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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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Alumna Paints Perfect Career With Clothing Line

As an art major at SMU, Annie Griffin ’06 spent hours in the studio, perfecting her painting techniques. At the time she never dreamed she would be taking her creations from the drawing pad to the runway as an up-and-coming fashion star. The artist is the founder and creative force

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Laurie-Leigh White ’07, ’08: ‘Giving Back To What Has Given Me So Much’

How does a student know when a professor is an extraordinary teacher? For SMU alumna Laurie-Leigh Nix White ’07, ’08, the proof came at test time, when she would surprise herself by the amount of knowledge she had absorbed on a topic. “I was exposed to so much information and learned

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Obama Nominates SMU Alumna Jane Chu ’81 To Chair NEA

Jane Chu, who earned a master’s in music from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in 1981, will be nominated by President Obama to serve as executive chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a

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Lyle School Rallies Support For Alumna Fighting Cancer

In “Fighting for Fugate,” which originally appeared in The Daily Campus January 26, 2014, reporter Jehadu Abshiro tells the story of Jennifer Fugate ’13, who was diagnosed with cancer late last year. Since then, the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering student graduated from SMU with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering

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Accomplished Alumni Trace Career Awakenings To SMU

By Patricia Ward An Academy Award-winning film by alumnus William Joyce ’81 wrapped adult emotions in a magical tale that speaks to audiences of all ages. Another alumnus, Travis Tygart ’99, led an investigation that revealed consistent doping by cyclist Lance Armstrong. And alumna NoViolet Bulawayo ’07 won international praise

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Globe-Trotting Tenor Returns To His Meadows Roots

UPDATE: Tenor Juan José de Léon (Meadows, M.M. ’10) has been offered two roles next season with the world-renowned La Scala: Remendado in Carmen and Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition, he has been offered roles in two Opéra de Paris productions: La Cenerentola in 2017 and Capriccio (date to be determined). Dressed in a

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