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SMU names Wes K. Waggoner Dean of Undergraduate Admission

SMU Dean of Undergraduate Admission Wes K. WaggonerWes K. Waggoner, whose university admissions experience spans 20 years, is SMU’s new dean of undergraduate admission and executive director of enrollment services. Waggoner will begin his duties at SMU Oct. 17, 2011. He was chosen after a national search.

“Wes stood out for his experience with financial aid, marketing, search strategies and leadership ability,” said SMU Provost Paul Ludden. “He is passionate about taking SMU to the next level, and he has the intellectual and professional skills to help us reach our goals.”

Waggoner currently serves as the associate dean and director of freshman admission at TCU. Previously, he held admissions roles at the University of Tulsa, Tulane University, Fort Worth Country Day School and The Episcopal School of Baton Rouge. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Tulane University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in not-for-profit management from the University of Dallas.

At SMU, he will report to Stephanie Dupaul, associate vice president for enrollment management. Dupaul said Waggoner’s background and personality made him a good fit for SMU.

“I hoped we would find someone who would bring expertise, intelligence and creativity to SMU. Wes brings these strength, and more,” Dupaul said. “He has demonstrated his skills in developing comprehensive recruiting plans, redesigning processes, and mentoring a professional team of admissions professionals. He is passionate about SMU and excited about the path the university is on as we implement a new curriculum, develop our residential commons, and continue to expand our academic research. Wes will use his many strengths to tell the SMU story – a story 100 years in the making but also a story that is just beginning.”

Waggoner is a nationally known leader in the admission profession, having served as chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of College Admission Counselors, chair of the Admissions Practices Committee for the Texas Association of College Admission Counselors (TACAC), instructor for the TACAC Summer Institute, chair of the Higher Education Curriculum committee for the Admission and College Counseling Institute, and as a member of The College Board‘s SAT Advisory Committee and the SAT Score Choice Task Force.

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Stephanie Dupaul named SMU AVP for enrollment management

Stephanie DupaulStephanie Dupaul will become SMU’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management in the Office of the Provost on June 1, 2011. In this newly created position, she will provide strategy and leadership for the University’s ongoing commitment to increasing the number and quality of applicants for admission.

Dupaul has served as SMU’s interim dean of admissions since August 2010. She previously served as director of undergraduate admissions in SMU’s Cox School of Business, where she achieved dramatic improvement in the academic profile of students entering the Business Administration (B.B.A.) program. The University will now begin a search for a dean of admissions, who will report to Dupaul.

“Dr. Dupaul was the choice of the committee after a very strong field of candidates visited SMU following our national search,” said Paul Ludden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited about the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to this position, along with her keen understanding of the national admissions landscape.”

“I am honored and excited to help contribute to the University’s growth, and grateful for the support of the faculty, staff, students and alumni,” Dupaul said. “SMU was at the forefront of the enrollment management movement when our Division of Enrollment Management was formed over a decade ago; this position will strengthen the connections in the division as we work together to support the University’s mission and goals.”

SMU’s director of financial aid, registrar, bursar and dean of admissions all will report to Dupaul in her new role. She will chair the Strategic Enrollment Management Group and will direct the University’s relationships with admissions-related consultants.

SMU is seeing dramatic growth in applications and a steady rise in the SAT scores of students who seek admission. Applications for SMU’s fall entering class increased by more than 30 percent for Fall 2011, and SAT scores have risen nearly 100 points in the last decade.

Dupaul served as Cox associate director for B.B.A. advising and student records from 1996-2002. Before joining SMU, she was associate director of M.B.A. admissions at the University of Dallas and academic adviser for Brookhaven College. Dupaul holds an Ed.D. degree in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree in English from SMU and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

AARO season opens with Ice Cream Social June 25

Ice cream sundae stock photoSMU’s New Student Programs and Division of Enrollment Services kick off the 2010 orientation season with the traditional AARO Ice Cream Social, 2:30-3:30 p.m. June 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

The entire University community is invited to enjoy a free sundae (and priceless community bonding) as SMU prepares to welcome hundreds of new students through its Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation programs. Faculty and staff members can also meet the 2010 Orientation Leaders and watch a brief presentation at 3:30 p.m.

