2000-2009

Michael O’Keefe ’06

Michael O’Keefe opened The O’Keefe Studio in Richardson, TX, with an inaugural reception last May 17. Classes for drawing and sculpture are offered at the studio.

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Sara Abbott McEown ’06

Sara Abbott McEown is an attorney at Jackson Walker recently selected as a “Super Lawyer – Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters. Her name appeared in Texas Monthly magazine in April 2013.

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Ruthie Leggett ’06

Ruthie Leggett and Zachary Thicksten were married last July 6 in Beaver Creek, CO, and now live in Little Rock.

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Shakeeb Mir ’05

Shakeeb Mir is a “Super Lawyer – Rising Star,” one of no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Texas selected for this honor. His name appears in the April 2013 issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Shakeeb is with the Jackson Walker law firm.

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Ashley Randt Kneisly ’05

Ashley Randt Kneisly and her mother, Margo Geddie – who attended SMU before moving to Houston and becoming a successful financial advisor – work together managing large investment and retirement portfolios at The Geddie Group at Morgan Stanley in Houston, which recently became a title sponsor of MBA Women International’s

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Kimberly Hamerman ’05

Kimberly Hamerman and her husband, Eliot Hamerman, celebrated the arrival of their son, Conrad Cash, April 17, 2013.

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Katherine E. (Katy) Blanchard ’05

Katherine E. (Katy) Blanchard is the keeper of the Near East collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She installed objects for the Hallie Ford Museum of Art’s show “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections,” running August 31 to

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Ashley Arendale ’05

Ashley Arendale (M.S.A. ’06) married Elvin Lewis Baum, II in Littleton, CO, Aug. 25, 2013. They live in Denver and Colorado Springs, where he serves at Fort Carson in the U.S. Army.

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Yasmeen Tadia ’04

Yasmeen Tadia is gaining renown for inventing Fluffpop, a gourmet cotton candy, that she produces in a variety of flavors, among them guava, pineapple, cappuccino, pomegranate and mint. Her story appeared July 7, 2013, in The Dallas Morning News.  

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Nathan Smithson ’04

Nathan Smithson has received the honor of being named a “Super Lawyer – Rising Star” in the April 2013 issue of Texas Monthly magazine. He is a rising star at the Jackson Walker law firm.

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