SMU Centennial

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

SMU’s 2013 Gift Guide features something for Mustangs of all ages

Looking for holiday gifts that show your SMU spirit? Look no further than the University’s 2013 Gift Guide. From keepsakes to custom bicycles to a professional certificate course, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to any Mustang’s face this holiday season.

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

Show Some Centennial Spirit

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book SMU: Unbridled Vision is a must-have for a Mustang’s bookshelf or coffee table, cataloging the beautiful SMU campus with more than 160 pages of contemporary and historic photographs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - brick Become a part of SMU history by dedicating a special paver for the SMU Centennial Promenade, or giving a paver as a gift.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bicycle A customized, limited edition SMU centennial bicycle is perfect for students who want to show their SMU spirit while traveling across campus. Custom bikes are available from Villy Bikes and can be purchased online.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Class Ring Fulfill a college tradition by giving the soon-to-be-graduate a class ring. This special edition ring has a centennial engraving only offered until 2015.
  SMU puzzle In honor of SMU’s 100th, this detailed puzzle highlights the Hilltop and all the new additions. Available at the SMU Barnes & Noble bookstore.

SMU Bookstore: In Store and Online

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornamentSMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornament The SMU Bookstore has plenty of gift options for this holiday season such as SMU ornaments, key chains and decorative signs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Mustang Emblem  A must for any SMU Mustang’s car is a chrome plated car emblem. Perfect for any current student or alum, this gift shows off SMU pride even when stuck in traffic.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tumbler The Tervis 24-oz Tumbler proudly displays the University logo in a great on-the-go cup. This double-wall insulated glass is shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Apparel for Every Mustang

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - scarf For her, a Diane Dal Lago infinity scarf is the ideal winter accessory with sparkly red mustangs to really make a statement.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - shirt For him, this Cutter & Buck button-up shirt comes in three great SMU colors: Red for Wear Red Friday and game day, White for traditional White Out, and Blue for every other occasion.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - T-shirt For the younger Mustang fans, t-shirts and hats in youth sizes are perfect for game day and playtime.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bodysuit For the smallest Mustang in your family, dress babies in this cute bodysuit.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tablet cover For more Mustang apparel visit the Mustang Locker Room for gifts such as iPad covers, jackets and jerseys.

Bring Home an SMU Delicacy

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bread Mustang Bread is a melt-in-your-mouth delight available in traditional, herb or jalapeño cheddar flavors from SMU Catering. Order a loaf (or two!) for a holiday party or dinner, and give friends a treat.  Be sure to order at least three days in advance and a week before special holidays.
(Photo by Hillsman Jackson/SMU Photo, styled by Denise Gee, SMU Public Affairs)

The Gift of Learning

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - continuing education Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offers the opportunity to give the gift of learning through its SMU Informal Course Gift Certificate which can be used on courses such as calligraphy, technology and digital photography. 

For the Ultimate Fan

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - athletics tickets Know an extreme SMU sports fan? The Mustangs offer ticket packages for every SMU sport throughout the year.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - calendar The 2014 Vintage SMU Mustang Football Calendar reproduces classic game day program covers for SMU football fans’ offices or homes. Each month has a perforated edge for easy framing after use.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - dvd Order DVDs and photos of classic SMU games to relive the history and memory of Mustangs sports.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Dedman Fitness Help your Mustang get healthy with a membership to the Dedman Fitness Center. The center offers special rates for alumni and community members.

For the Arts-lover

 

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - entertainment tickets Performing Arts Season at Meadows School of the Arts is always a hot ticket. With packages ranging from six to 25 shows, a Meadows Season Subscription offers a variety of performances.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Meadows Museum Meadows Museum offers memberships starting at $60 including special offers like invitations to exhibit openings, subscription to At the Meadows magazine, and priority seating at lectures. The Meadows Museum Gift Shop offers unique gifts, unusual jewelry and books that complement the museum’s permanent collections.

