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SMU remembers Peter O’Donnell, Jr., SMU trustee and renowned Dallas humanitarian

SMU mourns the loss of civic leader and philanthropist Peter O’Donnell, Jr., who passed away on October 10, 2021, at the age of 97.

October 13, 2021

“Peter’s devotion to SMU and Dallas was an inspiration to us all,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “His loss will be sorely felt by those who were witness to and impacted by his monumental support of the arts and education. His legacy stretches far beyond the borders of SMU and Dallas, and his memory will be honored through the cultural initiatives and improvements made possible through his work.”

Fostering enterprising spirit

Bill ’74 and Kim Shaddock commit $6 million to Cox School of Business

October 01, 2021

A gift from Kim and William (Bill) Shaddock ’74 will establish Shaddock Hall as part of the building renovation project of the Cox School of Business. The $6 million contribution will foster educational excellence through dedicated spaces for learning, research and collaboration.

A New Era of Engagement

Inspiring a new chapter for the Meadows Museum, Linda P. and William A. Custard commit $3 million, matched by an additional $3 million from The Meadows Foundation, to establish a new cultural institute within the Meadows Museum.

August 26, 2021

The gift of $3 million gift from Linda P. Custard ’60, ’99 and William A. Custard ’57 is the largest personal contribution in the history of the Meadows Museum. With matching funds of $3 million from The Meadows Foundation, it will establish the Custard Institute for Spanish Art and Culture at the Meadows Museum.

SMU remembers Cary Maguire, Sr., community leader

August 11, 2021

SMU mourns the loss of Cary M. Maguire, Sr., trustee emeritus and former SMU Board of Trustees member, who passed away on Tuesday, August 10, at the age of 93. Maguire, a long-standing leader in the community, was among some of SMU’s most active and generous donors, as well as a dedicated and innovative leader in the energy industry.

SMU remembers Mary Anne Sammons Cree ’51

July 26, 2021

Dallas philanthropist and civic leader Mary Anne Sammons Cree passed away July 21, 2021, leaving a legacy of leadership, generosity and nature-inspired landmarks that will delight Dallas residents for generations to come.

Sparking student success

The Hegi Family commits $1 million to SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center

July 23, 2021

A $1 million gift from the Hegi Family will empower students to navigate today’s fast-changing work environment and find lifelong career success through the renovation and expansion of SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center.

Game. Set. Match.

May 07, 2021

Jennifer ’86 and Mark Styslinger ’87 and the Altec/Styslinger Foundation commit $4 million to name the new Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex at SMU.

Energizing Business Education

Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 commit $15 million to the Cox School of Business

April 08, 2021

A $15 million gift from Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will empower future entrepreneurs by creating new technology-equipped collaborative spaces.

A message from Dr. Turner

March 26, 2021

Dr. Turner shares a letter of support for the Asian community

Whitney Wolfe Herd to speak at Commencement

March 24, 2021

Bumble CEO/Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, who began sharpening her entrepreneurial skills as a student at SMU, will deliver her alma mater's May Commencement Address.

SMU remembers Ruth Prouse Morgan Ph.D., professor emerita and SMU’s first female provost

March 09, 2021

SMU mourns the loss of educator, trailblazer and University leader Ruth Prouse Morgan who served as a professor of political science at SMU for 20 years and as the University’s first female provost from 1986–1993.

SMU to remain test-optional for Fall ‘22 and Spring ‘23

February 25, 2021

SMU will remain test-optional for first-year undergraduate applicants seeking admission and scholarships for both fall 2022 and spring 2023.

Endowing Excellence in Education and Research

Mary and Rich Templeton commit $5 million to the Lyle School of Engineering

February 21, 2021

A $5 million gift from longtime SMU supporters Mary and Rich Templeton will bolster student excellence and doctoral research in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering through endowed scholarships and fellowships.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2021

Every year our nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. – the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage Americans to improve our communities. But in many ways this year’s MLK Day will be very different than in years past.

