‘Year of the Faculty’ website goes live

SMU's Year of the Faculty websiteSMU’s 2014 Year of the Faculty celebration kicks into gear with the launch of a new website honoring faculty achievement and recognition.

The site’s central feature is an archive of memories from SMU alumni and students. More than 300 remembrances of favorite faculty members have already been sent in, and the University is spreading the word through news and social media.

Throughout the year, the website will also highlight the achievements of individual faculty members from many different disciplines. Faculty profiles will include endowed chairs and noted experts, as well as award-winning teachers, scholars and researchers.

In addition, the Year of the Faculty theme will be part of several public celebrations throughout the calendar year, beginning with 2014 Founders’ Day Weekend April 10-13 – which launches with a historic Centennial Salute to the faculty at the annual President’s Briefing.

The Year of the Faculty is part of the University’s ongoing centennial celebration and will be a central theme of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign. The celebration was first announced by SMU Provost Paul Ludden during the 2014 Spring General Faculty Meeting Wednesday, Jan. 22.

> Visit SMU’s Year of the Faculty homepage

Tune In: SMU welcomes the Bush Library on Founders’ Day 2013

The 43rd president of the United States was the unadvertised guest of honor Friday, April 19, 2013 at an outdoor ceremony welcoming the George W. Bush Presidential Center to campus. More than 3,000 SMU alumni, students, faculty and staff cheered and waved as Bush strode to the speaker’s platform and later expressed his thanks to the University.

“Laura, SMU class of 1968, and I are thrilled with our association with Southern Methodist University,” Bush said. “We had high expectations about the collaborative effort and the joint programs. Those expectations have been exceeded in a very short period of time.”

SMU is preparing to welcome the worldwide visitors who will attend dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center events on campus April 24-26. Click the YouTube screen to watch the welcome event video, or visit this link to open video of SMU’s welcome ceremony for the Bush Presidential Center in a new windowvideo

> Read more about the welcome event from SMU News
> Find complete information (parking, traffic and more) on the Bush Library opening

SMU prepares for Founders’ Day 2013, Bush Center dedication

SMU President R. Gerald Turner sent the following information to students, faculty and staff regarding SMU Founders’ Day and the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center:

April 2013 will be a month for history-making at SMU, as the George W. Bush Presidential Center is dedicated.  Although the dedication will bring an unprecedented influx of special visitors to campus, the University will remain open on dedication day, Thursday, April 25, so that the core function of teaching will continue uninterrupted.

CentennialOn SMU’s Founders’ Day, Friday, April 19, students, faculty and staff are invited to a mid-day celebration on the Quad serving as official welcome to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. That afternoon the University will also welcome several hundred SMU alumni and parents to “Inside SMU,” a program of short classes with faculty, and other events.

From Wednesday, April 24, through Friday, April 26, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will be dedicated with a series of events planned by the Bush Foundation. Dedication events are by invitation only, primarily for officials who served in the Bush administration, dignitaries and partners of the Bush Center. However, students, faculty and staff are invited to watch a simulcast of the dedication in McFarlin Auditorium on Thursday, April 25, starting at 9 a.m. for check-in and ending at noon. In addition, as with the groundbreaking of the Bush Center, SMU will erect an outdoor screen for another viewing opportunity.  In the afternoon, several University libraries and the Meadows Museum will hold open houses that students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. We hope that Bush Center visitors will stroll around the campus to enjoy our welcoming environment and special resources.

The SMU Boulevard Block Party and Lighting of Freedom Hall, April 25, for faculty, staff and students, on the intramural field, starting at 6 p.m., co-sponsored by the Bush Center and the University. This will be a festive, entertainment-filled event with special guests and surprises and will culminate with the lighting of Freedom Hall atop the Bush Center.

A special SMU Day at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. On Monday, April 29, this historic facility will be open just to SMU students, faculty and staff, in advance of the public opening May 1. In addition, while general visitors to the Library and Museum must purchase tickets, admission will remain free for faculty, staff and students with valid campus IDs. It’s just one way that the SMU community is being thanked for our partnership with the Bush Center in supporting its construction, dedication and ongoing operations. Students should watch their e-mail for more information on these opportunities.

Compiled by Sarah Hanan

Sports: Women’s weekend, football practice begins

Swimmers start strong: SMU women’s swimming is in Indianapolis March 21-23 for the 2013 NCAA National Championship. After Thursday’s events, the Mustangs are in 18th place out of the 50 teams competing. This week, the women were also recognized for earning Scholar All American Status for the Fall 2012 semester; the team achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.32. The men’s team was also recognized for its 3.09 cumulative G.P.A. You can follow live stats from the championship meet online.


Rowing spring season: For their second race of the spring season, SMU women’s rowing will travel to Austin for the 2013 Longhorn Invitational. They will race against Texas, Iowa and UCF March 22-24. The races on Friday and Saturday will determine the matchups for Sunday’s finals. The Mustangs won their first race of Spring 2013 and hope to continue that momentum.

Springtime soccer: SMU women’s soccer will kick off their short spring season Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. The Mustangs play Louisiana Tech at home. This is the first of five games for Spring 2013, four of which are at Westcott Field. The team is looking to gain valuable experience for Fall 2013. Admission to all spring home games is free and open to the public.


