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Guildhall, AIAS announce Academy Scholarship

guildhall-logo-200.jpgThe Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) and The Guildhall at SMU have announced the establishment of the Academy Scholar program, designed to build a force of new talent in interactive entertainment.

aias-logo-200.jpgThe program, which will begin during the Fall 2009 semester, will award $10,000 per semester for 2 semesters to a graduate-level Guildhall student. The scholarship “will honor an outstanding applicant who exemplifies the AIAS’ spirit and commitment to advance the worldwide interactive entertainment community,” according to a joint news release from AIAS and the Guildhall.

“SMU and AIAS have a shared vision and responsibility to further the industry and support the next generation of game makers,” said Peter Raad, Guildhall executive director and founder. “Our mission has always been to produce future industry leaders and the very best game professionals. We are honored to have the AIAS as a partner in helping us fulfill this mission.”

“There is no better time for us to invest in the next generation of game makers,” said Joseph Olin, AIAS president. “We want candidates who can share their vision and goals for this industry – our future influentials who will address the challenges of game creation and inspire new ways of making games.”

To be considered for an Academy Scholarship, a combined panel of senior AIAS members and an SMU review board will evaluate and rank each admission portfolio. The applicants with the highest rank order will be invited to submit an essay for consideration to win the scholarship.

The AIAS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to “promoting awareness of the art and science of interactive games and entertainment.” Its Board of Directors includes senior executives representing Sony, EA, Nintendo, Microsoft, THQ and Ubisoft as well as the independent development community.

Read about the Academy Scholar announcement at the 2009 D.I.C.E. Summit (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain)
Learn more about the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
Visit the Guildhall online

For the Record: Dec. 5, 2008

SMU President’s Scholars Alexandra Hill and Katrina Josephson have been chosen as 2009-10 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars. The Rotary Foundation has sponsored Ambassadorial Scholars since 1947, with key objectives being to “increase awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country” and to “develop leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community.”

Hill, a senior double-major in international studies and electrical engineering in Dedman College and the Lyle School of Engineering, will study at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland. Josephson, a senior political science and Spanish double major in Dedman College, will study at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in the Dominican Republic.

The Cox School of Business hosted an economic roundtable for Dallas-area media in November 2008. Participants included Cox Dean Al Niemi, Brian Bruce (Alternative Asset Management Center, Cox School of Business), Nathan Balke (Economics, Dedman College) and Cox adjunct professor Harvey Rosenblum of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Read more from The Dallas Morning News.

$1 million Tolleson gift to benefit Cox merit scholars

Debbie and John TollesonA $1 million gift from John C. and Debbie Tolleson (left) of Dallas will provide additional support for the Edwin L. Cox BBA Scholars Program in SMU’s Cox School of Business. The merit-based undergraduate scholarship program was named in fall 2007 in recognition of a $5 million challenge grant from Cox toward a goal of $10 million for endowment of the Scholars Program. The Tolleson gift supports that goal.

“Merit scholarships for outstanding students are one of SMU’s greatest priorities,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “By supporting the Cox BBA Scholars Program, John and Debbie Tolleson are helping us to attract additional top students who will benefit from our excellent programs and contribute to our rise in academic quality. We are grateful for the Tollesons’ generosity and foresight in making this gift.”

The BBA Scholars Program was established in 2002 to provide scholarships for highly qualified first-year students who are admitted directly into the Cox School of Business. About 100 students enter SMU as BBA Scholars each year. Selected from more than 500 candidates, those entering in fall 2007 represented 26 states and three countries and had an average SAT score of 1401.

Read more from SMU News.

$10 million Huffington gift will endow Department of Earth Sciences

Earth SciencesOne of SMU’s oldest and most distinguished academic departments has new resources to support the growing impact of its research and teaching, thanks to a gift of more than $10 million from the Honorable Roy M. Huffington of Houston. The gift endows the Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College, now renamed the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences.

With this new gift, announced March 27, Huffington has given SMU over $20 million in the last two years and a total of more than $31 million over many years of support for the University. In fall 2006, he provided just over $10 million in endowments for faculty support and student scholarships at SMU. Huffington received his bachelor’s degree in geology from SMU.

“SMU’s research and teaching in the earth sciences is already internationally recognized, producing successful scientists who help us understand the history of our planet as well as the prospects for developing future energy resources,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Roy Huffington’s generosity will enable the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences to make an even greater impact on the challenges faced on a global level.”

Read more from SMU News.

Cox School offers tax concentration in graduate accounting program

With the aid of a $500,000 gift from the Ernst & Young Foundation, SMU’s Cox School of Business has created a tax concentration for the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program. The Ernst & Young gift will support the establishment of new graduate tax courses, as well as the Ernst & Young Tax Scholar and Ernst & Young Tax Mentor programs, which will provide scholarships and mentoring opportunities to full-time MSA students pursuing the tax concentration.

Students in the tax concentration will take the 16 required hours of accounting that all MSAs take (which includes four hours of taxation courses), along with four additional courses in tax accounting: Advanced Entities, Tax Research, International and Interstate Tax Accounting, and Accounting for Income Taxes. Successful completion of the new tax concentration will enable individuals to enter the accounting profession as highly trained tax professionals and increase their overall marketability.

Read more from SMU News.

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