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Frequent Questions about the Bush Presidential Center Dedication

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Last updated: April 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.

FAQs for students, faculty and staff

How can I participate in the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25?

Due to space limitations, attendance at the dedication ceremony planned by the Bush Center April 25 is by invitation only.

However, the dedication will be broadcast live online beginning at 9 a.m. CDT at BushCenter.org and will be covered by many media outlets. In the Park Cities, it will air on Cable Channel 19.

In addition, several campus events are planned for SMU students, faculty and staff:

  • On Thursday, April 25, the SMU community will have the opportunity to watch a simulcast of the formal dedication ceremony at McFarlin Auditorium (SMU ID required). Doors open at 9 a.m. Register here.
  • An outdoor jumbotron north of University Boulevard, near the Dedman Life Sciences Building and the Late Fountain will also show the proceedings.
  • For SMU students, faculty and staff with an SMU ID, and invited guests, the private SMU Boulevard Block Party and Lighting of Freedom Hall will be held the evening of April 25. See your invitation for details.

Please note that SMU IDs are needed for SMU students, faculty and staff to enter events during the week of the Bush Center dedication.

What items are prohibited at dedication-related events for SMU students, faculty and staff?

The following items are prohibited from all events:

  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Animals other than helper/guide dogs
  • Backpacks
  • Bags larger than 6”x4”x8”
  • Balloons
  • Bicycles
  • Coolers
  • Explosives
  • Firearms
  • Glass or thermal containers
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/Pepper spray
  • Packages
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard

When can I visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum?

Monday, April 29, has been designated SMU Day by the Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Students, faculty and staff with a valid SMU ID are being admitted for free on a rolling basis. Visit smu.edu/smuday to RSVP.

When the Presidential Library and Museum opens to the public May 1, admission will remain free for SMU students, faculty and staff with valid campus IDs. Reserve your complimentary tickets in advance on the Bush Center website.

This is just one way the SMU community is being thanked for our partnership with the Bush Center in supporting its construction, dedication and ongoing operations.

Can I bring my spouse, significant other or family members?

Free admission does not apply to spouses or family members unless they also are faculty, staff or students with a valid SMU ID.

The Presidential Library and Museum will open for visitors May 1. Memberships and group discounts are available; individual tickets for non-SMU visitors range from $10 for youths under age 12 to $16 for adults. Find information about hours and tickets, and reserve your tickets in advance, on the Bush Center website.

What about retired faculty members?

Retired faculty members with a valid SMU ID will be admitted for free to the Presidential Library and Museum. Reserve your complimentary tickets in advance on the Bush Center website.

Why is SMU having class the day of the dedication?

SMU is open so that the important work of teaching and supporting our students is not interrupted.

Where should I park April 24 to April 26?

It is necessary to reduce the number of vehicles on and near campus from April 24 through April 26 to welcome a large number of visitors from around the world and to support security measures. Learn more at smu.edu/wheretopark.

Several lots will not be affected: Students, faculty and staff normally assigned to campus lots B, D, E, F, I, O, U and those who work east of Central Expressway may park as usual in those locations, with no change.

For those who park in other lots: Only students who live on campus, faculty who teach on a particular day and staff who have been designated essential by their supervisors have reserved parking spots – although in different locations from their usual parking assignments.

For those with handicapped permits, a limited number of handicapped parking will be available on Level 1 of the Airline garage; handicapped parking also is available at SMU’s off-campus parking site, the Reunion Center parking garage. Learn more at smu.edu/wheretopark.

Commuting students, faculty who aren’t teaching and staff who have not been designated essential by their supervisors are asked to use alternative means of parking and transportation, including DART transit. Parking also will be limited at several fraternity residences. Learn more at smu.edu/wheretopark.

In addition, off-campus parking will be available for SMU at the Reunion Center parking garage downtown from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 24-26. Shuttles will run to and from campus approximately every 20 minutes. Security will be provided at the garage, and an attendant will be on site for anyone needing special assistance.

Learn more about traffic and lot closures and alternative parking and transportation at smu.edu/wheretopark. E-mail questions to parking@smu.edu or call 214-768-7275.

Thank you for your support, patience and hospitality as we prepare for this historic celebration.

If I take a cab to campus, where should I ask it to drop me off?

Cabs should drop off students, faculty and staff on Daniel Avenue.

Will my car be towed if I park on campus April 24-26?

Vehicles parked in unauthorized spaces or closed lots will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Students who commute, staff who have not been designated essential and faculty with no teaching assignments should use alternative means of parking April 24 through April 26. Learn more at smu.edu/wheretopark.

How will traffic near SMU be affected April 24 through April 26?

Information about road closures, including a downloadable map, is available online at smu.edu/wheretopark.

This information is subject to change, and updates will be posted online at smu.edu/bushdedication.

How do I get DART passes?

Free DART transit passes for April 22-26 are available to students, faculty and staff at the Parking and ID Card Services (formerly Park ’N Pony) office in Expressway Tower, 6116 North Central Expressway, Suite 101, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Get schedules and more information at the DART website.

The Mustang Express, including service to and from Mockingbird Station, runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with service approximately every 15 minutes. The week of April 22-26, additional shuttles will be added to run from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. They will be dedicated to operation between Mockingbird Station and the main campus only. Learn more about the Mustang Express at the DART website.

What if I’m late for work because of the parking situation?

Because many staff members must park remotely April 24-26, supervisors are asked to allow for delayed arrival times. Hourly paid staff members will be compensated for their normal work hours.

SMU staff members who are able to telecommute April 24-26 are encouraged to do so, with their supervisor’s permission. More information is available on the Human Resources website.

Additional questions can be directed to the Department of Human Resources at smuhr@smu.edu or 214-768-3311.

Are bicycles allowed on campus April 24-26?

Bicycles are allowed on campus April 24-26 but should not be ridden into restricted areas and should follow all traffic regulations.


FAQs for campus visitors

Who is invited to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25?

Invited guests include dignitaries, officials who served in the Bush Administration and partners of the Bush Center.

How can visitors participate in the dedication?

Due to space limitations, attendance at the dedication ceremony is by invitation only from the Bush Center. However, the dedication will be broadcast live online beginning at 9 a.m. CDT at BushCenter.org and will be covered by many media outlets. In the Park Cities, it will air on Cable Channel 19.

How will traffic near SMU be affected April 24 through April 26?

Information about road closures, including a downloadable map, is available online at smu.edu/BushCenter/Neighbors.

This information is subject to change, and updates will be posted online at smu.edu/bushdedication..

When does the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum open to the public?

The Bush Presidential Library and Museum will open for visitors on May 1. The Bush Center website has information to help you plan your visit.

How do I get tickets to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum?

Visitors may reserve tickets in advance on the Bush Center website. Individual tickets for non-SMU visitors range from $10 for youths under age 12 to $16 for adults; memberships and group discounts are available.

Can I volunteer at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum?

Volunteers play a vital role at the Library and Museum, including as docents, visitor services volunteers and administrative volunteers. Learn more on the Bush Presidential Library and Museum website.

What else can visitors do at SMU?

Visitors to the Bush Presidential Library and Museum can enjoy complimentary admission to the Meadows Museum by obtaining a ticket at the Presidential Library and Museum.

Other campus attractions include Centennial Hall at Hughes-Trigg Student Center, where visitors can explore 100 years of SMU achievement and look forward to its next century; and Heritage Hall at the Paul B. Loyd All-Sports Center, which celebrates SMU athletics history.

Visitors also are welcome to stroll our beautiful campus; a self-guided walking tour map can be downloaded from smu.edu/map100.

Learn about more campus attractions and events at smu.edu.