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SMU Raises Campaign Goal To Support Rise In Quality

By Patricia Ann LaSalle ’05 On a bright, crisp day in late October, SMU students walked as usual across the Main Quad on their way to class. Unusual, however, was a huge tent that had been erected in front of Dallas Hall, causing some to wonder what was going on

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$15 Million Gift Funds SMU Research Center

$15 Million Gift Funds SMU Research Center

A new $15 million commitment has been made as the lead gift to construct a campus research center supporting SMU’s goal to expand advanced computing and interdisciplinary research throughout the University. The gift is from Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69 and Kelli O. Ford and The Gerald J. Ford Family

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Arnold Gift To Support New Dining Facility

Anita and Truman Arnold have given $5 million toward construction of the Dining Commons in SMU’s new Residential Commons complex. Opening in fall 2014, the Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons facility joins five new residence halls and a parking garage. The complex will accommodate 1,250 students and several faculty members

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Donor Honors Meadows Symphony Director

Music aficionados know the ritual. As student musicians in SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra take their seats on stage, the audience quiets and the lights dim. Maestro Paul Phillips steps onto the podium and lifts his baton, and the orchestra begins to play. Now, Phillips has the added distinction of being

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$2 Million Gift Creates Centennial Chair In Music

A $2 million gift from SMU Trustee Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot Jr., in honor of Sarah’s mother, Leah Fullinwider, has established an endowed centennial chair in music performance at Meadows School of the Arts, the first centennial position in the Meadows School. “The arts are vital to

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$25 Million Gift Supports New Building, Academic Positions

Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons have committed a gift of $25 million to SMU’s School of Education and Human Development named in her honor. Their gift will fund a new building and support three new endowed academic positions.

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Gifts Totaling $8.5 Million Support Renovation Of Two Libraries

The renovation and updating of SMU’s Bridwell Library and Fondren Library Center will be advanced through gifts totaling $8.5 million from family foundations that have supported University libraries for most of SMU’s 100-year history.

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Gift Endows Meadows Museum Director Position

A $1 million gift from Linda and William Custard of Dallas will establish and endow the position of Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts. An additional $1 million from The Meadows Foundation will add to the endowment.

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$1.5 Million Gift To Fund Endowed Chair In Art History

A $1.5 million gift from the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education will establish an endowed chair in the Division of Art History at Meadows School of the Arts.

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Law Alumni Reinvest In SMU, Dallas Through Professorship

Les Ware and Amy Abboud Ware have given $1 million to SMU Dedman School of Law not only to establish an endowed professorship at their alma mater, but also to reinvest in their home city of Dallas.

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