Mustangs Climb In Rankings

Mustangs Climb In Rankings

The SMU men’s basketball team is ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Mustangs (22-4, 12-1 American Athletic Conference) climbed from No. 25 in the AP Poll and into the Coaches Poll for the first time this season after receiving votes for five straight weeks. SMU beat then-No. 11 Cincinnati 60-51 on February 12 and defeated Tulane, 80-75, on February 15.

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SMU Alumna Joowon Kim ’07: ‘Fighting Cancer As Child’s Play’

Joowon Kim ’07, an SMU Guildhall alumna living in Houston, is co-founder and chief technology officer of Oncomfort, an award-winning start-up that offers virtual reality stress-mangement tools for patients undergoing medical procedures and treatments. The company is now testing Kimo, a game that helps kids with cancer visualize the battle going on inside their bodies. As Kim explained recently in the Houston Chronicle, “It is self-empowering. Instead of them just being passive and playing a game where they shoot things, it brings their focus back to what is happening to them. It makes it real.”

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SMU Beats UConn, 69-49, In 16th Straight Home Win

Shake Milton made five 3-pointers and had 23 points and six assists to lead SMU past UConn 69-49 on January 19 for the Mustang’s 16th straight home win. The Mustangs welcome Houston to Moody Coliseum on Saturday, January 21. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on ESPNU. Fans can listen to the game on SMU’s flagship station, KAAM 770 AM, along with TuneIn Radio. For tickets call 214-768-4263 or purchase online at .

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Scenes From The Annual MLK Dream Week Unity Walk

SMU Dream Week 2017, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., includes the traditional Unity Walk on the Hilltop on Thursday, January 26 and the annual MLK Service Day on January 28 during which SMU volunteers will work with community nonprofits on a variety of projects. Past projects have included organizing food and clothes pantries, cleaning outdoor recreation areas, painting and restoring shelters, building accessibility ramps for homes, and helping teachers organize their classrooms.

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SMU Tops Tulane, 80–64

Semi Ojeleye scored 21 points and Jarrey Foster added 19 more to lead SMU to an 80–64 win over Tulane on January 15. SMU returns home to host Connecticut on January 19.

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Chris Wilson ’12 and Meghan Poage Wilson ’13

Chris Wilson and Meghan Poage started dating as SMU students after meeting at a Sigma Chi-Delta Gamma mixer in 2010. They got married on October 22, 2016.

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SMU Alumna Lauren Graham ’92 Returns As Lorelai Gilmore

SMU Alumna Lauren Graham ’92 Returns As Lorelai Gilmore

Here’s a fact that will interest those who have been 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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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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