Three honored at 2009 Dedman College Celebration

Dedman College Celebration 2009Three outstanding members of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences community were honored April 28 at the 2009 Dedman College award celebration.

Cal Jillson, professor of political science and Dedman College associate dean of academic affairs, was named Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. A scholar of American government, political theory and history and contemporary political analysis, Jillson joined the SMU faculty in 1995 and served as chair of the Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2001. He served as director of the SMU John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies from 1996 to 2001.

Biology and chemistry major Rachel Gambulos received the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student Award. She minored in religious studies and mathematics. The President’s Scholar from Dallas studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and served as a resident assistant in the Virginia-Snider Honors Residence Hall. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Jane Allman Wetzel (’52), national and community volunteer, received the Dedman College Distinguished Graduate Award. She has served as state chair for the Community Resource Coordination Groups of Texas, group chair for the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group and, in 1996, was appointed a member of the Governor’s Committee to Promote Adoption. Wetzel earned a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dedman College. She remains active at SMU as a member of the Tower Center board of directors and the Perkins School of Theology executive board.

(Above, left to right: Cal Jillson, Rachel Gambulos, Jane Allman Wetzel (’52), SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria at the 2009 Dedman College Celebration.)