SMU-in-Taos added an essential gathering space for campus and community groups when the Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center was dedicated July 17. Lead donors David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and Carolyn L. Miller, other donors and their families and participants in the Taos Cultural Institute had the first chance to see how the Center can host 100 guests attending a lecture as easily as it can a handful of students relaxing before a huge stone fireplace.
Seminar rooms, a fitness center, media room and a large gathering area are included in the Center, which is surrounded by a terrace “plazuela” and portal porch. An outdoor plaza connects the facility to the campus dining hall, auditorium, chapel and newly renovated classroom space.
“The Miller Campus Center is the new heart of SMU-in-Taos,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “This Center will facilitate academic discussions, intellectual discovery and friendships for students, faculty and New Mexico community members who have the opportunity to spend time here. I am grateful to the Millers, the Clements Foundation and other generous donors who, with great foresight, have made this facility possible.”
Designed to embrace its beautiful natural setting, the Miller Campus Center includes the William P.
Clements, Jr. Great Hall, with outdoor views from large windows on three sides and a stone fireplace for chilly Taos evenings. The Sands Lobby, made possible by Marcellene Wilson Sands ’69 and Stephen Sands ’70, provides a welcoming entry. The Ubelaker Classroom, adjacent to the Center, was named by Barbara Hunt Crow and her son, Daniel Crow ’12, in honor of John Ubelaker, SMU biology professor emeritus, longtime SMU-in-Taos faculty member and former director of SMU-in-Taos. Seminar rooms include the Dickey Seminar Room, given by Maurine Petty Dickey ’67, and the Director’s Seminar Room in the adjoining dining hall, given by the Mockovciak Fund of the Dallas Foundation in honor of Mike Adler, SMU-in-Taos executive director and associate professor of anthropology.
In addition to interior spaces, the Miller Campus Center includes outdoor areas for lectures, discussion and reflection. The wide terrace and tiered steps of the Janis and Roy Coffee Terrace Plazuela will invite students and visitors to linger before entering the Center. On the north and east sides of the building, the Ware Portal, made possible by William Ware ’01, overlooks a mountain stream. The Cecil Patio, a gift from Robert V. Cecil ’62 and Sandra Garland Cecil ’64, provides outdoor seating adjacent to the dining hall and Director’s Seminar Room.
The Millers, longtime SMU donors, were inspired to support the campus center as regular participants at the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute.