Preserving Greek Mythology

KilinskiBookWhen Distinguished Teaching Professor of Art History Karl Kilinski died in January 2011, he left his completed manuscript for a book, Greek Myth and Western Art: The Presence of the Past, under contract with Cambridge University Press. Soon after, a team of his art history colleagues – Janis Bergman-Carton, Britten LaRue, Lisa Pon, Pamela Patton and Eric White – undertook the task of finalizing the manuscript and its illustrations for publication. The book, which examines the legacy of Greek mythology in Western art from the classical era to the present, was published by Cambridge in November 2012. Available at online booksellers.


$25 Million Gift Supports New Building, Academic Positions

Dean David Chard (left) with Annette and Harold Simmons, whose new gift of $25 million will support a new building and academic positions.
Dean David Chard (left) with Annette and Harold Simmons, whose new gift of $25 million will support a new building and academic positions.

Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons have committed a gift of $25 million to SMU’s School of Education and Human Development named in her honor. Their gift will fund a new building for the expanding programs of the school and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named Harold Clark Simmons Hall, at Mrs. Simmons’ request.

In 2007 the Simmons made a historic $20 million gift to SMU, which established endowments for the school and provided funding for a new building, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. The gift created an endowed graduate fellowship fund and an endowed deanship and faculty recruitment fund, both of which honored Mr. Simmons’ parents, who were educators in Golden, Texas.

Their combined gifts of $45 million to the school make Harold and Annette Simmons’ commitment among the largest to SMU’s Second Century Campaign, also making them among the most generous donors in the University’s 100-year history. Previous gifts include the endowment of four President’s Scholars and the creation of the Simmons Distinguished Professorship in Marketing in the Cox School of Business.

“Since its creation less than a decade ago, the Simmons School has made significant and rapid contributions addressing the challenges facing schools and educators,” says President R. Gerald Turner. “Harold and Annette Simmons have established an enduring legacy of service and generosity benefitting SMU and have shown great foresight by supporting education.”

The Second Century Campaign coincides with celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915. Counting the Simmons’ new gift, the campaign has raised $732.5 million toward a goal of $750 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

Harold Simmons says, “We have been pleased to see the rapid progress the school has made in developing programs aimed at addressing the greatest challenges in our nation’s schools. Our investment has resulted in the formation of innovative programs for education and human development, the hiring of outstanding faculty leading research that makes a difference, and growing outreach to communities with solutions that work. This progress is worthy of continued investment, which we are pleased to lead.”

In the past six years, the school has expanded from one department and several programs to five departments – Teaching and Learning, Education Policy and Leadership, CounselingDispute Resolution, Applied Physiology and Wellness, and Master of Liberal Studies program – offering eight graduate degree programs and one undergraduate degree program. The school has grown from 13 to 62 faculty members and from 42 to 112 staff members. Research funding has increased to $18 million since 2007. In addition, the school hosts research conferences and provides continuing education to teachers throughout North Texas.

The school also has developed community outreach programs that complement degree programs. These include the Center on Communities and Education that includes The School Zone in West Dallas, an initiative among SMU, not-for-profit agencies, Dallas Independent School District and businesses to improve school performance, raise graduation rates, and increase college readiness in the economically distressed area.

Others include the Center on Research and Evaluation, the Institute for Evidence-based Education, Research in Mathematics Education and college access programs. In addition, the Simmons School has appointed a faculty member in global health who is a concurrent fellow at the George W. Bush Institute. The school also partners with the Bush Institute on two education initiatives – Middle School Matters and The Alliance to Reform Education Leadership.

“This extraordinary gift enables our school to leave a more durable imprint as we increase its capacity for making an impact,” says David Chard, Leon Simmons dean of Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. “The new building and endowed faculty positions will enable us to expand dramatically the scope and quality of our teaching, research and service.”


Gifts Totaling $8.5 Million Support Renovation Of Two Libraries

The renovation and updating of two SMU libraries will be advanced through gifts totaling $8.5 million from family foundations that have supported University libraries for most of SMU’s 100-year history. The J.S. Bridwell Foundation of Wichita Falls is providing a lead gift of $7.5 million for renovation and expansion of Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology. The Fondren Foundation of Houston has pledged $1 million to name the Centennial Reading Room as part of the renovation of Fondren Library Center. Further funding is being sought for both projects.

