Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University

Infobox University

name = Southern Methodist University
motto = Veritas Liberabit Vos
("The Truth Shall Set You Free")
established = 1911
type = Private
president = R. Gerald Turner
provost = Paul W. Ludden
city = University Park
state = Texas
country = U.S.
lat_degrees = 37 | lat_minutes = 25 | lat_seconds = 3.76 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122 | long_minutes = 10 | long_seconds = 7.96 | long_direction = W
area =
undergrad = 6,208
postgrad = 4,693
faculty = 603 (full-time)
alumni = 100,000
calendar = Semester
endowment = U.S. $1.328 billion [ Financial Information - Institutional Research - SMU ] ]
city = flagicon|USA University Park
state = TX
country = U.S.

campus = Urban, 210 acres (University Park, TX), 295 acres (Taos, New Mexico), 18.4 acres (Plano, TX)
mascot = Peruna
nickname = The Hilltop, SMU Mustangs
athletics = NCAA Division I, C USA
yearbook = [ The Rotunda]
colors = "Harvard Crimson" and "Yale Blue" color box|#CE1126color box|#0038A8
affiliations = United Methodist Churchcite web|url =| title = Southern Methodist University |publisher = International Association ofMethodist Schools, Colleges, andUniversities (IAMSCU)|accessdate = 2007-06-29] cite web|url =| title = Southern Methodist University Facts|publisher = Southern Methodist University|accessdate = 2007-06-29]
website = []

Southern Methodist University ("SMU") is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas (an enclave of Dallas). Founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, SMU currently operates campuses in Dallas, Plano, and Taos, New Mexico. SMU is owned by the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. [ [ South Central Jurisdiction ] ]

Of the University's current enrollment of 11,000, around 6,000 are undergraduates. 21.5% of entering undergraduates classify themselves as "minorities", and more than half of the student body claims a religious affiliation. Only 25% of new undergraduates claim affiliation with the Methodist church. [ [ Demographic Profile] from the SMU website]


The University was chartered by Texas on April 17, 1911 by the five Annual Conferences in Texas (the Methodist equivalent of diocese) of what is now United Methodist Church.

At the 1914 meeting of General Conference (the highest governing body of the Methodist Church), it was designated the connectional institution for all Conferences west of the Mississippi River (in effect the official church college west of the Mississippi). [ [ Southern Methodist University origins and history collection] - - Retrieved February 3, 2008]

The establishment was in the wake of a 1914 Tennessee Supreme Court decision stripping the church of authority at Vanderbilt University. The church then decided to establish SMU and dramatically increase the size of Emory University at new location in Dekalb County, Georgia. [ [ Vanderbilt University and Southern Methodism] By Frank Gulley - - Retrieved February 20, 2008]

Classes began in 1915.

In 1939 it was placed under the South Central Jurisdiction which comprises the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The city of Dallas has supported SMU since its beginning, when local citizens pledged $300,000 to secure the University's location. In appreciation, SMU named its first building Dallas Hall, which remains the University's symbol and centerpiece. Designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge after the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, Dallas Hall opened its doors in 1915 and housed the entire University as well as a bank and a barbershop. Because Dallas Hall was built on a hill, SMU was nicknamed "The Hilltop".

The University seal is on the floor under the Rotunda. Dallas Hall is now registered in the National Register of Historic Places.

The University's first president, Robert S. Hyer, selected Harvard crimson and Yale blue as the school colors in order to symbolize SMU's high standards.Fact|date=May 2008

Academic profile

SMU's has seven degree-granting schools:
*Cox School of Business
*Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
*Dedman School of Law
*Meadows School of the Arts
*Perkins School of Theology
*Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
*School of Engineering


SMU's endowment of $1,327,815,612makes it one of only 76 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada with an endowment above $1 billion, and is ranked number 54. [cite web
url =
title = 2007 NACUBO Endowment Study

Research & graduate studies

During 2004-05, SMU received almost $15 million in external funding for research. Results of the funded research include:
*The introduction of a new fossil species, Dallasaurus turneri, that represents a missing link in the evolution of mosasaurs (prehistoric contemporaries of dinosaurs that started on land but evolved in the seas)

