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Available Naming Opportunities

As SMU concludes the celebration of its centennial in 2015, the University is seeking major gift commitments to support the $17 million renovation of Fondren Library. The following naming opportunities are remaining and an ideal way to support the renovation while honoring a current or former student, influential faculty member or SMU legacy family. Gifts may be paid over a period of up to five years.


Recognition Amount
Collaborative Commons and Starbucks® $1 million

This expansive space is accessed directly from the main quad and the Laura Bush Promenade. It provides areas for individual and group study, interactive technology and informal gathering. The Starbucks® will serve as a convenient and attractive amenity that will draw students, faculty and staff from across the campus.

Foyer $500,000

The Foyer will be a gracious and inspiring space that will welcome thousands of library guests each year and serve as a venue for special events. The Foyer provides primary access to the grand public rooms on the main level and to research areas on the third floor.

Additional Funding Opportunities Gift Amount
Office of Information Technology (OIT) Help Desk $250,000
Librarian Offices (2) $25,000

Fondren Foundation Centennial Reading Room

In honor of SMU’s centennial celebration, the University has commissioned custom-designed, handcrafted Moser tables and chairs to reestablish Fondren Centennial Reading Room as one of the campus' signature spaces. You can be a part of this final project of The Second Century Celebration by naming a furniture piece in the Fondren Foundation Centennial Reading Room. A plaque mounted on each named table or chair will recognize the donor or honor a current or former student, influential faculty member or SMU family.

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Large Table (7 available) $5,000
Lounge Chair (3 available) $1,500
Reading Chair (53 available) $500