In this issue of Campaign Update we are very pleased to report that The Second Century Campaign has exceeded $902 million in total commitments, on the way to reaching our $1 billion goal.

The transformative impact of this inspiring level of commitment to SMU can be seen across the University.

The incoming Class of 2018 has the highest average SAT score – 1308 – of any class in SMU’s history. This important mark of student quality is, at least in part, the result of support for scholarships that are enabling the University to attract and retain top students from throughout the United States.

SMU has thus far received commitments for 101 endowed faculty positions, on the way to achieving a University goal of 110. Gifts for faculty endowments ensure that our esteemed faculty includes nationally recognized experts in a diverse array of fields.

As you will read in this issue, SMU also continues to add new facilities so that students and faculty have the tools necessary for achievement in every area well into the future.

In September the University held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Harold Clark Simmons Hall, the second building for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. We also celebrated the opening of the new Mustang Band Hall in conjunction with a  celebration of SMU spirit on Mustang Mall.

In addition, the new SMU Tennis Complex, a top-tier venue for intercollegiate as well as professional competitions, is nearing completion.

As reported in the adjacent story, alumni, parents and friends from throughout the United States have been energized by the Join the Stampede giving challenge. Using the idea of a stampede, the challenge emphasizes the importance of yearly giving by everyone who cares about the future of the University, and focuses on achieving an undergraduate alumni giving rate of 25 percent during the 2013–14 fiscal year and every year.

Gifts to SMU remain crucial as we count down the final 15 months of The Second Century Campaign, which runs through 2015. Thank you for helping the University to achieve so much. We continue to need your vision and commitment as we strive to reach even greater heights.

Sincerely,

R. Gerald Turner
President