*The discovery of incontrovertible proof of the existence and location of Site Q, a long-sought Classic Maya city, in one of the longest hieroglyphic texts to be discovered in Guatemala in several decades

*A new model for instruction, integrating academic standards with language skills, that can help children with limited English proficiency develop biliteracy in Spanish and English

*Research into early detection, tracking, and response for cyberattacks that use phishing scams, resulting in software that can help prevent identity theft and other computer crimes

*Study of a mechanical system that simulates the propulsion of jellyfish, which might propel tiny vehicles for microsurgery, undersea exploration, and military surveillance

Special programs

* SMU's Fort Burgwin campus in Northern New Mexico offers summer credit courses, including the SMU archaeology field school program. Past archaeological work has included excavations at Pot Creek Pueblo, a 13th-century ancestral pueblo home of both Taos and Picuris Pueblos. The annual SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute also uses the campus for a weekend of informal classes taught by SMU faculty members. The 2008 Cultural Institute will be held on the Fort Burgwin campus July 17-20, 2008.

Study abroad programs
*International study is offered through 24 programs in 12 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America.

The University Honors Program
* The University Honors Program in the Liberal Arts serves the highest achieving undergraduate students in all departments and majors across campus. Those invited to participate fulfill a seven-course requirement of their General Education Curriculum in small, often discussion-based classes. The Honors Program hosts many events throughout the academic year. It also offers considerable research grants, exclusive job opportunities, and other selective benefits to its student constituents.

Rankings & recognition

"'Notable RecognitionsFiske Guide to Colleges commends the Cox School's strong ties with the Dallas business community, claiming, "SMU is all but the official alma mater of the Dallas business and professional elite."'s [ SMU - COX: Independent Rankings] ]

*SMU consistently ranks in the top third of national universities in the U.S. News & World Report annual guidebook America's Best Colleges (67th in 2008).

* The Cox School of Business is recognized as a business education leader by BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal.

* The [ Cox Full Time MBA] program is ranked among the nation's top schools by BusinessWeek, Financial Times, and Forbes.

* The Meadows School of the Arts is one of only five schools in the country that is top tier in theatre, music, and dance.

Overall University Rankings
* 1st The University's 10 libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest.

* 1st The Economist ranks the [ Cox School] #1 in the United States for "Potential to Network". [ SMU - Cox : About the SMU Cox School of Business ] ]

* 1st In the 2005-06 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I Final Standings, SMU is ranked as the top school in its conference for the eighth consecutive year.

*1st In the 2003 BusinessWeek ranking of the top 25 Executive MBA programs in the world, SMU Cox was listed #1 for entrepreneurship course offerings. [ SMU - Cox : SMU Cox and Caruth Rankings ] ]

*4th In 2005, SMU was named #4 for "Happiest Students" by Princeton Review. [ Register for The Princeton Review ] ]

*4th In 2005, SMU was named #4 for "Great College Towns" by Princeton Review.

*4th In 2004, SMU's "major fraternity and sorority scene" was ranked #4 by Princeton Review.

*5th In 2005, Entrepreneur magazine ranked the Caruth Institute #5 among the top 100 entrepreneurship programs in the nation, as ranked by program directors, faculty & alumni.

*5th BusinessWeek ranks Cox #5 for Global Business as "Best Subjects" in the world, as surveyed by EMBA alumni.

*Top 5 Five Cox School of Business departments were recognized among the nation's top business schools for research productivity based on more than 1.5 million scholarly citations. Only seven schools ranked in the top 30 in all five categories: SMU Cox, Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, MIT, NYU, and UCLA.

*6th BusinessWeek ranks SMU Cox #6 for highest SAT scores.

*6th BusinessWeek ranks Cox #6 for Marketing as "Best Subjects" in the world, as surveyed by EMBA alumni.

*7th The Economist ranks the [ Cox School] #7 in the world for "Potential to Network".

*9th US News & World Report currently ranks The Cox Professional MBA program (PMBA) [ 9th in the nation]

*9th The Princeton Review ranks Cox #9 for best professors, based on interest and accessibility.

*10th The [ Cox Professional MBA program (PMBA)] is ranked is currently ranked #10 for return on investment by Forbes.

*10th Forbes ranks Cox #10 in the nation for ROI, the only program in Texas and the South on the list.

