News Releases About Major Gifts to SMU

Dates indicate approximately when the news item was posted on the SMU website.

2009

SMU dedicates Val and Frank Late Fountain — The Val and Frank Late Fountain, made by a gift from Valeria Late of Dallas, was dedicated on March 5 on the SMU campus. (3/5/2009)

2008

$4 Million Gift Endows Law School Deanship — The Noel family of Houston endows the deanship of Dedman School of Law, currently held by John B. Attanasio. (12/5/2008)

Engineering School Named — SMU is naming its School of Engineering in honor of Bobby B. Lyle, a Dallas entrepreneur and industry leader. (10/17/2008)

SMU launches Second Century Campaign — SMU launches the largest fund-raising campaign in its history to dramatically increase academic quality and impact. (9/12/2008)

Gifts of more than $4 million to support facilities improvements at SMU-In-Taos — A $4 million gift to SMU from former Texas Governor William P. Clements, Jr. (SMU '39) and his wife, Rita, will support improvements in facilities at SMU-in-Taos, the University's campus in northern New Mexico. Other donors have provided more than $900,000 in additional gifts. (7/7/2008)

Supporting Scholars — A $1 million gift from John C. and Debbie Tolleson of Dallas  will provide additional support for the Edwin L. Cox BBA Scholars Program in SMU's Cox School of Business. (04/28/08)

Gift endows Huffington Earth Sciences Dept. — A gift of more than $10 million from the Honorable Roy M. Huffington of Houston is a boost to SMU's Department of Earth Sciences, which is being renamed in his honor. (03/27/08)

Gift endows theology school professorship — The Perkins School of Theology at SMU has received a $1 million gift from Barbara Cook Wendland and Erroll Wendland to establish the Wendland-Cook Professorship in Constructive Theology. (03/14/08)

TI Gift of $2 Million Brings National Leader to Engineering — Delores M. Etter, a former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and Assistant Secretary of the Navy, will be the director of SMU's new Caruth Institute for Engineering Education and the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education. (03/10/08)

Gift of $3 Million Creates Cox Asset Management Curriculum — D. Scott Luttrell (BBA '77) and David B. Miller (BBA '72 and MBA '73) have helped Cox create an undergraduate curriculum in alternative asset management. (03/03/08)

Boost for Biology — A $3.6 million gift to SMU from Caren Prothro  and the Perkins-Prothro Foundation will establish the C. Vin Prothro Biological Sciences Initiative at SMU. (01/14/07)

2007

Supporting Scholarships — Catherine Perrine, wife of the late SMU English professor and textbook author Laurence Perrine, bequeaths $3.3 million to the University to fund scholarships and endow a faculty chair in the English Department. (11/19/07)

Landmark Education Gift — A landmark $20 million gift from Harold C. and Annette C. Simmons will provide endowment for SMU’s School of Education and Human Development and the lead gift for a new building to house the School.(11/09/07)

Edwin L. Cox gives SMU $5 million challenge gift — Dallas oilman Edwin L. Cox has given $5 million to support merit-based undergraduate scholarships at the school that bears his name – SMU's Edwin L. Cox School of Business. (10/19/07)

A $10.1 million gift to the School of Engineering at SMU — The gift from the W.W. Caruth Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas is designed to spark K-12 students’ interest in science and engineering presents the opportunity to inspire and shape our nation’s innovators long before they submit their first college application. (10/11/07)

New research endowment fund to honor anthropology professor — A new $250,000 research endowment fund honoring SMU Anthropology Professor Robert Van Kemper has been established through a bequest from his late mentor and teacher George M. Foster Jr. at the University of California at Berkeley. (08/17/07)

$1 Million Challenge Grant From Texas Methodist Foundation to Support Building Program at SMU's Perkins School of Theology (02/13/07)

Perkins-Prothro family gives $6 million to SMU — A gift of $6 million to SMU from the Perkins-Prothro family of Wichita Falls will launch a building program for Perkins School of Theology. (01/19/07)

2006

$10 Million Gift to SMU From Roy Huffington of Houston to Establish Funds for Faculty Compensation and Student Scholarships (12/19/06)

$2 Million Brady Gentry Bequest Supports Scholarships for East Texas Students (12/11/06)

$2.2 Million Gift To SMU From Embrey Family Foundation Supports Human Rights Program And Athletics (11/06/06)

$35 Million Gift from Ray L. and Nancy Ann Hunt (08/11/06)

$2.5 Million Gift To SMU from David and Carolyn Miller To Support Business Professorship and Sports Facility (06/20/06)

