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SMU Junior Awarded Prestigious Truman Scholarship

Rahfin Faruk

Rahfin Faruk

SMU junior Rahfin Faruk has been named a 2014 Truman Scholar. The prestigious and highly competitive national scholarship recognizes college students who are “change agents,” with outstanding leadership potential and a commitment to public service careers.

Faruk was one of 59 students, mostly college juniors, from 52 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive the award, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. He is the 14th Truman Scholar at SMU since the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975. He was one of 655 candidates nominated by 293 colleges and universities for one of academia’s most sought-after awards.

Faruk, of Richardson, Texas, is an SMU President’s Scholar majoring in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies, with a minor in mathematics, in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He plans to pursue an MBA and a master’s in public policy to work in the social enterprise sector.

“As someone who wants to break down sectoral boundaries, I was attracted to the societal impact I could have as a Truman Scholar,” Faruk says. “Truman Scholars are everywhere – in a wide array of sectors and functions – and they are working to serve humanity in better ways.”

“It’s fitting that the Truman Scholarship Foundation honored Rahfin Faruk as a change agent,” said SMU Provost Paul Ludden. “Rahfin not only has excelled academically, but he also has applied his knowledge and research skills to important issues facing the North Texas and global community. With his record of servant leadership on campus and in the community, Rahfin is an SMU world changer with big ideas who no doubt will make a significant contribution as a Truman Scholar.”

Two SMU juniors also were selected as finalists for the Truman Scholarship: Prithvi Rudrappa, a Dedman College Scholar majoring in biochemistry in Dedman College and finance in Cox School of Business, with a minor in Spanish; and Fantine Giap, a President’s Scholar majoring in biological sciences and minoring in mathematics and psychology in Dedman College.

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Founders’ Day Weekend Celebrates Year of the Faculty

_GR18996SMU’s Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, shined a spotlight on the University’s faculty as the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty gains momentum on the Hilltop.

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SMU President R. Gerald Turner honored the University’s faculty during a special event April 11 at Moody Coliseum. President Turner’s Faculty Salute spotlighted the contributions and impact of the University’s distinguished scholars and included a video tribute and the taking of a group faculty photo. The faculty celebration was part of President Turner’s annual Founders’ Day Weekend Presidential Briefing, which highlighted the University’s accomplishments during the past year and provided a look ahead for the coming year. See the video. video icon

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This year Founders’ Day Weekend added a new performance program, Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, highlighting faculty, students, staff and alumni. The program featured compelling stories and demonstrations from 16 SMU faculty, staff, alumni and student speakers on topics ranging from NSA wiretapping, to civil rights, to a whimsical exercise in giant origami. See the slide show. camera icon

Community Day
Founders’ Day Weekend expanded its annual Community Day activities this year, including family events at the Bush Presidential Library and Museum as well as at the Meadows Museum.

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SMU to Celebrate Founders’ Day Weekend

Founders’ Day Weekend, April 10-13, offers SMU families an opportunity to connect with SMU students, parents, professors and alumni. This year’s event occurs during the centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty and features many ways to engage with SMU’s outstanding scholars.

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Register online for Founders’ Day Weekend activities.

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Thanks for a Great Season, SMU Basketball

Minnesota defeated SMU 65-63 to win the NIT Championship Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

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SMU Relay for Life Team Wins First Place for Cancer Fundraising

SMU Relay For Life 2014 graphicSMU’s Relay For Life team won first place among the top 25 collegiate relay teams by raising more than $29,000 in pledges in a 72-hour fundraising event to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Following up on the pledges, SMU will hold its 11th annual Relay For Life walk-and-run event from noon-midnightSaturday, April 5.

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Relay For Life is designed to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At Relay, teams of people camp out at a local campus, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path.

SMU won the #1 Relay Challenge March 3-5, where the top 25 collegiate relay teams from 2013 competed in an online challenge to see who could raise the most Relay for Life pledge money in a 72-hour period.

“The campus-wide effort behind our victory in the #1 Relay competition was truly humbling,” said Liz Blumberg, SMU Relay For Life event chair. “We could not be more proud of the SMU community and the compassion, commitment and generosity displayed over a whirlwind 72 hours.”

Register for or donate to an event at relayforlife.org

SMU Relay For Life took top honors after defeating defending champion Virginia Tech by a more than $7,000 margin by combining social media outreach, phone campaigns and emailing.  The University of Georgia came in second and Virginia Tech placed third.

