A New Place Education Majors Can Call Home

September 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Aileen Garcia and Aida Ahmed
aileeng@smu.edu, aahmed@smu.edu

The Daily Mustang met with David Chard, the dean of the new Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, this week. The new school is built to give 900 students seeking degrees in education a home. Annette Caldwell Simmons, the school’s biggest contributor, is a graduate from the school of education and has taught in Dallas and in the Island of Guam.

Before the new building, education majors were scattered across campus in any classroom that was available. For the past five years on the same site an old apartment complex housed faculty offices for the school of education. The dean’s office was located off campus for two years.

However, the new building now houses faculty offices and classrooms for both undergraduate and graduate students giving them a place to consider home.

“This brings us all together, before we were in 11 different places,” Chard said. “We had no campus home, so this is the beginning.”

The education school catered to graduate students for years. Last year they started an undergraduate program offering a psychology and sport management major. The building also offers a psychology lab for research on the human development.

On Friday Sept. 24 the unveiling of the red ribbon will take place at the new building from 10 a.m. to noon. Guest speakers will include the Simmons family, President Gerald R. Turner and the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Assistant professor in the education school, Scott Davis, also gave the Daily Mustang a quick tour of the new applied physiology laboratory in the applied physiology and wellness department. Take a look for yourselves.

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Video and Editing By Aida Ahmed