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Energy industry leader Kyle D. Miller ’01 honored with SMU gifts exceeding $5 million

Kyle D. Miller

Cox Distinguished Alumnus Kyle D. Miller ’01 has been honored by a tribute gift to SMU of more than $5 million.

A consortium of donors has honored SMU alumnus and energy industry leader Kyle D. Miller ’01 with more than $5 million in contributions to his alma mater. SMU Trustee Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 led the effort to assemble tribute gifts in recognition of Miller’s success in the energy industry; Bridwell and his wife, Gina, personally contributed to the effort, along with other SMU alumni and industry colleagues.

In recognizing Miller’s expertise and accomplishment in the energy finance arena, the majority of the tribute will establish the Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program and the Kyle D. Miller Energy Scholarship Fund in the Edwin L. Cox School of Business. Both initiatives will receive endowment and current-use funding.

The gift also will include a naming opportunity honoring Miller and his love of athletics within SMU’s planned Indoor Performance Center.

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“It’s a fitting tribute that Kyle’s colleagues have chosen to honor him by supporting both academic and athletic programs,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Kyle was named outstanding young alumnus for the Cox School of Business in May 2015, and these contributions will help position other students to find the kind of success he has achieved in energy finance.”

“It’s a fitting tribute that Kyle’s colleagues have chosen to honor him by supporting both academic and athletic programs,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Kyle was named outstanding young alumnus for the Cox School of Business in May 2015, and these contributions will help position other students to find the kind of success he has achieved in energy finance.”

For Bridwell, the opportunity to lead the effort to honor Miller while supporting SMU students and student-athletes was a perfect combination. “Kyle’s education at SMU helped lead to his success in energy finance,” Bridwell said. “The creation of this new program, scholarship fund and the plans for the new Indoor Performance Center provided all of us a chance to help future SMU students and student-athletes succeed and aspire to great careers while honoring Kyle, his achievements so far and his passion for the Mustangs.”

“I am humbled and honored by the generosity, kindness and vision represented by this effort,” said Miller, who served as the president and CEO of Silver Hill Energy Partners, LLC and Silver Hill Energy Partners II, LLC prior to their acquisition in 2016. “I want to thank everyone who contributed to all of these initiatives that will benefit students and the broader community in the years to come.”

The Energy Management Program will be based in the Maguire Energy Institute. It will augment the school’s existing MBA Concentration in Energy Finance and will strengthen the undergraduate offering in energy to meet the rising demand for BBA graduates in the energy sector. The program will also offer the Cox School multiple opportunities in executive education. Traditional business disciplines, particularly accounting and finance positions, currently comprise 6.1 percent of the total energy workforce, and this percentage is rising. In addition, the energy sector is increasingly technology-driven, placing greater emphasis on efficiency and productivity. Both of these characteristics fit the Cox School’s expertise in financial education and its strategy to enhance technology and innovation-based curricula in its programs.

Academic management of the program will be provided by Professor Kumar Venkataraman. He will be appointed to the Cary M. Maguire Chair of Oil and Gas Management and will work closely with the Director of the Maguire Energy Institute, Bruce Bullock, to provide modern and relevant curricula.

The operational side of the program will be managed by a director whose position will be funded by the gift that establishes the program, and who also will work closely with the Maguire Chair and the Director of the Maguire Energy Institute.

The Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Scholarship Fund will provide funds for both BBA Scholars and MBA Scholarships. Scholarships continue to be a competitive factor in the recruitment of highly qualified students to both undergraduate and graduate programs. The potential to attract the most talented students – those who would excel in the Cox BBA Energy Concentration or MBA Concentration in Energy Finance and be highly sought-after by corporate and industry leaders – grows as the value of scholarships increases. This fund will elevate the student profile for the energy management program.

“This is a very exciting new program and scholarship fund that will further increase the competitiveness of SMU and the Cox School of Business,” said Cox Dean Matthew Myers. “We are delighted that both the Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Program and the Kyle D. Miller Energy Management Scholarship Fund will be endowed so that they will continue in perpetuity.”

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‘Why Standing Rock Matters’ is topic for Clements Center panel discussion Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

'Why Standing Rock Matters' graphicThe national protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline have drawn thousands to rallies throughout the country, including Dallas. What is Standing Rock and its history, and what is the basis of the dispute over the pipeline?

An invited panel moderated by Ben Voth, associate professor of corporate communications and public affairs in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, will take on these questions and more at SMU.

“Why Standing Rock Matters: Can Oil and Water Mix?” will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center.

A reception will precede the panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Both the reception and forum are free and open to the public. Register online at Eventbrite or call the Clements Center at 214-768-3684.

