Students welcomed their families to campus for Family Weekend 2016, September 23-25. Academic activities, faculty open houses, a student talent show, a barbecue and, of course, a Mustang football game offered families a taste of their students’ Hilltop experience.
SMU alumni Desiree Brown ’06, ’10 and Astrud Villareal ’10 introduced scores of prospective students and their parents to campus while serving as tour guides during their undergraduate years. Now they’re helping map out a path to SMU for visiting youth as Hilltop Volunteers. The volunteer program gives Mustangs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area a platform to support their alma mater in personal and meaningful ways.
Writing in the September 22, 2016, issue of Arts+Culture Texas magazine, Nichelle Suzanne profiles contemporary dance luminaries Jennifer Mabus ’93, Lydia Hance ’06, Alex Karigan Farrior ’07, Albert Drake ’15 and Joshua L. Peugh ’06. “As diverse as the dance artists who have emerged from SMU’s Division of Dance and infiltrated contemporary dance in Texas are, they are allied by the high standard of excellence demanded at Meadows.”
SMU's new 33,000-square-foot Dr. Bob Smith Health Center provides comprehensive medical care to the University’s 11,000 students. The two-story building, completed over the summer, is home to medical and counseling services, a full-service pharmacy and SMU’s health education program.
SMU rose to its highest ranking among the nation’s universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released online today. Among 220 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 56, up from 61 a year ago. The new ranking again places SMU in the first tier of institutions in the guide’s “best national universities” category.
The nation’s first academic institute devoted to the study of customer engagement will be based at SMU’s Cox School of Business thanks to a $10 million gift from Diane and Harold (Hal) Brierley. A pioneer in database marketing and customer loyalty programs, Hal Brierley is perhaps best known as the only consultant for the launch of American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, the nation’s first frequent traveler program.
Seven new members were elected to SMU’s Board of Trustees in July during the quadrennial meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. They will begin their four-year terms at the September 15-16 meeting of the Board of Trustees, along with 31 trustees re-elected to four-year terms.
Each semester, SMU biology professors Pia Vogel and John Wise welcome a handful of dedicated and curious SMU undergraduates, as well as Dallas-area high school students, for hands-on experience working on cancer research in their combined SMU Department of Biological Sciences laboratories. The researchers and students are working to find ways to treat cancer patients whose cancer has either returned after initial chemotherapy or was initially hard to treat using chemotherapeutics. The research is funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.
A nine-hole mini golf course was set up in the newly renovated areas of Fondren Library August 30, providing students with a fun way to learn about the recently completed spaces for studying, collaborating and relaxing. The course included Fondren Foundation Centennial Reading Room, the Prothro Learning Commons, Starbucks, the Collaborative Commons, the fourth floor study and lounge area and other places for students to get to know in Fondren.
Rotunda Passage and Opening Convocation hold a special place in the hearts of alumni parents, grandparents and other relatives as the next generation joins the Mustang fold. Many graduates volunteer to serve as Alumni Marshals during this milestone event. Donning ceremonial regalia, the alumni line the Convocation path, welcoming students as they take their initial steps toward intellectual and personal growth at SMU.