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Alumnus Makes History With Concurrent Exhibitions

Alumnus Makes History With Concurrent Exhibitions

Artist David Bates ’75, ’78 made history this spring with the first-ever collaborative exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Spanning Bates’ 40-year career, more than 90 artworks were included in the three-month exhibitions. The Modern displayed his paintings, and the

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Civic Leader Gail Thomas Receives Ethics Award

Civic Leader Gail Thomas Receives Ethics Award

Gail Griffin Thomas ’58, president and CEO of the Trinity Trust Foundation and a champion of urban transformation, received the 2014 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility March 19. “Gail has blazed trails for our city, questioned complacency and also

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Tom Sheahan: Volunteering And Reconnecting With ‘Home’

Tom Sheahan: Volunteering And Reconnecting With ‘Home’

Tom Sheahan ’87 has lived overseas and now calls San Francisco home. Regardless of where he lands, this globe-trekking Mustang will always call the Hilltop “home.” “I truly cherish the friendships I made at SMU,” he says. “They have been a source of strength and humor through the trials and

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Perkins Honors Karen Greenwaldt As Distinguished Alumna

Perkins Honors Karen Greenwaldt As Distinguished Alumna

The Rev. Karen Greenwaldt, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship from 2001–2013, received the 2014 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumna Award February 3. The award was presented as part of Perkins’ annual Ministers Week, which draws scholars from across the country for lectures and workshop

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Golden Mustangs Reunion, Inside SMU, Family Activities And More Draw Alumni To Campus For Founders’ Day Weekend

SMU’s Golden Mustangs Reunion and Inside SMU Powered by TEDxSMU, a new performance program hosted by the SMU Alumni Board, are among special activities planned for Founders’ Day Weekend April 10-13. Alumni from the classes of 1963 and earlier will launch the celebratory weekend on Thursday, April 10, with the annual Golden Mustangs

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NIT Championship Watch Parties Tonight From Coast To Coast

Join SMU Mustang fans in watching the NIT Championship at two locations in the Dallas area – Moody Coliseum and Dave & Busters on Walnut Hill Lane at U.S. 75. SMU is hosting the College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships tonight at Moody Coliseum, and the NIT Championship game will be shown on

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‘Am I Blue’ At 40: 1974 Production Still Fresh In The Minds Of Alumni

EXCERPT The 40th anniversary production of Am I Blue, a one-act play by SMU alumna Beth Henley ’74, will be staged March 28, 29 and 30 at Owens Art Center in Meadows School of the Arts. It is free and open to the public. SMU student Ally Van Deuren ’15 plays

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Alumna Yasmeen Tadia ’04 Puts Her Spin On The Candy Business

UPDATE: SMU alumna Yasmeen Tadia ’04 recently expanded her gourmet treat business with the addition of HotPoppin Gourmet Popcorn. Yasmeen Tadia ’04 credits her four-year-old son’s sweet tooth with sparking her entrepreneurial spirit. “Zain loves candy, like any other child,” Tadia says. “So I looked for reasonably healthy options, but

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SMU Earns High Rating From Critic Matt Zoller Seitz ’92

Last year Matt Zoller Seitz ’92 took the reins as editor-in-chief of rogerebert.com, the acclaimed movie-focused website of Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert, who lost a long battle with cancer in April 2013. In making the announcement, Ebert’s wife, Chaz, who heads the media company that publishes the site, wrote:

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‘Smart Doorbell’ Concept Rings True For Young Alumni Entrepreneurs

Shaun Moore ’10 and Nezare Chafni ’10 met as SMU sophomores at the Cox School of Business. Moore was preparing for a job in the financial sector and Chafni had his eye on politics. Fast-forward to January 2014, when they introduced CHUI, their “smart doorbell” with facial recognition capabilities, to the

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