SMU Libraries’ 2014 Food for Fines program continues through Friday, Dec. 19

food-fines-195x300SMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) is giving students, faculty and staff members with overdue charges an opportunity to help the community while saving some cash.

During the 2014 Food for Fines program, CUL will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU faculty, staff members and students will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library Center and the Hamon Arts Library.

To collect your credits, just bring food donations to either of these libraries through Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. All SMU community members are welcome to participate – even if you have no library fines to cancel.

Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. Credit only applies to overdue book fines currently assessed; no future credit can be applied. Overdue fines cannot be waived if they have already been sent to the Bursar’s Office for collection.

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Calendar Highlights: The end of Fall 2014 at a glance

As Fall Semester 2014 comes to an end, here are some important dates to keep in mind:

  • Dec. 8: Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 9-11: Reading days
  • Dec. 11-17: Examinations
  • Dec. 18: Residence halls close at 10 a.m. for Winter Break

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December Commencement

  • The 2014 December Commencement is Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Gerald J. Ford will be the speaker. Ford was a member of the 1966 class, graduating from Dedman College with a degree in economics. He then went on to study at Dedman School of Law concluding his SMU career in 1969. Today Ford is the chairman of the board and the principal shareholder of both the Diamond A Ford Corporation and the Hilltop Holdings Inc., a Texas-based diversified financial holding company. He has supported the Dallas community by serving as the former director of Children’s Medical Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas. Ford and his wife Kelli O. Ford have generously donated to expand computing and interdisciplinary research throughout the University.
  • Faculty: Prior to commencement there is a faculty breakfast in the Miller Champions Club of Moody Coliseum at 8:45 a.m. Retired and current faculty must be in the lobby of the Blanton building by 9:45 in academic dress.
  • Guests: Tickets are not needed to attend December Commencement. The doors to Moody Coliseum open at 8:30 a.m. and guests are encouraged to be seated by 9:45 a.m.
  • If you are unable to attend December Commencement, you can livestream the ceremony.

A quick look at 2015:

  • Jan. 5: First day of Jan Term (Plano and Taos)
  • Jan. 11: Residence halls open at 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 16: First day of Spring 2015 classes
  • Jan. 19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. University closed.

World premieres and a Bob Fosse tribute are highlights of SMU’s 2014 Meadows Fall Dance Concert Nov. 5-9

Two world premieres are among the four innovative contemporary works to be featured at the 2014 Fall Dance Concert, running through Sunday, Nov. 9. The dancers of SMU’s Meadows of the Arts will take the audience through a journey of versatile repertoire featuring modern, contemporary ballet, and classical Fosse jazz.

The program opens with the world premiere of Handle created by dance faculty member Christopher Dolder. The Bob Hope Theatre has yet to host a performance like Handle, which displays a collaboration of movement and media. The piece explores how people perceive identity, dimensions and matter by creating illusions. Dolder distorts reality through the use of video projections, motion sensing, permeable walls, and costumes. A former Martha Graham Dance Company soloist, Dolder is an expert in dance kinesiology and is currently researching new forms of physical data capture in collaboration with the Meadows School’s Center of Creative Computation.

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The second section of the show is composed of two restaged works by Visiting Artist-in-Residence Adam Hougland. Originally premiered by the Cincinnati Ballet, To the Fore playfully explores the human struggle to “shed light on things” with the use of lights on long extension cords that become a choreographic element themselves. Cigarettes showcases one female and three male dancers in a look at humans’ attempts to survive the repetition of past mistakes. Hougland is the principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet and resident choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet.

The program concludes with the premiere of Dancin’ Man, an homage to Bob Fosse created by New York-based choreographer and dancer Alex Sanchez. Sanchez uses a cast of 22 dancers to amplify the magic and celebration of being a dancer. A former member of Ballet Chicago and a veteran of numerous Broadway productions, including Wonderful Town and Carousel, Sanchez has choreographed productions for companies nationwide.

“I’m looking forward to pushing the limits of what I can do as an individual dancer, what we can do as a committed group of artists, and what the audience will do in response,” says senior Abby Marchesseault.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy Fall Dance Concert tickets online at Vendini, or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Ariel Monticure is a senior SMU dance performance major and will perform in the 2014 Fall Dance Concert Nov. 5-9.

Find more information at the Meadows website