Tune In: Celebrating 10 years of The Boulevard

10 Years of Boulevarding screencapTen years ago, SMU celebrated the first Universitywide tailgating party to be dubbed “The Boulevard.” The date was Sept. 2, 2000, during the opening of a brand-new Gerald J. Ford Stadium, when a sellout crowd watched the Mustangs beat Kansas.

As Homecoming 2010 approaches, President R. Gerald Turner shares the origin of The Boulevard at SMU, from its inspiration at Ole Miss to the unique qualities that have made it a University tradition.

Click on the screen to open a new window and watch the Boulevard YouTube video by Eva Parks of SMU News. video

Tune In: Video highlights from Family Weekend 2010

Family Weekend 2010 YouTube screenSMU’s Family Weekend 2010 featured the Family Luncheon, the Boulevard Barbeque, Taste of Dallas Dinner, and a talent show – as well as the nationally televised Battle for the Iron Skillet football game pitting SMU against TCU. Relive the memories through a new video from Eva Parks of SMU News – just click on the YouTube screen to watch in a new window. video

Tune In: A masterpiece visits Meadows

'Pentecost' installation at Meadows MuseumSMU’s Meadows Museum opened a historic partnership with the Prado Museum of Madrid on September 10 with the first of three annual loans from the Prado – El Greco’s masterpiece Pentecost (c. 1600). Learn more about the work – and find the artist’s self-portrait contained within – in this video from Eva Parks of SMU News. video

(Right, Meadows Museum personnel install the El Greco masterpiece Pentecost in a photo originally published on the University’s Twitter feed.)

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Tune In: SMU names its wild mustangs

Mustang Naming CeremonyLast year, Madeleine Pickens gifted two rescued, trained mustangs to SMU during a “Salute To The Mustangs” event hosted by her non-profit organization, Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation.

On Aug. 26, 2010, SMU and the Mustang football team named the horses in a ceremony at the Mustang statues just outside Moody Coliseum. The black mustang was named “Liberty,” while the brown mustang will be called “Justice.” Members of the Seminole Nation symbolically painted and blessed the horses.

> Watch a highlight video courtesy of SMU News’ Eva Parks. video
> More on the Mustang mascots’ roles

Tune In: Welcoming the Class of 2014


With Move-In Day and Mustang Corral behind them, and the fall term fully in progress, SMU’s Class of 2014 has officially joined the campus community. Eva Parks of SMU News met the incoming class last week – visit YouTube to watch her video starring the University’s newest students. video

> More from Move-In and Opening Convocation at the SMU Parents blog

Tune In: Students get ready for Common Reading 2010

Common Reading 2010 videoAt 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22, SMU faculty, staff members and incoming first-year students will take part in the 2010 Common Reading discussion. Eva Parks of SMU News visited with the University’s student AARO leaders and captured their thoughts on Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Click through to YouTube to watch the resulting video. video

Tune In: Video thrills and holiday cards

Before the onset of high-tech social communication, the quickest way for people to spread holiday cheer was through mass-produced Christmas cards. The oldest mass-produced Christmas card – dating back more than 160 years – can be found among the extensive special collections at SMU’s Bridwell Library.

Years before greeting cards and color printing became a standard, businessman Henry Cole commissioned 1,000 ready-to-mail greeting cards to be printed and hand-colored because he was too busy to engage in the traditional English custom of writing notes with holiday greetings to friends and family.

The card is divided into three panels, each echoing traditional holiday themes. The center panel depicts a family drinking wine at a celebration, and the flanking panels illustrate charitable acts of feeding and clothing the poor.

Bridwell Library acquired the piece in 1982. It is believed that only 20 of Cole’s cards have survived to modern times. Bridwell’s copy of the card was signed by Cole and addressed to the card’s engraver, John Thompson (1785-1866). In addition to the card, the library also has a series of correspondence between Cole and the card’s designer, J.C. Horsley, which establishes the notion that the two were friends before the card was created.

Watch a new video about the oldest Christmas card created by Eva Parks of SMU News and featuring Eric White, Bridwell Library’s curator of special collections. Click the YouTube screen to start.