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SMU Alumna Hope Hicks ’10 Flies Quietly In The Eye Of The Trump Storm

The Washington Post profiles Hope Hicks ’10, who has earned a reputation in New York as the consummate public relations professional, praised for her poise and stamina. In addition to her role as corporate aide in the Trump Organization, she recently assumed a new responsibility: media handler for controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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SMU Alum Junchang Lü ’04 Identifies Velociraptor Cousin, Maybe Weirder And Scarier Than Movies Imagine

SMU Alum Junchang Lü ’04 Identifies Velociraptor Cousin, Maybe Weirder And Scarier Than Movies Imagine

SMU alumnus Junchang Lü ’04, one of China’s leading dinosaur experts, has helped identify a new dinosaur species – Zhenyuanlong suni – a cousin to the Velociraptor of Jurassic World fame and the newest clue as to how birds descended from dinosaurs.

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Meet SMU Alum Scott Moses ’07, Production Designer For “Ellen”

SMU alumnus Scott Moses ’07 always sweats the details. The production designer has created environments for a host of television programs, and beginning in August, he’ll be working on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Moses, who earned an M.F.A. in theatre from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, recently talked to Meadows alumna Rachel Wilson ’14 for the Dreamfly Productions blog about his work. He says designing for reality TV “is more like theatre than you think.”

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SMU Swimming And Diving Alumni Compete In Pan American Games

SMU Swimming And Diving Alumni Compete In Pan American Games

UPDATE: Rachel Nicol ’15 helped lead host country Canada to a second-place finish in swimming at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto July 14-16. She earned silver and bronze medals at the games. Two other alumni of SMU Swimming and Diving teams represented their countries in events: Isabella Arcila ’15, swimming for Colombia, advanced to the Consolation Final in each of her three individual events, while Julian Fletcher ’13, representing Bermuda, placed fifth in the Consolation Final of the 100-meter breaststroke.

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News From Meadows: Five SMU Alumni Reap Rewards Of Art History Education

News From Meadows: Five SMU Alumni Reap Rewards Of Art History Education

Spending nine months as a paid intern at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Digging for antiquities in Galilee. Working at Christie’s Auction House in New York City. Presenting a paper in Armenia. Studying Mediterranean archaeology in the Netherlands as a Fulbright scholar. These are the paths taken by five recent art history graduates from SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

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Remembering ‘Father Of Modern Cheerleading’ SMU Alumnus Lawrence Herkimer ’48

Remembering ‘Father Of Modern Cheerleading’ SMU Alumnus Lawrence Herkimer ’48

Lawrence Herkimer ’48, the irrepressible icon and model entrepreneur known as “the father of modern cheerleading,” is being remembered as the originator of the pompom, the spirit stick, the Herkie jump, and the National Cheerleaders Association. Herkimer, who began his spirit-squad revolution during his time as an SMU cheerleader, died in Miami, Florida, on July 1, 2015. He was 89 years old.

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The Liberty Project: SMU Alumni Reboot Storied Magazine

The Liberty Project: SMU Alumni Reboot Storied Magazine

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.

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Taking The Initiative For Human Rights: SMU Alumni Bill Holston ’81 And Melissa Weaver ’04

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.

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Origin Story: SMU Alumnus Randy Dodgen ’73 On ‘Proclamation’

Origin Story: SMU Alumnus Randy Dodgen ’73 On ‘Proclamation’

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.

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SMU Alumni Alessio Bax ’96 And Lucille Chung ’03 Named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence

SMU Alumni Alessio Bax ’96 And Lucille Chung ’03 Named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence

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.

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