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17 SMU Alumni Join Teach For America

17 SMU Alumni Join Teach For America

SMU has been named a top contributor to Teach For America for the third year, with 17 of the University’s graduates working in high-need classrooms across the country. Among the TFA corps members is Pablo Lara ’15, who earned degrees in international studies and political science from SMU and now teaches at Edward Titche Elementary School in the Dallas Independent School District. “Through Teach For America, I have an amazing opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much,” he says. “By teaching in my hometown I hope to inspire other great leaders to help our city reach its full potential [and] that starts with education.”

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<em>D CEO</em>: Why You Need To Know SMU Alumna Emily Parker

D CEO: Why You Need To Know SMU Alumna Emily Parker

D CEO magazine profiles Emily Parker, a 1973 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, a top tax litigator who “has ushered some of the biggest names in oil and gas through some of the toughest precedent-setting tax litigation cases in history.”

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Homecoming Highlight: Distinguished Alumni, Emerging Leader Honored

Homecoming Highlight: Distinguished Alumni, Emerging Leader Honored

The 2015 SMU Distinguished Alumni are patron of the arts Bess Enloe ’60, finance educator Donald F. Jackson ’63 and business leader Billie Ida Williamson ’74. The Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters ’02, ’06, ’12 will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award.

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Sound Familiar? SMU Alumna Martha Harms ’08 Voices New TV Spot

Sound Familiar? SMU Alumna Martha Harms ’08 Voices New TV Spot

SMU alumna Martha Harms, who graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in acting from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, is the voice behind the updated “World Changers Shaped Here” TV spot.

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‘Rainstorm Led To Brainstorm’ For SMU Alum Tyler Nelson ’14

‘Rainstorm Led To Brainstorm’ For SMU Alum Tyler Nelson ’14

Tyler Nelson ’14 began working on the design for an inflatable bike rack while a rain-drenched geology major at SMU. During the annual Innovation Competition conducted by the Lyle School of Engineering, the young entrepreneur’s prototype garnered the attention of fellow Mustang Joel Fontenot, a managing partner for Trailblazer Capital, a Dallas-based venture capital firm. The Dallas Morning News profiles Nelson, whose TrunkMonkey will begin shipping this month.

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News From Meadows: Vincent Gover ’14 Wins Composition Competition

News From Meadows: Vincent Gover ’14 Wins Composition Competition

Vincent Gover ’14, a master’s student in the music composition program at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, won first place in the American Modern Ensemble (AME) Ninth Annual Composition Competition. Gover won in the Tier 1 (young artist, ages 22 and under) category for his seven-and-a-half-minute long composition Brook’s Release.

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SMU Alumni Among Young Actors Embracing ‘Do-It-Yourself Attitude’

SMU alumna Lauren Smart ’11, the Dallas Observer’s arts and culture editor, writes that the “theater landscape in Dallas is ablaze with young talent sporting a do-it-yourself attitude.” She highlights recent innovative projects by Katherine Bourne ’12, Josh Kumler ’14, Chris McCreary ’11 and Alia Tavakolian ’12 as proof that great theater is thriving in some surprising venues.

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Alumni Recruitment Volunteers Help Shape The Future Of SMU

Alumni Recruitment Volunteers Help Shape The Future Of SMU

As Student Recruitment Volunteers (SeRVe) for SMU, Don Morriss ’76 of Texarkana, Texas, and Leigh Todforde ’86 of Houston share their perspectives about life on the Hilltop in their communities. Offered by the SMU Office of Alumni Engagement, the SeRVe program enables Mustangs to spread the word about the value of an SMU education with prospective students and their parents.

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SMU Alumna Hope Hicks ’10 Flies Quietly In The Eye Of The Trump Storm

SMU Alumna Hope Hicks ’10 Flies Quietly In The Eye Of The Trump Storm

The Washington Post profiles Hope Hicks ’10, who has earned a reputation in New York as the consummate public relations professional, praised for her poise and stamina. In addition to her role as corporate aide in the Trump Organization, she recently assumed a new responsibility: media handler for controversial presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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SMU Alum Junchang Lü ’04 Identifies Velociraptor Cousin, Maybe Weirder And Scarier Than Movies Imagine

SMU Alum Junchang Lü ’04 Identifies Velociraptor Cousin, Maybe Weirder And Scarier Than Movies Imagine

SMU alumnus Junchang Lü ’04, one of China’s leading dinosaur experts, has helped identify a new dinosaur species – Zhenyuanlong suni – a cousin to the Velociraptor of Jurassic World fame and the newest clue as to how birds descended from dinosaurs.

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