SMU honors 2011 Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader Nov. 3

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes founder and SMU alumnusBusiness leaders, a philanthropic community leader and an innovative entrepreneur will receive SMU’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s recipients include Ike Griffin (’57), president of Horizon Communities in PrisonDavid B. Miller (’72, ’73), co-founder and partner of EnCap Investments L.P.; and Annette Caldwell Simmons (’57), community leader and philanthropist. TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie (’99, left) will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the past 15 years.

The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award reception and dinner takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The awards ceremony will be held in McFarlin Auditorium at 8 p.m., following the dinner and reception. The dinner is sold out, but tickets to a dinner buffet and reception in Centennial Hall at the Hughes Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street, and the presentation at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium remain available. To register, visit the SMU Alumni website.

During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s Centennial celebration. The honorees this year are:

  • Ruth Collins Altshuler, philanthropist and first woman chair and longest serving member of the SMU Board of Trustees
  • Lila Mae Banks Cockrell, four-term mayor of San Antonio
  • Edwin L. Cox, business leader and Cox School benefactor
  • Lee Cullum, journalist, writer and broadcaster
  • Jess T. Hay, international business and civic leader
  • Mary Ellen Mitchell Jericho, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Ray L. Hunt, civic and business leader and philanthropist
  • William King McElvaney, minister, SMU professor emeritus and author
  • Ruth I. Allen (Mewhinney), Dallas pioneer in medicine
  • Marshall Terry, SMU professor emeritus and author

> Read more about this year’s DAA honorees from SMU News
> Find a list of past DAA recipients at the SMU Alumni site

Sports: Mustangs call for Blue-Out at green game

Zach BarnesTulsa seeing ‘Red’: In the first game of a color-spree week, Mustang soccer fans are asked to wear red to No. 6 SMU’s conference battle with No. 17 Tulsa. SMU has a long history of dominating Tulsa (24-6-3 all-time), and the winning trend was continued last year as the Mustangs defeated Tulsa 3-2 on Oct. 21, 2009. SMU (11-1-0, 3-1-0 C-USA), fresh off consecutive victories against Marshall and South Carolina (2-1, 3-1 respectively) holds on to its No. 6 ranking in the NSCAA/ rankings before the Tulsa matchup, which is at 7:00 p.m. on Wed, Oct. 20 at Westcott Field. Also of note, freshman midfielder Zach Barnes (right) took the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award and was named to the National Team of the Week for an impressive performance during the week of Oct. 4-10 where he netted two crucial goals, including an overtime game-winner.

Houston feeling ‘Blue’: What was supposed to be the true football rivalry match for the conference lead appears instead to be a business-as-usual game for the Mustangs (4-3, 3-0 C-USA), looking for a relatively easy win after a rough 28-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen on Oct. 16. Houston, playing crippled due to the loss of their starting QB Case Keenum, suffered an embarrassing loss to recent SMU punching bag Rice (34-31, also on Oct. 16) and has a two-game losing streak. Fans are asked to switch out Wednesday’s reds for a set of blues for the 2:30 Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Ford Stadium.

Dana PowellGreen is the word: SMU’s Homecoming game vs. Houston has also been designated as the first carbon-neutral game in Texas. In an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues, particularly the damaging effects of too much carbon dioxide, SMU has purchased renewable energy and carbon credits that will roughly equal the carbon and energy expended by every related sports facility or group for Saturday’s game. Mustang fans also are encouraged to donate old shoes to be collected by the Dallas-based Shoe Bank, a nonprofit that provides footwear for the homeless, refugee organizations, battered women shelters, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Most of the children’s shoes will end up in Haiti to protect its native children from deadly parasites.

Powell breaks 1K: Junior outside hitter Dana Powell (right) cracked the 1,000 mark in both career kills and digs in the volleyball team’s five-set victory over Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 17. Powell’s 18 kills and 27 digs moved her into the thousand-thousand club, which only six previous SMU students have attained. with 1,011 kills and 1,009 digs, Powell joins senior Kathryn Wilkerson as the only current C-USA players to achieve the feat. SMU is now at 16-4, which is a record-high for the program after 20 games. They currently hold second place in the conference (8-1 C-USA) and will play road matches at Rice and Houston at 7:00 p.m. on both Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23, respectively.

Four to be honored at SMU’s 2010 DAA Awards celebration

Tammy Nguyen LeeThree SMU alumni will receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards during Homecoming Week. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

The 2010 recipients include:

  • George W. Bramblett Jr. ’63, ’66, partner and member of the executive committee of Haynes and Boone L.L.P, Dallas
  • Gary T. Crum ’69, founder and former director of AIM Management Group Inc, Houston
  • Stephen Mulholland ’60, media executive and chairman of the Connection Group, the largest IT retailing business in South Africa

Filmmaker and actor Tammy Nguyen Lee ’00 (right), founder of Against the Grain Productions, will receive the Emerging Leader Award recognizing an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Lee’s first feature documentary, “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam,” premiered at the 2009 Vietnamese International Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award.

The DAA Award banquet and ceremony take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard Street, downtown Dallas. For more information, visit

SMU celebrates ‘Broadway on The Boulevard’ for Homecoming 2010

mustang-band-homecoming-2009-400.jpgClass reunions, the SMU-Houston game and a free concert by award-winning country music star Jack Ingram ’93 will be highlights of Homecoming Week 2010, through Oct. 24. The Student Foundation chose “Broadway on The Boulevard” for this year’s theme.

