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SMU Homecoming & Reunions

Full Schedule of Homecoming Events

Tuesday, November 1

7:30 p.m. Canstruction

Student organizations participating in Homecoming will compete to build structures out of food cans that represent their respective themes. These structures will remain on display for the rest of the week.

Thursday, November 3

7:00 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony recognizes extraordinary achievement, outstanding character and good citizenship in an event hosted by President R. Gerald Turner and the SMU Alumni Board. The 2016 honorees are Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, John C. Tolleson ’70, and Richard W. Weekley ’67 and Emerging Leader Award recipient Kevin Lavelle ’08.

7:30 p.m. SYZYGY Concert: Workers Union

Meadows' contemporary music ensemble SYZYGY, under the direction of Lane Harder, presents "Workers Union," a collection of music exploring diverse approaches to ensemble performance. Featured will be Louis Andriessen's Workers Union, a unison work for loud instruments; Gilad Cohen's masterful Ten Variations for piano quintet and oboe, featuring oboe soloist Abigail Hawthorne; and Steve Reich's seminal work Sextet featuring the Meadows Percussion Ensemble. A reception will follow the concert.

Friday, November 4

Varies Reunion Class Parties

Join us for exceptional parties just for the undergraduate classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011. Learn more about each reunion party here.

Noon - 5:00 p.m. Reunion Ticket Pickup

Reunion-year alumni are invited to stop by Meadows Museum to pick up their pre-purchased football or George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum tickets as well as enjoy complimentary admission to the Meadows Museum all day Friday.

2:15 p.m. Legacy Prospective Student Information Session

Learn about the SMU Admission process from representatives in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Join us for a brief presentation, followed by a guided tour of campus. Open to alumni, their students and their families. Advance online registration is required no later than October 28. Registrants will be contacted and asked to share more information on prospective students prior to the event. Parking information will be shared with registrants. Check in on the second floor of the Laura Lee Blanton Building. Email smualum@smu.edu with questions.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Reunion-year Alumni Campus Walking Tours

Join us for student-led Hilltop walking tours departing from Meadows Museum that showcase new facilities, museum resources and campus landmarks.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Kappa Alpha Theta Open House

The Facility Corporation Board and Beta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta invite all current collegiate members, alumnae and their families to see the new Theta house that opened August, 2016.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. SeRVe and SMU Connection - Volunteer Training Session and Mixer

Join representatives from the SMU Office of Alumni Engagement to learn more about what it takes to be an alumni volunteer through the Student Recruitment Volunteer (SeRVe) and SMU Connection programs. After the training session, join your fellow Mustang volunteers for a mixer to swap ideas and enjoy refreshments. For more information about volunteer programs, visit smu.edu/involved or email involved@smu.edu.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Compelling Käthe Kollwitz: A Little Bit of Comini and a Lot of Kollwitz

The Department of Art History’s Comini Lecture Series welcomes noted professor emeritus and author Alessandra Comini, who will give a talk titled “Compelling Kathe Kollwitz: A little bit of Comini and a lot of Kollwitz.” RSVP to Laura Hearn, 214-768-2698; lhearn@smu.edu. Parking available in the Meadows Parking Center beneath the Meadows Museum.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Hunt Leadership Scholars Alumni Homecoming Reception

Join local Hunt Leadership Scholars alumni for a reception during SMU Homecoming weekend! Beer, wine and light appetizers will be provided. This event is open to Hunt Leadership Scholars alumni and their guests. Advance online registration by October 28 is preferred, but walk-ups are welcome. By invitation only. Questions? Contact huntscholars@alumni.smu.edu.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Will Trice Master Class

Tony Award Winner and SMU Alum '01 Will Trice will present a Master Class for SMU Voice Students. Singing Broadway hits will be singers from the Meadows School of the Arts.

6:00 p.m. President's Associates Reception

Hosted by SMU Board of Trustees Chair Michael M. Boone '63, '67 and Marla Hays Boone '68 and SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Gail O. Turner.

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Hispanic Alumni of SMU - Homecoming Reunion Reception

Join fellow Hispanic Alumni for a homecoming reception, hosted by the Honorable Delia D. Jasso ’76. Complimentary appetizers and drinks will be provided. Advance registration is preferred by October 28, but walk-ups are welcome. Free parking is available outside the Cultural Center. Questions? Email ha@alumni.smu.edu.

6:30 p.m. Black Alumni of SMU - Homecoming Happy Hour

Join the Black Alumni of SMU Board for a Homecoming Happy Hour! Drinks specials will be available, including $4 margaritas. Yucatan Taco Stand. Advance online registration is preferred by October 28.

