Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics

AP Originally Posted: June 7, 2018 SMU Dedman College alumnus Carl Dorvil ’05, ’08, was interviewed for this story. He majored in public policy, economics and psychology. He earned a Professional M.B.A. through the Cox School of Business in 2008. NEW YORK (AP) — The age-old issue came up again recently: A potential client asked Nate Hartmann, “Hey, how old are you?” Since Hartmann founded Yellow Box in 2010 at age 18, he’s encountered skeptics who doubted his company could design websites and create online marketing strategies. Some clients even set out to teach them. “They tried to run us, instead of working with us to achieve their goals,” says Hartmann, whose company is based in Chicago. Not being taken seriously is an obstacle many [...]

By | 2018-06-07T10:31:59+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics

The Most Interesting Player On The PGA Tour Isn’t Tiger Woods; It’s Bryson DeChambeau

Forbes Originally Posted: June 4, 2018 Hardly anyone beyond regular PGA Tour viewers would know the name Bryson DeChambeau in spite of his stellar résumé. Since turning pro in 2016, he has won two events, including Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament this past weekend against a very strong field.  Before that, he became only the 5th player to win both both the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur. What makes him one of the most interesting players to come along on the PGA Tour is that he has chucked a homogenized element of golf — the use of different length clubs (for irons) — in favor of using a single-length shaft for all of his irons (here are details on his clubs). While it may seem like minor thing, playing with one-length irons [...]

By | 2018-06-07T10:21:54+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Physics|Comments Off on The Most Interesting Player On The PGA Tour Isn’t Tiger Woods; It’s Bryson DeChambeau

Jet’s football player Kelvin Beachum earned Master’s degree after attaining undergrad early

NBC ProFootball Talk Originally Posted: June 1, 2018 SMU alumnus Kelvin Beachum graduated with undergraduate degrees in economics and sports management. Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum had a wise attitude toward being a college football player: You’re getting your education paid for, so you might as well make the most of it. Beachum said on NFL Network that he redshirted as a freshman at SMU and got his bachelor’s degree having just finished his junior football season, meaning he still had three semesters on campus before he would begin his NFL career. And he decided to make the most of those last three semesters by taking classes so hard that the dean initially felt it wouldn’t be possible to do the coursework with a football player’s [...]

By | 2018-06-05T09:19:34+00:00 June 5th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics|Comments Off on Jet’s football player Kelvin Beachum earned Master’s degree after attaining undergrad early

SMU alum wins Memorial on second playoff hole

Columbus Dispatch Originally Posted: June 2, 2018 Bryson DeChambeau majored in physics at Southern Methodist University. He went on to win the Memorial with a birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday, June 3. Bryson DeChambeau is no Einstein, but he would like to meet the man. And who knows, given the uncertainties of time-space travel the encounter could happen. Until then, DeChambeau must be content to discuss matters of physics with members of the golf media whose eyes glaze over when the 24-year-old starts in on the mechanics of swing theory (as opposed to string theory, which also interests him). “I’m not going to give too much away,” he said of nagging questions concerning his swing concepts. “But it’s got to do with anatomical [...]

By | 2018-06-04T10:34:18+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Physics|Comments Off on SMU alum wins Memorial on second playoff hole

Neighborhood Goods raises $5.75M to reinvent the department store

TechCrunch Originally Posted: May 31, 2018 Congratulations to Dedman College alumnus and executive board member, Matt Alexander. According to reports, the Co-Founder and CEO of Neighborhood Goods will open his first location — a 13,000-square-foot store in Plano, Texas — this fall. Neighborhood Goods, a startup rethinking the traditional department store experience, is announcing that it has raised $5.75 million in seed funding. Co-founder and CEO Matt Alexander (who co-founded the company with Mark Masinter) told me via email that while the largely static layout and offerings of a department store provide a degree “consistency and reliability,” they’re also “dull and unchanging,” as well as “fairly transactional with little more to provide.” So instead, Neighborhood Goods will allow around 15 brands to create their own “activations,” [...]

