A Monday Celebration of Lights kicks off SMU’s 2013 holiday season

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A Monday Celebration of Lights kicks off SMU’s 2013 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 on the Main Quad.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Children of Perkins faculty and staff members will join Dean William Lawrence and Associate Dean Evelyn Parker as readers for the services. The program also features music from the Perkins Seminary Singers directed by C. Michael Hawn; Meadows School of the Arts’ women’s ensemble, Diva Dolce (4 p.m.), directed by Robert Ward; the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Youth Chorus (8 p.m.) directed by Kelly Pfaffenberger; and Perkins organist Christoper Anderson. Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

• The University celebrates its 2013 December Commencement Convocation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

November 25, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU celebrates the 2012 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The December holidays deliver some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these 2012 events:

• The Student Foundation’s 2012 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a 35-year-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

• On Thursday, Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service focuses on John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness….” Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502. Read more about the service.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party – this year dubbed the “Santatennial Holiday Celebration” – from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 16 Winter Exhibition noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in Cohorts 16, 18 and 19.

• The University celebrates its 2012 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

November 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

December 2011 brings the festive season at SMU

A scene from SMU's 2010 Celebration of Lights

December 2011 brings a flurry of festivity to the Hilltop, including some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 1, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service will center on Luke 2:10, “And the angel said, ‘Fear not…,'” and will address the nature of fear in our society and how the message of hope offered in the Gospels speaks to our circumstances today. Read more about the 2011 service and see a video from the 2010 service. Video

• The Student Foundation’s 2011 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Watch slideshows of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Faculty and staff members also have the opportunity to sponsor a child’s campus visit for the celebration. The Student Foundation plans to invite 50 students from Dallas’ César Chávez Learning Center to the Hilltop for the holiday fun. Sponsors or sponsor groups will provide a gift and join the children before the ceremony for cookies, games and other activities. Learn more at Facebook or contact Jordan Kragen of the Student Foundation.

The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation Friday, Dec. 16, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work.

• Business and civic leader (and SMU Trustee) Carl Sewell ’66  will give the address at the University’s 2011 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Procter Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

November 30, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

The holidays arrive on the Hilltop in December

Holiday lights on the Main Quad

December 2010 brings some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these events:

• On Dec. 2, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at two different times: 4 p.m and 8 p.m. Read more about this year’s service.

• The Student Foundation’s 2010 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 on the University’s main quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a decades-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. A reception in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons will follow the lighting of the SMU Christmas tree.

• SMU Provost Paul Ludden will give the address at the University’s 2010 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 in Moody Coliseum. Faculty members will assemble for procession no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online.

November 30, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

2010 Christmas Worship Service offers a fresh approach to an SMU tradition

Stock photo of a Christmas wreathC. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music Program in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, is planning a change-up for this year’s Christmas Worship Service. The annual service takes place at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in the University’s Perkins Chapel.

The popular service, usually celebrated in the tradition of A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols since 1992, has been modified this year for what Hawn considers a “fresh approach” to an annual SMU tradition.

“This year’s services offer a tapestry of song and prayer on the theme ‘and on earth peace…’ with selections from around the world,” Hawn says. He notes that three of the four canticles from the book of Luke mention peace.

“Drawing especially from the Canticles of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and of the Angels (Luke 2:14),” Hawn adds, “the choral and congregational song will view the Advent season through various perspectives on peace.”

As for the changes, Hawn noted that the Nine Lessons program had become “predictable” and that it was time for something new.

“It’s going to have more of a theological theme this year rather than the ‘Nine Lessons’ structure, which has done well for us since 1992 but seems a little outdated now. It will still have the same feel this year, but I don’t think it will be as predictable this time.”

Musicians for the service include the Seminary Singers, directed by Hawn, and the Meadows Chorale, directed by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Christopher S. Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as the organist for these services.

Guest instrumentalists including a marimba ensemble, percussion, and trumpets will join the singers in presenting music by Bernstein, Britten, Hogan and Bach as well as composers from Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

The worship services are free and open to the public, with free parking available on Bishop Boulevard.

For more information, visit the Perkins website or contact Michael Hawn, 214-768-2348.

November 30, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|
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