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Students Launch Literary and Arts Magazine for Dallas Teens

BigiDeas-One-City.ashx.jpg Two SMU students this fall invited Dallas high school students to “tell us about your life in Dallas” in words and images.

They received more than 130 submissions from 18 public and private schools across Dallas for their new online bilingual literary and arts magazine, “Tale of One City,” which was featured March 6 in The Dallas Morning News.

“We were both moved and humbled by the broad range of experiences represented by the students’ work,” said senior Rebecca Quinn. “These pieces prove that Dallas is not a homogeneous city.”


2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 March 6, 2011|News|

Opportunities for First-Year Students to Take the Lead

The spring term offers numerous opportunities for first-year students to get involved on campus, says Renee Gibson, assistant director for new student orientation and student support. “As students put their passions to work in student organizations, they develop leadership skills and learn to contribute to their communities,” she says.

Below is a listing of leadership opportunities on campus, including in academics, residence life, recreational sports, the Chaplain’s Office and Student Senate. To learn more about these and other opportunities, contact Renee Gibson at rgibson@smu.edu or 214-768-4332.


2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 January 21, 2011|News|

SMU Rises in Carnegie Foundation Research Classification

research-homepage-25jan2010.ashx.jpg The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has raised SMU’s classification among institutions of higher education, reflecting dramatic growth in the University’s research activity since it was last measured in 2005.

SMU is now categorized as a research university with “high research activity,” a significant step up from its last assessment in 2005 as a doctoral/research university. The Carnegie Foundation assigns doctorate-granting institutions to categories based on a measure of research activity occurring at a particular period in time, basing these latest classifications on data from 2008-2009.

“SMU’s rise in the Carnegie classification system is further evidence of the growing quality and research productivity of our faculty. We are building a community of scholars asking and answering important research questions and making an impact on societal issues with their findings,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “In addition to our dedication to outstanding teaching, SMU is becoming increasingly recognized as a vital resource for research in a variety of fields.”

“The designation of SMU as a ‘high research activity’ university by the Carnegie Foundation is an important step in SMU’s evolution as a strong national university,” said Paul Ludden, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The faculty, staff and students at SMU can be proud of this, particularly when paired with our rise in national rankings.”

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2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 January 21, 2011|News|

Career Learning: Dedman College Students ‘Hit the Pavement’

Group%20Van.jpg SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center took 10 Dedman College students on a field trip in November to visit three Dallas employers: the Center for Nonprofit Management, Sewell Automotive and Southwest Airlines. The kickoff “Hit the Pavement” event introduced students to the organizations’ leaders, as well as career opportunities for liberal arts majors.

“What I liked most about the trip was having that close and intimate access to very influential and prominent people within the Dallas area,” says sophomore George Williams, Jr. “Also, I got to see a handful of current SMU students who are completing internships with Southwest, and hearing their success stories was a very neat aspect of the trip.”

The 10 Dedman College students were selected to participate in the event through an application and interview process. Jessica Lewis, assistant director at the career center, says the first “Hit the Pavement” probably won’t be the last.

“Students were asking me how they can help bring it back in the spring,” she says. “We’ve already had several students who said they will submit their resumes at some of the companies we visited.”


2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 November 23, 2010|Career Learning|

Student Researchers to Present Big iDeas at Fall Symposium

Dallas-SMU.jpg At the Big iDeas Symposium November 12, students will update their progress on research projects aimed at improving the quality of life in Dallas. Their presentations, which are open to the campus community, begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Big iDeas was launched by the Provost’s Office in 2008 to support undergraduate researchers in addressing key Dallas issues. The program awarded grants this year to 11 interdisciplinary teams who are investigating problems including energy, immigration and education. The deadline for new student proposals is January 28, 2011.

“Dallas, like every major city, faces complex challenges that require insights from many disciplines,” says SMU Provost Paul Ludden. “Through Big iDeas, student researchers from across campus are working together to find innovative solutions.”

Featured below are three of the 11 teams that will be reporting on their projects at the symposium.


2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 November 1, 2010|News|

Student Athletes Shine in NCAA Graduation Success Rates

Seven of SMU’s 15 athletics teams rated a perfect 100 percent in Graduation Success Rates (GSR) according to data released by the NCAA.

