Travis Mays has been named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at SMU, Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced Thursday. Mays arrives on the Hilltop after 14 years as an assistant coach, where he served under three Hall of Fame coaches, and 11 years playing professionally. Read more.
SMU’s Cox School of Business was selected by the critically acclaimed show, Shark Tank, to host auditions recently. The Emmy-winning show searches for the best entrepreneurs and business ideas America has to offer. SMU was the site of the only Shark Tank College Day event in the state this spring.
The University’s new Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field was formally dedicated on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The field was made possible by a generous gift from Gary T. Crum ’69 and Sylvie P. Crum, whose support reflects their family’s long-time love for lacrosse.
Located along Bush Avenue, south of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field provides space for practice and games for club teams, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, which will have priority use of the field. SMU’s soccer, baseball and rugby teams also will have opportunities to use the field. The facility consists of a synthetic turf field with 6,945 square feet of space, a field house, six tennis courts and additional parking for Park Cities Plaza. The field house, designed in Collegiate Georgian style in keeping with SMU’s other architecture, includes locker rooms, a concessions area and covered bleachers.
Building on a legacy of proud Olympians, world records and 155 national titles, SMU broke ground on a new Aquatics Center on Friday, Feb. 26.
The 42,000 square foot center will be home to SMU’s internationally recognized men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Located at 5550 SMU Blvd. on the University’s growing east campus, the center will provide facilities for practice, competition and community use.
The Aquatics Center will feature an Olympic-sized, eight-lane indoor pool with a platform diving well, including four springboards and a 10-meter tower for training and competition. Coaches’ offices, men’s, women’s and visitor locker rooms and a classroom and meeting area will be located adjacent to the pool. Spectator seating for 800 will be on the mezzanine level.
The center also will be available for community use and swimming lessons.
On Feb. 25, SMU dedicated Harold Clark Simmons Hall, a three-story building serving a new generation of teachers and leaders to develop and use evidence-based strategies in education. The new hall, the second building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is home to innovative teaching laboratories, a center that fights poverty through education and community support, as well as offices for faculty members and researchers. Annette Caldwell Simmons and her husband, the late Harold C. Simmons, gave $25 million in February 2013 to fund the new structure and three new endowed academic positions.
Rob Lowe, acclaimed actor, producer, writer, director and activist, was the featured speaker at The Tolleson Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Feb. 23. He also answer questions at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum earlier in the day. The Student Forum is a lively question-and-answer session with Tate speakers for SMU students, faculty and staff, as well as area high school students.