The Liberty Project, the modern revival of Liberty magazine, launched June 24 with three SMU graduates at the helm. Editorial director Christina Geyer ’10, editor Courtney Spalten ’14 and marketing manager Patrick Kobler ’10 have reimagined and reinvented the iconic lifestyle publication as a multimedia site tailored to the 21st-century reader.
The Dallas Observer counts SMU Dedman School of Law graduates Bill Holston ’81, executive director of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, and Melissa Weaver ’04, the attorney for HRI’s Women and Children’s Program, among the 20 most interesting people in the Dallas area for their heroic work on child immigrant cases.
SMU archaeologist David Meltzer is co-author of a new study that shows the genome sequence of the 8,500-year-old male skeleton known as Kennewick Man is closely related to modern Native Americans. The new research may help resolve a bitter dispute between Native Americans and scientists who believed that the skeleton – found along the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996 – was not of Native American ancestry.
Among the many lasting Mustang Band traditions is a drum cadence that was written in the summer of 1972. “Proclamation” was composed by band member Randy Dodgen ’73 and, over 40 years later, it remains a part of pre-game today, helping get the band from the sidelines onto the field. In an interview with the Diamond M Club Newsletter, the modest composer talks about the origin of the signature cadence and the camaraderie of the Mustang Band.
Award-winning international concert pianists and recording artists Alessio Bax ’96 and Lucille Chung ’03 have been named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts for three years, beginning in fall 2015. Bax and Chung, who are husband and wife, have been serving as adjunct assistant professor and adjunct lecturer respectively for a number of years at SMU.
Kelvin L. Beachum Jr. ’11, ’12 was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers after graduation from SMU and has been called the smallest left tackle in the NFL with the biggest heart. The first-time father – he and wife Jessica welcomed their first child, daughter Kalena, in November – will spend Saturday in his hometown of Mexia, where he will help the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas launch a mobile food pantry. Read more about his social media campaign that encourages fans to celebrate the joys of fatherhood with him.
Fresh from winning the NCAA Individual Championship on June 1, SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open by tying for third in the sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on June 8, SMU Athletics reports. DeChambeau is the first Mustang in the history of SMU Men’s Golf to earn the NCAA individual title.
Trevor Weichmann ’06 works about 8,000 miles from the SMU campus, serving as the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) Epic ASAP Application coordinator in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. However, his heart is never far from the Hilltop. One of the first things he did when he moved into his new workspace was spruce it up with an SMU pennant and a miniature Mustang football helmet.
Greg Martino earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from SMU's Cox School of Business in 2008 and is now oyster farming in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. With his brother, Dan, he owns Martino Seafood, which produces Cottage City Oysters. Over the next three years, they expect to sell more than 200,000 oysters for the half shell (raw bar) market.