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SMU is ‘Home in the Heart of Texas’ for 2016 Family Weekend, Sept. 23-25

SMU Family Weekend 2016 bannerSMU family members from around the Metroplex and across the country will join their students in celebrating a beloved Hilltop tradition Sept. 23-25, 2016. SMU Family Weekend is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.

Student research, creativity and innovation will be on display during the Fall 2016 Engaged Learning Symposium and Big iDeas Pitch Contest, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Engaged Learning Fellows show their work 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Pitch Contest teams will hold forth from 2-5 p.m. for the opportunity to win $1,000 in seed money for their projects.

Find the full schedule for 2016 SMU Family Weekend

Limited quantities of Boulevard BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Friday event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the Clements Hall South Lawn. Faculty and staff members can claim four free football tickets for the 7 p.m. Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU at the Ford Stadium ticket window with SMU ID. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.


SMU Boulevard celebrationClear bag policy at Ford Stadium:
The only bags permitted on Game Day are those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches; one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Game Day policies.

Giving back: In keeping with this year’s “Home in the Heart of Texas” theme, the SMU Student Foundation is partnering with Family Gateway, an organization that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families with children in Dallas County. Collection boxes for household items are available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and other locations.

Parking: On Friday, Sept. 23, Game Day parking is in effect. Please watch your e-mail on Thursday morning and plan to move your car if you usually park near Ford Stadium. Refer to www.smu.edu/athletics for a parking map.

— Sarah Hanan

Sports: Volleyball begins AAC play, football battles for the Iron Skillet

Image via SMU Athletics

Image via SMU Athletics

AAC: SMU volleyball travels to Connecticut Friday, Sept. 27 for their first match in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs rounded out non-conference play with an 8-5 record and are ranked second in the leagueCaroline Young was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, tallying 48 kills in 11 sets at the College of Charleston Classic. This is SMU’s first time facing the huskies, who enter the conference ranked fourth, and the match is set for 6 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 29, SMU will travel to Rutgers for a game at 12 p.m. This is also the first match-up between the two teams and Rutgers is currently ranked ninth.

Non-conference play: Men’s soccer will take the weekend off from conference play as they head West. On Friday, Sept. 27 the Mustangs face Washington at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 29 they take on Portland, at 12:30 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a win against Rutgers (1-0), their first match in the American Athletic Conference. Sophomore Alfred Koroma made the sole goal and senior Jamie Ibarra was named the American Athletic Conference men’s soccer Goalkeeper of the Week.

Image via SMU Athletics

Image via SMU Athletics

DFW Duel: The Battle for the Iron Skillet continues this weekend when SMU travels to TCU for their 94th meeting. TCU holds the record for all time games, 45-40-7 but SMU won the last match in Fort Worth 40-33 in overtime in 2011. Both SMU and TCU coaches will wear Coach to Cure MD patches at the game in an effort to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. SMU enters the game 1-2 overall, coming off a 13-42 loss to Texas A&M. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Amon Carter Stadium, and the game can be found on FoxSports 1.

Strong start: SMU men’s tennis is headed to Tulsa for the All-American Championships Sept. 28-Oct. 6. The Mustangs won their first event of the season, the Wyndham Invitational, hosted by Rice. In a recent interview SMU Head Coach Carl Neufeld commented on the victory: “We had a great weekend of highly competitive tennis against three-nationally ranked teams.”

Soccer plays away: Women’s soccer will travel to Philadelphia Sunday, Sept. 29 for a noon match against Temple. This is the first meeting between SMU and Temple and SMU’s second game in the American Athletic Conference. The Mustangs enter Sunday 5-4 overall and 0-1 for conference play.

Tune In: SMU Family Weekend 2012 in photos and video

The rain poured down, but spirits were high during SMU’s 2012 Family Weekend celebration Sept. 28-30. Relive “Boardwalk on the Boulevard” from the picnic to the Talent Show to the SMU-TCU game with a video courtesy of SMU News.

> More video and pictures from SMU Family Weekend 2012

Sports: The Battle for the Iron Skillet, Women’s soccer at home

Equestrian starts strong: The SMU women’s equestrian 2012 season is in full swing. The Mustangs were victorious in their season opener against Delaware State on Thursday, Sept. 20 with a final raw score of 785-768. Sophomore, Emma Roberts, earned MVP honors in the meet. This weekend they are traveling to Kansas for meets against Kansas State on Friday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m. and against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at 9 a.m.

Soccer looking for wins: SMU women’s soccer has two games this weekend and is hoping for two at home wins. They will face UTEP on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. and Colorado College on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are currently 0-1-1 in Conference USA after tying against Houston and losing to Rice last weekend. When talking about the upcoming weekend Coach Petrucelli said, “It’s go time for us as we need points to stay in the race. I’m confident in our team’s ability to play and believe success isn’t that far away.”

