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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A Year of SMU in the News

Watch a sampling of SMU faculty and students in the news in 2013, from SMU News’ Myles Taylor. video

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Renovated Moody Coliseum to Open for December Commencement

Moody-Coliseum-Floor-rendering-13sept2013With the snip of a red ribbon, SMU’s expanded and renovated Moody Coliseum and the new Miller Event Center will officially open at December Commencement Convocation Dec. 21.

The 167,000-square-foot complex and Dallas landmark is home to SMU men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the pageantry of SMU academic ceremonies, as well as numerous community events such as concerts, cultural programs and high school graduations. The renovation and expansion features new seating, entertainment areas, court improvements and infrastructure, yet retains the ambiance that has made Moody a favorite venue for more than 50 years.

“With this renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and the addition of the new Miller Event Center, SMU will be home to one of the finest collegiate arenas and events centers in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thankful to the Moody Foundation and David and Carolyn Miller and others for their support of this facility, which will benefit the entire North Texas area.”

SMU Provost Paul Ludden said that it was appropriate that the first event to be held in the facility will be the University’s December Commencement Convocation ceremony. “Our graduates and their families and friends will help us usher in a new era in this remarkable facility.”

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Mustang

If you have an SMU Mustang on your holiday gift list this year, look no further than this 2013 Gift Guide, from SMU News’ Alyssa Eubank. From keepsakes to custom bicycles to a professional certificate course, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to your Mustang’s face this holiday season.

SMU Bookstore: In store and online

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  • The SMU Bookstore has plenty of gift options for this holiday season such as SMU ornaments, key chains and decorative signs.
  • A must for any SMU Mustang’s car is a chrome-plated car emblem that shows off SMU pride even when stuck in traffic.
  • The Tervis 24-oz Tumbler proudly displays the University logo in a great on-the-go cup. This double-wall insulated glass is shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Apparel for every Mustang

  • For her, a Diane Dal Lago infinity scarf is the ideal winter accessory with sparkly red Mustangs to make a statement.
  • For him, a Cutter & Buck button-up shirt comes in three great SMU colors: Red for Wear Red Friday and game day, White for traditional White Out, and Blue for every other occasion.

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SMU Weather Update: Classes to Resume Monday, Dec. 9

SMU will resume normal operations and class schedules Monday morning, Dec. 9, at both its main Dallas campus and at SMU-in-Plano.

SMU asks our community to continue to exercise caution and heed safety warnings. While SMU Facilities Services personnel are working to clear ice from campus walkways, students, faculty and staff should be prepared to seek an alternative path if unsure of their footing. They also should continue to avoid walking under trees as accumulated ice melts.

Students, faculty and staff are asked to observe the following precautions:

  • Please use extreme caution. Don’t try to carry anything that isn’t necessary while walking.
  • Avoid inclines and ramps where possible.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks: If you think you may need assistance in getting from your car to your building, consider reaching out to someone in your work area prior to, or as you arrive, on campus.
  • Be aware that ice may still fall from trees and slide from roofs of SMU buildings. Use caution.
  • Report unsafe conditions to the Facilities Services Service Request Center at 214-768-3494; after hours, call SMU Police dispatch at 214-768-3333.)

Students should contact their professors in advance if they feel travel to campus Monday morning would be an unreasonable safety risk.

Please also see the SMU Inclement Weather Policy.

 

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SMU Is Monitoring Weather; Weekend Classes Cancelled

SMU Update, Sunday, December 8: All classes and exams are cancelled this weekend on the main SMU campus and at SMU-in-Plano due to inclement weather.

SMU continues to monitor the weather situation in consultation with safety officials and will post updates at smu.edu and on Twitter and Facebook.

SMU students are asked to be aware that heavy ice accumulation has compromised the strength of tree branches on the main campus. Students should use extreme caution when approaching or passing under overhanging branches. Students should use alternate routes to avoid passing under trees, and refrain from parking under or near any trees close to parking areas.

Dining Services on the main SMU campus
Dining services will be available even when the University closes because of inclement weather.  RFoC at Umphrey Lee will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. All other on-campus dining locations will be closed Saturday. Find the most current information about hours of operation for SMU Dining Services online and on Facebook.

Fondren Library on the main SMU campus
When the University closes for inclement weather, Fondren Library expects to be open. Hours of operation will be posted on the CUL homepage.

Meadows School of the Arts events
For the latest information on Meadows School of the Arts events, including cancellations, see the Events area of their homepage at www.smu.edu/meadows.

