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New lifestyle blog “Ramen & Rosé,” created by undergraduate students with ties to Dedman College’s Department of World Languages & Literatures

SMU Daily Campus

Originally Posted: December 9, 2015

Meet the SMU trendsetters behind Ramen & Rosé

At the Starbucks in Snider Plaza on a sunny Friday afternoon, Chandler Helms arrived first and Jessica Jan came shortly after her. Immediately when the SMU students saw each other, the two fashionistas launched into a conversation about new shoes and formal dresses.

“You got the shoes!” Jan said to Helms.

Helms, who sported a pair of brightly colored flats with fun designs on them, showed off her new shoes and asked Jan about which formal dress she was going to wear that night.

After a few minutes of small talk, the two got down to business. They were here to discuss their new blog “Ramen & Rosé,” a lifestyle blog for young and fabulous millennials on a budget. The blog features style, food and travel sections.

It was obvious that Jan and Helms are both friendly and fun to talk to, but what was so admirable about the pair is their knowledge of fashion and their ability to shine professionally.

Many SMU students are familiar with Jan and Helms. Jan, who is well known for working at SMUstyle, is easily spotted by her spunky, unique outfits that are inspired by the different cultures of places like Asia and Europe. READ MORE

Jewish Studies is officially a Minor

SMU Daily Campus

Originally Posted: December 8, 2015

Students may now declare a minor in Jewish Studies as of the Fall Semester 2015. 

Senior finance major Trish Weisberg came into SMU as a religious minor and declared a Jewish Studies minor after she decided to learn more about her own faith.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s enhanced all parts of who I am,” she said.

She said the program is a way for her to get away from all the numbers she deals with in her finance major, and get a more faith- based perspective on life. It has helped her understand the Jewish religion in a more historical and theological sense.

“Understanding yourself and other people’s faith is so essential in today’s world,” she said.

This new minor requires 15 hours of courses and provides students with structure and guidelines on how to make them educated in their field.

SMU now offers a total of 24 classes in Jewish studies, including five courses new to the curriculum this semester or beginning in spring ’16.

The classes offer an interesting way to study the various Judaic cultures by spanning more than 3,000 years of history.

The courses are not just for the Jewish students. In fact, most of the students who take these classes are not Jewish. So far, there are about 500 students enrolled in the courses.

“It provides a way to study side-by-side the different Jewish cultures,” said Shira Lander, director of Jewish Studies.
Senior Robyn Langley is studying fashion media and minors in art and Jewish Studies. She decided to pursue Jewish Studies because she had grown up in Hebrew school, and when she went through college, she always kept religion in her mind. However, it was important to her to make it her own decision to learn more about her faith instead of being “coerced” into taking Hebrew school.

“It gives a broader perspective, if you’re Jewish or not, you can really [gear] towards what your interested in and learn about something you don’t know,” she said.

SMU estimates that it has a 2 percent Jewish population and Hillel, the Jewish organization on campus, estimates closer to 5 percent. Landry says this is likely because not all students chose to disclose their religious preference to the admissions office.

This program is unique because it offers classes in Dedman and Meadows. Students now have the opportunity to learn about culture, politics, art, music, poetry, English, and history in a versatile way.

According to Professor of Religious Studies Serge Frolov, offering major and minors in ethnic studies is a growing trend for at some the country’s largest universities. The Jewish Studies program was started to prevent SMU from falling behind its fellow peers.

“I can only speak for my own classes. The study of religion is interdisciplinary; they get a good idea of the different cultures and the role of religion,” he said.

More information on the Jewish Studies minor can be found at:

For interested students, the new classes offered under the major are:

Introduction to Jewish Studies (JWST 1300)

Introduction to Jewish Music (MUHI 1322)

Literature of the Holocaust (ENGL 3370)

Reel Judaism: Cinematic Representations of Jewish Life (RELI 3383)

A Persistent Prejudice: Anti-Semitism in Western Civilizations (RELI 3390)


Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields – Call for Abstracts

The SMU Geothermal Lab is hosting our 8th international energy conference and workshop, Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, April 25-26, 2016 on the SMU Campus in Dallas, Texas.

