March 2, 2009
From VisionSMU newsletter
SMU’s resources for programs in teaching and learning received a critical boost with a gift of $20 million from Harold and Annette Caldwell Simmons ’57 in 2007, endow- ing the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
Now SMU has broken ground on a new home for the school that will gather many of its wide- ranging endeavors into a single, state-of-the art facility, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. The Simmons endowment provided the lead gift for the building, and SMU will raise additional funds to meet total project costs.
“It seems like a minute ago that this building was just a drawing,” said Mrs. Simmons at the groundbreaking in December. “And in another minute, it will have hundreds of students. What a day that will be.”
The school has moved quickly to realize the goals of the Simmons gift, says David Chard, the school’s Leon Simmons Endowed Dean. Over the past year, it has doubled the size of its doctoral program in educational research and expanded its Master of Science program in counseling. In September 2008, the school opened the Center for Family Counseling at the SMU-in-Legacy campus in Plano, and it recently added a branch of that center at the Resource Center of Dallas.
Supporting Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall will be a great way to honor teachers, President R. Gerald Turner says.
“One of the ways we will complete funding is to ask people to step forward to name every room in this building in honor of a teacher,” he says. To launch this effort, Turner has named the reading room in honor of his wife, Gail, a teacher for 13 years.
To learn about supporting the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, please contact Director of Development Patti Addington at 214-768-4844 or email@example.com.