• History of the HSU Round Table

    Simmons Round Table, today’s HSU Round Table, was founded in the fall of 1910 by Simmons College First Lady, Mrs. Lucile Sandefer, to cultivate friendships among faculty wives. From the first meeting, which was held around Mrs. Sandefer’s round dining room table, a very extensive movement began. Under her leadership and business acumen, these industrious ladies undertook projects that would transform and enhance the rugged frontier campus.

    To mention a few of their initiatives, in 1915 the group purchased and planted 100 pecan trees, many of which remain on the campus today, and constructed an irrigation system to water the new plantings. In 1919 when electricity first became available to the surrounding community, the HSU Round Table convinced the City Council to install lights on the campus. Their fundraising projects brought the first concert grand piano to campus, and the early club members sponsored several concerts. In more recent years, the club placed a sun dial on the campus lawn, and participated in the Millennial Light Project though the purchase of a light outside Moody Center.

    Over the years, Round Table has been impacted and influenced by social and cultural changes. Today membership is extended to wives of administration and staff members. Yet, for a century the organization has remained true to Mrs. Sandefer’s vision. The mission of the organization is to continue to serve the students and HSU family as a whole, while producing an environment that facilitates friendships among faculty wives.

    The Purple Iris

    The roundtable has designate the purple iris as its flower of choice because it represents wisdom, knowledge, honor, and dignity which are attributes of its founding members and continue to be valued by members today.

    The HSU Round Table Virtue Award

    The Virtue Award is presented at the annual round table luncheon to a women who has exhibited exemplary leadership within her sphere of influence, who has exhibited fiscal, emotional or physical support to the ongoing of Hardin-Simmons University, and who represents Christian values and beliefs foundational to Hardin-Simmons University.

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