On Founders’ Day, April 15, 2016, the SMU community will enjoy the dedication of two transformed spaces on the campus: the Crain Family Centennial Promenade and the Fondren Centennial Reading Room. Donors are taking advantage of the unique naming opportunities associated with these spaces to honor fellow Mustangs.
Making a mark on the Promenade
Nearly 90 percent of the pavers on the Crain Family Centennial Promenade have already been claimed by those making a special $100 gift. While the pavers will boast a variety of messages, many have been used to honor professors, parents or others deserving acknowledgement.
In an extraordinary recognition of SMU’s enhanced student quality, SMU alumnus Jack D. Knox ’60, ’63 made a $25,000 gift to donate 250 pavers for the University “to honor exceptional students” who have been enrolled at SMU during The Second Century Celebration. Previously Mr. Knox has provided financial support for Cox School of Business scholarships, the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and to establish the Jack Knox Chair in the Rights and Protection of Children in Dedman School of Law.
Students whose names will be etched in the donated pavers include student body officers, student
representatives to the Board of Trustees and its committees and recipients of significant awards such as Fulbright and Truman awards.
To donate a paver with the engraving of your choice, visit smu.edu/pavers.
Leaving a legacy in the Fondren Centennial Reading Room
Many donors are naming custom-designed, handcrafted Thomas Moser tables and chairs that will be part of the restoration of the Fondren Centennial Reading Room in the historic Fondren Library Center. A plaque mounted on each table or chair will recognize the donor or honor a current or former student, influential faculty member or other person in the SMU family.
Only about 100 opportunities – ranging from $500 to $5,000 – remain available. To learn more, please visit smu.edu/readingroom.