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SMU has the facilities that you need for an exceptional conference.

We have multimedia equipped classrooms and meeting spaces ranging from those small conference rooms for your break-out sessions to large lecture halls for when everyone needs to hear the keynote speaker. Of course, all of that intensive learning and collaborating builds an appetite. Options for eating on campus are flexible to meet your needs. Whether your conference merits a catered gourmet meal in one of our grand ballrooms, prefers the wide and plentiful variety of our dining center, or simply needs a food-court atmosphere for a quick working meal, we’ll let you decide how best to re-energize.

Check out the exciting venues SMU Conference Services has to offer.

 For those of you here during the summer months, fully experience the unique atmosphere of a university campus in our comfortable residence hall rooms for rest and relaxation. At SMU, our residential facilities feature a variety of room types and shared bathroom styles along with these common features: Common areas for study and social activities, Computer Connections via Ethernet and Wireless Connections, 24-Hour Exterior Card Access System, Air Conditioned, Laundry Rooms with Washers & Dryers, Microwave Ovens Available in the building,Rooms are furnished with bed, dresser, desk and desk chair per occupancy, and Carpeted Rooms.

 Hughes-Trigg Student Center, the focal point for student activities at Southern Methodist University, was conceived through a $10 million donation from Charles and Catharine Hughes-Trigg. The Triggs met and fell in love more than 65 years ago precisely where the Center stands today. The 112,000 square-foot center, which opened in October 1987, features a variety of services and a range of resources to meet the daily needs of conference participants. The main level of the Center is highlighted by a two-story glass ceiling atrium. The three story building has a 500-seat theater, a multipurpose ballroom, a 100-seat tiered classroom-style forum, and ten meeting rooms. Additionally, guests can enjoy the Pollock Art Gallery, wireless Internet throughout the building, relaxing lounges and several retail operations. Postal services, an ATM machine, and a barber shop are only a few of the conveniences offered. Hungry visitors may choose from one of the many dining options operated by SMU Dining Services, and conveniently located inside the Center.

However, please remember what they say about “all work and no play.” To that end, we invite you to enjoy the multitude of activities available at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports is the perfect space for the more active and athletically inclined, special conference rates enable your group to take advantage of our state-of-the-art recreational center with a full resistance training and cardio area, indoor basketball, soccer, and racquetball courts, indoor lap pool, outdoor sunning pool, outdoor sand volleyball courts, and even a rock-climbing wall for the adventurer in all of us. If team sports are more to your liking, perhaps one of our outdoor football, soccer, or intramural fields will quench your thirst for competition. 

For those looking for some mental massaging, we would suggest to be sure to see the Meadows Museum, home to one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. With works dating from the 10th to the 21st century, the internationally renowned collection presents a broad spectrum of art covering a thousand years of Spanish heritage.The museum is also always a hotspot for various touring exhibits. Past exhibits have included the Balenciaga dress collection, Etruscan treasures from Tuscany, and lost manuscripts from the Sistine Chapel to name just a few. With an active program of tours, educational outreach, weekend family days and a summer art program for young people, the Meadows Museum plays an important role as an educational and cultural center in North Texas. 

 Our campus is also the home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Located on a 23-acre site on the east side of campus, the Bush Center houses the Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute.The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th such resource in the nation operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, a federal agency. The George W. Bush Institute, an independent public policy organization, reports to the Bush Foundation. All three occupy a 226,565-square-foot-building surrounded by grounds featuring Texas prairie landscaping.The archives and artifacts of the George W. Bush Administration include 80 terabytes of digital information, more than 200 million e-mails and more than 43,000 artifacts.

 The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom is a 5,400 square foot ballroom renovated for the Umphrey Lee Center. The Grand Ballroom is a premium space for large presentations, dinners, lectures and gatherings. Opened in 1955, the Mack Grand Ballroom was renovated in 2010 and features contemporary seating, updated heating and air conditioning and state-of-the-art audio/visual systems. New energy-efficient windows allow natural light to spill in during the daytime, while evening light is provided in part by silver chandeliers that can be raised and lowered from the coffered ceiling. Detailed Georgian architectural crown molding and brackets finish the room

 The Owen Arts Center was designed by architect George L. Dahl and consists of three main buildings: Mudge Art Building, Forbes Music Building and the Ruth Sharp Collins Drama Building. The center is home to dance, music and theatre performance and rehearsal spaces, art galleries and studios,The inspiring and challenging environment creates a nexus of energy, creativity and commitment.The center's unique architecture makes it an ideal space for receptions, dinners and lectures, The Owen Arts Center makes a great addition to conference facilities during the summer months when classes are not in session.

 Central University Libraries. With more than three million volumes and the largest private law library in the Southwest, along with numerous special collections, losing yourself in SMU's library system is one of the best guilty pleasures the Hilltop has to offer. The Bridwell Theology Library galleries regularly feature exhibitions of rare materials from their own collection and collections throughout the world. Central University Libraries includes Fondren Library Center, DeGolyer Special Collections, and Hamon Arts Library.The SMU libraries also provide quiet, comfortable study areas and wireless access. 

 The choices for your conference at SMU are almost limitless, the possibilities are exciting, and we are here just waiting for you!