Athletics

Travis Mays Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SMU

travismaysTravis Mays has been named the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced last week. Mays previously served as an assistant coach for 14 years at various schools, serving under three hall of fame coaches. He has also played 11 years of professional basketball both domestically and abroad.

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“After meeting with Travis, I immediately knew that he was ready to be a head coach,” said Hart. “He has a tremendous coaching pedigree, having learned from some of the best in the business. Everyone spoke so highly of Travis — even those outside his immediate coaching circle, like Geno Auriemma. Travis displays strong character and a will to succeed. In short, he is a winner.”

Not only is Travis a gifted floor coach but he is also a recruiter with Texas roots. He graduated from the University of Texas, playing as a guard from 1986-90,  later going on to serve a three-year stint for the women’s basketball program from 2004-07 and then returning in 2012 to serve as Assistant Head Coach. He comes to SMU from Texas where he spent the past four seasons. His duties at Texas included recruiting, preparing opponent scouting reports, instructing guards on the court and public speaking at various community service and campus events.

“I think as a former player at Texas, Travis has name recognition and the ability to recruit that will make him a tremendous hire at SMU,” said Van Chancellor, a Hall of Fame Coach. “Sometimes during a hire, the Athletic Director is trying to hit a home run, and I think SMU has hit a grand slam.”

> Find more information on Coach Mays’ extensive background on the SMU Athletics page

April 15, 2016|For the Record, News, Sports|

New SMU safety policy restricts items allowed into Ford Stadium

Clear handbag

An example of the type of bag that will be allowed in SMU’s Ford Stadium under new safety rules starting in fall 2015.

As faculty, staff members and students prepare for the 2015 Mustang football season, SMU is sharing information about a new safety policy that will restrict items that may be carried into Ford Stadium.

The only bags permitted will be those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC which do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. The clutch does not have to be clear and may be carried separately or within an approved plastic bag.

SMU’s gameday policy is modeled after that pioneered by the National Football League and in place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and all other NFL stadiums. Other universities, such as Penn State and Rutgers, have made similar changes to their policies to embrace what the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers a “best practice.”

> Parking, relocation information for SMU 2015 home football games

The policy acknowledges the reality of contemporary public safety issues and allows for improved protection against items being smuggled into the stadium, as well as faster passage through security screening at stadium entrances.

Signs explaining the new Ford Stadium policy will be posted in and around SMU parking facilities to alert fans. Separate screening will be available at all gates for items that are medically necessary and do not fit the clear bag policy.

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Things that fans normally carry in pockets can still come into the stadium in pockets – such as keys and cell phones.

Clear bag chart, SMU Ford Stadium

The following items are prohibited from entering Ford Stadium:

  • Purses
  • Coolers
  • Briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • Computer and camera bags
  • Cinch bags
  • Diaper bags
  • Fanny packs
  • Luggage of any kind
  • Seat cushions with zippers, pockets or compartments
  • Outside food or drink (one sealed bottle of water permitted)
  • Laser pointers
  • Noisemakers
  • Footballs or throwing objects
  • Radios (except pocket size with headsets)
  • Animals (except those assisting disabled guests)
  • Firearms, weapons, or knives of any kind

Questions or comments should be directed by e-mail to SMU Athletics.

> Find a complete list of SMU Ford Stadium gameday policies

September 3, 2015|News, Sports|

SMU shares parking, relocation info for 2015 football home games

In anticipation of a capacity crowd for SMU Football’s home opener against Baylor, the University is asking students, faculty, and staff members to temporarily give up their parking spaces near Ford Stadium to accommodate visitors on game day and the evening before.

Several departments worked together on logistics for hosting the Friday-night football game, scheduled for Sept. 4, 2015. “Our goal is to minimize the impact of game day activities on our instructional activities while also showing a national audience the spirit and energy that surrounds the SMU community,” read an all-campus e-mail from SMU Information dated Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

The message also included a parking relocation map for 2015 home football games, included below.

2015 SMU Football gameday parking map

Detailed SMU parking instructions for Sept. 3-4, 2015

On Thursday, Sept. 3:

  • Students with Student or Resident parking permits may begin relocating their vehicles on Thursday at noon to the Airline and Law Parking Centers.
  • Beginning at 5 p.m., all resident students will need to relocate their vehicles to the Heroy Lot, Airline Parking Center or Law Parking Center.
  • Resident student vehicles must be removed from the areas indicated in red stripes on the map below by 11 p.m.
  • Resident student vehicles left in the areas indicated in red stripes below after 11 p.m. on Thursday, September 3 will be towed to Airline Garage and an $80 relocation fee assessed.

On Friday, Sept. 4:

