Dedman College D&I Newsletter, Fall 2021

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Temporary mask requirement effective Aug 12

SMU News Effective August 12, SMU is temporarily requiring masks (two or more layers covering the nose and mouth) in indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, event and meeting spaces, and common areas in all buildings and residential halls regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in private spaces such as residence hall rooms for students with roommates. All events, such as Convocation and orientation, should continue as planned with masks being used indoors. This requirement is a temporary precaution during the Delta variant surge to supplement our other pandemic protocols. We will continue to monitor and review industry-specific guidance and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health authorities in order to make the best decisions for [...]

SMU Giving Day is April 13

SMU Giving Day is April 13. There are over 20 different ways that you can support Dedman College. Check them out by visiting https://givingday.smu.edu/pages/dedman-college or clicking through the features list below. ALBERT SCHWEITZER FELLOWSHIP DEAN’S RESEARCH COUNCIL AT DEDMAN COLLEGE DATAFEST HACKATHON DEDMAN COLLEGE RESEARCH AND ADVANCED STUDIES FUND JEWISH STUDIES DEDMAN COLLEGE CANCER RESEARCH FUND SMU HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM CENTER FOR PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT OF WORLD LANGUAGE AND LITERATURES SMU DEBATE TEAM DEDMAN COLLEGE [...]

Keeping Our Campus Healthy and Clean During COVID-19

SMU News Originally Posted: July 22, 2020 Mustangs and families, Guess what? We’re a little more than a month away from welcoming you back to the Hilltop for the fall semester. As you prepare to start or resume your studies, we want to give you a good idea of what our campus will look like in light of COVID-19. Starting today, you’ll receive this newsletter once a week. It will include the latest campus updates, resources and frequently asked questions. Each newsletter will also highlight one specific topic that you’ll want to learn more about before coming to campus. This week’s topic is: In maintaining a healthy campus, what exactly do we mean by enhanced cleaning protocols? This newsletter will echo information you’ll see in a [...]

The myth of diminished learning during quarantine

Jewish Post Originally Posted: May 29, 2020 As a professor at SMU Dallas, I am saddened by mainstream media’s myopic view of pandemic-induced online education. Whether it be op-eds about students receiving inferior educations in virtual classrooms or stories about parents suing colleges for “not getting their money’s worth,” public discourse lacks an alternative perspective. My own experience is quite the opposite. I witnessed an increase in student engagement and performance in my admittedly small classes afforded by a private university for my students who were unburdened by medical or socio-economic stress. My experience is not isolated but is echoed anecdotally by numerous colleagues in various parts of the nation. Deprived of non-academic distractions, many of my students became virtually monastic (pun intended). With more [...]

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Watch as Dedman College faculty and staff join together to congratulate the 2020 grads

"We are especially proud to be welcoming you to the Dedman College alumni community." -Thomas DiPiero, Dean, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences WATCH https://youtu.be/gLmOCgyIWDE

Help us shine a virtual spotlight on the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads!🎓

All you have to do is post to your favorite social network (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), tag us @SMUDedman and add the hashtag #2020DedmanCollegeGrads. Be creative and share your favorite SMU memories, give shoutouts to your favorite Dedman College professors and let us know your future career plans. Need some examples? Check out the social wall here: smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook Don't forget the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads and keep coming back to visit the smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook so you can see what your friends are posting. We can't wait to hear from you!

SMU May and June classes move online

SMU News Originally Posted: April 6, 2020 Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff: As the continuation of health and travel restrictions related to COVID-19 remains uncertain for the coming months, SMU has decided to move May and June term classes online. Enrollment for May and June classes for current SMU students opens Monday, April 13, and the priority enrollment deadline is Friday, April 24. The University has not yet decided how classes that are scheduled to start in July will be offered. That information, as well as the enrollment date for July classes, will be announced later. If you have questions about May or June terms, SMU Intersessions staff are available from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. MWF on Zoom or by scheduling an appointment by emailing intersessions@smu.edu. Many of the courses [...]

SMU spring commencement postponed to August 15

SMU News Originally Posted: April 2, 2020 Please watch this message from Dr. Turner announcing a postponement of SMU’s spring commencement to Saturday, August 15, 2020. Although the ceremony date is moving, you will still receive your degree on May 16th. Transcripts with your degree will be available in early June and your diploma will be mailed to you. Watch

SMU Classes Move Online Through End of Spring Semester

SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3.  Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]

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