Thanks to support for The Second Century Campaign, SMU’s centennial commemoration period continues to be marked by extraordinary progress that is being felt across the University.

This includes a number of projects that are transforming the southeast section of campus into a newly vital center of activity.

On September 9 the University dedicated the R. Gerald Turner Centennial Quadrangle, funded by current and former trustees. The quadrangle includes the Cooper Centennial Fountain, funded by Susan Smith Cooper ’62 and William R. Cooper ’58. Also located within the quadrangle is the Gail O. and R. Gerald Turner Pavilion.

Participants in the September 9 dedication ceremony included Second Century Celebration Co-chair Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48, Co-chair Carl Sewell ’66, Gail O. Turner, President R. Gerald Turner, Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad E. Cheves, Board Chair Caren H. Prothro, William R. Cooper ’58, Susan Smith Cooper ’58 and Student Representative to the Board Adriana Martinez ’12.

The quadrangle has been planned for several years as part of the Campus Master Plan. The University’s intent had been to seek a donor to fund and name the quadrangle and pavilion. Upon seeing the final plans, Bobby B. Lyle ’67, trustee and chair of SMU’s Buildings and Grounds Committee, approached the Board of Trustees with the idea of naming the quadrangle and pavilion as a permanent tribute to President Turner and Gail Turner.

“We wanted not only to recognize the tremendous progress President Turner has achieved for SMU since 1995, but more importantly to celebrate his ongoing leadership for many years to come,” says Caren H. Prothro, board chair. “We also wanted to recognize the tremendous role that Gail Turner plays in the life and progress of the University.”

The quadrangle sits at the center of other additions to the campus’s eastern quadrant, an area that President Turner identified early in his presidency for improvement and development. They include:

  • Five new buildings completed in the last decade, including three buildings in the Lyle School of Engineering, one new building in the Cox School of Business and the Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building;
  • A planned Centennial Promenade, to be constructed on Ownby Drive in 2015; and
  • Pavers lining the promenade that will be etched with the names of SMU donors. (For more information about making a gift and naming a paver, please visit smu.edu/paver.)

At the south end of campus, further additions are in the planning or construction stage, including:

  • A major expansion and renovation of historic Moody Coliseum, an SMU and Dallas landmark;
  • The new Residential Commons complex near Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports;
  • A new Mustang Band Hall; and
  • A new tennis complex across Mockingbird Lane at North Central Expressway.

Thanks to support for The Second Century Campaign, SMU is ensuring that future generations of students and faculty will have access to the facilities necessary for achievement in education, athletics, the arts, research and scholarship.

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