December Commencement Convocation is Saturday, December 15

SMU News Originally Posted: December 10, 2018 December Commencement is at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th. Watch the ceremony live @ www.smu.edu/live. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony takes place in Moody Coliseum on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, enter the coliseum to grand processional music. Each graduate walks across the stage and is individually recognized. Doctoral candidates are hooded, the President confers degrees and a formal address is delivered. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. READ MORE Schedule of events can be found here: https://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/DecemberCommencement/ScheduleForTheDay

By | 2018-12-10T10:15:51+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on December Commencement Convocation is Saturday, December 15

The “tea” on the English degree

Daily Campus Originally Posted: December 7, 2018 It is May 2011. SMU’s campus is buzzing with pre-graduation excitement and seniors are restless to begin the next chapters of their lives. Sarah Bennett, now the managing editor for D Home and D Weddings, is among these students. She is happy to complete her degree in Creative Writing finally, but as with many graduating seniors, some anxieties are beginning to grow in the back of her mind. Will she land her dream job? Will she have to settle for a different position? Will she find a job at all? Though these questions are like persistent flies buzzing around her brain, there is one choice she has never questioned: her major in Creative Writing. “I knew I wanted [...]

By | 2018-12-10T10:21:36+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on The “tea” on the English degree

Fossils From Angola Bring Strange Yet Familiar Ocean into View

VOA Originally Posted: November 26, 2018   Some may be familiar with mythical sea monsters. For example, Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness Monster “Nessie,” and Giganto -- fictional beasts of comic book fame. But millions of years ago, real-life sea monsters lived and thrived in what we now call the South Atlantic Ocean. South Atlantic Ocean basin As the continents of South America and Africa separated millions of years ago, scientists say a fantastic array of ferocious predators and other lifeforms colonized the newly formed body of water off the coast of Angola. That diverse collection of marine reptiles included mosasaurs (aquatic lizards), plesiosaurs (which exhibited broad flat bodies, large paddlelike limbs, and typically a long flexible neck and small head), and the more familiar giant [...]

By | 2018-11-27T10:03:37+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Fossils From Angola Bring Strange Yet Familiar Ocean into View

Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett In the 2017-18 academic year, SMU Human Rights Fellow Benjamin Chi fought to change the Texas Family Code, advocating for underage youth without guardians to give consent to their own medical care, which would allow them to attend school and improve public health. “Working as an SMU Human Rights Fellow has been the most formative experience of my undergraduate experience,” said Ben. Inspired to study human rights through his parents’ experiences of living in poverty until their thirties, Ben has been collaborating with homelessness advocates, state government officials, healthcare specialists, and youth experiencing homelessness. In the 2014-2015 school year, 113,000 students were identified as homeless, according to the Texas Homeless Education Office, an organization [...]

By | 2018-11-08T15:44:44+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

12 things to do in the D.C. area this week

Washington Post Originally Posted: November 5, 2018 New exhibit, with SMU ties, opens at the National Museum of Natural History this week in Washington, D.C. Excerpt below. ‘Sea Monsters Unearthed’ at National Museum of Natural History: Go back in time millions of years to the era of mosasaurs, also known as giant marine lizards (or, yes, sea monsters). The National Museum of Natural History’s new Sant Ocean Hall exhibit, called “Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas,” reveals fossils of colossal Cretaceous marine reptiles on public display for the first time. The waters along Africa’s southwest coast once teemed with the ferocious predators and other sea life, and the museum is showing off animations, murals and full-scale reconstructions of these creatures from the ancient [...]

By | 2018-11-05T10:04:07+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on 12 things to do in the D.C. area this week

Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11: Empowering women to make the first move

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: October 2018 BY MEREDITH MCBEE ’19 Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11 is inside her second-floor office at the Bumble headquarters in Austin, Texas, pacing back and forth. One hand clutches her phone, while her free hand slices the air. She buzzes around the room, navigating her way through the plush pink chairs as if she is running an obstacle course. Herd is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a social connection app that empowers women to make the first move. In just four years, her female-centric business has grown to more than 35 million users in 160 countries. In tech speak, her company is a unicorn, a startup valued at a billion dollars or more. Wolfe Herd is something of a mythological [...]

By | 2018-10-23T07:43:29+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11: Empowering women to make the first move

New Smithsonian Exhibit Reflects the Passion of SMU Professor and an Army of Student Fossil Hounds

SMU News Originally Posted: October 15, 2018 Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas opens Nov. 9 at National Museum of Natural History Once the exhibit opens, “Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas” will allow visitors to visually dive into the cool waters off the coast of West Africa as they existed millions of years ago when the continents of Africa and South America were drifting apart. It’s a unique opportunity to examine fossils of ancient marine reptiles and learn about the forces that continue to mold life both in out of the ocean. But the back story is just as fascinating: SMU Emeritus Professor of Paleontology Louis Jacobs and his SMU colleague Michael Polcyn forged a partnership with collaborators in Angola, [...]

By | 2018-10-17T09:52:32+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on New Smithsonian Exhibit Reflects the Passion of SMU Professor and an Army of Student Fossil Hounds

Meet India Simmons, Human Rights Fellow 2018-19

Dedman College News Originally Posted: October 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett India Simmons is a junior majoring in Human Rights, International Studies, and Political Science. In addition to her academic pursuits, India has also competed on SMU’s Track and Field team. Through the EHRP, India has traveled to Poland, Germany, and Israel to further advance her knowledge and skillsets by seeing things first-hand. The trip to Poland and Germany, taken in December over winter break, was especially relevant to Simmons as it was focused around meeting with Holocaust survivors and visiting concentration camps. “It was a hard trip, physically and emotionally,” Simmons said. “(The survivors) were all elderly women. They were all so joyous. They were smiling the whole time. They were laughing. It was [...]

By | 2018-10-09T10:58:21+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Meet India Simmons, Human Rights Fellow 2018-19
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