In The Oil Bust, SMU Alumnus Trevor Rees-Jones Sees A Land Of Opportunity

Trevor Rees-Jones started his first business as a youngster growing up in University Park, selling tadpoles and birds to other kids in the neighborhood. Shortly after graduating from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, Rees-Jones became fascinated by the oil business, where his visionary strategies have paid off. Forbes profiles the energy entrepreneur who says “success is 90% perseverance.”

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Cardiologist John Harper, SMU ’68, Prescribes Good Literature ‘To Make Us Better People’

Cardiologist John Harper, SMU ’68, Prescribes Good Literature ‘To Make Us Better People’

As a boy growing up in Pecos, Texas, John Harper ’68 was first drawn to medicine by the compassion demonstrated by his family doctor, then through great writers such as Anton Chekhov, a practicing physician for most of his literary career. Harper majored in English at SMU and went on to earn his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Medical School in 1972. Now a cardiologist with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Harper leads the Literature + Medicine Conference, now in its sixth year.

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Congratulations! No. 12 Mustangs Beat Memphis, 80-68

Congratulations! No. 12 Mustangs Beat Memphis, 80-68

The No. 8 SMU Mustangs (17-0, 6-0) host Houston (13-4, 3-2) on Tuesday, January 19, at 8 p.m. SMU improved to 17-0 on the season (6-0 AAC) with a 60-45 win at Tulane on Sunday. SMU is 10-0 at home this season and is 44-3 at home since the start of the 2013-14 season.

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SMU Presents MLK Speech, Photo To Dallas Civil Rights Museum

SMU Presents MLK Speech, Photo To Dallas Civil Rights Museum

In recognition of the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1966 speech at SMU, the University will present a bound transcript of his words and a photograph of him taken at the event to the Dallas Civil Rights Museum at 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 15.

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Steve Booth ’82

Steve Booth ’82

Steve Booth has been named CEO of Baird, an employee-owned international financial services firm.

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Lauren Fournier Diebel ’06 and Spencer Curtis Diebel ’06, ’10

Lauren Fournier Diebel ’06 and Spencer Curtis Diebel ’06, ’10

Lauren Fournier Diebel and Spencer Curtis Diebel are the parents of Wade Boaz Diebel, born October 18, 2015.

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Martin B. Cominsky ’81

Martin B. Cominsky ’81

Martin B. Cominsky has been named president and CEO of Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.

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Perkins Announces Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Perkins Announces Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Rev. John McKellar ’90, pastor of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and Rev. Linda Roby ’75, ’00, associate minister of local and global missions at First United Methodist Church Dallas, have been selected as the 2016 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

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New Endowed Chair Honors Renowned SMU Law Professor Alan R. Bromberg

New Endowed Chair Honors Renowned SMU Law Professor Alan R. Bromberg

Anne R. Bromberg of Dallas has committed $2 million to SMU for the creation of the Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law in honor of her late husband, a renowned professor in the Dedman School of Law. “This gift is the most suitable way of remembering Alan since he was so devoted to the Law School and his students,” says Dr. Bromberg, the Cecil and Ida Green Curator for Ancient Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. “Alan loved being a professor and encouraging his students to think harder and better.”

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Shaping A New Legacy For SMU

“The centennial allowed us to honor our heritage, but it also has focused us squarely on the future,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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