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Natalie Bidnick ’07

Natalie Bidnick was recently named digital strategist for Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations in Austin, TX. In this new position, Natalie will oversee and implement online initiatives across all media for the firms and its clients.

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Andrew Braithwaite ’12

Andrew Braithwaite and wife Brittany are the parents of twins, Adalyn and Nathan, born July 19, 2013. Andrew earned an MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2012.

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Suzanna Makkos ’97

Suzanna Makkos has been promoted to executive vice president for comedy development and programming by Fox Broadcasting Company. She previously served as senior vice president for comedy development. In that role, she cultivated live-action and animated comedies, including the comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won a 2014 Golden Globe Award,

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Chelsea L. Hilliard ’07, ’10

Chelsea L. Hilliard, an associate with Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP and a member of the litigation practice, has been named to the 2014 “Texas Rising Stars” list published by Super Lawyers – a Thomson Reuters publication and rating service – and set to be featured in the April issue of Texas Monthly. She focuses on

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Thomas Slater ’78, ’81

Thomas Slater, who earned M.Div. ’78 and D.Min. ’81 degrees from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, recently preached two sermons at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, GA, where former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn are members. In the photo, Slater, professor of New Testament Studies at McAfee School of Theology at

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Jonathan R. Childers ’02, ’05

Jonathan R. Childers, a partner with the Dallas litigation firm of Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank LLP, has been named to the 2014 Texas Rising Stars list of the state’s top young lawyers. Childers earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from SMU’s Dedman College and is a graduate of SMU’s

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Kristin Wertz ’10 and Brian Wertz ’10

Kristin Wertz , SMU Cox School of Business MBA ’10, and Brian Wertz, Cox PMBA ’10, welcomed son Noah David Wertz May 6, 2013. Noah is the grandson of Scott Luttrell, a 1977 Cox graduate, and Laura Luttrell, a 1977 graduate of SMU’s Dedman College. He is the godson and nephew

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Jon ‘Reggie’ Dupard ’99

Jon “Reggie” Dupard, former All-American SMU running back, has accepted a position as development director for Dallas Can Academies, a nonprofit charter high school organization primarily serving at-risk youth. With a career spanning more than 25 years, Dupard’s professional experience ranges from professional football player and youth minister to social worker

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Lee Mulcahy ’89

Lee Mulcahy is an artist in Aspen, CO. In January-March 2014 he exhibited at the R2 Gallery in Carbondale, CO. This spring, he will be exhibiting his work in Germany at the Universistat der Kunst and at Thomas Jefferson & Ben Franklin Newmedia Art Porch in Aspen. He earned a

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Chris Dodson ’02

Chris Dodson has been elected partner with Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Houston. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in a broad array of areas, including contracts, commercial torts, mass torts, antitrust, intellectual property and trade secrets. He has experience handling high-stakes, high-profile litigations, as well as arbitrations. He

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