SMU receives $45 million gift from the Meadows Foundation

The Meadows Foundation, Inc. has pledged $45 million to SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum, the largest single gift in SMU history. With this commitment, The Meadows Foundation has provided more than $100 million to the University since 1995.

  • Watch the announcement at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, at smu.edu/live.
Meadows Museum with “Wave” (2002), the first large-scale sculpture by Santiago Calatrava to be permanently installed in the United States.

Meadows Museum with “Wave” (2002), the first large-scale sculpture by Santiago Calatrava to be permanently installed in the United States.

“SMU has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with The Meadows Foundation, one initiated by Algur H. Meadows himself through the endowment of the Meadows School and the creation of the Meadows Museum,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The resulting collaboration has enhanced the lives of thousands of students, faculty and members of the local, regional and international communities. This year, as we celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the Meadows Museum and the centennial of SMU’s opening, we are honored to accept a gift that will continue this extraordinary partnership.”

The $45 million gift, the largest in The Meadows Foundation’s history, includes $25 million to support goals and programs at the Meadows Museum, which houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The gift designates $13 million for exhibitions, education programs and initiatives; $6 million for acquisitions; and $6 million for an acquisition challenge grant. In addition, the gift will help the Museum expand relationships with international cultural institutions and enhance its reputation as the center for Spanish art in the United States.

MeadowsEvent-MeadowsSchool-front-24753503The Meadows Foundation gift also designates $20 million to the Meadows School of the Arts to support its goal to lead the nation in arts education. The funding will be used to attract and retain top faculty and students, create and maintain innovative programs of national importance and provide enhanced studio, gallery and state-of-the-art classroom spaces. The gift designates $12 million for facility enhancements, including a $10 million challenge grant, and $8 million for student and faculty recruitment and retention, as well as new strategic initiatives.

2015-03-23T09:42:41+00:00 March 23, 2015|News|

SMU Dedicates New Residential Commons Complex

SMU dedicated its new Residential Commons complex May 9, enabling all first-year and sophomore students to live on campus and launching the Residential Commons model campus-wide.

The $146 million complex is the largest capital project in SMU’s history, part of a larger initiative to enhance students’ living-learning experience, starting in fall 2014. The dedication ceremony and building tours will begin at noon at 5905 Bush Ave. on the southeastern edge of the campus.

New facilities for the nine-acre Commons complex include five residence halls – Armstrong CommonsKathy Crow Commons,Crum CommonsLoyd Commons and Ware Commons – as well as the Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons and the 800-space Mustang Parking Center. The complex will provide campus housing for an additional 1,250 SMU students, enabling nearly 2,750 students to live on campus.

“Today’s dedication of the Residential Commons complex signifies an exciting new chapter in SMU history,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Each Commons is designed to seamlessly combine the intellectual and social aspects of University life, a concept that will be implemented campus-wide in the fall. We are grateful to six generous families for transforming the SMU campus experience.”

Lead gifts of $30 million in total giving have been provided by Liz Martin Armstrong ’82 and Bill Armstrong ’82, Anita Ray Arnold and Truman Arnold, Katherine Raymond Crow ’94 and Harlan R. Crow, Sylvie P. Crum and Gary T. Crum ’69, Penny R. Loyd and Paul B. Loyd, Jr. ’68 and Richard Ware ’68 and family.

Each five-story Commons in the new complex will be home to 250 students, a residence life director and a faculty member in residence.  The faculty member will serve as mentor and intellectual leader of the community, and has the opportunity to teach a class or host study sessions in the classroom included in each Commons.

Read more from SMU News.

 

2014-05-12T08:56:14+00:00 May 9, 2014|News|

Founders’ Day Weekend Celebrates Year of the Faculty

_GR18996SMU’s Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, shined a spotlight on the University’s faculty as the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty gains momentum on the Hilltop.

Faculty salute
SMU President R. Gerald Turner honored the University’s faculty during a special event April 11 at Moody Coliseum. President Turner’s Faculty Salute spotlighted the contributions and impact of the University’s distinguished scholars and included a video tribute and the taking of a group faculty photo. The faculty celebration was part of President Turner’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend Presidential Briefing, which highlighted the University’s accomplishments during the past year and provided a look ahead for the coming year. See the video. video icon

Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU
This year Founders’ Day Weekend added a new performance program, Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, highlighting faculty, students, staff and alumni. The program featured compelling stories and demonstrations from 16 SMU faculty, staff, alumni and student speakers on topics ranging from NSA wiretapping, to civil rights, to a whimsical exercise in giant origami. See the slide show. camera icon

Community Day
Founders’ Day Weekend expanded its annual Community Day activities this year, including family events at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum as well as at the Meadows Museum.

2014-04-17T13:17:39+00:00 April 16, 2014|News, Photo and Video Gallery|

SMU Celebrates Year of the Faculty in 2014

FacultyInResidence-300x155In 2014, as part of its Second Century Celebration, SMU is commemorating the Year of the Faculty, marking the extraordinary contributions of the University’s esteemed faculty as researchers, teachers and University citizens.

Throughout the year the Year of the Faculty website will highlight individual faculty members and their remarkable achievements across the spectrum of disciplines. During this period of the Second Century Campaign, highlighting faculty achievement also is a way to remind donors of the impact of their giving on recruitment and retention of outstanding professors. For this reason, the faculty highlighted on this website will include those who have been appointed to endowed chairs. Thanks to the generosity of donors, SMU has created 34 new endowed faculty positions thus far in the campaign, for a University total of 96. SMU has set a goal of having a total of 110 by the end of the campaign, which runs through December 2015.

2014-02-17T11:15:15+00:00 February 17, 2014|News|

DMN Editorial Praises SMU’s Academic Rise, Increasing Diversity

Dallas Hall, SMUSMU received high praise for its increasing diversity and academic excellence in an editorial published in The Dallas Morning News’ Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 edition.

The paper describes the entering-class average SAT score of 1302 as “part of SMU’s sometimes-overlooked academic rise. The school also now has 96 endowed professorships, which represents about 13 percent of tenured faculty. Those 96 chairs are up from 62 endowed positions only five years ago.”

In the wake of the announcement of a new $1 billion goal for The Second Century Campaign, the opinion piece zeroes in on ways in which Dallas will benefit if SMU reaches its campaign targets – especially in the area of scholarships.

“Scholarship funds can be hard to secure, especially when contributors want to donate in such a way that they can put their name on a building. But scholarship funds are critical as SMU actively diversifies its enrollment,” the op-ed states. “The campus has been seen as an outpost of well-heeled, well-connected families. But the truth is, SMU’s enrollment today is 25 percent minority, up sharply from even a decade ago. Financial aid will let SMU keep broadening its reach.

“SMU wants to continue evolving into, as its motto proclaims, a school of world changers. Funds for scholarships can help make that a reality.”

Read the full op-ed and find more story links at SMU News

2013-09-30T10:25:35+00:00 September 24, 2013|News|
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