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About Student Foundation


Student Foundation's mission is to provide quality traditional programming that will build community on the SMU campus, strengthen relationships with alumni and friends of the university, and foster student leadership.


Begun in 1973, Student Foundation was formed an organization in which students could come together in support of SMU.  First with the annual fundraising event, Telefund, and later introducing Parents’ Weekend (Family Weekend), the Manata Festival which today is known as Mane Event, Student Foundation quickly became the campus’s largest programming body.  As the Administration saw the strengths of the organization, greater responsibilities such as Homecoming, University Ambassadors, Celebration of Lights and the Tate Lecture Series were added to Student Foundation’s repertoire of activities.  Today, 43 years after its creation, Student Foundation upholds the traditions of the past with a look to our dynamic future.