$2.5 million gift will help fund SMU-in-Taos campus center

Carolyn Miller

$2.5 million gift will help fund SMU-in-Taos campus center

Carolyn and David Miller

Carolyn and David Miller

A $2.5 million gift from Carolyn and David Miller will help fund a $4 million campus center at SMU-in-Taos in New Mexico.

The Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center will include academic spaces, a media room and a gathering space for groups as large as 100. The great hall will have outdoor views on three sides and a fireplace for chilly mountain evenings.

Outdoor spaces will include a deck that surrounds the building, a plaza that connects the center to other buildings and an entry terrace with seating for events. Groundbreaking is scheduled for July with completion scheduled for May 2015.

The gift to SMU-in-Taos counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised more than $820 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

“SMU-in-Taos is a gem that offers SMU students a unique learning experience in a setting conducive to discovery. This generous gift from Carolyn and David Miller will enhance our students’ experiences by providing a central place to gather, learn and explore in a facility that embraces its natural setting,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

> Dallas Morning News: $2.5 million gift to SMU-in-Taos will bring it closer to Shangri-La

The 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus opened in 1973 and includes the 19th-century Fort Burgwin and the 13th-century Pot Creek Pueblo archaeological site. Students can earn course credit at the Taos campus during three summer terms and, new in 2014, a January term (J Term). Participation in summer terms has increased more than 40 percent in the last three years.

“The campus center will add another facet to the classroom-without-walls experience at SMU-in-Taos,” said Mike Adler, director of SMU-in-Taos and associate professor of anthropology. “The Millers’ gift is a tremendous step toward the $4 million cost of the building. We look forward to the support of other generous donors.”

The Millers’ gift to SMU-in-Taos is the most recent example of their support of SMU. Their 2011 gift to create the 39,245-square-foot Miller Event Center expansion to Moody Coliseum enhanced facilities in the recently renovated and expanded coliseum, which opened Dec. 31, 2013.

“David and I are delighted to play a part in enhancing the SMU-in-Taos campus,” said Carolyn Miller. “We become SMU-in-Taos students each summer when we attend the Taos Cultural Institute and are thrilled to play a role in strengthening the SMU-in-Taos experience for all students.”

Written by Nancy George

> Read the full story from SMU News

January 28, 2014|News|

Renovated Moody Coliseum, Miller Event Center to open for 2013 December Commencement Convocation

SECOND UPDATE Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 4:28 p.m.: All extra complimentary faculty/staff tickets for the SMU-UConn Moody Coliseum opener have been distributed. No additional complimentary tickets will be available for this game. A limited number of tickets are available for sale. Please contact the SMU Ticket Office at 214-SMU-GAME or visit SMUMustangs.com to purchase tickets.

Moody Coliseum rendering

An artist’s rendering of a new concourse area in SMU’s Moody Coliseum. The freshly renovated venue will reopen for the University’s 2013 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 21.

With the snip of a red ribbon, SMU’s expanded and renovated Moody Coliseum and new Miller Event Center will  open at the University’s 2013 December Commencement Convocation Saturday, Dec. 21.

The 167,000-square-foot complex and Dallas landmark is home to Mustang men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and SMU academic ceremonies, as well as numerous community events such as concerts, cultural programs and high school graduations. The renovation and expansion features new seating, entertainment areas, court improvements and infrastructure, yet retains the ambiance that has made Moody a favorite venue for more than 50 years.

> Read more about the history of “Moody Magic”

“With this renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and the addition of the new Miller Event Center, SMU will be home to one of the finest collegiate arenas and events centers in the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thankful to the Moody Foundation and David and Carolyn Miller and others for their support of this facility, which will benefit the entire North Texas area.”

SMU Provost Paul Ludden said that it was appropriate that the first event to be held in the facility will be the University’s December Commencement Convocation ceremony. “Our graduates and their families and friends will help us usher in a new era in this remarkable facility.”

A $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation in 2011 provided the impetus for the extensive expansion and renovation. SMU and the Moody Foundation have enjoyed a long partnership, beginning with a 1965 gift in support of the SMU Coliseum on campus that, in acknowledgement, was renamed Moody Coliseum.  Since that time, the foundation also has supported improvements to Fondren Science Building.

> Visit the New Moody online at newmoody.com

Alumnus and trustee David Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn, also committed $10 million toward the renovation project in 2011. The Miller Event Center, an addition on the north side of Moody Coliseum, named in their honor, includes the Miller Champions Club – a 5,000-square-foot furnished entertainment area on the concourse level – and suites with courtside views, along with administrative areas to support student-athletes and coaches.

The Miller Champions Club is named in honor of David Miller by contributions of several friends, including leadership commitments from Gina and Tucker Bridwell and Belle and Don Berg. Early funding of a feasibility study and conceptual design for this significant construction project was provided by Sylvie and Gary Crum.

All faculty and staff tickets for the opening basketball games on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 have been claimed. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase at the SMU Athletics Ticket Office. To help meet the demand, SMU Athletics will also release any unclaimed student tickets to faculty and staff members on Thursday, Jan. 2 after the student ticket pick-up window closes.

Faculty and staff tickets are still available for games on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The renovation celebration at a glance:

Artist's rendering of the new floor in SMU's renovated Moody Coliseum

Artist’s rendering of the new floor in SMU’s renovated Moody Coliseum. Basketball returns to Moody Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.

  • Friday, December 6, individual game tickets on sale
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, Leadership Donor Celebration (by invitation)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7-9 a.m. Basketball Season Ticket Holders’ Preview
  • Saturday, Dec. 21December Commencement Convocation and Building Dedication Ceremony
  • January 4, inaugural athletic events:
    • Men’s Basketball:
    SMU Mustangs vs. University of Connecticut Huskies
    • Women’s Basketball:
    SMU Mustangs vs. University of South Florida Bulls

Written by Nancy George

> Read the full story at SMU News

December 12, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date, Sports|
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