A conceptual rendering of the Fondren Centennial Reading Room.
A conceptual rendering of the Fondren Centennial Reading Room.

SMU is celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915. The year 2013 has been designated as the Year of the Library, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of SMU’s library collections. The University’s nine libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest, which last month reached four million volumes.

Bridwell Library
The lead gift of $7.5 million from the Bridwell Foundation will make it possible for renovations of Bridwell Library to include consolidating special collections, relocating the special collections reading room, increasing study carrels and small group study rooms for Perkins theology students, improving handicapped accessibility and providing multipurpose space for instruction, study and lectures. The renovations also will create an archives processing and digital lab.

Bridwell Library, which was dedicated in 1950 as part of the new Perkins School of Theology complex, was provided through a gift from Wichita Falls rancher J.S. Bridwell and his daughter, Margaret Bridwell Bowdle, a 1948 SMU graduate. Bridwell continued to support the Library, particularly in the acquisition of rare books, until his death in 1966. The J.S. Bridwell Foundation, which he established, provided funding for the renovation and enlargement of the Library in 1988. The Bridwell Foundation has continued to support acquisitions, programs and renovations of the Library through the years.

With more than 370,000 volumes, Bridwell Library houses one of the nation’s finest research collections in theology and religious studies. Its outstanding collection of rare books and manuscripts includes over 50,000 items dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Among the special collections are the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Bible Collection and the largest collection in the United States of manuscript letters written by John Wesley.

Fondren Library Center
Renovation of Fondren Library Center will update the facility as a center of interactive technology and a vital gathering place on campus. In addition to expansion of spaces for individual and group study, the project will bring together the many special collections currently distributed throughout the Fondren Library complex in a redesigned Special Collections Research Center, providing exhibit areas and increasing access to its resources.

A prominent feature of the renovation will be the restoration of the grand reading room, to be known as the Fondren Centennial Reading Room.

The original Fondren Library, which opened in 1940, was provided through a gift from W.W. and Ella Fondren of Houston. Both served on the SMU Board of Trustees, and she was the first woman to serve on the board. Fondren was the first stand-alone library and the first air-conditioned building on campus. After her husband’s death, Ella Fondren and the Fondren Foundation funded the Fondren Library East addition in 1968. The Fondren Foundation also supported renovation and naming of the Texana Room in the original Fondren Library and in 1999 funded the addition of Fondren Library Center, a building that connects Fondren Library East and West and the Science Information Center. Mrs. Fondren and the Fondren Foundation also funded the Fondren Science Building and the Memorial Health Center.

Fondren Library Center is the primary information resource facility for SMU students and faculty. It holds more than three million print volumes covering the humanities, social sciences, business, education, science and engineering, many of which also are available electronically.

For more information about the library renovations or to make a gift, contact Paulette Mulry ’83, director of development, Central University Libraries, 214-768-1741 or; Todd Rasberry ’90, director of development, Perkins School of Theology,, 214-768-3166.


Gift Endows Meadows Museum Director Position

Linda and William Custard have made a $1 million gift to endow the director position of the Meadows Museum held by Mark Roglán (seated).
Linda and William Custard have made a $1 million gift to endow the director position of the Meadows Museum. Current director Mark Roglán (seated) will be the first to hold the endowed director position.

A $1 million gift from Linda and William Custard of Dallas will establish and endow the position of Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts. An additional $1 million from The Meadows Foundation will add to the endowment.

The Centennial chair supports one of the Second Century Campaign’s highest priorities, bringing SMU’s endowed academic positions to 93 toward a goal of 100. The Centennial designation is a special gift category during SMU’s 100th anniversary commemoration, 2011-15. Centennial endowments include operational funding to support the immediate needs of a scholarship or academic position while the principal of the endowment matures.

Mark A. Roglán, who has served as director of the Meadows Museum since 2006, will be the first to hold the endowed director position.

