New complex for Mustang tennis

The storied history of SMU’s men’s and women’s tennis includes more than a dozen Southwest Conference team championships, a Conference USA championship, appearances in NCAA tournaments, a number one national ranking and countless individual honors.

A conceptual rendering showing the location of the new SMU Tennis Complex, slated for the southwest corner of the intersection of North Central Expressway and Mockingbird Lane, on the former site of Mrs. Baird’s Bakery.

To ensure the future success of this historic program, the University has unveiled plans for a new SMU Tennis Complex, envisioned as a preeminent, top-tier facility to be located prominently on the south side of Mockingbird Lane at the corner of North Central Expressway, formerly the site of Mrs. Baird’s Bakery.

The tennis complex will house an indoor pavilion with six courts and the outdoor Turpin Tennis Stadium with six courts. Patron accommodations will optimize comfort and viewing and include special VIP amenities and a club area, providing an enhanced spectator experience.

The complex will include a training center for student-athletes and coaches, ensuring that Mustang players can train year-round on campus.

SMU is currently seeking funding for this exciting new facility that will constitute a world-class venue for Mustang tennis for years to come. A number of naming opportunities exist for donors wishing to support this important next step for SMU tennis.

To learn more, please contact Tim Leonard, senior associate athletic director for development, at tleonard@smu.edu or 214-768-4465.

Renovating iconic Moody Coliseum

The renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum took a major step forward thanks to a lead gift from the Moody Foundation, followed by a commitment from Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn Lacy Miller.

A rendering of the exterior of the renovated Moody Coliseum, which will include a range of enhancements and new technology.

Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2012 with the expansion of the building’s north façade that will include a new event space, as well as offices, team locker rooms and meeting spaces. The second construction phase, scheduled to begin in March 2013, will include renovation of the coliseum’s entry lobby, expanded concourses with raised ceilings and additional areas including premium suites, loge seating and infrastructure upgrades.

The renovated Moody Coliseum is scheduled to reopen in December 2013.

Through the years, the campus and Dallas landmark has served both the University and community. Home to men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the pageantry of SMU Commencement, the coliseum also has hosted commencement ceremonies for thousands of area high school students, cultural programming and political rallies. Speakers have included four U.S. presidents and numerous other national and international figures.

When renovations are complete, SMU projects that Moody Coliseum will host in excess of 200,000 guests each year, including visitors to significant programs offered by the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

SMU is continuing to seek donor support for this important project, a major campaign priority, and many naming opportunities still exist. To learn more, please contact Tim Leonard, senior associate athletic director for development,  at tleonard@smu.edu or 214-768-4465.

Mustang Band Hall initiative

Long known as “the hub of SMU spirit,” the Mustang Band is the visible embodiment of SMU’s drive and determination.

With rich and storied traditions, the band is a source of inspiration and pride for the entire SMU family, and the organization serves as one of the University’s most important ambassadors.

To ensure a bright future for this time-treasured University institution, SMU has embarked upon a $3 million funding initiative for the construction of a new Mustang Band Hall that will be located in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

A conceptual rendering of the new Mustang Band Hall, to be located in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

The project has secured more than $1 million in commitments thus far. However, SMU still needs additional funding to make this new home a reality for the Mustang Band. To learn more, please contact Arlene Manthey, associate director of development for Student Affairs, at 214-768-4711 or amanthey@smu.edu.

New data center to expand SMU research

A new SMU data center, to be constructed just south of the new tennis complex, will provide dramatically increased access to the Internet and support expanded research and educational opportunities with 8,000 square feet to be filled with state-of-the-art, high-performance computing equipment.

“By allowing researchers to rapidly process large amounts of information and determine solutions to complex problems, high-performance computing has greatly reduced time spent in laboratories and revolutionized research,” says James E. Quick, associate vice president for research and dean of graduate studies.

“The impact has been dramatic in fields from basic research in physics to drug discovery in chemistry and biology, to tsunami forecasting and prediction of earthquake damage of buildings in engineering. The increased ability to perform market analysis and data mining is revolutionizing business and economics, and the computational power of high-performance computing is launching entirely new approaches to art and music.”

Gift spurs health center renovation

SMU’s Memorial Health Center provides a critical service for SMU students, many of whom rely on the center as their primary health care provider. With the increased number of students who will be living on campus because of the new Residential Commons Complex, the health center will take on an even greater responsibility.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation, the University has begun to plan a major renovation of this important University facility. As a first step, SMU representatives are conducting site visits of other universities and benchmarking healthcare facilities. As plans for the renovation are more fully developed, details will be shared in future issues of Campaign Update.

To learn more, please contact Arlene Manthey, associate director of development for Student Affairs, at  214-768-4711 or amanthey@smu.edu.

Bush Presidential Center Construction Progressing

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, slated for completion in April 2013, comprises a library, museum and institute and will become an integral part of the educational experience and campus life for 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and the SMU faculty. The façade shown here faces SMU Boulevard just west of North Central Expressway.

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