On October 13-14, 2010, Timothy Clydesdale, professor of sociology at The College of New Jersey and author of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School, gave two lectures to faculty and staff on understanding first-year students. The lectures entitled "Seven things College Students Wished Every Professor Knew" and "Understanding 20-Something's in America: The Lengthening Runway between Adolescence and Adulthood" were well-attended and warmly received. Two follow-up conversations were also offered by the Chaplain's Office
On February 2, 2011, Chaplain Steve Rankin lectured on "Seeking
a Better Way: SMU as a Leader in Church-Affiliated Higher
Education." Follow up conversations were also offered by the
Office of the Chaplain. The lecture was featured in an article
in the Dallas Morning News.