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‘No Fling The Bunny’ And Other Life Lessons From SMU Alum Eddie Coker

Meadows School of the Arts profiles alumnus Eddie Coker ’83. The children’s entertainment superstar has taken the fun track to promote emotional well-being through his Wezmore project.

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News From Meadows: Film Festival Features Works By SMU Alumni, Students And Faculty

News From Meadows: Film Festival Features Works By SMU Alumni, Students And Faculty

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.

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SMU Ph.D. Student Courtney Follit ’12 Wins National Scholar Award

SMU Ph.D. Student Courtney Follit ’12 Wins National Scholar Award

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

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From SMU Athletics: Remembering Mustang Basketball Star Charles Beasley ’67

From SMU Athletics: Remembering Mustang Basketball Star Charles Beasley ’67

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From SMU To Uber: Hear SMU Alumnus Leandre Johns ’02, April 28

From SMU To Uber: Hear SMU Alumnus Leandre Johns ’02, April 28

Hear Leandre Johns ’02, general manager of Uber Technologies for North and West Texas, in a conversation with Thomas DiPiero, Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences Tuesday, April 28, in McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Leandre was a Hunt Scholar and psychology major at SMU. More recently, he was named one of Dallas’ “10 Most Eligible Men” by D Magazine. The talk will cover his SMU experience and how it has paved the way to his current role.

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Remembering Jess T. Hay ’53, ’55

Remembering Jess T. Hay ’53, ’55

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. “Jess Hay served on SMU’s Board of Trustees during critical years of the University’s growth,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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Raytheon Superstar Volunteer: SMU Alumnus Paul Krier ’11

Raytheon Superstar Volunteer: SMU Alumnus Paul Krier ’11

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.

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SMU Alumna Kit Sawers Named United Way’s Chief Development Officer

SMU Alumna Kit Sawers Named United Way’s Chief Development Officer

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) has named Kit Sawers, former CEO of Fay+Sawers Productions, as the organization’s new chief development officer.

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SMU Alums Lauren Heffern ’06 And Naina Hotchkiss ’06 Launch 1975

SMU Alums Lauren Heffern ’06 And Naina Hotchkiss ’06 Launch 1975

Culture Map/Dallas catches up with friends Lauren Heffern ’06 And Naina Hotchkiss ’06, the stylish duo behind 1979, their new online shop.

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SMU Alumna Ashlee Kleinert Helps Stop Human Trafficking Operation

SMU Alumna Ashlee Kleinert Helps Stop Human Trafficking Operation

When SMU alumna Ashlee Hunt Kleinert noticed suspicious activity in the office park where she has a business, she alerted police. Her proactive response enabled law enforcement to shut down a human trafficking operation. Kleinert is active in New Friends New Life, which provides support for victims of sex trafficking.

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