Message from President Turner on Violence at Capitol

January 07, 2021

The violence and disruption at the U.S. Capitol yesterday were deplorable, as is any attempt to erode the rule of law, our founding principles of freedom, and the institutions and symbols of our great nation.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 14, 2021

Every year our nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. – the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage Americans to improve our communities. But in many ways this year’s MLK Day will be very different than in years past.

Message from President Turner on Violence at Capitol

January 07, 2021

The violence and disruption at the U.S. Capitol yesterday were deplorable, as is any attempt to erode the rule of law, our founding principles of freedom, and the institutions and symbols of our great nation.

Lilly Endowment Inc. awards Perkins $1M for new Congregational Vitality program

SMU’s Perkins School of Theology receives a grant of nearly $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the ‘Testimony as Community Engagement’ program

December 18, 2020

SMU has received a $999,975 grant to support Perkins School of Theology’s Testimony as Community Engagement program. The grant is being made through Lilly Endowment’s nationwide Thriving Congregations Initiative.

Virtual reality recessional for December 2020 graduates

December 17, 2020

We know 2020 has been tough, and we want to provide you access to our cherished Hilltop traditions, even if they look a bit different this year.

'Tis the season for Commencement

December 07, 2020

David Miller will be the featured speaker when SMU honors more than 500 candidates for graduation on Dec. 19 in Ford Stadium.

The Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation ignites the future of research and education at SMU

December 04, 2020

SMU dedicated the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation on December 4, 2020, a new 50,000-square-foot interdisciplinary research hub that will equip faculty, students and industry partners with tools and resources to collaborate, solve complex problems and power new enterprises in the digital world of today and tomorrow.

Unflappable airline pilot Tammie Jo Shults delivered SMU's December 1 Tate Lecture

November 25, 2020

Tammie Jo Shults, former Navy aviator turned airline captain, kept her cool and safely landed Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 when the engine failed and debris damaged the fuselage.

Building enterprising spirit

Jane R. and Pat S. Bolin ’73 commit $7.5 million to the Cox School of Business

November 13, 2020

A $7.5 million gift from Jane R. and Pat S. Bolin ’73 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will foster collaboration inside and outside the classroom, and strengthen students’ advanced data analysis skills.

Edwin “Ed” L. Cox, Sr. ’42 remembered for generous support of SMU

November 06, 2020

SMU mourns the passing of renowned Dallas business leader, entrepreneur, public servant, educational pioneer and longtime University supporter and trustee emeritus Edwin L. Cox Sr. ’42, who died Thursday, November 5, 2020. He had recently celebrated his 99th birthday on October 20th and remained active and engaged with family and friends until his passing.

Responding respectfully to the election

November 02, 2020

We are proud to be hosting a polling place in Moody Coliseum on November 3 to support our SMU family and our surrounding community in exercising our solemn responsibility as members of this republic – voting.

SMU enrollment hits all-time high

The class of 2024 helps drive record enrollment at SMU

October 28, 2020

Undergrads and graduate students have taken a flexible path during the pandemic, driving student population to a record-breaking 12,385.

Investing in a culture of collaboration

Aurelia and Brad Heppner ’88 and family commit $11.5 million to the Cox School of Business

October 08, 2020

An $11.5 million gift from Aurelia and Brad Heppner ’88 and family to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will strengthen the school’s commitment to fostering the leadership skills of tomorrow’s executives and investing in groundbreaking research that impacts the business world.

Fueling the Future of Business

Gina L. and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 Commit $15 Million to the Cox School

September 18, 2020

A $15 million gift from Gina L. and Tucker S. Bridwell (BBA ’73, MBA ’74) to SMU’s Cox School of Business will generate transformational economic research and cutting-edge business education for generations to come, through the creation of the new Bridwell Institute for Economic Freedom.

Message from Dr. Turner on 9-11

September 11, 2020

This is a somber day, as we remember the 2,977 souls of all races, religions and ethnicities that were lost in New York City, Washington, D.C., and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after terrorists hijacked and deliberately crashed four commercial airliners on Sept. 11, 2001.

