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SMU Cyber Defender Inducted Into National Academy Of Engineering

SMU Cyber Defender Inducted Into National Academy Of Engineering

Fred Chang, the director of SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security and a recognized leader in academia, business and government, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering at the organization’s National Meeting in Washington, D.C., October 9. “I am proud to represent SMU, and honored to be a part of this prestigious assembly of people who have contributed so much to engineering and technology,” Chang said.

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SMU To Gain First U.S. Academic Institute For Educating Customer Engagement Leaders

SMU To Gain First U.S. Academic Institute For Educating Customer Engagement Leaders

The nation’s first academic institute devoted to the study of customer engagement will be based at SMU’s Cox School of Business thanks to a $10 million gift from Diane and Harold (Hal) Brierley. A pioneer in database marketing and customer loyalty programs, Hal Brierley is perhaps best known as the only consultant for the launch of American Airlines’ AAdvantage program, the nation’s first frequent traveler program.

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Seven New Members Elected To SMU’s Board Of Trustees

Seven New Members Elected To SMU’s Board Of Trustees

Seven new members were elected to SMU’s Board of Trustees in July during the quadrennial meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. They will begin their four-year terms at the September 15-16 meeting of the Board of Trustees, along with 31 trustees re-elected to four-year terms.

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SMU Athletics Reveals Future Facilities Projects

SMU Athletics Reveals Future Facilities Projects

SMU recently announced plans to construct a new Indoor Performance Center, an outdoor natural grass football practice field and a new soccer stadium, another sign of the University’s commitment to competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. These plans come on the heels of amazing success during SMU’s Second Century Campaign, when SMU Athletics secured more than $191 million in gift commitments, and after 18 months of careful planning and design.

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First Men’s Basketball Season Under Coach Tim Jankovich Opens 11/11

First Men’s Basketball Season Under Coach Tim Jankovich Opens 11/11

Tim Jankovich, who has spent the last four seasons as associate head coach and head-coach-in-waiting on the Hilltop, has been named head coach of the SMU men’s basketball program. Jankovich, a veteran of 33 seasons as a coach, takes the reins after the resignation of Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.

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Human Rights Dallas Summit At SMU: Taking ‘Unified Steps Forward’

Human Rights Dallas Summit At SMU: Taking ‘Unified Steps Forward’

When hundreds of city and county leaders gathered at SMU July 9 for the first Human Rights Dallas summit, the city was openly grieving the murder of five police officers in downtown Dallas July 7. The long-planned summit was hosted by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. Participants vowed to stay connected via social media and create a variety of educational opportunities designed to continue the dialogue.

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UPDATE: SMU’s Jackie Galloway Takes Taekwondo Bronze

UPDATE: SMU’s Jackie Galloway Takes Taekwondo Bronze

A mild-mannered student in the classroom and a world-class taekwondo expert in the ring, SMU sophomore engineering student Jackie Galloway will represent Team USA at the Rio Olympics. Three SMU alumni also will be competing in various swimming events for their native countries: Julian Fletcher ’13, Bermuda; Rachel Nicol ’15, Canada; and Nina Rangelova ’15, Bulgaria.

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Smart Phones Tested For Cancer Screening In Zambia

Smart Phones Tested For Cancer Screening In Zambia

Nicholas Saulnier ’15, ’16, a master’s degree student and graduate research assistant in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, always hoped he’d be able to solve problems and help people over the course of his career as an electrical engineer. To his surprise, that time came sooner than he expected. He is a member of an interdisciplinary research team – (from left) Eric G. Bing, Saulnier, Dinesh Rajan and Prasanna Rangarajan – that has developed a smart phone-based screening system for early cervical cancer detection being tested in Zambia.

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One-day Challenge, Infinite Impact

One-day Challenge, Infinite Impact

Thanks to the generosity of the University community during Mustangs Give Back, the SMU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has cleared another hurdle toward its goal to help the village of Llohila Grande, Bolivia, obtain a reliable source of clean water.

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Stories That Paved The Way For The New Crain Family Centennial Promenade

Stories That Paved The Way For The New Crain Family Centennial Promenade

SMU dedicated the Crain Family Centennial Promenade during Founders’ Weekend April 15-16 and paid tribute to the long-standing support of the Crain family. Brick by brick, the walkway links the namesake Crain family with more than 10,000 other donors whose inscribed pavers line the new promenade. Each paver’s inscription tells a Hilltop story, and all those who contributed were invited to share their reasons for giving online. Read some of the stories from this new SMU landmark.

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