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‘Rainstorm Led To Brainstorm’ For SMU Alum Tyler Nelson ’14

Tyler Nelson ’14 began working on the design for an inflatable bike rack while a rain-drenched geology major at SMU. During the annual Innovation Competition conducted by the Lyle School of Engineering, the young entrepreneur’s prototype garnered the attention of fellow Mustang Joel Fontenot, a managing partner for Trailblazer Capital, a Dallas-based venture capital firm. The Dallas Morning News profiles Nelson, whose TrunkMonkey will begin shipping this month.

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News From Meadows: Vincent Gover ’14 Wins Composition Competition

News From Meadows: Vincent Gover ’14 Wins Composition Competition

Vincent Gover ’14, a master’s student in the music composition program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, won first place in the American Modern Ensemble (AME) Ninth Annual Composition Competition. Gover won in the Tier 1 (young artist, ages 22 and under) category for his seven-and-a-half-minute long composition Brook’s Release.

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SMU Alumni Among Young Actors Embracing ‘Do-It-Yourself Attitude’

SMU alumna Lauren Smart ’11, the Dallas Observer’s arts and culture editor, writes that the “theater landscape in Dallas is ablaze with young talent sporting a do-it-yourself attitude.” She highlights recent innovative projects by Katherine Bourne ’12, Josh Kumler ’14, Chris McCreary ’11 and Alia Tavakolian ’12 as proof that great theater is thriving in some surprising venues.

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Alumni Recruitment Volunteers Help Shape The Future Of SMU

Alumni Recruitment Volunteers Help Shape The Future Of SMU

As Student Recruitment Volunteers (SeRVe) for SMU, Don Morriss ’76 of Texarkana, Texas, and Leigh Todforde ’86 of Houston share their perspectives about life on the Hilltop in their communities. Offered by the SMU Office of Alumni Engagement, the SeRVe program enables Mustangs to spread the word about the value of an SMU education with prospective students and their parents.

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

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”

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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