> Learn more at SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies website

The panelists include the following experts, who will each bring a different perspective to the discussion:

  • Archaeology – Kelly Morgan is president of Lakota Consulting LLC, which provides professional cultural and tribal liaison services in field archaeology. She works to protect cultural and natural resources alongside other archaeologists and environmentalists in North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota and on the island of Guam. Currently she is the tribal archaeologist for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Morgan received her PhD. in American Indian studies from the University of Oklahoma.
  • Energy – Craig Stevens is a spokesman for the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now (MAIN), a partnership aimed at supporting the economic development and energy security benefits in the Midwest. MAIN is a project of the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council, with members in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois – the states crossed by the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline. Previously Stevens served as a spokesman for two cabinet secretaries, a surgeon general, and a member of Congress. He also worked on two presidential campaigns.
  • Environmental – Andrew Quicksall is the J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. His research focuses on aqueous metal enrichment and water contamination in the natural environment by probing both solution and solid chemistry of natural materials. He received his Ph.D. in earth science from Dartmouth College.
  • Tribal history – Cody Two Bears, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Councilman and tribal member who represents the Cannon Ball district of the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota.
  • Law – Eric Reed (Choctaw Nation), J.D., is a Dallas lawyer who specializes in American Indian law, tribal law and international indigenous rights. Reed received a B.S in economics and finance and a B.A. in anthropology from SMU and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
  • Mechanical – Tayeb “Ty” Benchaita is a managing partner of B&G Products and Services LLP, a consulting company in Houston that specializes in products quality control and assurance, products manufacturing and operations for the oil, fuels petrochemical, oil refining, lubricants, re-refining, and environmental industries. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and executive management training from the Harvard Business School.
  • Public policy – Michael Lawson is president of MLL Consulting which provides historical research and analysis for government agencies, Native American tribes, law firms and other private clients. Additionally, he is of counsel to Morgan, Angel & Associates, L.L.C. in Washington, D.C., where he formerly served as a partner. Lawson received his Ph.D. in American history and cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico and is author of Dammed Indians Revisited: The Continuing History of the Pick-Sloan Plan and the Missouri River Sioux (South Dakota State Historical Society: 2010).

The event is cosponsored by SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies and Maguire Energy Institute, with support from the University’s Dedman College of Humanities and  Sciences, Cox School of Business, William P. Clements Department of History, Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute through the Scott-Hawkins Fund, and Center for Presidential History.

Maguire Energy Institute celebrates 40th anniversary

Cary M. Maguire

Cary M. Maguire

The Maguire Energy Institute in SMU’s Cox School of Business joined with the Institute’s founders to mark its 40th anniversary in late November, in a private celebration at the Cox School.

The event also honored the Institute’s namesake, SMU Trustee Emeritus and long-time Texas oilman Cary M. Maguire.

“Cary Maguire’s foresight in establishing this Institute has not only helped shape the energy debate and the energy industry itself, but perhaps most importantly, it has shaped the lives of thousands of students who have come through these doors and now have rewarding and productive careers in the industry,” said Bruce Bullock, director of the Maguire Energy Institute since 2007, who hosted the event.

Guided by a 30-member advisory board of energy-industry leaders, the Institute has established programs for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the industry and the community at large. They include:

  • Student-led graduate and undergraduate energy clubs – These organizations connect students to the industry via field trips, speakers and forums.
  • Academic programs – Energy concentrations are now available to both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates.
  • Career Placement – The Cox School places graduates in all sectors of the energy business, from Credit Suisse to ExxonMobil to Pioneer Natural Resources and beyond.
  • The annual L. Frank Pitts Award for Energy and Innovation – This award has been given to leaders who have exemplified innovation and leadership in the energy field. Past recipients include Ray Hunt, Larry Nichols, Mark Papa, Scott Sheffield, and this year’s winner, David Miller. Scholarships are also awarded annually in L. Frank Pitts’ name.
  • Active and ongoing research spanning all areas of the industry – The Maguire Energy Institute’s research and thought leadership has been able to significantly impact the current national and international energy debate.

“Cary Maguire’s original vision for this Institute back in the early ’70s was to create the premier university-based energy institute in the nation right here at SMU Cox,” Bullock said. “Thanks to Cary’s advice and counsel, along with that of SMU Cox Dean Al Niemi, Dr. Bobby Lyle and our other venerable advisory board members, we have been able to achieve that goal.”

> Read the full story from SMU News

Faculty in the News: April 19, 2011

Jean-Paul Comelin, Distinguished Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of an interview on how dance brings art and love to stage that was published in KERA’s Art&Seek March 31, 2011.

Jeff Bellin, Dedman School of Law, talked about a court ruling that could make it easier for victims of child pornography around the country to get restitution for an article published by The Associated Press March 25, 2011.

