November 12, 2009
SMU faculty and staff launched their participation in The Second Century Campaign September 3 with kickoff events throughout the day. The launch culminated with an all-University celebration in Umphrey Lee Ballroom hosted by President R. Gerald Turner.
By mid-September, more than 50 percent of all faculty and staff had contributed or made a pledge, exceeding the campaign’s stated goal of25-percent participation for the fiscal year. Participation is spearheaded by the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, which includes representatives from all seven schools plus Athletics, Business and Finance, Central University Libraries, Development and External Affairs, President’s Office, Provost/Academic Affairs and Legal Affairs, and Student Affairs.
The committee is led by co-chairs Harold W. Stanley, Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair in American Politics and Political Economy in Dedman College, and Julie A. Wiksten ’78, ’92, executive director of SMU Auxiliary Services.
“I have heard strong statements of commitment and connection to SMU from faculty and staff members across the board,” says Stanley. “Other donors can take as testimonial the enthusiasm with which our faculty and staff members give back.”
Stanley says the committee wants to match alumni giving goals of 25-percent participation annually and 50-percent participation during the campaign.
“I’m motivated by my connections to the University,” says Wiksten. “I’ve dedicated so much of my life to SMU that it seems a wise investment to put my money into making SMU the best it can be.”.
The first year of The Second Century Campaign’s public phase was filled with celebrations and events marking campaign progress. Here is a timeline recapping some of the year’s most significant developments.
September 11–12 Campaign kickoff
The University launches The Second Century Campaign with a series of events that celebrate the historic and ambitious effort. Later events around the U.S. and in Mexico also mark the campaign launch and spread word of campaign goals.
September 28 Mexico City kickoff
October 14 Los Angeles kickoff
October 15 Atlanta kickoff
October 17 Naming of Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering
SMU recognizes Bobby B. Lyle, Dallas entrepreneur and industry leader, for his leadership and generosity.
October 20 New York City kickoff
October 23 Chicago kickoff
November 6–8 Homecoming
Reunion class giving to The Second Century Campaign tops $4 million for the year.
December 5 Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall Groundbreaking
A year after celebrating a $20 million gift from Harold C. Simmons and Annette Caldwell Simmons ’57, SMU breaks ground on the building that will house Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
January 28 Houston kickoff
The campaign is celebrated in Houston, four months after Hurricane Ike forced postponement of the original launch party event.
April 19 “Remember the Ladies!”
A celebration featuring prominent Texas women marks the halfway point on the way to raising $1 million for Archives of Women of the Southwest, housed in DeGolyer Library.
April 24 Cox Endowment Hall of Donors
Cox School of Business unveils 113 plaques placed in the Fincher Building main hall honoring donors who have established endowments to strengthen faculty and academic excellence and student quality.
April 24 President’s Associates and Hilltop Society launch
Donor recognition societies are established to encourage the broadest possible yearly participation in The Second Century Campaign by alumni, parents and friends.
April 24 President’s Briefing
President R. Gerald Turner delivers the first annual report on SMU’s fiscal year, highlighting campaign progress in advancing student quality, faculty and academic achievement and the campus experience.
May 31 Record Giving
Alumni help SMU finish the fiscal year with the University’s largest-ever yearly giving total.
June 15 Golf Center groundbreaking
The University breaks ground on the new SMU Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center at the Dallas Athletic Club.
July 24 Taos dedication
The University dedicates new student housing at SMU-in-Taos, making possible the first fall semester of classes at SMU’s Northern New Mexico campus.
September 4 Mustang Plaza and Mall dedication
SMU dedicates the new plaza and mall linking Moody Coliseum with Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.
September 11 Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall dedication
SMU dedicates the new 20,000-square-foot Perkins School of Theology facility and the renovation of Kirby and Selecman halls.
September 12 Milestone
SMU celebrates the anniversary of The Second Century Campaign kickoff and announces that the University has exceeded the halfway mark toward its $750 million campaign goal.