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Naming A New MaRquee Space

In June 2015, SMU began a $17 million renovation project to modernize Fondren Library Center. Along with extensive plans to meet the research and study needs of students and other patrons now and in the future, there are also plenty of naming opportunities remaining to help support the project.

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The combined Collaborative Commons and Starbucks Café present the only marquee space naming opportunity remaining in the Fondren Library Center renovation.

“There are many ways donors can participate in updating the 75-year-old Fondren Library Center,” says Paulette Mulry ’83, Director of Development, Central University Libraries. “For example, the University commissioned custom-designed, handcrafted Moser tables and reading chairs to re-establish Fondren Centennial Reading Room. A plaque mounted on each named table or chair will recognize the donor or honor a current or former student. There are also legacy opportunities donors can take part in, but there is only one marquee space left – naming the new Starbucks Café.”

The Collaborative Commons and Starbucks Café will be a prime destination for students, faculty and staff. It will be accessed directly from the main quad and the Laura Bush Promenade and provide areas for individual and group study, interactive technology, and conversation and collaboration. Baristas will serve Starbucks’ famous coffees, lattes and frappuccinos, as well as pastries, bistro boxes, sandwiches and other tasty delights.

“Someone once said caffeine and libraries are the recipe for successful students. I don’t know if that’s true, but we’re certainly going to provide the best of both worlds in one convenient location,” Mulry says.

To learn more about naming the new Collaborative Commons, which will house the Starbucks Café, and other naming opportunities provided by the renovation project, please contact Paulette Mulry at 214-768-1741 or email

Remaining Naming Opportunities

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