SMU faculty and staff launched their participation in The Second Century Campaign September 3 with kickoff events throughout the day. The launch culminated with an all-University celebration in Umphrey Lee Ballroom hosted by President R. Gerald Turner.

By mid-September, more than 50 percent of all faculty and staff had contributed or made a pledge, exceeding the campaign’s stated goal of 25-percent participation for the fiscal year. Participation is spearheaded by the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, which includes representatives from all seven schools plus Athletics; Business and Finance; Central University Libraries; Development and External Affairs; President’s Office, Provost/Academic Affairs and Legal Affairs; and Student Affairs.

The committee is led by co-chairs Harold W. Stanley, Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy in Dedman College, and Julie A. Wiksten ’78, ’92, executive director of SMU Auxiliary Services.

“I have heard strong statements of commitment and connection to SMU from faculty and staff members across the board,” says Stanley. “Other donors can take as testimonial the enthusiasm with which our faculty and staff members give back.”

Stanley says the committee wants to match alumni giving goals of 25-percent participation annually and 50-percent participation during the campaign.

“I’m motivated by my connections to the University,” says Wiksten. “I’ve dedicated so much of my life to SMU that it seems a wise investment to put my money into making SMU the best it can be.”