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 [...]

By | November 20th, 2016|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna Avery Acker ’16 chose SMU for its academic rigor, so she could pursue her dream of becoming a doctor

“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 [...]

By | November 17th, 2016|Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on “SMU has a track record of successful graduates who change the world… take advantage of that…” ~ Edward Allegra ’16

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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SMU Honors Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

SMU News Originally Posted: October 31, 2016 Philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates, during a campus ceremony in November. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni are philanthropic leader Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, financial services leader John C. Tolleson ’70 and real estate magnate Richard W. Weekley '67. Kevin Lavelle ’08, founder of a revolutionary men’s clothing company, will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of an alumnus or alumna who has graduated in the last 15 years. The Distinguished Alumni Award presentation and dinner will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, on the SMU Main Quad. Purchase tickets online or call 214-768-4575. 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU Honors Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader

SMU alum’s Dallas fashion startup Edition Collective bought by high-end menswear retailer Q Fifty One

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 20, 2016 Dallas e-commerce fashion startup Edition Collective has been acquired by Q Fifty One, a Dallas-based clothing company that has stores in the southwest, the companies announced Thursday. They did not disclose the sale price, but said it's a cash plus equity deal. Q Fifty One owns and operates Q Clothier, which makes custom suits, and Rye 51, which sells trendy menswear like denim, custom shoes, leather tote bags, custom shoes and designer lapel pins. The two retail concepts are sold side-by-side in stores, with a complimentary whiskey bar in between. Edition Collective owns and operates two online-only clothing companies -- Imprint (formerly called Need), a curated retailer of men's clothing, and Foremost, a line of American-made clothing for men and women. It was founded by Matt Alexander, a 28-year-old Brit [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on SMU alum’s Dallas fashion startup Edition Collective bought by high-end menswear retailer Q Fifty One

Department of Earth Sciences alumni display SMU pride at Hokkaido University Museum

On the right is Dr. Yoshitsugu Kobayashi, a professor at Hokkaido University, Soporo, Japan.  He received a master’s and Ph.D. In Earth Sciences from SMU.  On the left is Yosuke Nishida, now an editor for Springer based in Tokyo, who received his MS in Earth Sciences from SMU.  The photos were taken in the Hokkaido University Museum.

By | October 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on Department of Earth Sciences alumni display SMU pride at Hokkaido University Museum

SMU alumna uses intern experience and leads field trip to historical mark on Dallas landscape

Waxahachie Daily Light Originally Posted: October 17, 2016 WAXAHACHIE — A field trip to Dallas for Lisa Minton’s WNGA World Geography class coincidentally turned into a journey back in time for WISD’s Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Andrea Kline. Minton’s A and B day classes visited the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and participated in a historical scavenger hunt Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12. “Our first stop was to the Human Rights Initiative and they learned about refugees and asylees. The second part of the trip, the scavenger hunt, I created for them in downtown Dallas at Dealey and Founders Plaza,” Minton said. “In those areas I had them take a “selfie” with what they were looking for and apply the information geographically. [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, History|Comments Off on SMU alumna uses intern experience and leads field trip to historical mark on Dallas landscape

Touring the Perot’s Giant Gems of the Smithsonian with a Local Gem and Mineral Hunter

Dallas Observer Originally Posted: October 11, 2016 It all started with a load of gravel hauled in from around the Trinity River. When Bill Candler, former president of the Oak Cliff Gem and Mineral Society, was 5 years old he found a few fossils out in the driveway and displayed them in his bedroom. He was incensed when he later discovered them in the driveway once again after his mother had thrown them out. He was a rock hound. This weekend, Candler toured the Perot Museum of Science and Nature’s Giant Gems of the Smithsonian collection, which has never been seen together anywhere. Resting among the colored brilliance, sits a golden topaz weighing more than 10 pounds. “We find topaz here in Texas,” Candler said. [...]

By | October 11th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences|Comments Off on Touring the Perot’s Giant Gems of the Smithsonian with a Local Gem and Mineral Hunter
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