The 2011-12 academic year was marked by a significant increase in SMU’s visibility both in the University’s profile as an institution and as a result of ongoing enhancements to our special campus.
The Second Century Celebration, which commemorates the centennials of SMU’s founding and opening, seemed a fitting time to report on the University’s long and successful partnership with the Dallas-Fort Worth region. For that reason, in April SMU published The Power of Partnership: SMU Community and Economic Impact Report, outlining the many ways that the University serves DFW as a resource.
Growing numbers of educational initiatives, such as the new Engaged Learning program, are further drawing attention to SMU’s role as an institution with a crucial role to play in the region. These programs enable students to enhance their educational experience by engaging with the community through independent research, job internships and participation in local cultural and community projects.
SMU’s physical visibility grew as the historic transformation of the campus continued. Construction progressed on the new Residential Commons Complex, which will provide additional housing for 1,250 students and represents a new campus model for student living and learning.
We launched a major renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum, to be completed in time for SMU’s entry into the BIG EAST athletic conference in 2013. And a “topping out” ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, held in October 2011, marked a major construction milestone for the facility, scheduled to open in spring 2013.
In addition, the Mustang football team’s third straight appearance in a nationally televised, postseason bowl game added to SMU’s growing national stature, increasing awareness of the University’s quality and supporting successful efforts to draw top students from throughout the United States.
Much of SMU’s progress is a direct result of support for The Second Century Campaign, which has made it possible for the University to continue its historic rise as an institution dedicated to educating tomorrow’s leaders and creating the new knowledge that will help meet tomorrow’s challenges.
This Annual Report chronicles SMU’s progress over the course of the 2011-12 fiscal year and highlights initiatives that will continue to define the University as it steps boldly into the future. I invite you to view the SMU Year in Review video. Thank you for all you have done to help SMU achieve such exciting momentum.
R. Gerald Turner