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Fall 2022

A great new year starts with you

With new students heading to classes soon, exciting faculty research underway, and progress made on new and improved structures all over the campus, this school year promises to be bigger and better than ever. That’s because of the generous support of Mustangs like you. 

August 12, 2022|

Get ready for game day fun at home and on the road

Plan to meet up with fellow Mustangs at away-game tailgates throughout the football season, beginning September 3, when we play UNT in Denton. At home, check out the SMU Alumni tent on the Boulevard, beginning September 10. And stay tuned for details about a big pep rally for the SMU-TCU game September 24.

August 12, 2022|

Drumming up support for the Mustang Band

Meet Diamond M Club President Kellie Prinz Johnson ’96, whose connection to the Hilltop seems to grow stronger each year. In fact, she named her son after her best band friend and her favorite SMU professor, and she’s now a proud SMU parent.

August 12, 2022|

Turning plain paper into artful research

Art and science intersect in the hands of SMU junior Travis Nolan ’24. He’s an international origami champion whose fascination with dinosaurs and paper folding come together as a study of the biomechanics of prehistoric creatures.

August 12, 2022|

Thinking inside the box

Students tackled the ultimate DIY challenge by building a “baby supercomputer” that not only deepens their understanding of networking and parallel computing, but also shows big potential for their artificial intelligence research.

July 30, 2022|

Celebrating the Mustang mystique

In just 30 seconds, a parade of famous faces captures the essence of the Hilltop: Our bold, curious and creative alumni – and the distinguished visitors drawn to campus – truly set SMU apart. The commercial airing during all Mustang sports televised by ESPN is the brainchild of alum Hal Curtis ’84.

July 20, 2022|

Southern California kickoff supercharges SMU Ignited

On June 13, SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow lit up SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, at the kickoff of our $1.5 billion campaign for impact in Southern California. More than 200 impassioned Mustangs from across the region gathered to celebrate the campaign empowering outstanding students, enriching teaching and research, and enhancing our campus and community.

July 12, 2022|

Bestowing our highest alumni honor

While our community mourns the loss of Chester John “Don” Donnally, Jr. ’67, ’68, we also look forward to celebrating him and our other 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees on October 20. Don was delighted to know of our plans to honor him, and we hope you will join us for the dinner and presentation during Homecoming Weekend.

May 31, 2022|

Future-focused change

SMU celebrated the future of the Cox School of Business and its role as a driver of Dallas innovation, breaking ground May 6 on a $140 million renovation and expansion project. As part of the SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow campaign, more than 50 donors have already invested more than $100 million toward the facilities designed to train students for a collaborative and technologically integrated world.

May 9, 2022|

Driving innovation at SMU, in Dallas and beyond

Smiles lit up the room and excitement was in the air April 28 at the announcement of the new William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the SMU Cox School of Business to encourage business creation, leadership development and economic growth.

May 9, 2022|

Applause for our newest alumni

A 19-year-old law grad with a penchant for policy and an 85-year-old film major launching a new career. These are just two of the Mustangs breaking the mold and charting their personal paths to life’s next chapter.

May 9, 2022|

Big idea. Big rewards. Big future.

Seun Suberu ’23 created the CollegePlus app to help students take control of their future. Now it’s shaping his path, too. Over the past three years, Suberu has earned more than $85,000 in funding through multiple SMU competitions to fuel his startup.

May 9, 2022|

Men’s golf headed to NCAA regional play

After capturing the American Athletic Conference championship, the SMU men’s golf team was selected to the NCAA Bryan Regional. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Texas A&M's Tradition’s Club May 16-18.

May 8, 2022|

Art and music inspire a gift from the heart

SMU Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History Alessandra Comini gained acclaim early in her career with her on-the-ground investigation into an art world mystery. Now, through a $2 million planned gift to SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, she’s setting the stage for a new generation of the bold, curious and creative to make their own discoveries.

April 4, 2022|

Celebrate Founders’ Day Weekend April 7–9

Our spring “homecoming” is your opportunity to see the SMU Ignited campaign at work as we celebrate two new campus resources: the groundbreaking ceremony for the Holt Hickman Outdoor Pool at the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center and the dedication of the Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium. You’ll also have a chance to see our Mustangs in action under new Head Coach Rhett Lashlee.

March 29, 2022|

Celebrating 24 hours of record-breaking generosity

In just 24 hours, thousands of Mustangs from many different places came together in support of worthy causes to help shape a brighter future. Our gifts will change the lives of students, create new opportunities and make a lasting impact on the Hilltop and beyond. Thank you!

