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It’s Not Just Research. It’s Also Personal.

It’s Not Just Research. It’s Also Personal.

Inside Patty Wisian-Neilson’s chemistry lab in Fondren Life Sciences Building, Patricia Nance ’17 checks a beaker filled halfway with a milky polymer as it gyrates on a magnetic stirrer. Everything is going smoothly today, but when she hits a snag in the lab, Nance has a tried-and-true formula for shaking off disappointment and moving forward. “Thinking of my grandmother’s battle with breast cancer reminds me that my research has a real purpose: to benefit the millions of women around the world who might one day find themselves in her situation,” Nance says. “Looking at it from that perspective makes any setbacks seem minor.”

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Hal Brierley Helps Prepare The Next Generation Of Business Leaders

Hal Brierley Helps Prepare The Next Generation Of Business Leaders

Hal Brierley has come a long way from starting a database marketing firm in 1969 in the basement of Dillon Hall at Harvard Business School. Brierley became well known as the only external consultant involved in the launch of American Airlines AAdvantage, the nation’s first frequent traveler program. He grew his firm Epsilon into an industry leader, and then spent 30 years building Brierley + Partners into a global leader in the design and management of customer loyalty programs. A $10 million gift to SMU from Brierley and his wife, Diane, created the Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement in Cox, the nation’s first academic institute devoted to study of the field.

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SMU Law Clinic Gives Fresh Start To Families In Distress

SMU Law Clinic Gives Fresh Start To Families In Distress

SMU’s community clinics open doors to legal services for low-income North Texas residents unable to afford representation. One of the newest among 10 clinical programs and projects offered by the Dedman School of Law, the VanSickle Family Law Clinic launched in January 2016 under the direction of Chante Prox. Prox says it takes a special breed of attorney – part therapist, part legal ninja – to handle the emotional highs and lows involved with family law proceedings. Things get personal as attorneys navigate the choppy legal waters surrounding some of life’s most stressful changes.

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Working Out With SMU Rowing

Working Out With SMU Rowing

While most of us are hitting the snooze button on the alarm, members of the SMU rowing team have already completed a rigorous warm-up routine and are ready to hit the water for a few hours of practice. SMU photographer Hillsman Jackson captures the beauty and athleticism of these dedicated student-athletes as they work out at Dallas’ White Rock Lake.

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SMU Entrepreneurs And Their Cheeky Card Games

SMU Entrepreneurs And Their Cheeky Card Games

What began as a class project has sparked a two-game winning streak for Tim Cassedy, assistant professor of English, and former students Chelsea Grogan ’15, Jenna Peck ’15 and Kate Petsche ’15. They invented Dick: A Card Game Based on the Novel by Herman Melville and Bards Dispense Profanity.

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SMU Beats UConn, 69-49, In 16th Straight Home Win

Shake Milton made five 3-pointers and had 23 points and six assists to lead SMU past UConn 69-49 on January 19 for the Mustang’s 16th straight home win. The Mustangs welcome Houston to Moody Coliseum on Saturday, January 21. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on ESPNU. Fans can listen to the game on SMU’s flagship station, KAAM 770 AM, along with TuneIn Radio. For tickets call 214-768-4263 or purchase online at .

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Scenes From The Annual MLK Dream Week Unity Walk

SMU Dream Week 2017, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., includes the traditional Unity Walk on the Hilltop on Thursday, January 26 and the annual MLK Service Day on January 28 during which SMU volunteers will work with community nonprofits on a variety of projects. Past projects have included organizing food and clothes pantries, cleaning outdoor recreation areas, painting and restoring shelters, building accessibility ramps for homes, and helping teachers organize their classrooms.

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SMU Tops Tulane, 80–64

Semi Ojeleye scored 21 points and Jarrey Foster added 19 more to lead SMU to an 80–64 win over Tulane on January 15. SMU returns home to host Connecticut on January 19.

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Merry And Bright: SMU’s Celebration Of Lights

SMU Student Foundation presents “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the annual Celebration of Lights program on Monday, November 28, in front of Dallas Hall on the Main Quad. From the Student Foundation site: “Our program begins with hot cocoa and cider accompanied by warm cookies to comfort everyone amidst the cold December of Dallas. People proceed to gather on Dallas Hall Lawn and listen to carols performed by SMU students. SMU’s President, R. Gerald Turner, reads the Christmas Story from his own family Bible! Upon the conclusion of the Christmas Story, ‘Silent Night’ ends the program with the lighting of SMU’s stunning Dallas Hall and its surrounding trees.”

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Must-see Photos: Homecoming 2016

Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2016 was a jam-packed celebration of Mustang pride from beginning to end. The festivities began with the Distinguished Alumni Awards gala on Thursday, November 3, and concluded with worship services on Sunday, November 6.

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