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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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<em>DC</em> Profile: Catching Up With SMU Alum Victoria Snee ’96, The Face Of NorthPark

DC Profile: Catching Up With SMU Alum Victoria Snee ’96, The Face Of NorthPark

Former entertainment reporter Victoria Snee ’96 serves as the fashion and beauty director for NorthPark Center in Dallas. In a profile posted on The Daily Campus website, Snee advises students to make sure their skills match their desired field. “If you can find something that marries the two, you’ll have a very successful career in my opinion.”

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State Rep. Rafael Anchia, SMU ’90, To Share Experiences At Alumni Connection Event October 29

State Rep. Rafael Anchia, SMU ’90, To Share Experiences At Alumni Connection Event October 29

State Rep. Rafael Anchia ’90 will discuss the impact of the “world-class liberal arts education” he received at SMU on his successful career in law and politics at a program presented by Dedman College and SMU Alumni Relations on Thursday, October 29. The program is free and open to the public.

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News From Meadows: SMU Alumnus Mark Falkin ’93, <em>Contract City</em> Author, Says ‘Write From The Heart’

News From Meadows: SMU Alumnus Mark Falkin ’93, Contract City Author, Says ‘Write From The Heart’

Lawyer-turned-literary agent Mark Falkin ’93 has earned rave reviews for his YA novel Contract City, now being developed for TV and the big screen. Falkin, who received a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Meadows School of the Arts, offers advice to would-be writers and reflects on the power of the creative community in an interview with Meadows News. He says, “I became a more creative person by osmosis by simply being in the Meadows School for four years.”

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SMU Alumnus Robert Edsel Of Monuments Men Fame Delivers Tate Lecture October 20

SMU Alumnus Robert Edsel Of Monuments Men Fame Delivers Tate Lecture October 20

Robert Edsel ’79, founder and chair of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, will be the featured speaker at the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on October 20. The event marks the 250th program in SMU’s Tate Lecture Series, now in its 34th season.

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Meet SMU Alum Ryan Fisher ’05, ’11, Anthropologist And Coffee Master

Ryan Fisher ’05, ’11 started studying coffee while working toward a Ph.D. in anthropology at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Now the co-owner of Commonwealth Coffee, a coffee roasting business in Denver, Fisher competed in the Iron Chef of international java experts a few weeks ago and took home second prize. In an interview with 5280, Fisher spills a few of his coffee secrets.

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SMU Alumna Kyle Stevens ’80, Women’s Golf Star And Former Head Coach, Inducted Into SWC Hall of Fame

SMU Alumna Kyle Stevens ’80, Women’s Golf Star And Former Head Coach, Inducted Into SWC Hall of Fame

Kyle O’Brien Stevens ’80, former All-American SMU women’s golf player, claimed medalist honors and led SMU to the team title at the 1979 AIAW National Championships. She toured on the professional circuit for five years before returning to the University as head coach of the team from 1986 to 1992. Named to the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, Stevens was inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame on October 5.

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SMU Alumna Fir Butler ’52 Gifts 6-acre ‘Rhododendron Paradise’ To Her Community

SMU Alumna Fir Butler ’52 Gifts 6-acre ‘Rhododendron Paradise’ To Her Community

As a youngster Founta Butler traveled with her family through the Cascades in Washington state. Shortly after returning home to Dallas, she took the nickname “Fir” as a reminder of her trip through the forest. She graduated from SMU in 1952, and a year later, married the love of her life, Merlin Butler. They settled on a six-acre dream property in Snohomish County, Washington, where they created a rhododendron paradise. The Seattle Times profiles Butler who, with her late husband, deeded the property to the county for all to enjoy.

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