Texas churches help SMU mark its centennial with ringing of bells

SMU Centennial

Texas churches help SMU mark its centennial with ringing of bells

United Methodist churches across Texas honored the SMU centennial by ringing their bells at noon on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 — the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes on the Hilltop.

The bells rang 10 times, once for each decade of SMU’s existence, followed by celebratory peals. In addition, members of SMU’s Carillon Guild performed 100 mathematical sequences from the University carillon in the cupola atop Fondren Science Building.

The commemoration ceremony began at 10 a.m. with a change ringing ceremony, a celebratory bell tradition that dates to the Middle Ages. In “change ringing,” the bells produce a series of mathematical patterns called “changes” rather than a conventional melody.

The following 30 United Methodist churches participated in the bell ringing:

  • Chinn’s Chapel UMC, Lewisville
  • Custer Road UMC, Plano
  • First UMC Celina
  • First UMC Coppell
  • First UMC Dallas
  • First UMC Frisco
  • First UMC Gainesville
  • First UMC Grand Prairie
  • First UMC Irving
  • First UMC Lancaster
  • First UMC Richardson
  • First UMC Sherman
  • First UMC Sulphur Springs
  • First UMC Terrell
  • First UMC Tom Bean
  • First UMC Wichita Falls
  • Forestburg UMC
  • Grace UMC, Sherman
  • Highland Park UMC
  • Lovers Lane UMC
  • New Covenant UMC, Mesquite
  • Paradise UMC
  • Pleasant Valley UMC, Sachse
  • Plymouth Park UMC, Irving
  • Poetry UMC, Terrell
  • Ridgewood Park UMC, Irving
  • Saint Jo UMC
  • Whitewright/Marvin UMC
October 2, 2015|News|

Highland Park UMC establishes Umphrey Lee Professorship in Methodist History to honor SMU’s centennial

One of SMU’s oldest neighbors has given the University a lasting 100th birthday present.

A $1.5 million gift from Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC) will endow the Umphrey Lee Professorship in Methodist History, as well as support the HPUMC Future Church Leaders Program, in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. The announcement of the gift fell on the date of the SMU Centennial – Sept. 24, 2015 – allowing the University to celebrate its longstanding relationship with the church that held its first service on the SMU campus in 1916.

“Our church history dates back to the founding of SMU, but our relationship is more than just an overlapping of time and geography,” said Rev. Paul Rasmussen ’04, HPUMC senior pastor, during the University’s Centennial Convocation. “It is our privilege to endow this professorship and to support the growth of future church leaders as we prepare for future generations of congregants. The Perkins School of Theology is our partner in so many ways, and remains at the heart of the SMU tradition of outreach in the community and the world.”

The gift includes $1 million to establish the faculty position in the Perkins School of Theology, and $500,000 to support educational opportunities for individuals aspiring to serve in church leadership roles. Recipients of “future leaders” funding may include students enrolled in graduate, undergraduate, certificate or continuing education programs or courses across the University, with students identified and recommended by HPUMC.

“When it comes to Umphrey Lee, it’s hard to know where SMU ends and Highland Park United Methodist Church begins, because Rev. Lee served us both for so many years,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Our HPUMC neighbors are part of the SMU family and we feel a special sense of pride that this gift will support us in teaching the rich Methodist history that we share and help to prepare future church leaders.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate our combined centennials.”

Lee arrived at SMU in 1915, the first year classes were held on the Hilltop, and was elected the first student body president. He received his master’s degree as a member of SMU’s first graduating class in 1916. He served as pastor of HPUMC for 13 years, as SMU’s fourth president for 15 years (including during the World War II years) and as its chancellor after he stepped down as president. Over his lifetime he wrote 10 scholarly books on topics including Methodist history, the relationship between church and state, and pacifism in the context of the historic church.

“Umphrey Lee was a scholar of Methodist history who believed that the liberal arts should make students think about their responsibilities in society, and that a successful experience at Southern Methodist University would help instill personal and social values,” said Perkins Dean William B. Lawrence. “This gift from the congregation that Rev. Lee loved to the University that he also loved is a wonderful tribute to a man whose influence on SMU was transformational.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

October 1, 2015|News|

SMU reaches $1 billion Second Century Campaign goal; announcement made during Centennial Convocation

SMU President R. Gerald Turner has announced that SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign has reached its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule. He delivered the news on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the University’s Centennial Convocation in McFarlin Auditorium.

Read the full text of Dr. Turner’s Centennial Convocation address

The campaign’s official completion date is Dec. 31, 2015; campaign gifts will continue to be counted to that date.

The Centennial Convocation – gathering of volunteers, donors, alumni, civic leaders and other members of the campus and Dallas communities – was the official celebration of the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening on Sept. 24, 1915, as well as a rally for its future. The centennial is being celebrated during a weekend of Homecoming and other special events.

> Find a full schedule of Centennial Homecoming events

“This is a doubly historic day for us,” said President Turner. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening, we are pleased to announce unprecedented new support for our future. Our founders were forward-looking leaders, and they’d be pleased to see that today’s supporters are generously investing in our next century of achievement. These donors are truly the founders of our second century.”

> Find a summary of the advancements funded by the Second Century Campaign from SMU News

SMU is one of 34 private universities nationwide that has conducted a $1 billion gift campaign. Other institutions who have done so range from Columbia University and the University of Notre Dame to Emory and Vanderbilt universities.

The Dallas Morning News: SMU reaches $1 billion fundraising goal

“By raising $1 billion to support academic excellence, SMU joins distinguished company within the higher education community,” said Gerald J. Ford, SMU trustee and convening co-chair of the campaign. “This stature underscores the reality of our growth in quality and reputation. SMU is proving to be a wise and worthy investment, not only among donors, but also among the young people who will invest their futures with us as students.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

September 24, 2015|News|

SMU celebrates 100 years on the Hilltop with Centennial Homecoming Sept. 23-27, 2015

Centennial Countdown Concert 2015SMU celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first classes on campus with the 2015 Centennial Homecoming Sept. 23-27, 2015.

