More than 600 students from SMU’s seven schools graduated Saturday, Dec. 19, at the December Commencement Ceremony in Moody Coliseum. Distinguished lawyer Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, delivered the commencement address.
The SMU Student Foundation will present SMU’s premier holiday event, Celebration of Lights, at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 30. If you can’t make it to campus, be sure to catch the magic as it happens via live stream at smu.edu/livestream.
When you make a $100 special gift to the Crain Family Centennial Promenade, you will be recognized with an etched paver and make your permanent mark on the Hilltop. The Centennial Promenade will be dedicated on April 15, 2016, during Founders’ Day Weekend.
As its 50th anniversary year continues, the Meadows Museum will present Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting, September 11– January 3, 2016. The Alba family is graciously allowing more than 130 works from their private collection to leave Spain for the very first time, including Charles V and the Empress Isabella, c. 1628, by Peter Paul Rubens.
SMU anthropology Ph.D. candidate Kerri Brown recently received a Fulbright-Hays international education fellowship to support 18 months of research in Brazil. Brown leaves for Rio de Janeiro in January to continue work on her dissertation about public policy related to traditional medicinal plants in Brazil.
Vicki Sterquell ’78 was a special guest at the Centennial Celebration of Lights ceremony November 30. When she came up with the idea to produce a holiday celebration on campus, Vicki Sterquell ’78 didn’t realize she was creating one of SMU’s most beloved traditions, Celebration of Lights. Sterquell, who resides in Houston, was a special guest at this year’s Centennial Celebration of Lights ceremony on November 30. Here are some highlights from her account of that first magical event, called Festival of Lights at the time: Deck Dallas Hall with orange lights? Sterquell, a member of the Student Foundation Board, pitched the idea for a Christmas lighting party as a thank-you to the community for its support. At the time, SMU did not have a campus Christmas tree or “even celebrate the holiday season,” she says. The board agreed it was a great idea and planning commenced. “After asking the head of the maintenance department at SMU, Dick Arnett, and getting permission from President James H. Zumberge’s office, I ordered Christmas lights to decorate Dallas Hall and some trees along the main quad, at a cost of $5,000. Since it was so late in ordering, the only lights available from the company were orange.” Amarillo alumni to the rescue Even though she had obtained permission through the proper channels, Sterquell learned in late October that no department had money budgeted for the lights. “I felt panic setting in,” she remembers. But that didn’t stop her. [...]
Students got creative using knives, lasers, jigsaws and drills to craft jack-o'-lanterns at the Pumpkins + Power Tools pre-Halloween sponsored by the Deason Innovation Gym at the Lyle School of Engineering. Check out photos and more on the DIG blog.