Calendar Highlights: Aug. 24, 2010

Silkscreen print of an altar scene from 'Mexico in Color' by Elma PrattLast days for “Revolutionary” exhibit: Only a few more days remain for Mexico: Books and Portfolios from the Stanley Marcus Collection, an SMU exhibition celebrating the 2010 centennial of the Mexican Revolution running through Aug. 29 in the Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library. The historic books and portfolios on view are part of the Stanley Marcus Collection at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. The celebration of the Mexican centennial will continue in the fall with Mexico: Porfiriato to Revolution, 1876-1920, from Sept. 7-Dec. 17 at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. Visit the University’s Mexican collections online. (Right, a silkscreen print altar scene from the 1947 portfolio Mexico in Color by Elma Pratt.)

Chill out: Faculty, staff and students can mingle over refreshments at the Mustang Chill, 3-4 p.m. Aug. 25 in the M Lounge, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Sponsored by SMU’s Department of Student Development and Programs.

SMU Athletic Forum: NFL great and former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy speaks in the next Athletic Forum luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. Cost is $60 per ticket. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314, or visit

A science affair: The SMU Physics Department will help local teachers, parents and students prepare themselves for science fair competitions at the Fluor Science Fair Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 28 in the Fondren Science Building, Room 133. Sponsored by SMU Physics, Fluor, and Beal Bank. For more information, contact Simon Dalley, 214-768-2109, or visit the Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair website.

SMU celebrates inaugural Spring Arts Weekend March 19-21

springarts.jpgThe SMU community converges on campus March 19-21, 2010, to celebrate the University’s first Spring Arts Weekend.

Events will include Sing Song, the highly anticipated annual Broadway-style competition that features student teams performing skits they create themselves. Other activities include an art auction, state-of-the-art video gaming in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center’s M Lounge, exhibits at the Meadows Museum and Bridwell Library, and a Meadows Chorale performance in Perkins Chapel.

The evening of March 20, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Dance Ensemble will perform a gala concert at the Winspear Opera House, part of the new AT&T Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas. Find ticket information online or call 214-880-0202.

“Spring is a wonderful time to showcase our talented students and faculty, as well as our beautiful campus,” says Deanie Kepler, director of Parent and Family Programs. “We encourage families to go at their own pace and explore the many exhibits, concerts and performances on campus and in Dallas.”

Find a complete schedule at the SMU Parents blog

M Lounge: A high-tech haven in Hughes-Trigg

SMU students play Rock Band in the University's new M  Lounge

The nation’s largest and most sophisticated video game lounge opened in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center April 15. A full array of Wii’s, Playstations and Xboxes greet visitors to the University’s new M Lounge, an entertainment room for students.

The 36 game consoles were provided by the GameStop chain, headquartered just outside Dallas in Grapevine. And while the M Lounge provides free arcade action on campus, it also serves another purpose. Video game design students in The Guildhall at SMU now have a place to get instant feedback from fellow student gamers.

Watch local coverage of the M Lounge opening from The 33 News. video

(Above, students jam to a Rock Band track in SMU’s new M Lounge. The room’s unique set-up allows players to face an audience as they perform game moves, with the game screen itself as a backdrop.)