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A Monday Celebration of Lights Kicks Off 2013 Holiday Season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, on the Main Quad.

UPDATE: Watch a slide show from Celebration of Lights 2013. slide show

The celebration features 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. Refreshments will be served. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

• The University celebrates its 2013 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Moody Coliseum. Guests do not need tickets to attend; doors to Moody Coliseum open at 8:30 a.m., and guests are encouraged to be seated by 9:45 a.m. Learn more about the ceremony, including information for guests.

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Scenes from SMU Homecoming 2013

SMU’s 2013 Homecoming weekend Oct. 24-27 brought thousands of friends and alumni to campus for reunions, football, a parade and various other activities, as well as the announcement of a $1 billion goal for the Second Century Campaign at the Volunteer Summit.

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Students to Present Big iDeas Projects at Fall Symposium

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Student teams who received Big iDeas grants to investigate challenges facing Dallas will report on their progress Friday, November 22, at SMU’s Big iDeas Fall Symposium. The symposium is at 9:30 a.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum and will be followed by a reception.

Big iDeas at SMU, an undergraduate research program in the Office of the Provost, awarded grants of up to $5,000 to the interdisciplinary teams in spring 2013. The students submitted proposals to study solutions to issues in “Big D,” including illiteracy, poverty and environmental and health issues. Their proposals were reviewed by a panel of faculty members, students and Dallas community members.

Student teams that will be presenting Friday are:

  • “Green Riba,” a continuing project that provides financial services and zero-interest microloans in West Dallas; presented by Rahfin Faruk and Daisuke Takeda.
  • “The Green City Initiative,” which proposes an aquaponics system for SMU’s Community Garden; presented by Julianna Bond, Derek Phanekham and Jewel Lipps.
  • “Disaster Assessment of Dallas,” an assessment of the region’s natural and manmade environmental hazards; presented by Mayisha Zeb Nakib and Christina Stewart.
  • “The Oasis Express,” a shuttle service to the White Rock Lake Market; presented by Gabriella Padgett, Lisa Walters and Paul Curry.
  • “Open Minds,” a continuing project that provides mentors to teens in foster care; presented by Snow Nguyen and Kiara Benson.
  • “Reading for a Reason,” a project to improve literacy rates in Dallas; presented by Carissa Grisham, Kayce Pederson and Emily Towler.
  • “Beyond,” a clothing line that supports people living in poverty; presented by Hunter Rice and Matthew Edwards.
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Apply Now for J Term 2014 at SMU-in-Plano and SMU-in-Taos

During SMU’s “J Term,” or January Term, students can complete one three-credit-hour course in just eight concentrated days at SMU-in-Plano or SMU-in-Taos. Set for January 6-15, 2014, J Term offers a choice of more than 50 courses at a reduced tuition rate. J Term applications are due by Friday, November 22.

J Term Director Kate Livingston says the program allows students to use the time between the fall and spring terms to focus on a course of interest or stay on track for graduation. Students also can fulfill General Education or University Curriculum requirements.

The courses offered during J Term are taught by SMU faculty members and adjunct professors from Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Courses include “Marketing Concepts” for non-business majors and business minors, “General Chemistry I and II,” “Introduction to SAS,” “Engineering Materials,” “Global Communication” and, for the first time during J Term, “Mountain Sports” at SMU-in-Taos, among other courses.

Most J Term classes meet weekdays January 6-15 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. A few classes meet from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Courses may require advance reading, assignments due before and during the two-week period, in-class or take-home exams, and final papers or projects due after the last class meeting.

J Term courses are not initially available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and then submit the online J Term application form before the deadline. After the Thanksgiving holiday, students will be notified of their final J Term course selection and given permission to officially enroll in Access.SMU.

J Term tuition is $1,154 per credit hour, with a total cost for one J Term course of $3,462. Payment is due by December 19. Most SMU merit scholarships are available in pro-rated amounts for J Term courses. Those receiving SMU need-based grant or opportunity awards may be eligible for grant funding of $150 per credit hour; however, federal and state funds are not available for J Term. Students must apply for J Term financial aid by November 22 by submitting an application to the Financial Aid Office.

Students participating in J Term at SMU-in-Plano will be responsible for their own housing. The SMU-in-Plano campus has no residence halls, and those at the University’s main campus are closed during that period. However, discounted hotel rooms are available at the Marriott TownPlace Suites, about a mile from the SMU-in-Plano campus. Shuttle service is also available. Learn more here.

Information about housing at SMU-in-Taos during J Term is available here.

For more information about J Term, email jterm@smu.edu or call 214-768-3657.

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