We are looking for speakers and poster presentations. Abstracts are due by Friday February 5, 2016.

Submit your abstract by email to

Please include:

Author name(s)
Organization name(s)
Presentation title
Abstract, 1-2 pages
Prefer Oral Presentation or Poster Session?
Bio of presenter
We will let you know if your presentation has been selected, and whether you have been assigned a speaker slot or poster session.

Contact Maria Richards at or 214-768-1975 for more information or to discuss your topic.

Submit your abstract by email to Abstracts are due by Friday February 5, 2016.  READ MORE

Dedman College student named EO Dallas winner in the Global Student Entrepreneur awards

Edward Allegra of BioLum Sciences to Represent Dallas in U.S. Finals

DALLAS – November 16, 2015 – Edward Allegra, a Southern Methodist University (SMU) student, became the proud winner of the Dallas qualifying competition for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Edward Allegra, 22 years old, bested his competitors with an innovative smartphone-based medical device that is able to monitor and help manage asthma. Allegra is co-founder and runs the company while also attending college. The judges selected Allegra based on his vision for BioLum as well as his desire to make a mark with a product that can improve the quality of others’ lives and the way asthma is diagnosed and managed.

In order to qualify for this award, Allegra had to be an undergraduate student and the owner of a for-profit (revenue generating) business that has operated for at least six consecutive months.

Founded in April 2015, BioLum is the developer of a smartphone based medical device that is able to monitor and help manage asthma. This is accomplished by utilizing chemiluminescence to detect and quantify specific disease biomarkers found in exhaled breath condensate. The BioLum device will enable users to monitor their condition with a mobile health platform, which can indicate lung condition and function. The device will aid in treatment programs as patients manage their symptoms, as is the trend with emerging mobile health technologies. BioLum’s smartphone integrated technology offers a valuable opportunity to gather global data about this illness that plagues millions. The device will help doctors identify when asthma is the worst (time of year), where it is the worst (location/region), triggers that cause it as well as how to best prevent asthma from occurring and what medications treat the illness.

The company has raised $118,000 in capital and prize money to develop the product and begin a research study at SMU. BioLum will begin a clinical study for the product in January, which will also start the company’s FDA regulatory process.

“Our goal is to get the BioLum device in the hands of asthma patients all over the world as a low-cost personal health management system. BioLum will gather data about asthma and help the world deal with growing health problems,” said Edward Allegra, president BioLum.

“In our first year of the EO Dallas student competition we discovered an impressive group of undergraduate entrepreneurs,” said Jessica Nunez, chair, EO Dallas GSEA. Students like Edward Allegra of BioLum are pioneering the next generation of great business ventures. I am honored that we can bring them global visibility through this EO program.”

This Dallas entrepreneur will go on to compete at the U.S. national competition in Miami on February 11, 2016. The winner of the National Competition will attend the GSEA Global Finals to compete with the world’s top student entrepreneurs and have a chance to win over US$150,000 in cash and donated business services. Allegra will also receive a valuable prize package including:
· $1,000 prize money
· One-year EO Dallas Accelerator Membership | Value: $2,500
· Three-Month Mentorship, EO Dallas Forum of Entrepreneurs | Value: Priceless
· BizOwners Ed, 5-week Entrepreneurial Program, Gallery Participant | Value: $2,000
· Lunch and Internet Marketing, Globe Runner | Value: $1,000
· Marketing Communications Consultation, TruePoint Communications | Value: $1,000
· Logo Creation, Worlds of Wow! | Value: $2,500

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition undergraduate students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,700 of the prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 32 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA is generously supported by Thomas Franchise Solutions. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to and follow GSEA on Twitter at @EO_GSEA.

