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SMU Alumnus Helps Improve Economic Opportunities In Costa Rica

SMU alumnus Jonathan “Jonás” Lane ’09 calls his three years in the Peace Corps “an internship in life itself.” Lane, who graduated from the Cox School of Business with a degree in finance, serves as a volunteer leader for community economic development in San José, Costa Rica. He says the

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Carl Pankratz: Rising Star In Business And Public Service

Carl Pankratz ’03, ’06, city councilman for the City of Rowlett, Texas, and vice president/legal counsel for Capital Title, was recently named to the Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of the area’s top young business executives and entrepreneurs. The rising stars are recognized for their work both professionally

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SMU Alumna’s Dazzling Designs Win Spot In Belk Showcase

Jewelry maker Ali Howell ’86 is among 13 winners of the second annual Belk Southern Designer Showcase. Howell, the founder and designer of ali & bird jewelry, was selected from nearly 300 entrants. Her pieces will be sold in Belk department stores throughout the country and online in spring 2014.

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SMU Alumna Drives The Local Food-Truck Scene

EXCERPT The following story about entrepreneur and SMU alumna Ashlee Hunt Kleinert ’88 appears in D CEO, September 2013. Kleinert’s food truck, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, is a regular on campus at Food Truck Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as special events. Ruthie’s Rolling Café’s Entrepreneurial Appetite By Carol Shih When Ashlee

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SMU Alumni’s Stylish Start-up Connects Content To Commerce

EXCERPT The following story about SMU alumna Amber Venz ’08 and Baxter Box ’11, who holds an M.B.A. from SMU’s Cox School of Business, is from the September 2, 2013, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Dallas start-up puts together fashion bloggers, shoppers and retailers By Hanah Cho Personal stylist Amy Wells

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SMU Alumna And Earth Sciences Research Faculty Member Named Researcher Of The Year

Mihan House McKenna ’05, a research geophysicist with the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., is the recipient of the 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year Award. McKenna received her doctorate in geophysics from

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SMU Alumnus Travis Tygart To Discuss ‘Playing Fair & Winning’

  U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, an SMU Dedman School of Law alumnus who led the investigation into the doping case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, will speak at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Tygart will discuss “Playing Fair & Winning: An Inside View on Ethics, Value and Integrity” at a public

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SMU Alumnus Brings Dance Company To Dallas

EXCERPT The following story about SMU alumnus Joshua Peugh ’06 is from the August 15, 2013, edition of Pegasus News. South Korean Transplant Expands ‘Seoul-searching’ Dance Group To Dallas By Tiney Ricciardi FORT WORTH — Dance can be both an objective and subjective art form. Depending on the style and execution,

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SMU Alumni Named To ‘40 Under 40’ Business Leaders List

Six SMU alumni have been named to the Dallas Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” list of professionals under age 40 who are making their marks on the business world: Gabriella Draney ’03/Tech Wildcatters Gabriella Draney is co-founder and managing partner of Tech Wildcatters, a mentor-driven incubator for tech start-ups.

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Alumna Awarded South Carolina’s Highest Civilian Honor

Megan Riegel ’84 recently received South Carolina’s highest civilian honor — The Order of the Palmetto — for her work as president and CEO of the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. The award was presented by South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley on Tuesday, June 25, at the Peace

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