SMU student Lauren Castle covers the fundraising accomplishments of fellow Mustang Katie Schaible ’15 for USA TODAY’s Voices On Campus blog. Katie, who lost her father to cancer, was the top individual fundraiser for Relay For Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society. SMU was named the top collegiate chapter fundraiser in the country after raising approximately $176,400 this year, exceeding the $158, 000 goal. Kappa Alpha Theta topped the leader board for team fundraising this year. (Photo courtesy of Katie Schaible.)
Visionary philanthropist Lyda Hill received the 2015 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at a luncheon April 2. The annual award honors a community leader who exemplifies ethical, inspiring leadership. Hill, president of the real estate, tourism and venture investment firm LH Holdings, and granddaughter of oilman H. L. Hunt, has spent her life dedicated to what she calls “balancing profit with a purpose.”
Jasmine, a new film from Dax Phelan ’07, and Divine Access from executive producers Clay Glendenning ’08 and Jeffrey Way ’08 are among the films featured at the Dallas International Film Festival, which runs through April 19 at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station.
Courtney A. Follit ’12 , a Ph.D. student in molecular and cellular biology at SMU, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide to receive a $15,000 scholar award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was nominated for the award by Chapter CQ of Dallas. Courtney is the daughter of Jane and Robert Follit of Rockville, Maryland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 2012 from SMU, where she was the recipient of Distinguished Scholar and Rotunda scholarships, among other honors. The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing doctoral-level degrees at an accredited college or university. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization interested in bringing increased opportunities for higher education to women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members
SMU is launching a task force to review campus fraternity and sorority life and determine whether changes are needed to support diversity and to encourage interaction among the student organizations. The 29-member task force is composed of students, faculty, staff, advisors to campus fraternities and sororities, a fraternity alumnus, and three members of the SMU Board of Trustees, two of whom will act as consultants.
Former SMU Board of Trustee member and alumnus Jess Thomas Hay died April 13. He was 84. He earned a B.B.A. in 1953 and J.D. in 1955 from SMU. The late Jess T. Hay ’53, ’55 served on the SMU Board of Trustees, 1973-1990, and in numerous other leadership positions. “Jess Hay served on SMU’s Board of Trustees during critical years of the University’s growth,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “His support of law scholarships ensured that future students would be prepared for careers in the professions and civic leadership. He was a role model for combining success in business, public service, and support of education and health resources. The recipient of a bachelor’s and a law degree from SMU, he personified the achievement and dedication recognized by our Distinguished Alumni Award, which he received in 1977.” Hay served on SMU’s board from 1973-1990, on SMU’s board of governors from 1973-1985 and on the Dedman School of Law executive board from 1989-1990. Hay’s SMU support also included establishment of the Betty Jo Hay Endowed President’s Scholarships, named in honor of his late wife, who received her Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU in 1952. She died in 2005. Hay also funded the Dennis Barger Memorial Scholarship in the Dedman School of Law. The scholarship was established in memory of a fallen soldier who planned to attend SMU’s law school after military [...]
Paul Krier, a Raytheon cybersecurity expert, is one of five “Superstar Volunteers” the company is honoring for service to military veterans or education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Krier earned a master’s degree in security engineering from SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering in 2011. He is the company liaison and advisor to SMU students competing in Raytheon’s National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.