The Centennial theme, “Hundredth on the Hilltop,” honors the University’s history and the achievements of its students, alumni and faculty.

Hosted and organized by the SMU Student Foundation, the special events will include a concert and midnight countdown to SMU’s 100th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

On the anniversary day of Thursday, Sept. 24, the University will gather for special celebrations including a worship service, Centennial concert and Convocation, a State Fair of Texas-inspired picnic, and the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Traditional activities with a Centennial twist will include the Homecoming parade, tailgating on The Boulevard followed by the SMU-James Madison football game in Ford Stadium.

> Watch for livestreamed SMU Centennial events at smu.edu/live

> More info on SMU’s Centennial Homecoming game at smumustangs.com/gameday

SMU Centennial Homecoming events at a glance

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Centennial Countdown Concert exclusively for SMU alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff, featuring the Eli Young Band and special guest Cam, with a midnight countdown to SMU’s 100th anniversary on the Hilltop. Doors open 8:30 p.m., concert 9 p.m.-midnight in Moody Coliseum. [Countdown Concert]

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 – SMU’s 100th Birthday

Imperial BrassCentennial Worship Service led by Dean William B. Lawrence of SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, 8:30 a.m., Perkins Chapel. Seating is limited; arrive early or watch via webcast at smu.edu/live. [Worship Service]

Carillon bells honoring the 100th anniversary of the first day of classes on the SMU campus, 10 a.m., Fondren Science Building.

 Convocation Concert, Meadows Wind Ensemble, 10 a.m., McFarlin Auditorium.

Centennial Convocation Ceremony led by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, 10:30 a.m., McFarlin Auditorium. [Commemoration Ceremony]

Pealing of bells at Highland Park United Methodist Church and churches through Dallas-Fort Worth and the state of Texas in honor of the SMU Centennial, noon.

Centennial Picnic with a State Fair of Texas theme, featuring State Fair foods, carnival games and a greeting from Big Tex, noon, South Lawn, Clements Hall. Hosted by Aramark and open to all SMU community members and guests attending the Centennial Commemoration. [Centennial Picnic]

Distinguished Alumni Awards honoring Bess Fraser Enloe ’60, Donald F. Jackson ’63, Billie Ida Williamson ’74, and Emerging Leader Award recipient Rev. Dr. Michael Waters ’02, ’06, ’12, 7 p.m., Main Quad. [SMU DAA 2015]

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Stampede of ServiceCampaign Volunteer Meeting, a special gathering of SMU’s Second Century Campaign volunteers, 11:30 a.m., Main Quad. Invitation only. [Campaign Volunteer Meeting]

Centennial Stampede of Service, with 100 SMU students participating in service projects at 10 local nonprofit organizations including schools, libraries, food pantries and counseling centers representing SMU’s commitment to community service, beginning at 11:30 a.m. [More about #SMUServes]

State Fair of Texas 2015 Opening Parade featuring SMU Giants 10- and 12-foot marionettes and the Mustang Band, noon, downtown Dallas. [State Fair of Texas Parade route]

Campus and academic open houses in SMU’s schools, centers and libraries, 2-5 p.m. Visit the full Centennial Homecoming schedule for the most current individual listings.

Release party and reunion for the new Harold Jeskey biographyThe Man in the Red Tie, 2 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. [More about the Harold Jeskey event]

Willard Spiegelman reunion for friends and former students, 5 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. remarks, McCord Auditorium and 3rd-floor mezzanine, Dallas Hall. [More about the Willard Spiegelman event]

SMU Mustang Band, 'Pigskin Revue' Pigskin Revue, “A Century in Revue” – the 82nd edition of the annual variety show featuring SMU students in music, dance and comedy acts, with the Mustang Band playing new music as well as favorites from the past 100 years, 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are free for faculty, staff and students with SMU IDs, with no limit. Get yours at the Mustang Band table outside Hughes-Trigg Student Center. [More about Pigskin Revue]

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

• Tailgating on the Boulevard featuring Mustang Alley, the Mustang Walk to Ford Stadium, the Mustang Band and Cheer march, and food and beverage service, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Bishop Boulevard. [A guide to The Boulevard, including a map]

2014 Homecoming Parade, 'Dynamic Duos'• Homecoming Parade with the theme “Hundredth on the Hilltop,” in which students bring to life a themes from a past Homecoming beginning at 3 p.m. on Bishop Boulevard. [Homecoming Parade info]

• Homecoming Football Game featuring the SMU Mustangs vs. the James Madison Dukes, free Peruna bobbleheads for the first 5,000 attendees, a Ford Mustang giveaway courtesy of Bob Tomes Ford, a Centennial halftime performance by the Mustang Band, and a postgame Birthday Salute to SMU, 6 p.m., Ford Stadium. [More about the SMU Homecoming game and Birthday Salute]

Throughout the weekend

• Centennial lighting featuring ceremonial lighting of Dallas Hall, SMU’s East Campus Expressway Tower, and other landmark buildings throughout Dallas.

Mustang Mini Reunions for visiting alumni, current students, and other SMU community members. [More about Homecoming 2015 Mini Reunions]

 Museum and library exhibitions, including the Meadows Museum’s Treasures from the House of Alba, Hamon Arts Library’s Fashion Design Sketches by Nancy B. HamonSMU Centennial Hall, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime.

• Reunion gatherings throughout the weekend for the classes of ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00, ’05 and ’10. [More at smu.edu/reunions]

Hundredth on the Hilltop

 

September 23, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Year of the Student|
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