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Mustang Memories: Tracing A Family’s Deep Hilltop Roots

I’m a graduate of SMU (1940) but the exciting part of the Centennial celebration is that my mother, Ilma Beaver, and her brother, Ralph, were both students the first year this wonderful university opened. Ilma was in what was, I suppose, the School of Music, and Ralph was a real

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National Community Service Day: Mustangs Make A Difference

SMU alumni in 11 chapters from coast to coast put pony power to work for good causes during the first annual National Community Service Day October 29. A total of 245 participants helped nonprofits and other organizations.

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Celebrating Where It All Began

The six-decade romance of James H. and Mickey Cates Abbott began like a Hollywood movie. “I spotted her from across the rotunda in Dallas Hall,” James says. “She had an art class on the east side, and I was walking from class on the west side. After that, I made

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SMU Alumni Lead A Sports Marketing Stampede

Six Mustangs lead sports marketing efforts in Dallas for hawkeye, a multichannel customer development marketing agency with offices in the United States and abroad. The SMU alumni work with such clients as Gatorade, Gore, Michelob ULTRA, the NCAA and The North Face. They also connect companies in unrelated fields, including

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Mustangs In The Military: Tommy Phillips ’09

Ensign Tommy Phillips ’09 returns stateside after deployment in the Middle East.

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New Mexico Becomes Photographer’s Land Of Inspiration

Two exhibitions in New Mexico with ties to SMU alumni showcase photographs by Debora Hunter, associate professor of photography in Meadows School of the Arts. Hunter’s solo exhibit, “Land Marks: Photographs from Taos, New Mexico,” will continue through November 12 at James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For

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Sharing Memories Of 9/11

On September 11, 2001, SMU invited students, faculty and staff to share their thoughts in a journal started by Michael Waters ’02, ’06, then an intern in the SMU Chaplain’s Office and now senior pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas. The pages are filled with inspiring statements —

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Mapping The Genetics Of Autism

Ed Cook’77, the Earl M. Bane Professor of Psychiatry and director of the Center for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, was inspired to study autism by his late brother, Wade.

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Changing Attitudes, One Conversation At A Time

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño ’79 accepted the Distinguished Alumna Award from Perkins School of Theology February 7 with gratitude and a confession about her role in an SMU Halloween prank.

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Lettermen Present Mustang Award To Albon Head

Albon Head ’69, ’71 received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the SMU Lettermen’s Association.

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