Nautical Wheel | The nautical steering wheel represents navigating the complexities of college, personally and professionally, with integrity.
Candle | The Candle lights the way, guiding students as they journey to find purpose through their undergraduate experience at Southern Methodist University.
Quill | Represents the Faculty in Residence and Faculty Affiliates whose wisdom aims to inspire students to lead lives of curiosity and lifelong learning.
Pillar | The Pillar Represents the steadfast discipline that is needed to be successful in college and that Mr. Crum exhibits in his professional life.
The Dragon has become the official sigil and mascot of Crum Commons. The Dragon was chosen after Crum Fellows learned of Dean Camp’s children’s book “Why Alligators Don’t Have Wings”. A copy of the pages and illustrations of his book hangs on the wall in the hallway that leads to his apartment door in Crum for any who want to find out the answer. It is a fairy tale telling the creation story of dragons. You may recognize the dragon graphic from the Welsh flag. The Crum Dragon is the mirror image of the Welsh Dragon (a play on the SMU and Ford Mustang).
Interestingly, the word dragon derives from two separate Greek words. One word means “a huge serpent or snake” and the other means “I see clearly”. Dragons in European traditions have wings, allowing them to soar freely above, resulting in a perspective that encompasses a huge panorama below. In this context, dragons can be thought to symbolize the ability to see the “big picture” as well as the ability to see far off danger or future circumstances. Learn More...
Meet the Crums
Sylvie and Gary Crum have shown a commitment to expanding opportunities across the SMU campus through their far-reaching leadership and generosity.
Gary Crum received his B.B.A. from SMU in 1969 and was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He went on to earn his M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. This foundational education laid the groundwork for his successful business career. Before his retirement from private industry, Mr. Crum was co-founder of AIM Management Group and served as director of AMVESCAP PLC.
Mr. Crum has remained actively engaged with his alma maters. At SMU he serves on the Board of Trustees and the Cox School of Business Executive Board, and at the University of Texas he serves on several boards and councils. In recognition of his many contributions, Mr. Crum has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from SMU and the Edwin L. Cox School of Business as well as the McCombs Hall of Fame award from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sylvie Crum is active in numerous civic activities in their home community of Houston. Graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in French, she formerly served as the Regent’s representative on the Intercollegiate Athletic Council for Women for UT and is a member and former chair of the Longhorn Foundation Advisory Council. She also serves as a director for the US Lacrosse Foundation.
Mr. and Mrs. Crum currently serve as the chief executive officers of the CFP Foundation, a Houston-based charitable organization focused primarily on educational issues related to Texas. They have three children: Ashley, Christopher, and Clayton. Continuing the legacy of their father, Ashley ’03 and Christopher ’05 earned B.B.A. degrees at SMU. In addition, Christopher earned an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University in 2010. Clayton received B.B.A. and Business Honors degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Mr. and Mrs. Crum received SMU’s Mustang Award in 2012 in recognition of their significant philanthropy to the University. They have supported SMU through their leadership and financial gifts to athletics, the Cox School of Business and student initiatives, as well as other areas across campus.
In 2013, Mr. and Mrs. Crum provided a leadership gift for a new living-and-learning Residential Commons facility. SMU recognizes their remarkable generosity with the naming of Crum Commons.
The Crum Paintings
Over 100 paintings of ships and sail boats line the halls of Crum Commons. Gary Crum, an artist himself has his own painting hanging in the Crum entrance. In love with the artistic style of painter Tim Thompson, Gary and Sylvie donated their collection to fill the empty walls of Crum and help make this place feel like home.