Meet me at the fair: Career, research, study-abroad events

SMU will host a number of information and networking fairs in February 2009. Remind your students and colleagues to visit these events:

  • Career and Internship Fair Prep Day, 1-7 p.m. Feb. 11, Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level – Students learn how to polish a résumé, work a career fair and speed-network with prospective employers in preparation for the Spring 2009 Career and Internship Fair Feb. 19RSVP required for speed-networking event
  • Education Abroad Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 13, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons – Learn more about new destinations and other additions to SMU’s study-abroad programs
  • Research Day 2009, 2-5 p.m Feb. 17, Hughes-Trigg Ballroom West – More than 80 graduate students from Dedman College and the Lyle School of Engineering will present their research
  • Spring 2009 Career and Internship Fair, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 19, Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level – SMU students and alumni are invited to meet more than 80 employers from a variety of industries in the largest career event of the semester

Hauntingly good fun for Halloween

Halloween dogIt’s not too late to participate in the scary fun during Halloween on the Hilltop:

Outdoor Adventures offers Midnight Cosmic Climbing, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 30, in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Come for the late-night rock climbing – stay for the lights, prizes and DJ’ed music. Costumes are encouraged (must be harness-compatible). Contact David Chambers, 8-4822.

SMU Child Care and Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 31. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to see the costumes and treat the tricksters.

• Wear your biggest hair and scariest sweats to ’80s-themed Group X classes all day Oct. 31 at Dedman Center – including the Cardio Bosu Booty Bounce, Heavy Metal Spinning and a “Step Into the ’80s” version of Radical Abs. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited; no Group X pass is required. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Brook Jimenez, 8-4824.

• Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate the departed with Mexican food, music and hot chocolate at a Dia de los Muertos celebration 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 153 Heroy Hall.

• The Hegi Family Career Development Center invites students, faculty and staff for a Haunted Open House 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31 at their offices in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The festivities feature haunted tours, treats, contests and prizes.

Meadows Opera Theatre celebrates the spooky side with performances of eerie scenes from Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor and Fiddler on the Roof in an Opera Free For All at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center.

Faculty in the News: March 27, 2008

Cal Jillson, Political Science, spoke with The Dallas Morning News about how political foot-dragging is often less damaging than the information that sometimes comes out as a result of responding to inquiries. His comments appeared March 26, 2008.

Troy Behrens, Hegi Family Career Development Center, talked about how the Class of 2008 can find opportunities in a bleak job market with The Dallas Morning News March 23, 2008.

Amit Basu, Information Technology and Operations Management, co-wrote (with Chip Jarnagin of LatticeWorks Consulting) an article on how to tap information technology’s hidden potential that was published in The Wall Street Journal March 10, 2008.

“Big Questions” continue with panel discussion March 26

The discussion begun in the “Big Questions, Worthy Dreams” conference continues March 26 with SMU’s first follow-up event, “The University as a Mentoring Environment: Life of the Mind and Life of the Spirit.” The brown-bag panel discussion will be led by Marva McGrew, Hegi Family Career Development Center; Frank Santoni, Catholic Campus Ministry; and Matthew Wilson, Department of Political Science.

The event is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Atrium A-B (3rd floor). Bring your lunch; drinks will be provided.

Tune In: Timely tips for student career-seekers

Career Center iTunes logoPodcast of the Week: SMU’s Spring 2008 Career Fair is Feb. 13. Meanwhile, students can listen up for expert advice with the Hegi Family Career Development Center‘s podcast at SMU’s iTunes U site. Launch iTunes U from SMU’s portal page and click to the Campus Life > Student Activities section. You will need to install iTunes if you don’t have it already – it’s fast and free at

Career Fair Prep Day is Jan. 31

SMU’s Spring 2008 Career Fair takes place Feb. 13 – and students who want to make the most of it can start preparing this week. Career Fair Prep Day is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Students can get their résumés reviewed by employers, learn how to polish their professional images, participate in an employer Q&A, and get tips on how to make the most of their career fair experience.

Students also may participate in a Speed Networking session 4-6 p.m. Advance registration is required only for this event; students may RSVP online.

Career Fair Prep Day is presented by SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center and the Cox School of Business’ B.B.A. Career Services. For more information, visit the Career Center website.

Tune In: From privacy to “ringxiety”

Robert KroutDedman Law Dean John Attanasio discussed privacy issues involved when attorneys market their services to recipients of traffic citations through public information requests. The segment aired on NBC Nightly News. video

Robert Krout (right), Music Therapy, demonstrated the phenomenon of “ringxiety” – the sensation that you hear or feel your cell phone ringing when it’s not – for KXAS-TV (NBC Channel 5). video

Jessica DuBois, Hegi Family Career Development Center, talked about the impact Facebook entries can have on future employment in a news segment produced by WFAA-TV (ABC Channel 8). video