Family Weekend 2010 begins with a bang as SMU dedicates a new campus home for teacher education: Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at 3101 University Boulevard.
David Chard, Leon Simmons Dean of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, will host an open house following the ceremony. RSVP online to SMU’s Second Century Campaign website.
The new building will consolidate programs that have been housed in a variety of classrooms and offices. It will include classrooms; research laboratories, including exercise physiology and biomechanics labs; faculty and administrative offices and student support areas.
Although education programs have been a part of SMU’s curriculum since its early years, the University renewed its commitment to the field in 2005 by creating the School of Education and Human Development. The school and Simmons Hall were named to honor a $20 million gift from Harold and Annette Simmons. Mrs. Simmons, a former teacher, is an elementary education graduate of SMU.
(Above, an artist’s rendering of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall.)