Alumni Share Experiences, Expertise With Students Through SMU Connection Externship Program

Alumni Share Experiences, Expertise With Students Through SMU Connection Externship Program

Tricia Linderman ’91, Matt Samler ’04 and Sandy Speegle Nobles ’75 are among the alumni who have shared their insights and expertise with current SMU students through the SMU Connection externship program, a partnership of the Office of Alumni Relations and Engagement and the Hegi Family Career Development Center. Samler says the volunteer experience allowed him “to give back to SMU in a more personal way and help a student in the process.”

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Smart Phones Tested For Cancer Screening In Zambia

Smart Phones Tested For Cancer Screening In Zambia

Nicholas Saulnier ’15, ’16, a master’s degree student and graduate research assistant in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, always hoped he’d be able to solve problems and help people over the course of his career as an electrical engineer. To his surprise, that time came sooner than he expected. He is a member of an interdisciplinary research team – (from left) Eric G. Bing, Saulnier, Dinesh Rajan and Prasanna Rangarajan – that has developed a smart phone-based screening system for early cervical cancer detection being tested in Zambia.

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One-day Challenge, Infinite Impact

One-day Challenge, Infinite Impact

Thanks to the generosity of the University community during Mustangs Give Back, the SMU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has cleared another hurdle toward its goal to help the village of Llohila Grande, Bolivia, obtain a reliable source of clean water.

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Stories That Paved The Way For The New Crain Family Centennial Promenade

Stories That Paved The Way For The New Crain Family Centennial Promenade

SMU dedicated the Crain Family Centennial Promenade during Founders’ Weekend April 15-16 and paid tribute to the long-standing support of the Crain family. Brick by brick, the walkway links the namesake Crain family with more than 10,000 other donors whose inscribed pavers line the new promenade. Each paver’s inscription tells a Hilltop story, and all those who contributed were invited to share their reasons for giving online. Read some of the stories from this new SMU landmark.

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SMU Continues Expansion East Of Central Expressway

SMU Continues Expansion East Of Central Expressway

The University’s East Campus may not reflect the same Collegiate Georgian architectural style as the main campus, but make no mistake: The SMU buildings east of Central Expressway contain a hive of University activity.

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SMU Alumna Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12 Receives Solti Foundation Award

SMU Alumna Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12 Receives Solti Foundation Award

Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is among 11 recipients of 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards for young conductors with promising careers. Merrill is in her second season as assistant conductor and Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador with the symphony.

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Raylan Loggins ’76

Raylan Loggins graduated from Harvard University with a master of liberal arts degree in management.

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Craig C. Hill Named Dean Of SMU’s Perkins School Of Theology

Craig C. Hill Named Dean Of SMU’s Perkins School Of Theology

Craig C. Hill, a Duke University leader in theological education with strengths in practice, research and church relations, has been appointed the new dean of Perkins School of Theology, effective July 1, 2016. Since 2010 Hill has served as executive director of the Doctor of Ministry and Master of Christian Practice programs at Duke, as well as research professor of theological pedagogy.

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Watch: Sophomore Diana Cates’ Inspirational SMU Story

Sophomore Diana Cates ’18 delivered an eloquent tribute to all those who supported The Second Century Campaign at the campaign finale April 22. “… With their help, I’m pursuing a dream I wasn’t sure I would realize,” she said. After high school, Cates served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, attaining the rank of sergeant. When she returned home, she had decided on a career in world affairs, but wasn’t sure how to attain that goal. “One day I saw a billboard that changed my life. It said, ‘World Changers Shaped Here’, and within a week, I was talking to an admission counselor,” she recalled. She is now a Tower Scholar majoring in international studies and world languages, with an eye toward a future in national security and foreign policy.

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We’re No. 1! SMU Cheer Captures National Title

We’re No. 1! SMU Cheer Captures National Title

The SMU Cheer Squad had plenty to cheer about after winning first place at the NCA Collegiate National Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida – the first time the team has captured the national championship. SMU Pom also took home a trophy, placing third in Pom Division I.

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