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April 27, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Board of Directors of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announced today that it will provide funds to 12 SMU student organizations to assist with upcoming projects.

Student groups at SMU were invited to submit applications to receive funds generated by the Tate Series. The Tate Series annually provides almost $1 million to the University for student projects and initiatives, including the prestigious President's Scholars program. Money that had not yet been designated will be distributed to several student organizations that applied for funding.

The Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Program Council, Student Foundation and Leadership Consultant Council will receive $5,000 for a joint start-of-school activity; the Asian-American Leadership and Educational Conference will be given $3,500 for a two-day seminar geared to Asian-American high school students; the SMU Student Senate was allotted $2,475 for a fall training retreat; the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Forum will get $2,000 for leadership conference speaker fees; Organizational Consulting Services will receive $2,000 for leadership training sessions; the Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir will be given $2,000 for their community service project in New York; the Community Outreach Project was allotted $900 for back-to-school volunteers; Women in Science and Engineering were granted $500 to mentor to elementary school girls; Hispanic American Students will receive $500 for a parents of first-year students luncheon; the Muslim Students Association will be given $500 for Islamic Awareness Week; the Medieval Club was allotted $500 toward a fall medieval festival on the SMU campus; and, SMU Hillel was granted $500 to host a traditional Passover Seder.

"We were impressed with the student organizations who applied to the committee," said Ms. Liza Lee, Chair of the Tate Revenue Distribution Committee. "It was very rewarding for the committee to be able to witness the caliber of leadership that is evident among the SMU student population."