SMU’s 100th anniversary celebration to begin Jan. 1, 2011

Dallas Hall historical markerSMU’s Board of Trustees has passed a resolution establishing the Second Century Celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding and opening.

The Board has designated Jan. 1, 2011 as the start of the celebration period, which will run through 2015. SMU was founded in 1911 and opened in 1915.

At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Board also established SMU Founders’ Day, designated as the third Friday in April each year “in recognition of the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to a press release. Founders’ Day in 2011 will be celebrated on April 15.

Founders’ Day each spring will include Inside SMU, featuring a day of classes by SMU faculty for alumni, parents and friends Historical exhibits that chronicle the century of SMU’s development and contributions to Dallas and society will be displayed on campus throughout the celebration years.

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Reunion classes will celebrate the centennial decades during Homecoming weekends. Other plans call for a commemorative picture book.

Additional activities, such as academic symposia, will be planned by committees involving SMU trustees and members of the campus community. The Second Century University Committee is chaired by Paul Ludden, provost, and Brad Cheves, vice president for development and external affairs. Its members are:

School and Academic Representatives
Roger Kerin, Cox School of Business
Jim Hopkins, Dedman College
Lackland Bloom, Dedman School of Law
David Matula, Lyle School of Engineering
Carolyn Barta, Meadows School of the Arts
William Jennings Bryan III, Perkins School of Theology
Lynn Jacobs, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
Amy Carver, Central University Libraries
John Hall, Registrar

Library/Archives Representatives
Russell Martin, Central University Libraries
Joan Gosnell, Central University Libraries

Faculty Senate Representative
Linda Eads

Staff Association Representative
Gretchen Voight

Student Representatives
Derek Hubbard, Student Union
Elise McDonald, Program Council
Jake Torres, Student Senate
Andrew Conwell, Student Foundation

Athletics Representative
Brad Sutton

Business and Finance Representatives
Julie Wiksten
Philip Jabour

Development and External Affairs Representatives
Dana Wilcox Ayres
Robert Bucker
Martha Coniglio
Pam Conlin
Patti LaSalle
Stacey Paddock
Andrew Snow
Mitch Whitten

Student Affairs Representatives
Judith Banes
Dawn Norris
Richard Owens

Trustees Carl Sewell and Ruth Altshuler are co-chairing the volunteer planning committee.

“SMU’s founding arose from a vision of excellence in education shared by leaders of Dallas and what is now The United Methodist Church,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “A century of distinguished academic programs has contributed far beyond this community and region. Celebrating this milestone honors the scholars, leaders and others who have shaped SMU. It also enables us to focus on current achievements and the potential for even greater impact in SMU’s Second Century.”

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