SMU Unbridled: The Second Century
Campaign, a five-year $750 million fund-raising effort launched Sept. 12, 2008,
seeks endowment in three areas:
$200 million for Student
- Expand scholarship programs
to attract the brightest students. Campaign quiet phase gifts have added 175
new endowed scholarships, including an expansion of current merit
scholarship programs. These gifts include 12 new President's Scholars,
making a total of 100, and 26 new Hunt Leadership Scholars, for a total of
- Create innovative
scholarships within individual schools and disciplines, such as the Perrine
Scholars in English and the Edwin L. Cox B.B.A. Scholars Program, both
endowed through campaign quiet phase gifts.
- Expand opportunities to
study abroad, by providing scholarships and adding to the current 30
programs offered in 16 countries throughout Europe and in Asia, Australia
and Africa, as well as Mexico.
- Establish new programs that
foster leadership skills and personal development. SMU students now gain
leadership experience through nearly 180 campus organizations.
- Increase fellowships and
support for graduate students. SMU currently offers 127 graduate and
professional degree programs, including 25 doctorates.
$350 million for Faculty and
Academic Excellence to:
- Increase to 100 the number
of endowed academic positions, including department chairs and deanships.
Starting with 62 endowed positions in 2006, the quiet phase has added nine
new positions for a current total of 71 endowed academic positions. Those
established through quiet phase gifts include the Texas Instruments
Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education and, in the Cox School of
Business, the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies
and David B. Miller Endowed Professorship. SMU currently has a full-time
faculty of more than 600.
- Increase by 50 percent the
University’s annual external funding for research and sponsored projects.
The total for 2006-07 was $20.53 million.
- Endow departments and
institutes that provide core academic disciplines as well as those that
address emerging issues. SMU now has two endowed academic departments, both
in Dedman College — the William P. Clements Department of History and the
Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, the latter endowed through a
campaign quiet phase gift. The Caruth Institute for Engineering Education is
one of five new academic institutes, centers and initiatives endowed by
quiet phase gifts.
- Increase resources for
graduate programs, including resources for faculty research and graduate
student fellowships. For example, the C. Vincent Prothro Biological Sciences
Initiative in Dedman College, provided by a quiet phase gift, includes an
endowed faculty chair, graduate fellowship fund and undergraduate
- Significantly expand
opportunities for undergraduate research.
- Invest in academic
facilities and technology to address changing student and faculty needs.
Construction projects funded by quiet phase gifts will include new buildings
for Perkins School of Theology, the School of Engineering and the Annette
Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Simmons
School was endowed by a quiet phase gift.
$200 million for the Campus
- Create residential colleges
or commons as part of a new sophomore housing requirement to strengthen the
campus as a close-knit community and enrich the environment for all
students. SMU seeks to add residential facilities to accommodate 1,200
additional students living on campus.
- Expand student services in
health care, wellness and career placement, among others. The Hegi Family
Career Development Center recently expanded its services by adding 65 new
internship opportunities for students.
- Enhance competitiveness of
the athletics program, which teaches leadership skills and builds community
spirit. Examples of new resources supporting this goal include the Crum
Basketball Center and Turpin Tennis Stadium, both provided by quiet phase
- Continue to enrich the
campus environment on the main campus in Dallas as well as at SMU-in-Legacy
and SMU-in-Taos. Quiet phase gifts from William P. and Rita Clements and
others are supporting improvements at SMU-in-Taos, making facilities useable
for a new fall semester beginning in 2009.
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