Rev. John McKellar ’90, pastor of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and Rev. Linda Roby ’75, ’00, associate minister of local and global missions at First United Methodist Church Dallas, have been selected as the 2016 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
Anne R. Bromberg of Dallas has committed $2 million to SMU for the creation of the Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law in honor of her late husband, a renowned professor in the Dedman School of Law. “This gift is the most suitable way of remembering Alan since he was so devoted to the Law School and his students,” says Dr. Bromberg, the Cecil and Ida Green Curator for Ancient Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. “Alan loved being a professor and encouraging his students to think harder and better.”
“The centennial allowed us to honor our heritage, but it also has focused us squarely on the future,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Week at SMU will start Saturday, January 16 as the SMU community participates in the City of Dallas’ parade honoring the civil rights leader. Events include the annual Commemorative Unity Walk through campus on Wednesday, January 20.
In an address that recalls the visionary leadership of the University’s founders, SMU President R. Gerald Turner outlines the accomplishments of The Second Century Campaign and looks forward to building on those achievements as the Hilltop’s second century takes shape.
SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign has lived up to its name. It reached its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule, raising unprecedented funding for scholarships, academic positions and programs, facilities and other enhancements to campus life.
SMU’s Santa Peruna recently visited two Richardson schools, bringing gifts, healthy snacks and important reminders to students: “Keep reading over the holidays” and “go to college.” Each student received a book from Half-Price Books, healthy snacks from the North Texas Food Bank and backpacks, pencils and bookmarks from SMU, as well as lots of good cheer at fun-filled assemblies.
The story of Jennifer Burr Altabef’s life could have been very different. If not for scholarship support, she might never had made it to the Hilltop. Now a successful attorney, she says, “The simple truth is that scholarships change lives.”
Some favorite photos by SMU photographers of moments that made 2015 such a special year.
David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer often called “America’s greatest historian,” received the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies November 18. The award is given by the Tower Center every two years to an individual or individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. Shown at the presentation are (from left) President George W. Bush, David McCullough, First Lady Laura Bush ’68, Penny Tower Cook and SMU Trustee Jeanne Tower Cox ’79.