SMU student Eskinder Abebe’s eyes light up when you ask about his favorite project. While he fuses his passion for art and science in everything from videos to futuristic gadgets, Abebe is really excited about working with the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity on designing an inexpensive “inclusive” tablet.
Founders’ Day Weekend, April 6–9, kicks off on Thursday with Golden Mustangs Day and continues on Friday with Sing Song. Saturday’s Community Day activities include family fun at the Meadows Museum and the Mustang Fan Fair and the spring football game. See the full schedule, and make plans now to come home to the Hilltop this spring.
What’s the key to juggling the demands of graduate school and competitive rowing? “I started drinking a lot of coffee, especially with early morning practices,” says Gabrielle (Gabby) Petrucelli ’16 says. A four-year starter for the SMU women’s soccer team as an undergraduate, Petrucelli is working toward a master of science in accounting (MSA) at SMU’s Cox School of Business while testing the waters as a first-year member of the SMU rowing team.
Shortly after earning his bachelor’s degree in dance performance at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, Michael Trusnovec ’96 joined Paul Taylor’s renowned modern dance company. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News published on February 7, 2017, he talked about his lifelong obsession with dance and obsessively watching videotapes of Paul Taylor Dance Company performances in the library as an SMU student.
One of the most valuable resources available to students exploring career options is the SMU alumni network as Daniel Molina, a first-year marketing and finance student in the full-time MBA program, experienced last fall. He was among a group of MBA students from the Cox School of Business offered insider access to some of the world’s top companies by SMU alumni during Cox’s “Marketing Trek to Seattle.”
“Thinking of my grandmother’s battle with breast cancer reminds me that my research has a real purpose: to benefit the millions of women around the world who might one day find themselves in her situation.”
SMU’s community clinics open doors to legal services for low-income North Texas residents unable to afford representation. One of the newest among 10 clinical programs and projects offered by the Dedman School of Law, the VanSickle Family Law Clinic launched in January 2016 under the direction of Chante Prox. Prox says it takes a special breed of attorney – part therapist, part legal ninja – to handle the emotional highs and lows involved with family law proceedings. Things get personal as attorneys navigate the choppy legal waters surrounding some of life’s most stressful changes.
While most of us are hitting the snooze button on the alarm, members of the SMU rowing team have already completed a rigorous warm-up routine and are ready to hit the water for a few hours of practice. SMU photographer Hillsman Jackson captures the beauty and athleticism of these dedicated student-athletes as they work out at Dallas’ White Rock Lake.
What began as a class project has sparked a two-game winning streak for Tim Cassedy, assistant professor of English, and former students Chelsea Grogan ’15, Jenna Peck ’15 and Kate Petsche ’15. They invented Dick: A Card Game Based on the Novel by Herman Melville and Bards Dispense Profanity.
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.