*Top 10 Financial Times also names Cox among the top 10 in the U.S. for enrolling the most experienced students and for highest salaries five years after graduation.

*12th U.S. News & World Report ranks Cox #12 in the nation, the highest ranked program in Texas named in the category.

*13th U.S. News & World Report ranks Cox #13 in the nation.

*13th BusinessWeek ranks Cox #13 in the U.S., praising faculty members for real-world experience brought to the classroom.

*15th Financial Times ranks Cox #15 in the U.S.

*16th BusinessWeek ranks Cox #16 worldwide praising faculty members for real-world experience brought to the classroom.

*20th BusinessWeek ranks SMU Cox #20 for sending the most undergraduates to top MBA programs.

*Top 25 Hispanic Trends names Cox one of the 25 best business schools for Hispanic MBAs.

*29th The Wall Street Journal ranks Cox #29 regional, and students are commended by recruiters for their ambition and people skills.

*30th The Cox faculty is ranked among the top 30 business schools in the world for research productivity in economics, finance, information systems, marketing, and strategy, according to a recent study by Academic Assessment Services (AAS). Only six other U.S. business schools rank in the top 30 in all five categories.

*36th SMU ranked No. 36 out of 98 schools in the 2005 NCSA Division I Power Rankings, which recognizes the nation's best overall collegiate athletics programs.

*46th The Dedman School of Law ranks No. 46 in the U.S. News & World Report guidebook America's Best Graduate Schools 2009.

*54th SMU's Endowment of U.S. $1.3 billion [cite web
url =
title = 2007 NACUBO Endowment Study
] is ranked #54 in the nation.

*67th Southern Methodist University ranks No. 67 in the U.S. News & World Report guidebook America's Best Colleges Nationally 2008

Research and related facilities


* [ Business School Library] - Some resources are available to the public.
* [ Bridwell Library] - Bridwell Library is one of the leading theological research collections in the United States.
* [ CUL Digital Collections] - Central University Libraries Digital Collections provide anyone around the world the ability to access a variety of text, videos and images. These collections are part of CUL’s ongoing effort to digitize and make available SMU’s unique special collections on the Web.
* [ DeGolyer Library] - DeGolyer Library houses one of the strongest collections in the United States on the Trans-Mississippi West, Texas, the Spanish borderlands, transportation with an emphasis on railroads, and business history.
* [ Fondren Library] - The largest collection of resources on campus, Fondren Library houses materials in the humanities, social sciences and business, as well as government information resources. Its collections include approximately 570,000 books, 4,000 journal titles (including 2,300 current journals and newspapers), 68,000 volumes of bound periodicals, 225,000 U.S. and Texas government documents, and 180,000 microforms. The Fondren Library also houses the Science and Engineering Library which includes collections in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The library has particularly strong collections in the earth sciences, electronics, general science and technology.
* [ Edwin J Foscue Map Library] - One of the largest map collections in the Southwest.
* [ Fort Burgwin Library] - The Fort Burgwin Library, located on the SMU-in-Taos campus in New Mexico, contains approximately 4500 books and small collections of journals and maps.
* [ Hamon Arts Library] - Hamon Arts Library supports the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Meadows School of the Arts in the disciplines of art, arts administration, cinema, dance, music, and theater. The library houses approximately 90,000 books and scores, 25,000 audio and video recordings, and 100,000 pieces of special collections materials in the arts.
* [ Underwood Law Library] - The Underwood Law Library's more than 550,000 volumes support the instruction and research of the Dedman School of Law and the general SMU community. The Library's collection is particularly strong in the areas of international law, commercial law, securities, taxation, jurisprudence, oil and gas, and air and space law.
* [ PONI] - On line catalog of all SMU libraries

