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RSVP TODAY! Dedman College Community Mixer: Friday, November 5th

Dedman College Community Mixer

Date: Nov. 5, 2021
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda and Dallas Hall Front Steps

All Dedman College faculty, staff and students welcome.

Please RSVP by October 29, 2021: smu.edu/CommunityMixer.

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Dedman College D&I Newsletter, Fall 2021

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Help us shine a virtual spotlight on the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads!🎓

All you have to do is post to your favorite social network (FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube), tag us @SMUDedman and add the hashtag #2020DedmanCollegeGrads.

Be creative and share your favorite SMU memories, give shoutouts to your favorite Dedman College professors and let us know your future career plans. Need some examples? Check out the social wall here: smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook

Don’t forget the #2020DedmanCollegeGrads and keep coming back to visit the smu.edu/DedmanVirtualYearbook so you can see what your friends are posting.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to address SMU students during 103rd Commencement May 19

SMU News

Originally Posted: March 21, 2018

Randall L. Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T, will be the featured speaker during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Moody Coliseum.

Since rising to the position of CEO in 2007, Stephenson has guided AT&T through a number of major milestones, including the ongoing acquisition of Time Warner, the 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV, and the purchase of Mexican wireless companies to create a North American network.

Stephenson also has led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an awareness program educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The program has amassed more than 19 million pledges of support.

“We are honored to have a pioneering business and technology leader of Mr. Stephenson’s stature as featured speaker at Commencement,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “He is a striking example of what can be accomplished when someone possesses a clear vision of where they want to go. I know he will inspire each of our graduating students to form their own grand vision of what they want to accomplish in their lives with the knowledge they’ve acquired at SMU.”

AT&T contributed $2.5 million to SMU in 2016 to endow the AT&T Center for Virtualization and fund its research into the fast, reliable cloud-based telecommunications necessary for global activity. SMU and AT&T have also partnered with other organizations to create the Payne Stewart SMU Golf Training Center at the Trinity Forest Golf Club, which will become home to the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson this year and annually host NCAA invitational tournaments and additional high-profile professional and amateur events.

Stephenson began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1982 in Oklahoma. He served as the company’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004, and from 2004 to 2007 as chief operating officer. He was appointed to AT&T’s board of directors in 2005.

Stephenson is a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board and National Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America. He received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma.

SMU expects to award more than 2,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in the University-wide ceremony. The University’s individual schools and departments will host diploma ceremonies throughout the day. READ MORE

 

 

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Support Dedman College TODAY: Mustangs Give Back

On March 8, Mustangs around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff—will come together for Mustangs Give Back, a 24-hour online fundraising event. Support the schools, programs, and causes that are important to you, help them earn matching funds, and foster achievement in research, scholarship, art and athletics. Learn more: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/.

Below is a list of Dedman College projects. Thank you for your support.

Bring an International Film Festival to campus:
http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/bring-a-little-of-cannes-to-the-hilltop-2018/

Help an SMU sociology student apply classroom knowledge and meet community needs: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/sociology-at-work-in-the-community/

Help create the new DataFest hackathon: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/help-create-the-new-datafest-hackathon/

Send five math majors to an annual applied mathematics conference at LSU this fallhttp://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/research-101-mini-grants-for-undergraduates-copy/

Help fund student-run health and well-being programs in Dallas: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/create-change-for-communities-in-need/

Provide a scanning station for SMU’s Archaeology Research Collections: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/enhancing-smus-home-for-archaeological-collections/

Research 101: Mini-grants for undergraduates:
http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/research-101-mini-grants-for-undergraduates/

Support human rights outreach in Dallas/Fort Worth: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/community-outreach-fellowship/

Fund a semester for a Dedman College Scholar: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/fund-a-semester-for-a-dedman-college-scholar/

Help Dedman College continue important research and provide scholarships and fellowships to students: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/smu-fund-for-dedman-college/

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SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi named Schwarzman Scholar

SMU News

Originally Posted: December 4, 2017

DALLAS (SMU) — SMU senior Benjamin H. Chi was named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, one of 140 students selected globally to receive the honor. Schwarzman Scholars are selected based on their academic aptitude, intellectual ability, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.

A biochemistry, health and society major, Chi has conducted several research projects during his time at SMU. He conducted stem cell research to treat age-related macular degeneration, designed and conducted an independent research project on the healthcare literacy and access of at-risk Nong Zhuan Fei migrants, and studied cell lines’ growth rates to determine the link between genetics and chemotherapy resistance.

A native of Dallas, Chi is SMU’s first Schwarzman Scholar. The Schwarzman program provides a one-year master’s degree in global affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

“It’s a validation of all the work I’ve put in so far and also the next best step for me professionally,” Chi says. “The Schwarzman scholarship talks a lot about leadership in the application and interview process, and I hope to build on that skillset. What I really want to take away also is an understanding of Chinese culture and to bolster my language skill. I want to understand how Chinese people view culture, America and policy.”

Chi is a President’s Scholar and a Richter fellow at SMU. He helped found SMU’s first undergraduate research journal and served as vice president of SMU’s East Asian Student Association. He assists his fellow students as an honors mentor in Kathy Crow Residential Commons and sits on the University’s Honors Advisory Council.

Chi also engaged in humanitarian projects, such as working with Union Gospel Mission to help homeless children access vaccines in order to attend school. He raised more than $2,000 for Love Without Borders, a nonprofit in China that provides orphans with food, shelter and clothing.

Chi says that Eric Bing, professor of global health at SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has supported him on his path. “He’s been mentoring me since sophomore year when he was my principal investigator for public health research I did in China. He’s been with me every step of the way.” READ MORE