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The Poetry Man

Putting words to the inner life: Read poems by SMU English professor Jack Myers as well as his thoughts on poetry and poets.

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The Education Equation

From how students learn to why they may fail, the new Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU seeks answers for education and human development.

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Objects Of Art

For SMU visual arts students, neatness doesn’t count, but creativity certainly does.

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Univer-City

University of Virginia founder Thomas Jefferson once referred to a college campus as an “academical village.” He was right in more ways than one – a university is a small city, requiring everything from stores and eating establishments to police services and trash collection. More than 1,380 full-time staff members keep SMU running 24/7 for its 10,829 students and 726 faculty members. That in­cludes staff who raise the annual funds to pay for campus operations.

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Dollars for Scholars

To attract the best students to SMU, admission officers cite a campus experience that is challenging in and out of the classroom, the opportunity to interact closely with distinguished professors and other bright students, and the benefits of living and learning on a park-like campus in a vibrant city. They get all this – and the incentive of merit scholarships.

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SMUooth Moves

At 5 p.m. most weekdays, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports hums at its peak of activity – with hundreds of bodies running, swimming, weightlifting, spinning, playing basketball and racquetball, rock climbing, puffing on treadmills and punching the bags. Students, but also many faculty and staff, begin pouring into the facility the minute it opens at 6 a.m. and keep the place hopping until it closes at midnight.

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Investing Wisely, Growing In Prominence

Benjamin Franklin once advised that a penny saved is a penny earned – but if he were alive today, he may have added that a penny wisely invested is an even better deal.

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Dance Fever

With each step and sauté, push and pull, students in the Division of Dance learn their craft while perfecting their art. Beyond the barre, dance students show off the forms they have fine-tuned in the studio with Main Stage productions in the fall and spring, as well as a graduate thesis performance by the division’s M.F.A. candidates in April. The concerts feature historic and contemporary works by such choreographers as Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Judith Jamison and Paul Taylor, among others.

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Good For Something

Quotes from great thinkers plaster a wall in the office of SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, including this one from Henry David Thoreau: “Aim above morality. Be not simply good – be good for something.”

That saying sums up the philosophy of Law Professor and Maguire Director Tom Mayo on teaching future leaders to put service to society first. It underlies the vision behind the Maguire Center since its founding in 1995: to guide students on the wise and moral use of the power they have gained through the acquisition of knowledge and to encourage ethical thinking and action.

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Fabulous At 50

From the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World to the railroads, industry and technology that changed the landscape of the new frontier, SMU’s DeGolyer Library contains the rare documents and artifacts that tell the stories of human discovery – and beckon scholars to keep exploring.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation that provided the original collection of materials. It began with one man’s yearning to collect, learn and share.

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