SMU names Lisa Garvin as chaplain, minister to university

August 26, 2020

The Rev. Lisa Garvin will join SMU Oct. 19 as its new chaplain and minister to the University, the first woman to serve in the role.

SMU Commencement was a fabulous send-off for our 2020 graduates

August 18, 2020

It was joyful and well worth the wait: Enjoy photos, video of the ceremony and a time-lapsed look at how we gathered to celebrate.

SMU Names Campus Leader Maria Dixon Hall as Chief Diversity Officer

Dixon Hall to convene University Diversity Council, supervise ombudsperson

August 17, 2020

Moving forward to accomplish shared goals developed with Black students, faculty, staff and alumni, SMU President R. Gerald Turner has announced that campus leader Maria Dixon Hall will fill the University’s newly created position of Chief Diversity Officer.

Message from President Turner on SMU Fall Operations Plan

August 17, 2020

As we prepare to welcome our students back for the upcoming semester, SMU's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team has finalized and posted the Fall 2020 Operations Plan, designed to ensure the safety of our campus and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Announcing SMU's Chief Diversity Officer

August 12, 2020

Maria Dixon Hall, Senior Advisor to the President for Cultural Intelligence and associate professor of corporate communications in the Meadows School of the Arts, has agreed to accept the newly created full-time position of Chief Diversity Officer to head our University-wide commitment to open dialogue, diversity and inclusion.

SMU to Host Outdoor Commencement at Ford Stadium Aug. 15

August 10, 2020

SMU will honor the accomplishments of its 2020 graduates at a festive open-air Commencement Convocation at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, in Ford Stadium. The University will celebrate the best of its historic traditions while meeting the unique health and safety needs inherent in the current environment.

SMU’s Caroline Brettell receives faculty career achievement award

July 13, 2020

Caroline Brettell, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, has been named the 2020 recipient of the SMU Faculty Career Achievement Award for her contributions to the teaching, scholarship, and service missions of the University.

Embrace Juneteenth today, and every day

June 19, 2020

Traditionally, Juneteenth is a day of family and community celebration – a time to proudly honor African-American history and culture. Please join me in embracing the spirit of Juneteenth today, and every day. Black Lives Matter.

SMU appoints Bobby Lothringer new University Registrar

June 10, 2020

Robert “Bobby” Lothringer will join SMU July 6 as its new University Registrar and will replace John Hall, who will retire in August after 50 years of service to the University.

Statement on racial and social injustice

May 30, 2020

This is a painful time for our country again as we grapple with the virulent and continuing threat of racism, as well as the violence that often mars legitimate mass public protest.

SMU waives ACT/SAT score requirement for admission in 2021

May 29, 2020

Students applying to SMU for spring 2021 or the following fall 2021 may now choose whether they submit ACT or SAT scores for undergraduate admission and scholarship consideration.

SMU remembers Congressman Sam Johnson ’51

May 29, 2020

SMU mourns the loss of retired congressman and decorated war hero Sam Johnson ’51, who died May 27, 2020 at the age of 89.

Pivoting to stay in touch spiritually

April 13, 2020

From mastering online learning to delivering conference-call sermons, Perkins School faculty, staff and students are embracing technology to stay spiritually connected while physically apart.

Understanding our viral adversary

April 13, 2020

It’s small and sneaky, turning its hosts into virus-spreading machines. Find out more from an SMU virologist’s answers to five big questions about the coronavirus.

Setting the pace for future athletic achievements

A $5 million gift from Heather and Ray W. Washburne ’84 and family will create a new soccer and track stadium

February 25, 2020

A $5 million commitment from Heather and Ray W. Washburne ’84 and family will enhance the student experience and elevate SMU’s competitiveness by establishing the Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium.

Renowned geologist James Quick named inaugural dean of SMU Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies

February 13, 2020

Distinguished geoscientist James Quick will open the doors to a new era of research and interdisciplinary collaboration as inaugural dean of SMU’s newly created Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.