MLK Day of Service takes place Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 – share your experience with #SMUServes


MLK Service Day 2017SMU’s Office of Community Engagement and Leadership will lead the campus community in a day of service to the Dallas community on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Volunteers will spend the day assisting with projects for the following community organizations. If you’re planning to be part of the action, share your experience on social media with the hashtag #SMUServes.

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SMU faculty, staff to join Interfaith Housing Coalition for 2014 Stampede of Service Nov. 7

Interfaith Housing Coalition Dallas logoTo kick off the weekend that precedes Homecoming 2014, SMU faculty and staff members will participate in a volunteer day as part of the University’s annual Stampede of Service.

Volunteers will meet at United Way partner agency Interfaith Housing Coalition (IHC) from 8:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 7. The SMU group will help perform move-in preparation in IHC apartments for working poor families transitioning out of homelessness.

To volunteer, sign up online through SMU’s United Way Day of Impact page. Watch SMU Forum for more information about Stampede of Service 2014.

> Learn more about SMU service opportunities at

SMU student event raises funds and awareness for the homeless

Mustang Heroes Sleep in a Box event 2012
SMU students participating in Mustang Heroes’ 2012 “Sleep in a Box” event collect supplies from an organizer’s table. Photo by Christina Voss.

Mustang Heroes, an SMU organization dedicated to creating sustainable and engaging volunteer opportunities for students, recently hosted “Sleep in a Box” – an event to raise awareness of homelessness in the Dallas community.

The Sept. 22, 2012 event raised approximately $2,000 through donations from students who paid to participate in the event. The funds were donated to Vogel Alcove, a childcare center for the homeless.

Students painted their own boxes for a decorating competition and watched a screening of “The Pursuit of Happyness,” a biographical drama of American businessman Chris Gardner’s struggle with homelessness.

Daniel Poku, co-founder of Mustang Heroes, was the featured speaker and discussed viewing the homeless in a personal way. Participating SMU organizations included New Century Scholars, Alternative Breaks and Tri Delta.

Mustang Heroes president and co-founder Carissa Grisham said that she hopes the event “broke some stereotypes and underlined the importance of volunteerism, activism and philanthropy to my peers.”

“The event was a fun and interactive way for SMU students to broaden their horizons and become more aware about the issues affecting Dallas, especially the issue of homelessness,” said Kim Janice, a Mustang Heroes member and event participant.

> Read the full story from SMU News
> See a slide show from the 2012 “Sleep in a Box” event slide show icon
> Learn more about Mustang Heroes online

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 29, 2008

Jerry Bywaters' 'Dallas County Courthouse'Lone Star finale: The Meadows Museum’ dual exhibitions “Jerry Bywaters: Interpreter of the Southwest” and “Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker” close Mar. 2. Make plans to visit now; hours and additional information are available at the Meadows Museum website. (Top right, a section of Jerry Bywaters’ Dallas County Courthouse, 1936.)

Dates to learn: The 2008 Staff Development Day, sponsored by the SMU Staff Association, is scheduled for Mar. 13. This year’s Risk Assist Fair takes place Mar. 14. Register online now for the Risk Assist Fair, and watch the SMU Forum for additional information on both events.

White House honors: SMU has become a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have shown a sustained commitment to volunteer service. Nominate an SMU student, faculty or staff member by Mar. 6; for more information, visit the Leadership and Community Involvement awards page.

Voices carry: SMU’s Meadows Chorale will perform great works of the choral repertoire at 3 p.m. Mar. 2 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students; contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Access and equity: SMU’s 2008 Spring Higher Education Symposium, “Prisms of Diversity: Affirmative Action, Access, Inclusion and Equity,” takes place Mar. 4-6 at the Radisson Hotel Central, 6060 N. Central Expy. For more information, call SMU Institutional Access and Equity, 8-3601.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts “Latinos, Religion and Politics” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mar. 4 in 207 Kirby Hall. The event will be moderated by Tony Cortese, professor of sociology in Dedman College. For more information, contact Tony Cortese, 8-2917.

moussa-diabate-150.jpgWorld rhythms: West African dancer, drummer and musician Moussa Diabate (bottom right) performs with his group Jelykunda at noon Mar. 5 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. The free concert is part of SMU’s Brown Bag World Music Series.

Broadway showcase: The Meadows Opera Theatre and Division of Theatre present 14 Meadows singing actors performing Broadway selections in “A Musical Theatre Showcase with Kimberly Grigsby” at 1 p.m. Mar. 7 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The performance is the culmination of a two-week workshop with acclaimed Broadway music director/conductor Kimberly Grigsby (’91), currently music director for Spring Awakening, the 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. The performance is free; bring your lunch.

Nominations open for President’s Volunteer Leadership Award

PVSA logoSMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement has teamed with the White House to become an Official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national program recognizing Americans who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service. Established in 2003, the award was created by President George W. Bush to give Presidential recognition for volunteer service. Campus community members may nominate individuals, families and groups for the award; the deadline is Mar. 6, 2008. Read more.

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