As the University makes final preparations for the arrival of new students and the start of fall classes August 21, I am more excited than ever about the opportunities ahead – for the Class of 2021 and for the University as a whole.
The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development dedicated in March the Olamaie Curtiss Graney Design Lab in Harold Simmons Hall.
SMU Cox Executive Education welcomes a new director to take its four-year-old Latino Leadership Initiative to the next level. Ana Rodriguez ’03, an alumna of SMU Cox, brings nearly twenty years of experience in higher education, not for profit and corporate work.
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.
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.