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Growing Chapters Program Spreads Mustang Message

Alumni support is crucial to the achievement of University goals, and chapters around the world serve as the primary conduit for engagement by former students with their alma mater, says Bill Vanderstraaten ’82, chair of the SMU Alumni Board. “We want to increase participation by alumni in all parts of SMU

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Alumni Find New Ways To Make A Difference

Carter Higley ’01, Jennifer Kenning ’01 and Josh Helland ’00 are among the SMU alumni making a positive difference in their communities and around the globe.

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SMU Celebrates The Peace Corps At 50

Allison Hannel’s “proudest accomplishment” while serving as a business development volunteer with the Peace Corps in San Juancito, Honduras, was establishing the first restaurant in the agrarian village of 3,000 people. The humble venture consisted of only four picnic tables and a menu of eight variations on a rice-beans-tortillas theme, yet

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Black Alumni Of SMU Honor History Makers, Launch Scholarship

  An estimated 118 alumni and guests gathered to honor the past and celebrate the future when Black Alumni of SMU recognized 13 of its history makers and introduced the inaugural Black Alumni Scholarship February 17. The honorees included award-winning athletes, outstanding student leaders and members of the “SMU 33,”

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Mustang Memories: The Roots Continue To Grow

Hortense Weir Smith’s “Tracing a Family’s Deep Hilltop Roots” (Mustang Memories, SMU Magazine, Fall 2011) prompted John B. Danna Jr. ’53 to continue the story in this letter. As I read SMU Magazine, I certainly have fond memories from my days at SMU. I remember receiving my diploma for a business degree

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Walter J. Humann Receives 2012 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award

Corporate and civic leader Walter J. Humann ’67, lauded for his efforts in education, urban planning and other areas of public service, received the 2012 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU April 2. Presented by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the annual award recognizes

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Writing The Prescription For Compassionate Care

Cardiologist John Harper ’68 was honored as the 2012 Dedman Colleg Distinguished Graduate. Harper earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from SMU prior to attending medical school.

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Paying Tribute To Former Provost Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan, provost and professor emerita, was the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by some of her former students in November. Morgan taught political science in Dedman College, 1966-95. She also served as assistant provost, 1978-81, and associate provost, 1981-86, before becoming provost and vice president for academic

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Alumni Reconnect With Favorite Professors

Dallas Young Alumni hosted a “Happy Hour with the Professors” in January to provide former students with an opportunity to catch up with their former teachers.

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Perkins School of Theology Names Distinguished Alumnus

Perkins School of Theology named Mouzon Biggs Jr. ’65 as its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient. Biggs was honored during Ministers Week in February.

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