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Pamela Harless ’92

Pamela Harless ’92

Pamela Harless will continue to serve as the chief people and culture officer on the senior leadership team recently appointed by Grant Thornton LLP. Harless earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at SMU’s Cox School of Business. She joined the firm in April 2013. Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant

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Anne Talley ’05

Anne Talley, a graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, serves on the board of trustees for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. She is the program officer for The Rees-Jones Foundation in Dallas, a private philanthropy founded by SMU alumnus Trevor Rees-Jones ’78 and his wife, Jan. The foundation donated

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Yasmeen Tadia ’04

Yasmeen Tadia ’04

A year after launching Fluffpop Gourmet Cotton Candy, Yasmeen Tadia has launched Hotpoppin Gourmet Popcorn. Yasmeen’s love of popcorn stems from her childhood in South Africa, where popcorn was freshly popped and uniquely flavored for each customer. Wanting her young son, Zain, to experience a similarly creative and custom treat,

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George C. Burke, III ’70

George C. Burke, III, recently retired as a full professor of health administration from Texas State University in San Marcos. Dr. Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from SMU, a master’s degree from George Washington University and a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas School

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Adam Tunks ’04 and Catherine Bryan Tunks ’05

Adam Tunks ’04 and Catherine Bryan Tunks ’05

Adam ’04 and Catherine Tunks ’05 welcomed their first child, a son named Jeremy Bryan, October 31, 2013.

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Henry Wyche Hunter ’08, ’13

Henry Wyche Hunter ’08, ’13

Miyoko Elizabeth Maddin Hunter, born March 11, 2013, was welcomed by four generations of SMU graduates. Miyoko is the daughter of Henry Wyche Hunter, B.S. ’08, J.D. ’13; granddaughter of Marsha L. Hunter, J.D. ’78; great-granddaughter of E. Marshall Hunter, Jr., L.L.B. ’36; and great-great-niece of Joe Maddin Hunter, B.S.

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Kurt-Alexander Zeller ’82

Kurt-Alexander Zeller ’82

Kurt-Alexander Zeller was honored with the 2014 Alice J. Smith Faculty Award by Clayton State University, where he is director of opera and vocal studies and coordinator of the Division of Music.  The Smith Award is presented annually to the Clayton State professor judged most outstanding by a peer-review process

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John S. Relton ’00, ’01

John S. Relton, founder and managing director of Dallas-based Strait Capital Company, has been selected as one of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2014  “40 Under 40” honorees and as a recipient of the Asian American Business Development Center’s 2014 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award. The Dallas Business Journal selects

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Wendi Leggitt ’07

Wendi Leggitt, director of DKC Connect, the digital division of DKC Public Relations in New York, has been named among “The Most Creative People in Business 1000” by Fast Company. The magazine calls the honorees “an influential, diverse group of modern Renaissance men and women across the economy and around

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Jerrod Harrell ’02, ’09

Jerrod Harrell has been promoted to assistant director of enrollment resources in SMU’s Division of Enrollment Services. Jerrod earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and corporate communications and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from SMU.

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