WATCH: Community change agent

SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2017 As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his college experience. Before he graduated from SMU, he triple majored, managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job. WATCH https://youtu.be/LDeci0nhrx8  

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SMU economist wins $50,000 “budding genius” prize with highly cited corruption research

SMU Research Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 Guilt and shame play a role in reducing bribery, according to research by economist Danila Serra, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. As an economist who has studied bribery behavior extensively, Serra has discovered that bribery declines if potentially corrupt agents are made aware of the negative effects of corruption, and when victims can share specific information about bribe demands through online reporting systems. An assistant professor in the SMU Department of Economics, Serra’s research methodology is unique — relying on lab experiments in which players gain and lose real money. Her work is frequently cited by other researchers studying the field of bribery. In November the directors and officers of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics honored Serra as the inaugural recipient of the $50,000 [...]

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SMU celebrates 2017 December Commencement Convocation Saturday, Dec. 16

SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 The SMU community will celebrate 2017 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 16. Kenneth A. Hersh, president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, will give the address. Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession. Doors to the staging area in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports will open at 8:30 a.m. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.; doors close at 9:40 a.m. The faculty should assemble in academic dress no later than 9:40 a.m. in the Champions Club. On Friday, Dec. 15, undergraduate candidates will participate in Rotunda Recessional. Candidates should wear SMU regalia and begin lining up at 5:15 p.m. at the flagpole on the Main Quad. Hot cider will be served. > [...]

Cullum Clark, Economics, charities hold breath as lawmakers work on tax reform

Fox 4 Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 Charities are holding their breath as lawmakers hammer out details of a massive overhaul to the taxcode Some organizations are fearful the changes could equal a drop in charitable giving. “The last couple of weeks of the year our donations go way up,” said Jonathan Rich, Salvation Army. “In fact the last quarter of each calendar year we see more donations, about 50 percent of our donations come in the last quarter alone.” The most visible fundraiser is the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, but they are also reliant on major gifts. “When someone like you or me decides to give a thousand dollars to a charity, that’s a major gift and we get to write it off [...]

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How Would a Tax Code Overhaul Impact North Texas Charities?

NBC 5 Originally Posted: November 27, 2017 After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, part of a national call to encourage people to give to their favorite charities during the Christmas season. At the same time, Congress is back to work trying to overhaul the U.S. Tax Code before the end of the year, and some wonder if the current plan could cost charities. Under a plan presented by House Republicans, charitable giving is still tax deductible, but fewer people may end up using the deduction. In an effort to simplify the tax code, the standard deduction would nearly double so that fewer people would need to itemize deductions and would instead just take a standard deduction. But if there is less of a need to [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving from Dedman College

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! SMU is closed November 23 and 24.  

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major

New York Times Originally Posted: November 3, 2017 Many colleges ask you to choose a major as early as your senior year of high school, on your admissions application. Yet there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind. The Education Department says that about 30 percent of students switch majors at least once. Students get plenty of advice about picking a major. It turns out, though, that most of it is from family and friends, according to aSeptember Gallup survey. Only 11 percent had sought guidance from a high school counselor, and 28 percent from a college adviser. And most didn’t think that the advice was especially helpful. Maybe it’s because much of the conventional thinking about majors is wrong. READ MORE

Congratulations to Dedman College Economics Professor Danila Serra, recipient of the Journal of the European Economic Association “Excellence in Refereeing Award”

Congrats to Department of Economics Professor, Danila Serra. She is a recipient of the Journal of the European Economic Association “Excellence in Refereeing Award.” The Award recognizes the outstanding work of those referees whose service and dedication have contributed to the high quality and prestige of the Journal of the European Economic Association. https://www.eeassoc.org/doc/upload/JEEA_Excellence_in_Refereeing_201720171104220726.pdf  

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