Happenings on the Hill

Rowling Center Opening

The new Robert B. Rowling Center for Business Law and Leadership opens this fall in SMU’s Dedman School of Law.

The center’s training will focus on professionalism and core business skills plus mentoring opportunities to connect students with SMU’s alumni network.

At the request of an anonymous $3 million donor, the center is named in honor of Robert B. Rowling, owner and chairman of TRT Holdings Inc. He received an undergraduate degree in business before graduating from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 1979.

Meadows Acquires ‘Magi’ Painting

Adoration of the Magi, an early Renaissance oil painting acquired by SMU’s Meadows Museum, will go on display in August.

The painting by the artist known as the Master of Sigena is one of 16 extant panels originating from the monumental altarpiece at the Real Monasterio de Santa María de Sigena, which was dismantled in the 18th century.

It was purchased with funds from The Meadows Foundation, with additional support provided by Susan Heldt Albritton, Gwen and Richard Irwin, and Catherine Blaffer Taylor.

The work features an idealized likeness of King Charles I of Spain, who became Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, in 1519. The figure bears the pale complexion, reddish hair, and classic 16th-century coiffure common among portraits of Charles I.

Meadows director Mark A. Roglán said the painting combined with other works at the museum will serve as a “useful tool for studying the Hispanic artistic tradition as it transitioned from the late medieval period to the Renaissance.”

Jeffcoat Named Libraries Dean

Holly Jeffcoat, University of Connecticut associate dean of libraries, will become dean of SMU Libraries, beginning Aug. 1.

As dean, Jeffcoat will oversee and lead collaborations across SMU Libraries and serve as ex officio member of the SMU Libraries Executive Board and the Friends of the SMU Libraries.