The Boulevard, SMU vs. James Madison, and the biggest ever Mustang Band halftime – featuring current members, band alumni and the world’s largest Diamond M on Saturday, Sept. 26. The first 5,000 people to enter Ford Stadium will receive a free Peruna bobblehead, and a fireworks extravaganza will immediately follow the SMU-James Madison game to cap the Centennial weekend.
Watch the SMU Forum for more information on each event.
SMU celebrates the Year of the Faculty during 2014 Homecoming Nov. 13-16, honoring the contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty members as teachers and researchers. The Homecoming parade theme, “Dynamic Duos: Better Together,” salutes powerful partnerships, including SMU’s relationship with Dallas and the pairing of SMU students and faculty.
Saturday’s events begin with actor and alumnus Brian Baumgartner ’95 leading the traditional Homecoming parade, with tailgating on The Boulevard followed by the traditional football game at Ford Stadium.
Other Homecoming highlights include season openers for the SMU men’s and women’s basketball teams on Friday, Nov. 14. The 8:30 p.m. men’s game vs. Lamar is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 6 p.m. women’s game vs. Northern Colorado. For tickets visit smumustangs.com.
Events at a glance:
• Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration, 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, Main Quad: honoring Mary Brinegar ’69, Frank M. Dunlevy ’71, John F. Harper ’68, and Emerging Leader recipient Alexandra Dillard Lucie ’05.
• Pigskin Revue, 8:15 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14 McFarlin Auditorium: the 81st edition of the annual variety show featuring SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts, with the Mustang Band playing new music as well as old favorites from past revues. Admission is free with an SMU ID or $15 without an SMU ID.
• Tailgating on the Boulevard, 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Bishop Boulevard: The Mustang Club Tent, with catering provided by Mi Cocina, will be located at the southeast corner of Bishop and Binkley on Mustang Alley. Adult admission is $10 per person in advance and $15 cash at the tent on game day. Children 8 and under are admitted for free.
• Homecoming Parade, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, beginning at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue: The 2014 parade will feature iconic duos such as Batman and Robin; Mickey and Minnie; and Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Baumgartner, known for his iconic role as Kevin Malone in the TV series “The Office,” will serve as grand marshal. The new route featuring student floats, bands and entertainment will begin at SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue. (Parade Map)
• Homecoming Football Game, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Gerald J. Ford
Stadium: Cheerleaders and the Mustang Band will lead fans from The Boulevard into Ford Stadium. Halftime will include a performance by the Mustang Band, a check presentation from the SMU reunion classes and crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Visit smumustangs.com for tickets.
• All-University Worship, 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 16, Perkins Chapel: Join the SMU community at this inspirational service in Perkins Chapel and remember classmates who are no longer with us.
• Centennial Lighting, throughout the weekend: This year’s Homecoming features a new tradition of ceremonial lighting that will extend across campus each evening throughout the weekend. Homecoming 2014 will also mark the debut of the illuminated SMU Mustang featured on SMU’s East Campus Expressway Tower.
• SMU Museum Open Houses, throughout the weekend: Explore world-class art, presidential artifacts, interactive exhibits and library treasures at SMU’s Bridwell Library, Centennial Hall, DeGolyer Library, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Heritage Hall and the Meadows Museum. All visits are complimentary during Homecoming except for the Bush Presidential Library and Museum. For tickets to the Bush Library and Museum, visit georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu.
• Reunion Gatherings, throughout the weekend: Reunion events are planned for the classes of ‘69 ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ‘99 ’04 and ’09. The Reunion Weekend kickoff celebration will begin on Friday, Nov. 14. Visit smu.edu/reunions for more information.
SMU Homecoming includes more events for all ages. For the full schedule, visit smu.edu/homecoming.
SMU will honor four leaders in philanthropy, business and civic life with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates. The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner and ceremony begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 on the Main Quad.
The 2014 Distinguished Alumni are Mary Brinegar ’69, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum; Frank M. Dunlevy ’71, vice chair of the investment bank Cowen and Company; and Dr. John Frank Harper ’68, clinical cardiologist with Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and 2012 recipient of the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award.
