May 31, 2012

The new Kitt Investing and Trading Center (left) in the Cox School of Business “takes our finance curriculum to the next level,” says Albert W. Niemi Jr., dean of the Cox School and Tolleson Chair in Business Leadership. The center, which opened in the fall in the lower level atrium of the school, integrates curriculum with practical investment and trading applications.

It was established with a gift to the University from SMU parents Barry M. and Beth M. Kitt and their family. The Kitts’ eldest son, Gregory ’08, graduated from SMU with a major in finance and a minor in Chinese. Their youngest son, Steve, is a junior majoring in finance and economics with financial applications. The Kitt Center contains a 1,200-square-foot LED stock ticker, three video walls, 22 high-end work stations and 10 Bloomberg Professional terminals, with state-of-the-art data feeds and financial software.