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SMU Presents Honorary Degree to Pioneering Dallas Civic and Arts Leader Anita N. Martinez

May 19, 2022

SMU presented the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to longtime Dallas leader Anita N. Martinez at SMU’s May 14 commencement ceremonies, honoring her dedication to enriching the civic and cultural life of the city.

Longtime Music Educator Charles Agiuillon Appointed Director of Mustang Band and Spirit Squads

May 19, 2022

SMU welcomes a new director of the Mustang Band with the selection of Charles Aguillon. Currently the director of Fine Arts and Academic Enrichment for the Lake Travis Independent School District in Austin, Aguillon will on July 1 take the helm of SMU’s band while also overseeing the cheer and pom teams, SMU’s live mascot, Peruna, and the Peruna Handlers.

SMU remembers renowned SMU alumnus Chester John “Don” Donnally, Jr. ’67, ’68

May 19, 2022

SMU mourns the loss of Chester John “Don” Donnally, Jr. ’67, ’68, who passed away at his home on May 15, 2022. Donnally is remembered as a longtime supporter of SMU, a leader in the financial services industry for more than four decades and a nationally recognized member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity, which he served through active fundraising and mentorship efforts for over 50 years. His contributions and dedication to SAE led to the construction and ongoing success of the SAE House on SMU’s campus.

SMU Breaks Ground on Extensive Expansion And Renovation of Cox School of Business

SMU is celebrating the future of the Cox School of Business and its role as a driver of Dallas innovation, breaking ground today on a $140 million renovation and expansion project designed to train students for a collaborative and technologically integrated world.

May 06, 2022

The two-year project will expand the school’s footprint by more than 30 percent, with the construction of four new buildings connecting the existing facilities into cohesive space that supports collaboration within the Cox School and across the campus, as well as with the Dallas business community.


Marillyn Seeberger shattered glass ceilings in the Dallas advertising industry – but never received a degree until now

May 05, 2022

Sixty-eight years later, she is fulfilling her dream to go to college, earning a B.A. in film and media arts from SMU with plans to write screenplays.

Longtime Faculty Member Paul Krueger to Serve as Interim Dean of SMU's Lyle School of Engineering

The search for the permanent Lyle School of Engineering Dean will begin in fall 2022 and Krueger will serve until a new permanent dean is appointed.

May 03, 2022

Paul Krueger, department chair and professor of mechanical engineering, has been named interim dean of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. He begins his duties June 1 following the departure of current Dean Marc P. Christensen, who is leaving SMU to become the 17th president of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Thomas Mayo to Serve as Interim Dean of SMU Dedman School of Law

Thomas Mayo, a nationally recognized authority on medical ethics, award-winning law professor, and community servant, has been named interim dean of SMU’s Dedman School of Law

April 28, 2022

Thomas Mayo will serve in that capacity while a University committee conducts a national search to replace current Dean Jennifer Collins, who is leaving SMU to become president of Rhodes College in Memphis on July 1.

Driving innovation

William S. Spears is strengthening entrepreneurial leadership through new Cox School institute

April 28, 2022

Celebrated energy expert and philanthropist William S. Spears has made the largest gift by a non-alumnus in the history of SMU, a commitment that will establish the William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the SMU Cox School of Business.

‘Access SMU’ Scholarships to Cover the Cost of College for Texas’ Highest Performing Students From Families With Limited Incomes

SMU Program to close financial gaps for academically gifted Pell Grant recipients

April 19, 2022

Access SMU will break financial barriers to college entry and graduation – first for academically talented Texas students, with the goal to later expand the investment in more students who need help paying for college.

Making new strides with Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium

April 08, 2022

Ushering in an exciting new addition to the Hilltop and Mustang Athletics, SMU celebrated the dedication of the new Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium on April 8, 2022. Led by a principal gift from Ray W. Washburne ’84 and Heather H. Washburne, the stadium was made possible by the University’s Mustang fans, generous donors and spirited alumni.

