Thank you to the many donors who helped us achieve one of our key Second Century Campaign goals: 25 percent alumni giving in a single fiscal year.

Reaching this new University record for giving had previously eluded us. This year, because of the extra efforts of committed volunteers, we were proud to be able to tell donors in a recent message of appreciation, “You did it!”

Thanks are owed to the thousands of alumni who provided contributions as well as other supporters and the volunteers who played a key role in helping us reach and exceed our goal.

National ranking organizations such as U.S. News & World Report use alumni giving to measure graduates’ satisfaction with their universities. These organizations want to know if alumni value their education enough to invest in making that education available to others. It was gratifying this year to see tens of thousands of both undergraduate and graduate alumni express their commitment to the University through their gifts.

This is a special time in SMU history. On Thursday, September 24, as part of Homecoming Weekend, we will commemorate the 100th birthday of SMU’s opening with a special program for alumni, parents, students, friends, the campus community and civic leaders. We will acknowledge the accomplishments of SMU’s first 100 years and look ahead to our plans for the University’s second century.

The next day, Second Century Campaign donors and volunteers from around the globe will gather for a meeting to review and celebrate campaign progress and achievements. On Saturday, September 26, there will be additional celebratory surprises at the Homecoming parade and football game.

The Second Century Campaign concludes December 31, 2015. Even though we will note our progress in September, we will continue to raise funds for the University’s priorities through the end of the year. Visit smu.edu/SecondCentury to learn about how you can keep our momentum going.

Thank you again for your many contributions to SMU and the positive ways you are shaping our next 100 years.

Sincerely,

R. Gerald Turner