1980-1989

Melissa Eastman ’84

Melissa Eastman has been featured in the inaugural edition of D CEO magazine’s The Dallas 500, which recognizes the most influential leaders in North Texas.

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Scott Wheeler ’85

Scott Wheeler ’85

Scott Wheeler, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Daseke Inc., has been named CFO of the Year in the middle market category ($25 million to $750 million), by the Dallas Business Journal.

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Elizabeth Harris ’81

Elizabeth Harris ’81

Elizabeth Harris, a 2015 recipient of an A.R.T. Fund Award from the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, will have a solo exhibition, Entangled States, at Merrimack College in January 2016.

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Thomas W. Neary ’83

Thomas W. Neary ’83

Thomas W. Neary has been appointed chief investment officer by Sterns Lending, LLC.

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Amy Bishop ’88

Amy Bishop ’88

Amy Bishop has been selected as the new Texas County & District Retirement System director, effective January 17.

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Mary Lynn Huckleberry Carver ’89

Mary Lynn Huckleberry Carver ’89

Mary Lynn Huckleberry Carver was recently named chief communications officer and vice president of global corporate communications for General Mills.

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Kenneth Artin ’82

Kenneth Artin ’82

Kenneth Artin, a shareholder in the law firm of Bryant Miller Olive, was sworn in as president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers on September 9.

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Edward F. Valdespino ’87

Edward F. Valdespino is among the 2015 class of 20 “Extraordinary Minorities in Texas Law” selected by Texas Lawyer magazine for noteworthy impact and “significant contributions to the law and lawyering in Texas” over the last five years.

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Eileen Baland ’87, ’97

Eileen Baland was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree with a specialization in poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, May 30, 2015. The M.F.A. is Dr. Baland’s fifth college degree. She earned two degrees from SMU: a B.A. in English with a creative writing specialization and a Master

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Shakeel Ahmed ’82

Shakeel Ahmed, PE, LEED AP,  ahas been promoted to principal associate in Arup’s San Francisco office. A mechanical engineer, he joined Arup in 2006 and has more than 21 years of experience in mechanical design, engineering, and construction administration for a variety of major projects involving commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, government, sports

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