alum news

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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Trustee Michael M. Boone Receives Folsom Leadership Award

Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67 received the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from the Methodist Health System Foundation October 30 for his accomplishments in making a lasting, positive change in the Dallas community and inspiring others to follow.

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Mustang Memories: James V. Lyles, Breaking The Color Barrier

The Rev. James V. Lyles and four fellow students in Perkins School of Theology made history in 1955 as the first African Americans to graduate from SMU. The events leading up to the milestone were detailed in “Breaking the Color Bar,” published in the spring issue of Legacies, A Historical

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Cruising Through The Centennial In Style

Fleetwood Hicks ’85, founder and owner of Villy Custom LLC, created limited-edition SMU Centennial Cruiser bicycles to celebrate the University’s second century.

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