Jim Hollifield, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, participated in a panel discussion on the future of religion, medicine, media, and world power at the Festival of Ideas, organized by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He was featured in a story on the festival that appeared in Pegasus News March 27, 2011.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about whether legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions are constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts in a “Texas Faith” blog post for The Dallas Morning News April 5, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about job gains and the economic outlook for Texas with The Dallas Morning News April 1, 2011. In addition, he discussed with The Weather Channel how Japan’s April 7 aftershock will affect the world economy in a segment that aired April 7, 2011. video

Hiroki Takeuchi, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Japan’s aging population and its lack of preparation for retirement with The Dallas Morning News April 2, 2011.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed rising fuel costs and their effect on food prices with The San Marcos Daily Record April 7, 2011.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about whether Dish Network’s purchase of Blockbuster would mean layoffs with the Star Newspapers April 8, 2011.

Bill Dorsaneo, Dedman School of Law, discussed a U.S. district court judge’s reversal of a $625.5 million jury decision against Apple Inc. with The Tyler Telegram April 6, 2011.

Faculty in the News: April 5, 2011

Ruben Habito on CBS 11 NewsCal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, provided expertise to The Christian Science Monitor and The New York Daily News on President Obama’s announcement that he was seeking reelection. The stories appeared April 4-5, 2011.

José Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, discussed a nationally acclaimed project he helped shape – a new CD collection called The Smithsonian Anthology of Jazz with Jerome Weeks of KERA’s Art&Seek April 5, 2011. Listen to a podcast of Dean Bowen’s interview with Jerome Weeks. audio

Ruben Habito (right), World Religions and Spirituality, Perkins School of Theology, talked about the merits of meditation with CBS 11 News March 29, 2011. Watch Dr. Habito’s CBS 11 segment online. video

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about T. Boone Pickens’ advocacy for natural gas as part of a national energy plan with FOX 4 News. March 31, 2011. Watch Dr. Weinstein’s FOX 4 News segment online. video

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about living without television for The Dallas Morning News in an article published March 26, 2011.

Faculty in the News: March 8, 2011

Jake Batsell on CBS-11 NewsJake Batsell, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise for a CBS-11 News story on tweeting and sports that was broadcast March 6, 2011. Watch Jake Batsell on CBS-11. video

Ed Fox, JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence, Cox School of Business, talked about the possible effects of rising commodity prices on Dallas-area consumers with The Dallas Morning News Feb. 22, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, wrote that the current turmoil in the Middle East should be taken as a sign the United States should develop and maintain a complete portfolio of domestic energy sources in an article that appeared in The Hill Feb. 22, 2011. He also wrote about the potential of natural gas locked in shale formations in a story published by The Washington Examiner Feb. 18, 2011. In addition, he wrote about this resource’s potential impact on the Texas economy in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article published Feb. 28, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the political implications of Texas’ changing demographics with The Houston Chronicle Feb. 18, 2011, and with The New York Times Feb. 25, 2011. He also discussed with The Canadian Press the political fallout from President Obama’s instruction to the U.S. Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex marriage. The article was published Feb. 28, 2011, and appeared on numerous Canadian news sites.

Peter Weyand, Applied Physiology and Wellness, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, provided expertise for a story about how fast humans may eventually be able to run that appeared on National Public Radio Feb. 19, 2011.

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, talked about Texas lawyers’ vote against proposed amendments to the state bar’s Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct with Texas Lawyer Feb. 17, 2011.

John Attanasio, Dean, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a National Law Journal story on the successes of an SMU program that pays law firms to “test drive” new Law School graduates. The article appeared in the Feb. 28, 2011 edition.

Faculty in the News: March 1, 2011

bruce-bullock-fox-business-300.jpgBruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about how higher oil and gas prices are affecting the U.S. economy with The Los Angeles Times. (3/1/2011) In addition, he discussed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prediction that oil could reach $300 a barrel in an article published in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (2/28/2011) He also discussed the disruptions of the energy market caused by unrest in the Middle East with FOX Business Feb. 24, 2011. Watch Bullock’s FOX Business commentary in a new window. video

David Meltzer, Anthropology, Dedman College, commented on the discovery of an 11,500-year-old cremation site in Alaska that contains the oldest human remains yet discovered in northern North America for an article published by New Scientist Feb. 24, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the lack of population growth in Dallas over the last decade with The New York Times Feb. 25, 2011. He also talked about Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert stepping down and Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway moving into the mayor’s office with KERA Radio Feb. 23, 2011. Listen to Jillson’s KERA commentary here. audio

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about Houston’s John and Dominique de Menil Collection for The Wall Street Journal Feb. 26, 2011.

