SMU’s Bryson DeChambeau won the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Ryan Moore, as the only golfers to win the NCAA Individual Championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.
Tyler Nelson ’14 began working on the design for an inflatable bike rack while a rain-drenched geology major at SMU. During the annual Innovation Competition conducted by the Lyle School of Engineering, the young entrepreneur’s prototype garnered the attention of fellow Mustang Joel Fontenot, a managing partner for Trailblazer Capital, a Dallas-based venture capital firm. The Dallas Morning News profiles Nelson, whose TrunkMonkey will begin shipping this month.
Vincent Gover ’14, a master’s student in the music composition program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, won first place in the American Modern Ensemble (AME) Ninth Annual Composition Competition. Gover won in the Tier 1 (young artist, ages 22 and under) category for his seven-and-a-half-minute long composition Brook’s Release.
SMU alumna Lauren Smart ’11, the Dallas Observer’s arts and culture editor, writes that the “theater landscape in Dallas is ablaze with young talent sporting a do-it-yourself attitude.” She highlights recent innovative projects by Katherine Bourne ’12, Josh Kumler ’14, Chris McCreary ’11 and Alia Tavakolian ’12 as proof that great theater is thriving in some surprising venues.
As Student Recruitment Volunteers (SeRVe) for SMU, Don Morriss ’76 of Texarkana, Texas, and Leigh Todforde ’86 of Houston share their perspectives about life on the Hilltop in their communities. Offered by the SMU Office of Alumni Engagement, the SeRVe program enables Mustangs to spread the word about the value of an SMU education with prospective students and their parents.
The Washington Post profiles Hope Hicks ’10, who has earned a reputation in New York as the consummate public relations professional, praised for her poise and stamina. In addition to her role as corporate aide in the Trump Organization, she recently assumed a new responsibility: media handler for controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.
SMU Alum Junchang Lü ’04 Identifies Velociraptor Cousin, Maybe Weirder And Scarier Than Movies Imagine
SMU alumnus Junchang Lü ’04, one of China’s leading dinosaur experts, has helped identify a new dinosaur species – Zhenyuanlong suni – a cousin to the Velociraptor of Jurassic World fame and the newest clue as to how birds descended from dinosaurs.
The STEMPREP Project at SMU recently received a $3.78 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. The grant follows a $2.6 million award in 2014. SMU alumna Taisha Husbands ’15, a former STEMPREP student, is teaching science courses as part of this summer’s program before attending medical school in the fall.
Noted archaeologist Fred Wendorf, credited with contributing more than any other individual to our understanding of early human life in northeast Africa, died in Dallas Wednesday, July 15, following a long illness. He was 90. Wendorf, pictured at Nabta Playa in Egypt, earned numerous prestigious international awards for his work.
SMU alumnus Scott Moses ’07 always sweats the details. The production designer has created environments for a host of television programs, and beginning in August, he’ll be working on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Moses, who earned an M.F.A. in theatre from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, recently talked to Meadows alumna Rachel Wilson ’14 for the Dreamfly Productions blog about his work. He says designing for reality TV “is more like theatre than you think.”