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SMU Homecoming, September 23-26, 2015

Full Schedule of Homecoming Events

Wednesday, September 23

9 p.m. Centennial Countdown Concert

SMU Program Council invites alumni, parents, faculty and staff to count down SMU’s 100th birthday in a fun-filled evening of music featuring a musical headliner.

Thursday, September 24

8:30 a.m. Worship Service Services in Perkins Chapel.
9 a.m. Diamond M Club Mixer Ticket price $0 Appetizers and drinks after Alumni Band rehearsal Diamond M Club will provide appetizer buffet. All attendees responsible for purchasing own beverages.
10 a.m. Centennial Commemoration Ceremony

A special 100th anniversary celebration for the entire SMU community.

7 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration Honoring 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Bess Fraser Enloe '60, Donald F. Jackson '63 and Billie Ida Williamson '74, and 2015 Emerging Leader Award recipient Michael W. Waters '02, '06, '12. 

Friday, September 25

11:30 a.m. Campaign Volunteers Meeting The campaign's co-chairs invite volunteers to a special meeting to review campaign progress and plan the conclusion of the campaign. By invitation only.
11:30 a.m. Centennial Stampede of Service In celebration of the centennial of the University's opening in 1915, one-hundred SMU students will come together on Friday, September 25, 2015 to participate in service projects at ten local charities. During this "Centennial Stampede of Service" event, SMU students will provide nearly 300 hours of service to the Dallas community.
12 - 3 p.m. Mustang Band Mini-Reunion The "New" Band Hall, 6005 Bush Avenue. Ticket Price $15. Catered Menu.
Afternoon Reunion Weekend Registration Stop by our registration area located in the Meadows Museum to pick up your weekend registration packet containing name tags, tickets and other important information.
Afternoon Campus Walking Tours

Participate in exciting guided tours and in-depth experiences around campus. Tours depart from Meadows Museum.

Afternoon Campus and Academic Open Houses A variety of activities at SMU's schools between 2 and 5 p.m. will enable alumni once again to experience examples of the University's extraordinary academic offerings. See individual listings on this page for more information.
Afternoon Mustang Mini Reunions Mustang Mini Reunions are alumni-driven gatherings aimed at reuniting alumni who shared a special connection while at SMU. No group is too large or too small. More information will be available soon!
2 p.m. The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey book signing and reception Please join as we celebrate the release of Sterling Moore's new biography, "The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey." Professor Jeskey taught Chemistry at SMU from 1945 to 1979, he served as the pre-med advisor and later volunteered with the SMU sports information office. Dr. Moore will give some remarks about the book, friends and family will be invited to share memories and a reception will follow.
2 – 3 p.m. Fondren Library Center Open House: Then and Now This event will be an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to learn about the past, present, and future of SMU Libraries. Attendees will relive the past in an exhibit showcasing the history of SMU Libraries. This will also be an opportunity to discover the future of the libraries and find out more about the Fondren Library Center renovation.
2 – 3 p.m. Deason Innovation Gym Want to understand how innovation happens? Come participate in an advised brainstorming session in our unique facility.
2 – 5 p.m. Harold Clark Simmons Hall Hard Hat Tours The Simmons School will host Hard Hat Tours of the new Harold Clark Simmons Hall. Building tours will begin at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. The three story 44,000 sq. ft. facility will be open to guests to view the new home for The Budd Center, Teacher Design Studio and classrooms.
3 p.m. Habito Labyrinth Tutorial Experience Dr. Ruben Habito will explain the theory and practice of the Labyrinth at Perkins School of Theology.
3 p.m. Dedman College Alumni reception with Faculty Dean DiPiero and faculty members of Dedman College welcome Dedman College alumni back to Dallas Hall for an informal reception.
3 p.m. Residential Commons Tour | Boaz Commons and Crum Commons We are transforming the residential life model for students through our Residential Commons program, which integrates the academic, residential and social experience. Join our RLSH staff for a tour of Boaz Commons and Crum Commons and see and experience where our students now call "home".
4 p.m. Hunt Leadership Scholars Alumni - Homecoming Reception Join your fellow Hunt Leadership Scholars graduates for a mini-reunion during Homecoming weekend. Refreshments will be served. By invitation only. Ballroom, Hughes Trigg Student Center.
4 – 5 p.m. Meadows School of the Arts Open House The Meadows School of the Arts and Dean Sam Holland invite alumni and friends for an open house in the newly renovated Hamon Arts Library to view a special exhibition featuring fashion design sketches, circa 1933-1942, by Nancy B. Hamon (1918-2011) from the Jake and Nancy Hamon Papers. Please join us for a reception highlighting the school’s innovative curriculum.  Parking available on Bishop Boulevard.
Evening Reunion Class Parties for the classes of '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05, and '10

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with classmates and friends. Catch up on old times, share memories and reconnect with one another while enjoying exceptional food, drinks and entertainment. Additional details will be available soon. You won’t want to miss your party!