Robert Jordan, Diplomat-in-Residence with SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and former U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, talked with Bloomberg Television Live Feb. 24, 2011, about Saudi Arabia and the current upheaval in the Middle East. Watch Jordan’s Middle East commentary in a new window. video

Faculty in the News: Feb. 8, 2011

Meadows MuseumJosé Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about places he finds special in Dallas for an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Feb. 5, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about demographic changes in Texas and how they will affect the political landscape with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2011. He also discussed Republicans and Democrats sitting side by side at President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 23, 2011.

Jillson provided expertise for an article on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political tactics in identifying certain pieces of legislation as emergency items for an article that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 24, 2011. He also spoke with the Chronicle for a Jan. 10, 2011 story about the attention Texas will draw because of its political redness and the governor’s promise not to raise taxes.

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, wrote about why Texas lawyers should vote for the disciplinary rule referendum in a piece published by Texas Lawyer Jan. 24, 2011.

D. Aaron Lacy, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Texas Cable News (TXCN) story on a lawsuit filed by a woman who was fired for taking time off work to vote. The story aired Jan. 18, 2011.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center For Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about how Americans may be better off economically than we realize for a U.S. News & World Report article published Jan. 20, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business wrote about how the United States can reduce its oil imports by developing natural gas that’s locked in shale formations in an article published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan. 26, 2011. He also discussed the mixed North Texas economic outlook with The Dallas Business Journal Jan. 11, 2011.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the effect of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease on her family members’ relationships with each other in a story published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 18, 2011.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Salvator Rosa exhibit at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum for the Jan. 20, 2011 edition of The Wall Street Journal

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the White House oil spill commission’s call for a dramatic overhaul of the way the United States regulates offshore drilling in an article published by Reuters. It appeared in the Jan. 11, 2011 edition of The Calgary Herald and numerous other publications.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about why some religious denominations produce more political leaders in The Dallas Morning News‘s Texas Faith blog Jan. 18, 2011.

Faculty in the News: Dec. 14, 2010

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, and Cox faculty members discussed how unemployment and the lack of job creation could make 2011 a worse economic year than 2010 in an article that appeared in The Dallas Business Journal Dec. 9, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked with The Calgary Herald about the political implications of establishment Republicans’ recent questioning of Sarah Palin’s fitness for elected office. The article appeared in the paper’s Dec. 4, 2010 edition. He also talked with The Houston Chronicle about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s plans to take his anti-Washington message national as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The story was published Dec. 5, 2010.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, talked about how fear can be supplanted by hope in a commentary for KERA 90.1 FM public radio that aired Dec. 8, 2010. Listen to Lawrence’s KERA broadcast here. audio

In addition, Lawrence discussed whether a Dallas-based website identifying businesses as “naughty” for not acknowledging Christmas is inappropriate for the season with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 8, 2010. He also wrote about the moral argument in favor of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act for the DMN’s “Texas Faith” column.

Nathan Cortez, SMU Dedman School of LawBud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed with The Dallas Morning News the possible effects on Texas if Congress votes to let Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy expire. The article appeared in the Dec. 2, 2010 edition.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, provided expertise for a Steve Blow column about what it means to call Texas “business friendly.” The piece ran in The Dallas Morning News Dec. 2, 2010.

Nathan Cortez (right), Dedman School of Law, talked with CBS 11 News about the battle between BlueCross BlueShield and Texas Health Resources that was precipitated by new requirements on insurers in the new health care law. The segment aired Dec. 2, 2010. Watch CBS 11 reporter Jack Fink’s story here. video

Faculty in the News: Nov. 30, 2010

Mike Davis on KXAS TVAnne Lincoln, Sociology, Dedman College, provided expertise for a story on declining male enrollment in veterinary colleges that appeared in The Toronto Star Nov. 29, 2010.

Mike Davis (left), Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about the marketing challenges faced by older shopping malls in their quest to retain young shoppers for a segment that aired on KXAS Channel 5 News Nov. 26, 2010. Watch the KXAS News video in a new window. video

Jeffrey Kahn, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for an editorial about Russia’s “dictatorship of law” and its treatment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former owner of the country’s largest oil company. The piece appeared in The New York Times Nov. 20, 2010.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, wrote about addressing the United States’ deficit problem in an op-ed that appeared in AOL News Nov. 12, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the political gamesmanship surrounding the START treaty with The San Francisco Examiner Nov. 18, 2010.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, discussed Pizza Hut’s marketing strategy in its use of employees in its advertising for a story that appeared in The Dallas Morning News Nov. 17, 2010.

Al Niemi, Dean, Cox School of Business, provided expertise for a column by Cheryl Hall on how the Federal Reserve’s second round of “quantitative easing” is meant to help the American public. The piece appeared in The Dallas Morning News Nov. 10, 2010.

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