SMU graduate and undergraduate students presented results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research. Check out the winners at http://www.smu.edu/researchday.
Building on a legacy of proud Olympians, world records and 155 national titles, SMU broke ground on a new Aquatics Center on February 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 Boulevard, on the University's growing east campus, the center will provide facilities for practice, competition and community use.
Fast Company profiles start-up accelerator innovator Gabriella Draney Zielke ’03, co-founder and CEO of Dallas-based Tech Wildcatters.
A wide range of SMU club sports teams now have a new field to call home. The University’s new Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field was formally dedicated on February 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. The couple’s three children – Ashley ’03, Christopher ’05 and Clayton – each played lacrosse in their youth.
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, on February 25. 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.
Coming on the heels of its 100th birthday celebration, the University announced on February 26 that SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign has raised gifts totaling $1.15 billion, the largest amount ever raised by a private university in Texas. Donors provided 68 new or significantly enhanced academic programs and initiatives and 689 new student scholarships during the campaign. The University’s Board of Trustees heard the final tabulation of gifts and pledges at its meeting February 26 on the SMU campus, following the official completion of the campaign December 31, 2015. Teaching and learning at SMU are forever enhanced by the ambitious campaign: Donors provided 689 new student scholarships; raised the previous number of 62 endowed faculty positions to a new total of 116; and provided for 68 new or significantly enhanced academic programs and initiatives, including endowments for two schools. Twenty-four capital projects have been substantially funded, including new facilities for academic programs, student housing and athletics. Other gifts for campus enhancements support expanded career services and leadership programs. The campaign succeeded against a backdrop of explosive North Texas population growth and the relocation of many Fortune 500 companies to the region. SMU President R. Gerald Turner said the unprecedented funding for scholarships, academic positions and programs, and facilities will benefit SMU’s home city and surrounding region in the form of innovative ideas, research and talented graduates. “These gifts, in many ways, [...]
The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and thriving on every corner of campus, regardless of discipline, was the message delivered by a panel of representatives from SMU’s seven schools and hosted by Steven C. Currall, SMU provost and vice president for academic affairs, on February 2. The panel discussion followed the announcement of the creation of the Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Chair in Engineering held by Duncan MacFarlane.
From Farming Hay To Making The Field: SMU Alum Robert Richardson, Jr. ’04 Makes Third Start At Daytona 500
Robert Richardson, Jr. ’04 is a study in contrasts. While an SMU student, he played football for one season and majored in art. Now he grows hay on his Pilot Point, Texas, ranch and races cars in the Daytona 500. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiles Richardson, who started driving at local tracks while attending SMU and made his third start at Daytona on February 21, where he finished 38th.
Race car driver Nick Boulle ’11 knows how to make an impressive debut. Boulle finished in second place in the Prototype Challenge (PC) Class during his first time to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, January 29-31.