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Engaged Learning: Connecting The Classroom With The World

SMU has initiated a new program, Engaged Learning, which encourages undergraduates to apply their knowledge in one of four categories – research, the arts, the community and the professions – to real-life situations in the Dallas community and the world.

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100 Years Through The Pages Of SMU’s Alumni Magazine: 1930s

As the Second Century Celebration unfolds, SMU Magazine will remember the past through the reproduction of content from various issues through the decades. Visit the 1930s in this second installment.

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A Conversation With Dean William Tsutsui

  William Tsutsui has been dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences since July 2010 but already he has made news. Tsutsui was blogging about his experiences with the Japanese American Leadership Delegation that was visiting Tokyo when the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan March 11. His interviews and

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GIs Transition From Military Service To College Classroom

Four years ago in volatile southern Baghdad, Captain Troy Vaughn ’11 was in charge of a 32-member scout platoon for the Army, leading more than 250 high-risk counter-insurgency and reconnaissance missions over 15 months. In addition to ensuring the success of the missions and the safety of his troops while

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Sustainability U

Throughout red-and-blue SMU, green practices have become a way of life as the University community rallies to cut waste and conserve precious resources. In Cockrell-McIntosh Hall, Pamela Varela’s small refrigerator used to be stocked with single-use plastic water bottles. Now Varela, a resident assistant, relies on reusable bottles. “I used

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Programs, Professors Cultivate Next-Generation Entrepreneurs

  A thread of entrepreneurship weaves through the history of SMU from the beginning. In asking “What is our duty to all the coming generations of Texans until the end of time? … ,” members of the Commission of Education, Methodist Episcopal Church, South of Texas demonstrated game-changing foresight in

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Mustang Ingenuity: Julene Fleurmond/Young Dreamer Enterprises

When Oprah Winfrey took her show on the road in December, journalism graduate Julene Fleurmond ’09 was among the “Ultimate Viewers” treated to a trip to Australia. When producers were searching for people inspired by Winfrey for the audience of the show’s final-season premiere, Fleurmond caught their attention. Her organization,

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Mustang Ingenuity: Alison Bailey Vercruysse/18 Rabbits

Alison Bailey Vercruysse’s head for numbers earned her success in banking – including a stint at the Federal Reserve in Chicago – but her heart wasn’t in it. She needed a creative outlet. After trying everything from art to yoga, she started playing with her food – tweaking homemade granola

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Mustang Ingenuity: Chris Myatt and Sally Hatcher/Precision Photonics and MBio Diagnostics

Chris Myatt ’91 had the perfect ingredients for a startup – a good idea, a spare room and a lawyer-partner – wife Sally Hatcher ’91. The couple founded Precision Photonics, which specializes in precision optical components, in Boulder, Colorado, in 2000. The telecommunications boom was at its peak, so the

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Mustang Ingenuity: Blake Mycoskie/TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes isn’t just another footwear company and founder Blake Mycoskie isn’t a cookie-cutter executive. His title synthesizes an unusual corporate philosophy: He doesn’t call himself “chief executive officer.” Rather, he’s the self-proclaimed “chief shoe giver.” TOMS – the name is derived from Shoes For Tomorrow – operates on a

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