Mustang Minute: SMU celebrates Veterans Day 2014

SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility awarded special commemorative lapel pins to SMU Veterans at a luncheon hosted by the Office of the Provost on Nov. 11. Colleges and universities across the U.S. are seeing a dramatic surge in veteran student enrollment and at SMU the number of military veterans using G.I. bill benefits has increased more than 250 percent since 2005.  SMU Military Veterans, an undergraduate group sponsored by the Maguire Center, has become an active part of SMU life, including participating in public service events and hosting a tent on the Boulevard on football game days.

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Mustang Minute: Meet the Peruna Profs!

As part of SMU’s Year of the Faculty, students voted for the University’s most exceptional and inspiring professors. The winners were honored with the designation of “Peruna Prof” – and a surprise visit from our beloved mascot to recognize their outstanding work. Watch as Student Body President Ramon Trespalacios and other leaders bring a special brand of Pony Pride to classrooms across campus.

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Mustang Minute: SMU Canstruction, Homecoming 2014

Can they build it? Yes, they can! The SMU Student Foundation has turned its annual Homecoming food drive into a fun competition that combines caring and creativity. Watch what happens when students turn 10,000 cans of donated food into their own variations on the 2014 Homecoming theme, “Dynamic Duos.”

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Mustang Minute: The New McFarlin Auditorium

Myles takes you behind the scenes of McFarlin Auditorium’s sparkling new renovation with Director of Operations Denton Bricker.

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Mustang Minute: Books & Batons: Meet SMU’s Megan McKennon

This Mustang Minute shines the spotlight on second-year law student Megan McKennon, whose passion takes her a long way from the Scales of Justice!

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Mustang Minute: Midway Madness with SMU Basketball at the 2014 State Fair of Texas

The SMU men’s and women’s basketball teams, along with head coaches Larry Brown and Rhonda Rompola, took center stage on the State Fair of Texas midway Monday, Oct. 13. They met fans, signed autographs, hung out with Peruna…and, of course, participated in the Mustang Minute.

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Mustang Minute: National Night Out

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, SMU partnered with neighborhoods throughout Dallas and thousands of communities across the country for the 31st Annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. SMU’s local National Night Out event was co-sponsored by the SMU Police Department.

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Mustang Minute: Dean Thomas DiPiero

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Mustang Minute: Former U.S. Secretaries of State Speak at SMU

Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State from 1997-2001, and her successor, Colin L. Powell, 2001-2005, were featured speakers at a Student Forum and at the Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Sept. 29, 2014. David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and former advisor to four United States presidents, moderated. Read more . . .

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Mustang Minute: NoViolet Bulawayo ’07 and SMU Common Reading

SMU alumna NoViolet Bulawayo ’07 returned to the Hilltop in September to discuss her first novel, We Need New Names, with the Class of 2018. The 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award-winner is only the second work of fiction to be chosen as the University’s Common Reading and is the first Common Reading book that was written by an SMU Graduate. Read more about it.

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