SMU’S Decima chapter of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society was honored for excellence at the 2008 Mortar Board National Conference, held in July in Columbus, Ohio. The group was one of 59 chapters to receive the Silver Torch Award, presented to chapters “executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.” Chapter President Lauren Smyth was present to accept the award.

Junior business major Mercedes Ulibari has been named a member of KPMG LLP’s 2008 Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) class. She is among 51 students from across the nation who were chosen “as a result of their commitment to high academic achievement, community and campus involvement and active participation in diversity organizations.” The FDL program provides leadership training and financial support for outstanding minority undergraduate business students as part of a continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession.