A memory submitted by Edward Vela, Jr., Class of 1970

First, my educational experience at SMU was very different from UT/Austin where I earned a B.A. and graduated with honors. At SMU, there was much more opportunity, even encouragement, to consult with faculty on questions and problems. It is simply a difference in size.

I believe I was in the first MLA graduating class in 1969-1970.

My paper, “Florence Nightingale as a Statistician,” was chosen to be read at what I believe was the first MLA symposium in 1969. Dr. Paul Minton who taught a Statistics course in the MLA program was instrumental in guiding me toward the completion of a successful paper.