Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


March 13, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Spring is the season to clean out closets and storage rooms, and that's just what Southern Methodist University is doing. The result is the university's first-ever "Super Surplus Sale" to be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the basement of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, 6000 Airline Blvd. The purpose is to sell to the public the university's excess office equipment and furniture, as well as to clean out storage facilities on campus.

The basement entrance is located on the east side of the building, with the best access from Dublin Street. The 25,000-square-foot basement will be filled with items to be sold including desks and hutches, desk chairs, bookcases, filing cabinets, sofas, easy chairs, pictures, miscellaneous dining equipment, cubicle panels and modular workstations. Other items include various office supplies as well as "as-is" computer components including keyboards, monitors, printers and more.

"The items that SMU is selling have not been claimed by any of the departments here on campus, but still have plenty of use in them," said Julie Wiksten, director of auxiliary services for SMU, who is coordinating the sale. "And they will be priced to sell!"

The idea for the surplus sale came from the first place winning entry in the university's "Cary M. Maguire Ideas for Education" program in which faculty and staff members submit their creative ideas to help the university 1) decrease costs and generate revenues, 2) enhance quality of life for staff, faculty and students, 3) increase productivity and effectiveness and 4) stimulate creativity and teach the creative process. Two staff members were awarded the grand prize of $1,000 for their idea of a campus-wide sale.

Other Ideas for Education winners in the past have included printing labels for folders to avoid custom printing costs, video conferencing employment interviews and charging parking fees for high school graduations.

The surplus sale will be first come, first served and cash and carry, with checks accepted only with valid identification. University employees are volunteering their time. Money raised from the surplus sale will go toward campus beautification. Parking will be in the parking lot located southwest of the Doak Walker Plaza on Airline Boulevard. Refreshments will be sold.

Dealers are welcome. Admission price to the surplus sale will be $1 per person. For more information, contact 214-768-7253 or the Web site at