News & Announcements

The Office of General Education celebrates their November PAL of the month

As the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) wrap up their Fall 2023 programming, the Office of General Education is excited to announce their PAL of the month for November 2023. Meet Bonita Davis. Bonita is a current Sophomore at SMU, who is double majoring in Computer Science and Data Science. Along with her demanding course load, […]

Advising @ SMU Infographic now available!

SMU in Four has released a new “Advising @ SMU” infographic designed to set student and advisor expectations for their individual roles in the path from orientation to graduation. In addition to clarifying the advising process and timeline, the infographic will help first-year students understand the benefits of regularly meeting with their academic advisors. Midsize […]

Approved meeting minutes from the Council on General Education on November 10, 2023

The Council on General Education met on November 10, 2023. The meeting minutes for October 20, 2023 were approved at this meeting. Below is the agenda, and the meeting minutes have now been posted on the General Education website. Approval of Agenda for the November 10, 2023 Council on General Education meeting. Approval of Minutes […]

The Peer Academic Leaders complete their Fall 2023 programming

This fall, the Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) program has been consistently offering programs to help support SMU students on their academic journey. Their programming has covered topics such as Degree Planner, Enrollment, and effective study strategies. The PALs have also facilitated workshops and Peer Panels highlighting SMU resources, including the A-LEC, the Hegi Career Development […]

The University Advising Center welcomes new Academic Advisor Benjamin Mandelbaum

The University Advising Center is very pleased to share that Ben Mandelbaum has joined us as our newest Academic Advisor! Ben joins us after spending 7 seasons as a college basketball coach. In his most recent position, he coached the Alcorn State University Men’s Basketball team to the 2023 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.  Ben is […]

Interview with 2023-24 Big iDeas Entrepreneurship Fellow Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly is the Co-Founder of Resolute Future, a software company dedicated to empowering the next generation of innovators. He was a former VP of investments at JPMorgan Chase where he spent 12 years with a variety of responsibilities including sales, financial planning, management, & training.  Michael helps to lead the Big iDeas E-Launch which […]

Ariana Contreras Uses Heritage To Connect With Hispanic Student-Athletes

  By: Jordan Mitchell, originally on (October 26) DALLAS (SMU) – Getting hired on as a senior academic counselor in SMU Athletics’ Academic Development of Student-Athletes (ADSA) office was a full-circle moment for Ariana Contreras. When she was taking a sports law class during her undergraduate career at New Mexico State in 2015, Contreras […]

Reflecting on the Sister2Sister Exchange Program, SMU – Summer 2023

This Fall has been a great success for the Engaged Learning Fellows and Big iDeas Winners, but the recent warm weather reminded me of an unpublished summer story of adventure, wonder, and student success! The Office of Engaged Learning and SMU’s Dr. Wes Waggoner invited Khushi Kumar (AKA as just “Khushi”) and Ayesha Awan (check) to […]

2nd Annal Place-based Community Engagement Symposium a success

The 2nd Annual Place-based Community Engagement Symposium was a success last week. Participants engaged around the theme of “Listening, Learning, and Leading: A Place-based Approach to Promoting Public Responsibility and Community Engagement in a COVID-impacted World.” 114 registered for the two-day symposium. The conference planning committee chose this theme due to their observation of the […]