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Recent Gifts Enrich Hamon Arts Library Collections

Two gifts — one from the estate of philanthropist and arts patron Nancy Hamon and a planned estate gift from film historian and collector Jeff Gordon – expand the special collections housed in SMU’s Hamon Arts Library.

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Commencement On The Historic Main Quad

The SMU alumni population grew by more than 1,500 on May 17 as the University bestowed undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees at its spring Commencement ceremony.

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SMU Task Force Addresses National Campus Issue

SMU President R. Gerald Turner has accepted the recommendations of a task force he appointed to ensure that the University follows the best practices in dealing with the national issue of sexual misconduct.

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Marc Christensen Appointed Dean Of Engineering School

Marc Christensen, a nationally recognized leader in photonics – the science and technology of light – has been named dean of SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. He has served as interim dean in the Lyle School since July 1, 2012.

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SMU Rises In Rankings For Academics, Faculty, Facilities

SMU rose in the rankings for academics, faculty and facilities. In the 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, SMU ranks 58, up four points from last year. SMU also got high marks from Princeton Review and Southern Living magazine.

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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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