DFW Duel: The long standing Battle for the Iron Skillet will continue this Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 when SMU takes on TCU at Ford Stadium. Kick off is at 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports. The Mustangs enter the game 1-2 overall and 0-0 in Conference USA. The Horned Frogs enter 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12. SMU is currently in possession of the Iron Skillet after defeating TCU in Fort Worth last season with an overtime final score of 40-33.

Who’s at home next week: Women’s swimming will kick-off their season with an intra-squad meet. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 the Red and Blue Intra Squad Meet will be in Perkins Natatorium at 6 p.m. Men’s soccer will be at home on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. They will face Tulsa at 7 p.m. after traveling to Alabama to face UAB on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

(photos and video courtesy of SMU Athletics)

Family Weekend 2012: Boardwalk on the Boulevard

Expect the Boulevard to be packed this weekend; a record number of SMU families have registered to attend Family Weekend 2012, Sept. 28-30.

This year’s theme is Boardwalk on the Boulevard; President R. Gerald Turner said the theme “reflects the range of activities the students have planned for you to enjoy, from our talent show to Boulevarding before the Mustangs take on TCU.”

Antonea Bastian, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair, said, “Families are a very important part of our community, and this weekend is about celebrating them.”

Student Foundation put together a guide for the weekend and below are some of the highlights:

Friday, Sept. 28:

  • To kick off the weekend there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of Ford Stadium at 10 and 11 a.m.
  • Following the tour there is a family luncheon in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom at noon.
  • Families have the chance to Meet the Faculty of each school in their respective buildings at 2 p.m.
  • The evening holds two favorite traditions: the Taste of Dallas Dinner at 6 p.m. and the Talent Show at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Saturday, Sept. 29:

  • This year’s Family Weekend is happening during the Second Century Celebration, so make sure to stop by the Centennial Hall Open House in the lower level of Hughes-Trigg from 3-6 p.m. for a family photo.
  • The annual BBQ on the Boulevard will start at 4 p.m. and kick off all Boulevarding activities.
  • As the boulevard winds down, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against TCU, the Battle for the Iron Skillet!
  • A Quick Look at The Battle for the Iron Skillet:
    • The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports
    • The rivalry dates back to 1915
    • SMU won their first game over TCU in 1923
    • TCU currently leads the series 44-40-7
    • The last time the Mustangs and Horned Frogs met, SMU was victorious with a 40-33 win in overtime

Sunday, Sept. 30:

  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m.
  • Meadows Museum will be open free of charge from 1-5 p.m. It will be a great time to catch the Meadows’ latest blockbuster exhibition (and collaboration with the Prado), Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits.

Sports: SMU defeats TCU in volleyball in prelude to Iron Skillet

Kathryn WilkersonBeginning of the end? In what some Mustang fans no doubt hope is a prologue to victory against TCU football this weekend, the volleyball team gave a sound 3-1 thrashing to TCU on Sept 21. TCU struck first with a 25-18 victory in the opening game, which prompted Mustang stars like Dana Powell (double-double, 20 kills, 18 digs), Kathryn Wilkerson (right, double-double, 15 digs, 14 kills), and Sidney Stewart (16 digs) to win the next three straight games and finish off the Horned Frogs. The Mustangs will resume conference play with two matches against UAB on Sept. 24-25.

Get your red on: SMU is calling for a “RED OUT” for Friday’s much-awaited SMU-TCU game, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Mustang QB Kyle Padron, who threw 280 yards for four touchdowns (and added a rushing TD himself) in last week’s 35-21 shootout victory against Washington State, will be taking on the No. 4-ranked Horned Frogs in this year’s Battle for the Iron Skillet. SMU has earned the prized cooking utensil only once in the past ten years in a 21-10 victory on Sept. 10, 2005. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. For ticket and parking information, call the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME.

By the way, where did the Iron Skillet come from? Chris Dell of SMU News has the story.

Mary AlenbrattLucky number seven: After another weekend sweep, the men’s soccer team continues its perfect season with a 7-0-0 record and is now ranked ninth in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com national poll. At last weekend’s Bradley Invitational, SMU came from behind to defeat Creighton 3-2 in double overtime on Sept. 17. A victory over host Bradley followed on Sept. 18 as the Mustangs posted a second straight comeback win of 3-1. Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Juan Castillo got both comebacks started by scoring the first SMU goal in both games. Junior Arthur Ivo converted two penalty kicks to seal the Creighton match, and freshman Robbie Derschang added two late goals in the 84th and 87th minutes of the Bradley match.

