SMU Celebrates Year of the Faculty in 2014

FacultyInResidence-300x155In 2014, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is commemorating the Year of the Faculty, marking the extraordinary contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty as researchers, teachers and University citizens.

Throughout the year the Year of the Faculty website will highlight individual faculty members and their remarkable achievements across the spectrum of disciplines. During this period of the Second Century Campaign, highlighting faculty achievement also is a way to remind donors of the impact of their giving on recruitment and retention of outstanding professors. For this reason, the faculty highlighted on this website will include those who have been appointed to endowed chairs. Thanks to the generosity of donors, SMU has created 34 new endowed faculty positions thus far in the campaign, for a University total of 96. SMU has set a goal of having a total of 110 by the end of the campaign, which runs through December 2015.

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Parents Asked to Be Aware of Potential Phone Scam

SMU parents and grandparents are asked to be aware that a nationwide phone and email scam has been targeting grandparents for several years. An SMU Mothers’ Club member has reported that her parents recently received a call seeking money, supposedly to help their grandson, a college student in Louisiana.

The FBI provides helpful information about this so-called “grandparent scam” online. The FBI recommends that anyone who receives a call seeking money should:

  • Resist the pressure to act quickly
  • Try to contact your grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas. Wiring money is like giving cash, once you send it, you can’t get it back.

 

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Weather Update: SMU Is Open Friday, February 7

The University is open today, February 7, for normal business operations and classes are being held as scheduled.

Following is information from the SMU Weather Policy:

When conditions warrant closing or delays, SMU has procedures in place to ensure that students, faculty and staff know where to go for information. As soon as a decision is made, the following steps are taken to notify the University community:

  • An e-mail message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff.
  • A recorded message will be available at 214-SMU-INFO (214-768-4636). Please do not call the SMU Police Department.
  • Closing announcements will be posted on the SMU website, via SMU’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/smu and at facebook.com/smudallas.

The Office of News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 6 a.m. if day classes must be cancelled.

SMU’s goal is to maintain the normal operations and educational processes of the University while remaining sensitive to safety concerns. Therefore, if SMU remains open, faculty, students and staff should report to their classrooms or offices as usual.

However, if someone lives in an area that is affected by bad weather and feels that travel to campus would be an unreasonable safety risk, that individual should contact his or her supervisor or department head to discuss possible options, and students should contact their professors in advance.

Emergency service personnel are expected to report to work in any case to keep essential services and operations functioning.

Visit SMU’s Inclement Weather Policy page

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Moody Magic Is Back

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.

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Students Shine in 2014 Engaged Learning Week

SMU Engaged Learning logoSMU’s 2014 Engaged Learning Week puts student achievement front and center with open houses, exhibitions, performances and presentations from the University’s 2013-14 Engaged Learning Fellows.

This year’s event takes place Feb. 5-7 and is designed to help students learn more about expanding their education outside the classroom, from undergraduate research and community service to professional internships and creative projects.

The week will begin with the Lucky Cup, a free party taking place 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Café 100, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Hosted by Engaged Learning students and staff, the festivities will include exhibitions and live performances by Engaged Learning seniors – as well as free hot drinks and Girl Scout cookies, contests, prizes, photos with Peruna, and celebrity baristas. One lucky student will win a LYFEBox package, the Big iDeas brainchild of SMU students and brothers Myles and Kaleb Lee. Other prizes include two tickets to the 2014 Empty Bowls event benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, each of which includes a souvenir dish handcrafted by a Texas artist and food from 18 of North Texas’ finest restaurants.

Participants in SMU's 2013 Engaged Learning Week

Participants in SMU’s 2013 Engaged Learning Week gather on the Main Quad. The 2014 event takes place Feb. 5-7.

The week’s centerpiece event takes place Thursday, Feb. 6, as 40 graduating Engaged Learning Fellows present their projects. The Engaged Learning Symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The participants will share their work in the areas of research, service, internships and creative activities.

Symposium attendees are invited to drop in for any and all of the presentations. Each will be followed by a Q&A, in which the student presenters have the opportunity to talk informally with the audience.

On Friday, Feb. 7, SMU Engaged Learning hosts an open house 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in G13 Clements Hall.