Alexandra Dillard Lucie ’05, corporate merchandise manager with Dillard’s, a family business founded by her grandfather, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award. The honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years.
SMU celebrates Homecoming 2013 with events throughout the week leading to Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 25-27.
The week includes new events such as Canstruction and old favorites such as Pigskin Revue. Canstruction is a new Homecoming philanthropy event in which all participating organizations collect canned goods and build them into a structure reflecting their theme. At the completion of Homecoming Week, the cans will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
Pigskin Revue celebrates its 79th anniversary Friday at 8:15 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Join the Mustang Band for a night of song, dance and comedy acts; call 214-SMU-BAND for ticket information.
Leading up to Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Temple will be the annual Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. SMU alum and Academy Award-winning filmmaker and author William Joyce ’81 will lead the SMU community down Hillcrest as the parade grand marshal. Following the parade, The Boulevard will include new options for food, beverages, fun children’s activities and SMU gear — there’s something for Mustang fans of all ages!
After the Boulevard, head to Ford Stadium to watch SMU take on Temple at 2 p.m. There will be a special halftime ceremony that includes a performance by the Mustang Band, check presentation from the SMU reunion classes, presentation of video winners and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.
This year’s theme, “Boulevard Bound: Many Stories, One Tradition” ties into the University’s Year of the Library, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of SMU’s first library in 1913 and this year’s opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on campus.
Each organization participating in Homecoming will represent a great book that became a blockbuster film:
Chi Omega & Beta Theta Pi: Jurassic Park
The Union: The Wizard ofOz
Delta Gamma & Sigma Chi: The Great Gatsby
Theta Tau & Multicultural Greek Council: Where’s Waldo?
Pi Beta Phi & Phi Gamma Delta: Casino Royale
Multicultural Student Organizations: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Kappa Kappa Gamma & Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Alice in Wonderland
Alpha Chi Omega & Lambda Chi Alpha: Friday Night Lights
Eta Iota Sigma & Lyle Ambassadors: Star Wars
Gamma Phi Beta & Beta Upsilon Chi: Superman
Delta Delta Delta & Kappa Alpha Order: Peter Pan
Kappa Alpha Theta & Pi Kappa Alpha: Water for Elephants
“It is our hope that Homecoming week will serve to remember and recognize everyone who has contributed to the legacy of SMU at a defining moment in this University’s history,” said Student Foundation Homecoming Chair Taylor Thompson.
Bring the kids, or perhaps your inner child, to SMU’s 2013 Homecoming celebration: Author, illustrator and Oscar-winning filmmaker William Joyce ’81 will sign books and screen his 2012 Best Animated Short Film to help kick off the festivities.
Milk and cookies will be served during the screening of “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,” taking place 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Centennial Hall, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Children and book lovers are welcome, and the event is free and open to the public.
Joyce will also serve as grand marshal of SMU’s book-themed 2013 Homecoming parade Saturday Oct. 26, celebrating the University’s Year of the Library. This year’s parade begins at 11 a.m. at the intersection of University Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue, travels south on Hillcrest, then north on Bishop Boulevard into campus.
Named by Newsweek as one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium, Joyce co-wrote and produced the recent animated film “Epic.” He also created conceptual characters for films such as Toy Story and A Bug’s Life. His second television series, based on his book George Shrinks, aired daily on PBS stations across the country.
In addition, Joyce was the producer and production designer for the critically acclaimed animated feature film “Robots” and the executive producer of the Disney Feature Animation film “Meet the Robinsons,” based on his picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson.
Joyce will be recognized as an SMU Centennial History Maker at the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Pony up for PINK: SMU Relay for Life invites you to stop by their table to learn more about becoming involved with the program and to enjoy refreshing PINK lemonade. They will be at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center West Bridge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Don’t forget to wear your favorite pink attire!
Cops and robbers, Egyptian style: John F. Bauschatz, assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Arizona, will give a museum lecture on “Police Work in Ptolemaic Egypt” at SMU on Thursday, Oct. 24. Bauschatz will speak on police officials in Egypt circa 330-30 B.C.E. and how documentary papyri evidence suggests that “a multifaceted police system existed and thrived in at least one region of the ancient Mediterranean, and suggests that possibility of parallels in others.” The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Bob & Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.