March 29, 2022|

Theatre alum’s persistence pays off

If Dylan Guerra ’16 had given up after failing to win playwriting fellowships in New York, he would not be where he is today: Authoring a screenplay for a for a well-known production company and co-writing season three of The Other Two on HBO.

March 29, 2022|

National recognition for scientific contributions

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth G. Loboa, and Zhong Lu, the Shuler-Foscue Chair in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

February 27, 2022|

Mustangs savor the experience of Dallas Open competition

The inaugural Dallas Open, played February 7–13 at SMU’s Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex, is the only ATP Tour indoor championship held in the U.S. Senior Caleb Chakravarthi ’22 is among the members of SMU’s men’s tennis team who had the opportunity to compete.

February 27, 2022|

Placing neighborhoods in focus

SMU researchers combined street-level investigations with the University's supercomputer power to reveal infrastructure deserts in Dallas. Their study lays the groundwork for improving those neighborhoods.

February 26, 2022|

Breaking out on her own

From a very early age, Lacey A. Horn ’04, ’05 knew she wanted to use her talents on behalf of her tribe. The former treasurer of the Cherokee Nation now serves as a strategy and financial consultant to tribal leaders as CEO of Native Advisory and heads Horn CPA, a niche cryptocurrency consultancy.

February 26, 2022|

Mustang football kicks off September 3 at UNT

Six big games come to Ford Stadium this fall, highlighted by the Battle for the Iron Skillet against TCU September 24 during Family Weekend and a matchup with 2021 CFP participant and AAC Champion Cincinnati October 22 during SMU Homecoming.

February 26, 2022|

Expanding Gerald J. Ford Stadium

A $50 million commitment from the Garry Weber Foundation, established by former Mustang football letterman Garry A. Weber ’58, is the largest gift in the history of SMU Athletics and supports a $100 million drive for a new 192,500-square-foot Garry Weber End Zone Complex at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. 

January 31, 2022|

Making a big splash for swimming and diving

When completed, the Holt Hickman Outdoor Pool – a new eight-lane, 50-meter by 25-yard outdoor pool, with 1- and 3-meter diving boards – will establish the Robson & Lindley Aquatics Center as the only U.S. university facility with both indoor and outdoor Olympic pools.

January 31, 2022|

From dino drawings to STEM ambassador

Myria Perez ’18, a fossil preparator in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Deep Time FossiLab in Washington, D.C., is on a mission to inspire more young women to pursue STEM careers.

January 31, 2022|

Serial entrepreneur’s winning ways

Neha Husein ’19 launched the Just Drive app as an SMU student. Recently she captured the top prize in the WEDallas inaugural pitch competition for ZStash, an innovative platform promoting sustainability by helping wholesalers and boutique owners destash inventory.

January 31, 2022|

Mustang support makes dreams come true

Through Engaged Learning and other SMU projects, Sienna Dugan ’20 gained experience that helped her dreams come true. Today she helps run a free medical and dental clinic in Honduras. Join with thousands of other Mustangs to support the projects, causes and organizations you care about on SMU Giving Day March 22.

January 31, 2022|

A camera that sees around corners

Researchers at SMU and Northwestern University are using new technology that enables cameras to record high-resolution images and holograms of objects that are hidden around corners, obscured from view and/or beyond the line of sight.

January 31, 2022|

Entrepreneurial brothers go ‘all in’

After a decade of working for others in the world of aviation, SMU alumni and brothers Stuart Edenfield ’07 and Curtis Edenfield ’09 founded Thrive Aviation. Read the story of how they got their jet charter company off the ground and why family matters.

January 11, 2022|

Volunteer to call admitted students

When it comes to telling the stories of student life, alumni are SMU’s best ambassadors. Volunteers are needed to answer general questions, share your experiences or just convey congratulations to admitted students.

January 11, 2022|

Studying the impact of youth sports

SMU joins forces with Children’s Health to harness the power of sports to improve kids’ well-being. The collaboration will use an evidence-based approach to improve access to youth sports, prevent injury and share age-appropriate training and development practices.

January 11, 2022|

Dream Week: Reflection, celebration and service

SMU’s annual Dream Week will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement invites everyone to join the traditional Unity Circle Wednesday, January 19, at noon at the Main Quad flagpole and the day of service Saturday, January 22.

January 11, 2022|

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