Stephany is a graduate student in SMU's counseling program. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She spent the summer in Dallas volunteering with the North Texas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
An update from Katie A., a graduate student in the Liberal Studies program: Yesterday we went to the site of the Washita Massacre in western Oklahoma. The site is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of tall prairie grasses and beautiful trees. Feeling the cool spring breezes and the warm sun, listening to the birds sing, I felt the peacefulness that was broken at dawn on the November day of the attack in 1868, when Custer's Seventh Cavalry stormed in to the village. Less comfortable to imagine is the scene of terror that followed. The camp was filled with the followers of the Cheyenne chief Black Kettle, a survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre and notable voice in favor of peace. [...]
In June 2013 President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are traveling to Livingstone, Zambia, where they will work alongside local Zambians, U.S. embassy officials and George W. Bush Institute staff to renovate a clinic that when completed, will serve as a cervical cancer screening and treatment center. Four SMU students are among the group of volunteers who are helping renovate the clinic. They are joined by Eric G. Bing, professor of global health in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and senior fellow and director for global health at the Bush Institute.
Kathy Hargrove, former associate dean for academic affairs at the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has received the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to work in India during fall and winter 2011. She is at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), a young university in Delhi, which is establishing its school of education. Her project, “Unwrapping India’s Gifts,” centers on children and youth with exceptional gifts and talents. She returns to her faculty position after completing the fellowship.
At SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dean David Chard and Associate Professor Leanne Ketterlin Geller are conducting research on the mathematics performance of students in Kenya. The three-year project, which is in its first year, is a joint effort between RTI International, USAID and the Kenyan Ministry of Education.