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Annual donations for current use strengthen every part of the University. That’s why SMU has started Pony Power: Strengthening the Stampede, a three-year drive to average $50 million in annual gifts that help today’s students and faculty – and build a foundation for even more ambitious efforts in the decades to come.

Your gift can make world-class learning in the classroom, in study-abroad programs and in hands-on learning opportunities accessible to students who might not otherwise afford them.

You can enable students, faculty and staff working in laboratories, research centers and community partnerships to develop new solutions to pressing problems.

Demonstrate your commitment to SMU’s excellence and make an immediate impact – join the Pony Power stampede today.

One great way to get involved is to make a gift to the SMU Fund, which provides flexible support for key priorities and emerging opportunities. When you invest in the SMU Fund, you can direct your support to the entire University – to SMU’s greatest needs, to scholarships or to faculty – to the highest priorities of a school or the libraries, or to campus experiences through Athletics or Student Affairs. Your gift to the SMU Fund helps every school and unit address the University’s strategic priorities.

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Annual donations for current use strengthen every part of the University. That’s why SMU has started Pony Power: Strengthening the Stampede, a three-year drive to average $50 million in annual gifts that help today’s students and faculty – and build a foundation for even more ambitious efforts in the decades to come.

Your gift can make world-class learning in the classroom, in study-abroad programs and in hands-on learning opportunities accessible to students who might not otherwise afford them.

You can enable students, faculty and staff working in laboratories, research centers and community partnerships to develop new solutions to pressing problems.

Demonstrate your commitment to SMU’s excellence and make an immediate impact – join the Pony Power stampede today.

One great way to get involved is to make a gift to the SMU Fund, which provides flexible support for key priorities and emerging opportunities. When you invest in the SMU Fund, you can direct your support to the entire University – to SMU’s greatest needs, to scholarships or to faculty – to the highest priorities of a school or the libraries, or to campus experiences through Athletics or Student Affairs. Your gift the SMU Fund helps every school and unit address the University’s strategic priorities.

Current-use gifts empower SMU faculty and students

See how donations shaped the SMU experiences of biological sciences professor Steven Vik, electrical engineering professor Ping Gui, accounting alumna Sabrina Janski ’16, ’17, and psychology alumnus and basketball player Semi Ojeleye ’17.

Demonstrate your commitment to SMU’s excellence and make an immediate impact – join the Pony Power stampede today.

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Impact Stories

Dirty hands, warm hearts

Your gift to the SMU Fund supports hands-on learning, academic centers and community engagement efforts give SMU students real-world learning opportunities that create positive change in the world. The students at the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity developed an experimental mobile greenhouse to help low-income communities access fresh produce.

Shaping champions

SMU Athletics excellence depends on annual support from donors. Gifts to the SMU Fund and to the Mustang Club provide scholarships, coaching, travel and support services for student-athletes so they have opportunities to study, train and grow their leadership skills. Semi Ojeleye ’17 says, “To everyone who gives to SMU, what you do is truly life-changing.”

Research with a real purpose

Annual support for scholarships and undergraduate research enabled Patricia Nance ’17 to attend SMU and develop an antibacterial coating for breast implants that could improve the lives of those with breast cancer. After graduation, it was on to a Ph.D. program in chemistry at Caltech. Read more about Patricia and support the SMU Fund.

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Pony Power Volunteer Leadership Committee

Co-chairs

  • Caren H. Prothro
  • Carl Sewell ’66

Honorary Co-chairs

  • Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48
  • Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67
  • Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84
  • Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69
  • Ray L. Hunt ’65
  • David B. Miller ’72, ’73

Constituent Representatives

  • Alumni Board Chair
    Douglas C. Smellage ’77
  • Faculty Giving Chair
    Frederick I. Olness
  • Parent Leadership Council Co-chairs
    Connie Blass O’Neill ’77 and J. Chris O’Neill ’75
  • Staff Giving Chair
    Jennifer M. Jones ’93, ’99
  • Student Representative
    Madison M. Zellers ’18

School and Unit Representatives

  • Cox School of Business
    Kirk L. Rimer ’89
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
    Jon J. Altschuler ’94
  • Dedman School of Law
    James L. Baldwin ’86
  • Lyle School of Engineering
    Michael G. Sullivan ’85, ’91
  • Meadows School of the Arts
    Marvin B. Singleton ’89
  • Perkins School of Theology
    Dodee Frost Crockett ’03
  • Simmons School of Education and Human Development
    Richard H. Collins ’69
  • Athletics
    Paul Grindstaff, Jr. ’15

Ex Officio

  • SMU President
    R. Gerald Turner
  • SMU Vice President, Development and External Affairs
    Brad E. Cheves

Staff Liaison

  • SMU Assistant Vice President for Annual Giving and Alumni Relations
    Marianne B. Piepenburg ’81