The Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni Peter T. Dameris ’82, Kirk L. Rimer ’89 and Liz Youngblood ’05 along with Outstanding Young Alumni Amber Venz Box ’08, Baxter Box ’01 and Vik Thapar ’09 at its annual alumni awards luncheon on May 19.
“I met Michael Jordan during the first week of my internship,” recalls Mark Lau ’06. “Right then I knew that Nike was the place I wanted to work.” Now global director of the company’s EKIN Experience, Lau stays in touch with fellow Mustangs as co-president of SMU’s Portland alumni chapter.
The SMU Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni – Peter T. Dameris, BBA ’82; Kirk L. Rimer, MBA ’89; and Liz Youngblood, MBA ’05 – and Outstanding Young Alumni – Amber Venz Box, BA ’09; Baxter Box, MBA ’11; and Vik Thapar, MBA ’09 – at its annual awards luncheon on May 19.
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.”
George Killebrew ’85, executive vice president with the Dallas Mavericks, recently volunteered to host a one-day externship for Connor Kolodziej ’19. It was an eye-opening experience for the student: “The most important thing I learned is to find a good place not just to work, but also to enjoy what you do.”
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.
What’s the key to juggling the demands of graduate school and competitive rowing? “I started drinking a lot of coffee, especially with early morning practices,” says Gabrielle (Gabby) Petrucelli ’16 says. A four-year starter for the SMU women’s soccer team as an undergraduate, Petrucelli is working toward a master of science in accounting (MSA) at SMU’s Cox School of Business while testing the waters as a first-year member of the SMU rowing team.
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.
SMU’s Cox School of Business honored Distinguished Alumni Michael Merriman ’79, John Anthony Santa Maria Otazua ’79, ’81 and Billie Ida Williamson ’74 and Outstanding Young Alumni Bryan Sheffield ’01 and Jason Signor ’04 at its annual awards luncheon May 13.
Teaching children who were struggling to read launched Stephanie Al Otaiba on an investigation of early literacy intervention that continues almost two decades later as a professor in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Delores Etter’s future path was not as clear. Etter, a professor in the Lyle School of Engineering, grappled with the relevance of her mathematical expertise outside the realm of higher education until she discovered the link through electrical engineering and digital signal processing research. Robert Lawson, a professor in the Cox School of Business, recognized the value of computer muscle as he sought to move to a different plane the debate about the merits of free-market versus interventionist economic systems. The data-driven evaluations of international economies that Lawson has been instrumental in developing are intended to remove conjecture and rewire the discussion along empirical bases. In contrast, subjective observations and human foibles lie at the heart of historian Sherry L. Smith’s inquiries. An early interest in Native American culture and treaty rights motivated Smith, a professor in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, to delve into the power of perception in shaping much of our nation’s history involving American Indians. While their explorations may not intersect, these faculty members share intellectual curiosity, the courage to test the status quo and a desire to teach and guide students. Following, they trace the roots of their interests and [...]