Student Foundation hosts ‘Haunted on the Hilltop’ Family Weekend Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015

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Student Foundation hosts ‘Haunted on the Hilltop’ Family Weekend Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015

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SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs

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.

Parking:  On Saturday, Oct. 31Game Day parking is in effect. Refer to for a map.

Below are weekend highlights. Find the full schedule here.


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.

Meet the Faculty: From 2 to 3 p.m. family members can meet Cox School of Business faculty in the Fincher Building; Dedman College faculty in the Dallas Hall Atrium; Lyle School of Engineering faculty in Caruth Hall; Meadows School of the Arts faculty at the Owen Fine Arts Center; and Simmons School of Education and Human Development faculty in Room 144 of Simmons Hall.

Big Ideas Pitch Contest: Families are invited to stop by the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum between 2 and 5 p.m. to watch students pitch ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000.

Panhellenic Recruitment Parent Session: This information session from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater is for parents of women intending to participate in Panhellenic formal recruitment.

Open Houses: Between 3 and 4 p.m., families are invited to the Hegi Family Career Development Center in Hughes-Trigg, Suite 200, and SMU Abroad in the Blanton Building, Room 216.

Association of Black Students Fish Fry: From 5 to 6 p.m. at the Hughes-Trigg Varsity, the Association of Black Students invites families to enjoy homemade fried catfish while participating in games with students, faculty and staff.

Home Away From Home: Parents are invited to tour their student’s Residential Commons from 5 to 6 p.m. and meet the RAs, Faculty-in-Residence and others who work to make the community a home.

Taste of Dallas Dinner: The 9th annual Taste of Dallas Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.  (Update October 19: Tickets for the Taste of Dallas Dinner are no longer available.)

Meadows Symphony Orchestra – Sleeper, Szymanowski and Verdi: Families are invited to attend this orchestra performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Caruth Auditorium located in the Owen Arts Center. Tickets to the show are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, faculty & staff.

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.


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 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.


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.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra – Sleeper, Szymanowski and VerdiFamilies are invited to attend this orchestra performance at 2:30 p.m. in the Caruth Auditorium located in the Owen Arts Center. Tickets to the show are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, faculty & staff.

Asian Council Family Laser Tag: Enjoy the classic childhood pastime of laser tag with SMU’s Asian Council starting at 6 p.m. in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. To RSVP, please email Eugene Kim at


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.

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SMUSA’s Fall 2013 Staff Day takes place Oct. 31

Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company timetable from 1880

An 1880 timetable from the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company (“Always On Time”) is an example of the finds that await in “Treasures of the DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting.” DeGolyer Director Russell Martin will lead a tour of the exhibition during SMU Staff Day, Oct. 31, 2013.

University staff members can learn more about everything from consumer rights in identity-theft cases to the new Residential Commons during SMU Staff Day Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level.

The event will feature a 50-year perspective on the Kennedy assassination, as well as the annual Staff Talent Show presented by the SMU Staff Association.

Learn more about Staff Day sessions

The planned sessions also include a workshop on stress management, an overview of SMU library services for staff, and a tour of the new exhibition Treasures of the DeGolyer Library: 100 Years of Collecting led by DeGolyer Director Russell Martin.

Lunch will be available during the Talent Show for $9.99 per person at the door. You may attend the Talent Show without buying lunch; a $2 contribution at the door is suggested.

> RSVP and find more information at the SMU Staff Association website

October 29, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Family Weekend 2013 celebrates ‘SMU: Where Dreams Come True’

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 1.33.06 PMIt’s that time of the year again: SMU Student Foundation will present Family Weekend 2013 Oct. 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

Sunday, Oct. 6:

  • The Kappa Alpha Theta chapter of SMU presents Theta Cats Making Tracks 5K*. Join the ladies at 8:30 a.m. for a one-mile fun run or 5k to raise money for their national philanthropy CASA: Court-Appointed Special Advocates.
  • SMU celebrates Catholic Mass at 9 a.m. and All-University Worship at 11 a.m. All services are held at Perkins Chapel.
  • The Meadows Museum is open noon-5 p.m. free of charge for all families and students.

In addition to the weekend’s events, Student Foundation presents the first-ever Family Weekend community service event:

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Stay updated with everything Family Weekend by connecting with Student Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

*Denotes new event

October 1, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.
September 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|
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