Calendar Highlights: Dec. 13, 2011

Stock photo of a blue ornamentAs the days dwindle down to a precious few, here are some notable dates for the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012:

  • Dec. 16The Guildhall at SMU Cohort 14 Exhibition and Graduation, SMU-in-Plano. Paul Barnett, senior creative director of BioWare Mythic and the guiding force behind the critically acclaimed MMO game Warhammer Online, will deliver the graduation keynote speech.
  • Dec. 17: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees.
  • Dec. 17: All-University December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum. Business and civic leader and SMU Trustee Carl Sewell (’66) will give the address. Faculty members may RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and processional.
  • Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012: University holidays.
  • Jan. 3-12J Term 2012 at SMU-in-Plano.

Stock photo of a wrapped holiday giftSMUSA plays Santa: The SMU Staff Association continues to collect gifts for United Way partner Children’s Medical Center of Dallas until Dec. 14, 2011. The Staff Association is accepting “ABCs” – action figures and dolls or their accessories; board games or handheld games and puzzles; and cards (as in gift cards, to child-friendly stores). Check the most current list of drop-off locations for the one nearest you.

Fine forgiveness: The Central University Libraries 2011 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 16. Every gift of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fines assessed from November 2011 onward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off donations at any listed library.

Book cover of 'Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life' by Stephen W. RankinCelebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2011 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Signed and sealed: SMU Chaplain Steve Rankin will sign his new book, Aiming at Maturity: The Goal of the Christian Life, from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Logos Bookstore, 6620 Snider Plaza. In this work, published by Wipf and Stock, Rev. Dr. Rankin draws from the Scriptures, from popular biblical interpretation, and from his own work as a teacher and minister to make the case for spiritual maturity. For more information, call the Chaplain’s Office at 214-768-4502.

CUL’s 2011 Food for Fines program runs through Dec. 16

SMU Central University Libraries' Food for Fines logoSMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL) has kicked off its 2011 Food for Fines program and will accept food donations for the North Texas Food Bank in return for waiving library fines.

For every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food, SMU faculty, staff and students will receive a $2 credit toward fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man Reading Room.

Bring food donations to any of these CUL libraries through Friday, Dec. 16.

Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. The credit may only be used against overdue book fines assessed from Nov. 1, 2011, to the present. No credit will be awarded for fines assessed prior to November 2011, and no future credit can be applied.

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Learn more about the North Texas Food Bank

Food, fitness & fun the focus of SMU Farmers Market April 28-29, 2011

Stock photo of tomatoes on the vineThe University community is invited to take a fresh perspective on cooking, eating and living well at the Spring 2011 SMU Farmers Market. The events take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.

Shoppers can expect to find fresh items including blueberries, plums, mangos, nectarines, seedless watermelons, avocados, bell peppers, tomatillos and snow peas. Organic offerings will include apples, carrots, grape tomatoes, spring salad mix and Texas-grown shiitake mushrooms. Herbs like cilantro and mint, as well as more exotic items such as blood oranges and starfruit, also will be available.

Produce is priced by the pound. Cash, credit and Pony Cash will be accepted. Bags will be available; shoppers are encouraged to go green and bring their own reusable bags.

In addition, SMU experts will share tips for eating well, living healthy and being eco-friendly throughout the market:

  • Fancy feasting: SMU Dining Services Executive Chef Tim Schaub will demonstrate the art of garde manger – making memorable garnishes such as tomato roses and apple swans. He’ll also have recipes for delicious dishes featuring Farmers Market produce, some of which appear on the menu at RFoC @ Lee.
  • Soul food: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday and 12:45-1:30 p.m. Friday, meet at the Farmers Market. McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism Elaine Heath, Perkins School of Theology, will conduct walking tours of the SMU Community Garden, which benefits the North Texas Food Bank. Information about how to become involved with the project also will be offered.
  • Good dirt: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Hughes-Trigg Forum. Ann Allen and Cathy Coates of SMU Facilities Management & Sustainability will share tips for growing vegetables in containers.
  • Sage advice: SMU Dietitian Claire Florsheim will share nutrition information and tips.
  • Healthy living: Get the latest on Dedman Center exercise programs.
  • Going green: Learn about sustainability at SMU.

The SMU Farmers Market and programs are open to the public. They are presented by SMU Wellpower and SMU Dining Services.

Written by Pat Ward

> Find more information at the SMU Farmers Market webpage
> Get updates at the SMU Farmers Market blog

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 13, 2009

land-of-necessity-bookcover-200.jpgClubhouse Lunch: Assistant Professor Hector Rivera, director of the Center for Child and Community Development in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, speaks on “Integrating English Language Learners Into Our Schools – What Do We Need to Know?” at noon Oct. 14 in the Faculty Club. The lecture is part of the SMU Faculty Club’s Clubhouse Lunch series. Lunch is $5, or feel free to bring your own.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Associate Professor of History Alexis McCrosson discusses her new book, including the visual rhetoric of scarcity and abundance in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and their history of “institutions of abundance” such as department and “big box” stores, in “Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands” at noon Oct. 14 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Presented by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dedman College. Bring your lunch.

