George W. Bush Presidential Center breaks ground at SMU

Alan Lowe

George W. Bush Presidential Center breaks ground at SMU

Bush Presidential Center groundbreaking at SMU

More than 3,000 guests filled a massive tent on the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center to celebrate groundbreaking for the building. Fifteen officials took up shovels to turn dirt, marking the official start of construction, with completion scheduled for 2013.

“Today is another milestone along a timeline that began for us in December 2000, when we began our effort to bring the George W. Bush Presidential Center to the University,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner told the crowd.

“We knew that this Presidential Center would benefit from its association with SMU because of the academic resources, vitality of dialogue and research programs we offer. Having the historic resources of the Library and Museum will provide remarkable opportunities for research and educational experiences for more than 200,000 K-13 students in the Metroplex,” Turner said.

George W. Bush welcomed the crowd, saying “To those of you who are not privileged to live in Texas, welcome to the great state. And welcome to one of the finest universities in the whole United States, Southern Methodist.” He said the groundbreaking “is an important milestone” and “the beginning of a journey. We take the first step toward the construction of this presidential center, which will be a dynamic hub of ideas and actions based upon timeless principles.”

Participating in the groundbreaking for the Bush Presidential Center were (left to right above) David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Ray Hunt, co-chair of the Bush Foundation Finance Committee, SMU trustee and chairman of Hunt Oil Company; Caren Prothro, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees; Alan Lowe, director of the Bush Presidential Library and Museum; Robert Stern, architect for the Bush Presidential Center; R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU; Condoleezza Rice, chair of the Bush Institute Advisory Board and former U.S. Secretary of State; George W. Bush; Laura Bush; Dick Cheney, former U.S. Vice President and former SMU trustee; Mark Langdale, president of the George W. Bush Foundation; Don Evans, co-chair of the Bush Foundation Finance Committee and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Michael Van Valkenburgh, landscape architect for the Bush Presidential Center; the Rev. Mark Craig, SMU trustee and pastor of Highland Park United Methodist Church; and Jake Torres, SMU student body president.

The Center includes the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute.

> Read the whole story from SMU News
> Dignitaries visit with SMU students
> Watch video of the groundbreaking video
> See a slideshow of groundbreaking day slideshow
> Learn more about SMU and the Bush Center
> Visit the official Bush Center website

November 18, 2010|News, Tune In|

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 1, 2009

Meadows Opera TheatreHoliday high notes: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents an Opera Free For All “On the Eve of Christmas,” featuring scenes set on Christmas Eve from Massenet’s Werther and Act II of Puccini’s La Bohème. The brown-bag concert begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

Musical rites: Meadows faculty members Emanuel Borok, violin, and Andrés Díaz, cello, will join the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto. The orchestra’s final program of 2009 will open with Dvorak’s Amid Nature overture and conclude with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

The Sharp Show from the SMU Meadows Division of DanceSharp moves: Meadows School of the Arts presents The Sharp Show, an annual showcase of outstanding works choreographed and produced by seniors in the Division of Dance. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Sharp Studio, Room B100, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 214-768-2718.

Lunch with Friends: George W. Bush Presidential Library Director Alan C. Lowe will present the program at the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon annual holiday luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 7915 Greenville Avenue. The cost is $35 for Friends members, $50 for non-members. Valet parking provided. RSVP by Dec. 3 to Cynthia Ruppi, 214-768-3225.

December 1, 2009|Calendar Highlights|

Director named for Bush Library

Alan C. LoweAlan C. Lowe, a veteran of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) who played key roles in planning the libraries of the last two presidents, has been named director of the George W. Bush presidential library. His hiring – a mutual decision between NARA and the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation – was announced Jan. 19.

Lowe began his career with the National Archives in 1989, when he helped assemble records to open Ronald Reagan’s presidential library. He later transferred to the Archive’s Office of Presidential Libraries, where he was a lead adviser on the George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton libraries. For the past six years he has served as founding director of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.

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January 22, 2009|News|
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