Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week 2021

Staff Appreciation Week Events


Wednesday, May 19th – Staff enjoyed a live 2-hour interactive hands-on experience with Equest mini ambassador therapy horses. Staff members got to Pet, hug, and groom Dare and Ranger the ponies. These lovable warm-hearted creatures melt anxiety away and improve your overall wellbeing! Studies have shown that animal-assisted activities provide physical, mental and emotional fulfillment.






Lunch n’ Learn: SMU History in Three Courses with Joan Gosnell

Thursday, May 20th – We joined Joan Gosnell, University Archivist, on Zoom as she offered up a three-course mini-history with a salad course, an entree, and a dessert. We looked at the landscaping of SMU, people of SMU, and myths about our University. Please view the links below for the recording and presentation from today’s lecture, as well as some additional fun links that Joan provided!

Recording & Presentation:

Lunch n’ Learn Video Recording

SMU in Three Courses Presentation


More from SMU’s Archives:

Student Newspaper

SMU Videos (most are silent)

SMU Publications


Dallas Hall Apartment Tours

Friday, May 21st – Staff members enjoyed a quick tour of the famous Dallas Hall apartment hidden away in the building’s top floor. Please enjoy a few photos of the space!


Photography Classes with Anthony Allen

Professional photographer Anthony Allen taught staff how to edit like a pro using apps on their smart phones. Watch the videos below for a limited time to learn more about how to use the apps Lightroom and Snapseed!

Photography Class Lightroom Video

Bonus Video Clips

01 Detail Color Explained Snapseed

02 Portrait Edit Snapseed

03 Landscape Edit Snapseed

Bonus Selective Coloring

Bonus Clone Yourself

Bonus Black White Profile




Chair Fitness and Meditation with Carlie Lara

Wish you had a good workout without leaving your chair? Need some peace before diving into your work day? Look no further! Watch the videos below and read the attached documents to learn more about chair fitness and guided meditation.

Chair Fitness Video

Chair Fitness Information


Guided Meditation Video

Guided Meditation Information



Virtual Therapy with Horses: Mane in Heaven

Mane in Heaven shared stories about their therapy ponies as staff watched the beautiful animals graze in gorgeous green fields.

Virtual Therapy with Horses Video








Roving Mars from Dallas

Staff joined Dr. Matt Siegler, Planetary Scientist and Research Faculty, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU for a virtual tour and overview of his exciting collaborative work on the new Mars rover, and other exciting NASA missions.

Watch Dr. Siegler’s presentation, “Roving Mars from Dallas.”










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