SMU alumni, parents and friends gathered in Los Angeles October 11 to hear the latest campus news and a pre-election survey of the political landscape by Matt Wilson, associate professor of political science in Dedman College, and John S. Thomas ’07, a political consultant. Among those attending were (from left) Kelly Allen Welsh ’78, Karin Clark Ott ’82, Thomas and Wilson. Thomas was profiled by the Los Angeles Times October 8 as a rising star in Southern California politics. The 27-year-old strategist has worked on several winning campaigns in L.A. County and is currently advising L.A. mayoral candidate Kevin James, an attorney and former talk-show host. Thomas earned a degree in advertising from SMU and is a past president of the L.A. alumni chapter.
Michael Aronov ’98 received Best Actor in a Featured Role for Oslo and Andy Blankenbuehler ’89 won Best Choreographer for Bandstand at the 2017 Tony Awards ceremony June 11 in New York’s Radio City Music Hall. The Broadway revival of Hello Dolly!, which features theatre alumnus Kevin Ligon ’84 in a principal role as the maître d’ Rudolph, earned this year’s Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. Dance alumnus Travis Waldschmidt ’07 is featured in the role of Jeff in the musical Groundhog Day, which earned seven nominations.