Ask Deanie: Wrapping up the academic year

ask-deanie.jpg What should students do before they depart campus in May? I hope these tips will help make the transition to summer a bit easier.

Forward mail to summer address.
Pay fines for any overdue library books.
• Resell textbooks back to the bookstore.
• Clean their residence hall room or apartment to avoid penalty fees.
Return all keys in the proper manner to avoid penalty fees.
• After finals, get a good night’s sleep before driving long distances home.
• If your student needs to store items over the summer, see “Summer storage” below.

Graduating seniors should do all of the above, PLUS:

• Request a refund on any remaining Pony Cash dollars. (Dollars roll over for all undergraduates.)
• Pick up robes for Commencement.
• See SMU’s Commencement Web site for complete graduation information.
• If you have student loans, check with Enrollment Services for the repayment schedule.
• Complete the Graduation Survey that was emailed to you by May 12. If you have any questions about the survey, send them to

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Welcome to New Chaplain

stephen-rankin.ashx.jpgThe Reverend Dr. Stephen Rankin has been appointed SMU’s new chaplain and minister to the University. effective July 1, 2009.

Rankin comes to SMU from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, where he is the campus minister and the Kirk Chair Professor of Religious Studies. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, a Master of Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rankin holds Elders Orders and full membership in the Kansas West Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Rankin’s prior appointments include faculty and instructor at Saint Paul School of Theology and Bethany College. In addition, he has held pastoral appointments in Rome and Florence, Italy; Chicago; and Winfield, Kansas. In 1997, the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry honored Rankin with an Exemplary Teacher Award. Earlier in his career, he earned a John Wesley Fellowship.

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