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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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Cox School Of Business Honors Five SMU Alumni

Cox School Of Business Honors Five SMU Alumni

SMU’s Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni Michael Merriman ’79, John Anthony Santa Maria Otazua ’79, ’81 and Billie Ida Williamson ’74 and Outstanding Young Alumni Bryan Sheffield ’01 and Jason Signor ’04 at its annual awards luncheon May 13.

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Alumni Share Experiences, Expertise With Students Through SMU Connection Externship Program

Alumni Share Experiences, Expertise With Students Through SMU Connection Externship Program

Tricia Linderman ’91, Matt Samler ’04 and Sandy Speegle Nobles ’75 are among the alumni who have shared their insights and expertise with current SMU students through the SMU Connection externship program, a partnership of the Office of Alumni Relations and Engagement and the Hegi Family Career Development Center. Samler says the volunteer experience allowed him “to give back to SMU in a more personal way and help a student in the process.”

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SMU Alumna Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12 Receives Solti Foundation Award

SMU Alumna Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12 Receives Solti Foundation Award

Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is among 11 recipients of 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards for young conductors with promising careers. Merrill is in her second season as assistant conductor and Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador with the symphony.

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Alumni Honoring Favorite Professor Through Cecil Smith Scholarship Fund

Alumni Honoring Favorite Professor Through Cecil Smith Scholarship Fund

In 1974, Professor Cecil Smith challenged his engineering students to build a concrete canoe and enter it in a national contest. “We did it, but we didn’t do so well,” recalls Bill Hanks ’75. “It was truly a huge pain to build, but Dr. Smith knew we could finish, and we wanted to prove him right. He was the leader of the project for years at SMU and students always followed him.” When Smith died at age 90 last May, Hanks and other SMU engineering alumni joined forces to complete another goal: to raise $100,000 to establish the Professor Cecil H. Smith Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.

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