$1 Million Gift from Jeanne Roach Johnson to Support Piano Program in SMU's Meadows School of the Arts (05/10/06)

Kresge Foundation Provides Support to SMU School of Engineering (03/09/06)

SMU Receives $33 Million Gift from the Meadows Foundation (03/01/06)

$3.4 Million from Bobby Lyle to Support SMU Schools of Business and Engineering (02/16/06)

$1.2 Million Gift from Custard and Pitts Family to Endow Four President's Scholarships at SMU (01/23/06)

2005

Dedman Foundation Provides Matching Gifts For Law School Scholarships and Faculty Chairs (12/15/05)

SMU to Establish Financial Reporting Programs and Faculty Positions With Funding From William J. O’Neil (8/35/05)

$1 Million Gift From Stemmons Foundation To Support New Engineering Building At SMU (3/31/05)

Meadows Foundation Awards $700,000 in Grants to the Meadows Museum (2/24/05)

2004

SMU's Infinity Project Receives $200,000 From The National Instruments Foundation (10/26/04)

$1 Million Gift To Enhance Piano Program In SMU's Meadows School Of The Arts (03/09/04)

2003

Gift Of $1 Million From TI Foundation To Advance Engineering Education In Nation's High Schools (7/29/03)

$7.5 Million Gift from Lindsay and Bobbie Embrey to Fund a New Engineering Building at SMU (5/20/03)

Five Major SMU Supporters To Be Honored For Outstanding Philanthropy (4/1/03)

Highland Park United Methodist Church gives $5 million to sponsor 100 Habitat for Humanity homes (02/13/03)

2002

Former Texas Governor Bill Clements Gives $1 Million For New Information Facility At SMU-In-Taos (12/30/02)

Nokia Gift Will Enable The SMU School Of Engineering To Establish A Wireless Networking Laboratory (12/2/02)

SMU Receives $3 Million To Train Bilingual Teachers (10/28/02)

TriQuint Donation Enables SMU School Of Engineering To Secure Permanent Clean Room Facility (9/4/02)

SMU Board Chair Gerald Ford Gives $1 Million For Faculty Research Fellowships (8/29/02)

SMU Department Of Biological Sciences Receives $1 Million Grant From NASA (8/13/02)

SMU Receives $1.4 Million For New Youth Program (7/8/02)

Seismic Micro-technology Donates Software To SMU Department Of Geological Sciences (7/1/02)

Meadows School Of The Arts Announces $300,000 Gift From The Meadows Foundation For Temporary Museum Exhibitions (5/17/02)

Hillcrest Foundation Gives $1 Million Toward Collins Executive Education Center At SMU (2/25/02)

2001

$6.3 Million Committed For James Collins Executive Education Center At SMU (12/10/01)

SMU Dedicates New Dedman Life Sciences Building (12/6/01)

SMU Establishes Temerlin Advertising Institute With Gifts Of More Than $6 Million (10/18/01)

Texas Instruments Foundation Gives $1.5 Million To SMU To Fund Faculty Chair-Director Of New Institute For Reading Research (10/15/01)

Jeanne And Berry Cox Pledge $1 Million To Establish SMU Chair Honoring John Tower (10/2/01)

$1.2 Million Gift from Caruth Foundation Fund to Develop Child Advocacy Program in SMU Law School (8/13/01)

$1 Million Gift From Kenneth And Linda Morris To Provide New Information Technology Center At SMU (8/22/01)

$2 Million Gift To Support Chinese Scholars Program At SMU's Dedman School Of Law (7/16/01)

$1 Million Gift From Gene And Jerry Jones Provides Events Hall In New Meadows Museum At SMU (4/25/01)

Waters Family Honors Parents With Named Endowment (4/10/01)

$1 Million Gift From Hegi Family To Support Expanded Career Center At SMU (2/23/01)

SMU Receives $5 Million Gift For Journalism Program From The Belo Foundation (2/23/01)

SMU Law School Renamed In Honor Of Dedman Family (2/14/01)

$1 Million Gift From Bob Smith, M.D. Foundation To Provide Auditorium In New Meadows Museum At SMU (1/30/01)

2000

$1 Million Gift From Nancy Hamon To Provide Exhibition Space In New Meadows Museum At SMU (12/12/00)

SMU Board Chair Ruth S. Altshuler Funds New Faculty Awards (9/11/00)

$2.5 Million Gift To Establish The Geurin-Pettus Distinguished Chair In American Politics And Political Economy At SMU (8/24/00)

United Methodist Conferences Pledge $13.8 Million For Scholarships At SMU's Perkins School Of Theology (8/9/00)