Sports: Soccer enters C-USA championship play, Football to UCF

Last game in C-USA: SMU men’s soccer will travel to Memphis for their last game in Conference USA this season. With only one more game to play, the Mustangs have earned the Conference USA regular season title with a 6-1 record and are the No. 1 seed for the 2012 Conference USA Championship Nov. 7-11. The game against Memphis is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 and will be broadcast on the Fox soccer channel.

Senior Mallory Baum

Season semi-final: SMU women’s soccer will take on UCF at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in El Paso for the semi-final round of the Conference USA championship. The Mustangs enter the game after defeating Rice 3-1 on Wednesday, Oct. 31, and if the Mustangs win against UCF they will advance to the Conference USA championship game on Sunday for the first time in history. The Lady Mustangs also received well deserved recognition this week: Mallory Baum was named First Team All C-USA and First Team C-USA All-Academic; Shelby Redman and Rikki Clarke were honorees for Second Team All C-USA; and Courtney Smith received Third Team All C-USA honors.

UCF rematch: The Mustangs will travel to Orlando this weekend to take on UCF, a game that will be a “rematch” of the 2010 Conference USA Championship game. The last time SMU and UCF were matched up in 2011, SMU won with a score of 38-17. SMU currently leads the nation in pick-sixes and is tied for the national lead in total takeaways and interceptions. The game starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and will air on CBS Sports.

SMU Women’s Swimming

Rival Rice: SMU women’s swimming and diving will take on “conference foe” Rice on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Mustangs enter the meet after being defeated by Texas A&M at their first dual meet of the season last Friday. The meet Saturday starts at 3 p.m. in Perkins Natatorium.

The week ahead: SMU men’s golf will travel to San Martin, California for three days of golf in the 2012 Cordevalle Collegiate, Nov. 5-7.

(Photos courtesy of SMU Athletics) 

Longtime SMU benefactor Elizabeth Perkins Prothro dies

Elizabeth Perkins ProthroElizabeth Perkins Prothro, a longtime SMU benefactor, died May 23 in Wichita Falls. Mrs. Prothro was the daughter of the late Joe J. and Lois Perkins, who were founding contributors to SMU in 1913, and later, in the early 1940s, endowed the SMU Theology School, which in 1945 was named in their honor.

“Elizabeth Prothro has left an indelible mark on SMU and on all who knew her,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Her contributions to this University and to its students, faculty and staff are truly historic. We join the Perkins-Prothro family in mourning her passing, but also in celebrating her extraordinary life.”

Services took place May 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls.

In January 2007, Mrs. Prothro, with the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, provided the lead gift of $6 million to help launch a building program for the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. The plans included the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot facility to be named Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, in her honor. A ribbon cutting and dedication of the new building is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2009. SMU will honor Mrs. Prothro’s contributions with a celebration of her life following the September dedication.

Including the $6 million gift, the Perkins and Prothro families and their foundations have given more than $36.3 million to SMU since the first gift from her parents two years before the University opened in 1915. Most of the family’s support has been for Perkins School of Theology, including its Bridwell Library, but other gifts have been designated for the Perkins Administration Building and Perkins Natatorium.

Mrs. Prothro earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and political science from SMU in 1939. She and her husband, Charles, who preceded her in death in 2001, provided some $7 million in gifts to the Perkins School of Theology in 1997, including funds for endowed scholarships, renovation of Perkins Chapel and a permanent collection of rare Bibles and related works spanning eight centuries.

Mrs. Prothro was a SMU Board of Trustees member from 1972-87 and was named a trustee emeritus in 1991. She was a founding member of the boards of Perkins School of Theology and Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon and later served on the Texas Committee of The Campaign for SMU.

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