Research centers and institutes

* [ Brinker Institute for Hospitality and Restaurant Management] - The Institute's goal is to enhance the business acumen, management skills, and leadership potential of the next-generation of industry leaders.
* [ Business Leadership Center] - The BLC encourages MBA students to develop leadership skills.
* [ Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship] - The Institute offers education and training for today's entrepreneur who competes in a rapidly changing, fast paced, technology-driven environment.
* [ Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility] - The Center supports research, writing and teaching in ethics at the graduate and undergraduate level.
* [ Center for Teacher Education] - Workshops and seminars provide lessons that are both useful in instructional delivery and applicable to required professional-development hours.
* [ Center for Teaching Excellence] - Achieving teaching excellence is not formulaic: in diverse areas of the University, different teaching strategies work best. Therefore, the Center encourages dialogs across schools and disciplines.
* [ Clements Center for Southwest Studies] - This center promotes research, publishing, teaching, and public programming in a variety of fields of inquiry related to the American Southwest.
* [ The Center for Research in Real Estate and Land Use Economics] - The Center was created in 1984 as an entity focusing on major issues in the real estate industry.
* [ Center for Scientific Computation] - This interdisciplinary research center is devoted to the application of computational techniques to problems in mathematics, engineering, and the applied sciences.
* [ Center for Statistical Consulting and Research] - Statistical consulting services include statistical data analysis and modeling, interpretation of the results, and presentation of conclusions using state-of-the-art statistical methods.
* [ Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law] - Its focus is on media law and issues affecting the free flow of information with some emphasis on problems caused by the differences in the law of various democracies.
* [ Center for the Advanced Study and Practice of Evangelism] - It seeks to accomplish its mission by providing resources within the Field of Evangelism for scholars, local churches, and others engaged in evangelization, and by providing a strategic forum in which scholars and practitioners of evangelism can be in fruitful dialogue.
* [ The Institute for Engineering Education] - The Institute for Engineering Education at SMU has been established to pioneer an array of innovative programs designed to present engineering as a fun, challenging and rewarding career opportunity to a national audience of students in kindergarten through high school.
* [ The Institute for Reading Research] - The Institute's primary mission is to promote reading skills through research in the areas of developing reading interventions for children at-risk for failing to learn to read, children with mild to moderate mental retardation, and children who are either bilingual or who speak Spanish exclusively in the early primary grades.
* [ Institute for the Study of Earth and Man] - The ISEM was established nearly forty years ago to foster interdisciplinary research in geology and anthropology.
* [ JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence] - The JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence is the leading source of academic expertise on consumer shopping behavior and the effects of retailer activities on shopping behavior.
* [ John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies] - The Center was established to support teaching and research programs in international studies and national security policy, focusing upon the institutions that structure national and international decision-making.
* [ KPMG Institute for Corporate Governance] - The KPMG Institute will explore corporate governance and ethical decision making, and how those choices impact the market's perception of a firm and its future.
* [ Law Institute of the Americas] - NAFTA/FTAA-related Legal Studies, Latin American Legal Studies, Selective Canadian Legal Studies, Regional Intergovernmental Institutions, Related Rule of Law and Law Reform Issues, International Economic Law and Development Issues
* [ Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter] - The eCenter provides leadership in the development and use of interactive network technologies.
* [ Maguire Energy Institute] - Studies the economic, policy, marketing and management issues related to oil, natural gas, and electricity.
*Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing
* [ SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) Foundation] - Focuses on providing education for all levels of bank officers.
* [ Temerlin Advertising Institute] - The Institute strives to advance the state of advertising communication through partnerships with both industry and government and through programs to blend the research interests of the academy and the profession.


* [ Meadows Museum] - The Meadows Museum houses several collections including a collection of Spanish art from the 1500s to 1800s. It also includes a sculpture collection including works by David Smith, Henry Moore and Claes Oldenburg, as well as by contemporary sculptors such as James Surls. Important figural sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, and Giacometti are also housed within the museum. In addition it is also responsible for the University's art collection including several important regional artists.
* [ Pollock Gallery] - The Pollock Gallery provides an ever-changing display of works by the faculty and students of the Meadows School of the Arts, as well as by outside artists.

Bush presidential library

On February 22, 2008, the University trustees unaminously instructed President R. Gerald Turner to enter into an agreement to establish the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the southeast side of the campus. SMU has courted Bush—whose wife, Laura, is an alumna—ever since Ray Lee Hunt broached the subject with the President a few months after Bush assumed office. [ It's official: Bush library coming to SMU] - - February 22, 2008] . The museum will be joined by the George W. Bush Institute.

Donald L. Evans, head of the Library search committee, said they hope to break ground in 2009.

