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.
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
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.
- Watch a video from SMU News’ Myles Taylor about a new era of Moody Magic.
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.