About Patricia Ward


Guiding hand, giving heart: Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler

Renowned civic and philanthropic leader Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler died on December 8. The SMU alumna leaves a legacy of leadership, friendship and generosity focused on institutions dedicated to improving lives. A memorial service was held on December 14 at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

2017-12-14T14:39:57+00:00 December 11, 2017|

Continuing a legacy of attracting top students

A $15 million gift from the Nancy Ann Hunt Foundation secures the long-term future of the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program, one of the University’s signature scholarship programs attracting academically talented student leaders from throughout the United States to SMU.

2017-12-06T10:05:20+00:00 December 6, 2017|

Investing in a data-empowered future

President R. Gerald Turner outlined SMU’s impact on the region’s economy through data-powered teaching and research at a gathering of top business and civic leaders at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on November 13. The University’s $85-million investment in high speed computing and data science curriculum will deliver more bang for the research buck.

2017-12-06T08:19:37+00:00 December 6, 2017|

Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his University experience. While a triple major at SMU, he managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job.

2017-12-07T10:23:17+00:00 December 5, 2017|

Powering chain reactions of achievement

This has been a year of creative triumphs, game-changing collaborations and unforgettable campus experiences, all made possible by your generosity. There’s still time to make an instant impact this year. Find out how current-use gifts strengthen every part of the University and join the Pony Power stampede today!

2017-12-05T16:36:28+00:00 December 5, 2017|

Bush Center CEO to speak at December Commencement

A new class of Mustangs will join the alumni ranks following Commencement on December 16. Kenneth A. Hersh, president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, will be the featured speaker. Watch the entire event on Facebook Live.

2017-12-07T09:43:53+00:00 December 5, 2017|

SEC taps Cox professor for advisory committee

Cox Professor Kumar Venkataraman has been appointed to a newly formed U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission advisory committee focusing on the efficiency and resiliency of corporate bond and municipal securities markets.

2017-12-05T16:00:53+00:00 December 5, 2017|

Reading fossil leaves to predict the future

SMU research funded by the National Science Foundation and National Geographic found that fossil leaves from Ethiopia confirm a link between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global warming — even 22 million years ago. The finding will help scientists understand how recent and future increases in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide may impact the future of our planet, say the SMU researchers.

2017-12-05T15:47:46+00:00 December 5, 2017|

Growing community, one seedling at a time

Seedling Farm, a new urban gardening initiative spearheaded by SMU’s Owen Lynch and several local agencies, aims to transform South Dallas’ food desert into a vibrant source of fresh fruits and vegetables.

2017-12-05T15:36:15+00:00 December 5, 2017|
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