Crest & Motto

Armstrong Commons Crest


The key feature of our design is the Armstrong cupola which is the iconic architectural element of our common. It is also the most elevated point in the Commons, reflecting our goal to rise to the top.

The Armstrong Residential Commons Leadership Corps (RCLC) chose to feature the name “Armstrong” at the center of the crest within the ribbon, making a nod to classic crest design elements.

The color red was specifically chosen because it is a favorite of the Armstrong family in addition to representing SMU. Also, red symbolizes strength, power, determination, passion and love. These qualities represent the characteristics we feel the Armstrong Commons embodies.  The color gold was chosen to symbolize the gold dome of our cupola.

Underneath the Armstrong name are five lines. The five lines represent the five inaugural members of the RCLC. In addition, the lines are symbolic of vineyard rows, representative of the Armstrong family and their vineyard, Epoch Estate Wines.



A Mind Conscious of Integrity || Mens Conscia Recti

Our Founding Faculty in Residence, Dr. Rita Kirk, is the Director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Our Founding Residential Community Director, Lauren Anne Cove, is a Co-Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape®, an organization whose mission is “to transform the world by increasing the number of people who ‘lead with integrity’TM and a healthy disregard for the impossible.” (LeaderShape, Inc.). With two leaders having a strong focus on integrity and ethics, it was fitting that our motto embodies their shared passion. Our motto aligns with the mission of Southern Methodist University which states the institutions commitment to moral and ethical values. Ethical world changers will be shaped here at Armstrong Commons.