By | 2018-05-31T10:22:36+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on Neighborhood Goods raises $5.75M to reinvent the department store

SMU Alumnus Edward Allegra Receives ELITE 2018 Entrepreneur Award

PM 360 Originally Posted: May 23, 2018 Congratulations to Dedman College alum Edward Allegra who recently received an ELITE 2018 Entrepreneur award from PM360. The award recognizes the most influential people in the healthcare industry. READ MORE Edward C. Allegra Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder BioLum Sciences Innovating Asthma Management Having suffered with childhood asthma, Edward C. Allegra is all too familiar with the challenges of living with the disease and the feeling of suffocation and panic asthmatics experience when symptoms become overwhelming. Coming from a family of altruistic doctors, Edward’s mission in life has always been to provide the biggest positive impact possible on humanity and the health of patients around the world. And while he set out on a pre-med track at Southern Methodist University [...]

By | 2018-05-24T14:32:07+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on SMU Alumnus Edward Allegra Receives ELITE 2018 Entrepreneur Award

Dedman College Alumna Jewel Lipps Wins NSF Fellowship

Georgetown University Originally Posted: May 15, 2018 Jewel Lipps, an alumna of the University Honors Program and the Dedman College Scholars Program has been awarded a prestigious graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Jewel is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology at Georgetown University.  The award will provide a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for the next three years. In reflecting upon her undergraduate experience at SMU, she shared these comments. “Much of what made my application successful is because of what I learned in undergrad and the opportunities that I had at SMU. I've had a lot of practice and mentorship in fellowship applications thanks to Dr. Hugley-Cook, and it was the Dedman Scholars / UHP that put me on this path to [...]

By | 2018-05-15T08:42:40+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dedman College Alumna Jewel Lipps Wins NSF Fellowship

Nobel laureate Barry C. Barish to receive honorary SMU doctorate during 103rd Commencement, May 19, 2018

SMU Forum Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 Nobel laureate Barry Clark Barish, Ph.D., Linde Professor Emeritus of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and a leading expert on cosmic gravitational waves, will receive an honorary doctoral degree during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Moody Coliseum. Barish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2017 for his work in establishing the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first observations of gravitational waves – disturbances in the fabric of space and time predicted by Albert Einstein based on his General Theory of Relativity. He will receive the Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, from SMU during the ceremony. On Friday, May 18, Dr. Barish [...]

By | 2018-04-27T08:56:25+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Physics|Comments Off on Nobel laureate Barry C. Barish to receive honorary SMU doctorate during 103rd Commencement, May 19, 2018

Who is Mark Masinter and how did he end up on Henderson Avenue?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 SMU alumnus Mark Masinter has been behind the scenes from the beginning on the hot concept rollouts in retail’s heydays of the 1990s and 2000s: the likes of Restoration Hardware, J.Crew and Apple. Mark Masinter has left a trail of angry activists as he tries to remake Henderson Avenue. The old East Dallas street has established and newer shops but also areas of blight. It’s a 1.1 mile street with pockets of successful restaurants, bars and shops amid disconnected gaps and crooked sidewalks that kill its walkability, especially at night. Masinter’s vision is to connect it and make it unique to Dallas. Though he had to scale back his plans, the city council approved a version earlier [...]

By | 2018-04-26T10:32:34+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science|Comments Off on Who is Mark Masinter and how did he end up on Henderson Avenue?

Dedman College alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd on Time’s “world’s most influential people list.”

Time Magazine Originally Posted: April 2018 Whitney Wolfe Herd is unashamed to admit that being labeled a feminist never used to appeal to her. But after the tumultuous end to her tenure at Tinder—the dating-app company she co-founded, and then sued for sexual harassment—the term seemed less like a slur and more like an admission of who she truly was: a woman who refused to be silenced by men and who is driven to succeed on her own merits. She left Tinder and soon became determined to put women in the driver’s seat when it comes to the world of online dating. Enter Bumble. The genius of this app is that while both men and women can indicate interest, only women can initiate conversation, thus [...]

By | 2018-04-19T10:13:22+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research|Comments Off on Dedman College alumna Whitney Wolfe Herd on Time’s “world’s most influential people list.”
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