  • Please plan for extra time to find parking on Friday morning and early afternoon. We also suggest that you arrive early to the campus for best availability. The last time a similar event took place, the Heroy Lot and Airline and Law Parking Centers filled very early in the morning. (Please note that the Airline Parking Center is the destination for towed student cars not moved by the Thursday night 11:00 p.m. deadline.)
  • Faculty, staff and commuter students with a valid SMU parking permit needing to remain until 5 p.m. may park in the Mustang (A) or Moody (B) Parking Centers as well as lots L, M, R, U and V. Entry to these locations will be suspended at 3 p.m. – exit only after this time. If you wish to stay for the game and you are parked in one of these lots, please pay to park beyond 5 p.m.
  • Faculty, staff and commuter students with a valid SMU parking permit and able to leave by 3 p.m. may park in the Binkley (C) or Meadows (F) Parking Centers as well as lots D, E and G. Entry to these locations will be suspended at noon – exit only after this time. If you wish to stay for the game and you parked in one of these lots, please relocate your vehicle to lot A, B, L, M, R, U or V and pay to park for the game.
  • Note that these same parking lots and garages will also be available for visitors seeking gameday parking.
  • Limited free parking is available on East Campus; make sure you park in the designated areas for SMU faculty and staff. You can also park for free at the Mockingbird DART station.
  • Bishop Boulevard will be closed to traffic at 4 p.m. Anyone arriving to or leaving from campus after 12 p.m. will be directed to areas north and east of campus.
  • Please be aware that on-street parking around SMU is now governed by a resident permit system. Park Cities authorities may ticket or even tow vehicles illegally parked.
  • Additional Game Day parking info and map can be found online at SMUMustangs.com.
  • Questions and concerns about game day parking should be directed to the Athletics Department, 214-768-2106.

Vehicles may be returned to their normal parking areas following the end of the football game on Friday night. They must be removed from their temporary locations no later than 7 a.m. on Tuesday to avoid receiving a citation. If your vehicle has been towed, you may retrieve it from the rooftop of Airline garage before 7 a.m. Tuesday. Vehicles left there after 7 a.m. Tuesday are subject to a citation.

Students, faculty and staff are reminded that the communities of Highland Park and University Park have established resident-only parking areas near the SMU campus. Cars without resident parking or guest permits may be cited or towed by the Park Cities police departments.

All parking on campus is managed by the SMU Athletics Department during home football games. Please contact the SMU Athletics Department directly at 214-768-2866 or AthleticsGameDay@smu.edu for additional game day parking information or assistance. Please visit http://www.smumustangs.com/parking/ for more information about parking on games days.

About GuestAssist: Getting to the Game and Getting Around Ford Stadium

The GuestAssist app enables SMU football game attendees to start a text message conversation with Ford Stadium staff directly. Navigating the smart phone application – available in both iPhone and Android format – can help you stay up to date on parking information, give you directions to your gate, or assist you in finding the closest location of a concession stand.

Download the free GuestAssist App:

Send your text question or observation to: 214-516-7010

September 1, 2015|News, Sports|

Calendar Highlights: April 15, 2015

Award-winning author Edwin Black visits SMU on

Award-winning author Edwin Black visits SMU on April 15.

“International Law & Israel:” Sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights, award-winning author Edwin Black will visit SMU to discuss “International Law & Israel” on Wednesday, April 15, at 7 p.m., in the Ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Black will be discussing the current situation in Israel in light of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to the U.S. and the U.S. negotiations with Iran. This event is free and open to the public.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Sponsored by SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series, award-winning author and game designer Ian Bogost will visit SMU to discuss “The Mistrust of Things” on Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., in Room 131 of the Dedman Life Science Building. Bogost will answer society’s obsession with “things” in a world overburdened with stuff. This event is free and open to the public.

Founders’ Day Weekend: Offering a wide range of activities on the Hilltop, SMU Founders’ Day Weekend will take place April 16-18. Founders’ Day Weekend will celebrate The Second Century Campaign and the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum, as well as serve as an opportunity to reconnect with professors, classmates and current students. For additional information and a full schedule, visit the Founders’ Day Weekend event webpage.

11156338_10152780279721981_739504618190428881_nSMU Spring Football Game: The SMU Mustangs football team returns to Ford Stadium on Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m., for the Spring Game. With the Chad Morris era underway on the Hilltop, the game seeks to give fans a glimpse into #PonyUpTempo football. For more information, visit the Spring Football Game event webpage. 

Barefoot on the Boulevard: SMU’s annual student-sponsored celebration of green living, Barefoot on the Boulevard will take place Saturday, April 18, from 12-5 p.m., on SMU’s Bishop Boulevard. As an early Earth Day celebration, the event will feature food, music and fun with performances by individual singers and guitarists. This event is free and open to the public.

Photograph taken at SMU Fashion Week 2014.

Photograph taken at SMU Fashion Week 2014.

Brown Bag Lunch: The John G. Tower Center for Political Studies hosts a Brown Bag Lunch exploring “Wars and the Shifting Middle East Playing Field” on Tuesday, April 21, 12:30-2 p.m., in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227 of Carr Collins Hall. This lecture will feature Martin P. Adams, as he discusses his 38 years of diplomatic experience in Washington, D.C. and overseas, most recently in the Arabian Gulf. While this event is free and open to the public, guests are asked to RSVP via email to the Tower Center.

SMU Fashion Week 2015: The fourth annual SMU Fashion Week 2015 kicks off on Wednesday, April 22 and will run through Friday, April 24. Focusing on the “Business of Fashion,” the three-day event features leading professionals in the fashion industry, as well as a fashion show. For more information, visit the SMU Fashion Week 2015 event webpage. 

April 15, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

SMU’s 2015 summer camps are opening for registration

Stock art of 'summer camp' spelled out in chalk surrounded by kids' handsSummer break is coming soon, and SMU has readied its annual slate of camps for kids and teens. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in athletics, learn with LEGO® and explore interests in everything from art to engineering to science. Many programs offer discounts for SMU faculty and staff members.

Camps are held on SMU’s main campus as well as at SMU-in-Plano throughout the summer. Start dates range from early June to early August; many camps fill up fast. Check the camp websites for full information, including availability, requirements and deadlines.

> Find SMU camps for 2015, with schedules, costs, age ranges and links, at the SMU News homepage

April 8, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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