Programs that scored 100 percent were men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, cross country and track. The Mustangs’ men’s basketball team (second) and football team (third) also scored high marks among Conference USA schools. All 15 of SMU’s programs were equal to or better than the NCAA’s national average.

While SMU sponsors 17 sports, the NCAA issues a GSR for 15 of its programs, combining track and cross country and not rating SMU’s equestrian program.

• Learn more about SMU Athletics.


2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 October 26, 2010|News|

Career Learning: Lessons on Social Media

The SMU Hegi Family Career Development Center’s “Careers and Social Media Week” October 19-21 gave students a new perspective on using online resources in their job searches and possible careers in social media.

The week included a workshop on how to use social media in a job search, a panel discussion on pursuing a career in social media and a luncheon workshop about creating a LinkedIn profile. Career Center Assistant Director Caryn Statman said she was pleased with the week’s events. “It went great,” she said. “There were lots of students interested in using social media for their job search or as a career.”

Continue reading below for a few important lessons students learned from social media experts:


2011-10-13T18:43:42+00:00 October 26, 2010|Career Learning|

Senior Wins Prestigious Public Relations Scholarships

Sana Merchant, a senior corporate communications and public affairs major, was named the winner of two national awards presented by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation. The awards were handed out Monday, October 18, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. during the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) 2010 National Conference.

sanamerchant.jpgThe first scholarship is the 2010 Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award, a $5,000 scholarship presented to a minority senior college student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills and a commitment to entering the public relations profession. The award is new this year and is funded by Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

The second award is the John D. Graham Scholarship, funded by Fleishman-Hilliard, a $3,000 award given to a college senior in a journalism or public relations program who plans to enter the public relations field.

Merchant serves as president of both the campus PRSSA chapter and the Indian Students Association. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and is a Robert Redman Foundation Scholar. In addition, she is active in the SMU Program Council and Muslim Students Association and holds a leadership position in the Delta Delta Delta sorority.


2010-10-18T16:36:25+00:00 October 18, 2010|News|

Career Learning: Social Media at Work

Career.jpg Social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have become important resources for job seekers and recruiters. SMU students and alumni can learn more about these tools, as well as new job opportunities in the social media field, during “Careers and Social Media Week,” sponsored by the Hegi Family Career Development Center and BBA Career Services October 19-21.

“A recent study showed that nearly 80 percent of U.S. hiring managers and job recruiters checked out a job applicant online before making hiring decisions,” says Caryn Statman, assistant director of the career center. “But job seekers should know that 70 percent of them reported that what they found negatively impacted a candidate, so it’s important to know how to use these tools correctly.”

Statman recommends that job seekers begin by building a LinkedIn profile that features key accomplishments and experience, and then expand their network by joining professional LinkedIn groups, as well as SMU’s LinkedIn group for alumni and students. Job seekers can use Facebook and Twitter to follow companies and stay up-to-date on industry and hiring trends.

“But no matter what, job seekers today must never forget the value of a face-to-face meeting, a phone call or a handwritten note,” Statman says.

• Find the schedule for Fall 2010 events including “Careers and Social Media Week,” which features sessions on using social media, careers in social media with expert panelists and a “LinkedIn Luncheon.”
• Follow the Hegi Family Career Development Center on Twitter.
• Career counselors are open for questions and comments at smuhegi.blogspot.com.
• Alumni and students may contact the career center by email at careers@smu.edu, by phone at 214-768-2266 or by appointment at Hughes-Trigg Student Center

2010-10-12T10:17:18+00:00 October 12, 2010|Career Learning|

Last Chance for December Graduation and 2011 Yearbook Photos

Now is the time for seniors to take graduation photos for the 2011 Rotunda yearbook.

Appointments continue on weekdays through Friday, October 8. Photos are being taken in the Hughes-Trigg Commuter Lounge weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Seniors must schedule an appointment, and the sittings are free. Appointments can be scheduled here or by calling 512-796-4188. Caps, gowns and tassels will be provided for seniors, but they must bring their own honor cords. Men are strongly encouraged to wear a coat and tie, and women should dress in business casual clothing. This is the only chance for December graduates to have their portraits taken in their caps and gowns.


2010-09-23T10:08:17+00:00 September 23, 2010|News|
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