Good weather and plenty of Mustang spirit came together on Tuesday, May 22 as the SMU staff – and President R. Gerald Turner – gathered on the Clements Hall South Lawn. The 2018 President’s Picnic featured cookout food and lighter fare, plus fresh popcorn and cookies for snacking. Lawn games, Flat Peruna adventures, tabling, a pop-up library, and even some salsa dancing completed the recipe for fun. The annual event is organized by the SMU Staff Association.
In addition to food and popcorn, the festivities include lawn games, a photo booth, and staff recognition throughout the event.
The post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Share your images and impressions on social media with the hashtag #SMUstafflove.
President R. Gerald Turner and University Registrar John Hall ’71, ’73, ’79 helped to honor 12 staff members who are celebrating their 25th year at the University at the 2017 Staff Celebration and Convocation Thursday, Oct. 5. The ceremony also recognized staff members honored in the annual President’s Award and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award programs.
It has taken every SMU staff member to achieve the milestones the University has marked in recent years, Turner told the crowd. From rising admissions standards and record fund-raising numbers, to the installation of the ManeFrame II supercomputer and the service and management of four home football games in September, “there’s no way in the world that happens without all of you – and I thank you.”
Deanie Kepler ’70, director of parent and family programs, received the 2017 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award, established to recognize and reward outstanding performance among University employees. Anna Marzillo, assistant director of International Student and Scholar Services, was finalist.
The SMU Staff Association announced the winners of the 2017 President’s Awards:
- Shannon Lunt, Gretchen C. Voight New Employee Excellence Award
- Mary Tays, Continuing Excellence Award
- Lisa Tran, Outstanding Leadership Award
The event also honored the following staff members who have celebrated 25th SMU anniversaries:
- Sherry Aikman (30-year staff member)
- Joe Arnold (celebrated anniversary in 2016)
- Ronny Jepsen (celebrated anniversary in 2016)
- Yvette Castilla
- Nazario Del Rio
- Tammy Dyer
- Lorinda Lamb
- Pamela Morgan
- Susan Strobel Hogan
- Alan Pushin
- Gloria Watson
- Carolyn Yates
President R. Gerald Turner has invited the entire SMU community to the University’s relaunched staff recognition day on Thursday, Oct. 5. 2017.
The new Staff Celebration and Convocation, created by the SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) in collaboration with the Office of Operational Excellence, will take place at 10:30 a.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. A reception with light refreshments will precede the ceremony at 10 a.m.
The event is for all staff members, and President Turner will give his traditional State of SMU address as the keynote. University Registrar John Hall, SMU’s longest-serving staff member, is the featured speaker.
Staff members who have achieved 25 years of service to SMU will be honored, as well as the 2017 President’s Award and Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award recipients. The ceremony with also recognize staff members who have continued their SMU service beyond 25 years, and previous President’s and Loretta Hawkins Award recipients.
The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) and President R. Gerald Turner invite all University staff members to the 2017 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 on the Clements Hall South Lawn.
This year’s edition of the annual event features food, games, popcorn, and a photo booth.
All SMU staff members with 25 years or more of service are asked to stop by the Staff Association table.
Take a break and enjoy the spring weather with fellow SMU employees during a popcorn-and-pop pop-up on the Laura Lee Blanton Building second-floor terrace. The SMU Staff Association will be serving popcorn and soft drinks from 1:30-3 p.m. today, Friday, March 31, 2017.
The refreshments are free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Toys for Tickets is back for 2016, and once again SMU faculty, staff and students can redeem unpaid parking tickets while helping to make the holidays brighter for children.
Created by SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office, the annual citation-forgiveness program offers campus community members the opportunity to pay off unpaid parking tickets by donating toys of equal or greater value.
To participate in the Toys for Tickets exchange, drivers must bring their parking tickets and a receipt for the toys by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 to the Parking and ID Card Services Office in Hughes-Trigg Student Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 24-25).
The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) is also collecting toys ranging from board games to remote control cars for its 2016 Holiday Toy Drive. The drive will continue through Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Once again, both Toys for Tickets and the SMUSA Holiday Toy Drive will benefit children served by the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), a United Way partner agency. All donated toys must be new, unwrapped, nonviolent and child-appropriate.
Toys for the SMUSA drive can be donated at the following collection locations:
- Laura Lee Blanton Building – Enrollment Services, 1st floor near the elevator
- 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs
- Fondren Library Center – 1st floor near the circulation desk
- Hughes-Trigg Student Center – SMU Parking and ID Card Services, main floor near the Commons
- Umphrey Lee Center – Department of Economics, Suite 301
- 6200 N. Central Expressway, East Campus – Development and External Affairs
For more information on Toys for Tickets, e-mail SMU Parking and ID Card Services Office or contact them via telephone at 214-768-7275 (214-SMU-PARK).
Originally published April 5, 2016.
The SMU Staff Association and President R. Gerald Turner invite all University staff members to the 2016 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 on the Clements Hall south lawn.
This year’s event will include the announcement of the 2015 President’s Staff Recognition Award winners, who were originally scheduled to be named at the postponed Staff Association Assembly and Recognition Ceremony in March.
For more information, contact Staff Association President Tim Norris, 214-768-4959.
The SMU Staff Association (SMUSA) has rescheduled its Centennial Staff Photo for Thursday, June 4, 2015.
Registered Centennial Staff Photo participants may assemble and pick up their T-shirts on the Main Quad beginning at 9:30 a.m. The photo is scheduled for 10 a.m., and the group will disperse at 10:15.
SMUSA originally scheduled the photo to be taken during the University’s annual Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic May 21, but rain forced the group to move the shoot to a new date.
The SMU Staff Association and President R. Gerald Turner invite all University staff members to the 2015 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The traditional post-Commencement celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, May 21 on the south lawn of Clements Hall.
This year’s event will include a commemorative Centennial photo, to be taken at 11:15 a.m., and special T-shirts exclusively for Centennial photo participants. Register online at smu.edu/picnic to ask for your T-shirt size. For more information, contact Staff Association President Kristi Kaiser Trail, 214-768-8283.