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May 2017

  • A slam dunk for literacy

    Mustang basketball fan favorite Jonathan Wilfong ’17 has already put his business studies to work expanding his national literacy charity. He could have gone to a smaller school and played more, “but I knew what I wanted to study … SMU offered the best of both worlds.”

A slam dunk for literacy

Mustang basketball fan favorite Jonathan Wilfong ’17 has already put his business studies to work expanding his national literacy charity. He could have gone to a smaller school and played more, “but I knew what I wanted to study … SMU offered the best of both worlds.”

Prestigious academy taps professor

Anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author or editor of nearly 20 books, Brettell’s research centers on ethnicity, migration and the immigrant experience.

May 8, 2017|

May 20: All-University Commencement

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary degree – along with three other distinguished leaders in their fields – at SMU’s 102nd all-University Commencement on May 20. Watch on Facebook live at Facebook.com/smudallas. Not on Facebook? You also can watch at smu.edu/live.

May 8, 2017|

Success started with a ‘no’

Congratulations to Dylan DeMuth ’17, who started classes at the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in July. He credits Professor Eric Bing with helping him “re-choreograph” his life, putting him on track for medical school. As an undergraduate at SMU, DeMuth conducted his own research and assisted his mentor in developing a strengths-based leadership program aimed at young people working to improve health in impoverished communities in the U.S. and Africa.

May 8, 2017|

Small device, big innovation

Graduating seniors Taylor Barg, Allison Garcia, Danya Hoban, Mar McCreary and Hyun Song pooled their expertise in biomedical, electrical and mechanical engineering to create an inexpensive portable device that packs the potential to improve the lives of patients with neuromuscular diseases, especially those living in rural and underserved areas.

May 8, 2017|

Pulling back the curtain

Strong academic records, writing talent and a love of journalism translated into scholarships for two Meadows School of the Arts students. In their winning entries, Jacquelyn Elias ’18 explored “the intersections of coding and journalism to tell stories in the truest way,” and Hannah Ellisen ’18 focused on the positive impact of investigative journalism.

May 8, 2017|

Global marketing expert to lead Cox

Matthew B. Myers, global marketing and strategy expert with special expertise in cross-border business relationships and Latin American economies, has been named dean of the Cox School of Business. Retiring Dean Albert W. Niemi, Jr. will transition to full-time teaching on August 1.

May 8, 2017|

Simmons School welcomes new dean

Stephanie L. Knight, a nationally recognized education leader, researcher and professor, has been named dean of Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Knight taught previously in Texas and Saudi Arabia and currently serves as dean and professor in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University.

May 8, 2017|

Practical tools for spiritual leaders

Beginning in the fall, Perkins School of Theology will offer two new interdisciplinary degree concentrations in partnership with the Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts. The programs will emphasize the business and communications skills church and nonprofit leaders need to succeed.

May 8, 2017|

Summer fun, lasting learning

Skill-building projects in coding, programming and robotics are among the new additions to the SMU Summer Youth Program at SMU-in-Plano. Weekly workshops are offered for students entering grades K-12 from June 5 through August 4. Popular classes fill early, so register today.

May 8, 2017|

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