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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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Alumnus-Faculty Collaboration Yields Game-changing West Nile Research

Epidemiology and economics merged in a groundbreaking analysis of West Nile Virus data by SMU alumnus Robert Ware Haley ’67, M.D., and Tom Fomby, SMU Professor of Economics. The interdisciplinary University-community research collaboration reveals several key findings about West Nile outbreaks and points to the use of a mosquito vector index rating

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SMU Alumna’s New Book Focuses On First Pets And Their Famous D.C. Address

SMU alumna and author Jennifer Boswell Pickens’ new book, Pets at the White House, focuses on the famous canines, felines and other pets that have occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Calling All Mustangs! Tele-Pony Students Want To Talk With You

On any given night, the student “voices” of Tele-Pony gather in a call center on campus for an experience that allows alumni to share personal stories and offer advice to today’s students, while helping their alma mater thrive in its second century.

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