Recent gifts to The Second Century Campaign have provided support for all three of The Second Century Campaign’s priorities, helping enhance faculty and academic excellence, student quality and the campus experience.

Gift for new dining commons

Anita and Truman Arnold have provided a $5 million gift toward construction of the dining commons in SMU’s new Residential Commons complex, slated to open in September 2014. The facility will be named the Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons.

The Residential Commons complex is located in the southeast quadrant of the campus and also includes a parking center and five residence halls, which will accommodate 1,250 students and several faculty as members of a shared community. Students and faculty living in the complex will share meals in the Arnold Dining Commons, which also will be open to other students. The 29,658-square-foot dining commons will seat 500.

“We have a deep appreciation for higher education in our state and its impact on students,” says Truman Arnold. “We focus our efforts on projects and organizations that enhance the student experience.” To learn more, please contact Pam Conlin, assistant vice president for development, at 214-768-3738 or pconlin@smu.edu.

Gifts for a new athletic facility and graduate scholarships

Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 and his wife, Gina, have provided leadership gifts to name the Champions Club in the renovated Moody Coliseum and Miller Event Center and to endow graduate scholarships in Cox School of Business.

A gift of $2.5 million from the Bridwells along with the Dian Graves Owen Foundation and Tejon Energy will name the new David B. Miller Champions Club in honor of Tucker’s good friend, David Miller ’72, ’73. And the couple has established the Gina and Tucker Bridwell Endowed MBA Scholarship Fund through a $1.5 million gift for merit-based scholarships in the Cox School.

“Gina and I, and the entities we represent, are pleased to give others an opportunity to reap the benefits of an SMU Cox MBA,” Bridwell says. To learn more about giving to the Cox School, please contact Laran O’Neill at 214-768-4899 or loneill@smu.edu. To learn more about giving to Athletics, please contact Kurt Pottkotter at 214-768-3639 or kpottkotter@smu.edu.

Endowment for orchestral leadership

(Center, L-R) Maestro Paul Phillips, Martha Raley Peak ’50 and Martha Peak Rochelle ’76 surrounded by members of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at a ceremony announcing the Martha Raley Peak Endowed Centennial Chair and Director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.

(Center, L-R) Maestro Paul Phillips, Martha Raley Peak ’50 and Martha Peak Rochelle ’76 surrounded by members of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at a ceremony announcing the Martha Raley Peak Endowed Centennial Chair and Director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.

Future Meadows Symphony audiences and students will continue to enjoy artistic and teaching excellence thanks to a $2 million gift from the Preston Peak family to establish the Martha Raley Peak Endowed Centennial Chair and Director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Paul Phillips, professor of music and professor of orchestral activities, will be the first holder of the chair.

The Peak family gift permanently ensures the University’s ability to recruit future generations of outstanding music faculty. An SMU choral singer, violinist and pianist, Martha Raley Peak ’50 is a leader in Dallas’ arts community and a member of the Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board. To learn more, please contact Kris Vetter at 214-768-4559 or kvetter@smu.edu.

National cyber security expert joins faculty

(L-R) President R. Gerald Turner, Frederick R. Chang, Bobby B. Lyle ’67 (seated), Dean Marc P. Christensen, Trustee Chair Caren H. Prothro

(L-R) President R. Gerald Turner, Frederick R. Chang, Bobby B. Lyle ’67 (seated), Dean Marc P. Christensen, Trustee Chair Caren H. Prothro

Frederick R. Chang, a recognized national expert in cyber security, has joined SMU to develop a multidisciplinary program aimed at tackling the most pressing cyber challenges facing individuals, business and government today.

Chang, whose career includes leadership positions in academia, business and in government at the National Security Agency, is the new Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security. The position is made possible by a financial commitment from Trustee Bobby B. Lyle ’67, for whom the engineering school is named.

SMU’s first centennial distinguished chair provides a faculty position endowed at $2.5 million, plus start-up funding of $1 million to initiate the position on an expedited basis. To learn more, please contact Ann Fielder at 214-768-3562 or afielder@smu.edu.

Challenge grant supports art history graduate endowment

When an anonymous donor offered $1.125 million in March for art history fellowships if SMU could raise an equal amount by December 31, 2013, the University jumped at the opportunity. By November, SMU had successfully met the challenge, securing $1.125 million from a group of donors.

As a result, a total of $2.25 million for endowed fellowships will benefit graduate students studying art history.  The grant is critical for SMU’s ambitious “20/20 Initiative” to create an art history program recognized as among the top 20 nationally by 2020. To learn more, please contact Kris Vetter at 214-768-4559 or kvetter@smu.edu.

Support for Fondren Library renovation

A $1.5 million gift from the Hoblitzelle Foundation will help support the renovation of the Information Commons in Fondren Library Center, “the heart of SMU.”

The renovated Information Commons will span the first floor of Fondren Library East. Reflecting changes in library models, the renovation will provide a significant increase in the size, type and quality of patron spaces and workstations, with an emphasis on group collaboration. The Information Commons will be the central hub of all library activity in the Fondren Library Center. To learn more, please contact Paulette Mulry at 214-768-1741 or pmulry@smu.edu.

First endowed centennial scholarship established

SMU’s first endowed centennial scholarship has been established in memory of Bill Ware ’70 in support of BBA students in Cox School of Business.

The Bill Ware Memorial Endowed Centennial BBA Scholarship was created through gifts from the Ware family and dozens of Bill’s friends and colleagues. The scholarship honors Bill’s philanthropic service, including his commitment to SMU, where he was an active supporter of athletics and served as a member of the Mustang Club Board of Directors.

Scholarship endowments with the special “centennial” designation include operating funds to initiate the scholarship or faculty position on an expedited basis. For more information, please contact Robin Maness at 214-768-3890 or rmaness@smu.edu.