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London-Based Alumna Launches Organization To Fight Poverty

As an SMU senior, Adina Salehi Belloli ’02 channeled her passion for helping children into action by forming Care For Kids. The nonprofit organization, which she started with best friend Mica Odom ’03, held events to raise money for local children’s charities. More than a decade later, Belloli’s work still

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SMU-in-Spain Experience Reunites Alumni During Homecoming

For SMU alumnus Kent Hofmeister ’73, ’76, studying abroad as a student through SMU-in-Spain was a life-changing experience. Forty years later, he gathered former classmates for a trip down memory lane at an SMU-in-Spain Mini Reunion during Homecoming Weekend. Hofmeister, an attorney and founding partner of Brown & Hofmeister in

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Meet Clint Carmichael ’10: Chicago Alumni Chapter President

Clint Carmichael ’10 recalls his years at SMU as “an incredible and meaningful experience.” Those great memories have motivated him to stay connected to his alma mater as an active member of SMU Alumni in Chicago, where he now serves as chapter president. Carmichael, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL,

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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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