6 p.m. Willard Spiegelman Alumni Mini-Reunion For over forty years, Willard Spiegelman, the Hughes Professor of English, has inspired generations of SMU students with his unique and energetic teaching style. Please join us on Homecoming weekend as we celebrate the profound impact Professor Spiegelman has had on alumni and the University.
6 p.m. President’s Associates Reception A reception honoring donors who make gifts totaling $1,000 or more in a single year. By invitation only.
6 – 8 p.m. Beta Theta Pi - Alumni Reunion All past and present brothers are welcome to join us as we reunite at Ozona's from 6 to 8PM on Friday, September 25th. Please RSVP by September 18th.
6 – 11 p.m. Law School Reunions Reunions event for law alumni with class years ending in 0 or 5.
6:30 – 8 p.m. Pre-Pigskin VIP Reception Drinks & heavy hors d’oeuvres. McFarlin Auditorium Mezzanine. Ticket Price $25/person. **Preferred Pigskin Seating for all who purchase Reception & Show Tickets**
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.

Saturday, September 26

Morning Class of '70 Reunion Brunch and Party Join your classmates for a memorable brunch to kick off a day of Homecoming festivities.
Afternoon Reunion Village on the Boulevard

Join your classmates for a fun-filled experience with food and drinks on Clements Lawn prior to cheering on the Mustangs in Ford Stadium.

Afternoon Lyle on the Boulevard

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

12 – 2 p.m.
Daily Campus and Rotunda Alumni Reunion

Alumni of The Daily Campus student newspaper & Rotunda yearbook are encouraged to come celebrate the 100th anniversaries of these award-winning student publications with their fellow staffers and advisers. Reminisce at an informal game-day luncheon with those who have documented the history of SMU through the years. The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. SMU-in-Madrid Alumni Mini-Reunion Join former SMU-in-Madrid study abroad students for a reception as we reminisce and reconnect on campus during SMU Homecoming Weekend. Enjoy refreshments and light appetizers. Alumni and their guests are welcome to attend.
3 p.m.
Homecoming Parade and Boulevard View parade floats and other entertainment as they march through campus in celebration of SMU Homecoming. The pregame celebration on The Boulevard includes options for food, beverages, fun children’s activities and SMU gear. And catch the spirit and tradition of Homecoming game day as the cheerleaders and Mustang Band take you from The Boulevard into Ford Stadium.
3 p.m.
Perkins on the Boulevard All members of the Perkins community and friends are invited to watch the Homecoming parade in front of Kirby Hall and enjoy food and fellowship.
3 p.m.
Diamond M Club- Pre-Game Meal Boulevard Served at the Diamond M Club spot on the corner of Binkley and Bishop Blvds. Thanks to the generous Boulevard Sponsorship of Mike Laurent, there is no charge for the meal! Menu details TBD.
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Meadows Homecoming Picnic Please join us to watch the parade, enjoy great food, beverages, music and dance, see old friends, and visit with the Meadows community.
4 – 5:45 p.m. Law School Tailgate Football tailgate party for alumni and guests.
6 p.m. Football Game Cheer on Coach Chad Morris and the Mustangs as they take on James Madison University at Ford Stadium!
6 p.m. Homecoming Football Game- Diamond M Club Ford Stadium Block reserved near the Mustang Band. Ticket Price $25/person.
Evening 100th Birthday Salute to SMU Immediately following the football game, enjoy a celebratory extravaganza, bobblehead giveaway, a chance to win a free car, and a fireworks display wishing SMU a happy 100th birthday!

Sunday, September 27

12 p.m. SMU Pride Homecoming Brunch The SMU Pride alumni group would like to invite you and your guests to a Dutch-treat Homecoming brunch. David Chard, dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will be joining us as a special guest. Come learn how to get involved with SMU Pride and mingle with fellow alumni.