Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Noelle Kendall ’19 is majoring in biological sciences and earning minors in chemistry and french in addition to her Tower Scholars Program minor in public policy and international affairs. We asked her about her experience as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and about why science and public policy matter to her. READ MORE

By | 2018-11-12T11:07:52+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

Robert Jordan, Tower Center, commentary, Khashoggi murder requires real response to Saudi Arabia policy

The Hill Originally Posted: October 27, 2018 Robert W. Jordan served as the United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001 to 2003. He is now a diplomat in residence at the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University In the wake of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are at the lowest point since the 9/11 attacks. I arrived in Riyadh as the new United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia a month in the aftermath of that tragedy 17 years ago. My first question to Prince Salman, at the time governor and now king, was “How could it be that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis?” His answer astonished me as he [...]

By | 2018-10-31T07:09:28+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Robert Jordan, Tower Center, commentary, Khashoggi murder requires real response to Saudi Arabia policy

The revolving door at the White House could have lasting consequences for the U.S.

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 17, 2018 Victoria Farrar-Myers, Senior Fellow at the SMU Tower Center, opines on the impact of the record number of departures from the Trump Cabinet. Departures of high-level executives in business are usually indications of the health of the enterprise. While this seems intuitive, the same frame has not always applied to presidential administrations. In fact, there is a whole set of literature that studies the presidential administration from transition to culmination. This research indicates that those who work in the 24/7 world of the White House usually depart by the latter half of the first term. The Trump administration, as it has in so many other ways, defies this conventional wisdom. Already within the first 21 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has lost [...]

By | 2018-10-18T15:14:49+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on The revolving door at the White House could have lasting consequences for the U.S.

Video: Campus experts weigh in on senatorial debate at SMU

SMU News Originally Posted: September 24, 2018 See what SMU faculty and staff experts have to say about the 2018 Texas and U.S. mid-term elections. https://youtu.be/FN4Tjx77_NM https://youtu.be/eSm0rxKhEpk https://youtu.be/xDVec0W97Ps

By | 2018-10-09T11:09:14+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Video: Campus experts weigh in on senatorial debate at SMU

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

‘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

My Roots: Luisa del Rosal

D Magazine Originally Posted: June 2018 The executive director of Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center on her youth in Chihuahua, Mexico. BY LUISA DEL ROSAL AS TOLD TO DANIELLE ABRIL PUBLISHED IN D CEO JUNE 2018  PHOTOS COURTESY OF LUISA DEL ROSAL “I grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico. The reason I’m so attracted to Texas is because Chihuahua has the same idea of rugged individuality. That really helped in the spirit I bring to leadership. Mexico, for 71 years, was not really a democracy. There was a lot of movement to change that, and that came from Chihuahua. My parents were trailblazers. My mom doesn’t have a college degree, and my dad was a parent while he was going to college. I was a little bit of a surprise [...]

By | 2018-06-25T07:51:36+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on My Roots: Luisa del Rosal

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

May Commencement Information

If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]

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