Gifts And Good Advice

Gifts And Good Advice

SMU’s Santa Peruna recently visited two Richardson schools, bringing gifts, healthy snacks and important reminders to students: “Keep reading over the holidays” and “go to college.” Each student received a book from Half-Price Books, healthy snacks from the North Texas Food Bank and backpacks, pencils and bookmarks from SMU, as well as lots of good cheer at fun-filled assemblies.

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Jennifer Burr Altabef ’78, ’81: ‘Scholarships changed my life’

Jennifer Burr Altabef ’78, ’81: ‘Scholarships changed my life’

The story of Jennifer Burr Altabef’s life could have been very different. If not for scholarship support, she might never had made it to the Hilltop. Now a successful attorney, she says, “The simple truth is that scholarships change lives.”

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SMU In Photos: Looking Back On A Historic Year

SMU In Photos: Looking Back On A Historic Year

Some favorite photos by SMU photographers of moments that made 2015 such a special year.

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Shari LeMonnier ’80

Shari LeMonnier ’80

Shari LeMonnier’s bold and vibrant acrylic paintings will be on exhibit through January 21, 2016 in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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Rick Sirchio ’69

Rick Sirchio has been promoted to regional president/North Texas region by Bank SNB. Sirchio will continue to fill the roles of Dallas market president and manager of healthcare lending.

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Kyle Coleman ’99

Kyle Coleman, a board-certified dermatologist, has opened Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center in New Orleans.

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Baxter Fain ’96

Baxter Fain ’96

Baxter Fain was appointed managing director of JLL’s Denver office. He has more than 20 years of commercial real estate finance experience.

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Historian David McCullough Receives SMU Tower Center Medal Of Freedom

Historian David McCullough Receives SMU Tower Center Medal Of Freedom

David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer often called “America’s greatest historian,” received the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies November 18. The award is given by the Tower Center every two years to an individual or individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. Shown at the presentation are (from left) President George W. Bush, David McCullough, First Lady Laura Bush ’68, Penny Tower Cook and SMU Trustee Jeanne Tower Cox ’79.

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Hats Off To SMU’s December Grads!

Hats Off To SMU’s December Grads!

More than 600 students from SMU’s seven schools graduated Saturday, Dec. 19, at the December Commencement Ceremony in Moody Coliseum. Distinguished lawyer Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, delivered the commencement address.

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SMU Polo Teams Riding High In Club Sports

SMU Polo Teams Riding High In Club Sports

Polo has existed at SMU sporadically throughout the University’s 100-year history. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that the men’s and women’s teams formally registered as club sports with the University, a process that was approved in 2011. In the years since, both teams have combined for three national tournament appearances: The men’s team came within a point of reaching the national finals last year and both are primed for further postseason runs this spring.

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