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An Organized Mind Never Goes To Waste

Politics of the 1970s – Watergate, Richard Nixon’s pardon, Jimmy Carter’s election – fascinated Melissa Meyer Reiff (’77), spurring an interest in law school. After graduating with a B.A. in political science from SMU, however, she took a different career course through a job that eventually led to her position as president of The Container Store.

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Covering North America With CNN

Stacia Philips Deshishku (’90) achieved her high profile career in broadcast journalism thanks to a minor meltdown her first year at SMU. The political science major, at first aiming to become the first female president, called her mother after the first semester and said, “I’m not really meant for college.” With her mother’s encouragement, she signed up at SMU’s Counseling and Testing Center to take a series of aptitude tests, which pointed her toward journalism.

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Reaching Beyond The High Notes

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Applying Group Effort To Group Excellence

Growing up as first-generation Americans in Garland, Texas, the Bhatti and Dorvil siblings helped each other navigate school – studying and playing together and watching out for one another after class.

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SMU Honors Distinguished Alumni

Four alumni have received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award SMU can bestow upon its alumni. Recipients are Linda Pitts Custard (’60, ’99), James B. Gardner (’55), The Honorable Antonio O. "Tony" Garza Jr. (’83) and Rick Herrscher (’58). The Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years, was presented to Nathan Allen (’00). They were honored at the DAA celebration in November.

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New Goals To Serve Range Of Alumni Interests

Recent feedback from focus groups has enabled alumni leaders to establish new goals that focus on alumni priorities and interests.

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Manhattan Connections

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Enchanted Learners

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Food, Fun, Fellowship

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Power Of Inclusion

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