As Thanksgiving Break ended, SMU ushered in the holiday season with one of its most beloved annual traditions: the Celebration of Lights. Sponsored by the SMU Student Foundation, the 2017 ceremony took place Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. on the Main Quad.
The ceremony features thousands of decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, seasonal songs performed by student musicians, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas Story. The public was invited to attend and to share cookies and hot chocolate with the campus community before the ceremony began.
The festivities continue with other beloved traditions:
Advent Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent Worship Service on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Both services, under the theme “Ero cras…I shall come tomorrow,” will feature the Seminary Singers, directed by Simon Hill ’17 and accompanied by Hannah Cruse. The 8 p.m. service will include a special performance by the Orpheus Chamber Singers, led by founder and Artistic Director Donald Krehbiel ’83. Readers for the service will be Perkins faculty and staff members including Charles L. Aaron, associate director, Intern Program; Carlos F. Cardoza Orlandi, director, Doctor of Ministry Program; Laura Figura, coordinator of student life; Craig C. Hill, dean; Tamara E. Lewis, assistant professor of the history of Christianity; Evelyn Parker, associate dean for academic affairs and Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology; Margot Perez-Greene, associate dean for enrollment management; and Mark W. Stamm, professor of Christian worship.
All-University Holiday Celebration: President and Mrs. Turner invite all SMU faculty and staff members to their annual holiday reception Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.
December Commencement Convocation: SMU celebrates its 2017 December Commencement ConvocationSaturday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:40 a.m. in the Miller Champions Club. The ceremony will be livestreamed at smu.edu/live beginning at 9:45 a.m.
The entire SMU community is invited home to the Hilltop for a “Homecoming of Heroes.” Homecoming 2017 takes place Nov. 2-5, and this year it includes a special centennial celebration for the Mustang Band, founded in 1917.
The SMU Staff Association invites all staff members to march with them in the Homecoming Parade at noon Saturday, Nov. 4. To participate, register with SMUSA and arrive by 2:45 p.m. at Mustang Plaza and Mall near Moody Coliseum. Family members are welcome, and the first 50 staff members to sign up will receive free T-shirts.
SMU 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.
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.
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.
Join SMU’s Student Foundation in celebrating Peruna’s birthday April 15, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Dallas Hall Lawn. In true SMU fashion, the springtime festival will overtake the lawn for the big event. Be on the lookout for Perunapalooza party hats! All are invited to celebrate.
For the first time ever, Perunapalooza will incorporate a philanthropic mission into the event to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Attendees are requested to bring SMU gear, video games, make-up kits, toiletries, books, etc. to donate. In exchange for a donation, individuals can receive a free Steel City Pop and a raffle ticket.
“I am excited to watch everyone come together and enjoy a (hopefully warm) day on Dallas Hall Lawn and celebrate Peruna, SMU, and the school year coming to a close,” said Student Foundation’s Campus Events Chair, Anna Bender. Bender’s committee as well as the rest of Student Foundation have put in months of work to bring this event together to celebrate SMU.
SMU family members from across the country will join their students in celebrating 2015 Family Weekend Oct. 30-Nov. 1. The annual tradition is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee.
For the third year, Student Foundation is partnering with Genesis Women’s Shelter, a Dallas organization devoted to ending domestic violence against women and children. Families and students are encouraged to bring household items to donate. Collection boxes will be available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and at other locations.
Ticket pickup: Tickets ordered in advance can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday Oct. 30 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing, and from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Boulevard BBQ.
Family Weekend T-shirts: T-shirts will be sold in limited quantities on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing during ticket pickup. T-shirts are $10.
Engaged Learning Symposium: Stop by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to listen to students present their achievements in research, service, internships and creative fields.
SMU Abroad ‘Get World Ready’: From 10 to 11 a.m. at the Blanton Building, families can learn about SMU Abroad’s 145 programs around the world.
Family Luncheon: Co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers’ Club, the family luncheon takes place at noon in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. (Update October 19: Tickets for the Family Luncheon are no longer available; the luncheon has sold out.)
Meadows Opera Theatre Opera Free For All: The Meadows Opera Theatre will be performing an assortment of scenes from opera and musical theatre that delve into family dynamics at 1 p.m. in the Bob Hope Lobby.
Talent Show: The 40th Annual Family Weekend Talent Show begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets remain available for the Family Weekend Talent Show, while they last, at Family Weekend ticket pickup (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Crossing) and at the McFarlin Auditorium Box Office starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
Parent Leadership Council Meeting (current PLC Members only): The meeting welcomes parents of current students who support SMU with annual gifts of $2,500 or more. For more information and to learn about joining the PLC, please contact Christi Contreras at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-768-4746.
Boulevard BBQ: Join Student Foundation and the SMU Dads’ Club for this beloved tradition on the South Lawn of Clements Hall from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy Sonny Bryan’s BBQ before heading to Ford Stadium to watch the Mustangs against Tulsa. (Update October 19: Tickets are no longer available online but will be on sale at the event beginning at noon on the Clements Hall south lawn.)
