SMU Alumna Fir Butler ’52 Gifts 6-acre ‘Rhododendron Paradise’ To Her Community

SMU Alumna Fir Butler ’52 Gifts 6-acre ‘Rhododendron Paradise’ To Her Community

As a youngster Founta Butler traveled with her family through the Cascades in Washington state. Shortly after returning home to Dallas, she took the nickname “Fir” as a reminder of her trip through the forest. She graduated from SMU in 1952, and a year later, married the love of her life, Merlin Butler. They settled on a six-acre dream property in Snohomish County, Washington, where they created a rhododendron paradise. The Seattle Times profiles Butler who, with her late husband, deeded the property to the county for all to enjoy.

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<em>DC</em> Profile: SMU Alumna Brooke Reagan ’14 Turns Hobby Into Strategic Business

DC Profile: SMU Alumna Brooke Reagan ’14 Turns Hobby Into Strategic Business

The Daily Campus profiles SMU alumna Brooke Reagan ’14, fashion blogger, account consultant and planner of glam celebrations. She advises young would-be bloggers to stop dreaming and “go do it!”

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17 SMU Alumni Join Teach For America

17 SMU Alumni Join Teach For America

SMU has been named a top contributor to Teach For America for the third year, with 17 of the University’s graduates working in high-need classrooms across the country. Among the TFA corps members is Pablo Lara ’15, who earned degrees in international studies and political science from SMU and now teaches at Edward Titche Elementary School in the Dallas Independent School District. “Through Teach For America, I have an amazing opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much,” he says. “By teaching in my hometown I hope to inspire other great leaders to help our city reach its full potential [and] that starts with education.”

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<em>D CEO</em>: Why You Need To Know SMU Alumna Emily Parker

D CEO: Why You Need To Know SMU Alumna Emily Parker

D CEO magazine profiles Emily Parker, a 1973 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, a top tax litigator who “has ushered some of the biggest names in oil and gas through some of the toughest precedent-setting tax litigation cases in history.”

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Dodee Frost Crockett ’03

Dodee Frost Crockett ’03

Dodee Frost Crockett has been recognized on the 2015 Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” list.

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SMU Centennial Celebration Photo Album

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Scenes From Reunion Parties And Special Gatherings

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.

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See Video From The SMU Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration

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.

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Unprecedented Funding For Scholarships, Faculty, Programs And More

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.

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SMU Dedman Law Scholarships Endowed In Honor Of Thomas W. Luce, III By Sarah And Ross Perot, Jr.

SMU Dedman Law Scholarships Endowed In Honor Of Thomas W. Luce, III By Sarah And Ross Perot, Jr.

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.

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