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New Dean Leads School of Education and Human Development

When David J. Chard joined SMU this fall as dean of the School of Education and Human Development, he had no idea that, within weeks, his university world would change. As he settled into his office in a converted apartment building long overdue for updating, he was well aware of the School’s need for resources, including a suitable building and endowment for programs, research and faculty. President R. Gerald Turner was acutely aware of the needs, too, and, in fact, had been talking with prospective donors about a major gift for the school.

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Caruth Legacy Continues: $10.1 Million Supports Engineering

Engineering education is getting a Texas-sized boost.

A $10.1 million gift to SMU from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas will help the United States compete globally in engineering and technology by preparing students to excel in these fields. It is the single largest gift ever received by the School of Engineering.

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Cox Scholarships: A Sound Business Investment

As an international business leader, Edwin L. Cox knows what it takes to compete in a global marketplace – the best minds armed with the best education through nationally recognized academic programs. So he knew that providing funds for merit scholarships at SMU would be a wise investment. Cox is providing $5 million for merit-based undergraduate scholarships in the school that bears his name – SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business.

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$3.3 Million Gift Extends Professor’s Legacy

The impact of beloved SMU professor Laurence Perrine will continue for generations to come through a bequest from the estate of his wife, Catherine Perrine. The $3.3 million bequest will fund scholarships and an endowed faculty chair in the Department of English, Dedman College.

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Fund Honors Anthropology Professor

Dedicated students often honor the mentors who guided their academic development. But a new gift to SMU reverses that pattern – the mentor is honoring his former student through a gift to SMU.

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Digging In For Theological Progress

Perkins School of Theology launched a major expansion of its facilities with a groundbreaking ceremony in September. The building program includes extensive renovation of two classroom and office buildings and construction of a new building.

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Tele-Pony: Calling All Mustangs

When junior Abigail Seibel worked last year as a caller for Tele-Pony, SMU’s telemarketing outreach to alumni, she enjoyed making connections with alumni nationwide representing every graduating class.

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Friends Of Enchantment

With a little help from its friends, the SMU-in-Taos program is more than getting by – it is going strong.

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Basketball Scores New Facility

SMU broke ground in December on the Crum Basketball Center, a state-of-the-art facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs scheduled to open in October 2007. The Center is made possible by a leadership gift of $6 million from Sylvie P. and Gary T. Crum (’69), an SMU trustee.

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$2 Million Bequest Doubles Fund For East Texas Students

A new distribution of more than $2 million to SMU from the will of former U.S. Congressman and Judge Brady P. Gentry will double the size of a scholarship fund for students from several East Texas counties.

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