Campus festivities kick off at noon Saturday, April 5, with an opening ceremony followed by a survivors and caregivers lap at 12:15 p.m. Lanterns will be lit at 8:30 p.m. in memory of or to honor a person with cancer, with each luminaria personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing. Luminarias can be purchased prior to the event for $10.

Closing ceremonies will take place at 11:30 p.m.

Relay for Life began in Tacoma, Washington, with the initiative of one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt. In May 1985 he ran a track for 24 hours and, with the support of his friends, family and the community, raised $27,000. Relay for Life is now the largest nonprofit activity in the world. It takes place in more than 20 countries and has raised more than $4 billion to fight cancer.

Written by Christina Voss

> Visit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event finder

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Finishing the Right Way: Mustangs to Battle for NIT Championship

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The Mustangs defeated Clemson 65-59 in Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday to earn a spot in the National Invitation Tournament championship game.

SMU will take on Minnesota on Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Central. Tickets for Thursday night’s championship game are available at smumustangs.com/tickets.

Two ways to watch in Dallas: Fans are invited to join SMU Athletics at Dave & Busters at Walnut Hill & 75 on Thursday evening to cheer on the Mustangs while enjoying food and drink specials.

Also on Thursday, SMU will host the College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships at Moody Coliseum, and the men’s game will be shown on the videoboard. Fans choosing to watch the game must have a ticket to the event that begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase here. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and concession stands will be open.  Should the NIT Championship game still be in play after 8:12 p.m., the College Slam Dunk event will begin on the court and be shown on a split-screen.

Parents also are invited to join alumni at watch parties around the country:

  • Austin: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, 509-A Rio Grande St., at 6 p.m. Central time. RSVP to austin@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Chicago: Benchmark, 1510 N. Wells St., at 6 p.m. Central time. RSVP to chicago@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Orlando area: The Ale House, 1251 Lee Road, in Winter Park, at 7 p.m. Eastern time. RSVP to orlando@smualumni.smu.edu
  • San Francisco: Taps Social House and Kitchen, 1516 Broadway, at 4 p.m. Pacific time. RSVP to sanfrancisco@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Tampa: Beef O’Brady’s, 2819 S. Macdill Ave., at 7 p.m. Eastern time. RSVP to tampa@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute for Science, 1530 P Street NW, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. This event will be held in conjunction with “SMU Brings the Hilltop to D.C.,” with a reception and remarks featuring Alan C. Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Registration is $15 per person and includes food and beverages. RSVP online.
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New York, New York: SMU Men’s Basketball is in the NIT Final 4

The Mustangs topped Cal 67-65 to go to the NIT Final 4 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on April 1. Read more from SMU Athletics.

Parents are invited to join alumni at watch parties around the country, beginning at 6 p.m. Central time unless otherwise noted:

  • Austin: Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, 509-A Rio Grande St. RSVP to austin@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Dallas: The Barley House, 5612 SMU Blvd. between Central Expressway and Greenville Ave.
  • Houston: J. Black’s, 110 S Heights Blvd. RSVP to houston@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Boston: Champion’s Boston, 110 Huntington Ave (7 p.m. Eastern). RSVP to jlwalker@smu.edu
  • Chicago: Benchmark (2nd Floor), 1510 N Wells St. RSVP to jlwalker@smu.edu
  • San Francisco: Taps Social House and Kitchen, 1516 Broadway (4 p.m. Pacific time). Complimentary appetizers available. RSVP to sanfrancisco@smualumni.smu.edu
  • Milwaukee area: Camp Bar, 4044 North Oakland Ave., in Shorewood (starting at 5:30 p.m. Central time). RSVP to jlwalker@smu.edu
  • Washington, D.C.: Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle, 1330 19th St. NW (7 p.m. Eastern time). RSVP to jlwalker@smu.edu

  • Watch a video of SMU’s victory over the Cal Bears and advancement to the NIT Final 4. video
  • See a slideshow of the Mustangs’ victories over UC Irvine, LSU and Cal. slide show
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Gift to Support SMU Residential Commons

Harlan and Katherine Raymond Crow of Dallas have committed $5 million toward the construction of the Kathy Crow Commons in SMU’s new Residential Commons complex, scheduled to open in fall 2014. Mrs. Crow is a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and an alumna.