For the Book-lover

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book In Honor of the Mustangs: The Centennial History of SMU Athletics 1911-2010 gives an overview of the grand history of SMU’s athletic programs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Library Events Give invitations to University library events and book check-out privileges with a Friends of the SMU Libraries membership. Every membership includes invitations to all programs, a newsletter and an annual report.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Civil War Photo Book For the Civil War buff, The Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection showcases more than 200 rarely seen stereographs and photographs taken during the Civil War.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book Give personal insight into SMU’s history with Marshall Terry’s book “From High on the Hilltop…” A former SMU professor and his colleagues catalog their long-standing relationships with SMU in a collection of essays.

SMU honors 2013 DAA Award, Emerging Leader winners Oct. 24

Brittany Merrill Underwood

Brittany Merrill Underwood ’07 will receive the Emerging Leader Award at SMU’s 2013 DAA Awards ceremony Oct. 24.

SMU will honor four leaders in philanthropy, business and civic life with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner and ceremony begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 on the Main Quad.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni are business leader Joseph M. “Jody” Grant ’60, investor Jeanne Roach Johnson ’54, and community leader Peggy Higgins Sewell ’72.

Brittany Merrill Underwood ’07, founder of the Akola Project and the Ugandan American Partnership Organization and an international advocate for women and children, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award. The honor recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years.

> Read more about SMU’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

During the ceremony, past DAA recipients will be honored as Centennial History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Second Century Celebration. Those whose accomplishments will be recognized include:

  • Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67
  • Laura Welch Bush ’68
  • Kirbyjon H. Caldwell ’81
  • Larry R. Faulkner ’66
  • Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69
  • Terrybeth N. Ford ’74
  • Linda Harris Gibbons ’58
  • Alvis Forrest Gregg ’56
  • Robert W. Haley ’67
  • Mona Sheinfeld Hersh-Cochran ’64,’66
  • Ward L. Huey, Jr. ’60
  • Walter J. Humann ’67
  • William E. Joyce ’81
  • Christine Ann Loock ’76
  • John Lopez, III ’74
  • Thomas W. Luce, III ’62, ’66
  • Bobby B. Lyle ’67
  • James C. McCormick ’49 †
  • J. Barry McKernan ’65
  • Harriet E. Miers ’67, ’70
  • John J. Nance ’68, ’69
  • Benjamin R. Oliphint ’44 †
  • Cecil B. Phillips ’49
  • Richard W. Quick ’65, ’77 †
  • George T. Reynolds, III ’57
  • William C. Roberts ’54
  • Karen Livesay Shuford ’70
  • Charles Robert (Bob) Smith ’44 †
  • Aaron Spelling ’49 †
  • William B. Stallcup, Jr. ’41 †
  • H. Leighton Steward ’57, ’59
  • William Payne Stewart ’79 †
  • Regina A. Taylor ’81
  • James Cleo Thompson, Jr. ’52 †
  • Charles H. Trigg ’29 †
  • Mary Katherine (Kitty) Hughes Trigg ’31 †
  • Garry A. Weber ’58
  • Ewing Werlein, Jr. ’58
  • Martha Hess Whitehead ’62
  • Myra Nicol Williams ’63

William Allen Melton will receive the Mustang Award for Service.

For more information, visit SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Awards homepage or call 214-768-4468.

Read more about this year’s DAA honorees from SMU News
Find a list of past DAA recipients at the SMU Alumni site

National expert to lead broad cybersecurity initiative at SMU

Fred ChangFrederick R. Chang, a recognized national expert in cyber security, has joined SMU to develop a multidisciplinary program aimed at tackling the most pressing cyber challenges facing individuals, business and government today.

Chang, whose career includes leadership positions in academia, business, and in government at the National Security Agency, is the new Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security. The position is made possible by a financial commitment from SMU trustee and longtime benefactor Bobby B. Lyle, for whom SMU’s engineering school is named.

> More about Fred Chang from SMU News

SMU’s first Centennial Distinguished Chair provides a faculty position endowed at $2.5 million, plus start-up funding of $1 million for the first five years to provide immediate support for the position and related research. The establishment of a Centennial endowment is available only to donors during the SMU Centennial commemoration, March 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2015.

In addition to holding the Lyle Chair, Chang also will be a professor of computer science in the Lyle School of Engineering and a senior fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. His appointments to positions in both the Lyle School and Dedman College reflect the interdisciplinary approach he believes is key to effective cyber research.

