Mark Hopkins, 19th-century educator and president of Williams College, reportedly said that for education to occur, all that is needed is a student and a teacher sitting at opposite ends of a log. Although that image does not befit today’s educational environment, it does capture the importance of the special relationship between learner and instructor. That is why recruiting and retaining a distinguished faculty is so important to SMU’s progress. Excellent faculty who create stimulating learning environments will best serve the aspirations of our students, and the reputation arising from this quality will help SMU advance among the top private universities in the nation. For these reasons, in preparing for our next major gifts campaign, we have identified faculty resources as a high priority.
Alumni can make new memories of the Hilltop during SMU’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend November 8-10, 2007. The Homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, followed by a free picnic on the Boulevard and the football game against Rice in Ford Stadium.
SMU’s campus has been the site of numerous memorable occasions – and with the reopening of its historic and newly renovated Faculty Club, University alumni now can make Hilltop memories with their own special events.
Founded in 1921 as a social club for male faculty members to enjoy games of pool and bridge, the SMU Faculty Club merged with the Women’s Faculty Club in 1963. Remodeled and redecorated in 2006, the club provides an inviting setting for University programs and activities as well as private social and business events.
Jim Caswell (’63, ’66, ’70), vice president for student affairs, visited with DJ Pierce (’03) at the reception for former student leaders during Homecoming weekend. He is retiring after serving SMU for 48 years in numerous capacities.