UPDATE: SMU’s Jackie Galloway Takes Taekwondo Bronze

A mild-mannered student in the classroom and a world-class taekwondo expert in the ring, SMU sophomore engineering student Jackie Galloway will represent Team USA at the Rio Olympics. Three SMU alumni also will be competing in various swimming events for their native countries: Julian Fletcher ’13, Bermuda; Rachel Nicol ’15, Canada; and Nina Rangelova ’15, Bulgaria.

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#SMU2020: Scenes From Camp Corral

At Camp Corral, members of the Class of 2020 had the opportunity to interact with each other and established students while learning about the SMU community. Highlights included the games, discussions and icebreaker activities. Camp Corral wrapped up back on campus August19, at Ford Stadium with a candlelight ceremony.

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Mustang Corral 2016: SMU First-year Students Discover Dallas

SMU first-year students fanned out across the Dallas area to see the sights and get acquainted with their new city – and each other – during the Discover Dallas experience on August 18, part of Mustang Corral 2016. Other events planned for them during this action-packed week before classes include Camp Corral, an off-campus retreat, Common Reading discussions and Opening Convocation. On Monday, August 22, their real SMU experience begins with their first classes.

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SMU’s Mustang Corral: Best Road Trip Ever For Marielle ’10 & Alex McGregor ’10

A bus ride with a group of strangers isn’t the most promising start for a great romance, but it turned out to be the right place at the right time for Marielle Perrault McGregor ’10 and her husband, Alex McGregor ’10. As first-year students in 2006, they started chatting on the trip to Mustang Corral. A few weeks later, they officially started dating. They married in 2012. “We’ve been a couple now for 10 years,” notes Marielle, “and it’s amazing to think that it all began on a bus ride.”

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SMU Alumna Truett Adams ’12 On The Artistry Of Being A Ringling Bros. Clown

When SMU alumna Truett Adams ’12 was working toward her bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, one of her professors noticed her talent as a movement artist. As she tells it, he looked her in straight in the eye and told her she should run away and join the circus. She didn’t run away, but she did join the circus. The Dallas Observer profiled Truett, part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s latest show, Circus Xtreme, which performs in Fort Worth through August 21.

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SMU’s Fondren Library Center: Coffee And Collaboration

Fondren Library Center unveiled it’s newest space for collaborative learning or just chilling with the opening of the highly anticipated Starbucks Cafe and Collaborative Commons, part of the second phase of renovation. The spacious new hang-out and study area can be accessed from the Laura Bush Promenade. The Collaborative Commons space features comfortable movable chairs and tables as well as a video wall with four 80-inch monitors that will display a variety of content.

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Jordan Carter ’08

Jordan Carter, who serves on the Cox School of Business Alumni Board, earned his MBA from The Wharton School, the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, in 2016.

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Phillip Virden ’73

Phillip Virden was named a “Community Hero” for Lake City, Colorado, by the Go to Guide.

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Theodore (Ted) Kolman ’90

Theodore (Ted) Kolman, CMI, serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Merit Advisors, LLC, in Gainesville, Texas.

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SMU’s Avery Acker ’15 Nominated For NCAA Woman Of The Year

Volleyball standout Avery Acker has been named the American Athletic Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Acker, who graduated from SMU in December, led the NCAA in assists per set while directing the Mustangs to the conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She graduated summa cum laude with a 3.941 grade-point average as an accounting major with minors in chemistry and biological sciences. She begins medical school in Houston in August.

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