SMU had been considered the primary choice for the library since the December 21, 2006, announcement that the school had been selected for the "next phase of discussions" on the library.Fact|date=May 2008

The Mission Council of the South Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church in March 2007 voted 10-5 with one abstaining in favor of a 99-year lease of 36 acres.Fact|date=May 2008

Specifications sent to prospective architects in June 2007 called for a convert|145000|sqft|m2|sing=on library and a convert|40000|sqft|m2|sing=on institute to be built in an area bordered by SMU Boulevard to the north, Central Expressway to the east, Mockingbird Lane to the south and Airline Road and Dublin Street to the west. The specifications called for the buildings to comply with SMU's "distinct architectural character." [ [ Bush Library appears to be a lock at SMU - Dallas News - June 10, 2007] ]

However, the library may still face some legal hurdles in litigation from owners of condominiums in the University Gardens apartment complex who claim they were bullied into selling the building to the university in 2005. That case comes up for trial in October 2008. University officials said the library could be built on land not including the University Gardens.

The library may also set the school trustees and Methodist Bishops who approved the transaction at odds with the South Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church which is the official governing body for the church in the region which includes SMU.

The Jurisdiction meets every four years and some bishops have questioned whether a small number interim Mission Council members should have the final say or whether it should be decided at the bigger South Central Jurisdiction level. The bigger South Central Jurisdiction is to have its regularly scheduled four year meeting in July 2008 in Dallas. [ [ Bush library opponents question process for approval - - February 1, 2008] ]

The library and museum will be administered by the National Archives and Records Administration while the institute will be privately maintained. [ [ Bush library opponents question process for approval] - - February 1, 2008] The university will have representation on the Institute board.

tudent life

*In 2008, SMU was named #3 among all U.S. colleges for "Most Conservative Students" and #14 for "Most Homophobic Students" (Alternative Lifestyles Not an Alternative) by Princeton Review.

tudent demographics

*21.6% of undergraduates claim to be minorities. There can be, in any given year, students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and almost 100 different countries.

*The largest number of international students come from India, China, Mexico, Panama, Pakistan, Korea, Guatemala, Canada, Japan, Turkey, and El Salvador.

*SMU's female to male ratio is approximately 1:1 and its student-faculty ratio is 12:1. The average age of undergraduate students is 20.6 while that of graduate and professional students is 32.3.

*Two-thirds of undergraduates and 42% of graduate students report a religious affiliation; 23.1% are Methodist, and 22.9% are Catholic. Other represented religions include Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam.


At SMU, the residence halls comprise a variety of room types, bathroom styles, and community areas. All of the residence halls have these common features:
*Carpeted Rooms, Local Phone Service with Voicemail, Computer Connections via Ethernet, Air Conditioning, 24-Hour Security Card Access System, Coed Residence Halls, Laundry Rooms (recently offered at no charge), Soda Vending Machines, Microwave Ovens available in the Hall, Smoke-Free Environment, Resident Assistants and Hall Director

Residence halls
* Boaz, Cockrell-McIntosh, Mary Hay, McElvaney, Morrison-McGinnis, Perkins, Peyton, Shuttles, Smith, Virginia-Snider

Theme halls or apartments
* Daniel House, Hawk, Martin, Moore, Multicultural House, Service House, SMU Apartments, Fine Arts Community

Student organizations

SMU boasts nearly 200 student organizations, including academic, professional, fraternal, sporting, ethnic themed, religious, service, and political diversity groups.

Greek life

In 2004, SMU's "major fraternity and sorority scene" was ranked #4 by Princeton Review. [ [ University of Houston: University Offices ] ]

Southern Methodist University has:
*9 Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities ( Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Gamma Delta, Kappa Sigma, Kappa Alpha Order)

*8 Pan-Hellenic sororities (Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Chi Omega, Delta Gamma)

*6 National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Zeta Phi Beta sororities)

*6 National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC) organizations

*One Christian fraternity (Beta Upsilon Chi) and one Christian sorority (Eta Iota Sigma)

Student media

* [ The Rotunda] , the official SMU Yearbook.
* [ The Daily Campus] , an independent student newspaper since 1915, it is published Tuesday-Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters and monthly during the summer.
* [ The SMUDailyData] , a news and community Web site housed in the Division of Journalism at SMU.
* [ SMU-TV] , a student-run television station serving the Park Cities community.
* [ HillTopics]
* [ The Mustang Post] , an independent, student-run, conservative opinion publication published bi-monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters.
* [ Espejo] , an online literary magazine.
*The Muddler, a satirical newspaper
*The Great Wall Journal, an asian-centered newspaper


* SMU's athletics teams are known as the Mustangs and participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) as a member of Conference USA (C-USA). The school left the Western Athletic Conference in favor of C-USA in 2005. Before that, the Mustangs participated in the now defunct Southwest Conference. The football team plays at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the SMU campus.

