Technology enables students to gain practical financial experience in the new Kitt Investing and Trading Center in Cox School of Business.

The new Kitt Investing and Trading Center in the Cox School of Business, dedicated September 28, is designed to prepare students for the financial arena by integrating the finance curriculum with practical investment and trading applications.

The center was established with a generous gift to the University from the family of Barry M. and Beth M. Kitt, SMU parents.

“The generosity of the Kitt Family is inspirational. The Kitt Investing and Trading Center will offer a real-world learning experience and make a difference in the education and careers of SMU’s business graduates well into SMU’s Second Century,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are thrilled that the Kitt family chose to make this gift while their youngest son is still a student at SMU Cox so that he, too, may experience this wonderful hands-on learning opportunity.”

The facility, located in the Cox School’s lower level atrium, contains a 1,200-square-foot LED stock ticker, three video walls, 22 high-end work stations and 10 Bloomberg Professional terminals, with state-of-the-art data feeds and financial software.

“The Kitt Investing and Trading Center takes our finance curriculum to the next level,” said Albert W. Niemi, Jr., dean of the Cox School. “We are most grateful to the Kitt family for having the vision to create a tool that will give students the opportunity to gain hands-on investing and trading experience, even before they enter the competitive job market. What a wonderful gift to our students, the Cox School and the University.”

The Kitts’ oldest son, Gregory ’08, graduated from SMU with a major in finance and a minor in Chinese, and their youngest son, Steven ’13, is majoring in finance and economics with financial applications.

“SMU Cox has offered a wonderful experience to our sons, and by extension to our entire family,” Mr. Kitt said. “We feel fortunate to have this unique opportunity to support the University.”

“Because our children are all part of the business and finance world, we decided together that a gift to the Cox School of Business was a good fit for our family. We really like the idea of making an impact on the future of the students who will become the next generation of leaders educated at SMU,” Mrs. Kitt said.

To learn more about Cox School of Business funding initiatives, please contact Laran O’Neill ’01, ’09 at 214-768-4988 or

(L-R) Board Chair Caren H. Prothro, President R. Gerald Turner, Gregory Kitt ’08, Beth M. Kitt, Barry M. Kitt, Stephen Kitt ’12, Edwin L. Cox ’42 and Cox School Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr., participate in the September 28 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Kitt Investing and Trading Center.