SMU Alumna Lauren Graham ’92 Returns As Lorelai Gilmore

Here’s a fact that will interest those who spent Thanksgiving break binging on “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”: Lauren Graham, who plays fast-talking, caffeine-fueled, hip mom Lorelai Gilmore, is an SMU theatre graduate who earned her MFA from Meadows School of Arts in 1992. Grab a cup of coffee and read more about the multitalented Mustang, including a 2008 interview with Graham from the SMU Magazine archives.

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Jack W. Lunsford ’72

Jack W. Lunsford has been named president and CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association.

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Merry And Bright: SMU’s Celebration Of Lights

SMU Student Foundation presents “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the annual Celebration of Lights program on Monday, November 28, in front of Dallas Hall on the Main Quad. From the Student Foundation site: “Our program begins with hot cocoa and cider accompanied by warm cookies to comfort everyone amidst the cold December of Dallas. People proceed to gather on Dallas Hall Lawn and listen to carols performed by SMU students. SMU’s President, R. Gerald Turner, reads the Christmas Story from his own family Bible! Upon the conclusion of the Christmas Story, ‘Silent Night’ ends the program with the lighting of SMU’s stunning Dallas Hall and its surrounding trees.”

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Modern Spanish Art At The Meadows Museum

On view at the Meadows Museum through Janunary 29, 2017, Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo presents the most comprehensive survey of Spanish modern art to be shown in the United States in 50 years. The exhibition, which features more than 90 works of art dated from 1915-1960 by approximately 50 artists, is drawn predominantly from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo (ACAC),one of the most significant repositories of Spanish modern art in the world, with select masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Meadows Museum.

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Carter Hopkins ’04

Carter Hopkins ’04

Carter Hopkins recently published The Lincoln Prophecy, a thriller that features a fictional SMU law professor as the protagonist with much of the action taking place on the Hilltop and around Dallas.

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Patrick Yack ’74

Patrick Yack has been named executive director of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service.

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Jonathan Childers ’02, ’05

Jonathan Childers ’02, ’05

Jonathan Childers, partner, Lynn Pinker Cox Hurst, LLP, has been named a “2016 Lawyer on the Rise” by Texas Lawyer.

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Carl Pankratz ’03, ’06

Carl Pankratz ’03, ’06

Carl Pankratz, vice president of originations, Hunt Mortgage Group, has been honored by the Texas House of Representatives for his service to the City of Rowlett.

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Must-see Photos: Homecoming 2016

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2016 was a jam-packed celebration of Mustang pride from beginning to end. The festivities began with the Distinguished Alumni Awards gala on Thursday, November 3, and concluded with worship services on Sunday, November 6.

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Olympic Medalists Michael Carter ’83 And Daughter Michelle Carter Served As Parade Grand Marshals

Olympic medalists Michael Carter ’83 and his daughter, Michelle Carter, led the Homecoming Parade on November 5 as grand marshals. SMU alumnus Michael Carter won the silver medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and Michelle Carter made U.S. athletic history when she became the first woman to win gold in the shot put in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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