Campus Experience

Campus Experience

Tate Lecture Series brings notable speakers to the Hilltop

Katie Couric

The Tate Lecture Series once again brought global leaders, experts in a variety of fields and other speakers to campus throughout 2011-12. The series returns more than $700,000 to SMU annually and provides financial support for the prestigious President’s Scholars Program. Lecturers included former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III, journalists Fareed Zakaria and David Gergen, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, TV anchor Katie Couric, author Michael Pollan and astrophysicist and TV host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Six Mustang teams achieve 100 percent graduation rate

Six SMU teams – men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s soccer, equestrian, cross country and track and field – received perfect 100 percent graduation ratings in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate report released in October. All 15 of SMU’s varsity athletic programs were rated by the NCAA as equal to or better than the national average in rates of graduation.

Meadows Museum exhibitions feature masterworks

Meadows Exhibits

The Meadows Museum organized special exhibitions that drew thousands of visitors throughout 2011-12. Highlights included:

  • Ribera: Mary Magdalene in a New Context, featuring Jusepe de Ribera’s large mid-17th-century portrait of Mary Magdalene from the Prado Museum in Spain. The fall exhibition marked the second year of the Museum’s unprecedented international partnership with the Prado and also included other notable works by Ribera and his followers.
  • Calatrava and SMU, A Decade in Motion, the University’s contribution to a celebration honoring the opening of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas in March. The exhibition included a selection of Calatrava’s preliminary watercolor sketches, correspondence and mementos from the installation of Wave, a monumental sculpture owned by the Museum.
  • The Invention of Glory: Alfonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, a spring exhibition that featured the recently restored set of four monumental tapestries that commemorate the conquest of two strategically located cities in Morocco by King Alfonso V of Portugal (1432-1481).

George W. Bush Presidential Center moves toward completion

Bush Center

Construction continued on the George W. Bush Presidential Center throughout 2011-12, with the facility scheduled for completion in spring 2013. President Bush and former First Lady Laura Welch Bush ’68 hosted guests and honored construction workers at the Center’s “topping out” ceremony in October. Events sponsored by the Center, which houses the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute, were held throughout the year, and President Bush continued to visit SMU classes at the invitation of faculty. Some 17 SMU professors and lecturers taught in the inaugural Women’s Initiative Fellowship program of the Bush Institute, which drew female leaders from Egypt for leadership development.

Mustang teams reach postseason

The Mustang football team defeated the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, 28-6, in the 2012 BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama, in January – the third straight postseason bowl appearance by the team. Seven other Mustang teams advanced to postseason play in 2011-12, including men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, cross country, outdoor track and field and equestrian.

Athletics Hall of Fame 2012 Class

Athletics Hall of Fame

Two coaches and four athletes were inducted as the newest members of the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in May. Inductees were:

  • Karlin Kennedy Harris ’00, three-time All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) first team selection in women’s basketball who also was named 2000 WAC Player of the Year.
  • The late E.O. “Doc” Hayes, who coached men’s basketball from 1947-1967, leading teams to eight Southwest Conference (SWC) titles and six NCAA tournaments (advancing to the 1956 Final Four).
  • Louie Kelcher ’74, named as both an All-American and the SWC Player of the Year in football 1974, who went on to become a three-time NFL Pro-Bowler.
  • George “Coach Mac” McMillion, who coached the men’s swim team to eight consecutive SWC Championships from 1971-1979 and was named SWC Coach of the Year four times.
  • Richey Reneberg ’87, Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Singles Champion in 1986, who went on to win the 1992 U.S. Open Doubles Championship and the 1995 Australian Open Doubles Championship.
  • Ira Terrel ’76, SWC men’s basketball Player of the Year in 1976, who was named to the All-SWC First-Team each season at SMU.