Scenes From SMU’s Fondren Library Celebration

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Find Your #SMUbrick: Crain Family Centennial Promenade

Join us April 15–16, 2016 for Founders’ Day Weekend, an opportunity to reconnect with professors, classmates and current students. The weekend offers a wide range of activities on the Hilltop, including the dedication of renovated Fondren Library, the Second Century Campaign finale – featuring the dedication of the Crain Family Centennial Promenade – and the traditions of Sing Song. Saturday’s Community Day will include Inside SMU, featuring presentations by esteemed faculty, a spring SMU Football game, and exhibitions and activities at SMU’s outstanding museums.

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Susan Cancelosi ’88

Susan Cancelosi ’88

Susan Cancelosi ’88, an associate professor at Wayne State University Law School, will receive the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching at the 2016 Treasure of Detroit April 21.

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‘Game of Silence’ From SMU Alum David Hudgins ’91 Debuts April 12

‘Game of Silence’ From SMU Alum David Hudgins ’91 Debuts April 12

Writer/producer David Hudgins ’91, known for such soulful, family-centered dramas as Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, switches gears for his new NBC series, Game of Silence, a dark drama revolving around a group of childhood friends and a secret from their past. The network describes it as “a gripping new drama about friendship, love, revenge and the moral dilemma of how far one will go in the pursuit of justice.”

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Artist Lionel Maunz ’01 ‘Taps Into Dark Corners Of The Mind’

Interview magazine profiles SMU alumnus Lionel Maunz ’01, whose fourth solo art show, “Fealty”, opened recently at New York’s Bureau gallery. Rachel Small writes, “… the subtle emotional impact of Lionel Maunz’s art, mostly iron sculptures and pencil drawings, is one of a raw, profound pain expressed in such a delicate and measured manner so as to avoid staid aspirations of idealism or cynicism.” Maunz earned a BA in 2001 and an MFA in 2004 from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

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Watch SMU Welcome Travis Mays, New Head Coach Of Women’s Basketball

Travis Mays has been named the head women’s basketball coach at SMU. Mays arrives on the Hilltop after 14 years as an assistant coach, where he served under three Hall of Fame coaches, and 11 years playing professionally. Mays comes to SMU following four seasons as associate head coach at The University of Texas at Austin, his alma mater.

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Mustang Minute Video: ‘Shark Tank’ College Day At SMU

Mustang Minute Video: ‘Shark Tank’ College Day At SMU

SMU’s Cox School of Business was selected by the critically acclaimed show, Shark Tank, to host auditions recently. The Emmy-winning show searches for the best entrepreneurs and business ideas America has to offer. SMU was the site of the only Shark Tank College Day event in the state this spring.

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SMU’s National Center For Arts Research Releases New Index

SMU’s National Center For Arts Research Releases New Index

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released its second Arts Vibrancy Index of more than 900 communities across the United States. “This report is designed to help us understand what makes a city vibrant in the arts and the different elements that come into play to foster that vibrancy,” says Zannie Giraud Voss, Ph.D., director of NCAR, and chair and professor of arts management and arts entrepreneurship in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business.

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Watch Now: SMU Interdisciplinary Foosball Fun

SMU Lyle Engineering students teamed up with students from Dedman College and the Cox School of Business to build a regulation foosball table, learning valuable real-world collaborative, interdisciplinary skills along the way.

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SMU Alumna Kathryn Jones Malone ’00 Named To Texas Institute Of Letters

SMU Alumna Kathryn Jones Malone ’00 Named To Texas Institute Of Letters

Kathryn Jones Malone ’00, instructor of communications studies at Tarleton State University, will be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) as part of the organization’s annual awards event April 15-16 in Austin. TIL recognizes outstanding writers with a Texas connection. Members include such distinguished authors as Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Dagoberto Gilb.

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