Left to Right: Brad E. Cheves, Ruth Altshuler, R. Gerald Turner

Renowned civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler has died

Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, a renowned civic and philanthropic leader as well as an SMU alumna and longtime supporter, died Dec. 8, leaving a legacy of leadership, friendship and generosity focused on institutions dedicated to improving lives.

Sonny Dykes named new head football coach at SMU

Sonny Dykes has been named the head football coach at SMU, director of Athletics Rick Hart announced Monday, Dec. 11. Dykes arrives on the Hilltop after head coaching stints at Cal and Louisiana Tech. Dykes spent four seasons at Cal (2013-16) and three seasons at Louisiana Tech (2010-12).

New study examines health of arts and cultural organizations

Overall, the report shows that it has become increasingly difficult for arts and cultural organizations to break even, a trend that is particularly alarming given the current period of economic growth in the U.S.

STEM designation granted for SMU Cox Master of Science in Finance Degree

The SMU Cox Master of Science in Finance degree (MSF) will be STEM-designated beginning in the fall semester of 2018. This means the SMU Cox MSF program now falls under fields of study considered to be science, technology, engineering and math.

Hunt gift to endow SMU’s signature Hunt Leadership Scholars Program

A $15 million gift from the Nancy Ann Hunt Foundation will ensure the long-term support of the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program, which is one of SMU’s signature scholarship programs attracting academically talented student leaders from throughout the United States.

Moody Foundation gift to support SMU arts facility renovation and education research

A $1 million gift from the Moody Foundation will support renovation of Meadows School of the Arts facilities and key education research by Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Campus Cultural Intelligence Initiative

SMU announces the formal launch of our strategic initiative, the Campus Cultural Intelligence Initiative (CIQ@SMU). We believe that CIQ@SMU offers added value to our graduates by enabling them to become more skilled at working in diverse environments here and beyond the campus.

SMU’s growth, achievements are an investment in Dallas

SMU President R. Gerald Turner’s message to a group of business and civic leaders gathered at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas was simple and clear: return on the investment in SMU made by Dallas leaders more than 100 years ago continues to be strong.

Campus Events


December Commencement at SMU

December Commencement took place in Moody Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 16. Degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs attended the event and Bush Presidential Center CEO Ken Hersh presented the main address.

March 12-18: Spring Break

April 20, 2018: Amazon CEO to speak at SMU

Campus Exhibits

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617–1682),' Jacob Laying Peeled Rods before the Flocks of Laban,' c. 1665. Oil on canvas. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Algur H. Meadows Collection, MM.67.27. Photo by Michael Bodycomb

Exhibition celebrates 400th anniversary

December of 2017 witnesses the 400th birthday of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), luminary of Golden Age Seville. The Meadows Museum is in possession of five of this star painter’s works, more paintings by him than any other museum in the United States. Exhibition runs through Dec. 2, 2018.

  Martin Luther in the Age of Print — through Dec. 15