As Meadows Museum Advisory Board chair since 2009, Linda Custard has worked closely with Roglán in developing and expanding Museum programs. “Mark Roglán has enhanced the Meadows Museum’s international stature with important new programs, such as a partnership with the Prado Museum in Madrid,” she says. “I have been privileged to assist him in implementing some of his exciting plans for the Museum.”

Linda Custard has served SMU and its arts programs in numerous roles. A member of the SMU Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2012, she serves on the Campaign Steering Committee for the Meadows School of the Arts and its Executive Board, which she chaired from 2006 to 2010. She also serves as vice chair for special events of the Second Century Celebration of SMU’s 100th anniversary from 2011-2015. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She served as chair of the Jubilee Opening of SMU’s Greer Garson Theatre in 1992 and as chair of the International Festival of Opening Events for the new Meadows Museum in 2001.

“Linda Custard has a strong commitment to the arts in Dallas and at SMU,” says Linda Evans, president and CEO of The Meadows Foundation. “Her tireless efforts were a major factor in the success of the opening festival for the new Meadows Museum.”

Linda Custard received an M.B.A. degree from SMU in 1999. She received the Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award and SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She is a two-time recipient of the Outstanding Trustee Award given by the SMU Students’ Association.

William Custard earned a B.B.A. degree in banking and finance from SMU in 1957. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Maguire Energy Institute in Cox School of Business and has served on the Executive Board of the Cox School. He was honored with the Cox School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Linda Custard is a general partner for Custard/Pitts Land and Cattle Company, a real estate and energy company based in Dallas. William Custard is president and CEO of Dallas Production Inc., a privately held oil and gas operating company. A member of the National Petroleum Council, he is adviser to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

In addition to their new gift to SMU, the Custards, along with Linda’s father, the late L. Frank Pitts, have provided support for President’s Scholarships and the Custard Meadows Scholar Endowment Fund. In Cox School of Business, they have supported the L. Frank Pitts Oil and Gas Lecture Series, the L. Frank Pitts Oil and Gas Scholars and the L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award.

The Custards have provided leadership to Dallas civic and arts organizations. Linda Custard serves on the boards of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. William Custard is a life trustee and board chair of the Dallas Theater Center and served as president of United Cerebral Palsy of Dallas and Texas. Both were recipients of the TACA/Neiman Marcus Silver Cup Award for contributions to the arts. Linda Custard also received the Hearts of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Volunteer Center of North Texas.

The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, with works dating from the 10th to the 21st centuries. The Museum attracts approximately 60,000 visitors annually.

Mark A. Roglán, a native of Madrid, worked at Madrid’s Prado Museum before coming to the Meadows Museum in 2001, after earning a master’s and doctoral degrees in Spain. In 2010 King Juan Carlos I of Spain knighted Roglán for his contributions to the arts and culture. The Dallas Historical Society honored him with its Award for Excellence in Community Service-Arts Leadership in 2011. He received an M.B.A. degree from Cox School of Business in May 2013.


$1.5 Million Gift To Fund Endowed Chair In Art History

KleinheinzA $1.5 million gift from the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education will establish an endowed chair in the Division of Art History at Meadows School of the Arts. The gift supports a major goal of SMU’s Second Century Campaign to endow 100 faculty positions.

The Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education is a private charitable foundation supported through generous contributions from Marsha and John B. Kleinheinz of Fort Worth (left). Their daughter, Marguerite, graduated from SMU in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in art history.

“We are very impressed with Marguerite’s experience at the Meadows School and SMU,” says Marsha Kleinheinz, president of the family foundation. “We want to support the future of the University that is so important to our family.”

John B. Kleinheinz, a Stanford University graduate, started his career as an investment banker engaged in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions for Nomura Securities and Merrill Lynch in Tokyo, New York and London. In 1996 he established Kleinheinz Capital Partners, Inc., a private investment management firm in Fort Worth.

Marsha Kleinheinz earned a B.B.A. degree from SMU in 1983. She is involved in several charitable organizations, including Gill Children’s Services, The Warm Place, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Van Cliburn Foundation, among others.

