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SMU’s Mustang Corral: Best Road Trip Ever For Marielle ’10 & Alex McGregor ’10

A bus ride with a group of strangers isn’t the most promising start for a great romance, but it turned out to be the right place at the right time for Marielle Perrault McGregor ’10 and her husband, Alex McGregor ’10. As first-year students in 2006, they started chatting on the trip to Mustang Corral. A few weeks later, they officially started dating. They married in 2012. “We’ve been a couple now for 10 years,” notes Marielle, “and it’s amazing to think that it all began on a bus ride.”

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SMU Alumna Truett Adams ’12 On The Artistry Of Being A Ringling Bros. Clown

When SMU alumna Truett Adams ’12 was working toward her bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, one of her professors noticed her talent as a movement artist. As she tells it, he looked her in straight in the eye and told her she should run away and join the circus. She didn’t run away, but she did join the circus. The Dallas Observer profiled Truett, part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s latest show, Circus Xtreme, which performs in Fort Worth through August 21.

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SMU’s Avery Acker ’15 Nominated For NCAA Woman Of The Year

Volleyball standout Avery Acker has been named the American Athletic Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Acker, who graduated from SMU in December, led the NCAA in assists per set while directing the Mustangs to the conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She graduated summa cum laude with a 3.941 grade-point average as an accounting major with minors in chemistry and biological sciences. She begins medical school in Houston in August.

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SMU Needs Your Time, Talent And Energy. Volunteer Today!

SMU Needs Your Time, Talent And Energy. Volunteer Today!

Whether it’s sharing professional expertise, hosting a gathering for area Mustangs or encouraging prospective students to enroll, SMU volunteers not only energize connections across campus but also extend the University’s legacy of success. Find out what SMU alumni have to say about how and why they represent their alma mater in their communities.

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Celebrating NBA History With SMU Alum Trent Redden ’06, Cleveland Cavaliers Assistant GM

Celebrating NBA History With SMU Alum Trent Redden ’06, Cleveland Cavaliers Assistant GM

What’s it like to be at the center of 1.3 million ecstatic fans? SMU alumnus Trent Redden, assistant general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was with the team in a parade on June 22 celebrating the Cav’s history-making National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. “The outpouring of love for the team has been amazing,” he says. Now in his 10th year with the NBA, Redden is living the dream that started at SMU.

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SMU Alumna Elizabeth Holzhall Richard ’81, ’84, New U.S. Ambassador To Lebanon

Elizabeth Holzhall Richard credits one of her Dedman School of Law professors with urging her to take the Foreign Service exam, the first step in her long and lauded career in the United States diplomatic corps. In her 30 years of service, she has held posts in some of the world’s hot spots, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. She grew up in Hammond, Indiana, and was interviewed by the Northwest Indiana Times for a story published on June 21.

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SMU Alumnus Craig Lucie ’04 Wins Best News Anchor Emmy Award

SMU Alumnus Craig Lucie ’04 Wins Best News Anchor Emmy Award

Craig Lucie won an Emmy Award as the best on-camera news anchor at the Southeast Emmy Awards gala in Atlanta on June 11. He anchors Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m. on WSB-TV in Atlanta. This is the latest award for the journalist who has covered Gov. Rick Perry in Austin, the most active hurricane season on record in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the Casey Anthony case in Orlando, Florida. He recently returned to Orlando to report on the aftermath of the tragic mass shooting on June 12.

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Chicago Honors SMU Alum Lance Thompson ’01 For Navy Service

SMU alumnus Lance Thompson ’01 has known since high school that he would pursue a career in the Navy. Recently promoted to captain, he just completed three years as commander of the USS Chicago nuclear submarine, based in Guam. To honor his service, the Chicago City Council declared “Commander Lance Thompson Day” on May 27.

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SMU Grad Thomas Miller ’71 Reflects On 40 Years Of Teaching And Inspiring

Thomas Miller ’71 intended to follow in his father’s footsteps and study medicine, but his path took a sharp turn when he joined his high school choir. His passion for music led him to SMU, where he received master’s degrees from Meadows School of the Arts and Perkins School of Theology, and to Victor Valley College in Victorville, California, where he has been a professor since 1976. Miller reflects on 40 years of teaching and inspiring students as he makes a grand exit from the classroom.

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On The Campaign Trail With SMU Alum Hope Hicks ’10, Donald Trump’s Communications Director

Hope Hicks ’10 may have the toughest job in politics: She is the communications director for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the Twitter juggernaut who famously eschews scripts and teleprompters. Marie Claire magazine talks to Hicks about her challenging role and life on the campaign trail.

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