Activities kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 16 with campuswide Community Service Day and Homecoming float-building, and will conclude with the Homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 in Perkins Chapel. Highlights include:

• The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards, 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Dallas.

Reunion gatherings for the classes of ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00 and ’05. For more information, call SMU Reunion Programs at 800-766-4371 or visit

• A free screening of the documentary film “Operation Babylift” by 2010 DAA Emerging Leader Award winner Tammy Nguyen Lee ’00, 3-5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Greer Garson Theatre Screening Room, 3531 Owen Arts Center.

Jack Ingram headshot• The Homecoming parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 and featuring country singer-songwriter (and SMU alumnus) Jack Ingram as 2010 Parade Marshal. After the parade, head to Bishop Boulevard for tailgating.

• A free concert by Jack at 12:15 p.m. in Ford Stadium, where he will also sing the National Anthem before the SMU-Houston game.

• The Homecoming game, in which the Mustangs are calling for a “Blue Out” – a sea of SMU fans wearing blue – as they take on the University of Houston Cougars, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Ford Stadium. Call 214-SMU-GAME or visit for tickets.

SMU also has the opportunity win the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Game Day Challenge. Help beat colleges competing around the nation by tossing every aluminum can, plastic bottle and paper product on The Boulevard and in Ford Stadium into the recycling bins provided. Even the Homecoming parade floats will be recycled after the game. For more information, visit

In addition, the Shoe Bank will give the shoes you donate in good condition on game day to those in need in Dallas and Haiti. Unwearable shoes will be broken down and turned into athletic turf. Shoe receptacles for donations will be placed on the Boulevard and outside the gates to Ford Stadium.

Find a full schedule at the Student Foundation website (PDF format).


Calendar Highlights: Back-to-School 2010

Lining up the flags for Opening Convocation 2009New students arrive on the Hilltop for Mustang Corral Aug. 18, and the entire campus is gearing up for the Fall 2010 semester. Keep track of some important dates and times with this handy back-to-school calendar:

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Save the date: Family Weekend and Homecoming 2010

Peruna with familiesMark your 2010 calendars for two of SMU’s biggest fall celebrations:

Family Weekend, Sept. 24-26, to coincide with the annual Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU Friday, Sept. 24. Theme: SMU Through the Years.

Homecoming, Oct. 16-23, featuring SMU vs. Houston on Saturday, Oct. 23. Theme: Broadway on the Boulevard.

Bookmark the Student Foundation homepage to keep up with events and activities.

New mustangs’ roles at SMU football games defined

SMU mustangsSMU’s two new mustangs, given to the University earlier this fall by the National Wild Horse Foundation with the support of Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, will participate in their first official University duties at this weekend’s SMU football game against Rice.

In a decision reached this week by members of the Student Senate, staff representatives and members of the Mustangs football team, the new horses will lead the team from the Mustangs statue at the north end of Mustang Plaza, passing through Doak Walker Plaza, and proceeding to Gerald J. Ford Stadium before each of SMU’s three remaining home games.

Peruna, the Mustangs’ official mascot, will then fulfill his generations-long tradition of leading the team from the locker room and onto the field. He also will continue to run across the field after SMU scores and will always be positioned at the end of the field to which the SMU offense is headed.

While Peruna handles his normal responsibilities, the mustangs will remain at Ford Stadium near the field’s southwest corner.

The University wishes to thank Student Senator Matthew Neman, Student Body Vice President Allison Reyes, Student Senator and Peruna Handler Jake Torres, football Captain Chase Kennemer and teammate Pete Fleps for their leadership and unifying efforts to incorporate gracefully our new horses into the color and pageantry of SMU Mustangs football.

(Above, Madeleine Pickens and SMU Athletic Director Steve Orsini stand between SMU’s two new mustangs at the “Salute to the Mustangs” halftime event during the SMU-Navy game Oct. 17.)

2009 DAA Awards honor outstanding alumni, emerging leader

Amanda DunbarA minister, a businessman and a nonprofit founder will receive SMU’s 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s 2009 recipients include:

  • Frederick B. Hegi Jr. (’66), founding partner of the private investment firm Wingate Partners
  • Joe T. White (’70), founder of Kanakuk Kamps and Kids Across America and president and board chair of Kanakuk Ministries
  • Cecil Williams (’55), minister and leader of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, one of the nation’s most racially and culturally diverse congregations

Artist Amanda Dunbar (’04, right) will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last 15 years. Dunbar became the youngest woman and the first painter to be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2006. With proceeds from her painting sales, she has formed a charitable organization to fund arts programs for young children.

The DAA Award banquet and ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. For more information, visit

Game on: SMU celebrates Homecoming 2009

22342D_046.jpgThe SMU community celebrates Homecoming 2009 through Nov. 8. This year’s theme is “Let the Games Begin,” and the event is coordinated by the Student Foundation.

Activities kicked off Oct. 31 with campus-wide community service projects and will conclude with the Homecoming worship service at 11 a.m. Nov. 8 in Perkins Chapel. Highlights include:

• The Distinguished Alumni Awards Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Reunion gatherings, planned for the classes of ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ’04. For more information, call SMU Reunion Programs at 800-766-4371 or visit

• The Homecoming parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 and featuring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as 2009 Parade Marshal. After the parade, head to Bishop Boulevard for tailgating.

• The Homecoming game, where the Mustangs take on the Rice Owls at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ford Stadium. Call 214-SMU-GAME or visit for tickets.

Find a full schedule at the Student Foundation website.