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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

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• 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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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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