Congratulations to Dedman College undergraduate Edward Allegra. His team, BioLum Sciences, will advance to Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

SMU News

Originally Posted: November 12, 2015

SMU ‘Big iDeas’ winners advance to Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Since its launch in 2008, student teams have been awarded grants through SMU’s Big iDeas program to research and improve issues facing the Dallas area and beyond, ranging from energy and education to health and campus living.

This year, two of the contest’s winners will compete against university undergraduates from other area schools in the regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

The event will be 6-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, on the SMU campus in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium. It is open to SMU students and the neighboring community. Those interested can RSVP here.

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is a worldwide forum for student entrepreneurs who have successfully developed and run their own business. The nominees compete in regional qualifying competitions for the chance to advance to the global finals in Bangkok, Thailand, in May 2016. The participating student teams from SMU are:

BioLum Sciences: Winning both the SMU Pitch Contest in 2014 and the Business Plan Competition in 2015, BioLum Sciences is the developer of a medical device used to help manage asthma. It allows users to test their symptoms, monitor daily progress, and understand the cause of their asthma. BioLum uses a smartphone based imaging system to detect and quantify the disease biomarkers found in the user’s exhaled breath. This technology has the potential to reduce the current 40% misdiagnosis of asthma in the US.

Team members are students Edward Allegra, Miguel Quimbar and Jack Reynolds. READ MORE

Event: Nov. 12, Noah’s Ark – Figuring Climate Change

SMU News

Originally Posted: Nov. 10, 2015

Professor Jeffrey Jerome Cohen of George Washington University, who specializes in medieval studies, ecotheory, posthumanism and the history of monsters, will speak on “Noah’s Ark — Figuring Climate Change” at SMU on Thursday, Nov. 12.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be at 6 p.m. in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium. It is part of the Gilbert Lecture Series.

Most medieval illustrations of Noah depict him serenely floating in his ark, surrounded by his family and a harmonious menagerie. What would happen if we stopped using the Flood as our unspoken cognitive frame for global warming – or at least if we stopped playing the role of Noah, if we abandoned the hope of salvaging a small community in an ark built against more complicated, more collective, more livable futures? What if we thought with more sympathy about what is lost when we assume the world must drown? This talk traces some alternative traditions about Noah and his ark, medieval and modern, attempting to use them to rethink the future during a time of climate change.

Cohen’s work ranges over medieval literature, cultural studies, digital humanities, posthumanist theory, and the environmental humanities. In addition to his traditional scholarship, Prof. Cohen manages a strong online presence on Twitter and on his group blog In the Middle, which features academic work in progress as well as reflections on higher education. He is also a key member of The BABEL Working Group, a co-disciplinary, global collective for scholars, researchers, and artists inside and outside the academy who are interested in the relationship between “medieval” and “modern.” READ MORE

Congrats to Dedman College student Karly Zrake, first Human Rights Scholar to honor Santos Rodriguez

CBS News

Originally Posted: November 2, 2015

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – SMU has awarded the first recipient of the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship in honor of a 12-year-old whose 1973 shooting death by a Dallas police officer briefly imprisoned for the crime remains one of the nation’s most troubling civil rights incidents.

It goes to sophomore human rights and anthropology major Karly Zrake, who SMU says has been active in community service since childhood.

“I’m immensely grateful for the financial support at SMU,” says Zrake, who was raised in a single-parent household. “It’s helped me see that if you want to dedicate your life to others, there are ways to make it happen.” READ MORE

Dallas mother of Santos Rodriguez visits Seattle park named for her son

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: November 2, 2015

SEATTLE–As Bessie Rodriguez visited this Pacific Northwest city on Monday, her son Santos was memorialized as everyone’s child — some 42 years after his Dallas death.

Remember his tomorrows in each day, said Seattle’s civic poet Claudia Castro Luna, as his mother gazed up at her in a crowded former schoolhouse here. READ MORE