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New gifts tip off Moody Coliseum renovation and expansion

October 12, 2012

DALLAS (SMU) – New major gifts to SMU totaling more than $7 million will help fund the renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum, a campus landmark that for nearly 50 years has been home to numerous speaking, athletic and community events, as well as the pageantry of SMU Commencement.

Moody Gift event 10 October 2012An event, Tip-Off at Moody, was held on Oct. 10, 2012, to recognize donors and celebrate a new era for SMU Athletics and Moody Coliseum.

In addition, new gifts to SMU’s Basketball Circle of Champions totaling more than $2 million will be recognized at the event. The Basketball Circle of Champions is a visionary group of generous and dedicated SMU alumni leaders who are committed to building on the storied foundation of SMU basketball and returning it to the forefront of collegiate basketball. Their support allows SMU to provide the best coaching staff and programs for student-athletes, thereby increasing opportunities for success.

“The generous support for the Moody Coliseum renovation and expansion and the Mustang basketball program signals a new era for SMU athletics,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “These enhancements will strengthen the Moody Coliseum experience for student-athletes and fans as well as the many community members who visit the Coliseum for a host of events.”

Construction has begun on the first phase of the $47 million project, which will include courtside retractable seating for students as well as new club seats, premium seating in private suites and loge boxes. The project also includes a three-story addition with new event and hospitality space, new team offices and locker rooms, renovation of the entry lobby, concourses and concession areas, new video boards and sound system. The Coliseum will close in March 2013 for major interior renovation and will reopen in December 2013.

Artist rendering of Moody Coliseum
Artist's rendering of Moody Coliseum

“Moody Coliseum has long held the reputation as one of the greatest venues for sporting events, both for fans and athletes,” says SMU Athletic Director Rick Hart. “When this project is completed, Moody moments and memories will continue for fans and athletes for years to come.”

In April 2012 The Moody Foundation made the lead gift of $20 million to the renovation and expansion, followed by and David B. Miller and Carolyn Lacy Miller who gave $10 million.

Recent donors of $1 million or more to the Moody Coliseum renovation and expansion project include:

Belle Stumberg Berg ’71 and Donald A. Berg ’70, ’77 

Donald Berg graduated from SMU in 1970 with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and in 1977 with an M.B.A. As a student-athlete he lettered three years (1967-70) on the men’s basketball team. He serves as a member of the Lyle School of Engineering Executive Board as well as its Second Century Campaign Steering Committee. In addition, he served on the Dallas committee for SMU’s A Time to Lead Campaign. He owns the Dallas-based Donald A. Berg Investments. His wife, Belle Berg, earned a B.F.A in 1971 from SMU and has served on her class reunion committee.

Jane R. Bolin and Pat S. Bolin ’73, Daniel H. Bolin ’76 and the Aurora and Phil Bolin Fund  

Pat S. Bolin is co-founder, chair and CEO of Eagle Oil & Gas Co. He founded the company in 1976 with his father, Phil Bolin. A 1973 SMU graduate, he earned a B.A. in psychology and currently serves as a member of the Cox School of Business Executive Board as well as its Second Century Campaign Steering Committee. He was honored in 2010 with the Cox Distinguished Alumni Award. Jane R. Bolin graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and is active in numerous Dallas civic and community activities, including roles as a board member for Camp John Marc, chair of the 2008 Wesley Rankin Benefit, and membership on the Elizabeth Toon Foundation and the Baylor “Celebrating Women” Advisory Committee. Pat and Jane have two children, Houston and Ross. Dr. Daniel H. Bolin earned a B.A. degree from SMU in 1975 and a B.S. degree in 1976, along with receiving an M.D. from the University of Texas in Galveston.  Now retired, Dan practiced medicine in Wichita Falls for more than 30 years. Dan’s wife, Carla, is a graduate of Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and has served the community for over 25 years. Pat and Dan’s mother Aurora, an accomplished musician, studied piano at SMU and earned a B.A. degree in music from the University of Texas.