SMU shifts to Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

As of June 14, 2010, SMU joined thousands of other U.S. higher education institutions in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. As a result, all SMU students with federal Stafford, Grad PLUS and Parent PLUS loans will borrow their funds from one lender, the U.S. Department of Education, rather than a bank or other lending institution.

The change was mandated by the recently passed Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act that terminates the Federal Family Education Loan Program as of July 1, 2010.

SMU’s Office of Financial Aid will keep the campus community informed of important updates and instructions through SMU e-mail. Students will be contacted by e-mail to inform them of any necessary steps to complete to ensure timely processing of their direct loans.

For more information, contact Enrollment Services, 214-768-3417.

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Faculty in the News: Sept. 5, 2008

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed the market implications of ConocoPhillips’ recent sale of its remaining gas stations with The Houston Chronicle Aug. 27, 2008.

Ron Moss, Admissions, talked about why the SAT score is still a good indicator of potential success in college in The Dallas Morning News Aug. 27, 2008.

Steve Kardell, Law, talked about how he uses Sarbanes-Oxley regulatory requirements to predict the next wave of corporate scandals with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 27, 2008.

Bonnie Wheeler, English/Medieval Studies, and Mark Roglán, Meadows Museum, were featured in the article “Encountering the Middle Ages: Spain and the Meadows Museum” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) June 13, 2008.

FERPA facts at your fingertips with new website

FERPA website graphicFor more than three decades, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) has helped to protect the privacy of student education records. As new legislation affects the rights and responsibilities mandated under the original act, SMU community members can stay up to date through the University Registrar’s new FERPA website.

“What was true before is still true today – a student’s education records are protected under [FERPA],” says Joe Papari, director of information systems in Enrollment Services. “However, while FERPA’s goal is to protect the privacy rights of students, it shouldn’t infringe on the classroom experience nor limit university officials’ ability to communicate student information with each other.”

Some highlights of the recent changes:

  1. Students now may use Access.SMU to provide their consent for parents to receive information from the student’s education records.
  2. Parents may view some academic and financial information through Access.SMU, if their student provides his or her consent.
  3. Faculty and staff members may use Access.SMU to view a student’s consent status before releasing information.
  4. The FERPA website provides detailed FERPA information, plus a tutorial for faculty and staff.
  5. The site also provides information for students, faculty, staff and parents on how to give and use online access to information.

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Faculty in the News: Summer 2008

VOTE buttonsCal Jillson, Political Science, provided expertise for several Election 2008 stories during the summer, discussing:

  • the significance of Hillary Clinton’s prime-time speech placement at the Democratic National Convention in The Canadian Press Aug. 24, 2008
  • the drama viewers won’t see at the major parties’ political conventions in The Arizona Republic Aug. 18, 2008
  • the “mixed bag” for students and universities resulting from the new Higher Education Act in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Aug. 10, 2008, as well as Texas’ fund-raising importance to both major political parties in the paper’s July 28, 2008 edition
  • the reasons why John Cornyn’s campaign press releases are aimed at his Republican colleagues in the U.S. Senate rather than at his Democratic opponent, Rick Noriega, in The Houston Chronicle Aug. 4, 2008
  • Texas Democrats’ hopes that Barack Obama’s candidacy can help the state party rebound in the Associated Press July 17, 2008, as well as the lack of a “quick fix” for the foreclosure crisis, now matter who is elected president, with the wire service for its July 5, 2008 edition
  • how the gay-marriage issue will play out in the presidential campaign in Reuters June 19, 2008
  • the differences in style and substance between Cindy McCain and Michelle Obama in Singapore’s The Electric New Paper June 15, 2008

Gas pumpBruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, spoke with several media outlets during Summer 2008 about soaring fuel prices and other energy issues, including:

Peter Weyand, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, discussed Usain Bolt’s Olympic sprinting performance, and the possibility of humans someday running as fast as the fastest four-legged animals, with The Times of India Aug. 20, 2008.