“Economic and national security are bedrock issues for our country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Dr. Chang is prepared to take advantage of the University’s commitment to education, research and dialogue to deal with these critical issues, and will bring to the table students and faculty in all disciplines to find solutions. We are delighted to welcome him to SMU, where our students fully expect to be world changers.”

Network World: Cybercrime service automates creation of fake IDs, other verification documents

Chang has aggressive objectives to:

  • Conduct broad programs of research aimed both at creating a science of cyber security and addressing national cyber security priorities.
  • Apply an interdisciplinary approach to challenging problems, incorporating elements from disciplines not traditionally associated with cyber security such as law, business and the social sciences.
  • Help close the skills gap in cyber security by educating and tapping the innovation capabilities of SMU students to meet the demand for trained cyber professionals.

“Professor Chang arrives at SMU Lyle at an important moment,” said Lyle School Dean Marc Christensen. “The impact of cyber crime and cyber terrorism cannot be overstated. As Professor Chang joins SMU Lyle to lead our already strong cyber security researchers, he is poised to make a notable difference in this arena. We will be educating a generation of SMU graduates who understand the complexities of cyber-related issues whether their degree is in computer science or philosophy.  These students will be better suited to live, work, and play in the modern interconnected world.”

Chang served as the director of research at the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2005-06, where he was awarded the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal. In addition, he has held several senior executive positions at SBC Communications, prestigious positions at both the University Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at San Antonio, and was most recently president and chief operating officer of 21CT Inc., an advanced intelligence analytics solutions company in Austin.

Learn more about Dr. Chang’s CV

“Dr. Chang’s experience at the highest levels of government, industry, and academia has given him a unique perspective on the cyber security landscape,” said Paul Ludden, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He has influenced the national dialogue and policies on cyber security through his work at the NSA, his testimony before congressional committees, and his presence on academic and industrial advisory boards as well as his peer journal editorial board work. He will continue that influence at SMU.”

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to have the opportunity to join SMU at this crucial time in the evolution of cyber security,” Chang said. “From the Lyle School of Engineering, to the Tower Center for Political Studies and across campus, I feel a tremendous sense of chemistry and collegiality here. There is also a sense of urgency, purpose and mission that is especially appealing. To be part of this is tremendously exciting to me.”

Written by Kimberly Cobb

> Read more of this story from SMU News

Good reading, good giving: SMU books for 2012

From art, history and religion to sweet Texas cuisine and fiction, SMU’s 2012 book roundup offers a wide selection to satisfy the readers in your life. Treat yourself or those on your gift list to one of the current titles listed below the link.

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The Trains at NorthPark honors Dallas Hall’s 100th birthday in 2012

Dallas Hall in The Trains at NorthPark

Dallas Hall, with an SMU Centennial flag on the dome and a vintage Mustang coupe at the front steps, celebrates its 100th birthday as a highlight of The Trains at NorthPark’s 2012 exhibition. Photo: Kim Ritzenthaler.

Each holiday season, more than 80,000 people visit Dallas’ NorthPark Center to see the most elaborate toy train exhibit in Texas. And in 2012, the scale locomotives – including an SMU railcar – roll past Dallas Hall in honor of the historic landmark’s 100th birthday.

The Trains at NorthPark celebrates its 25th anniversary supporting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and its 14th year at NorthPark Center in 2012. The exhibit encompasses 1,600 feet of track and more than 4,000 square feet of train-themed environments, with all the trimmings of the holiday train travel experience: steam engine and coach cars, a ticket booth and a train station.

This holiday season, SMU’s iconic oldest building joins a Dallas cityscape that includes the downtown skyline, the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl. Dallas Hall’s presence in the exhibit was made possible by the SMU Centennial Host Committee.

The miniature journey across America also includes New York City’s Times Square and Grand Central Station; the White House in Washington, D.C.; New England fall foliage; Albuquerque’s hot-air balloon festival; the Grand Canyon; Route 66; San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and many other sights and highlights.

