Cafe 100 Kicks Off Second Century Celebration, Brings Starbucks to SMU

January 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Hundreds of SMU students, faculty and staff gathered at the former Java City location in Hughes-Trigg Student Center to mark the Grand Opening of the new Cafe 100. (PHOTO BY ELIZABETH ERICKSON / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Caitlin Clark

Yes, the rumors are true, Starbucks has officially arrived at Southern Methodist University’s campus.

Located in Hughes Trigg, Cafe 100 opened Thursday morning kicking off Southern Methodist University’s Second Century Celebration with free coffee mugs, beverage and food samples, and celebrity baristas including Dean José Bowen and Kyle Padron.

Cafe 100 is a response to the student’s demand for Starbucks according to Marketing Programs Manager Phil Demeo.

The name is a reference to SMU’s hundredth anniversary and is a part of the universities Second Century Campaign.

Nearly 1,000 Cafe 100 coffee mugs were ordered for the opening but they were passed out before noon. The energy in the room was high as Peruna handed out red velvet cupcakes and mini scones.

Students say they are pleased to have Starbucks Coffee so close by.

“I’m so excited! I don’t really like coffee other than Starbucks so now it’s way more convenient than trying to get coffee before class off campus,” Junior Jordan Kragen said.

Cafe 100 will attract even the non coffee loving students.

“I actually never went to Java City. I don’t really like coffee. I would come now because they have Starbucks and more options,” student Tia Gannon said.

The festivities and celebrity baristas will continue throughout the afternoon.

Video by Sydney Giesey

Cafe 100 Opening from on Vimeo.

Editing by Andy Garcia

Video by Fernando Valdes

Cafe 100 Grand Opening from on Vimeo.

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PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Rice at SMU, Homecoming 2009

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Campus News Blog: Meadows Museum to Debut New Sculpture Plaza

October 6, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elisabeth Brubaker

Wednesday, October 7 marks the debut of the brand new Meadows Museum Sculpture Plaza. The plaza has been under construction since the end of the school year to make the plaza more inviting with more gardens and sculptures.

At six p.m. Wednesday the SMU Board of Trustees and President R. Gerald Turner will celebrate the dedication of the new sculpture plaza. They will also unveil a “major acquisition,” a “monumental sculpture” by Spanish contemporary artist Jaume Plensa.

SMU-TV’s Hayley Nelson got footage of the sculpture as it was unloaded behind the Meadows Museum.  The video can be seen approximately 11 minutes and 32 seconds into the Tuesday, September 29th Daily Update.

After the dedication of the sculpture plaza there will be an all-campus Celebration of the Arts with MAPS (Meadows Ambassadors for Prospective Students) and MUSE student docents. The museum will also debut it’s new exhibition Face and Form: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture in the Meadows Collection.

The University expects approximately 900 people on campus and thus Bishop Boulevard both northbound and southbound will be closed from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

SMU School of Engineering Named

October 20, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Rachel Courie

SMU students, faculty, staff and supporters stood hip-to-hip in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom on Friday to celebrate the naming of the School of Engineering in honor of Bobby B. Lyle.

Lyle, a Dallas oilman and SMU alumnus and trustee, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner addressed the crowded ballroom. Turner called Friday’s announcement “a historic day in the life of SMU.”

“We are truly celebrating this day’s arrival and the opportunity for the future,” Turner said. “We are all honored and humbled and thrilled to have this as the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.”

After Turner’s formal introduction of Lyle, Loud applause and a giant bang thundered through the ballroom as confetti burst into the air.

Lyle, who has been working with SMU for more than 40 years, said he feels privileged to be able to provide the opportunity for students to succeed.

“This truly is and currently one of the most exciting and humbling experiences. I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to justify the honor.” Lyle said. “I hope you will be as excited as we are about the new program and donation to the School of Engineering.”

In addition to the naming of the school, a new building with a state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Lab — designed to build and create U.S. military aircraft — will be built to complement the improved engineering program.

“I think the School of Engineering already has amazing progress, and it will be great to have a building to show off in addition to Junkins and Embrey,” junior Stefanie Tracy, an civil engineering student, said.

Tracy said having the new structure built to the highest environmental standards “will show the rest of the community how mindful we are about having a positive influence on the environment.”

SMU will be the first university to hold a Skunk Works lab, which university officials said gives the School of Engineering a unique chance to be a national leader.

“We are setting a new level of standards and achievements not only across Texas but everywhere,” senior mechanical engineering major Bryan Melton said.

Despite Economic Uncertainty, Expert Says Campaign Goal Still ‘Attainable’

September 18, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Donnie Wyar

Three days after SMU unveiled its new $750 million capital campaign, the U.S. stock market suffered its worst single session since the days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Though some question how much SMU’s campaign will be affected by the current economic turmoil, a national leader in the field of educational advancement said he believes SMU is “well-positioned to be successful with its campaign.”

“SMU may see gifts come in a bit more slowly in the next year or two, but that shouldn’t substantially affect the long-term success of the campaign,” said John Lippincott, president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in Washington, D.C.

The last two weeks has seen the federal rescue of insurance giant AIG, the demise of Lehman Brothers, the sale of Merrill Lynch and the nationalization of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Through Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had lost more than 800 points this week.

Lippincott acknowledged that fundraising efforts may decline in the short-term, but he said school officials still can meet the campaign’s lofty goal over the next three years.

“During the life of a campaign, the economy will inevitably have its ups and downs,” Lippincott said in an email interview. “However, given the strong tradition of giving to higher education in this country, rarely do donations actually go down. In a weak economy, the rate of growth of giving will slow down or level off but then pick up again quickly as the economy recovers.”

SMU’s Second Century campaign, designed to strengthen the school’s academic resources with more money for research and scholarships, saw many major donors step up during the quiet phase of its campaign.

Lippincott believes SMU set the bar at the right level, having already raised $342 million toward its overall goal, which he said is “both aggressive and attainable.”

“That doesn’t mean it will be easy to achieve,” Lippincott said, “but their leadership gifts will inspire others to help SMU meet the monetary goal as well as the real goal, which is to enhance educational quality and access.”

At Friday’s campaign rally, SMU President R. Gerald Turner voiced his intent to keep moving forward, despite the unstable national economy and the highest inflation rate since 1981.

“The world is not standing still,” he said. “There is an international arms race for intellectual power, both in students and in faculty. It used to just be centered in the United States, but now it is all over the world and we must not only maintain our gains, but increase them to accelerate our progress.”

Intellectual power has indeed risen on campus over the last ten years, as SMU students’ SAT scores have gone up 97 points. Turner cited the need for more scholarship support if scores are to increase another hundred points over the next decade.

History professor Glenn Linden said he believes the $750 million goal is feasible for the school to reach, notwithstanding the nation’s unfavorable current economic situation.

“They didn’t get this much this early on the last campaign, so I think there’s more confidence,” he said.

“Of course, they do also have the economic situation, which is a little more demanding,” Linden said “But they’ve got some important people like Ray Hunt (member of the Campaign Leadership Council and Executive Committee) who really believe in it. We all believe in it.”

Assistant Dean of Student Life Jennifer Jones also said she’s certain that the goals of the campaign are within reach.

“People have been anticipating this, I think they’re very excited about it,” Jones said. “I really believe we’re going to exceed the goal. The students, and especially young alumni, have already started to give. They want to do whatever they can to go beyond the goal.”