Known for a dozen years as SMU-in-Legacy, the University’s campus located in Plano’s Legacy Business Park is aptly changing its name to the more familiar SMU-in-Plano.
Festivities to celebrate the name change begin Oct. 29 with a 4 p.m. reception featuring SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Plano Mayor Phil Dyer at the SMU-in-Plano campus, 5232 Tennyson Parkway. A Community Open House is scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30-31, to which all SMU faculty and staff are invited. Saturday will include trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids. For more information, visit smuplano.com.
Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director, cites several factors for the switch. “This new moniker distinguishes the campus from the nearby commercial development called ‘The Campus at Legacy,’ which has proved confusing,” she says. “The school is located on Tennyson Parkway, not Legacy Drive, and SMU has a sister campus in New Mexico called SMU-in-Taos, so it makes sense to have both reflect the city in which they reside.”
The Plano campus opened in 1997 to offer SMU’s resources to working professionals in the growing Collin County area who wished to strengthen their careers through higher education. Today some 800 graduate students are enrolled at the campus, pursuing master’s degrees or professional certificates through programs including the Cox Professional M.B.A., counseling, dispute resolution, teacher education and engineering. The digital game design Master’s program at The Guildhall at SMU attracts students from across the United States and internationally.
Beginning in January 2010, SMU-in-Plano will add two more programs: the Master of Liberal Studies degree, offered through the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and the Graduate Marketing Certificate Program, offered by the Cox School of Business.
In addition to graduate degrees and certificate programs, SMU-in-Plano offers noncredit courses for adults through the Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) program, such as photography, financial planning and test preparation. Summer programs include the Advanced Placement Institute for teachers, as well as the Academic Enhancement programs and Summer Youth Program for K-12.