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SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum Jr. ’11, ’12, Steelers OT, Reaches Out To Fans This Father’s Day

SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum Jr. ’11, ’12, Steelers OT, Reaches Out To Fans This Father’s Day

Kelvin L. Beachum Jr. ’11, ’12 was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers after graduation from SMU and has been called the smallest left tackle in the NFL with the biggest heart. The first-time father – he and wife Jessica welcomed their first child, daughter Kalena, in November – will spend Saturday in his hometown of Mexia, where he will help the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas launch a mobile food pantry. Read more about his social media campaign that encourages fans to celebrate the joys of fatherhood with him.

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SMU Alumnus Trevor Weichmann ’06 Brings Pony Pride To Saudi Arabia

SMU Alumnus Trevor Weichmann ’06 Brings Pony Pride To Saudi Arabia

Trevor Weichmann ’06 works about 8,000 miles from the SMU campus, serving as the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) Epic ASAP Application coordinator in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. However, his heart is never far from the Hilltop. One of the first things he did when he moved into his new workspace was spruce it up with an SMU pennant and a miniature Mustang football helmet.

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Meet Oyster Farm Entrepreneur Greg Martino ’08

Greg Martino earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2008 and is now oyster farming in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. With his brother, Dan, he owns Martino Seafood, which produces Cottage City Oysters. Over the next three years, they expect to sell more than 200,000 oysters for the half shell (raw bar) market.

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Black Alumni Of SMU Honor History Makers, Outstanding Students

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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