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SMU authors: Tell us about your new books published in 2017

Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2017? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list.

Please complete this brief web form to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to the SMU Books e-mail address. Please include in the web form a site address where News and Communications can find more information.

Questions? Contact book list editor Cherri Gann, 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

By | 2017-11-15T15:27:20+00:00 November 15, 2017|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , |

Order Thanksgiving treats from SMU Catering by Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Thanksgiving cornucopiaSMU Catering is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies, cakes, cookies and breads – but time is running short. Place your order by Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 for Thanksgiving week pick-up.

The annual offerings include pumpkin, buttermilk and Jack Daniel’s pecan pies. Also available are Mexican chocolate cake, white chocolate pumpkin cheesecake, almond citrus cake, pear tart (featuring champagne-poached pears with frangipane almond filling) and pumpkin dip with gingersnaps.

The kitchen is also taking orders for Mustang bread in both original and jalapeño cheese varieties. All baked goods are homemade by SMU Catering.

For pricing information and to place your Thanksgiving order, call SMU Catering at 214-768-2368, or fax your order to 214-768-2366 and include your contact phone number. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

Thanksgiving dessert order forms are available in several campus food outlets, or you can download a printable form here.

Payment is due upon receipt of your order. All orders and payments must be turned into SMU Dining Services in 101 Umphrey Lee Center by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. All prices include tax.

Thanksgiving baked goods are for pick-up only. Orders will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the SMU Catering office, 101 Umphrey Lee Center. Products are guaranteed fresh until Sunday, Nov. 26, with the exception of Mustang bread, which is guaranteed fresh for 48 hours after order pick-up.

By | 2017-11-15T11:22:31+00:00 November 15, 2017|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , |

SMU Dance Marathon benefiting Children’s Health Dallas returns Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

SMU Dance Marathon logo

SMU students are throwing a dance party to benefit sick children, and the entire community is invited to join in.

The second annual SMU Dance Marathon is scheduled for 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballrooms. And as a follow-up to its wildly successful debut, the student-led organization wants to bring in more faculty and staff attendees and participants, says senior Kimberly Rose, Dance Marathon president.

The organization raises money year-round for Children’s Health Dallas, a Children’s Miracle Network nonprofit hospital. The biggest part of those funds come from the marathon itself, which Rose describes as both a grand finale for the fundraising year and “a celebration of the children we work so hard to benefit.”

In 2016, the Dance Marathon raised more than $32,000, about $10,000 of it during the event itself. “It was a great start to what we hope is a longstanding tradition here at SMU,” says Rose, a journalism major minoring in advertising, fashion media and European studies. “You don’t have to be good at dancing in the slightest. It’s all about having fun, and opening up your heart to a cause we can all connect with – helping sick children.”

And dancing isn’t the only thing on the entertainment menu, she adds. “We have live performances, hospital stories, fund-raising, a rave hour, T-shirt sales, and so much more.”

Marathon organizers encourage students to stay for the entire event, “to honor the struggles of children who fight illness all day, every day,” Rose says. Faculty and staff members are welcome to register as participants – but all are welcome even if you don’t dance.

“We encourage anyone – faculty, staff or student – to come by, even for a few minutes, and enjoy any part of the event,” Rose says. “We want to be really welcoming to SMU, so that SMU will continue to welcome us.”

> Register for the 2017 SMU Dance Marathon, or donate online

Reunions, celebrations and a Mustang Band centennial at SMU’s “Homecoming of Heroes,” Nov. 2-5, 2017

The entire SMU community is invited home to the Hilltop for a “Homecoming of Heroes.” Homecoming 2017 takes place Nov. 2-5, and this year it includes a special centennial celebration for the Mustang Band, founded in 1917.

> SMU News: Mustang Band celebrating 100 years of spirit

Hosted and organized by the SMU Student Foundation, the festivities include the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the traiditional Homecoming Parade, and reunions for the classes of 1972, ’77, ’82, ’87, ’92, ’97, ’02, ’07 and ’12, as well as Mustang Mini-Reunions for student groups.

