Community Service Day Kicks off Homecoming Week

October 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Caroline Foster

The flagpole was busier than usual Saturday morning as students gathered to participate in SMU’s 42nd Annual Community Service Day.

This year 25 different on-campus organizations had members participate in the event. Around 800 students volunteered at 24 various sites in the Dallas area including Garland Trash Bash, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School and the Texas Tree Foundation.

The morning’s events officially started around 10:30 a.m. with remarks made by Thomas Tunks, the Associate Provost at SMU. He asked students to raise the question, “Why am I here?”

Students came to volunteer for various reasons, but for many it was the fact that homecoming points were rewarded to participating organizations.

Students Promoting Awareness Responsibility and Citizenship, also known as SPARC, organized the event. SPARC vice-president, Lauren Michaels, explains the point system for community service day.

“Each member in an organization receives a point for their team. The point is rewarded after students complete their project.”

After the service hours are completed, Student Foundation figures out points based on the percentage of students that participated with each organization. These points are counted in the overall homecoming point total.

But whether for homecoming points or for the good of the community, students’ attitudes about serving the community were positive.

Freshman, Lauren Fann, worked as a site leader at the Stonewall Jackson Elementary School carnival with Student Leadership Fellows. She commonly participates in community service projects and enjoys seeing a difference in the community.

She thinks it’s important to have community service day because it’s good to give back. She said, “You can see a change right away.”

SPARC knows the importance of giving back to the community during the excitement of homecoming week.

Michaels said, “With all the amazing school spirit from Homecoming, it is also important that students spend time serving the community that surrounds campus. This event adds a unique dynamic to Homecoming week.”

As homecoming week officially begins, Community Service Day makes sure the organizations start the week on a positive note.

Winding Down The Year With Mane Event

April 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Mane Event featured booths for food, fortune tellers and caricature drawings to help students take a break before finals. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Mane Event featured booths for food, fortune tellers and caricature drawings to help students take a break before finals. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Nicolette Schleisman

It’s that time of year again. The semester is coming to a close, summer is just around the corner and the SMU Student Foundation put on their annual Mane Event on the Main Quad Friday afternoon.

It featured several things to do for students including: a zip line, waterslides, jousting, caricature artists, henna, fortune telling and Billy Buttons. There was also a couple of radio stations, including SMU radio, as well as food from Stromboli’s Pizza, Quesa d-ya’s, Ball’s Hamburgers, Paciugos and turkey legs. Peruna also made a festive visit to Mane Event.

It is meant to be a fun family friendly event to help students get their minds off finals for an afternoon.

SMU sophomore Katy Grossman came out to Mane Event to blow off some steam.

“It’s far enough away from finals that, it’s Friday, I want to relax, I don’t want to worry about finals,” Grossman said. “I’ll study this weekend.”

SMU freshman Thomas Griffin saw it as a celebration instead of thinking about how close finals are.

“I’m just here for fun,” Griffin said. “It’s basically my last day of class, I thought it’d be a good way to sorta celebrate.”

Student Senate for Student Foundation funds the event, which allows for all students to enjoy it with no cost.

SMU sophomore Staci Talamonti was in charge of putting on the event this year. She and a committee have been working on putting the event together since January.

“It’s basically to celebrate classes are over and give students something fun to do,” Talamonti said. “Kind of like a family friendly thing to do.”

The Student Foundation also invited the student organizations around campus to be involved for a minimum donation of $50.

Some of the organizations that were involved included the Markets and Culture Club, Delta Sigma Pi, Women’s Interest Network and the VSA Student Organization.

Clarke Mickum, a freshman member of Delta Sigma Pi, volunteered her time at the dunk tank they were sponsoring. Mickum wanted to get involved with Mane Event because she thought it would be fun.

“I have lots of friends in Student Foundation and I’m in DSP and whenever there’s an opportunity to get involved on campus, I usually take it cause it’s always fun,” Mickum said.

All Student Foundation members help out with Mane Event since it is such a large event.

Taylor Pass, SMU freshman and member of the Student Foundation, enjoyed helping to put it on this year.

“It’s just a really good way to end the year and just have everyone free food, free games, free rides and everything,” Pass said.

Pass also displayed a great interest to be on the committee next year to help put on Mane Event.

A modern dance class also decided to participate in the fun around campus, as they had their class on the quad. They brought a lot of attention and some people even crashed their class to take part in the conga drums and fun dancing.

Family Weekend and Homecoming are next on the list of events for the Student Foundation.

Students take turns going down the water slide at this year's Mane Event. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Students take turns going down the water slide at this year's Mane Event. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Campus News Blog: Homecoming Is Here!

October 31, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Sam Todd

It might be Halloween, but today is the official start of SMU’s Homecoming festivities, planned by SMU Student Foundation. It kicked off this morning with a community service event, and busloads of SMU students headed to a home for senior citizens, a community festival and other events around the metroplex to help out and give back to their community.

Participants in today’s event all received points that go towards their organization in the homecoming competition, which culminates in the crowning of a homecoming king and queen during the halftime ceremonies of the homecoming football game against Rice. With today’s 27-13 win over Tulsa, the Mustangs will have another shot to bring that 4-4 record over .50.

Other homecoming events taking place this week include tomorrow’s Field Day, the presentation of the candidates on Monday, the annual Homecoming College Bowl on Wednesday, 24-hour float building on Thursday, and the annual parade on the boulevard before Saturday’s game.

Don’t miss out on this week, it’s truly one of the university’s best traditions.

Campus News Blog: SMU’s Student Foundation to host Mane Event Friday

April 30, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Morgan Parmet

Come one, come all! SMU Student Foundation presents their annual Mane Event Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the main quad. Students can come out for some friendly competition, food, games, entertainment, prizes and more.

“It’s the last day of classes and students deserve a break! It is also a longstanding university tradition,” said Keelie Rood, Director of Administration.

For a little fun, Mane Event will have photo booths, henna tattoos, fortune tellers and caricatures.

If you’re in more of an inflatable mood, obstacle courses, sumo wrestling, and inflatable zip lines (provided by the Program Council) will be set up to compete against your friends.

But why just go for the fun and inflatables? It will feel like you’re at the Texas State Fair with turkey legs, snow cones, cotton candy, and popcorn to go around. Venders like Wild About Harry’s Custard, Pluckers, and Quesa-d-ya’s will also be on the grounds to give your tastebuds a treat.

Last, but not least make sure to put on your dancing shoes. A Dance Contest will take place and prizes will be awarded.

Mane Event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

‘Celebration of Lights’ Adds New Finale

December 5, 2008 by · Comments Off 

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