Students Take Top National and Global Honors

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Students Take Top National and Global Honors

SMU students who excel in their areas of study often receive some of the world’s most prestigious fellowships and awards, providing them with meaningful research opportunities and life experiences. For the 2010-11 academic year, those who can claim such recognitions include:

Fulbright Fellowships

johansen.jpeg Two SMU students have received Fulbright Fellowships for 2011-2012:

SMU senior and President’s Scholar Jordan Johansen will work as an English teaching assistant and study Greek at Cypriot University on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Johansen, a native of DeSoto, Texas, received degrees this year in anthropology, history and music. Read more.

mendiola.jpegSan Antonio native Carla Mendiola, an SMU Dedman College graduate student in history, will use her Fulbright Fellowship to help fund the research and writing of her dissertation in Canada. She also has received a Government of Canada Doctoral Student Research Award, which will help fund research travel. Read more.

An estimated 1,600 students out of more than 9,000 applicants will be honored with the Fulbright grant, made possible by the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of State.

Goldwater Awards

deland-goldwater.jpegfischer-goldwater.jpegJunior Katherine Deland of Beaumont and sophomore Kent Fischer of San Angelo have been awarded 2011 Goldwater Scholarships, which recognize students who have shown excellence in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering.

Fischer was rewarded for his research project focused on the extraction of rare earth lanthanide elements crucial for electronics and other high-tech manufacturing. Deland’s research work involved investigating the role of a specific gene in suppressing the reproduction of cancer cells. Read more.

• Learn more about awards and applications from SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards.

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May 12, 2011|News|

SMU Students Win Prestigious Fulbright Fellowships

SMU senior Jordan Johansen and doctoral student Carla Mendiola have received 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellowships to work and study abroad next year.

Johansen, a President’s Scholar who is graduating in May, will use the fellowship to work as an English teaching assistant and study Greek at Cypriot University on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus next year.

The Fulbright will help Mendiola, an SMU Dedman College graduate student in history, fund the research and writing of her dissertation in Canada. She also has received a Government of Canada Doctoral Student Research Award, which will help fund travel for her research. This year, six Government of Canada awards were offered to students who can provide research contributing to a better knowledge of Canada, its relationship with the United States and its international affairs.

Johansen and Mendiola are two of an estimated 1,600 students out of more than 9,000 applicants to be honored with the Fulbright grant, which is made possible by the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

Fulbright grants allow U.S. and foreign students to travel and work abroad, promoting cultural awareness while achieving educational and vocational advancement.

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April 28, 2011|News|

Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs Support Students with Gifts Campaign

4581613.jpg The SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs are supporting four projects with their 2011 Spring Gifts Campaign, which provides funds to programs that enhance SMU students’ campus experience.

The projects include a bilingual video that offers tips to parents of first-year students; Mustang Corral T-shirts; a leadership reception that promotes campus involvement to new students; and a family-style fellowship lunch that will be held after All-University Worship services on Sundays.

“The projects chosen this year encourage leadership, fellowship, community and communication,” says Cindy Powell, Mothers’ Club president. “The support from our SMU parents is remarkable, and we are grateful for every contribution.”

The Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs have been supporting SMU for more than 80 years by backing efforts that benefit students and address campus needs.

Learn more about the clubs and make a gift online.
Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs honor the Outstanding Senior Woman and Man.

– Cherri Gann

April 19, 2011|News|

Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and More at SMU Farmers Market

With finals drawing near, students can boost healthy eating habits with fresh produce, herbs, recipes and tips at the SMU Farmers Market, presented by SMU Wellpower and SMU Dining Services.

Organic and fresh fruits and vegetables will be sold from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Blueberries, plums, mangos, nectarines and organic apples, carrots and spring-salad mixes are just a few of the offerings for sale. Items, which will be priced by the pound, can be bought with cash, credit or Pony cash.

In addition to buying fresh fruits and vegetables, students will be able to participate in cooking demonstrations and other healthy living activities. For more information, visit the Farmers Market website.

April 19, 2011|News|

Dedman College Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

Matthew-Gayer.ashx.jpg Matthew Gayer, a President’s Scholar with a triple major in public policy, economics and political science in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has been selected as a 2011 Truman Scholar. The prestigious national award recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government and public service.

Gayer, a St. Louis native, was one of 60 students chosen from 54 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the award, which provides up to $30,000 to help students pursue a graduate school education. Gayer is the 13th Truman Scholar at SMU since the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975, and the first SMU student to earn the award since 2009. He was one of 602 applicants for one of academia’s most sought-after awards.

“The Truman Scholarship not only will help monetarily for graduate school, but also will connect me to a community of future public leaders,” Gayer says. “The benefit is being able to talk with future public service professionals about how to make policy and programs move America forward on many of the major problems facing society.”

Gayer, who plans to earn a master’s degree in public policy or public health, hopes to one day work for a non-governmental community-focused organization. With funding from SMU’s Big iDeas program, in March 2009 he founded Health Literacy Dallas, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve communication between health professionals and their patients. His policy proposal for the scholarship focused on eliminating unhealthy food and beverages in American public schools.

