Dedman College alumnus, Conner Kline, writes commentary in Star Tribune

Star Tribune Originally Posted: February 8, 2017 Conner Kline, is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University with majors in history and political science. Betsy DeVos' sin in Democrats' eyes? Supporting school choice as a way to help kids The new ed secretary's positions didn't sit well with Democrats, or teachers unions, despite the demonstrated promise of such reforms.  With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, it appears that education armageddon has arrived. At least, that’s how Democrats and teachers unions are portraying it. At the end of their 24-hour talkathon, during which Senate Democrats decried the DeVos nomination as “an insult to schoolchildren and their families, to teachers and principals and communities fighting to improve their public schools all across [...]

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Searching for the American Dream in Preston Hollow

Preston Hollow Advocate Originally Posted: February 3, 2017 *Shirin Tavakoli was one of the first SMU students to graduate with a major in Human Rights from the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program.   Last year, we shared the stories of SMU students and faculty who came to the US in search of the American dream. As discussions about immigration bombard the news, we followed up with Shirin Tavakoli, an SMU graduate and Iranian immigrant, to see how the immigration order has impacted her life. Shirin TavakoliShirin Tavakoli wasn’t surprised when she learned President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily bans citizens of seven Muslim-dominated countries from entering the US. It was clear that immigration reform was one of the president’s top priorities as [...]

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Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk writes commentary for The Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 30, 2017 Get to know your Muslim neighbors; what could be more American than that? I am the son of two caring parents who built their lives in Richardson. If you were to only know my family on paper, my mother, a substitute teacher; my father, an engineer; and my brother, an Eagle Scout, you would find that we are no different than any other American family. The only hang-up in this political environment: I am also the son of two Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants. The notion that a Muslim or an immigrant can be just as American as anyone else is now under severe attack. This positing is not just symbolic. It helps open the pathway for policies that [...]

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Three Dedman College students named Fulbright semifinalists

SMU News Originally Posted: January 24, 2017 Congratulations to Dedman College students and recent graduates Hope Anderson, Jennie Lee ’16, and Olivia Nguyen. They are three of seven SMU students recently named Fulbright semifinalists.   Dallas (SMU) – Seven SMU students and recent graduates have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant competition. Winners of Fulbright grants will be announced this spring. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering grants for advanced research and study, as well as teaching assistantships. “These students and graduates are SMU world changers who already have made significant impacts in their fields,” said Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards, [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, History, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Three Dedman College students named Fulbright semifinalists

Whitney Wolfe ’11 makes the annual Forbes 30 under 30 list

Forbes Originally Posted: January 2017 Congratulations to Dedman College alumna Whitney Wolfe ’11 for making the annual Forbes 30 under 30 list in the Consumer Technology category. Whitney has been called “a superstar in her realm.” She is the founder and CEO of the Bumble dating app and co-founder of the Tinder dating app. READ MORE.  

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Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

Dedman College alumnus Kelvin Beachum Helps Fight Childhood Hunger

Parade Originally Posted: November 17, 2016 Kelvin Beachum is one of the most feared offensive tackles in the NFL. He dominated the offensive line with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2012-15 and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the off-season. However, I recently found that the Beachum is more teddy bear than grizzly bear when he’s off the field. Ending childhood hunger is one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he traveled to Honduras to witness World Vision’s efforts to combat hunger globally. He was surprised to find that finding a clean source of water is just as difficult as finding food in the Central American country. “We take a clean glass of water for granted,” Beachum says. “In Honduras, kids are walking miles and miles for clean water.” Parade talked with [...]

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Dedman College alumna Avery Acker ’16 chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor

SMU Avery Acker ’16 was the Academic All-American of the Year for all of Division I volleyball. She chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. “I grew up in a very small town, and I just loved it. We hunted, we fished and we played every sport imaginable because there was really nothing else to do,”
recalls Acker. At a young age she developed a passion for playing volleyball and an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. She knew SMU was the right school for her when volleyball coach Lisa Seifert showed the same passion and commitment to success on the court and in the classroom. At SMU, Acker discovered the benefits of SMU’s Altshuler Learning [...]

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“SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16

SMU Jack Reynolds ’15, Edward Allegra ’16 and Miguel Quimbar ’17 came to SMU as strangers. Together, they founded a company that will change their lives and the lives of other asthma patients. “I was hanging out in our apartment and Jack came in super excited,” recalls Allegra, who earned a degree in economics and biology. At a meeting of the SMU Entrepreneurship Club, Reynolds (finance, and markets and culture double major) and Quimbar (chemistry and accounting) had heard about a revolutionary idea: using extremely sensitive chemical luminescence to register visibly when the biomarkers in someone’s exhaled breaths indicate the person is likely to suffer an asthma attack – before they’re even aware of it. The club’s faculty advisor and professor of practice in entrepreneurship Simon Mak [...]

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Watch Dedman College Alumna Whitney Wolfe: How to Make a Feminist Dating App

The Atlantic Originally Posted: November 1, 2016 When Whitney Wolfe, the founder of the dating app Bumble, was in college, she was always comfortable making the first move. Today, she’s at the helm of a successful app that puts women in control of initiating conversations and connections. “Generally speaking, women my age have been raised with the notion that they are meant to sit put and not make the first move in a relationship,” she says in this film. Wolfe acknowledges that despite her feminist app, there’s a gender problem in the tech industry. “You can't necessarily blame tech,” she says. “We need to look at the root of the problem, and the root of the problem is the education system.” This is the fourth [...]

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