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SMU STEMPREP Project Receives $3.78 Million DoD Grant

SMU STEMPREP Project Receives $3.78 Million DoD Grant

The STEMPREP Project at SMU recently received a $3.78 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. The grant follows a $2.6 million award in 2014. SMU alumna Taisha Husbands ’15, a former STEMPREP student, is teaching science courses as part of this summer’s program before attending medical school in the fall.

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Remembering Professor Fred Wendorf, World-renowned Archaeologist

Remembering Professor Fred Wendorf, World-renowned Archaeologist

Noted archaeologist Fred Wendorf, credited with contributing more than any other individual to our understanding of early human life in northeast Africa, died in Dallas Wednesday, July 15, following a long illness. He was 90. Wendorf, pictured at Nabta Playa in Egypt, earned numerous prestigious international awards for his work.

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Miller Campus Center: New Community Gathering Place At SMU-in-Taos

Miller Campus Center: New Community Gathering Place At SMU-in-Taos

The Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at SMU-in-Taos. The Center is named for lead donors David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and Carolyn L. Miller. The newest facility at SMU-in-Taos will create a comfortable gathering place for campus and community groups, ranging from 100 guests attending a lecture to a handful of students relaxing before a huge stone fireplace.

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News From Perkins: New Partnerships Expand Houston-Galveston Extension Program

News From Perkins: New Partnerships Expand Houston-Galveston Extension Program

SMU Perkins School of Theology’s Houston-Galveston Extension Program has relocated to Houston’s Medical Center district. The move heralds a new partnership with three United Methodist institutions that will expand opportunities for enhanced theological education in settings embracing new frontiers in ministry. A public launch reception will be held in Houston August 5.

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Video: The Dalai Lama Visits SMU

Video: The Dalai Lama Visits SMU

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke to a sold-out crowd at SMU’s Moody Coliseum on July 1. At the beginning of the program, the Dalai Lama accepted a prayer flag made by students at Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School. The Nobel laureate stressed the need for tolerance, compassion and forgiveness to attain peace in the world.

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Wes Waggoner Named Interim SMU AVP For Enrollment Management

Wes Waggoner Named Interim SMU AVP For Enrollment Management

SMU Dean of Undergraduate Admission Wes Waggoner has been named the University’s interim associate vice president for enrollment management in the Office of the Provost, effective July 1, 2015.

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New Study Co-authored By SMU Archaeologist Shows Kennewick Man Related To Modern Native Americans

New Study Co-authored By SMU Archaeologist Shows Kennewick Man Related To Modern Native Americans

SMU archaeologist David Meltzer is co-author of a new study that shows the genome sequence of the 8,500-year-old male skeleton known as Kennewick Man is closely related to modern Native Americans. The new research may help resolve a bitter dispute between Native Americans and scientists who believed that the skeleton – found along the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, in 1996 – was not of Native American ancestry.

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Perkins Dean William B. Lawrence On Violence In Charleston

Perkins Dean William B. Lawrence On Violence In Charleston

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SMU Junior Bryson DeChambeau Qualifies For U.S. Open

SMU Junior Bryson DeChambeau Qualifies For U.S. Open

Fresh from winning the NCAA Individual Championship on June 1, SMU junior Bryson DeChambeau qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open by tying for third in the sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on June 8, SMU Athletics reports. DeChambeau is the first Mustang in the history of SMU Men’s Golf to earn the NCAA individual title.

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News From Meadows: Connecting Cultural Roots In ‘Little Mexico’

News From Meadows: Connecting Cultural Roots In ‘Little Mexico’

In a story for the Meadows School of the Arts website, writer Mary Guthrie introduces the Pike Park Summer Program, an educational collaborative involving Janis Bergman-Carton, SMU Meadows associate professor of art history, two SMU students and several civic groups. The new summer day camp will reintroduce the rich ethnic past of Dallas’ “Little Mexico” to the neighborhood’s children through a series of arts-related activities. The program for kids ages 6-12 runs from mid-June through the end of July. Photo of Raizes Hispanas, a commissioned mural in the Pike Park Field House by artist Juan Manuel Campos, 1988.

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