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Catching up with five friends from the Class of 2012

Catch up with five members of the Class of 2012, who remained in the Dallas area to start their careers or continue their education at SMU.

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Wild about Harry: Alumni’s sons cast in Meadows opera

Colin Beaton, 13, the son of Julia ’84 and Ross Beaton, and Hunter Parkhill, 13, the son of Karen ’87 and Jeff Parkhill, will take turns playing the role of the mischievous Harry, described as the “village brat,” in the opera Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten. SMU’s Meadows Opera Theatre will present the comedic masterpiece February 7-10.

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Alumni make beautiful music together in West Point Band

SMU alumni Nick (M.M. Horn Performance ’06) and Nicole (B.M. Horn Performance ’07, M.M. studies ’07-’08) Caluori completed graduate studies at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, married in 2008 and now perform together in the prestigious West Point Band.

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Meadows alumnus advances in Metropolitan Opera competition

Tenor Juan José de Leon ’10 bested nine singers in the Great Lakes Region finals January 13 in Buffalo, New York, to advance in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He will sing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera during the national semi-finals in March.

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Alumnus nominated for sound work on Lincoln

Ron Judkins ’75, who studied filmmaking at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Sound Mixing category for his work on the movie Lincoln, which leads the Oscar field with 12 nominations. Judkins previously won Academy Awards for Best Sound for Jurassic Park and Saving

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SMU Connection: Alumni Expertise Goes To Work For Students

SMU Connection, a new partnership between the Office of Alumni Relations and Engagement and SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center, links alumni mentors with University undergraduates.

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‘SMU Stampede Of Service’ Assists Communities

A total of 313 alumni in 15 cities from coast to coast signed up to assist food banks, animal shelters, meals on wheels programs and other nonprofit organizations during the “SMU Stampede of Service.”

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Alumni Relations Gets New Leadership

Marianne Piepenburg ’81, a key member of SMU’s Development and External Affairs (DEA) leadership team, was appointed assistant vice president for Alumni and Constituent Giving and executive director for Alumni Relations in September by Brad E. Cheves, vice president for DEA.

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Precious Ponies: A Look At Some Future Mustangs

Check out the first edition of Precious Ponies, a new showcase in SMU Magazine for your future Mustangs.

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Honoring Distinguished Alumni And History Makers

Philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox ’78, former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes III ’57, ’59, and entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd, Jr. ’68 received 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards October 25. In addition, medical physicist Alonso N. Gutiérrez ’03 received the University’s Emerging Leader Award.

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