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In The Oil Bust, SMU Alumnus Trevor Rees-Jones Sees A Land Of Opportunity

Trevor Rees-Jones started his first business as a youngster growing up in University Park, selling tadpoles and birds to other kids in the neighborhood. Shortly after graduating from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, Rees-Jones became fascinated by the oil business, where his visionary strategies have paid off. Forbes profiles the energy entrepreneur who says “success is 90% perseverance.”

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Cardiologist John Harper, SMU ’68, Prescribes Good Literature ‘To Make Us Better People’

Cardiologist John Harper, SMU ’68, Prescribes Good Literature ‘To Make Us Better People’

As a boy growing up in Pecos, Texas, John Harper ’68 was first drawn to medicine by the compassion demonstrated by his family doctor, then through great writers such as Anton Chekhov, a practicing physician for most of his literary career. Harper majored in English at SMU and went on to earn his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Medical School in 1972. Now a cardiologist with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Harper leads the Literature + Medicine Conference, now in its sixth year.

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Perkins Announces Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Perkins Announces Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Rev. John McKellar ’90, pastor of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas, and Rev. Linda Roby ’75, ’00, associate minister of local and global missions at First United Methodist Church Dallas, have been selected as the 2016 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.

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Jennifer Burr Altabef ’78, ’81: ‘Scholarships changed my life’

Jennifer Burr Altabef ’78, ’81: ‘Scholarships changed my life’

The story of Jennifer Burr Altabef’s life could have been very different. If not for scholarship support, she might never had made it to the Hilltop. Now a successful attorney, she says, “The simple truth is that scholarships change lives.”

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News From Meadows: Joshua Peugh ’06 Wins National Choreography Festival Grand Prize

Meadows dance alum Joshua L. Peugh ’06 and his Dark Circles Contemporary Dance company keep accumulating accolades, the latest of which is the grand prize at the 18th annual McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, held in Palm Desert, California, November 7-8. Peugh competed in the festival’s Division I group for choreographers working with professional dancers of seasoned artistry and mature technique. A total of 114 entrants participated in this year’s festival.

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SMU Alumna Rosemary Hickman ’01 Named Outstanding Museum Art Educator By Texas Art Ed Association

SMU Alumna Rosemary Hickman ’01 Named Outstanding Museum Art Educator By Texas Art Ed Association

Rosemary Hickman ’01, Semmes Foundation Museum Educator for teachers and public programs at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas​, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Museum Art Educator by the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA).

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SMU Alum Arthur Muhammad: Creative Force Behind <em>Carter High</em>

SMU Alum Arthur Muhammad: Creative Force Behind Carter High

Arthur Muhammad was a reserve wide receiver on Dallas’ storied Carter High School team of 1988. He went on to study film at SMU and is screenwriter, editor, director and driving force behind the movie Carter High, which opened recently at theaters in Dallas. In a recent interview with WFAA-TV in Dallas, Muhammad said there is a clear message he hopes the movie conveys: “That destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice.”

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Tech Entrepreneur Matt Alexander ’10 Says Liberal Arts Education Prepared Him For ‘Virtually Any Situation’

Tech Entrepreneur Matt Alexander ’10 Says Liberal Arts Education Prepared Him For ‘Virtually Any Situation’

Entrepreneur Matt Alexander ’10 discussed how the lessons he learned at SMU about innovation, English, computer science and fashion prepared him for his successful career at the 2015-16 Dedman College Alumni Connection series launch on October 15. Alexander founded Need, a lifestyle and curated shopping site in 2013, and introduced Foremost, a purveyor of small-batch, American-made apparel, in February.

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Jay Hunter Morris, SMU ’90: From Church Choir To Garage Band To Opera Tenor

Jay Hunter Morris, SMU ’90: From Church Choir To Garage Band To Opera Tenor

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris ’90 grew up in Paris, Texas, earned an M.M. in vocal performance from SMU and now performs in the world’s greatest opera houses. In an interview with the website Opera Warhorses, he talks about his exciting career and most recent role in the world premiere of “Cold Mountain.”

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SMU Theatre Alumni Gather In California To Honor Beloved Professors

In an article for the Dallas Observer, SMU alumna Elaine Liner ’05 writes about a reunion of SMU theatre graduates from the 1970s and ’80s who gathered recently to honor three beloved professors: Jack Clay, chair of the theatre department in Meadows School of the Arts from 1968 to 1985, and voice teacher Margaret “Peggy” Loft (now both in their 90s), as well as movement and fight choreography teacher Jim Hancock.

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