SMU alumni from the Classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 celebrated during Centennial Homecoming Weekend 2015, September 23–26. Also coming together to reminisce and remember good times were those honoring special affiliations and faculty members.
SMU’s opening in September 1915, was proclaimed a “day of jubilation." This year’s Centennial and Homecoming celebration, September 23–27, also will draw a jubilant crowd to “Pony Up!” and party down at history-making events.
A special 100th anniversary celebration for the entire SMU community will begin at 8:30 a.m. September 24 with a worship service, followed by a special commemoration ceremony and continuing with a State Fair of Texas-themed picnic on campus. The day will culminate with the Distinguished Alumni Awards celebration at 7 p.m. on the Main Quad.
A $1.75 million gift from Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., will endow the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program at SMU, honoring Luce’s dedication to law and community while helping infuse scholarship students with his integrity and commitment to public service. The gift creates a $1.5 million endowment and provides an additional $250,000 in operating funds for the first five years. Pictured (from left) H. Ross Perot, Thomas W. Luce, III and Ross Perot, Jr.
SMU researchers have discovered three new drug-like compounds that could ultimately offer better odds of survival to prostate cancer patients. The drug-like compounds can be modified and developed into medicines that target a protein in the human body that is responsible for chemotherapy resistance in cancers, says Pia D. Vogel, professor of biochemistry at SMU and lead author on the scientific paper reporting the discovery.
The 2015 SMU Distinguished Alumni are patron of the arts Bess Enloe ’60, finance educator Donald F. Jackson ’63 and business leader Billie Ida Williamson ’74. The Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters ’02, ’06, ’12 will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award.
SMU alumna Martha Harms, who graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in acting from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, is the voice behind the updated “World Changers Shaped Here” TV spot.
SMU chemist Nicolay (Nick) Tsarevsky has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award, expected to total $650,000 over five years, to fund his research into new methods of creating polymers whose uses range from fluorescent materials to drug carriers, to everyday technologies.