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Black Alumni Of SMU Honor History Makers, Outstanding Students

Accomplished alumni and students were honored at the fourth annual Black Excellence Ball held this spring as part of SMU’s observance of Black History Month. Black Alumni of SMU joined the Association of Black Students (ABS) to present the celebratory evening that included recognition of the 2015 Black History Makers and Black Alumni Scholarship recipients.

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Advice For Indie Film Success From SMU Alum Thane Economou ’10

Advice For Indie Film Success From SMU Alum Thane Economou ’10

Meadows School of the Arts alumnus Thane Economou ’10 is known for indie comedies such a Quentin and Lisa at the Grocery Store, a rom-com short that has earned plenty of positive buzz on the film festival circuit. In an interview with Dreamfly Productions, he encourages students to take any internships they can get in the industry – preferably in LA – to start building their résumés and networks.

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Artist Dorothy Shain ’12 And The SMU Prof Who Turned Her World Upside Down

Artist Dorothy Shain ’12 And The SMU Prof Who Turned Her World Upside Down

When SMU alumna Dorothy Shain ’12 decided to become a full-time artist, one of her first calls was to Barnaby Fitzgerald, her painting professor at Meadows School of the Arts for over three years. She extols his wise counsel in a Rue interview as “the best advice I have ever gotten.”

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Bridwell Library Exhibit Highlights First Five African Americans To Graduate From SMU

Bridwell Library Exhibit Highlights First Five African Americans To Graduate From SMU

On May 30, 1955, A. Cecil Williams, James V. Lyles, James A. Hawkins, John W. Elliott and Negail R. Riley made history by becoming the first African Americans to graduate from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Bridwell Library’s 60th-anniversary exhibition highlights their accomplishments after seminary as distinguished church and community leaders.

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SMU Alumnus Leandre Johns ’02 Talks Uber Career And Detours Along The Way

SMU Alumnus Leandre Johns ’02 Talks Uber Career And Detours Along The Way

A passion for innovation drives Leandre Johns ’02, general manager of Uber Technologies for North and West Texas. Johns returned to the Hilltop to discuss his trajectory from SMU student to tech executive in a conversation with Thomas DiPiero, dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, April 28.

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SMU Alumna Savannah Niles ’13 And The Importance Of ‘Scattered Curiosity’

SMU Alumna Savannah Niles ’13 And The Importance Of ‘Scattered Curiosity’

Meadows School of the Arts talks to alumna Savannah Niles ’13, who earned her B.F.A. in art and B.A. in creative computation at SMU. She is finishing her master of science degree at MIT before heading to Magic Leap, a groundbreaking “cinematic reality” startup that has $542 million in backing from Google. Niles says her undergraduate education was important for her career path. “I really don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now if I’d gone to any other program.”

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

‘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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