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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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Green with Embrey

The new J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building lets SMU walk the green walk. Professors and students agree: When it comes to state-of-the-art engineering facilities, the grass is now greenest in their own backyard.

For those who’ve advocated a more environmentally responsible future, the Embrey Building has proven to be the logical vehicle for converting visions of sustainability into hands-on education and innovative design.

As the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified building on a university campus in the Southwest, Embrey has firmly placed SMU on the short list of schools with a demonstrated eco-conscience.

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