$2.5 million gift will help fund SMU-in-Taos campus center

Carolyn and David Miller
Carolyn and David Miller

A $2.5 million gift from Carolyn and David Miller will help fund a $4 million campus center at SMU-in-Taos in New Mexico.

The Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center will include academic spaces, a media room and a gathering space for groups as large as 100. The great hall will have outdoor views on three sides and a fireplace for chilly mountain evenings.

Outdoor spaces will include a deck that surrounds the building, a plaza that connects the center to other buildings and an entry terrace with seating for events. Groundbreaking is scheduled for July with completion scheduled for May 2015.

The gift to SMU-in-Taos counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised more than $820 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

“SMU-in-Taos is a gem that offers SMU students a unique learning experience in a setting conducive to discovery. This generous gift from Carolyn and David Miller will enhance our students’ experiences by providing a central place to gather, learn and explore in a facility that embraces its natural setting,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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The 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus opened in 1973 and includes the 19th-century Fort Burgwin and the 13th-century Pot Creek Pueblo archaeological site. Students can earn course credit at the Taos campus during three summer terms and, new in 2014, a January term (J Term). Participation in summer terms has increased more than 40 percent in the last three years.

“The campus center will add another facet to the classroom-without-walls experience at SMU-in-Taos,” said Mike Adler, director of SMU-in-Taos and associate professor of anthropology. “The Millers’ gift is a tremendous step toward the $4 million cost of the building. We look forward to the support of other generous donors.”

The Millers’ gift to SMU-in-Taos is the most recent example of their support of SMU. Their 2011 gift to create the 39,245-square-foot Miller Event Center expansion to Moody Coliseum enhanced facilities in the recently renovated and expanded coliseum, which opened Dec. 31, 2013.

“David and I are delighted to play a part in enhancing the SMU-in-Taos campus,” said Carolyn Miller. “We become SMU-in-Taos students each summer when we attend the Taos Cultural Institute and are thrilled to play a role in strengthening the SMU-in-Taos experience for all students.”

Written by Nancy George

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SMU-in-Taos now accepting Summer 2013 course proposals

SMU-in-Taos logoSMU-in-Taos is now accepting course proposals for its 2013 Summer Terms with a deadline of Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

The course proposal form for Summer 2013 can used for proposals for the May, June and August Summer Terms. Submit the form and all requested materials to the SMU-in-Taos Office  E-mail proposals to Executive Director Mike Adler.

Your paperwork should include:

  • application form
  • syllabus with proposed field trips
  • flyer
  • reading list

Syllabi, reading lists and other supporting documents can be considered as drafts and changed prior to the course being offered. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

The form PDF includes a FAQ sheet for faculty proposing a course for the first time. Proposals should be signed by your dean and department chair.

More information about SMU-in-Taos is available at smu.edu/taos homepage. For more information contact A.B. Aston, director of operations and finance, 214-768-3771; or Mike Adler, executive director, 575-758-8516 – or stop by the SMU-in-Taos Office in 338 Blanton Student Services Building.

First fall-term courses in Taos begin in 2009

Taos, New Mexico mountaintop

In 2009, for the first time, SMU’s 300-acre campus near Taos, New Mexico will be open for fall-term classes.

The SMU-in-Taos program has offered summer education since 1973, but the rustic campus dormitories were impractical for use during colder weather. New construction, recent renovations and technological improvements will now allow students and faculty to live there comfortably during the fall and winter.

The fall program is open to students with a minimum 3.30 G.P.A. who will be sophomores in Fall 2009. Applications received by March 15 will be given priority, but they will be accepted through April 17.

SMU-in-Taos Executive Director Mike Adler says Taos Scholars will get a very personal education experience, combined with the lessons that the Taos community can offer through its unique history.

“These students will come back as leaders, with a greater appreciation of their academic life,” Adler says. “What we do so well in the summer, we can do even better in the fall.”

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