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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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Ones to Watch: Breaking An Ankle Is Good Luck For Actress

In theatre, even breaking an ankle can be good luck. Ask Wrenn Schmidt (’05), whose own such accident indirectly led to a spot with the national touring company of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” The production, featuring Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner from their Broadway roles as George and Martha, began a five-city tour in January at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The show also travels to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tucson through May.

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Taking Aim At Stomach Cancer With New Technology

At 26, Alonso Gutierrez (’03) is fulfilling his dream of applying the principles of science to patients’ needs. A medical physics Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is developing new technology to make radiation therapy more effective in treating cancers of the stomach.

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While They Last: Summer Class Acts In Taos

Because of its popularity, the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute has added a second weekend of short informal courses for adults July 19-22. The new classes will be led by SMU professors and other experts on topics such as the geology of Northern New Mexico, the literature of D.H. Lawrence, Latino politics of the Southwest, petroglyphs as historic images, as well as fine art photography and wines of New Mexico.

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Passport To Learning: 2007 Alumni Travel Programs

There is still time to travel and learn with SMU. The following trips remain in the 2007 Alumni Travel Education Program (dates subject to change). For more information, contact Alumni Relations.

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