New day, new poll: This time it’s good news for Beto O’Rourke, bad news for Ted Cruz

Fort Worth Star Telegram Originally Posted: September 20, 2018 Matthew Wilson, an SMU associate political science professor was quoted in this article. Is Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz ahead? Or is Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke ahead? Two polls issued in two days paint two different pictures in the Texas-size battle for the U.S. Senate. A poll released Wednesday put O’Rourke up by 2 percentage points in the race. A poll released Tuesday put Cruz up by 9 percentage points. “These are snapshots of the race, they show a range,” said Matthew Wilson, an associate political science professor at SMU. “It’s not a pronouncement from on high about the state of the race. “Right now, it is unlikely that O’Rourke is really ahead by 2 [...]

By | 2018-09-20T11:38:57+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on New day, new poll: This time it’s good news for Beto O’Rourke, bad news for Ted Cruz

A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do  A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts. Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted. AAC&U commissioned the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to survey two groups: 500 or so business [...]

By | 2018-08-28T10:01:16+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

What I Did Last Summer: Ben Prengler ’19

Ben Prengler spent his summer in Washington D.C. as a Space Policy Intern at the White House. About Ben Prengler: I am triple majoring in political science, economics and public policy, and double minoring in public policy and international affairs and philosophy. I am from Fairview, Texas, which is between Allen and McKinney. At SMU, I am the Speaker of the Student Senate, an undergraduate fellow with the Medders Fellowship through the Tower Center doing research in multiculturalism, an HCM Tower Scholar, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society). Outside of SMU, I’ve worked on three political campaigns: two for the U.S. Congress, and one for the Texas House of Representatives. In one Congressional [...]

By | 2018-08-22T11:42:14+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on What I Did Last Summer: Ben Prengler ’19

SMU political science professor comments: Cruz-O’Rourke Senate race may hold insight on future politics of Texas

Fox News Originally Posted: August 15, 2018 DALLAS –  Most political analysts can usually agree on one thing: Texas is a state that practically "bleeds red," as it has for decades. But in recent election cycles, there's been much talk about the Lone Star State potentially going purple. And now, a Texas congressman is trying to do what no Democrat has been able to do here in nearly 25 years -- win statewide office. Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke from El Paso, elected in 2012 to serve Texas’ 16th Congressional District, is battling it out with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, aiming to capture Cruz's seat come November. "We're listening to and bringing in everyone -- Republican, Democrat, independent -- everyone in Texas is important," O’Rourke tells [...]

By | 2018-08-19T19:24:55+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU political science professor comments: Cruz-O’Rourke Senate race may hold insight on future politics of Texas

‘How do we protect them?’ Dallas leaders look to help immigrants and the economy

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 14, 2018 We could mess up the so-called Texas miracle. Cutting off immigration, for instance, “would make it impossible” for the state to keep growing jobs at roughly double the national rate, Dallas Fed economist Pia Orrenius said last week. Keeping out immigrants would also take us out of the competition to attract top talent, another expert said, and that would undermine the appeal of the state’s workforce. For these reasons and more — partly humanitarian, partly pragmatic, said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings — Dallas wants to become a more welcoming city for immigrants and refugees. That means recruiting newcomers and helping them integrate into the community, and navigate the legal and economic landscape. Last year, Dallas created an Office of Welcoming [...]

By | 2018-08-15T07:32:09+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on ‘How do we protect them?’ Dallas leaders look to help immigrants and the economy

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Polls Show Senate Race Between Cruz, O’Rourke Tightening

WBAP Originally Posted: August 2, 2018 (WBAP/KLIF) – A new Texas Lyceum poll puts the senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke within the margin of error. SMU Political Science Professor Dr. Cal Jillson has said this race has been a bit surprising. “Beto O’Rourke is performing very well in this race. He’s generated a lot more excitement and raised a lot more money than anybody expected him to,” Jillson said. “But, he’s running in a red state.” The new poll has Cruz up by only two points. A new Quinnipiac poll released this week has Cruz up by six. Jillson believes more money will soon be pouring into the race. “Not just the contributions that go to the two candidates but big money [...]

By | 2018-08-02T11:00:59+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Polls Show Senate Race Between Cruz, O’Rourke Tightening

George W. Bush, Bill Clinton discuss politics during joint appearance

Fox 4 Originally Posted: July 12, 2018   SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson was quoted in a July 12th story on Fox 4 news. Two former presidents sat down for a conversation about the past, present and future of American politics. Former President George W. Bush visited President Bill Clinton at his presidential library in Little Rock. The two are celebrating their presidential leadership scholars. The two presidents have become close friends since leaving office. At times during the conversation, the mood was light.  But they also tackled complicated issues like immigration and the growing divide between many Americans. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came together at the Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas to talk politics and the current state of affairs. [...]

By | 2018-07-15T18:51:18+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Religious Studies|Comments Off on George W. Bush, Bill Clinton discuss politics during joint appearance

Hometown hero: How Dallas’ first National Spelling Bee champ made spelling cool and became a journalist

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 1, 2018 Susan Yoachum graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism and political science Susan Yoachum walked into the Dallas Love Field lobby and was greeted with crowds of people “waving signs.” She started looking around, excited to see what celebrity  had come to Dallas. She only figured out who the celebrity was after “hordes of her eighth-grade classmates suddenly began to hug her.” “Oh my gosh. They’re here for me.” In a matter of days Susan had become a national name and a hometown hero. Her claim to fame? Being the first kid from Dallas to win the title of National Spelling Bee Champion. "She's a real champ," said a coach from her school. "If our basketball team trained the way [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:15:32+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Hometown hero: How Dallas’ first National Spelling Bee champ made spelling cool and became a journalist

In conversation series, two Mexican-Americans compare what made them the leaders they are today

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 13, 2018 What does it mean to live in the hyphen? Two Mexican-Americans spent an hour Monday night tackling the question in the second round of “Duets,” the quarterly event series hosted by the Arts & Life team of The Dallas Morning News. Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, was joined by Luisa del Rosal, executive director of Southern Methodist University's Tower Center for Political Studies, to talk about his new book, “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration,” and about living life as both Mexicans and Americans. Corchado and del Rosal’s own histories exemplify why a term like Mexican-American doesn’t tell you much on its own. Born in [...]

By | 2018-06-14T08:50:29+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on In conversation series, two Mexican-Americans compare what made them the leaders they are today

Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics

AP Originally Posted: June 7, 2018 SMU Dedman College alumnus Carl Dorvil ’05, ’08, was interviewed for this story. He majored in public policy, economics and psychology. He earned a Professional M.B.A. through the Cox School of Business in 2008. NEW YORK (AP) — The age-old issue came up again recently: A potential client asked Nate Hartmann, “Hey, how old are you?” Since Hartmann founded Yellow Box in 2010 at age 18, he’s encountered skeptics who doubted his company could design websites and create online marketing strategies. Some clients even set out to teach them. “They tried to run us, instead of working with us to achieve their goals,” says Hartmann, whose company is based in Chicago. Not being taken seriously is an obstacle many [...]

By | 2018-06-07T10:31:59+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics
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