponsored by SMU’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the event sought to foster communication between students in different programs, give students the opportunity to present their work in formats they will use as professionals, and to share with the SMU community and others the outstanding research being done at the University.

The students’s research was illustrated on posters, and they were available to discusss what they were seeking to understand and how they are going about it. Among the projects at the event were:

  • Psychology student Vanessa Rae Stevens (under Professor Alicia Meuret) is studying whether people with tattoos and body piercings are also prone to intentional self injury by cutting, scratching, burning, etc.
  • Psychology student Grant Holland (under Professor George Holden) is studying recordings of interactions between mothers and their children with an eye toward better understanding the effects of tone-of-voice on behavior at bedtime.
  • Statistics student Holly Stovall (under Professor Lynne Stokes) is examining how to more precisely measure success in teaching programs for No Child Left Behind.
  • Earth sciences student Mary Milleson (under Professor Neil Tabor) is using core samples taken from Dallas’s White Rock Lake to gain a better understanding of how the growing urbanization of the area over the last 100 years is affecting the lake.
  • Computer science student Ruili Geng (under Professors Jeff Tian and Liguo Huang) is researching how to make the performance of the web and cloud computing more dependable.
  • Physics students Bedile Karabuga and Mayisha Zeb Nakib (under Professor Jodi Cooley-Sekula) are examining a specific technique for identifying dark matter.

For more information, contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at 214-768-4345 or

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Living the Dream: SMU Celebrates MLK Day 2012 All Week

SMU Celebrates Dream WeekSMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Dream Week 2012 Jan. 16-19. Sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the annual observance features a variety of activities throughout the week, including opportunities for community service and a commemorative walk.

Update: Watch a video of Unity Walk 2012 from SMU News. video

This year’s schedule includes the traditional Day of Service Monday, Jan. 16, with volunteer projects taking place at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas LIFE and the Genesis Women’s Shelter Thrift Store.

The Dream Week kickoff event is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Featured speakers are Dennis Simon, Political Science, and Rick Halperin, Human Rights Education.

The University’s annual Unity Walk will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, starting at the Main Quad flagpole. SMU President R. Gerald Turner will offer remarks. That evening at 7:30 p.m., the SMU Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives will present a screening of Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. The award-winning documentary examines the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950s and ’60s from the point of view of the women who lived it and helped lead it.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, the Willson Lecture Series of SMU’s Office of the Chaplain presents Daniel White Hodge speaking on “The Hostile Gospel: Seeking the Theological Sensibilities Within Hip-Hop Culture.” The lecture takes place in the Hughes-Trigg Forum followed by a brown-bag discussion at 11:30 a.m. in Hughes-Trigg Promenades A and B.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at SMU, March 17, 1966This week, SMU also recalls Dr. King’s speech to a standing-room-only crowd in McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966. SMU News offers these related links:

> More information from SMU News

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