Alumni Announcements

Victoria Vinson (SOCI-BS, Class of 2013) began the Cyber Corps Graduate Program at the University of Tulsa Spring 2015 with a full scholarship.

Ellen Green (SOCI-BS, Class of 2012) will begin the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas Fall 2015.

Jessica Noel (SOCI-BS, Class of 2012) will begin the Master of Public Policy at UCLA Fall 2015.

Laura Orr (MKCL-BA, Class of 2008) is currently working at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center as a play therapist with trauma victims, Fall 2015.

Award-winning Dedman College student loves SMU traditions

Year of the Student Blog

Elishah Ramos ’15 was one of 10 students who received the “M” award, SMU’s highest commendation, at the University’s 18th annual Honors Convocation, in April.

25955D_0561-680x451“I’m pretty excited about it. It was a surprise for me. I know so many other students who work so hard for the University and are equally deserving of this award. So it’s humbling for me to be acknowledged in this way,” says Elishah, who also has served as an SMU Ambassador and is the first in his family to go to college.

An esteemed University tradition, Honors Convocation is a celebration of academic excellence achieved by SMU students. And Elishah, a double major in markets and culture and Spanish and a human rights minor, loves traditions. He also served as a Peruna handler, in charge of the SMU mascot during athletic events. READ MORE

Professors receive tenure, promotions effective in 2015-16



Congratulations to the Dedman College faculty members who are newly tenured as associate professors or have been promoted to full professorships to begin the 2015-16 academic year.

The following individuals received tenure or promotion effective Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

Recommended for tenure and promotion to Associate Professor:

Angela Ards, English
Greg Brownderville, English
Justin Fisher, Philosophy
Matthew Keller, Sociology
Matthew Lockard, Philosophy
Daniel Moss, English
Nia Parson, Anthropology
Christopher Roos, Anthropology
Stephen Sekula, Physics
Alicia Zuese, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish)

Recommended for promotion to Full Professor:

Thomas Coan, Physics
Darryl Dickson-Carr, English
Robert Kehoe, Physics
Francisco Morán, World Languages and Literatures (Spanish)
Tony Ng, Statistical Science
Sherry Wang, Statistical Science

A new senior-level Sociology course focuses on teaching and letting students practice advanced methods of research

Class members visited the Dallas City Archives in March, and city archivist John Slate, in order to learn about available documents for the class study of the availability of food in the West Dallas community.

SOCI Advanced Methods class at City of Dallas Archives, March 2015Pictured are (l to r) front: Mr. John Slate, Nicole Parmenter, Meagan Mulry, Aubrey Richardson, Kathleen Batman, Lily Morey, Ronnell Sims, MJ Padgett, Hannah Beltran. Back: Kris Weeks, Seaver Myers, Kristen Yule, Maddie Lozano, Zac Turner. Professor Nancy Campbell not pictured.

Sociology students learn about West Dallas barrios from Rosemary Hinojosa of DMAHL

Students enrolled in Sociology 4390 Advanced Methods had a unique opportunity to learn about West Dallas barrios from SMU alumni Rosemary Hinojosa. Mrs. Hinojosa currently works with DMAHL, Dallas Mexican-American Historical League, to preserve the rich culture and history of the West Dallas barrios. Dr. Nancy Campbell designed the class to provide students with an opportunity to engage in primary data collection. The class will be offered again Fall 2015.20150325_161851

Aubrey Richardson awarded the Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship

Aubrey Richardson, double major in Sociology and Psychology, was awarded the Joseph E. Pryor Fellowship from Region II of the Alpha Chi National College Honors Society. The Pryor Fellowship is presented to a graduating senior who plans to pursue full time academic work in graduate or professional school the following year. In addition to her excellent academic record, Ms. Richardson is the President of Dedman College Ambassadors and the Mustang Fitness Club.

Four Sociology majors inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

The Department of Sociology congratulates Marlon Carbajal, Erica Renstrom, Aubrey Richardson, and Kristen Yule for their academic accomplishments over the last four years. All four were inducted into Phi Betta Kappa honor society on March 1, 2015.

Marlon Carbajal, Erica Renstrom, Aubrey Richardson and Kristen Yule inducted into Phi Betta Kappa

The Department of Sociology congratulates Marlon Carbajal, Erica Renstrom, Aubrey Richardson, and Kristen Yule for their academic accomplishments over the last four years. All four were inducted into Phi Betta Kappa honor society on March 1, 2015.2015_PhiBettaKappa_Students2

Markets and Culture & Sociology Gathering for Students and Alumni

When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 5:00-6:30
Where: Dallas Hall, Room 115

Markets and Culture and Sociology alumni from various career paths will share their insight and perspectives on the job search and how they have been able to leverage their SMU academic and extracurricular experience in their careers. Come as you are and connect with people who were once in your shoes and are eager to be a resource and support to you.

Luisa del Rosal, Dedman College student, education ops may further integrate economies of Mexico, U.S.

Mexico Bureau

Published: 13 December 2014 11:49 PM
Updated: 14 December 2014 12:03 AM
Mexican professionals bringing ambition, startups to North Texas
Educational opportunity is another factor drawing talented Mexicans to North Texas.

David Arreaga, from the northern Mexico state of Coahuila, is a Ph.D. candidate and researcher in the materials science department at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he spends most days seeking high-tech solutions for medical problems such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

In 2008, a UTD professor urged Arreaga to consider Dallas as an option. At the time, Arreaga worked for an auto company in Saltillo, Mexico. He was climbing the company ladder, traveling to the United States and Germany for training, but he also saw limitations.

Even though roughly half of Mexico’s population is now considered middle class, the wage gap with the United States is still so wide that it will take years, if not decades, for it to close. For Arreaga, recently married and wanting a better future for his family, that was too long to wait.

On his first trip to Dallas, he was struck by what he called its “high-technology infrastructure,” including research labs, technology giants like Texas Instruments and promising startup companies. He said he saw “limitless possibilities.”

“Dallas opened my eyes to a new world and provided me with opportunities unheard of back in Mexico,” Arreaga said.

Arreaga is founder of a company called Ares Flexible Electronics, which aims to develop technologies for biomedical devices and other applications. He also leads a network of young professionals set up by the Mexican Consulate in Dallas.

Arreaga, 28, recently sat alongside other young Mexicans on a bright autumn day at the consulate as Consul General José Antonio Tripp Villanueva announced education agreements with area universities aimed at providing higher-learning opportunities for hundreds of young Mexicans. Such opportunities are needed, Tripp said, to serve the emerging economy in Mexico.

The timing is critical. In just over a year, Mexico has passed 16 constitutional reforms in areas ranging from energy to telecommunications. Experts say the changes could generate billions for the Mexican economy and create an economic spillover into the United States.

Reforms in the energy industry alone could create as many as 300,000 jobs in Mexico and economic benefits for Texas, said Pia Orrenius, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

“If all goes well, you’re looking at an even more integrated economy, with workers from Mexico and Texas crisscrossing,” she said.

Luisa del Rosal, a native of Chihuahua state, had planned to go to college at Tech de Monterrey in Mexico, but a trip to Dallas and a tour of the Southern Methodist University campus changed that.

She majored in political science with a minor in sociology at SMU. Today, at 28, she is assistant director of programs at SMU’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies. She helps recruit top students from around the world, particularly Mexico…… READ MORE HERE