Centennial Campaign

$3.3 million Perrine gift will benefit SMU English Department

Cover of Laurence Perrine's 'Sound and Sense'The impact of a beloved SMU professor will continue for generations to come through a bequest from his wife. The $3.3 million bequest from the estate of Catherine Perrine, wife of the late English Professor Laurence Perrine, will fund scholarships and an endowed faculty chair in Dedman College’s Department of English.

A total of $1.5 million of the bequest will establish the Laurence and Catherine Perrine Endowed Chair in English, which will support a faculty position specializing in creative writing. An additional $1 million will establish the Laurence and Catherine Perrine Endowed President’s Scholarship Fund to support at least two President’s Scholarships, SMU’s most prestigious academic scholarship. The President’s Scholars will be chosen from among Dedman College majors.

The remainder of the Perrine bequest will establish the Perrine Endowed University Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for English majors, who will be known as Perrine Scholars in English. Read more from SMU News. (Right, Laurence Perrine’s classic text on poetry, Sound and Sense.)

$20 million Simmons gift to support School of Education

Harold and Annette SimmonsA landmark $20 million gift from Harold C. and Annette C. Simmons (right) will provide endowment for SMU’s School of Education and Human Development and the lead gift for a new building to house the School. The School will be renamed the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in honor of Mrs. Simmons, an elementary education graduate of SMU.

“Harold and Annette Simmons have demonstrated time and again their generosity and vision in meeting critical needs of our community, region and nation,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As civic leaders who deeply value education as the foundation of human achievement, they will help us extend SMU’s leadership in education. This gift will be instrumental in further defining the scope and impact of these programs.” Read more from SMU News.

Edwin L. Cox issues $5 million challenge

Edwin L. CoxDallas oilman Edwin L. Cox has given $5 million to support merit-based undergraduate scholarships at the school that bears his name – SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business. The gift is a challenge grant to stimulate contributions toward a $10 million endowment fund for the Cox School’s B.B.A. Scholars Program.

Approximately 100 students are expected to enter the Edwin L. Cox B.B.A. Scholars Program each year from across the United States and abroad. Read more from SMU News.

By | 2007-10-26T11:40:53+00:00 October 26, 2007|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

$10.1 million gift will change the face of engineering education

turner-with-students-300.jpgAmerican engineering education is about to get a Texas-sized boost. A $10.1 million gift from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas – the single largest gift ever received by SMU’s School of Engineering – will help the United States compete globally in engineering and technology by preparing students to excel in these fields.

The gift directs $5.1 million to establish and endow the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education at SMU and $5 million toward a new building on the site of the original Caruth Hall, the historic home of SMU’s School of Engineering since 1948.

Conrad High School students in classroom“As we approach our centennial celebration, it is fitting that the Caruth name is once again linked with SMU, because the Caruth family made the original gift of land that helped to assure the University’s location in Dallas,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Now, nearly a century later, this generous new gift … will enable SMU to make Dallas a national center for innovative engineering education and serve as a critical educational asset for North Texas.”Read more from SMU News.

(Left, top, President Turner and the podium party are joined by students from Dallas’ Emmett J. Conrad High School; bottom, Conrad students attend a presentation in an engineering classroom.)

Trustees establish steering committees for Centennial Campaign

The SMU Board of Trustees passed a resolution Sept. 7 establishing steering committees for the University’s upcoming Centennial Campaign, another step in the preparation during the campaign’s quiet phase for a public kickoff in 2008. “The success of the Centennial Campaign will directly result from the active involvement and leadership of volunteers,” the resolution states.

The campaign will raise funds primarily for endowments supporting student quality, faculty excellence, academic programs and the campus experience. Read more.

By | 2007-09-13T14:27:11+00:00 September 13, 2007|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Perkins breaks ground for a revamped theology quad Sept. 7

Artist's rendering of the revamped SMU theology quad

SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates the new academic year by breaking ground for a project to improve its existing facilities as well as create new ones. The festivities begin at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 7 in the theology quad.

The Perkins-Prothro family of Wichita Falls, whose financial support of the seminary spans three generations, gave $6 million to the school in January — about half of the funds required to renovate Kirby Hall and Selecman Hall, both of which were originally built in the early ’50s, and to construct a 28,000-square-foot commons building to be named in honor of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro. (Above, an artist’s rendering of the revamped quad.) Read more.

By | 2007-08-31T15:30:05+00:00 August 31, 2007|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , |

Woodward honored at Fall General Faculty Meeting

Statistical Science Chair Wayne Woodward was honored as the 2006-07 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s fall General Faculty Meeting Aug. 29. President R. Gerald Turner updated the faculty on important developments in campus life and the status of the George W. Bush presidential library complex. More under the link.

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