September 22, 2010
SMU families will celebrate longstanding traditions and launch new ones September 24-26 during Family Weekend. This year's theme, "Let the Good Times Roll," pays tribute to the 1950s and '60s and music that unites generations, says Elisabeth Knutzen, chair of the Student Foundation committee that coordinates the events.
"Family Weekend gives families the opportunity to see what their students do every day and to experience great traditions like the Boulevard," says Knutzen, a junior accounting major in Cox School of Business. "For families who aren't able to visit campus, we encourage students to bring friends and join in the events."
Following are highlights of the weekend, but please see the schedule for complete details:
- President R. Gerald Turner will welcome families during the kick-off luncheon, co-sponsored by Student Foundation and the SMU Mothers' Club.
- Parents are invited to attend classes with their students and meet faculty members; visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center and an SMU Abroad discussion at Hughes-Trigg Student Center; and attend an exciting presentation for all ages by SMU physics professors.
- Before the big game against TCU at 7 p.m., families can join the SMU Dads' Club and Student Foundation for barbecue and tailgating on the Boulevard, starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to the barbecue are available at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
- The Battle of the Iron Skillet against TCU begins at 7 p.m. Friday in Ford Stadium.
- SMU's Gilbert Lecture Series presents Seth Lerer, a Medieval scholar and author who will talk about the notes children have left in their books throughout the ages. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Friday in SMU's McCord Auditorium. Read more.
- 35th annual Campus Talent Show in McFarlin Auditorium. Seating begins at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg until they're sold out.
Other activities include a morning fun run, a fish fry with the Association of Black Students and National Pan-Hellenic Council, Meadows Museum tours, "Taste of Dallas" dinner and the annual talent show at McFarlin Auditorium. New this year are afternoon tours at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
- Ambassador James K. Glassman, executive director of the George W. Bush Institute, will discuss the institute's partnership with SMU and opportunities for students at 4:30 p.m. at Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
- The weekend wraps up Sunday with All-Campus Worship at Perkins Chapel at 11 a.m., the College Hispanic American Students' luncheon, Meadows Museum visits and Asian Council dinner.
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