The second year of The Second Century Campaign’s public phase was filled with events and celebrations marking campaign progress in Dallas, around the United States and internationally. Here is a timeline featuring some of the year’s most significant developments.
July 24 | SMU-in-Taos Dedication
SMU dedicates new and remodeled student casitas, infrastructure improvements and the addition of new technology, enabling the first fall semester at the University’s Taos campus.
September 4 | Mustang Plaza and Mall Dedication
SMU dedicates a new pedestrian mall linking Ford Stadium and Moody Coliseum and providing a new setting for the Mustangs sculpture and the Doak Walker statue.
September 11 | Prothro Hall Dedication
SMU celebrates the completion of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall and renovations to Kirby and Selecman halls, key facilities in the revamped quadrangle of Perkins School of Theology.
September 29 | St. Louis Regional Campaign Kickoff
More than 100 alumni, parents and friends attend the St. Louis kickoff party at the Kemp Auto Museum hosted by Nancy St. Eve and John St. Eve, co-chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for St. Louis.
October 7 | Meadows Museum Plaza Dedication The Meadows Museum opens its redesigned plaza and sculpture garden and unveils a new major acquisition, Sho, a monumental sculpture by Catalán artist Jaume Plensa.
November 10 | San Francisco Regional
Campaign Kickoff The San Francisco kickoff event at the St. Francis Yacht Club draws more than 100 guests. The gathering is hosted by C. David Cush ’82, ’83, co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for San Francisco, and SMU Trustee Frank M. Dunlevy ’71, committee honorary chair.
December 3 | Campaign Executive Committee Meeting
Campaign volunteers from Dallas, throughout the United States and international regions gather to report on campaign progress.
March 4–8 | Campaign Trip to Asia
Brad E. Cheves, vice president for DEA, leads an SMU delegation on a campaign trip to the Pacific Rim. Stops include Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai and Taipei.
March 20 | Meadows at the Winspear
A concert benefitting the Meadows Scholars Program at Dallas’ new opera house features performances by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Dance Ensemble and honors John C. Tolleson ’70 and Debbie Tolleson.
March 23 | New Orleans Campaign Event
Campaign Co-chair Carl Sewell ’66 and Peggy Higgins Sewell ’72 host a Second Century Campaign gathering for New Orleans alumni, family and friends.
April 7 | Denver Regional Campaign Kickoff Event
The Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Denver, led by Co-chairs Elisabeth Martin Armstrong ’82 and William D. Armstrong ’82, kicks off its participation in a gathering at the offices of Armstrong Oil & Gas, Inc.
April 9 | Inside SMU
SMU hosts an alumni afternoon of “classes without quizzes” as part of a campaign initiative to increase alumni support.
April 9 | President’s Associates Reception
President R. Gerald Turner hosts a reception for members of President’s Associates, donors who give $1,000 or more in a fiscal year.
April 9 | President’s Briefing
Several hundred alumni, parents and friends attend President R. Gerald Turner’s annual briefing on the University’s progress.
April 16 | Caruth Hall Dedication
SMU dedicates the new Caruth Hall, the third new building in Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering constructed in the past decade.
April 21 | Medal of Freedom Presentation
Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Welch Bush ’68 receive the Medal of Freedom from the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College.
May 6 | Campaign Executive Committee Meeting
Campaign and steering committee co-chairs report on continuing campaign progress at the semi-annual meeting.