Season 2013 preparation: SMU football kicks off spring practice Monday, March 25. The Mustangs will hold 15 sessions to help prepare for the 2013 season. All practices are closed to the public except for the final spring practice on Saturday, April 20, in conjunction with SMU Founders’ Day Weekend. The practice and fan fair events start at 9 a.m. at Pettus Field.

This week the Mustangs added Hal Mumme to the football coaching staff as an assistant coach and passing game coordinator starting in the 2013 season. Known as the innovator of the “Air Raid” offense, Mumme joins SMU after four seasons as head coach at McMurry University in Abilene. During his college years, he played football at New Mexico Military Institute and Tarleton State University.

(Photos c/o SMU Athletics) 

SMU centennial party continues with 2012 Founders’ Day festivities

Fireworks over Dallas Hall at SMU Founders' Day 2011. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.
SMU marked its inaugural Founders' Day in 2011 with an unusual display of daytime fireworks over Dallas Hall. Photo credit: Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU celebrates 2012 Founders’ Day Weekend April 20-21 with events ranging from a movie night on the quad to a “Picnic With the Profs” to Family Day at Meadows Museum.

The public festivities begin Friday, April 20 with groundbreaking for the University’s new Residential Commons as part of the Centennial Celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Doak Walker Plaza. The event will be marked by the laying of a Centennial Cornerstone, a permanent tribute to the 100-year evolution of SMU’s campus and a new era of campus development.

Activities also include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2012 President’s Briefing.

Finally, SMU students and community members will meet up for popcorn, cotton candy and a free screening of “Forrest Gump” during Community Movie Night at 8 p.m. on the Main Quad, hosted by the SMU Program Council. Pack a picnic basket and bring blankets, lawn chairs and nonalcoholic beverages.

On  Saturday, April 21, the University will welcome back alumni from the classes of 1961 and earlier for the 2012 Golden Mustangs reunion.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. that day, Meadows Museum hosts a Family Day celebration featuring knights, falconers, and SMU student performers with activities and medieval fun for all ages. Highlights include tours of the Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, and its stunningly preserved 15th-century tapestries depicting the conquests of Asilah and Tangier by Afonso V, King of Portugal.

Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

The University marked the 100-year anniversary of its founding in 1911 and will mark the centennial of its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.

Find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website
Relive memories of the first Founders’ Day Weekend with this SMU News video video

Tune In: Dallas Hall light show celebrates SMU centennial

SMU’s landmark building was a key player in the University’s inaugural Founders’ Day Weekend celebrations in April 2011. For 10 evenings, representing SMU’s 10 decades, Dallas Hall was illuminated in honor of the citizens of Dallas who generously provided the funds for the University’s first building.

Celebrate the kickoff of the SMU centennial all over again with this video of the Lighting of the Dome from Eva Parks of SMU News. Click the YouTube screen to continue, or visit this link to open the high-def Dallas Hall dome lighting video in a new window. video

Tune In: Founders’ Day Weekend in four minutes

Alumni from around the globe gathered at Dallas Hall for fireworks and a giant birthday card as SMU celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding on the University’s Main Quadrangle. The event was the first of several scheduled for SMU’s Founders’ Day Weekend, April 15-17, 2011.

The April 15 event, complete with proclamations and resolutions, also officially launched the University’s multiyear Second Century Celebration, commemorating the centennial of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915. Founders’ Day, designated as the third Friday in April of each year, recognizes the filing of the University’s charter on April 17, 1911.

Click the YouTube screen to watch, or view the Founders’ Day Weekend video in a new window video

> See images from the lighting of the Dallas Hall dome, ongoing each night through April 26 slideshow

Calendar Highlights: April 12, 2011

Elizabeth TurnerClements Brown Bag Lecture: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies takes the Brown Bag reins with a guest lecture by University of North Texas Professor Elizabeth Turner (pictured) noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. She will discuss the history behind Texas’ Hall of Negro Life in “The Miraculous Fall Upwards.” The Hall, an exhibition created at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, was an important part in cultivating a black culture and history in North Texas and ultimately establishing an African-American presence within the Southwest as its own complete cultural force. The lecture is free – bring your lunch.

The celebration begins: Get ready for the party to begin this weekend, as SMU’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration kicks off the University’s 5-year Centennial celebration. The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, with a public celebration at the Main Quad, a performance by the Mustang Band and a special fireworks show. The centennial flag will also be raised during this performance, and there will be refreshments for all attendees on the quad. The party is only the first part of a weekend-long celebration, which will include the annual Relay for Life (5:30 p.m.-5:30 am, starting Friday on the Boulevard) and the University Park egg hunt from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Goar Park. A complete list of the events is online at the SMU 100 website. For more information, call 214-768-1384. Happy birthday, SMU!

SMU’s 100th anniversary celebration to begin Jan. 1, 2011

Dallas Hall historical markerSMU’s Board of Trustees has passed a resolution establishing the Second Century Celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding and opening.

The Board has designated Jan. 1, 2011 as the start of the celebration period, which will run through 2015. SMU was founded in 1911 and opened in 1915.

At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board also established SMU Founders’ Day, designated as the third Friday in April each year “in recognition of the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to a press release. Founders’ Day in 2011 will be celebrated on April 15.

Founders’ Day each spring will include Inside SMU, featuring a day of classes by SMU faculty for alumni, parents and friends Historical exhibits that chronicle the century of SMU’s development and contributions to Dallas and society will be displayed on campus throughout the celebration years.

Read more under the link below.

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