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Prelude To A Presidential Center: Bush Institute Sponsors Symposia

The seven Texas institutions that competed to house the George W. Bush Presidential Center sought the historical resource in part because of the scholars and dignitaries it would attract for research, programs and interaction. But perhaps few expected that Bush Center activities would begin as early as 2010, three years

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Residential Commons: Transforming The On-Campus Living Experience

Derived from the model that originated at higher learning institutions overseas, particularly Oxford and Cambridge, the Residential Commons can be most familiarly compared to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Although there will be no ceremonial “sorting hat,” all room assignments will be random. Faculty members will live in apartments tucked into the residence halls, relationships with a particular hall will last an entire academic career, there will be classrooms in each hall, and students will be encouraged to participate in activities with their residential neighbors.

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SMU’s Impact: Counting The Ways The University Helps Community

As part of its Centennial commemoration, the University has published “Dallas & SMU: The Power of Partnership,” a report detailing SMU’s impact as a return on investment through its economic, intellectual, cultural and service activities.

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Founders’ Day Weekend Celebrates Progress, Partnership and New Projects

SMU marked milestones and broke ground on new projects during 2012 Founders’ Day Weekend in April, attracting nearly 1,000 alumni and friends.

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We Break For Service: Program Marks 25th Anniversary

In 1988, students participating in SMU’s first alternative spring break trips traveled to a Brownsville, Texas, refugee camp and a New Orleans soup kitchen. The program was designed to enable students to use their time off for community service. This year, SMU Alternative Breaks celebrated its 25th anniversary and its 100th

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Wes Waggoner Named Dean Of Undergraduate Admissions

Wes K. Waggoner, whose university admissions experience spans 20 years, has been named SMU’s new dean of undergraduate admission and executive director of enrollment services. Chosen after a national search, Waggoner reports to Stephanie Dupaul, associate vice president for enrollment management. Waggoner previously served as associate dean and director of

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Engineers To Help Improve Refugee Camp Conditions

The Lyle School of Engineering is partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve water quality in African and Asian refugee camps housing tens of thousands of people. Supported by a $270,000 grant from UNHCR and additional SMU funds, Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty member Andrew Quicksall

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DeGolyer Library To House Komen Archives

SMU’s DeGolyer Library and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® have formed a partnership to preserve and chronicle the history of the international organization dedicated to fighting breast cancer. DeGolyer’s Archives of Women of the Southwest now houses correspondence, advertisements and news articles chronicling Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s

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The 4-1-1 on the Class of ’15

Total: 1,382 Demographics: 51% female, 49% male; 55% from outside Texas; 26.6% diversity Top states: Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana, Colorado, Connecticut, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia Average SAT: 1268, up from 1243 last year Average ACT: 28.4, up from 27.6 last year Average GPA: 3.44, up from 3.37 last year President’s Scholars: 45 Hunt Leadership Scholars:

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Faith Of Our Children

An exhibition, “Four Centuries of Religious Books for Children,” will be featured January 20-May 12, 2012, in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library. The exhibition explores religious books specifically written for children that were printed in Europe and America from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Intended to

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