* SMU's closest rival in athletics is Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. In football, SMU and TCU compete annually (with the exception of 2006) for the Iron Skillet. In 2005, a nationally unranked SMU beat then 24th ranked TCU for SMU's first win against a ranked team in 19 years (since October 1986). TCU had won the previous seven football games played against SMU
* SMU also competes annually with Rice University in football for the "Mayor's Cup", a traveling trophy that has been created to enhance the Rice/SMU rivalry, which dates back to 1916. [cite web
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* The Doak Walker Award, an annual collegiate award given to the "most outstanding college running back", is named after SMU Heisman Trophy Winner Doak Walker.

*The SMU football program has also produced many professional football standouts, such as Don Meredith, Doak Walker, Kyle Rote, Eric Dickerson, Jerry Ball, and Craig James. Currently four Mustangs are active in the National Football League. Cornerback Kevin Garrett (Carolina Panthers), running back Keylon Kincade (Dallas Cowboys), defensive back Alvin Nnabuife (Green Bay Packers), and most recently, defensive end Justin Rogers who was selected in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

* From 1980–1985 SMU had the winningest program in Division 1A College Football. They posted a record of 55-14-1, and finished as the #21, #7, #2, #19, and #8 in the nation.

*In 1987 the NCAA administered the Death penalty (NCAA) for flagrant recruiting violations.. Components included cancellation of the entire 1987 season, 2-year ban from bowl appearance, 2-year ban from television appearances, a limit of seven games (all on road) during 1988 season, loss of 3 assistant coaching positions for two years, loss of 55 new scholarships over 4 years. Players were allowed to transfer without sitting out one season, per standard requirement. [ [ - Retrieved February 3, 2008] ]

* On November 11, 2006, redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Willis broke the single season touchdown pass record held by Chuck Hixson (21). Willis threw for three touchdowns in a 37-27 loss to the University of Houston, setting the new single season record at 23. At the end of the season, Willis set the new record at 26. He also broke the SMU single season touchdown record accounting for 29 touchdowns. He was named to the Freshman All American team at quarterback.

*On Monday, January 7th, 2008, June Jones was named the head football coach at SMU. He brings a record of 76-41, all at the University of Hawai'i, where he won more games than any other coach in school history. He signed a five-year contract worth ten million dollars.


*Peruna - main|PerunaThe SMU Mustang mascot came into being when President Hyer's assistant, Dorothy Amann once noted that SMU football players looked like a "bunch of wild mustangs." The term "Mustangs" became official upon its approval by a student vote. SMU's official mascot was named after an early 20th century patent medicine, Peruna Tonic, which was popular for its highly alcoholic "kick." Peruna is a black stallion Shetland pony that attends all home football games. Peruna I was introduced in the 1930s by an early director of the Mustang Band, Cy Barcus. Peruna is accompanied to games by "Peruna Handlers", students who are trained to lead Peruna across the field after every touchdown.

*The Boulevard - Before every home football game, SMU students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather along Bishop Boulevard (SMU's main street) for pregame picnicking and festivities. The North end of the Boulevard hosts the tents of student organizations, including almost every fraternity and sorority on campus. Other groups such as Student Council, Program Council, and the Student Senate have traditionally participated. Many tents offer free food and drinks. Many fraternities hire bartenders and serve beer to those students and visitors who are 21 and older. The South end of the Boulevard usually hosts the tents of alumni groups and groups from various departments of the school. It is not uncommon to see pets, alumni, and children of all ages with their parents, all walking along the Boulevard. Booths offer face and body painting and give away SMU gear such as pom-poms, stickers, and temporary tattoos. North of the Boulevard, SMU's Main Quad is made available to tailgaters from the opposing team.

