Tuesday, April 13 is SMU Giving Day, an exciting and powerful 24-hour challenge when we champion causes we care about. Join the conversations about #SMUOneDay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help spread the word.
Founders’ Day Weekend will include Sing Song on Friday and the SMU Ring Ceremony on Saturday.
Toyelle Wilson arrives on the Hilltop after two seasons at Michigan – and stretches at Baylor and Prairie View A&M – with plans to bring “passion, energy and joy” to the program.
The Mustangs won the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference Equestrian championship and earned five conference post-season awards with six riders named to all-conference teams.
This spring, we’re already thinking ahead about a safe in-person fall semester. Members of the SMU community share what they’re most looking forward to.
Gifts totaling $650,000 from two couples with profound personal connections to the SMU Human Rights Program provide crucial resources for the renowned initiative, one of only seven of its kind in the United States.
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The Meadows Museum is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its stately home on the Boulevard with two new exhibits.
A $5 million gift from longtime SMU supporters Mary and Rich Templeton will bolster student excellence and doctoral research in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering.
A research and development agreement between SMU’s AT&T Center for Data Virtualization and the U.S. Navy research facility in San Diego will open doors for students to defense industry careers.
That’s right: Mustang football will be here before you know it. The season kicks off in Ford Stadium September 4.
Research by the Cox School of Business’ Vishal Ahuja uses data analytics to predict and address health issues in patients with diabetes, especially veterans, before they land in the hospital.
SMU’s Dallas Literary Festival returns March 26–27 with Zoom sessions featuring the diverse voices of more than 100 powerhouse writers.
Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, philanthropist Nancy Seay and community leader Lisa Tichenor will be honored by Perkins School of Theology with Seals Laity Awards March 19.
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The Unity Circle (above) and other SMU Dream Week events provided a prelude to the celebration of Black History Month on the Hilltop. In a tribute tailored to this time, the Black Alumni of SMU will honor Black alumni working on the frontlines of the pandemic as 2021 History Maker Award recipients. At the Black Excellence Awards on February 27, the seven students receiving Black Alumni Scholarships this year will be recognized.
An SMU-developed test has the potential to detect COVID-19 immune response faster than current antibody screening.
SMU health behavior expert Austin Baldwin says convincing some Americans to vaccinate will require a “cause and effect” conversation.
New Bishop Scholarships assist Dallas ISD teachers earning Master’s degrees to better support their special education and English-language learner students.
How did these random roommates become valued friends and business partners? Sometimes you just click.
SMU volleyball, the defending American Athletic Conference West Division champions, is the favorite to win the division again in the 2020-21 season.
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A picture-perfect dusting of snow was gone almost as quickly as it fell on campus on Sunday, January 10. Enjoy photos of the flurries captured by SMU photographers.
SMU has met the challenges introduced by COVID-19 with innovation, creativity and resilience. In the midst of the pandemic, here are some of the ways that SMU has continued to be Mustang Strong.
In the wake of nationwide protests, Black SMU alumni share their stories and call for meaningful action to address issues of inequity and bias.
Maria Dixon Hall, SMU’s ﬁrst chief diversity officer, is committed to creating an environment in which every Mustang is visible and valued.
Through his Black Menswear Instagram, Dapper Conversations roundtables and BM & Company clothing, businessman and social entrepreneur NeAndre Broussard ’11 gives new meaning to the term “power suit.”
Author, serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley CEO Promise Phelon ’93 talks about opportunity, bias and why institutions must change to thrive.
The Hilltop will remain aglow with the Celebration of Lights through January 3 for the enjoyment of our Mustang family and community neighbors.
Trustee emeritus Edwin L. Cox Sr. ’42, a business icon noted for his vision, integrity and selfless spirit, died November 5, 2020, at the age of 99.
A $7.5 million gift from Jane R. and Pat S. Bolin ’73 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will foster collaboration inside and outside the classroom.
Roving reporter Garrett Haake ’07 lives by the advice he learned from an SMU faculty mentor – stay packed, and don’t make any dinner plans that can’t be canceled.
It’s been a perfect season so far for men’s basketball, with the Mustangs beating Dayton 66–64 December 5. The team is also doing its part to defeat hunger during the holidays by collecting food donations on campus for the North Texas Food Bank through December 18.
Allison Schultz ’21 quickly adapted her summer internship at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to an online-only format. Find out why she thinks the virtual experience was rewarding.
Find out more about 2020 tax incentives for charitable giving, and consider how you want to make an impact before December 31.
Nominate deserving Mustangs for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards and Emerging Leader Award. Completed forms are due to SMU by December 31.
Mustangs with great ideas and pony drive are needed to join the SMU Alumni, Young Alumni, Black Alumni of SMU and Hispanic Alumni of SMU boards.