The SMU Staff Association invites all staff members to march with them in the Homecoming Parade at noon Saturday, Nov. 4. To participate, register with SMUSA and arrive by 2:45 p.m. at Mustang Plaza and Mall near Moody Coliseum. Family members are welcome, and the first 50 staff members to sign up will receive free T-shirts.

> Register to walk with the Staff Association during the SMU Homecoming Parade

SMU Homecoming of Heroes 2017This year’s parade celebrates SMU veterans from every generation and features the U.S. Military Veterans of SMU as grand marshals. NBC 5 anchor Katy Blakey ’06 will serve as parade announcer.

> Find a guide to Homecoming events at the Student Foundation homepage

Traditional activities also include the Mustang Band’s Pigskin Revue and tailgating on The Boulevard and Mustang Alley, followed by the Mustang football game against the nationally ranked UCF Knights at 6:15 p.m. in Ford Stadium.

> More info on the SMU-UCF Homecoming game at Gameday Central: smumustangs.com/gameday

SMU celebrates Veterans Day with luncheon, Toys for Tots collection Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Arc of Service banner, Maguire Center Veterans Day Luncheon 2017, 800px

SMU will celebrate its veterans from across the generations at a luncheon in their honor on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The SMU Veterans Day Celebration, “Arc of Service,” will take place noon-1:30 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

President R. Gerald Turner and U.S. Military Veterans of SMU will provide remarks recognizing the contributions and achievements of University service members. SMU Trustee Emeritus Milledge A. (Mitch) Hart III will deliver the keynote.

SMU Veterans pinThe luncheon will also feature live entertainment from the Meadows School of the Arts Brass Quintet, as well as the annual presentation of SMU Veterans lapel pins (pictured right).

In addition, the event will serve as a collection point for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots drive. All members of the SMU community can drop off new, unwrapped toys and other holiday gifts for underprivileged children and teens. (Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic-looking toy weapons or gifts that include food items, according to the organization’s FAQ.)

Organizers are compiling a service slideshow featuring photos of SMU veterans. If you have photographs taken during your service period and would like for them to be included in the presentation, please send the photos and your service dates to the Maguire Center.

The event is presented by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Thanks to a generous gift, Veterans Day luncheon tickets are complimentary for all SMU faculty, staff and students.

The Center also invites families, friends and loved ones of campus veterans to attend. Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Attendance is free – but seating is limited, and registration is required. Sign up at the link below, or contact the Maguire Center, 214-768-4255.

> Register at Eventbrite to attend SMU’s 2017 Veterans Day luncheon

Fall back: Change your clocks on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017

Stock photo of a clock with sweep handsExtra sleep and early sunsets are back: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour earlier in observance of Standard Time. In addition, check your home and office computers and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.

For help with your office computer clock, contact SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT).

By | 2017-11-08T14:34:24+00:00 November 2, 2017|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , |

’Tis the season for 2017 SMU holiday cards – preorder by Friday, Nov. 10

SMU Holiday Card 2017, 400 pxThe holidays are approaching quickly, and now is the time to preorder your 2017 SMU holiday cards. Quantities are limited, so place your order by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. If you are paying by personal check, your payment must be received by this deadline.

This year’s card features an image of Dallas Hall taken during the University’s Celebration of Lights, with “Season’s Greetings” on the front and the greeting “Wishing you and yours holidays that are Merry and Bright” on the inside. Cards can be ordered with a blank signature line or with “Southern Methodist University” preprinted.

The cost is $1.50 per card, sold in packages of 25, with envelopes. Cards are scheduled to arrive Wednesday, Nov. 22, and can be collected in G02 Perkins Administration Building. You will receive an e-mail notifying you when your cards are ready for pick-up.

For more information, contact Karen Hart in SMU Public Affairs.

