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First5 2019

First 5

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First 5 was developed to build on the groundwork laid during AARO & Stampede – the name refers to the first five weeks of classes, which each correspond to one of the SMU Connecting Points: People, Spirit, Community, Academy, and Campus . The First 5 schedule consists of a few large-scale events open to all students (listed on the calendar below) and independent experiences (listed to the right of the calendar), all organized into the weeks themed for each connecting point. Students with the most participation will be eligible to win prizes each week! Prizes include ACL tickets, Mustang Laundry, Free Parking on campus and more!

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The transition from high school to college is exciting, complex, and critical. SMU is committed to helping students connect to their new home during the First 5 weeks of school. If you participate, you will not only earn exclusive experiences and be eligible for prizes based on participation, but you will also have the chance to learn more about the SMU People, Spirit, Community, Academy, and Campus. So, connect with the people around you, engage the community and campus, and flourish during your time here on the Hilltop by getting started with First 5!  

MANE Event: People
Tuesday August 27 | 3-6pm
Hughes-Trigg Student Center 

At the People MANE Event, you will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the Who's Who of SMU! What does the provost do? What is the Board of Trustees? Find out, enjoy great food from Dallas Grilled Cheese Co, and meet SMU leaders for a chance to win one of 200 "Pony Up" baseball caps.

Club 214
Thursday August 29 | 10pm 

Join us for Club 214, a night of LED lights, music, and, food, featuring the Dallas Skyline! We will have Joy Macarons, mocktails, street tacos, The Halal Guys, and more! Prizes include an iPad mini, AirPods, and a $200 gift card to 560 by Wolfgang Puck at the top of Reunion Tower.

MANE Event: Spirit
Tuesday, September 3 | 3-6pm

Hughes- Trigg Student Center 

Whose Got Spirit…S-M-You! At MANE Event: Spirit, students will learn about all things Spirit and Tradition at SMU. Students will explore the history behind some of our most notable SMU traditions and learn about SMU students that came before. Begin to embrace the SMU spirit of today by meeting and playing games with members of our student athlete community. Stop by the gear swap table to trade in any old gear (t-shirts, hats, etc.) from other schools for some awesome new SMU swag. Finally, students will start making SMU memories by hopping in our photo booth and giving us a great "Pony Up"! Finally, at the end enter for a chance to win 2 sideline passes for an upcoming SMU football game. 

Homeopener Events 

Grand Opening - Indoor Performance Center 
Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. 

Homeopener Football Game (SMU Football vs. UNT) 
Saturday, September 7
The Boulevard 

MANE Event: Community
Tuesday, September 10 | 3-6pm
Hughes-Trigg Student Center 

Student will have the opportunity to Dive Into Dallas at MANE Event: Community by hearing from various nonprofit and community partners, museums and local philanthropic organizations in the Dallas community through a fair style event. Students will leave the event understanding more about the Dallas culture, important topics being addressed in the city of Dallas, and even how to volunteer!

Stampede Reunion
Saturday, September 14

Various Locations

Students will have the opportunity to reunite with their Stampede Groups in major areas and fun spots in Dallas!

MANE Event: Academy 
Tuesday, September 17 | 3-6pm

Hughes-Trigg Student Center 

During Route UC, you will get a hands-on exploration of Advising AI, a new software program designed by SMU alum Momin Irfan (’19). Advising AI helps plan your ‘route’ to graduation. Student-faculty teams will also be available to talk one-on-one about the ways you can satisfy the UC proficiencies: Global Engagement, Information Literacy, Community Engagement, Human Diversity, Oral Communication, Writing, and Quantitative Reasoning. Come find out how to make your route as scenic and exciting as it can be!

Friday, September 20 | 9pm

Exclusively for current SMU students, ARTafterDARK: SMU College Night invites them to get creative in the museum while enjoying the fall exhibition "El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from the Bowes Museum." Show your SMU student ID at the door for this special after-hours event.

MANE Event: Campus 
Tuesday, September 24 | 3-6pm

Hughes-Trigg Student Center

Join the Office for Community Health Promotion for a day to celebrate health and resources at SMU! Come learn about all the health resources in and around campus while jamming to good music, winning great prizes, and enjoying free food. There will be games, giveaways, and the chance to win tickets to Austin City Limits! There are also rumors that Peruna will even be making an appearance. See you at Hughes Trigg! 

RC Games 
Saturday, September 28 | 2pm
Dedman Recreational Center 

RC Games is inspired by traditional field day activities. Comprised of six different games, RC games is a single day competition that will test both physical and mental strength through friendly competition.  Through participating in RC Games, students will meet members of residential community and earn Commons Cup Points.

Explore more on SMU Connect or stop by The Office of The Student Experience to learn more!