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SMU Engaged Learning Week showcases student achievement Feb. 6-10, 2017

Engaged Learning Week 2017SMU’s 2017 Engaged Learning Week showcases student achievement in undergraduate research, community service, professional internships and creative projects Feb. 6-10.

The week begins with the annual Spring Symposium Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 6-7:

Monday, Feb 6

  • 9:30 a.m. Research
  • 3:15 p.m. Environmental Engineering

Tuesday, Feb 7

  • 9 a.m. Creative
  • Noon Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

> Find a full schedule of student presentation at the Engaged Learning homepage

The week wraps up Friday, Feb. 10 with a special presentation by Dr. Gayle Slaughter, senior associate dean for
graduate education and diversity at Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor University. Dr. Slaughter will speak on how Engaged Learning activities in college can lead to career success in “From Dirt Roads to the Oval Office.”

Visit the SMU Engaged Learning website: smu.edu/engagedlearning

February 3, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

Seven SMU students and recent graduates are semifinalists for 2016-17 Fulbright grants

Seven SMU students and recent graduates have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant competition. Winners of Fulbright grants will be announced this spring.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering grants for advanced research and study, as well as teaching assistantships.

“These students and graduates are SMU world changers who already have made significant impacts in their fields,” said Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards, which supports students and faculty members during the application process. “We are proud of their success in this round of the competition.”

The semifinalists:

  • Hope Anderson, a senior majoring in history, human rights and sociology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Nepal.
  • Emily Bernet ’16, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance in Meadows School of the Arts, is pursuing a grant for conservatory study in England.
  • Kristen Biedermann ’16, who earned a Master’s degree in Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Colombia.
  • Adam Garnick, a graduate student in Simmons School of Education and Human Development, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Hungary.
  • Jennie Lee ’16, who earned Bachelor’s degrees in voice performance in Meadows School of the Arts and in Italian in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Germany.
  • Olivia Nguyen, a senior major in French and biological sciences in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is pursuing an English teaching assistantship in Vietnam.
  • Rebecca Rothstein ’16, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, is pursuing a grant for performance study in Germany.
February 2, 2017|For the Record, News|

Student teams share world-changing concepts at 2017 Big iDeas Demo Day Fair Friday, Feb. 3

Big iDeas Demo Day 2017SMU student teams will present world-changing business concepts to compete for up to $5,000 in start-up money in SMU’s 2017 Big iDeas Business Plan Competition, 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus.

Student proposals will be judged by a panel of guest experts. Successful teams will combine winning pitches with solid business plans.

The event continues with the Big iDeas Demo Day Fair 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Expressway Tower lobby. The Fall 2016 Big iDeas Pitch Contest winners will present their results, prototypes, pilots or other work accomplished since receiving their $1,000 grants.

Read about SMU’s 2016 Big iDeas Business Plan Competition winners

Big iDeas supports student innovation and entrepreneurship by providing support for forward-thinking ideas that are viable, sustainable and provide value to society. The program is open to undergraduates of all majors.

Students work in teams with one member serving as the principal investigator. The PI must be an SMU undergraduate for the duration of the funding phase.

Demo Day and the Business Plan Competition are hosted by SMU Engaged Learning. For more information, contact Mona Alluri, 214-768-3225.

> Visit the SMU Big iDeas homepage: smu.edu/bigideas

February 1, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|

Elena D. Hicks begins role as SMU’s new dean of admission Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

This story was originally published Jan. 30, 2017.

Elena Hicks

After an extensive national search, SMU has appointed Elena D. Hicks, dean of admission at Loyola University Maryland, as the University’s new dean of undergraduate admission. She began her SMU service on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

In her new role, Hicks oversees all activities in the SMU Office of Admission, including admission for first-year, transfer and international applicants. She also will work closely with SMU Public Affairs to develop the University’s marketing messages, and with faculty, staff and alumni to recruit high achieving undergraduate students from across the United States and around the world.

“We are pleased to welcome Dean Hicks to the SMU admission team, and back to her home state of Texas,” said Wes Waggoner, associate vice president for enrollment management in the Office of the Provost. “Her experience and knowledge in admission is extensive, and she understands the profession in a way that will complement our current staff and guide SMU through the enrollment opportunities and complexities before us. She is firmly committed to increasing [the University’s] academic stature and ensuring that its student body is talented, diverse and eager to engage with our faculty in the classroom.”

With 27 years of education experience, Hicks has considerable knowledge about student recruitment, selective admission and family involvement. At Loyola, she successfully developed and implemented recruitment strategies that resulted in a significant increase in first-year applications and an increase in the enrollment size of the entering class during her nine-year tenure.

Hicks’ ties to SMU are deeply rooted. Her great-grandfather Robert L. Peace (a Dallas native), began working at SMU as it opened its doors, and he proudly served the institution for 37 years. Other family members, inspired by Robert’s passion for the University, worked at SMU in various capacities over the years.

“I have a passion for education and strongly believe in SMU’s commitment to shape world changers, thus I am extremely honored to be selected as the University’s new dean of undergraduate admission,” said Hicks. “I feel confident that my myriad of experiences will help move the office of admission’s goals and strategies forward, while establishing collaborative partnerships and strengthening relationships with the overall community.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

January 30, 2017|For the Record, News|

MLK Day of Service takes place Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 – share your experience with #SMUServes

January 27, 2017|Calendar Highlights, News|
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