Graduating entrepreneur ready to take Biolum mobile asthma management device to next level

SMU News

Originally Posted: May 12, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – Edward Allegra started his SMU journey as a biology major, thinking he wanted to become a physician. But during his sophomore year, when he began attending meetings of the SMU Entrepreneurship Club, everything changed.

Edward Allegra won the first annual Global Student Entrepreneur Award.
Medical school is no longer in the picture, but Allegra will be graduating from SMU May 14 with degrees in biology and economics, already hard at work marketing a mobile health device for asthma diagnosis and management he developed with a team of SMU students. The imaging system can signal the presence and severity of an asthma attack by detecting and quantifying the disease biomarkers in exhaled breath. The BioLum Sciences (Allegra’s company) app allows users to test their symptoms, monitor daily progress, and understand the cause of their asthma. READ MORE

Congratulations to Codey Marshall, Marine Corps veteran, father and soon-to-be SMU graduate

SMU News
Originally Posted: May 12, 2016


DALLAS (SMU) – When Codey Marshall was just a kid from Garland, he enjoyed watching the SMU football team vigorously chasing its opponents across the field at old Ownby Stadium.

He had no idea then the grand journey life held in store, or that it would return him to the Hilltop.

Three decades later, Marshall, 36, is preparing to enter another SMU athletic venue – Moody Coliseum, all decked out for spring commencement. He will be in a cap and gown, celebrating a hard-earned markets and culture degree and a life come full circle after a long, daring, and unconventional story.

“I’m a veteran of the Marine Corps and I’m a father,” says Marshall. He has three children now, and was only 22-years old when he deployed to Iraq in 2002. But he concedes that coming back to school made him nervous.

“You’re scared. You’re trying to figure it out. You wonder, ‘Can I still do this?’” But education was his therapy, Marshall says.


“It was my reintegration to society. It gave me something and helped me along in my process. I had the most wonderful advisors and professors that anyone could ever ask for at Dedman College and that really made this as smooth a process as it could be.”

Marshal knows where he’s going next. The outgoing vice president of U.S. MilVets of SMU, Marshall recently accepted a position with Veterans Coalition of North Texas, a non-profit organization he described as a “gap-filler” that coordinates the region’s various veteran services to make sure no veteran is forgotten.

“I feel it is my job to give back wherever I can,” says Marshall, who will continue his SMU education in the Cox Executive MBA program this fall. “

Looking back on his time at SMU, he says, “It’s been insane – It’s been fun. But I love the fact that my children can see what I’m doing and appreciate what I’m doing. If you put the time in, it works.” READ MORE


May Commencement Weekend


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SMU’s May 14 Commencement celebrates academic achievement

SMU News

Originally Posted: May 3, 2016

SMU will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 2,500 students at its 101st annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Moody Coliseum.

Guests are urged to arrive early as seating in the coliseum is limited to four guests per student. Additional seating will be available for a simulcast of the event at Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports, Crum Auditorium and McFarlin Auditorium. The ceremony also will be broadcast outside Moody Coliseum on Bolin Plaza, and there will be a live webcast of the ceremony at