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Task Force Examines Sexual Misconduct Policies

Like colleges and universities nationwide, SMU is reviewing its procedures for handling allegations of sexual misconduct in light of new guidelines issued by the federal government. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 requires institutions to investigate and have procedures for adjudicating such allegations, along with efforts to prevent

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Books Highlight SMU Campus Experiences

SMU has created commemorative books for its Centennial celebration that highlight the campus experience.

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SMU Appoints New Trustees

Business, academic, civic and religious leaders are serving on the SMU Board of Trustees through 2016. Members were elected in July by the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and began their terms with the Board meeting in September. The 42-member board sets policies governing the operation of

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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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