Cox School Of Business Honors Five SMU Alumni

SMU’s Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni Michael Merriman ’79, John Anthony Santa Maria Otazua ’79, ’81 and Billie Ida Williamson ’74 and Outstanding Young Alumni Bryan Sheffield ’01 and Jason Signor ’04 at its annual awards luncheon May 13.

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Scenes From SMU’s May Commencement Ceremony

Scenes From SMU’s May Commencement Ceremony

Hats off to SMU’s 2016 graduates! The academic accomplishments of more than 2,500 students were celebrated at the University’s 101st annual Commencement ceremony May 14.

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SMU Commencement Weekend: Baccalaureate Service

Wearing full regalia, undergraduate degree candidates lined up on the main quad and outside McFarlin Auditorium for the Baccalaureate Service May 13. Following the service, students were led by faculty and alumni marshals through the front doors of Dallas Hall for the Rotunda Recessional. This symbolic departure from campus welcomes the newest members to the SMU Alumni family.

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Make Your Gift By May 31

Make Your Gift By May 31

Your investment in SMU, whether you fund scholarships for exceptional students or enable world-class researchers to expand spheres of transformative knowledge, creates ripples of success across the University and enhances the value of an SMU education. Join the Horsepower Challenge, and make your gift by May 31!

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Parting Words, Lasting Memories

Patricia LaSalle-Hopkins ’05, SMU Magazine executive editor par excellence, offers a 33-year perspective on the transformation of the University upon her retirement from SMU.

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Coming Up: Commencement, May 14

SMU will celebrate the academic accomplishments of more than 2,500 students at its 101st annual Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Moody Coliseum. Watch the ceremony live online at www.smu.edu/live.

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Celebrating Historic Generosity

Founders’ Day 2016 marked another milestone in the history of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign. In addition to the campus campaign finale celebrating $1.15 billion raised in gifts and pledges, Founders’ Day April 15 honored more than 65,000 donors to the campaign.

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Founders’ Day Weekend: Something For Every Mustang

Hundreds of SMU family members returned to the Hilltop April 15 to participate in Founders’ Day festivities, from marking the milestone of $1.15 billion raised during The Second Century Campaign to dedicating the new Crain Family Centennial Promenade. Individuals and families enjoyed finding the engraved brick pavers that are among the 10,000 that were bought to help create the Promenade. Students celebrated Peruna’s annual birthday at Perunapalooza held on the main quad. On Saturday, participants attended Inside SMU sessions presented by faculty on topics ranging from the overuse of antibiotics to global economic challenges. SMU Athletics held its spring football game and the Meadows Museum opened its doors for Community Day.

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From 100, Charging Ahead

From 100, Charging Ahead

“So, as SMU closes the book on the history of its first 100 years, we celebrate what our Second Century Campaign is providing,” writes SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We also look with optimism toward the opening pages of our future, knowing that we can – and will – do more.”

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Alumni Share Experiences, Expertise With Students Through SMU Connection Externship Program

Alumni Share Experiences, Expertise With Students Through SMU Connection Externship Program

Tricia Linderman ’91, Matt Samler ’04 and Sandy Speegle Nobles ’75 are among the alumni who have shared their insights and expertise with current SMU students through the SMU Connection externship program, a partnership of the Office of Alumni Relations and Engagement and the Hegi Family Career Development Center. Samler says the volunteer experience allowed him “to give back to SMU in a more personal way and help a student in the process.”

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