The Dallas Hall centennial plaque at SMU

The plaque placed at Dallas Hall during its 100th birthday celebration commends “those visionary donors and leaders who created the crowning symbol of SMU.” Photo: Hillsman S. Jackson

The University marked Dallas Hall’s centennial in November with the placement of a plaque commemorating its 100 years as SMU’s center and focal point. The plaque is located next to the building’s southwest door, near the cornerstone laid by the University’s founders on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1912.

> SMU News: Happy 100th Birthday to Dallas Hall

Since 1987 The Trains at NorthPark has raised money for children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Currently this annual fundraiser provides the funds for almost one-third of the organization’s annual operating budget.

The Trains at NorthPark is located on the 2nd level of NorthPark Center, next to Barneys New York.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. The trains run through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

Visit YouTube for a video of The Trains at NorthPark’s 2011 exhibit
> Check out more photos at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas gallery

Dallas Hall celebrates 100 years on the Hilltop

Historic photo of Dallas Hall under construction

Dallas Hall, under construction. Photo courtesy of the SMU Archives.

On a chilly Thanksgiving Day in 1912, several thousand people gathered on a hill six miles from downtown Dallas. They had traveled by car and chartered train to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone of Dallas Hall, an event The Dallas Morning News described as “a day of jubilation.”

SMU celebrated the centennial of the laying of the Dallas Hall cornerstone Nov. 28, 2012, at a ceremony for the Dallas Hall Society in the Rotunda of Dallas Hall. The Dallas Hall Society recognizes those who contribute to SMU’s future through planned gifts.

In a 30-day countdown that began Homecoming weekend, alumni, students, faculty and staff signed giant Dallas Hall birthday cards and enjoyed birthday cupcakes.

For nearly 100 years, SMU’s elegant first building has served as a symbol of the University, a standard of its classic collegiate Georgian style, home to intellectual discourse for generations of students, and center of SMU’s liberal arts tradition, now Dedman College. Named in honor of the Dallas citizens whose contributions funded the building, Dallas Hall also serves as a symbol of the close relationship the University shares with the city.

Darwin Payne, SMU journalism professor emeritus and noted historian of Dallas, wrote and presented a brief history of Dallas Hall and its place in SMU’s founding at the anniversary celebration, excerpted below:

[A] Southwestern University professor had asked [SMU’s first president, Robert Stewart] Hyer if he truly thought the Methodist church could build a “real” university in Dallas. Hyer had answered: “Yes, but it will just about kill the man who does it. Nevertheless, I am willing to try. I know my limitations—I am not a money raiser. I also know my qualifications. I know how to select a faculty, and a great faculty makes a great school. Therefore, if the money is provided, I believe I can do the job.”

[…]

Precious few of the young students who arrived in 1915 for the beginning of classes – numbering 706 by the end of the first academic year – had ever seen such a building with such massive columns, its beautiful dome, and classic proportions. Their letters home and the oral histories they later gave provide unmistakable evidence of its tremendous impact.

It was a grand time, too, for SMU and for Dallas Hall and for the city of Dallas. So much excitement. So much promise. So much to do. And so much accomplished since then in these hundred years in a campus that now has more than a hundred buildings. But Dallas Hall, as we can see, is as beautiful and inspiring as it was then! It stands as a remarkable testament to the wisdom and forward-thinking of President Hyer, trustees, architects, and many others.

Written by Nancy George

> Find the full story, complete text of Payne’s remarks and historic photos at SMU News

SMU honors 2012 DAA winners, Emerging Leader Oct. 25

SMU alumnus Alonso Gutierrez

Alonso Gutiérrez

Four philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards in a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 on the University’s Main Quad. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s recipients include philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox (’78), former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes III (’57,’59), and entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd Jr. (‘68). Medical physicist Alonso Gutiérrez (’03, pictured right) will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the last 15 years.

