“I met Michael Jordan during the first week of my internship,” says Mark Lau ’06. “Right then I knew that Nike was the place I wanted to work. Eleven years later, I haven’t looked back.” Lau works at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, as global director of the company’s EKIN Experience.
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.”
Almost two decades ago, SMU alumnus Will Wallace’s career took a sharp turn from practicing law to making movies.
AT&T executive Brooks McCorcle ’82 specializes in “breaking glass,” and in the spring, she invited a group from SMU to join her.
Clint Carmichael '10, president of the SMU Alumni Chapter in Chicago Clint Carmichael ’10 recalls his years at SMU as “an incredible and meaningful experience.” Those great memories have motivated him to stay connected to his alma mater as an active member of SMU Alumni in Chicago, where he now serves as chapter president. Carmichael, who grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL, earned a degree in finance from the Cox School of Business before launching his career. He’s currently an associate at Glencoe/Stockwell Capital and is pursuing Chartered Financial Analyst certification. “Glencoe Capital is a private equity firm that acquires lower-middle market companies. Stockwell Capital is owned by Glencoe and does private equity co-investment,” he explains. “I conduct financial analyses on potential buyout opportunities for Glencoe and monitor the financial performance of the companies in which Stockwell has invested.” Despite his hectic schedule, he makes sure to carve out time for chapter events. Coming up in Chicago are a Campaign Celebration for alumni, parents and friends October 9, and the Stampede of Service October 19, when alumni will volunteer at the Chicago Park District's Northerly Island Adventure Day. Carmichael recently shared some of his favorite Mustang moments and thoughts about his student experience with SMU Magazine: A favorite SMU memory? Freshman year tailgate for the SMU/UAB game on Halloween. My roommate and I made some funny costumes and were matched by many other [...]