> Find details, more views and an online order form at the SMU Development and External Affairs website

SMU’s 2018 Open Enrollment period takes place Oct. 11-31, 2017

Benefits U logoUniversity faculty and staff members are now able to make benefits changes for 2018. This year’s SMU Open Enrollment period is set for Wednesday, Oct. 11 to Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

> Review SMU’s 2018 Benefits Guide online

Benefits-eligible employees have the opportunity to choose a new plan at the $2,000, $2,700 or $5,000 deductible levels, or simply remain in their current plan. The deductible for the $2,600 High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) will increase to $2,700 to meet the Internal Revenue Service’s minimum annual deductible requirement for HDHPs. There is no need to re-elect this plan if you wish to continue the plan into 2018.

Medical premiums will increase by two percent for 2018, significantly less than the 8% national average.  There will be no increase in Dental or Vision premiums.

As of Jan. 1, 2018, SMU’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) plans will include MDLIVE Virtual Visits. The service provides 24/7/365 access to board-certified physicians for non-emergency medical care through phone or video consultation.

SMU employees on University health plans also have access to SurgeryPlus, as announced in August. This supplemental benefit provides negotiated costs and management for hundreds of non-emergent procedures.

Also effective Jan. 1, 2018, parents may enroll their unmarried dependent children in the Dental Plan through age 25, regardless of student status. BCBSTX will no longer request student certification for these enrollees.

Get your flu shot for free during SMU’s Fall 2017 clinics

The open-enrollment period is the only opportunity for SMU employees to make changes to benefits elections for the coming year, unless you have a qualified life event such as marriage or the birth of a child.

For 2018 Open Enrollment, you must take action if:

  • You want to make changes to your current coverage, including adding or dropping dependents (eligible dependents include legal spouses and children).
  • You want to participate in one or both of the Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) or the Health Savings Account (HSA) in 2018. You must re-enroll in the FSAs or the HSA even if you participated in 2017.

In order to comply with the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Social Security number (SSN) is required for every individual enrolled in the SMU Medical Plan. If you have a spouse or dependent child enrolled in the plan, it is important that you enter a SSN for each.

> Find more information in SMU’s 2018 Open Enrollment homepage

SMU uses a secure online open-enrollment application available through My.SMU.edu. To make your benefits elections for 2018:

  • Log in to My.SMU.edu as you normally would to review your pay statement.
  • Click or tap Employee Self Service from the dropdown menu in the top navigation bar, then click or tap the Benefits box
  • Choose Benefits Enrollment from the left sidebar to access your personalized Open Enrollment record.
  • Be sure to read all instructions carefully before making elections for 2018.

You will receive a confirmation statement summarizing your 2018 benefits elections in early December 2017.

> Learn more from the SMU Human Resources homepage: smu.edu/hr

By | 2017-10-11T13:27:56+00:00 October 11, 2017|Categories: News, Save the Date|

Mark your calendar: SMU’s 2018 Open Enrollment takes place Oct. 11-31, 2017

Benefits U logoSave a date to review your healthcare plan: SMU’s 2018 Open Enrollment will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11 to Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. University faculty and staff members will be able to make benefits changes for 2018 during this period.

SMU Human Resources (HR) will send out open enrollment information during the coming days. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to become familiar with the University’s health plans and review their options carefully to choose the plan best for them and their families.

> Visit SMU Human Resources online: smu.edu/hr

By | 2017-10-05T15:10:05+00:00 October 5, 2017|Categories: News, Save the Date|

Staff Celebration and Convocation scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

The SMU Staff Association, in collaboration with the Office of Operational Excellence, has created a new Staff Celebration and Convocation program honoring SMU staff excellence. The ceremony is for all SMU staff members and will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 in McFarlin Auditorium.

President R. Gerald Turner will give his traditional State of SMU address as the keynote during the event. University Registrar John Hall, SMU’s longest-serving staff member, will be the featured speaker.

Staff members who have achieved 25 years of service to SMU will be honored, as well as the 2017 Presidential and Loretta Hawkins Award recipients. The ceremony with also recognize staff members who have continued their SMU service beyond 25 years, and previous Presidential and Loretta Hawkins Award recipients.

A reception with light refreshments will precede the ceremony at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the SMU Staff Association website.

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