SMU has joined a consortium of institutions led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to establish a new data center that will advance statistical research opportunities for faculty, graduate students and other researchers in fields ranging from the social, behavioral and economic sciences to health care to urban planning.
Don’t miss out on the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, July 20–23. Register now for an unforgettable weekend featuring in-depth, hands-on courses supplemented by field trips that make the most of the Northern New Mexico setting. You’ll also have time to explore and sightsee at your own pace.
In case you missed it this month, please enjoy these quick links to cool stories and interesting videos!
SMU Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 has been named the 2017 Folsom Leadership Award recipient by the Methodist Health System Foundation. The prestigious award will be presented on October 25. Co-chairs of the event include Nancy Ann ’65 and Ray Hunt ’65, Lottye and Bobby B. Lyle ’67, The Honorable Jeanne L. Phillips ’76 and Gail and Gerald Turner.
The SMU Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni – Peter T. Dameris, BBA ’82; Kirk L. Rimer, MBA ’89; and Liz Youngblood, MBA ’05 – and Outstanding Young Alumni – Amber Venz Box, BA ’09; Baxter Box, MBA ’11; and Vik Thapar, MBA ’09 – at its annual awards luncheon on May 19.
Mustang basketball fan favorite Jonathan Wilfong ’17 has already put his business studies to work expanding his national literacy charity. He could have gone to a smaller school and played more, “but I knew what I wanted to study … SMU offered the best of both worlds.”
Anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author or editor of nearly 20 books, Brettell’s research centers on ethnicity, migration and the immigrant experience.
Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree – along with three other distinguished leaders in their fields – at SMU’s 102nd all-University Commencement on May 20. Watch on Facebook live at Facebook.com/smudallas. Not on Facebook? You also can watch at smu.edu/live.
George Killebrew ’85, executive vice president with the Dallas Mavericks, recently volunteered to host a one-day externship for Connor Kolodziej ’19. It was an eye-opening experience for the student: “The most important thing I learned is to find a good place not just to work, but also to enjoy what you do.”
Congratulations to Dylan DeMuth ’17, who will start classes at the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in July. He credits Professor Eric Bing with helping him “re-choreograph” his life, putting him on track for medical school. As an undergraduate at SMU, DeMuth conducted his own research and assisted his mentor in developing a strengths-based leadership program aimed at young people working to improve health in impoverished communities in the U.S. and Africa.