SMU Relay For Life 2015 exceeds fund-raising goal

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SMU Relay For Life 2015 exceeds fund-raising goal


SMU Relay for Life 2015, April 10-11, raises approximately $176,400 benefitting the American Cancer Society.

SMU held its 12th annual Relay for Life on Saturday, April 10-11, from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 a.m. During the overnight fundraising walk, tables and tents filled the Boulevard as more than 1,500 students and community members came out to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer.

The event raised approximately $176,400 benefitting the American Cancer Society, well exceeding the goal of $158,000. Two standouts in the fundraising efforts were the SMU Kappa Alpha Theta team and SMU senior Katie Schaible.

The Thetas topped the leader board for team fundraising this year, collecting more than $38,761. After a junior in the SMU Theta pledge class was diagnosed with cancer during the Fall 2014 term, the Relay for Life movement became the perfect platform for the sorority to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The entire chapter actively came together to support her, raise funds and bring awareness to the fight.

SMU senior Katie Schaible raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society during her four years

SMU senior Katie Schaible raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society during her four years at SMU.

For her fourth consecutive year, Katie Schaible made the individual fundraiser leader board. Schaible truly embodies the spirit of Relay for Life. After losing her father to melanoma at the age of 14, Schaible joined Relay for Life during her freshmen year and has raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society since.

Prior to the on-campus event, SMU Relay For Life won the title of number one college Relay in an online event on February 23-25, 2015. Competing against the top 25 American Cancer Society college Relays for Life, SMU Relay for Life took the top spot raising $45,534. Collectively the online event raised $315,654 benefiting the American Cancer Society.

“The SMU community rose to new heights with the unbelievable success they had during the Number One Relay Challenge,” said Rebecca Wood, staff partner for the Relay. “I am so proud of the student-led committee and the community as a whole.”

For more information or to donate to the cause, visit the SMU Relay For Life webpage or the SMU Relay For Life Facebook page.

Family Weekend 2013 celebrates ‘SMU: Where Dreams Come True’

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 1.33.06 PMIt’s that time of the year again: SMU Student Foundation will present Family Weekend 2013 Oct. 4-6.

The theme for the weekend, “SMU: Where Dreams Come True,” reflects the “unparalleled experience and countless opportunities” the University offers to students, says Will Slack, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair. “It is the hope of Student Foundation that you will see the ways in which our University makes student dreams a reality.”

Student Foundation compiled a guide for the weekend, including many new events. Below are the highlights:

Friday, Oct. 4:

  • Engaged Learning Student Presentations* will be given during the Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will discuss their research, civic engagement, internship and creative experiences around the world.
  • Hardhat tours of SMU’s new residence halls, set to open in 2014, will be given at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Residential Commons Tour* is free of charge but a ticket is required.
  • The Annual Family Luncheon will be in the HTSC Ballroom at noon.
  • Engaged Learning* is hosting its first-ever Family Weekend Open House from 2-4 p.m. Learn how SMU is shaping world changers through student-developed and -executed individual study projects.
  • The 7th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the 38th Annual Talent Show follows at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Don’t forget to pick up your tickets from the HTSC Crossing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. tickets can be picked up at the HTSC Mane Desk

Saturday, Oct. 5:

  • The annual Boulevard BBQ is now the Boulevard Brunch. Due to the early game, brunch will be served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The menu includes “made-to-order breakfast burritos, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, coffee, etc.”
  • After Boulevarding, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Rutgers. Kick off is set for 11 a.m. with coverage from ESPNews.

You can pick up your tickets from 8 a.m. until noon at the HTSC Mane Desk

Sunday, Oct. 6:

  • The Kappa Alpha Theta chapter of SMU presents Theta Cats Making Tracks 5K*. Join the ladies at 8:30 a.m. for a one-mile fun run or 5k to raise money for their national philanthropy CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m. All services are held at Perkins Chapel.
  • The Meadows Museum is open noon-5 p.m. free of charge for all families and students.

In addition to the weekend’s events, Student Foundation presents the first-ever Family Weekend community service event:

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Stay updated with everything Family Weekend by connecting with Student Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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October 1, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU celebrates a decade of Relay for Life April 12, 2013

Relay For Life come back to the Boulevard for its 10th year on Friday, April 12, 2013. This year’s event theme, “Cheers to 100 Years of More Birthdays,” recognizes the centennials being celebrated by both SMU and the American Cancer Society. Together they will celebrate the lives saved during those 100 years and set a goal to finish the fight and find a cure in the next 100 years.

SMU student and Relay for Life Director of Communications Taylor Lack says she relays because “come this October, I will be 13 years cancer-free. I look forward to celebrating many more healthy birthdays in my life.”

Friday activities kick off at 5 p.m., with the opening ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m., including both a survivors and caregivers lap at 6:30 p.m. The traditional luminaria ceremony is at 9 p.m., in which lanterns are lit in memory or honor of a person with cancer. (Luminarias can be purchased prior to the event.) Each is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing. A Fight Back ceremony at midnight recognizes the emotional commitment the fight against cancer entails, not only for the patients but also loved ones and communities.

The 24-hour relay comes to a close at 5 a.m. It’s a time to celebrate and remember the commitment participants made to continue the fight all year long.

There will be a survivors’ dinner on Thursday, Mar. 21, as well as during the event. The dinner is at Gordon Biersch, and survivors on campus can contact Alex Philipson for more information.

In addition to remembering and honoring the fight against cancer, Relay for Life helps to raise money for the American Cancer Society. “It is thanks to the selfless work of ACS, and the money raised by events like Relay, that cancer patients are surviving and thriving,” Lack says.

Last year SMU RFL raised $140,000; this year’s goal is $158,000. The SMU group has raised $55,753.42 thus far. The 2012-13 Relay for Life Board is the top fund-raising team with $21,823.01; Kappa Alpha Theta follows with $10,240 and Pi Beta Phi rounds out the top three teams with $7,325 raised. For more information on creating a team, contact Katie Schaible. The final team meeting is March 26, 2013.

Relay for Life began in Tacoma, Washington due to the initiative of one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt. In May 1985, he ran a track for 24 hours and with the support of his friends, family and the community raised $27,000. Relay for Life is now the largest nonprofit activity in the world; it takes place in more than 20 countries and has raised more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

For more information or to donate to the cause visit the Relay for Life site or SMU RFL Facebook.

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March 21, 2013|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date, Tune In|
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