Suku Nair, Computer Science and Engineering, talked about growing concerns for the security of wireless technology with Fox 4 News Aug. 17, 2008.

SMU Olympic swimmerDave Wollman, Track and Field/Cross Country, shared tips on how to train like an Olympian with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 12, 2008.

Fred Moss, Law, discussed recent developments in the Dallas City Hall corruption case with CBS 11 News Aug. 13, 2008. He talked about the merits of hate-crime charges being filed against a man accused of committing random shootings in four Dallas suburbs with The Dallas Morning News July 9, 2008. In addition, he discussed the issues involved in using DNA testing to exonerate those who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes with Reuters July 2, 2008.

Van Kemper, Anthropology, spoke with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 12, 2008, about how the proposed renaming of historic Ross Avenue has put the Dallas City Council in a no-win situation.

Mike Davis, Finance, discussed why the Consumer Price Index may not match a family’s reality with The Dallas Morning News Aug. 4, 2008.

Linda Eads, Law, talked about the merits of searching a defense attorney’s office in a Frisco, Texas murder-for-hire case with The Dallas Morning News July 27, 2008.

Edward Fox, Marketing, discussed the implications of the Minyard supermarket chain’s sale of 37 Carnival stores, along with the Carnival brand itself, with The Dallas Morning News July 24, 2008. He also talked about Wal-Mart’s plans to dramatically scale down a proposed new store in Austin with The Austin American-Statesman June 24, 2008.

Planet EarthMaria Richards, Earth Sciences, discussed geothermal energy as the “lost” component of the alternative-energy push with U.S. News & World Report July 21, 2008.

Patricia Mathes, Institute for Reading Research, talked about North Texas students’ struggles with the written portion of the TAKS test with The Dallas Morning News July 20, 2008.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, discussed a decision by the State Board of Education to allow elective Bible courses in Texas high schools with The Dallas Morning News July 11, 2008.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, discussed whether Karl Rove’s criticism of Mitt Romney is aimed at helping Romney become John McCain’s running mate with Salt Lake City’s Deseret News July 16, 2008. He also talked about why both Barack Obama and John McCain need the abortion issue with Reuters May 28, 2008.

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, discussed the shortcomings of the new North Texas clean-air plan with the Dallas Business Journal July 11, 2008.

Geoff Orsak, Engineering Dean, provided expertise for a Robert Miller column on how North Texas engineering schools are meeting the demand for engineers with state-of-the-art programs and facilities. The column appeared in The Dallas Morning News June 29, 2008.

Alan Brown, Psychology, discussed his research, which may reveal the secret to winning game shows, with Psychology Today for its July/August 2008 issue.

Dan Howard, Marketing, provided expertise for a story on how frugal spenders can buck an economic downturn that appeared in The Arizona Republic Aug. 8, 2008. He talked about how rising ticket prices will affect the future of the airline industry in The Dallas Morning News June 23, 2008. In addition, he discussed how General Motors’ possible discontinuation of the Hummer reflects the restructuring of the North American automotive industry with The Ottawa Citizen June 14, 2008.

Jessica Dixon, Law, discussed the “puzzling” actions of Texas Child Protective Services in the case of the FDLS polygamist cult with The Dallas Morning News June 18, 2008.

Oil derrickFrank Lloyd, Cox Executive Education, discussed the importance of capable leadership in the global petroleum industry with The Earth Times June 18, 2008.

Robin Lovin, Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed the changing relationship between religion and politics in an essay published in Religion and Ethics Newsweekly June 12, 2008.

Joseph Dancy, Law, discussed how landowners can test the mineral-rights market through an eBay auction with Platts June 3, 2008

Ron Moss, Admissions, discussed the effects of intense college admission competition among the 2008 high school graduating class with WFAA Channel 8 June 3, 2008.