“Our art history faculty are doing remarkable new things that will change the way art is studied,” says Meadows Dean José Bowen. “With this generous gift, we will be able to recruit and retain outstanding professors and continue to enhance our reputation as one of the very best art history departments in the country.”


Law Alumni Reinvest In SMU, Dallas Through Professorship

WareGiftLes Ware and Amy Abboud Ware (left) have given $1 million to SMU Dedman School of Law not only to establish an endowed professorship at their alma mater, but also to reinvest in their home city of Dallas. “Great cities need great universities, and great universities need great professors,” Amy Ware says. “They make the city a better place.”

Though the gift is from the couple, Les Ware says it was clear why the Amy Abboud Ware Professorship should bear his wife’s name. “Amy left a successful practice to raise our four children. I wanted to honor her legal accomplishments,” he says of her criminal defense work, which led to her being named one of the first female presidents of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

The Wares support several law school programs and funds, including the Amy Abboud and Leslie Ware Emergency Loan Fund, the Dedman School of Law Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues, the Law Dean’s Discretionary Fund, the Law Library Book Fund, and law school class reunions. They also contribute to the SMU Fund, Meadows School of the Arts and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Les Ware founded The Ware Firm, with offices in Dallas and Marshall, Texas, which specialized in patent and intellectual property and telecommunications law. He founded PanOptis IP, a patent acquisition and management firm, and owns private real estate investment and development firms.

The Wares serve on the executive board and campaign steering committee for Dedman School of Law; Amy Ware serves on the campaign steering committee for Dedman College.

Through the Amy and Les Ware Foundation, the couple supports children’s health, education and shelter. Amy Ware also has served on the board of trustees for St. Mark’s School of Texas, has been a member of the Dallas Museum Art League and a trustee for Dallas Children’s Theatre.

The Wares, both under 50, hope their gift will inspire other young professionals to give to SMU, says Amy Ware ’87, ’90, who holds a B.A. in foreign languages and a B.F.A. in communication arts from SMU and a J.D. from Dedman School of Law. Les Ware ’89, ’92 holds a B.S. in political science from SMU and a J.D. from Dedman School of Law.

The Wares say their time at SMU not only allowed them to succeed in their careers but also led to their meeting, marrying and building a family, a combination they say has been “the ultimate gift.”


Recent Gifts Enrich Hamon Arts Library Collections

Two recent gifts will expand the special collections housed in the Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library at SMU. A gift of personal materials from the estate of Dallas philanthropist and arts patron Nancy Hamon includes $1 million to endow, preserve and exhibit the collection. In addition, a planned estate gift of movie archives valued at $1.5 million has been made by film historian and collector Jeff Gordon.

Film historian and collector Jeff Gordon with one of the posters from his collection that was included in the spring exhibition, "Linda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood," at Hamon Arts Library.
Film historian and collector Jeff Gordon with one of the posters from his collection that was included in the spring exhibition, “Linda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood,” at Hamon Arts Library.

Nancy Hamon, who died in 2011, provided $5 million in 1988 to establish the Hamon Arts Library, which opened in 1990. A branch of SMU’s Central University Libraries, it houses materials supporting the visual, performing and communication arts in Meadows School of the Arts. Its archives include the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection, which will house the Gordon Collection, and the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, where the Hamon materials are located.

The Hamon materials include photograph albums, diaries, records of Nancy Hamon’s elaborate theme parties in the 1950s and ’60s, memorabilia, personal correspondence with seven U.S. presidents and other prominent leaders, and materials related to her husband’s long career in the oil business.

The Gordon collection bequeathed to SMU includes hundreds of original movie posters, over 1,000 other film-related advertising materials, more than 15,000 35-millimeter slides of movie memorabilia, several thousand original movie photos, a 16-millimeter film collection with more than 200 features, more than 20 Warner Bros. cartoons, 100 television programs and a large group of Elvis Presley materials. The Gordon archives focus primarily on movies made from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Although the entire collection will not be transferred to SMU until a future date, Gordon curated a Linda Darnell exhibition at Hamon this spring as a sneak preview of his collection. The exhibition included posters, photographs and materials from recently acquired scrapbooks of Darnell, a Dallas native who grew up in Oak Cliff and became a major movie star in the 1940s. Her career peaked with Forever Amber in 1947.

