2000-2009

Jonathan R. Childers ’02, ’05

Jonathan R. Childers has been named partner by the Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP. Childers graduated cum laude with degrees in history and English from SMU’s Dedman College in 2002 and earned his Juris Doctor from SMU’s Dedman School of Law in 2005. He maintains an active business trial and

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Nick Laurent ’05

Nick Laurent (left) and Charles Halladay ’05 offer a “Pony ears” salute next to a bronze tribute to fellow Mustang, the late golfing legend Payne Stewart ’79, captured in his famous “soaring eagle” pose. The photo was taken by Nick’s father, Larry Laurent (JD ’75) at the Pinehurst Golf Club in

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Rachel C. Stuart ’09

Rachel C. Stuart married Joshua M. Duke ’10 last June, and the couple has relocated to Tallahassee, FL, where she accepted a Ph.D. offer with Florida State University’s Department of English. She has been awarded FSU’s Elliott Butt Loyless Doctoral Fellowship. Josh continues to pursue business ventures in web design

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Dan Carillo Levy ’09

Dan Carillo Levy produced and directed the film “Zero Hour,” which opened the HollyShorts Festival last August 15 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) in Hollywood. The film was accepted into the “Short Film Corner” screenings at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this past summer.

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Brian M. Kwesiga ’09

Brian M. Kwesiga was elected the 10th president and CEO of the Ugandan North American Association at the annual convention in Dallas during the Labor Day weekend. He was chair of the 2013 Dallas Convention Organizing Committee.

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Timmie Hathorn ’09

Timmie Hathorn returned to SMU as assistant director for alumni engagement, managing alumni chapters in 10 campaign cities.

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Mathew L. Busby ’09

Mathew L. Busby has become a licensed professional engineer for the State of Texas.

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Jamila Benkato ’09

Jamila Benkato received an M.A. degree in 2012 in global and international studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, after interning at the Arab American Institute and Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. After a year as program coordinator for West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center in Grand

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Brent Turman ’07

Brent Turman (J.D. ’12) is treasurer and co-founding board member of Arts Counsel Texas and an attorney at SettlePou, concentrating his commercial litigation practice on contract disputes, real estate litigation, consumer financial services litigation and negligence claims. As a former producer/director for music videos and short films and a producer with

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Tamara Carrell Jones ’07

Dr. Tamara Carrell Jones has completed an orthodontic residency and earned a Master of Science degree in dentistry from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is in practice at Willow Bend Orthodontics in Plano, TX. 

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