The Oswald Photo at 50: Fifty years after the assassination of JFK, an SMU event will examine a photograph of the man behind it all, Lee Harvey Oswald. On Thursday, Oct. 24, a panel will discuss the now famous photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald (Kennedy’s assassin) being shot by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby.
The panel includes the photographer, former SMU student Bob Jackson, who won a Pulitzer Prize for the photo; noted JFK assassination authority Hugh Aynesworth; and the Dallas detective who was escorting Oswald, Jim Leavelle. SMU Journalism Professor of Practice Carolyn Barta will moderate the panel, which begins at 3 p.m. in 2130 O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center.
SMU’S 2012 Homecoming celebration provided several days of excitement, from reunions to Pigskin Revue to the parade (led by alumnus and TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie) to the Distinguished Alumni Awards. And to top it all off, the Mustangs delivered a 44-13 victory over the Memphis Tigers in Ford Stadium.
Season Finale: SMU women’s soccer will travel to Tulsa Friday, Oct. 26, to play their last game of the 2012 regular season at 7 p.m. They are 23-3-2 all-time against the Golden Hurricane. Based on how the Mustangs and other Conference USA teams perform this weekend, their final ranking for the Conference USA Tournament will be decided. The Mustangs are currently 8-6-4 for the season and can enter the tournament as high as 4th or as low as 7th (out of 8 teams).
Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team is traveling to College Station for the 2012 Conference Challenge. The Mustangs have an overall record of 9-12 for the season and conference challenge play will be Oct. 26-28.
Homecoming for the Holidays: SMU’s 2012 Homecoming football game is Saturday, Oct. 27. SMU is 40-41-3 all-time in homecoming games, and the Mustangs will take on Memphis in the second of three games against future Big East opponents. Junior Kevin Pope enters the game as the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the week for his work in the Houston game, which included the first TD of his career. The kick-off Saturday is at 2 p.m., and the game includes a halftime presentation of the 2012 SMU Homecoming King and Queen.
Senior Day: SMU men’s soccer takes on Marshall Sunday, Oct. 28. The Mustangs finished their last game with a tie in double overtime against Missouri State and are 5-2-1 all-time against Marshall. The game Sunday is senior day and their will be a pre-game ceremony to honor the four senior men: Ben Hill, T.J. Nelson, Juan Robles and Ryan Rosenbaum. The game starts at noon at Westcott Field.
Looking Ahead: SMU’s women’s cross country team will travel to Mississippi for the Conference USA ChampionshipMonday, Oct. 29.
The University’s oldest tradition, Pigskin Revue, celebrates its 78th anniversary at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets for this year’s show, “Holidaze,” are free and can be picked up in advance at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Tickets will also be available at the McFarlin box office beginning at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
In conjunction with Pigskin Revue, the organizing committee and the Mustang Band are also collecting canned food for the North Texas Food Bank, with a goal of 2,386 cans – one for every seat in McFarlin. Look for collection boxes in residence halls, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and other buildings around campus.
Leading up to the Mustangs’ football game against the Memphis Tigers, the SMU Homecoming Parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and will celebrate the role that SMU has played in the Dallas community since its founding in 1911. The parade will feature Blake Mycoskie (pictured right), SMU alumnus and TOMS Shoes “chief shoe giver,” as grand marshal. SMU alumnus Dan Bell will serve as parade emcee.
This year, the expanded Homecoming parade will begin at University Boulevard and Hillcrest Avenue. The procession will wind its way along Hillcrest and through the SMU campus with student floats, bands and entertainment. Bright red and blue Centennial Bicycles will make their debut in the parade.
“As we celebrate SMU’s centennial, we are especially pleased to welcome back our alumni and show them the progress they have helped to make possible with their support,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We also are proud to recognize a great entrepreneur and philanthropist as our Homecoming grand marshal. Through his TOMS Shoes’ One For One Movement, Blake Mycoskie is an example of how our alumni contribute to the world.”