SMU alumni are invited to lend a hand to student volunteers participating in the University’s Alternative Breaks (AB) program, March 6-12. Mustangs can support student teams in a variety of ways, from providing evening meals and snacks to sharing tips on budget-friendly activities in your city.
The SMU Mustangs football program announces the signing of 25 student-athletes who will join the team in 2016.
L’homme poisson by surrealist Salvador Dalí has been acquired by the Meadows Museum at SMU and is the centerpiece of an exhibition that will continue through June 19. The oil-on-canvas painting executed by the artist in 1930 is the first of Dalí’s works to enter a Texas museum collection. Interesting side note: Museum research revealed that Dalí had come to Dallas in 1952 to lecture at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium.
SMU alumni Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz ’02, principals at Dallas-based FreeRange Concepts, are behind such popular “eatertainment” venues as The Rustic, Bowl & Barrel and Mutt’s Canine Cantina. “We put on a show at each of our locations every day,” Sepkowitz says in a D magazine profile of the rising entrepreneurs.
Activities during SMU’s annual Dream Week honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., included a presentation of a piece of Dallas-SMU history to the Dallas Civil Rights Museum, participation in a national day of service, the traditional Unity Walk through campus, and other events paying tribute to the civil rights leader.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.