Sean T. Higgins ’87

Sean T. Higgins ’87

Sean T. Higgins has been named senior vice president of government affairs and business development by Las Vegas-based Golden Entertainment, Inc.

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SMU’s Jonathan Norton ’11 Wins Theatre Critics’ Osborn New Play Award

SMU’s Jonathan Norton ’11 Wins Theatre Critics’ Osborn New Play Award

Jonathan Norton ’11 has won the 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright from the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA). The award will be presented at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville on April 9. The Osborn Award recognizes Norton’s “Mississippi Goddamn,” which premiered in February 2015 at the South Dallas Cultural Center. His play is a finalist for the 2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, the winner of which will be announced at the festival.

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NFL’s Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 To Talk Sports And Human Rights At SMU On April 7

NFL’s Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 To Talk Sports And Human Rights At SMU On April 7

NFL offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 will talk about the role sports play in furthering the conversation on American human rights issues

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SMU Alumni Among Speakers At Black Excellence In Higher Education Conference On April 1

SMU alumni Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12, Candice Bledsoe ’07, Tonya Parker ’98 and Michael Waters ’02, ’06, ’12 are among the speakers addressing issues that face African-American college students at an SMU Simmons School conference on April 1.

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Margaret Tyson ’80

The Rev. Margaret Tyson was named pastor of Ironton Quinn Chapel AME Church in Ironton, Ohio. She also serves as pastor of Allen Chapel AME in Portsmouth, Ohio.

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SMU Researchers Say Walkers Burned By Old Calorie Equations

SMU Researchers Say Walkers Burned By Old Calorie Equations

Good news! SMU researchers have found that you’re probably burning more calories than you think while walking. A new study finds that under firm, level ground conditions, the leading standards are relatively inaccurate and have significant bias. The leading standardized equations estimated too few calories burned in 97 percent of the cases researchers examined, says SMU physiologist Lindsay Ludlow.

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SMU Scientist Finds Earth’s Moon Experienced A ‘True Polar Wander’

SMU Scientist Finds Earth’s Moon Experienced A ‘True Polar Wander’

SMU planetary scientist Matthew Siegler and colleagues have made a rare discovery — the Earth’s moon shifted at least six degrees from its original axis, likely over the course of 1 billion years. Scientists call the rare occasion when a planet’s mass shifts, causing a relocation on its axis, a “true polar wander.”

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SMU Alumnus William C. Roberts, MD, Earns Lifetime Achievement Award From American College of Cardiology

SMU Alumnus William C. Roberts, MD, Earns Lifetime Achievement Award From American College of Cardiology

William C. Roberts, MD, executive director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute (BHVI), has been awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for his contributions to the cardiovascular profession. Roberts earned a degree in English from SMU in 1954, which has served him well as editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Cardiology for 34 years. He has published more than 1,600 peer-reviewed articles and served on the editorial boards of nearly three dozen cardiology publications.

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Tasha Franklin Johnson ’94

Tasha Franklin Johnson ’94

Tasha Franklin Johnson has opened an educational consulting firm, Young Minds Unlimited LLC, in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

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Thank You For Supporting Mustangs Give Back!

On March 24, join thousands of fellow Mustangs and support what you love most about SMU during Mustangs Give back, our University-wide day of giving. Make a gift and make a real difference in the life of an SMU student.

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