Scheduled events include:

  • 11 a.m.: Provost’s Office presentation on how Engaged Learning fits into an SMU education
  • Noon: Free buffet provided by Buca di Beppo
  • 1 p.m.: Faculty members Gretchen Smith, Theatre, and Thomas Osang, Economics, on “The Joy of Mentoring”
  • 2 p.m.: Engaged Learning Director Susan Kress on how to create a successful Engaged Learning Fellowship proposal

Find a full schedule at the SMU Engaged Learning Week homepage
Check the schedule of Engaged Learning students and presentations (coming soon)

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Last Chance for 2014 Senior Yearbook Photos

Now is the time for seniors to take graduation cap and gown photos for the 2014 Rotunda yearbook.

Appointments are being accepted now for the week of Monday, Feb. 3, through Saturday, Feb. 8. Photos are being taken in Portico A of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.

Seniors must schedule a 10-minute appointment, and the sittings are free. Appointments can be scheduled here or by calling 214-768-4549. Caps, gowns and tassels will be provided for seniors, but they must bring their own honor cords. Men are strongly encouraged to wear a coat and tie, and women should dress in business casual clothing. This is the last chance for May 2014 graduates to have their portraits taken in their caps and gowns.

For more information, call 214-768-4549.

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Ask Deanie: How Can My Student Kick-Start the New Term?

ask-deanie-sm.jpg There is no better time than the start of a new year and new term for your student to fully and honestly assess how the first semester went.

Were they satisfied or disappointed with their grades from the first semester? Are they willing to take responsibility for their successes and their failures? In case of a less than satisfactory GPA, is everything someone else’s fault or do they hold themselves accountable?

The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) offers one-on-one counseling, one time or on a regular basis, for students looking to focus – or in some cases refocus – their efforts. First-semester “disasters” do not have to mean a disastrous college career. Call 214-768-3648 for an appointment.

Read tips for the new term from SMU’s learning and library experts at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center and Central University Libraries.

Regardless of students’ GPA, most everything said in August still applies:

1. Go to class;
2. Get to know the professors for each class; and
3. Take advantage of the resources on campus (hint: the A-LEC has free tutoring, academic counseling and a writing lab).

Every GPA from the fall can be improved upon with some “sweat equity”:

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SMU Urges Flu Shots and Other Preventive Measures

With the arrival of flu season across the country and in North Texas, SMU health officials are urging students, faculty and staff to take preventive measures to protect their health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, cases of influenza are expected to increase. Because flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, SMU health officials recommend that students get a flu shot if they have not yet done so.

Before the spring term begins, all students, including those participating in fraternity and sorority recruitment and other activities, are urged to get a flu shot from their local pharmacy, clinic or physician’s office. Students should get vaccinated as soon as possible to allow time to develop protection against the flu.

Flu shots also are available at no cost from the SMU Health Center, while supplies last. The Health Center is offering flu shots from 1 to 2:30 p.m. January 8, 9 and 10.

Students are asked to bring their SMU IDs to the Health Center and complete the online Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with them.

Beginning January 13, when the Health Center resumes normal operating hours, flu shots will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; students without an appointment may experience a wait. Flu shots also will be offered during immunization clinics Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Please contact the Health Center at 214-768-2141 for more information, or visit smu.edu/flu.

Read below for more precautions students should take against the flu:

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Scenes from Celebration of Lights 2013

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.

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SMU Commencement Returns to Renovated Moody Coliseum

Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt

SMU’s December 21 commencement marks the debut of the newly renovated Moody Coliseum and its 39,245-square-foot Miller Event Center.

More than 600 students will graduate during the 10 a.m. ceremony, which will include the facility’s official dedication. SMU trustee and business leader Ray L. Hunt will deliver the commencement address.

“One of the greatest joys of University life is Commencement, when we celebrate the achievement and potential of our new graduates,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “This year represents another milestone in that our December graduates are the first to receive their degrees in the newly renovated and expanded Moody Coliseum. We are honored to share this special memory with them, as we wish them the best in the next phase of their journey.”

Hunt, the commencement speaker, is the CEO of Hunt Consolidated Inc. and chair of Hunt Consolidated Energy and Hunt Investments and graduated from SMU in 1965 with a B.A. in economics. He was a University Scholar and received the Outstanding Business Student Award. A member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1976, he was board chair from 1987 to 1992. He currently serves as a co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign and sits on the Advisory Board of the Maguire Energy Institute. His past SMU leadership positions include president of the Alumni Association and membership on the President’s Leadership Council, and he served on the boards of the Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. His support for SMU includes establishing in 1993 the Hunt Leadership Scholars program with his wife, Nancy Ann Hunt, a 1965 SMU graduate.

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