A $1.5 million gift by former SMU swimmer Joseph M. “Jody” Grant ’60, and his wife, Sheila Peterson Grant, creates a challenge to other donors to complete the funding goal for the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center, which will be dedicated on November 3.
Simmons professors Diego Román and Dara Rossi, alumna Greses Perez ’14 and Dallas Arboretum educators conducted a summer workshop for 125 Ecuadoran teachers in the Galápagos Islands.
“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.
Olympic medalists Michael Carter ’83 and his daughter, Michelle Carter, led the Homecoming Parade on November 5 as grand marshals. SMU alumnus Michael Carter won the silver medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and Michelle Carter made U.S. athletic history when she became the first woman to win gold in the shot put in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Whether it’s sharing professional expertise, hosting a gathering for area Mustangs or encouraging prospective students to enroll, SMU volunteers not only energize connections across campus but also extend the University’s legacy of success. Find out what SMU alumni have to say about how and why they represent their alma mater in their communities.
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.
Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12, assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is among 11 recipients of 2016 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards for young conductors with promising careers. Merrill is in her second season as assistant conductor and Phillip and Lauren Fisher Community Ambassador with the symphony.
SMU alumni are invited to lend a hand to student volunteers participating in the University’s Alternative Breaks (AB) program, March 6-12. Mustangs can support student teams in a variety of ways, from providing evening meals and snacks to sharing tips on budget-friendly activities in your city.
The story of Jennifer Burr Altabef’s life could have been very different. If not for scholarship support, she might never had made it to the Hilltop. Now a successful attorney, she says, “The simple truth is that scholarships change lives.”