August 7, 2007

SMU’s campus has been the site of numerous memorable occasions – and with the reopening of its historic and newly renovated Faculty Club, University alumni now can make Hilltop memories with their own special events.

Founded in 1921 as a social club for male faculty members to enjoy games of pool and bridge, the SMU Faculty Club merged with the Women’s Faculty Club in 1963. Remodeled and redecorated in 2006, the club provides an inviting setting for University programs and activities as well as private social and business events.

“The partnership between the Faculty Club and Alumni Relations is a good fit,” says Marc Valerin, president of the Factuly Club board and director of graduate admissions for SMU’s School of Engineering. “Through our distinguished luncheon series and our special themed dinners, we are able to give alumni the opportunity to stay connected with the University by participating in events that highlight academe and foster closer relationships between our faculty and our former students.”

Currently, alumni can join the Faculty Club, also home to the Office of Alumni Relations, for a $10 annual fee. The club is on Sorority Row at the northeast corner of Daniel Avenue and Durham Street, next door to the Gamma Phi Beta house. Alumni memberships include discounted rentals for business meetings, receptions, parties and other daytime or evening events.


The renovated Faculty Club includes new offices for the staff of Alumni Relations: (from left) Claudia Hendrix, Mindy Rowland, Jana Rentzel, Judy King, and Sherrill Jones.

Alumni rates for private rentals range from $100 for use of the library to $550 for use of the entire first floor. Other options include the president’s boardroom, the living room and a conference room. The dining room is equipped with an LCD projector and an audio system.
To learn more about rental, catering, floor plans, technical support, parking and Univer­sity policies, visit To make a reservation, contact Sherrill Jones at 214-768-1143 or e-mail

SMU offers other campus facilities for rent. To learn more about rates, parking and availability, contact:

James M. Collins Center for the Cox School of Business
Zakaria Benyacoub, director of facilities or 214-768-4462

Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
Judith Banes, director of recreational sports or 214-768-3368

Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Club and Outdoor Facilities
Ron Stevens, SMU Athletics or 214-768-1617

Hughes-Trigg Student Center
Theresa Remek, meetings and events coordinator or 214-768-4440

The Meadows Museum
Catherine Baetz, events manager or 214-768-4771

Moody Coliseum
Jim Osborne, SMU Athletics or 214-768-2106