Dallas Morning News Publisher Grant Moise to Deliver SMU's Commencement Address

The outdoor ceremony, scheduled for 9 a.m. at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, will be streamed live.

April 08, 2022

Grant Moise, publisher and president of the Dallas Morning News, will be the featured speaker at SMU’s May Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 14.

SMU Lyle School of Engineering Dean Marc P. Christensen named President of Clarkson University

March 24, 2022

Marc P. Christensen, dean of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering and Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Engineering Innovation, has been named the 17th president of Clarkson University, a private research institution with more than 4,600 students based in Potsdam, New York.

SMU Cox School of Business Dean Matthew Myers Reappointed to Five-Year Term Announcement

Matthew Myers has been reappointed to serve five additional years in his position as dean of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at SMU.

March 08, 2022

Myers joined SMU as dean in August 2017. He also holds the Tolleson Chair of Business Leadership and is the David B. Miller Endowed Professor in Business.

Leading the future of SMU data science

March 03, 2022

A $2 million gift from the O’Donnell Foundation will name and endow the Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Director of the Data Science Institute at SMU. The gift will support the University's strategic vision to expand research in this rapidly growing discipline by building on previous SMU investments in data science.

Advancing Baptist ministry training at SMU

The Baugh Foundation grants $2.7 million to Perkins Baptist House of Studies

March 03, 2022

The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation awarded a $2.7 million, three-year grant to the Baptist House of Studies at the SMU Perkins School of Theology. The contribution will support approximately 10 full-time Baugh Scholars enrolled in Perkins master’s, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Pastoral Music degree programs.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner honored by Spain for promotion of country's arts and culture

Decoration granted by King Felipe VI

March 01, 2022

SMU President R. Gerald Turner received the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Católica, a decoration granted by King Felipe VI of Spain, at a February 18 ceremony at SMU’s Meadows Museum. The decoration recognized Turner for his extraordinary civil character and accomplishments that have benefited Spain.

Black History Month

February 03, 2022

This February, let us remember, celebrate and make forever visible the contributions of all Black Americans.

Diving into a new era of champions

February 03, 2022

The addition of the Holt Hickman Outdoor Pool supports the SMU Ignited campaign goal of enhancing campus infrastructure and strengthening the North Texas community through competitive athletics and diverse programming and encouraging civic pride.

Expanding SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium

The Garry Weber Foundation gives $50 million – the largest gift in the history of SMU Athletics – to create the Garry Weber End Zone Complex.

January 21, 2022

The foundation established by former Mustang football letterman Garry A. Weber ’58 made the commitment in support of a $100 million drive for a new 192,500-square-foot complex at Gerald J. Ford Stadium, part of the $1.5 billion campaign, SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow.

Honoring Dr. King

January 14, 2022

Let us all commit on this MLK Day to serve one another with acts of service that build our community not just for a single day, but for all the days to come.

SMU senior awarded prestigious Marshall scholarship

Isabelle Galko’s environmental activism sparked study of policy change

December 17, 2021

SMU senior environmental science major Isabelle Galko is one of just 41 American university students named a Marshall Scholar for 2022, a prestigious opportunity to pursue graduate studies in the UK for distinguished young Americans with leadership potential.

Which personality traits can be improved without personal motivation? Research says 'it depends'

December 07, 2021

Could a company train an employee to become more conscientious, even if the worker isn’t invested in improving that trait? A new study suggests yes. But improving someone’s emotional stability without that person’s commitment is not likely to happen, says SMU psychology professor Nathan Hudson.

SMU Law Dean named President of Rhodes College

December 06, 2021

Jennifer Collins, Judge James Noel Dean and professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law, has been named the new president of Rhodes College, a four-year private institution in Memphis with approximately 2,000 students.

New high-resolution camera records holograms of hidden objects

SMU and Northwestern collaborate on technology with defense, hazard identification and medical applications

December 02, 2021

Researchers at SMU (Southern Methodist University) and Northwestern University are using new technology that enables cameras to record high-resolution images and holograms of objects that are hidden around corners, obscured from view and/or beyond the line of sight.