Gina L. Bridwell and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74, Dian Graves Owen Foundation and Tejon Energy LP

Tucker S. Bridwell is president of Abilene-based Mansefeldt Investment Corporation, a privately owned investment company, and the Dian Graves Owen Foundation, a private charitable foundation. He serves on the board of three public companies: Concho Resources, Halcon Resources and First Financial Bankshares. He earned a B.B.A. from SMU in 1973 and an M.B.A. in 1974. At SMU he serves as a member of the Cox School of Business Executive Board as well as its Second Century Campaign Steering Committee and was honored in 2007 with the Cox Distinguished Alumni Award. He also has served as chair of his class reunion giving committee and as a member of Perkins School of Theology Executive Board. Gina L. Bridwell is a state and community volunteer.  She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and is currently serving her second term on the Governor’s Commission for Women and is on the Advisory Council for The Texas Conference for Women. The Bridwells served as members of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council, have four children, and their daughter, Jordan, graduated from SMU in 2001.

Sylvie P. Crum and Gary Crum ’69

Gary Crum is a founder and former director of Houston-based investment firm AIM Management Group. Before his retirement from private industry, he was a director of AMVESCAP PLC, the parent company resulting from the merger of AIM Management Group and INVESCO. A member of the SMU Board of Trustees, he graduated from SMU in 1969 with a B.B.A. degree and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 with an M.B.A. He serves on the Cox School of Business Executive Board and received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001. He received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. Sylvie Crum is active in numerous civic activities, with a focus on women’s athletics. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), she formerly served as the Regent’s representative on the Intercollegiate Athletic Council for Women at the University of Texas and is a member and former chairman of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. She also serves as a director for the U.S. Lacrosse Foundation. Two of the Crums’ three children are SMU graduates, Ashley Kristin ’03 and Christopher Thomas ’05. Sylvie Crum serves as executive vice president and Gary Crum serves as president of the Houston-based CFP Foundation, a foundation focused on Texas educational issues. In addition, they are honorary chairs of the Houston Second Century Campaign Steering Committee.

PlainsCapital Bank

Dallas-based PlainsCapital Bank is a diversified financial holding company comprising three operating companies: PlainsCapital Bank, First Southwest and PrimeLending. PlainsCapital and its operating companies employ more than 3,600 people in 340 locations in 42 states and in Washington, D.C.

New $1 million donors to the Basketball Circle of Champions include:

Penny Requa Loyd and Paul B.  Loyd Jr. ’68

Paul Loyd earned a B.B.A. in economics from SMU in 1968. He was a member of SMU’s Southwest Conference championship football team in 1966, played in the 1967 Cotton Bowl Classic and was captain of the 1967 Mustang team. Founder and principal of a private investment firm in Houston, he is past chairman and chief executive officer of R&B Falcon Corporation, the world’s largest and most diversified offshore drilling company that merged with Transocean Ltd. In addition to serving as a member of SMU’s Board of Trustees, he is a member of the executive boards for the Cox School of Business and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and serves as co-chair of the Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Athletics and honorary chair and member of the Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Houston. Cox School of Business honored him in 2001 with its Distinguished Alumni Award. Penny Loyd, a civic leader and community volunteer in Houston, graduated from St. Louis University with a B.S.B.A. and worked with several public and private companies both in the US and abroad prior to the formation of the family’s charitable foundation. Penny and Paul Loyd are honorary chairs and members of the Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Houston and have served as members of the Parent Leadership Council. Three of their five children are SMU graduates: Kelly Loyd ’96, Jessica Requa ’08, ’09, Sarah Requa ’12

Carolyn Lacy Miller and David B. Miller ’72, ’73

David Miller is co-founder and managing partner of EnCap Investments L.P., a private equity firm based in Houston and Dallas. He earned two degrees from SMU, a B.B.A. in finance and an M.B.A. As an undergraduate, he was a three-year starter and letterman on the varsity basketball team and a member of the 1971-1972 Southwest Conference Co-Championship team. Mr. Miller is a recipient of Distinguished Alumni Awards from the Cox School of Business in 2000 and from the University in 2011. In 2009 he received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award from the SMU Lettermen’s Association. In addition to his service as a member of SMU’s Board of Trustees, Mr. Miller also serves as a member of the Cox School of Business Executive Board and as a member of the Cox School of Business and Athletics Second Century Campaign Steering Committees. Carolyn Miller graduated from Hendrix College in 1974 with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also holds Master’s degrees in both elementary education and gerontology. Mrs. Miller started her career as a teacher and later transitioned into social work, serving as a program director at The Senior Source. She serves on the Executive Board of SMU-in-Taos and is also a member of the Women’s Initiative Advisory Committee for the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The Millers also serve as officers of the David B. Miller Family Foundation, and two of their five children graduated from SMU: Kyle David Miller ’01 and John Morgan Hasley ’08.

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