Long live the King: The Meadows Wind Ensemble spends a musical evening with an American icon in “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program features an Elvis “Vegas” medley, Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis, Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas and a set of works by Frank Zappa – as well as a possible appearance by “the King” himself. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Music for a cause: The Meadows Chorale opens its season with a program of contemporary music that celebrates the passage of life into afterlife at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 in Perkins Chapel. “Each Shall Arise” features works by Tarik O’Regan, Morten Lauridsen and Eric William Barnum. In lieu of admission, online donations are requested for the North Texas Food Bank. Food items may also be donated in person at the concert. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 21, 2008

Thanksgiving cornucopiaThe SMU Forum is taking a break for the holiday and will return after Thanksgiving. Your news, calendar and For the Record items will be saved for upcoming issues. Keep sending your Forum news to Kathleen Tibbetts, 214-768-7672.

Turkey Day treats: SMU Catering is accepting Thanksgiving orders for cakes, pies, cookies and breads through Nov. 21. Make your choices from the 2008 menu and order form (PDF format), and follow the directions for placing your order in person or by mail, phone or fax. All prices include tax. Baked goods are for pick-up only and will be available Nov. 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Center. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

Sharing is caring: In response to the 29-million-meal gap for people living at or below the federal poverty level, the “Close the Gap” food drive intiative cosponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy continues through Nov. 24, 2008. Drop off items for the North Texas Food Bank in the campus collection boxes, or contribute through the online grocery cart.

Vincent Van Gogh, 'Head of a Peasant Woman'Lasting impression: The Meadows Museum‘s groundbreaking exhibition “From Manet to Miró” closes Dec. 2, 2008. See it soon – visit the website for museum hours. (Left, Head of a Peasant Woman by Vincent Van Gogh; pencil, conté crayon and black chalk on paper; 1884. Photograph by José Loren, courtesy of The Abelló Collection.)

Live united: SMU’s 2008 United Way campaign is now under way. Make a donation with Express Ca$h at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk, or contribute online and check your department’s progress.

Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, will team up with the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir for a benefit concernt at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The choirs will donate at least 50 percent of concert proceeds to the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. Tickets are $25 per person, available at or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

Tate Series continues: The 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series continues Dec. 2 with Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find more information at the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

We gather together: The SMU Faculty Club presents “Favorites from Presidents and Royalty” prepared by SMU Executive Chef Tim Schaub, as well as holiday music by pianist Bill Greene, at its 2008 Holiday Party 4-6 p.m. Dec. 3. Please bring two canned food items for the North Texas Food Bank. Faculty Club members are welcome to bring a guest. RSVP by Dec. 1 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Save the date: The 2008 Staff Association Holiday Luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. Watch your e-mail or the Staff Association website for reservations information.

Howie MandelIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Nov. 21: TITAS presents two legendary acts – The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band – in the Dallas debut of Down by the Riverside at 8 p.m. Order tickets online or contact the TITAS box office at 214-528-5576.

Nov. 23: Congregation Nishmat Am presents comedian Howie Mandel at 7 p.m. Order tickets online or contact Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000.

Meadows, SMU-in-Legacy launch dual food drives

NTXFB Close the Gap logoSMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, in conjunction with SMU-in-Legacy and the new Dallas-based choir Resounding Harmony, is launching a 3-week campaign to raise funds and food supplies for the North Texas Food Bank. The campaign is in partnership with the Food Bank’s 3-year “Close the Gap” initiative, which hopes to eliminate the 29-million-meal-a-year shortfall in food available for needy families below the poverty line.

Meadows is spearheading two simultaneous initiatives: a virtual food drive and a traditional canned food drive. The virtual food drive, which will take place Nov. 8-24, allows students, faculty, staff and friends to donate online. The North Texas Food Bank is able to purchase 5 meals for every $1 donated.

In addition, Meadows students will collect canned food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day Nov. 15-24 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center.

Two benefit concerts will feature the 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig. Their inaugural concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The second concert will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and will co-star the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir. Tickets to each concert are $25 per person and are available at or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978. Resounding Harmony will donate at least 50 percent of the proceeds from each concert directly to the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services.

The food drive unites the Meadows School with partners such as Clear Channel Radio, Art for Peace & Justice, and Hotel Lumen. The goal is to raise at least $5,000 in monetary contributions and 1,000 pounds of food.