SMU vs. Tulsa: The game begins at 3 p.m. at Ford Stadium. Football tickets may be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website. SMU students attend the game for free with their valid SMU Student ID.
Meadows Museum Special Exhibition Tours: The Meadows Museum will offer one-hour docent-guided tours of the special exhibition Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. The two tours will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. SMU students attend free with a valid SMU ID.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
CHAS La Familia Luncheon: Families are invited to join the College Hispanic American Students for lunch and entertainment starting at 1 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
George W. Bush Presidential Center: At the Bush Presidential Center, families can explore the interactive museum galleries, sit in the Oval Office, enjoy the Texas Rose Garden, eat lunch at Café 43, shop in the Museum store and stroll through the 15-acre park filled with native Texas prairie grasses and wildflowers. The Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online; SMU students attend free with a valid SMU ID.
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.
• 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.
SMU celebrates Homecoming 2013 with events throughout the week leading to Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 25-27.
The week includes new events such as Canstruction and old favorites such as Pigskin Revue. Canstruction is a new Homecoming philanthropy event in which all participating organizations collect canned goods and build them into a structure reflecting their theme. At the completion of Homecoming Week, the cans will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
Pigskin Revue celebrates its 79th anniversary Friday at 8:15 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Join the Mustang Band for a night of song, dance and comedy acts; call 214-SMU-BAND for ticket information.
Leading up to Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Temple will be the annual Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. SMU alum and Academy Award-winning filmmaker and author William Joyce ’81 will lead the SMU community down Hillcrest as the parade grand marshal. Following the parade, The Boulevard will include new options for food, beverages, fun children’s activities and SMU gear — there’s something for Mustang fans of all ages!
After the Boulevard, head to Ford Stadium to watch SMU take on Temple at 2 p.m. There will be a special halftime ceremony that includes a performance by the Mustang Band, check presentation from the SMU reunion classes, presentation of video winners and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.
This year’s theme, “Boulevard Bound: Many Stories, One Tradition” ties into the University’s Year of the Library, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of SMU’s first library in 1913 and this year’s opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on campus.
Each organization participating in Homecoming will represent a great book that became a blockbuster film:
Chi Omega & Beta Theta Pi: Jurassic Park
The Union: The Wizard ofOz
Delta Gamma & Sigma Chi: The Great Gatsby
Theta Tau & Multicultural Greek Council: Where’s Waldo?
Pi Beta Phi & Phi Gamma Delta: Casino Royale
Multicultural Student Organizations: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Kappa Kappa Gamma & Sigma Alpha Epsilon: Alice in Wonderland
Alpha Chi Omega & Lambda Chi Alpha: Friday Night Lights
Eta Iota Sigma & Lyle Ambassadors: Star Wars
Gamma Phi Beta & Beta Upsilon Chi: Superman
Delta Delta Delta & Kappa Alpha Order: Peter Pan
Kappa Alpha Theta & Pi Kappa Alpha: Water for Elephants
“It is our hope that Homecoming week will serve to remember and recognize everyone who has contributed to the legacy of SMU at a defining moment in this University’s history,” said Student Foundation Homecoming Chair Taylor Thompson.
It’s that time of the year again: SMU Student Foundation will present Family Weekend 2013Oct. 4-6.
The theme for the weekend, “SMU: Where Dreams Come True,” reflects the “unparalleled experience and countless opportunities” the University offers to students, says Will Slack, Student Foundation’s Family Weekend chair. “It is the hope of Student Foundation that you will see the ways in which our University makes student dreams a reality.”
Student Foundation compiled a guide for the weekend, including many new events. Below are the highlights:
Friday, Oct. 4:
Engaged Learning Student Presentations* will be given during the Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will discuss their research, civic engagement, internship and creative experiences around the world.
Hardhat tours of SMU’s new residence halls, set to open in 2014, will be given at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Residential Commons Tour* is free of charge but a ticket is required.
The Annual Family Luncheon will be in the HTSC Ballroom at noon.
Engaged Learning* is hosting its first-ever Family Weekend Open House from 2-4 p.m. Learn how SMU is shaping world changers through student-developed and -executed individual study projects.
The 7th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the 38th Annual Talent Show follows at 8 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Don’t forget to pick up your tickets from the HTSC Crossing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. tickets can be picked up at the HTSC Mane Desk
Saturday, Oct. 5:
The annual Boulevard BBQ is now the Boulevard Brunch. Due to the early game, brunch will be served from 8:30-10:30 a.m. The menu includes “made-to-order breakfast burritos, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, coffee, etc.”
After Boulevarding, head to Ford Stadium for the football game against Rutgers. Kick off is set for 11 a.m. with coverage from ESPNews.
You can pick up your tickets from 8 a.m. until noon at the HTSC Mane Desk
• 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 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.