Scholar Spotlight | Getting Students Involved in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Tower Center Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 The Tower Center interviewed HCM Tower Scholar Isabelle Gwozdz about her senior year practicum as an intern with the Embrey Human Rights Program and her involvement in establishing the SMU Chapter of the Student Alliance Against Human Trafficking. Gwozdz is majoring in political science with minors in history, French and English, and will graduate in May. Tell us about your experience with the Embrey Human Rights Program. It’s been pretty awesome. I’m not a human rights major or minor, but it’s something I’ve been interested in and so I thought it would be cool to have that experience for my practicum placement. I’ve been focusing on human trafficking because the Human Rights Symposium in September featured people from the Dallas [...]

By | 2017-12-14T16:56:39+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Scholar Spotlight | Getting Students Involved in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

SMU’s first human rights alumni share insights with this year’s grads pursuing similar career paths

SMU News Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 Since SMU launched its bachelor of arts degree in human rights in 2012 – becoming one of only five in the U.S. to offer it – 79 students have embraced the ultimate “world changer” degree to embark on careers ranging from medicine to business to politics. Five years later, SMU seniors Abigail Buck and Grace Caputo will earn the same uncommon distinction at Commencement Convocation Dec. 16. They also plan to follow career paths very similar to the first pioneering duo to earn the degree: Samantha Matthews and Shireen Tavakoli. Samantha recently returned to Dallas to work as executive director of a nonprofit affiliated with the Texas Legends basketball team (an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks) after earning [...]

By | 2017-12-14T08:12:53+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU’s first human rights alumni share insights with this year’s grads pursuing similar career paths

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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Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: December Issue As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his University experience. While a triple major at SMU, he managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job. “My mother didn’t know how to read,” says Barzani. War kept her from completing elementary school, and eventually Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime forced Barzani’s parents to flee for a new life in the United States. In middle school, Barzani helped his mother learn English and pass her U.S. citizenship test. By the time he graduated from high school, he had scholarship offers from three schools. He says, “When I realized there [...]

By | 2017-12-06T08:53:25+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

TEDxKids@SMU returns Nov. 30, and so does Amit

SMU News Originally Posted: November 29, 2017 Amit Banerjee is now a 19-year-old sophomore at SMU, a Hunt Leadership Scholar studying engineering and public policy. Amit Banerjee was just 13 years old when he attended his first TEDxKids@SMU conference in 2011. He was absolutely hooked. He was back in 2012 as a featured speaker, talking about the magazine he created for his Eagle Scout project – “Philanthropy Kids.” And five years later, he is part of a growing network of young people in the Dallas area who after attending as middle-schoolers, come back year after year as program volunteers in high school and college. Amit is now a 19-year-old sophomore at SMU, a Hunt Leadership Scholar studying engineering and public policy. He hasn’t missed an [...]

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Army veteran finds a new band of brothers (and sisters) in the SMU pep band

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: November 24, 2017 Having joined midyear, Juan Rios is still enjoying the traditions that go along with being a first-year member of the Southern Methodist University band — including a cap that bears his name and SMU's "Diamond M" logo. In addition to three-times-a-week practice, he treasures the late-night talks, campus walks and camaraderie with his band brothers and sisters. It's those moments that take Rios back to Tallil, the base south of Baghdad where he and his fellow Army mates were stationed in 2011. Being in the SMU band, he said, "reminds me of the brotherhood we had in the military." Recalling the Army's drills and ceremonies, "it's like we had our instruments there, too — but they were [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:15:40+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Army veteran finds a new band of brothers (and sisters) in the SMU pep band

Dedman College Student Has Heart for Kids Battling Heart Defects

NBC 5 Originally Posted: November 25, 2017 Jeffrey Kelley is a healthy SMU English and sociology major. He plays symbols in the SMU Mustang band. But, he was born with a congenital heart defect and had his first surgery at six weeks old. He was homeschooled and had limited physical activity until he had another surgery at age 16. Jeffrey’s dad sent three e-mails to friends suggesting they send cards to his son after his surgery. To Jeffrey’s surprise, and embarrassment, he received more than 1,000 cards. Jeffrey is a person who would much rather be the card-sender than the card-receiver, so he turned this avalanche of support into a foundation to help other kids with congenital heart defects, Jeffrey has Heart.  In just two [...]

By | 2017-11-27T11:45:18+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College Student Has Heart for Kids Battling Heart Defects

Our Writers Choose the BEST Courses at SMU

Her Campus Originally Posted:November 6, 2017 Signing up for classes is a fun but stressful time. You have an idea of the classes you want to take, and you might be overwhelmed by the amount of pillars you still have to satisfy, all while hoping the classes you want have not filled up by the time you sign up. Even if you do not get every class you hoped for this semester, make sure to fill your shopping cart with some of our writer's favorite classes, or use these classes to fill in your schedule when you don't know what to take next. PHIL 1317- Business Ethics Professor: Egerstrom "I'm in this class right now and I really like it because of how the class is [...]

By | 2017-11-17T07:56:04+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Philosophy, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Our Writers Choose the BEST Courses at SMU

Tower Scholar Spotlight | Connecting communities in Texas

Tower Scholars Blog  Originally Posted: November 7, 2017 Fairooz Adams is a pre-law senior majoring in political science and international studies. He is from Lewisville, Texas, where he began his active participation in politics by challenging a school board decision to split his class. He joined the Tower Scholars Program primarily because of his desire to gain valuable experience to one day develop answers to challenges with which America is confronted. Upon completion of his undergraduate career, Fairooz intends to attend law school and later enter public service. More here   Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Fairooz Adams believes in using local politics to shape a community. Adams ran for local office when he was 20 years old, and is now carrying out his senior [...]

By | 2017-11-08T10:04:33+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Tower Scholar Spotlight | Connecting communities in Texas
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