Gordon, whose interest in film dates to his childhood, earned degrees in film production and cinema studies at New York University. In 1984 he formed Jagarts, a business dealing with the history of American movies. Since 2004 he has operated a film group in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is the author of Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari.


New Library Resources Available For SMU Alumni

A new portal for SMU Libraries Alumni Services and additional offerings for alumni are now available at The link features several new online resources for alumni including JSTOR, Project Muse, and Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism:

JSTOR provides image and full-text online access to back issues of almost 2,000 scholarly journals.

Project MUSE provides access to 300+ high-quality, scholarly journals that are 100 percent full-text from a wide range of disciplines.

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism is a full-text searchable database of articles on individual critics and theorists covering various countries and historical periods.

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Commencement On The Historic Main Quad


The SMU alumni population grew by more than 1,500 on May 17 as the University bestowed undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees at its spring Commencement ceremony.

As part of SMU’s Centennial Commemoration, 2011-15, the ceremony was held on the main quad for the first time in several decades. Typically held in Moody Coliseum, the ceremony will move back to that venue in 2014. School and departmental degree-granting ceremonies followed in the afternoon and evening.

Graduation2013Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (above, far left) delivered an upbeat Commencement address and received an honorary doctor of engineering degree recognizing her distinguished public career and leadership in supporting higher education. Hutchison’s honorary degree citation noted that she was the first woman to represent Texas in the United States Senate, where she advanced science, technology, engineering and math education.

“SMU is an entrepreneurial university in an entrepreneurial city,” she told the graduates. “It represents the can-do spirit – the we-can-do-anything mentality that has been your experience and that you take with you into your career to guide you through the minefields of life.” She closed with: “Class of 2013, the best of your life is yet to come, and you are ready!”

Other honorary degrees were awarded to James Robert (Bob) Biard, Doctor of Science, who received the world’s first patent for the light emitting diode (LED); Swanee Hunt, Doctor of Humane Letters, founder and president of the Institute for Inclusive Security and former ambassador to Austria; Francis Christopher Oakley, Doctor of Humane Letters, former president of Williams College who led development of the tutorial form of instruction; and Bryan A. Stevenson, Doctor of Humane Letters, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

Also participating in Commencement were members of the Class of 1963 celebrating their 50-year reunion (above, far right).

“Commencement allows us to celebrate our SMU graduates’ achievements and look forward with them to the future,” said President R. Gerald Turner. “By awarding honorary degrees, we also recognize individuals who have made important contributions to academia and society.”

Aerial photo by Rael Lubner

SMU Task Force Addresses National Campus Issue

SMU President R. Gerald Turner has accepted the recommendations of a task force he appointed to ensure that the University follows the best practices in dealing with the national issue of sexual misconduct, which has gained increased visibility in higher education, the military and other institutions.

“Colleges and universities are required by the federal government to investigate allegations and hold violators accountable through an internal grievance procedure,” Turner says. “Even without such requirements, SMU is committed to fostering a healthy learning environment based on mutual respect, responsible behavior and fair treatment of all students.”

“We learned that SMU has in place policies and procedures that align with national benchmarks,” says Task Force chair Kelly Compton ’79, SMU trustee and chair of the Board’s Committee on Student Affairs. “We also found areas that should be improved or more effectively addressed with new measures, particularly programs promoting education, training and communication.”

The 20-member task force included external experts, among them a representative of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the executive director of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Initiative, as well as SMU students, faculty and staff members.

Calling on parents to be “our partners in encouraging personal responsibility and accountability,” the task force said parents should be “allies in SMU’s effort to develop comprehensive student training and educational programs….”

The Office of Student Affairs will oversee implementation of the recommendations in cooperation with several departments, ranging from SMU Police and Counseling and Psychiatric Services, to the Office of the Chaplain and Women’s Center for Pride and Gender Initiatives.

Several Task Force recommendations were implemented during the past year, such as expanding information on SMU’s website. The full report and news release summary are available at