Running up the rankings: The cross country team has placed in the rankings for its third consecutive United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, with a No. 1 placing in the South Central region and a move up to No. 21 nationally. Sophomore Mary Alenbratt (right), winner of the C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Week earlier this month, finished second in the UT-Arlington Season Opener. SMU returns to the track on Oct. 2 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

Letting the good times roll at Family Weekend 2010

SMU families will celebrate longstanding traditions and launch new ones September 24-26 during Family Weekend. This year’s theme, “Let the Good Times Roll,” pays tribute to the 1950s and ’60s and music that unites generations, says Elisabeth Knutzen, chair of the Student Foundation committee that coordinates the events.

“Family Weekend gives families the opportunity to see what their students do every day and to experience great traditions like the Boulevard,” says Knutzen, a junior accounting major in Cox School of Business. “For families who aren’t able to visit campus, we encourage students to bring friends and join in the events.”

Friday, Sept. 24, President R. Gerald Turner will welcome families during the kick-off luncheon, co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club.

FamilyWeekend.jpg Parents are invited to attend classes with their students and meet faculty members; visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center and an SMU Abroad discussion at Hughes-Trigg Student Center; and attend an exciting presentation for all ages by SMU physics professors.

Before the big game against TCU at 7 p.m., families can join the SMU Dads’ Club and Student Foundation for barbecue and tailgating on the Boulevard, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets to the barbecue and Saturday’s talent show will be available at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center beginning Friday, September 17, until they’re sold out (pay with Pony cards or cash). For football tickets, call 214-768-GAME (4263).

> Find a schedule (pdf) of the weekend’s events
> Watch President Turner’s video greeting to SMU families video
> Guidelines for the Boulevard on SMU’s Live Responsibly site.
> Also on Friday: Gilbert Lecture Series presents scholar and author Seth Lerer on children writing in books

 FamilyWeekend2.jpg Activities Saturday, Sept. 25, include a morning fun run, a fish fry with the Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council, Meadows Museum tours, “Taste of Dallas” dinner and the annual talent show at McFarlin Auditorium. New this year are afternoon tours at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

In addition, Ambassador James K. Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, will discuss the institute’s partnership with SMU and opportunities for students at 4:30 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The weekend wraps up Sunday, Sept. 26, with All-Campus Worship at Perkins Chapel at 11 a.m., the College Hispanic American Students’ luncheon, Meadows Museum visits and Asian Council dinner.

Sports: Mustangs confirm 2010 football schedule

SMU golfer Kelly KraftThe men’s golf team carded a tournament-low round of 278 and jumped up to 3rd place in the final round of the 2010 National Invitational Tournament March 18 at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. With a final score of 865, SMU finished just three shots behind No. 7 Texas (862) in second; TCU won the tournament at 852. Three Mustangs broke 70 on Thursday, with junior Kelly Kraft (left) shooting a 68 and sophomores Matt Schovee and James Kwon carding 69s. Senior Draegen Majors shot an even-par 72. Read more.

SMU’s 2010 football schedule will feature three home games in September and two to be broadcast on ESPN. The full regular-season slate was announced March 16.

The ESPN games include the season opener at Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, and the SMU-TCU Battle for the Iron Skillet in Ford Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24. The team opens conference play against UAB Sept. 11. The Conference USA Championship is slated for Dec. 4.

SMU guard Derek WilliamsMore television selections may be made in the coming weeks. Kick-off times, except those set by ESPN, are yet to be announced. Read more.

Senior guard Derek Williams (right) has been selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to its Division I All-District 11 second team, recognizing the nation’s best men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes. Williams, an anthropology major, led the Mustangs in scoring and was fourth in Conference USA at 16.6 points – the highest rank for a Mustang since SMU joined the conference. He also led SMU and was in the league’s top 10 for assists (3.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) and minutes (36.4). This season, he led SMU in scoring 20 times and in assists 24 times. Read more.

Sports: Saintus posts first hat trick for men’s soccer since 2004

Dane SaintusSenior forward/midfielder Dane Saintus (left) scored three goals against Centenary to post SMU’s first hat trick since 2004 and power the men’s soccer team to a 4-1 win at Westcott Field Sept. 30. It was Saintus’ second multi-goal game of the 2009 season; he scored twice during the Mustangs’ 3-2 victory over Yale Sept. 13. Read more.

The women’s soccer team hosts Rice and Houston Oct. 3-4 to start the home portion of its 2009 Conference USA schedule. The Houston match, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4, will be televised on CBS College Sports. SMU holds 9 wins against Houston without a loss or tie, its best record against any program. Read more.

The football team meets longtime rival TCU in the 2009 State Farm DFW Duel/Battle for the Iron Skillet Oct. 3. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. in Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be broadcast on The Mtn. as well as on KTCK Radio (1310 AM). Find more information at SMU Gameday.