SMU Tower Scholar is knee-deep in the business of politics as election season heats up

SMU News Originally Posted: February 22, 2018 Junior Zach Miller says he owes Dedman dean, SMU network for important connections SMU junior Zach Miller’s interest in politics played out like it does for many college students his first couple years at SMU – he volunteered for political campaigns and pursued internships. But then, in the months following Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Miller decided he wanted to kick his involvement up a notch, and earn some compensation at the same time. As the 2018 election season gains momentum, Miller is working as finance director for a Texas Senate hopeful and has launched his own political consulting firm: Atlas Consulting LLC. Miller, an economics major, is benefitting from a unique immersion experience in public policymaking for SMU [...]

By | 2018-02-22T19:25:13+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Graduate News, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU Tower Scholar is knee-deep in the business of politics as election season heats up

Watch: Are You Ready for Mustangs Give Back on March 8?

SMU Video https://youtu.be/hNUdVQF8yIQ March 8th is Mustangs Give Back, SMU's one day giving challenge. You choose what to support! It's easy, just go to smu.edu/mgb on March 8 and choose a project to support. There are matching gifts and challenges that will double your impact! Circle March 8 on your calendar. Choose, give, then share. Pony up! WATCH

Billion-Dollar Bumble

Forbes Africa Originally Posted: February 5, 2018 hree years after leaving Tinder amid a nasty dispute, Whitney Wolfe Herd is beating her old colleagues at their own game, offering women a dating app that’s designed for them – and entrepreneurs a blueprint on how to succeed in a saturated field. When Whitney Wolfe Herd started planning an October launch party for a new product at Bumble, America’s fastest-growing dating-app company, she was deliberate in her choice of venue: the Manhattan space that for 57 years hosted the Four Seasons restaurant, where regulars like Henry Kissinger, Vernon Jordan, Edgar Bronfman and Stephen Schwarzman created the ultimate power lunch. The space now has a new name, new management and a new menu. And, as Herd insists, a [...]

By | 2018-02-06T10:21:04+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Billion-Dollar Bumble

SMU Dedman College alum looks to bring winds of change to Carolina Hurricanes

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 27, 2018 Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon, who may just be the busiest man in sports business, has "a way I like to see things done." That applied when he became the biggest investor in "a small family fun center" with a driving range called Topgolf. Dundon helped turn today's Topgolf into a millennial magnet with an estimated 13 million guest visits across 40 venues in 2017. And it applied with his first job after graduating with an economics degree from Southern Methodist University. With a buddy, he launched a Fort Worth burger joint, but he knew "almost instantly once it opened that that was a bad idea." The two business extremes help illustrate the modus operandi of the new majority owner [...]

By | 2018-02-01T09:46:20+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on SMU Dedman College alum looks to bring winds of change to Carolina Hurricanes

John Kalkanli on the Power of SMU Human Rights’ “Holocaust Poland” Trip

SMU News Originally Posted: January 27, 2018 https://vimeo.com/253085236   Learn how SMU student John Kalkanli’s visual impairment made his Embrey Human Rights Program "Holocaust Poland" trip all the more powerful – and inspired his current efforts to ensure support for the Americans With Disabilities Act. Find out more about Kalkanli by visiting https://www.smu.edu/News/2016/commencement-09may2016/John-Kalkanli. And for details about SMU's immersive two-week Holocaust education trip – focus of the new book "No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland" – visit https://www.smu.edu/norestingplace.  

By | 2018-01-29T09:47:47+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on John Kalkanli on the Power of SMU Human Rights’ “Holocaust Poland” Trip

DACA beneficiary and Dedman College alum Jose Santoyo is lobbying D.C. lawmakers to quickly protect U.S. Dreamers

WFAA Originally Posted: January 21, 2018 DACA recipient Jose Santoyo, an SMU graduate who spoke at the December 2016 Commencement about immigrants such as himself, has been lobbying Congress to pass legislation addressing immigrants, particularly beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He was interviewed for this story. WATCH

By | 2018-01-23T17:39:50+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on DACA beneficiary and Dedman College alum Jose Santoyo is lobbying D.C. lawmakers to quickly protect U.S. Dreamers

Former Texas First Lady and Civic Leader Rita Clements has died

SMU News Originally Posted: January 8, 2018 Longtime SMU supporter Rita Clements, former Texas First Lady, civic leader and political activist, has died after a long illness. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas. "Rita Clements’ passion for education was clear to everyone who knew her," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "Our University was fortunate to benefit from that passion over the many years that she and Governor Clements, who was an SMU alumnus, generously shared their time and resources with us. It’s only part of her legacy, but the beautiful campus of SMU-in-Taos and the programs it provides for faculty and students will always be a tribute to that generosity. We [...]

By | 2018-01-09T18:34:55+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, Mathematics|Comments Off on Former Texas First Lady and Civic Leader Rita Clements has died

BioLum Sciences named one of the most innovative startups of 2017 by PM360

Congrats! SMU alums Edward Allegra, Miguel Quimbar and Jack Reynolds, co-founders of BioLum Sciences, honored by PM360 magazine as one of 14 most innovative startups in 2017 For Release on Dec 18, 2017 DALLAS, TX, December 18, 2017 - PM360, a leading trade magazine for marketing decision makers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics industries, has named BioLum Sciences as one of the most innovative Startups of 2017. BioLum Sciences’s device allows asthmatics to monitor the presence and severity of lung stress, ultimately enabling them to personalize treatment plans and reduce costly asthmatic episodes. Patients can analyze their breath with BioLum’s device and receive a reading that indicates the presence and severity of their airway inflammation in less than 2 minutes. BioLum Sciences [...]

By | 2018-01-03T14:24:51+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on BioLum Sciences named one of the most innovative startups of 2017 by PM360

SMU Alumni, Norm Bagwell, in D CEO

D CEO Originally Posted: December 21, 2017 The CEO of Bank of Texas takes us inside his workspace. Norm Bagwell is chairman and CEO of the Bank of Texas. He’s also executive vice president of BOK Financial Corp., where he’s responsible for all regional banks, commercial banking, business banking, and treasury services across the company’s eight-state footprint. The Bank of Texas, he says, is “a big bank that acts small.” Recently, he also became board chairman of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation—which makes sense. In 2006, Bagwell suffered from kidney failure and received a successful kidney transplant at Baylor; the donor was his wife, Robin. A native of Louisiana, he earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of business degrees from Southern Methodist University. “If [...]

By | 2017-12-21T12:10:36+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on SMU Alumni, Norm Bagwell, in D CEO

Dedman College alumna Allison McComiskey’s path to atmospheric science involved fruitful swerves into biology, deep history, and the environment

MilTech Originally Posted: December 15, 2017 Science is the practice of informed looking. It requires an early embrace of observation, curiosity, and questioning. So it was with Allison McComiskey, a physical scientist with the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She grew up in New Orleans, the daughter of a physician and an anthropologist. Every summer, she and her parents and brother and sister would pile into the family car for prolonged trips west. “I drove my dad crazy with questions,” she says, remembering a hope that his training as a doctor would translate into lore about trees, mountains, and sand dunes. She remembers asking, “Why are the bottoms of clouds flat?” Influenced by her father’s medical practice, she started at [...]

By | 2017-12-19T06:10:41+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna Allison McComiskey’s path to atmospheric science involved fruitful swerves into biology, deep history, and the environment
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