*The "M" Award - This award--given to students, faculty, staff, and administrators in recognition of exemplary service to the University--is SMU's most highly coveted recognition.

*"Pony Ears" - Mustang fans show school pride by raising two bent fingers, a gesture known as "Pony Ears", during school songs, chants, and cheers. In the 1950s, the football team held two fingers up in the air as a sign of unity. The symbol was meant to represent a 'V' for victory. By the mid-1970s, the hand symbol became more curved to represent mustang ears "which are kind of floppy." [Citation
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*Celebration of Lights - This winter tradition is a candlelit ceremony of songs and readings, held each December. The SMU community gathers on the Main Quad of the campus for this popular event. Traditionally, the Christmas story is read from the Bible by the University's president. Those who attend sing Christmas carols led by choirs from the Meadows School of the Arts and nearby high schools. The Christmas lights that decorate Dallas Hall and the surrounding trees are lit during this time.

*Mustang Corral - This retreat in the Texas Hill Country is for entering first-year students. Student leaders, alumni, faculty, and staff welcome new students to the SMU community while sharing the rich history of spirit and traditions. Students meet professors, get to know each other, perform skits, and learn the school's cheers. They also compete in various events such as tug-of-war, sponge racing, and water balloon throwing in a camp-wide event known as The Olympics. The team that wins the Olympics receives the coveted Golden Rake.

*Red and Blue Fridays - On the Friday before football games, SMU students wear red or blue shirts to show their support for the team. On game days, students and fans wear red. In the past, the University has sold an "official game day shirt", which is always red and usually features a clever saying or play on words relating to SMU's mascot, the Mustang.

*The Mustang Band - The SMU marching band was the first band to play jazz music on a football field beginning in the 1930s. From 1959 forward, the band's instrumentation was designed to mimic that of a jazz band, consisting only of brass instruments, drums, and saxophones. And, the band began to use actual jazz arrangements instead of imitation jazz pieces written specifically for marching bands. The band has a unique uniform style (coat and tie) which evolves over each season. The band wears different combinations of uniform parts for the first half of the game, switching or adding parts for the second half, and not repeating any of these combinations for the entire season. The available parts include: coat (red, blue, or candy-striped), vest (red, blue, or candy-striped), button-down shirt (white or blue), pants (white or blue), bow tie (red or blue), and long tie (red or blue).

*Varsity (Alma Mater)Oh we see the Varsity, Varsity, Varsity,"
As she towers o'er the hill over there."
And our hearts are filled with joy, SMU, SMU,"
Alma Mater, we'll be true forever.

*PerunaPeruna is the official SMU fight song. It is based on the classic tune "She'll Be Comin' Around The Mountain". While officially wordless, the fight song is sometimes sung in parody as "She'll be loaded with Peruna when she comes".

*Pony Battle CryThe Pony Battle Cry is SMU's official battle cry. The lyrics are:"
Hail to the red and the blue"
We’re the Mustangs from SMU."
Give a cheer, show your might,"
Get the victory in sight."
For our battle cry will be:"
Spirit's the best in the land,"
And right to the end we’ll stand"
For the M-U-S-T-A-N-G-S!"

*Mighty Mustang ThunderMighty Mustangs Thunder through the canyon on the hill"
For red and blue and SMU Mighty Mustangs always"
Will fight! Fight! Fight!"
Mighty Mustang Thunder from Peruna's heart within,"
Fighting back, fighting on, fighting hard,"
Fighting strong,"
Mighty Mustangs will win!

Notable people

Pop culture

*On the Showtime series "Weeds", Agrestic Councilman Doug Wilson is an SMU graduate. He supports the war in Iraq, because, while he was at SMU, he bought marijuana from Laura Bush. Doug Wilson is played by actor Kevin Nealon.
*President Dwight D. Eisenhower once quipped that "an atheist is a guy who watches a Notre Dame-SMU football game and doesn't care who wins." [cite web
url =
title = Quotations
accessdate = 2007-08-06

*The book "A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU" is a literature account of the recruiting scandals and violations that ultimately led to the famous "Death Penalty" being instituted. [cite news
first = Gordon S.
last = White
author = Author
title = Gridiron Greed
url =
publisher = New York Times
date = 1989-10-22
accessdate = 2007-08-06
*In the television show "Dallas" the character of Lucy Ewing was a student at Southern Methodist University, and several scenes were shot on location in the main quad. There was also a Memorial Scholarship mentioned in honor of Jock Ewing to SMU.

