SMU teammates Ben Baxter and Andrew Buchanan won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship May 25 at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Sophomore Diana Cates ’18 delivered an eloquent tribute to all those who supported The Second Century Campaign at the campaign finale April 22. “… With their help, I’m pursuing a dream I wasn’t sure I would realize,” she said. After high school, Cates served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, attaining the rank of sergeant. When she returned home, she had decided on a career in world affairs, but wasn’t sure how to attain that goal. “One day I saw a billboard that changed my life. It said, ‘World Changers Shaped Here’, and within a week, I was talking to an admission counselor,” she recalled. She is now a Tower Scholar majoring in international studies and world languages, with an eye toward a future in national security and foreign policy.
Join us April 15–16, 2016 for Founders’ Day Weekend, an opportunity to reconnect with professors, classmates and current students. The weekend offers a wide range of activities on the Hilltop, including the dedication of renovated Fondren Library, the Second Century Campaign finale – featuring the dedication of the Crain Family Centennial Promenade – and the traditions of Sing Song. Saturday’s Community Day will include Inside SMU, featuring presentations by esteemed faculty, a spring SMU Football game, and exhibitions and activities at SMU’s outstanding museums.
Travis Mays has been named the head women’s basketball coach at SMU. Mays arrives on the Hilltop after 14 years as an assistant coach, where he served under three Hall of Fame coaches, and 11 years playing professionally. Mays comes to SMU following four seasons as associate head coach at The University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater.
SMU Lyle Engineering students teamed up with students from Dedman College and the Cox School of Business to build a regulation foosball table, learning valuable real-world collaborative, interdisciplinary skills along the way.
SMU graduate and undergraduate students presented results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research. Check out the winners at http://www.smu.edu/researchday.
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, [...]