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.
When award-winning scholar Dominique Earland ’17 crossed the stage at Commencement, she could link her academic accomplishments and the life path she has chosen directly to her loving relationship with her mother.
Kenechukwu (K.C.) Mmeje, whose career has focused on supporting a vibrant campus life and the academic mission at Loyola University Chicago and other universities, has been appointed SMU Vice President for Student Affairs. He will assume his new role in July.
The Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni Peter T. Dameris ’82, Kirk L. Rimer ’89 and Liz Youngblood ’05 along with Outstanding Young Alumni Amber Venz Box ’08, Baxter Box ’01 and Vik Thapar ’09 at its annual alumni awards luncheon on May 19.
Scholarship and fellowship support from SMU made Arya McCarthy’s wide-ranging research possible. The recent graduate credits his late grandfather, John McCarthy, who taught biology and studied endocrine physiology at SMU for more than 40 years, with inspiring his thirst for discovery.
SMU biochemists are working with Guildhall game developers to create the ultimate challenge for fans of the wildly popular Minecraft video game: beating cancer. By harnessing gamers’ massive computational power, the scientists hope to close in on their quest to improve chemotherapy drugs.
Voted Most Spirited and Loyal by his Mustang Band peers, drum captain and recent graduate Lawson Malnory ’17 shares his instrumental gifts through Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a student performance group that brings music to homeless shelters, city parks and other unexpected places.
“I met Michael Jordan during the first week of my internship,” recalls Mark Lau ’06. “Right then I knew that Nike was the place I wanted to work.” Now global director of the company’s EKIN Experience, Lau stays in touch with fellow Mustangs as co-president of SMU’s Portland alumni chapter.
A new study by SMU researchers identifies the nuts and bolts of a chemical bond in a key protein, unlocking the mystery of how plants tell time so they know when to bloom, metabolize nutrients and perform other functions. The findings pave the way for an array of agricultural and horticultural developments.
Thousands of domestic abuse offenders convicted in Dallas County are required by law to turn over their firearms, yet only 60 guns have been surrendered in two years. A plan devised by SMU law students aims to increase the effectiveness of the gun-surrender program, thus improving survivor safety.