“This gift from Harlan and Kathy Crow will support a campus home and gathering place for generations of students,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Students who live in Kathy Crow Commons will be part of an academic and residential community that will become a key part of their SMU experience. We are grateful for the Crows for this generous gift.”

SMU’s new Residential Commons model of campus living, which includes 11 Commons created from new and existing residential buildings, will provide an integrated academic and residential student experience. Live-in faculty members will have offices and teach classes in on-site classrooms. In addition, each Commons will develop traditions and host gatherings and activities to create a sense of community among the residents.

“We have studied numerous institutions with strong residential communities,” said Lori White, vice president for student affairs. “We know the Residential Commons model will strengthen the SMU experience by enhancing student involvement opportunities and creating common bonds and friendships among diverse groups of students.”

Since 1988, Harlan Crow has served as chairman and CEO of Crow Family Holdings, which manages the capital of the Trammell Crow family. The Trammell Crow Company, founded in Dallas in 1948 by Crow’s father, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest commercial real estate developers and investors. Mr. Crow has worked with Crow-affiliated entities for nearly 40 years. He serves on the board of directors of the American Enterprise Institute, the Southwestern Medical Foundation, the Supreme Court Historical Society, the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the Antiquarian Society. In addition Mr. Crow is the honorary consul of Denmark for the Southwestern region.

Dallas civic leader Kathy Crow earned her M.B.A. from Cox School of Business. In addition to her current position on the SMU Board of Trustees, she has served on the boards of SMU’s Tate Lecture Series and the Women’s Economics and Financial Series at Cox School of Business.

The $5 million gift for the Kathy Crow Commons counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised $844 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience. The campaign coincides with SMU’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915.

Written by Nancy George

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SMU Announces 2014 Football Schedule

SMU today announced its highly-anticipated 2014 football schedule. The slate is highlighted by six games on the SMU campus, including Ford Stadium match-ups with Texas A&M and TCU. Other 2014 visitors to Ford Stadium will be American Athletic Conference foes Cincinnati, Memphis, USF and Houston.

The SMU Football team opens the season on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Baylor, where the two squads will open BU’s McLane Stadium. The following Saturday, SMU will play at UNT in the Mean Green’s home opener on Sept. 6.

After an off week, SMU’s home slate kicks off with back-to-back games against Texas A&M and TCU on Sept. 20 and 27, respectively. The Mustangs’ first AAC road game of the year is up next, with an Oct. 4 trip to East Carolina.

After a second off week, SMU will again host back-to-back games with an Oct. 18 game against Cincinnati and an Oct. 25 game versus Memphis. After a third and final off week, SMU closes the regular season with five games, alternating away and home – Nov. 8 at Tulsa; Nov. 15 vs. USF at home; Nov. 22 at UCF; Friday, Nov. 28 vs. Houston at Ford Stadium; and Dec. 6 at UConn.

Kickoff times and TV information will be announced at a later date.

For Mustang ticket information, call the Athletics Department Ticket Office at (214) SMU-GAME (768-4263) or visit the website.

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Students Serving and Conducting Research during Spring Break

During spring break 2014, many SMU students, faculty and staff are using their time off to serve communities around the country, to study issues such as civil rights and human rights, and to experience the great outdoors. Trips during the March 8-16 break include:

asb-dog-bite-statueSMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage.  The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated. Read their blog.

University Honors Program in Virginia: Students in the Honors history class “The Founding Fathers and Slavery” are immersed in colonial Virginia during spring break. Highlights of the trip include visits to Alexandria, Colonial Williamsburg, Washington, Charlottesville and the plantations of George Washington (Mount Vernon), Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), and James Madison (Montpelier).

STEMPREP Project at SMU in Puerto Rico: Thirty-five SMU science and engineering students are spending spring break in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they are attending the Minority Trainee Research Forum. Students will present 15-minute research presentations at the scientific meeting. Participants are members of the STEMPREP Project at SMU, a mentorship and internship program for minority students interested in S.T.E.M, medicine and biomedical research careers.

Alternative Breaks: SMU has participated in Alternative Spring Break for 27 years, with students serving community organizations while learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. In partnership with the Community Engagement & Leadership Center, students, faculty and staff this year are traveling to 11 cities, including New York, San Francisco, Taos and St. Louis.

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