Thousands of alumni and friends returned to the Hilltop October 24-27, 2013, as SMU celebrated the tradition of Homecoming. The weekend featured a variety of gatherings and special events, including a morning on the Boulevard, the traditional Homecoming parade, the Mustang football team’s victory over Temple and Centennial Reunions. Here are a few highlights:
Second Century Campaign volunteers attended a presentation on “Campaign News in Hi-Def” presented by Meadows School of the Arts as part of the Campaign Volunteer Summit on the SMU campus October 25. The presentation was one of 10 such Campaign Impact Experiences designed to demonstrate The Second Century Campaign’s wide-ranging impact on the University. For a complete list and descriptions of these special experiences, hosted by the dean or vice president in each area, please visit smu.edu/impactexperiences.
President R. Gerald Turner addressed the more than 400 guests in attendance at the President’s Associates Reception, co-hosted by Trustee Chair Caren H. Prothro. The annual event honors donors who have made gifts totaling $1,000 or more in a single year. The gathering was held on the evening of October 25 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
SMU’s annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner was held in a festive event tent on the historic main quadrangle on the evening of October 24. Honorees were (L-R) community leader Peggy Higgins Sewell ’72, investor Jeanne Roach Johnson ’54, women’s and children’s advocate Brittany Merrill Underwood ’06 (the Emerging Leader Award recipient) and business leader Joseph “Jody” M. Grant ’60. SMU also honored past recipients as Centennial History Makers.