This summer, I had the opportunity to be an intern for Clinical Assistant Professor Sarah Brown in her West Dallas pilot program, Pony Connect. Pony Connect is a research initiative that involves using STEM concepts in youth sports. The aim is to engage SMU students with the community. It was a mutually beneficial program because as much as the students are looked up to I have always wanted to get involved with the Dallas community and Pony Connect was the perfect opportunity for me. I was also learning so much from them. They taught me the importance of friendship, trust, and how the smallest details can make the biggest difference. It was incredible to form relationships with these students and watch their personalities shine. I loved seeing their excitement when different activities and projects were introduced.
We would give the students a test before the lesson was taught and then give them the exact same test at the end of the unit. Watching the students’ academic success improve was so rewarding. The fact that we were able to incorporate math or engineering lessons into fun activities and sports drills, showed them that learning can be fun and enjoyable. Overall, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and so proud of the work Dr. Brown has accomplished. I am excited to watch the program grow!
Essay by Elizabeth Klevana, Sport Performance Leadership major
Pictured below (left) is Iyasu Shaka, who writes his acceptance speech for winning the top prize at the camp, and Isaac Shaka (right), who presents a basketball shoe he made from cardboard, bubble wrap, and foam.
Niche.com, a ranking site for schools and neighborhoods, places SMU high on its list as one of the top colleges in Texas.
SMU comes in at fourth, and is cited for being one of the Best Colleges for Sports Management (No. 3 of 413). Read more about the sport management program here.
Other ratings include Best Christian Colleges in America (No. 6 of 362), and Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance (No. 10 of 789).
To determine rankings, the site relies on U.S. Department of Education data coupled with reviews from current students, alumni, and parents to judge American colleges on 12 factors, including academics, campus, dorm life, and professors. Niche.com helps parents and students choose colleges and K-12 schools.
Read more here.
DALLAS (SMU) – SMU is proud of its history of developing courses that address student interest in emerging markets. In keeping with this tradition, The Cox School of Business and The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development have worked together to create a new certificate to teach the business management side of the growing esports industry.
The fully online Esports Business Management Certificate, delivered by SMU Professional and Online (SMU PRO), was developed with some of the most accomplished names in the world of esports, including Danny Martin, CEO/Founder of Esposure; John Davidson, Director of Business Development for Esports Trade Association; Daniel Herz, Chief Revenue Officer at Mission Control; and David Chen, board member of the esports North American Collegiate League and partner at Faze Clan. Students will learn from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and business owners around the country involved in just about every aspect of esports, including team building, the business of esports (management, finance and risks), fan engagement, streaming strategies, sponsorship and tournament design.
Professor of Practice Susan Holland, who teaches for Simmons’ sport management program in Applied Physiology and Wellness, was honored by SMU students for being an inspiring and outstanding teacher. She received a surprise visit from Peruna, SMU’s mascot, and a delegation of students. See video of the Peruna Profs here. Congratulations!