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SMU in the News 2011 video

SMU’s students, faculty and campus made headlines in 2011. Watch highlights in this video from SMU News. video

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Students Shine in SMU’s 2011 December Graduation

The SMU community celebrated the graduation of about 950 students in ceremonies Saturday, December 17, with business and civic leader Carl Sewell (’66) as the featured speaker.

Update: Watch a video of Carl Sewell’s address to the 2011 December

Carl Sewell

“SMU is your university,” Sewell told the graduates and their families and friends gathered in SMU’s Moody Coliseum. “You have been a part of the greatest academic growth in the history of this university … and it clearly is on the path to becoming a great university.”

Sewell, past chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, is chairman of Sewell Automotive Companies, a national leader in the automotive industry and an innovator in establishing customer service standards. He shared his service philosophy and practices in the best-selling book Customers for Life, which has sold more than 1 million copies in 17 languages.

He offered four major pieces of advice for the graduates:

  • Find a mentor
  • Think about what you read and how much you read. Make the reading of a serious book something you do at least once every six months.
  • Decide how good you want to be, and how much time you want to devote to it.
  • Learn from failures. Sewell mentioned his long history of working with GM, and how he has learned from that company’s failures.

Among his many commitments to SMU, Sewell serves as one of five co-chairs of The Second Century Campaign, the University’s largest and most successful fundraising effort. He also is co-chair of The Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee, 2011-15. His support of the President’s Scholars program, the University’s highest merit award, has resulted in record numbers of students receiving the scholarships. He also supports SMU athletics and student career services, among other areas.

Sewell has been recognized with SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award and the Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. He earned his Bachelor’s degrees in banking and finance, as well as in economics, from the University. Read more about Carl Sewell

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December Brings the Festive Season to SMU

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

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December 2011 brings a flurry of festivity to the Hilltop, including some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions.

• On Thursday, Dec. 1, 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 two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service will center on Luke 2:10, “And the angel said, ‘Fear not…,’” and will address the nature of fear in our society and how the message of hope offered in the Gospels speaks to our circumstances today. Read more about the 2011 service and see a video from the 2010 service. Video

• The Student Foundation’s 2011 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 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 decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Watch slideshows of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies courtesy of SMU News. Photos

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation Friday, Dec. 16, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work.

• Business and civic leader and SMU Trustee Carl Sewell ’66  will give the address at the University’s 2011 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Learn more about the ceremony.

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Homecoming 2011 Celebrates Community and Centennial

SMU celebrates its Centennial Homecoming Nov. 3-6 with milestones and memories.

Update: Watch a 2011 Homecoming video and see photos from SMU News. video

In addition to the Mustangs’ football game against Tulane, a highlight of the Homecoming festivities will be the annual parade on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. To celebrate the role that Dallas leaders played in establishing SMU in 1911, the parade will feature Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as grand marshal. WFAA-TV anchor Shelly Slater will serve as parade emcee.

This year the parade, which also will include Peruna IX and the Mustang Band, will feature a new parade-watching zone on Hillcrest with seating, an announcer and entertainment before the parade. Special outreach is being made to SMU neighbors to join the festivities, which will include a family fun area on the Boulevard.

Pigskin Revue will mark its 77th anniversary with a reception, dinner and talent show held in the newly renovated Mack Ballroom on Friday, Nov. 4, in the Umphrey Lee Center on campus.

Another Homecoming highpoint will be the launch of the commemorative book SMU: Unbridled Visionfeaturing more than 200 new photos of the Hilltop.

“As we celebrate the 100th year of our founding, it’s a pleasure to show our appreciation to the city of Dallas for competing to be the site of SMU in 1911 and for providing a supportive community through the years. SMU and Dallas have grown and prospered together, and we value that partnership,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “That’s why it’s especially gratifying to honor Mayor Rawlings as grand marshal and to add a special parade viewing area and activity section for families on the Boulevard.”

The Homecoming schedule:

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Parents Calendar 2011-12

parents-calendar-cover.jpg The 2011-12 SMU Parents calendar contains important deadlines and dates, information and advice for you and your student. It features photos from SMU: Unbridled Vision, a stunning new picture book that showcases the beauty of campus.

Among the highlights to help families stay up to date with SMU:

> Academic dates, such as exam and enrollment schedules
> Tutoring and workshops at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center
> Training and events at the Hegi Family Career Development Center
> Tate Lecture Series schedule
> University celebrations and holidays

• View and download the 2011-12 SMU Parents calendar to print out and save. slide show
• Reserve your copy of SMU: Unbridled Vision at

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Family Weekend 2011

FamilyWeekend2011-19.jpg “SMU: It’s a State of Mind” was the theme of Family Weekend 2011, which included a barbecue, a luncheon, departmental open houses, a student talent show, visits to the newly opened Centennial Hall, tailgating on the Boulevard and a 40-7 victory over Northwestern State at Ford Stadium.

Family Weekend 2011 slideshow. slide show
Family Weekend 2011 video. video

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Know What to Do

The SMU Police Department is asking the University community to help make the campus safer by being more aware of their surroundings and reporting anything – or anyone – suspicious.

Watch SMU’s new “Know What to Do” videos:

Lockdown emergency procedures: Click the YouTube screen (right), or click here to open the SMU lockdown procedures video in a new window. video
Seek shelter: Click here to learn how to seek shelter from danger on or near campus. video
Evacuate: Click here to learn how to evacuate from a campus building. video

> Review the “Know What To Do” emergency document
> Download the Emergency Management calender of educational events (PDF format)
> Bookmark SMU’s Emergency Management homepage at
> Read more about National Preparedness Month at

The launch of “If You See Something, Say Something” at SMU coincides with National Preparedness Month. Read more from SMU News.

For more information, call the SMU Police Department at 214-768-3333.

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SMU Remembers 9/11

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, SMU is hosting a range of public events September 7-11 to help the community find peace and meaning after that devastating day.

Community members are invited to add their thoughts and memories to the Maguire Center’s online journal,, where they can also scroll through entries from SMU’s original set of remembrance journals created on Sept. 11, 2001.

Right, SMU student Christina Rancke, whose father died on 9/11, shares her memories. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or open this link to see Christina Rancke’s video in a new window. video

• WFAA-TV: SMU 9/11 journal helps students cope a decade later. video
• Watch a WFAA News interview with student Christina Rancke video
• Read the Rev. Michael W. Waters’ recollections of 9/11 at SMU.

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Welcome, Class of 2015

class-of-2015.ashx.jpg 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 with The Second Century Celebration. Read more from SMU News.

Welcome to the Centennial Class of 2015, an SMU News video featuring Move-In Day, Rotunda Passage and more. video
• Watch a video of 2011 Opening Convocation. video
• See behind-the-scenes of the Class of 2015 photo. video

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First-Generation College Students at SMU

First-generation college students and their families can learn more about resources at SMU in this video from SMU News, in partnership with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs. Parents and family members will learn about the challenges students face their first year in college and will become familiar with key offices that can serve as important partners for student success.

Watch the video. video
• Video with Spanish subtitles. video

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