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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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The Liberty Project: SMU Alumni Reboot Storied Magazine

The Liberty Project: SMU Alumni Reboot Storied Magazine

The Liberty Project, the modern revival of Liberty magazine, launched June 24 with three SMU graduates at the helm. Editorial director Christina Geyer ’10, editor Courtney Spalten ’14 and marketing manager Patrick Kobler ’10 have reimagined and reinvented the iconic lifestyle publication as a multimedia site tailored to the 21st-century reader.

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Taking The Initiative For Human Rights: SMU Alumni Bill Holston ’81 And Melissa Weaver ’04

The Dallas Observer counts SMU Dedman School of Law graduates Bill Holston ’81, executive director of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, and Melissa Weaver ’04, the attorney for HRI’s Women and Children’s Program, among the 20 most interesting people in the Dallas area for their heroic work on child immigrant cases.

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Origin Story: SMU Alumnus Randy Dodgen ’73 On ‘Proclamation’

Origin Story: SMU Alumnus Randy Dodgen ’73 On ‘Proclamation’

Among the many lasting Mustang Band traditions is a drum cadence that was written in the summer of 1972. “Proclamation” was composed by band member Randy Dodgen ’73 and, over 40 years later, it remains a part of pre-game today, helping get the band from the sidelines onto the field. In an interview with the Diamond M Club Newsletter, the modest composer talks about the origin of the signature cadence and the camaraderie of the Mustang Band.

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SMU Alumni Alessio Bax ’96 And Lucille Chung ’03 Named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence

SMU Alumni Alessio Bax ’96 And Lucille Chung ’03 Named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence

Award-winning international concert pianists and recording artists Alessio Bax ’96 and Lucille Chung ’03 have been named Johnson-Prothro Artists-in-Residence at SMU Meadows School of the Arts for three years, beginning in fall 2015. Bax and Chung, who are husband and wife, have been serving as adjunct assistant professor and adjunct lecturer respectively for a number of years at SMU.

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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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