Faculty and Staff – "Why I Give"

Read stories shared by our colleagues on why they give to SMU. As part of the faculty and staff family at SMU, we all have different motivations for supporting this great University. Your contributions during this campaign are crucial to SMU's success.

Please join our colleagues on our blog by sharing why you choose to give to SMU. Send your blog entries to mehunt@smu.edu to have them uploaded.

Jorge C. Juarez- “Why I Give”

January 27, 2015

“Growing up the youngest of seven to a single-mother family, I could not have attended college if it were not for generous faculty/staff members who made it possible by giving. Not only did I obtain a Bachelor’s, I continued my

Mickey Saloma- “Why I Give”

February 7, 2014

“I don’t have a degree from SMU, but I got here as quickly as I could.  SMU is a great investment for so many students. The new students we bring in every year will only bring more value to the

Julie Wiksten- “Why I Give”

February 7, 2014

I’ll never be able to give enough money to have my name on a building, but I can still be a part of the incredible growth that I see all around me.  Whether it’s an engraved paver or knowing that

Caroline Brettell- Why I Give

February 4, 2014

I have given to SMU pretty consistently over the years.  My gifts have often been to honor a retiring colleague, or a chair who is stepping down, or in memory of a lost friend. But they have also been to

Judy Gibbons- Why I Give

February 4, 2014

Why do I give?  As a member of the support staff of Perkins School of Theology, why do I give back to Perkins and SMU some of the money I am paid to do my job?   Some time ago

Eli Olinick- “Why I Give”

February 4, 2014

It may sound cliché, but I give to the Faculty and Staff Campaign to give back to SMU. This year I am giving to the memorial fund in honor Jeff Kennington. Jeff was instrumental in bringing me to SMU, guiding

Fred Olness- “Why I Give”

February 4, 2014

Our Department took a collection to donate Pavers for the Centennial Promenade in honor of our Emeriti Faculty.  They were honored to have such a place in the Centennial festivities, and it seems fitting to have a tangible memento to

Ann Fielder – “Why I Give”

February 4, 2014

“I have supported SMU every year I’ve been an employee. Being in DEA, I see firsthand the impact gifts of any size can make—from programming to capital projects. I don’t really like to think of my donations as giving back;

Judy Gibbons – “Why I Give”

February 4, 2014

“Why do I give? As a member of the support staff of Perkins School of Theology, why do I give back to Perkins and SMU some of the money I am paid to do my job? Some time ago I

Michael Hawn – “Why I Give”

January 31, 2014

“I have been a contributor to SMU since I became a faculty member in 1992. I increased my annual pledge several years ago significantly not only because of the capital campaign, but also because I realized that I will had

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