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Bridwell Library Exhibit Highlights First Five African Americans To Graduate From SMU

Bridwell Library Exhibit Highlights First Five African Americans To Graduate From SMU

On May 30, 1955, A. Cecil Williams, James V. Lyles, James A. Hawkins, John W. Elliott and Negail R. Riley made history by becoming the first African Americans to graduate from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. Bridwell Library’s 60th-anniversary exhibition highlights their accomplishments after seminary as distinguished church and community leaders.

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SMU Alumnus Leandre Johns ’02 Talks Uber Career And Detours Along The Way

SMU Alumnus Leandre Johns ’02 Talks Uber Career And Detours Along The Way

A passion for innovation drives Leandre Johns ’02, general manager of Uber Technologies for North and West Texas. Johns returned to the Hilltop to discuss his trajectory from SMU student to tech executive in a conversation with Thomas DiPiero, dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, April 28.

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SMU Alumna Savannah Niles ’13 And The Importance Of ‘Scattered Curiosity’

SMU Alumna Savannah Niles ’13 And The Importance Of ‘Scattered Curiosity’

Meadows School of the Arts talks to alumna Savannah Niles ’13, who earned her B.F.A. in art and B.A. in creative computation at SMU. She is finishing her master of science degree at MIT before heading to Magic Leap, a groundbreaking “cinematic reality” startup that has $542 million in backing from Google. Niles says her undergraduate education was important for her career path. “I really don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now if I’d gone to any other program.”

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‘No Fling The Bunny’ And Other Life Lessons From SMU Alum Eddie Coker

‘No Fling The Bunny’ And Other Life Lessons From SMU Alum Eddie Coker

Meadows School of the Arts profiles alumnus Eddie Coker ’83. The children’s entertainment superstar has taken the fun track to promote emotional well-being through his Wezmore project.

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News From Meadows: Film Festival Features Works By SMU Alumni, Students And Faculty

News From Meadows: Film Festival Features Works By SMU Alumni, Students And Faculty

Jasmine, a new film from Dax Phelan ’07, and Divine Access from executive producers Clay Glendenning ’08 and Jeffrey Way ’08 are among the films featured at the Dallas International Film Festival, which runs through April 19 at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station.

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SMU Ph.D. Student Courtney Follit ’12 Wins National Scholar Award

SMU Ph.D. Student Courtney Follit ’12 Wins National Scholar Award

Courtney A. Follit ’12 , a Ph.D. student in molecular and cellular biology at SMU, is one of 85 doctoral students nationwide to receive a $15,000 scholar award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was nominated for the award by Chapter CQ of Dallas. Courtney is the daughter of Jane and

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From SMU Athletics: Remembering Mustang Basketball Star Charles Beasley ’67

From SMU Athletics: Remembering Mustang Basketball Star Charles Beasley ’67

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Remembering Jess T. Hay ’53, ’55

Remembering Jess T. Hay ’53, ’55

Former SMU Board of Trustee member and alumnus Jess Thomas Hay died April 13. He was 84. He earned a B.B.A. in 1953 and J.D. in 1955 from SMU. “Jess Hay served on SMU’s Board of Trustees during critical years of the University’s growth,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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Raytheon Superstar Volunteer: SMU Alumnus Paul Krier ’11

Raytheon Superstar Volunteer: SMU Alumnus Paul Krier ’11

Paul Krier, a Raytheon cybersecurity expert, is one of five “Superstar Volunteers” the company is honoring for service to military veterans or education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Krier earned a master’s degree in security engineering from SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering in 2011. He is the company liaison and advisor to SMU students competing in Raytheon’s National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

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SMU Alumna Kit Sawers Named United Way’s Chief Development Officer

SMU Alumna Kit Sawers Named United Way’s Chief Development Officer

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (UWMD) has named Kit Sawers, former CEO of Fay+Sawers Productions, as the organization’s new chief development officer.

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