During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Centennial celebration. The honorees attending this year’s ceremony are:

  • Lindalyn Bennett Adams, historic preservationist, humanitarian and civic leader
  • Fritz E. Barton Jr., physician, teacher and researcher
  • Don R. Benton, minister
  • Donald D. Clayton, astrophysicist
  • Allison Allen Holland, interior decorator
  • Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Ray L. Hunt, business leader and philanthropist
  • William L. Hutchison, investor and oil and gas producer
  • Sally Rhodus Lancaster, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Virginia Holt McFarland, philanthropist and humanitarian
  • Ruth Ann Rogers Montgomery, preservationist, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Carl Sewell, business leader and author
  • William T. Solomon, business leader and philanthropist
  • Ellen Coleman Terry, real estate leader and philanthropist
  • Gail Griffin Thomas, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Robert Hyer Thomas, attorney
  • Temple W. Williams Jr., physician

Read more about this year’s DAA honorees from SMU News
Find a list of past DAA recipients at the SMU Alumni site

Gift from Crain Foundation to provide Centennial Promenade at SMU

Crane Promenade at SMU

Artist's rendering of the eastern border of SMU's main campus. The location of the new Crain Family Centennial Promenade is indicated by the blue box.

A gift from The Crain Foundation will help create a pedestrian walkway linking SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the north with the new Residential Commons complex to be built on the southern end of the campus.

The Crain Family Centennial Promenade will add a visible and convenient passageway for the campus community and visitors to sites including the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Moody Coliseum, Collins Executive Education Center and Blanton Student Services Building.

“Crain family members have long-standing ties to SMU, and we are grateful for their vision and generosity in providing this beautiful addition to the campus,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The Crain Family Centennial Promenade will serve as an appropriate capstone to new construction taking place now and into 2015, when we celebrate the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening.

“In addition to the quality of SMU’s programs, the beauty of our campus is a major attraction to prospective students,” Turner added. “The addition of this promenade makes the campus more pedestrian-friendly, an attribute that helps build a sense of community.”

The Crain Foundation previously gave funds for construction of the fountain on the east plaza of the Blanton Student Services Building, which opened in 2003. The Ann Lacy Crain Fountain is the focal point of the intersection of SMU Boulevard and Airline Road.

The Crain Foundation gift counts toward the $750 million goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised more than $610 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience. The campaign is part of SMU’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915.

Read the full story from SMU News

SMU centennial party continues with 2012 Founders’ Day festivities

Fireworks over Dallas Hall at SMU Founders' Day 2011. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU marked its inaugural Founders' Day in 2011 with an unusual display of daytime fireworks over Dallas Hall. Photo credit: Hillsman S. Jackson.

SMU celebrates 2012 Founders’ Day Weekend April 20-21 with events ranging from a movie night on the quad to a “Picnic With the Profs” to Family Day at Meadows Museum.

The public festivities begin Friday, April 20 with groundbreaking for the University’s new Residential Commons as part of the Centennial Celebration beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Doak Walker Plaza. The event will be marked by the laying of a Centennial Cornerstone, a permanent tribute to the 100-year evolution of SMU’s campus and a new era of campus development.

Activities also include the extremely popular Inside SMU program, an afternoon of adult classes for alumni, parents and friends taught by SMU faculty, as well as the 2012 President’s Briefing.

Finally, SMU students and community members will meet up for popcorn, cotton candy and a free screening of “Forrest Gump” during Community Movie Night at 8 p.m. on the Main Quad, hosted by the SMU Program Council. Pack a picnic basket and bring blankets, lawn chairs and nonalcoholic beverages.

On  Saturday, April 21, the University will welcome back alumni from the classes of 1961 and earlier for the 2012 Golden Mustangs reunion.

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. that day, Meadows Museum hosts a Family Day celebration featuring knights, falconers, and SMU student performers with activities and medieval fun for all ages. Highlights include tours of the Museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, and its stunningly preserved 15th-century tapestries depicting the conquests of Asilah and Tangier by Afonso V, King of Portugal.

Designated as the third Friday in April each year, the day recognizes “the visionary institutions, organizations and individuals that founded the University on April 17, 1911,” according to the SMU 100 website.

The University marked the 100-year anniversary of its founding in 1911 and will mark the centennial of its opening in 1915 during The Second Century Celebration.

Find a complete schedule at the Founders’ Day Weekend homepage
Learn more about the SMU Centennial at the Second Century Celebration website
Relive memories of the first Founders’ Day Weekend with this SMU News video video

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