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|CENTRAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES AT SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY * VOLUME I, NUMBER I, SPRING 1999|
A Message from the President
With the opening of the Fondren Library Center described in this newsletter, SMU begins an exciting new era for its libraries. This is a time to reaffirm the central role of the libraries in the life of the University. For this reason, it is especially fitting that the Fondren Library Center is the first project to result from the Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead.
Fondren Library Center expands
Students and faculty alike have responded enthusiastically to the benefits of the new Fondren Library Center that opened November 13, 1998. As the first completed construction project resulting from gifts made to the Campaign for SMU, the Fondren Library Center entrance joins and expands SMU's two largest libraries, Fondren Library and the Science and Engineering Library. The 7,100-square foot building features a centralized book check-out and reserve area on the first floor. In the large study area on the second floor, students can plug in their laptops and gather in the study rooms to complete group projects. Movement between the libraries and collections is easier, and the Science and Engineering Library enjoys the same long operating hours as Fondren Library.
President R. Gerald Turner addresses those attending the dedication of the new Fondren Library Center
The building is topped by the Selecman Tower, a cupola providing the entrance with natural light. Engraved below the tower are the words spoken by Charles C. Selecman, the third president of SMU, when the original Fondren Library opened in 1940: "The library is the heart of a university." Selecman's grandson, Charles E. Selecman ('51), echoed his grandfather's sentiments at the November dedication. Sue Trammel Whitfield ('54) also spoke about her family's continuous support for the libraries over three generations. "The relationship between SMU and the Fondren, Trammell, and Whitfield families extends nearly 80 years," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "Today their generosity allows the realization of an idea that has been discussed on campus for 30 years and provides more efficient service to our students and faculty."