*While students at SMU, siblings Bill and Julie Ann Brice founded I Can't Believe It's Yogurt!, [cite news
first = Christine
last = Stube
author = Author
title = I Can't Believe It's Yogurt! Dallas - company profile
url =
date = February 1990
accessdate = 2007-08-06
] a chain that grew to more than 400 locations throughout the United States and 17 foreign countries.

*A scene from Oliver Stone's film "Born on the Fourth of July" was shot around the exterior of the west wing of Dallas Hall. [cite web
url =|title = Filming locations for "Born on the Fourth of July"
*In a scene from "Brokeback Mountain", Anne Hathaway's character Lureen briefly discusses with a female friend (the friend's) days at SMU.

*The Fox Broadcasting Company show "Prison Break" had an episode filmed at SMU for its 2006-2007 Season. [cite web
url =
title = Filming locations for "Prison Break"
accessdate = 2007-08-12

*The 1978 film "The Seniors", a low-budget comedy starring Dennis Quaid, was filmed at several campus locations and featured students as extras. [cite web
url =
title = The Seniors
accessdate = 2007-08-19

*A scene from the Oliver Stone film "Talk Radio" was filmed at an SMU basketball game. [cite web
url =
title = Filming locations for Talk Radio
accessdate = 2007-08-19

*In the television show "The West Wing", former Vice President John Hoynes is a graduate of SMU. [cite web
url =
title = John Hoynes
accessdate = 2007-08-12
work = Bartlet4America

*Nearly 100 SMU Mustang Band members & alumni, cheerleaders, and pom squad members performed in the George W. Bush 2001 Inauguration Parade. [cite web
url =
accessdate = 2007-08-19
date = 2001-01-09

*A group of 18 SMU Corporate Communications and Public Affairs students worked as volunteers for the George W. Bush 2001 inaugural events. In addition, a photograph of Laura Bush taken for SMU Magazine by university photographer Hillsman S. Jackson was chosen by her as her official inauguration photograph and appeared in all inauguration publications.

*In the 2006 NBC reality television show "Treasure Hunters", the victors of ten competing three-person teams were the members of team Geniuses, a team wholly composed of SMU students which won $3 million in the largest reality show prize ever to date. [cite web
url =
title = Genius Quest: The Search for Hidden Treasure

*Thurston Howell III (from "Gilligan's Island" fame) claimed to have attended SMU (Southern Millionaires University), a nickname for Southern Methodist University meant to highlight the affluent communities of University Park and Highland Park that surround the University.

*Professor Roy Hinkley (another character from "Gilligan's Island") also claimed to have attended SMU. In a line of dialogue obviously geared to make fun of academic abbreviations, the Professor stated his academic credentials as "a B.A from USC, a B.S. from UCLA, an M.A. from SMU, and a Ph.D from TCU." [cite web
url =

*The second season female winner, Cher Tenbush, from "Beauty and the Geek" graduated from SMU." [cite web
url =
title = IMDb Resume: Cher Tenbush

*Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham graduated from SMU.

*2008 Summer Olympics champion in women's gymnastics Nastia Liukin will be attending SMU. [cite web
url =


External links

cholastic links

* [ Southern Methodist University]
* [ SMU Dedman College]
* [ SMU Cox School of Business]
* [ SMU School of Engineering]
* [ SMU Dedman School of Law]
* [ SMU Underwood Law Library]
* [ SMU Meadows School of the Arts]
* [ SMU School of Education and Human Development]
* [ SMU Perkins School of Theology]


* [ SMU-in-Legacy]
* [ SMU-in-Taos]
* [ SMU Study Abroad Program]
* [ SMU University Honors Program in the Liberal Arts]
* [ Mustang Band]


* [ SMU Video Archive Series] Former SMU executives, administrators, and academics recount times of great excitement, challenges, and/or change at SMU in these [ video-based oral histories] .

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