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The telescopes and the viewing screens on campus delivered big. But sharing the April 8 total solar eclipse with a few thousand friends was what made a dramatic experience truly unforgettable. 

SMU cultural historian Alexis McCrossen’s forthcoming book, Time’s Touchstone: The New Year in American Life, reveals what New Year’s has meant to Americans since George Washington was president.

SMU celebrates the future of Mustang swimming and diving with the dedication of the Holt Hickman Outdoor Pool. With the new pool, SMU becomes one of the few prestigious collegiate institutions with both indoor and outdoor 50-meter long-course pools in the same complex.

Tim Seiter, a Ph.D. candidate at SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, is writing a book about the Karankawas, Persistent People. “The book will spotlight the Karankawa people today who are reclaiming their land and who are revitalizing their culture. Instead of being ‘extinct’ as previously claimed, the Karankawas persistently survive.”

U.S. News & World Report published its 2024 rankings of national universities earlier today using a new methodology that has significantly changed how the publication weighs various factors as it rates academic programs. The result shifted the rankings for numerous universities nationwide.

SMU dedicated Frances Anne Moody Hall, the new home of the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. The facility made possible by a landmark gift from the Moody Foundation provides valuable resources for SMU graduate students, who comprise more than 40% of the student body.

Each year, SMU awards a group of leaders during Homecoming Week with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates. The 2023 Distinguished Alumni are Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84, president and CEO of DFI Management, Ltd; Emily Rich Summers ’66, founder and principal of Emily Summers Design Associates; and Ray W. Washburne ’84, chairman of the board of Sunoco LP and president and CEO of Charter Holdings.

Championing meaningful research and preparing students in engineering and other fields for a data-driven world increasingly relies on a university’s strengths in data science, research computing and digital innovation. A new $30 million gift from the O’Donnell Foundation, founded by the late Peter O’Donnell, Jr. and the late Edith Jones O’Donnell, will support the future of technological innovation and education at SMU.

Phillips Foundation has announced a $1.7 million multiyear grant to SMU (Southern Methodist University) to establish the SMU Impact Lab, a student-focused initiative to invest in commercial opportunities that produce substantial financial and social returns.

From bringing world leaders to Dallas, to boosting the regional economy through jobs, tourism and unique opportunities for SMU students, the partnership has delivered on the expectations of the University leaders who brought it to North Texas.

Taking center stage

April 27, 2023

Philanthropist and Broadway producer G. Marlyne Sexton has made a $15 million gift to SMU Meadows School of the Arts to create a specialization in musical theatre that will prepare graduates for a lifetime of leading roles.

SMU has named Amanda W. Dotseth Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum. Dotseth, who will be the first female director of the Meadows Museum, served as the director ad interim and curator of the Museum since the passing of its previous director, Mark A. Roglán, in 2021.

Shaping champions

September 23, 2022

SMU will break ground on Weber End Zone Complex at Ford Stadium following $15 million gift from Armstrongs

Driving Innovation

April 28, 2022

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

Access SMU

April 19, 2022

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