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April 10, 2011|News|

Students Take Advantage of Spring Break to Serve and Learn

CivilRights.jpg Many SMU students, faculty and staff used their time off during spring break to focus on service, human rights, civil rights and more. Several groups shared their experiences on the SMU Adventures blog. Trips March 14-18, 2011, included:

Political Science, Washington, to do research on the papers of former Supreme Court Justices housed in the Library of Congress. Read their blog.

SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, an eight-day bus ride to the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. Read their blog.

Alternative Spring Break trips to Crawfordville, Florida, to serve at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge; Taos, New Mexico, to work at a rural charter school; Los Angeles, to work at AIDS Project Los Angeles; Eastern Tennessee, to focus on rural community development; Boston, to serve the homeless at Boston Rescue Mission; Atlanta, to serve at a homeless shelter; and Ecuador, to volunteer with children. Read their blog.

Canyon-01.jpgHuman Rights Education Program, Germany, to visit Holocaust sites including concentration camps, Hitler’s Munich headquarters and Nazi euthanasia facilities in Berlin. Read their blog.

Art History, Los Angeles, to investigate Mexican, Mexican-American and Latino urban space and culture. Read their blog.

Outdoor Adventures, Grand Canyon National Park, to backpack and study the desert landscape. Read their blog and see a slideshow from their trip.

Read more from SMU News.

March 21, 2011|News|

SMU’s Japanese Association to Raise Funds for Tsunami Victims

The Japanese Association at SMU is selling custom T-shirts and holding a charity talk to help victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devasted Japan on March 11.

japan-relief-t-shirt.jpgThe T-shirts be will on sale in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center from 11 a.m. to noon March 28, 29 and 31, and April 1 and 8. They also will be on sale at Half Price Books at 5803 E. Northwest Highway from 2 to 6 p.m. April 9 and 10.

The T-shirts, which cost $20 each, are being provided by Half Price Books. All funds raised through the effort will be given to the American Red Cross through the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) at SMU to help disaster victims in Japan recover.

“We hated seeing what was happening in our country, and we wanted to do something to help as quickly as possible, so we formed JASMU,” says association co-leader Yuri Kimura, a Ph.D. candidate in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College. “We hope others on the SMU campus and around Dallas will join us in our quest to raise funds for those in need in Japan.”

Read more from SMU News.

SMU experts, including Dedman College Dean William Tsutsui, have provided expertise on Japan’s disaster. Read more from SMU News.

March 21, 2011|News|

SMU to Honor New Inductees in Athletics Hall of Fame

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame on March 21. The 2011 inductees – Craig James, Gene Phillips, Lisa Cole Zimmerman, Luchi Gonzalez, Tommy Bowers Sr. and A.R. Barr – will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony May 6 at the Hilton Anatole.

Below is a brief listing of the class and their accomplishments:

Craig-James-1982.jpgCraig James (1982) – SMU’s third all-time leading rusher (3,743 yards) led the Mustangs to the Southwest Conference football championships during the 1981 and 1982 seasons. The three-time All-SWC selection teamed with Eric Dickerson to form the “Pony Express” backfield, forming one of the best running back tandems in NCAA football history. The NFL Pro Bowler was drafted by the New England Patriots and played in the 1985 Super Bowl.

Gene Phillips (1971) – The former men’s basketball player ranks second in program history with 1,932 career points. Phillips averaged 26.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during his three-year career on the Hilltop. The three-time SWC Player of the Year was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1971 NBA Draft and played two seasons with the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals.

Lisa Cole Zimmerman (1990) – The 1990 All-American women’s soccer player led the team in goals for four straight seasons (1987-90). Cole Zimmerman scored 34 goals and 24 assists, both single-season highs, during her freshman season. Cole Zimmerman is SMU’s all-time leading career scorer with 101 goals and 44 assists.

Read more about the inductees from SMU News.

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March 21, 2011|News|

Computer Science Students Showcase Research in Austin

CSE1.jpgTwo SMU computer science students, John Forrest and Vladimir Jovanovic, represented SMU at the first Texas Undergraduate Research Day on February 14, 2011, at the state Capitol building.

More than 140 undergraduate students from 51 colleges and universities made poster presentations at the event, which was designed “to showcase the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research for Texas legislators and the public.” During the day, state legislators and other officials visited the poster session.

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March 11, 2011|News|

Students Support Tuition Equalization Grants in Austin

A group of SMU students met with state legislators at the Texas Capitol on March 2 to express their support of Texas Tuition Equalization Grants.

The TEG program, which provides financial aid to students attending 42 private Texas colleges and universities, is facing cuts of more than 40 percent in the Legislature’s proposed biennial budget. The program awards grants averaging $3,400 to about 28,000 Texans with financial need each year, nearly half of whom are minorities. At SMU, more than 1,500 students received the grants for the 2010-11 academic year.

Students who visited Austin include senior and student body president Jake Torres, senior Laura Baez, senior Daniela Balderas, sophomore Erin Hoya, junior Bethany Mackingtee, senior Brian Quarles and first-year Ryan Swick. Fernando Salazar, the coordinator of Latina/o Student Services in Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs, joined them on the trip.

The students were featured in:

The Austin American-Statesman: “Texas cannot afford to make cuts in the Tuition Equalization Grant program”
The Dallas Morning News: “SMU students lobby lawmakers for financial aid funding”
The Dallas Morning News Letters to the Editor: “A smart investment in students”

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March 8, 2011|News|
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