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‘Game of Silence’ From SMU Alum David Hudgins ’91 Debuts April 12

‘Game of Silence’ From SMU Alum David Hudgins ’91 Debuts April 12

Writer/producer David Hudgins ’91, known for such soulful, family-centered dramas as Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, switches gears for his new NBC series, Game of Silence, a dark drama revolving around a group of childhood friends and a secret from their past. The network describes it as “a gripping new drama about friendship, love, revenge and the moral dilemma of how far one will go in the pursuit of justice.”

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Artist Lionel Maunz ’01 ‘Taps Into Dark Corners Of The Mind’

Interview magazine profiles SMU alumnus Lionel Maunz ’01, whose fourth solo art show, “Fealty”, opened recently at New York’s Bureau gallery. Rachel Small writes, “… the subtle emotional impact of Lionel Maunz’s art, mostly iron sculptures and pencil drawings, is one of a raw, profound pain expressed in such a delicate and measured manner so as to avoid staid aspirations of idealism or cynicism.” Maunz earned a BA in 2001 and an MFA in 2004 from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

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SMU Alumna Kathryn Jones Malone ’00 Named To Texas Institute Of Letters

SMU Alumna Kathryn Jones Malone ’00 Named To Texas Institute Of Letters

Kathryn Jones Malone ’00, instructor of communications studies at Tarleton State University, will be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL) as part of the organization’s annual awards event April 15-16 in Austin. TIL recognizes outstanding writers with a Texas connection. Members include such distinguished authors as Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Dagoberto Gilb.

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SMU’s Jonathan Norton ’11 Wins Theatre Critics’ Osborn New Play Award

SMU’s Jonathan Norton ’11 Wins Theatre Critics’ Osborn New Play Award

Jonathan Norton ’11 has won the 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright from the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA). The award will be presented at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville on April 9. The Osborn Award recognizes Norton’s “Mississippi Goddamn,” which premiered in February 2015 at the South Dallas Cultural Center. His play is a finalist for the 2016 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, the winner of which will be announced at the festival.

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NFL’s Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 To Talk Sports And Human Rights At SMU On April 7

NFL’s Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 To Talk Sports And Human Rights At SMU On April 7

NFL offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 will talk about the role sports play in furthering the conversation on American human rights issues during a panel discussion on Thursday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. “A Conversation on Sports and Human

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SMU Alumni Among Speakers At Black Excellence In Higher Education Conference On April 1

SMU alumni Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12, Candice Bledsoe ’07, Tonya Parker ’98 and Michael Waters ’02, ’06, ’12 are among the speakers addressing issues that face African-American college students at an SMU Simmons School conference on April 1.

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SMU Alumnus William C. Roberts, MD, Earns Lifetime Achievement Award From American College of Cardiology

SMU Alumnus William C. Roberts, MD, Earns Lifetime Achievement Award From American College of Cardiology

William C. Roberts, MD, executive director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute (BHVI), has been awarded the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for his contributions to the cardiovascular profession. Roberts earned a degree in English from SMU in 1954, which has served him well as editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Cardiology for 34 years. He has published more than 1,600 peer-reviewed articles and served on the editorial boards of nearly three dozen cardiology publications.

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Black Alumni Of SMU Honor History Makers, Scholarship Recipients

Black Alumni Of SMU Honor History Makers, Scholarship Recipients

Accomplished alumni and outstanding students were honored at the fifth annual Black Excellence Ball held February 27 as part of SMU’s observance of Black History Month. Black Alumni of SMU joined the Association of Black Students (ABS) to present the festive evening that included recognition of the 2016 Black History Makers and Black Alumni Scholarship recipients as well as ABS Legacy Award honorees.

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SMU Alumna Gabriella Draney Zielke ’03: Reinventing The Tech Accelerator

Fast Company profiles start-up accelerator innovator Gabriella Draney Zielke ’03, co-founder and CEO of Dallas-based Tech Wildcatters.

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From Farming Hay To Making The Field: SMU Alum Robert Richardson, Jr. ’04 Makes Third Start At Daytona 500

Robert Richardson, Jr. ’04 is a study in contrasts. While an SMU student, he played football for one season and majored in art. Now he grows hay on his Pilot Point, Texas, ranch and races cars in the Daytona 500. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiles Richardson, who started driving at local tracks while attending SMU and made his third start at Daytona on February 21, where he finished 38th.

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