Prestigious Hyer Society Inducts Two Simmons Students

Amanda Woodruff

Amanda Woodruff, an Applied Physiology and Health Management major, and Alexandra Rutherford, a Psychology major with an Educational Studies minor, have been inducted into SMU’s Hyer Society. The society recognizes intellectually gifted undergraduates who distinguish themselves with high achievement.

Woodruff is a senior interning with Assistant Professor Sushmita Purkayastha’s Cerebrovascular Research Lab and plans to attend graduate school to become a physician assistant.

Rutherford also is a senior and the Hyer Society recognized her with the University Achievement Award. She is completing a research project with the SMU Family Research Center and plans to pursue a career in educational psychology.

Simmons congratulates both of them for their distinctions.

Feuerbacher Offers Insight into Safety at Psychiatric Hospitals

The Dallas Morning News recently published an investigative report on area psychiatric hospitals and their safety records.  Sarah Feuerbacher, director of the Center for Family Counseling at SMU Simmons, was quoted on how patients and families may assess these hospitals.

An earlier Morning News investigation ultimately led to the voluntary closing of Timberlawn Hospital in Dallas.

New Research Looks at Influence Trustees Have on Their Universities

Education Policy and Leadership’s Assistant Professor Sondra Barringer assesses how trustees may influence different aspects of higher education institutions.

According to Barringer, there are few studies on the roles of trustees. “Despite the importance of trustees for higher education institutions, we still know very little about what they do. In this article we show trustees at elite institutions interacted with their universities in a variety of ways,” she says. “Some of these trustees significantly influence the behaviors, structures, and policies of the institutions they steward.”

She and co-author, Karly Riffe, published the research in Innovative Higher Education.

Kelyn Rola Receives HOPE Award

For the fourth year, SMU students honor Wellness Instructor Kelyn Rola with a HOPE Award. The HOPE Award–Honoring Our Professors of Excellence– is a student led nomination process, sponsored by SMU’s Department of Residence Life and Student Housing

Rola is one of 35 outstanding professors honored this year. Congratulations to her!

Examining Challenges and Successes for Black Women in Higher Ed

Assistant Professor Dominque Baker co-published Black Women College Students: A Guide to Student Success in Higher Education, as part of Routledge’s series, Key Issues on Diverse College Students.

She and her fellow authors, Felecia Commodore and Andrew T. Arroyo, look at systemic struggles Black female students face.

” I wrote this book, along with my colleagues,” she says, “to help add to the voices shedding light on the hurdles to collegiate success these students face and potential changes that can lessen some of the obstacles.”