7:30 p.m. Emerging Sounds: New Works by SMU Student Composers

There is a special excitement in a concert of contemporary music written by living composers. In this concert, audiences can depend on variety and energy as SMU student composers taught by professors Robert Frank, Kevin Hanlon, Lane Harder and Xi Wang share what will be milestones in their emerging careers. Admission is FREE.

8:15 p.m. Pigskin Revue

The Pigskin Revue features SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts and the Mustang Band playing new music as well as old favorites from past Revues. Tickets will be $15 at the door and the box office opens at 7pm. Faculty and staff can get a free ticket as long as they present their IDs.

Saturday, November 5

10 - 11:45 a.m. SMU Student Senate Homecoming Reunion

SMU Student Body President Blake Rainey '17 and the 103rd SMU Student Senate cordially invite you and your family to join us for some refreshments and the opportunity to reconnect with friends and meet today's student leaders!

11 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Book Signing by SMU Alum Author Colin P. Cahoon

Join SMU Alum Colin P. Cahoon, author of the new historical fiction thriller, The Man with the Black Box, at the SMU Bookstore for a book signing event before the game. Email colin@colinpcahoon.com for more information.

Noon Homecoming Parade

Inspiring Mustang fans with this year's theme, "Road Trip Home to SMU," this community event will include student floats, bands and entertainment in celebration of SMU's Homecoming Weekend.

11 a.m. Hispanic Alumni of SMU - Walk with the Hispanic Alumni of SMU in the Homecoming Parade

Represent the Hispanic Alumni of SMU in the University's Homecoming Parade! Registrants will be asked to walk alongside the Hispanic Alumni of SMU car in the Homecoming Parade. Meet in the Moody Parking Center for parade staging at 11 a.m., and bring a bag of candy to throw to spectators! Advance online registration is preferred by October 28.

11 a.m. Black Alumni of SMU - Homecoming Tailgate on the Boulevard

Join the Black Alumni of SMU Board for a Homecoming Tailgate prior to the University of Memphis vs. SMU game! Enjoy food and drinks. Receive a limited edition Black Alumni of SMU Homecoming mug with a minimum donation of $25 to the Black Alumni Scholarship. Visit smu.edu/bagiving to make your gift. Already made your gift? Show a copy of your gift receipt at the tailgate to receive your mug. Advance online registration is preferred by October 28.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Dr. Bob Smith Health Center Open House

The Division of Student Affairs and Vice President Pamela Anthony invite you and your family to tour SMU's newest facility on Bishop Boulevard. Please stop by after the Homecoming Parade!

1:00 p.m. The Boulevard & Mustang Alley

The pregame celebration on The Boulevard includes options for food, beverages, fun children's activities and SMU gear. There's something for SMU fans of all ages!

1:00 p.m. Perkins on the Boulevard

"Perkins on the Boulevard" is an exciting fall tradition for Perkins students, staff, faculty, alums and friends. Held prior to each SMU home football game on Bishop Boulevard, in front of Kirby Hall, each event includes free food and beverages. Join us for food, fun, and conversation on the Boulevard!

1:00 p.m. Reunion Village on the Boulevard

Stop by a special tent on The Boulevard just for reunion-year alumni and their guests to enjoy light bites, beverages, games and children's activities with your classmates. There's something for SMU fans of all ages. Admission is complimentary.

1:00 p.m. Meadows Homecoming Picnic

Please join us to watch the parade and enjoy great food, beverage, live music, see old friends, and visit with the Meadows community.

3:00 p.m. Football Game

Cheer on the SMU Mustangs in an exciting Homecoming football contest against the Memphis Tigers! For reunion-year alumni, special block seating is available in sections 221 and 222 through the reunion registration website.

7 – 9 p.m. CT Black Alumni of SMU - Post-Game Happy Hour

Enjoy drink specials and mingle with fellow alumni at a post-game happy hour! Time is to be determined based on game time. Bar Louie, Shops at Park Lane. Advance online registration is preferred by October 28.

Sunday, November 6

9:00 a.m. Black Alumni of SMU - Sunday Worship

Join Black Alumni of SMU, the SMU Voices of Inspiration Choir and Reverend Dr. Michael Waters '02, '06, '12 for a Sunday Worship Service to cap off a weekend of Homecoming activities. Agape Temple AME - Mingo Street Campus.

11:00 a.m. Black Alumni of SMU - Homecoming Brunch

Come together for a post-Worship brunch with the Black Alumni of SMU. TNT Tequila and Tacos.