Today’s health crisis and human rights movement may differ from anything we’ve seen before, but Mustangs of every generation have faced challenges in their times. Sometimes we’ve stumbled. Sometimes we’ve triumphed. But for more than 100 years, we’ve been engaged.
Mustang spirit was stronger than ever during SMU Homecoming 2020, which combined virtual and live events designed for safety.
Each year, SMU honors four outstanding leaders in philanthropy, business and civic life with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its graduates.
A native Texan who crunches numbers and helps out with the family floral business, Harvey Luna ’14 thrives on data and building relationships.
Countertenor John Holiday ’07 has already performed on some of the world’s biggest stages. Now the associate professor at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music has the judges on ‘The Voice’ singing his praises.
Spike Lee’s movies have redefined how we look at Black culture in America. In an interview with Ace Anderson ’13, he shared his thoughts on a wide range of topics. Read some of our favorite moments.
A gift of $11.5 million from Aurelia and Brad Heppner ’88 and family to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will strengthen the school’s focus on shaping tomorrow’s executives.
SMU has received $18 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue global observations and research using acoustic and seismic waves to better understand when nuclear tests, large earthquakes and other major events happen.
Since appearing in the acclaimed documentary Boys State, sophomore Ben Feinstein ’24 has backed away from the idea of a political career and now aspires to serve his country “in a neutral role.”
Carolyn and David B. Miller ’72, ’73 make $50 million commitment to SMU and the Cox School of Business
When former Mustang basketball standout David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn, made the largest single alumni gift in SMU history, the Hilltop milestone made headlines in Dallas. Longtime business columnist Cheryl Hall ’73, who earned her journalism degree from the University, wrote about the publicity-shy couple for The Dallas Morning News. In this excerpt of the newspaper profile, their generous spirit and their love for family, community and SMU shine through. BY CHERYL HALL ’73 How does a guy who went to Southern Methodist University on a basketball scholarship strike it so [...]
Pastor Richie Butler ’93 remembers a particularly heated discussion during a town hall shortly after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9, 2014. The conversation grew fiery among the many members of the community in attendance to speak with the leadership of the Dallas Police Department, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas County Sheriff’'s Office. “I noticed every negative emotion and energy – division, anger, mistrust, frustration, hate,” and many in attendance felt that justice would not [...]
A young woman carrying a backpack walked into the Fairmont Dallas bar, sat next to Ashlee Hunt Kleinert ’88 and her husband, Chris ’88, and ordered a glass of water. In her cutoff overalls and tank top, she stood out in the crowd of suits and cocktail attire. The Kleinerts, who were at the downtown hotel for a social event, thought she looked too young to sit at the bar. They guessed she was about 17 or 18. More conspicuous, though, was the young woman’s trembling discomfort. “She was constantly looking over her shoulder, scanning [...]
We’re celebrating Homecoming Weekend October 22–24 with reimagined experiences for everyone. Whether you plan to be on the Hilltop or cheer on your alma mater from home, we’ve got you covered.
Ana Rodriguez ’03 and the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative are breaking down barriers – one promotion at a time.
A $15 million gift from Gina L. and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 to SMU’s Cox School of Business will generate transformational economic research and cutting-edge business education for generations to come.
Perhaps now more than ever we appreciate Gerald J. Ford Stadium, the home of SMU football for two decades. The Hilltop landmark brings together the campus and Dallas communities in solidarity to cheer on the Mustangs.
Learn how some Meadows School of the Arts grads are exploring the possibilities of the SMU Network digital platform to make career connections, collaborate, commiserate and lend a helping hand to fellow alums and students.
After being displaced by a flood, Kevin Lee and his mom spent a year bouncing from shelter to shelter. Now the first-year law student aspires to become a judge and champion for kids without a permanent home.
A new multidisciplinary program aims to arm business managers with the skills they need to level up in the multifaceted, multibillion-dollar global industry.
#StampedeinPlace hosted by Black Alumni of SMU on June 24 was an evening of listening, learning and growing together by Mustangs for Mustangs.
In a letter to the SMU community on April 30, President R. Gerald Turner announced plans to “safely open our University for on-campus teaching, learning and student living for the fall semester.”
Commencement has been postponed, but degrees were conferred on May 16. Our friends at Reunion Tower opened their doors for hundreds of graduates and their families to safely celebrate the day together.
The COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop our 2020 grads. They shifted to remote classes and continued to learn, create and achieve. Now, they’re ready for new challenges, and we can’t wait to see how they change our world.
How do we help ensure the pandemic doesn’t prevent students from becoming SMU alumni? Support for the new Presidential Fund for Immediate Needs will provide scholarships to students in need.
Recent conversations between President Turner and Black student organizations, alumni board, staff and faculty are shaping a blueprint to address systemic racial issues and create a welcoming environment.
Alumni offered tips and advice during a recent career panel, part of #StampedeInPlace, a series of live virtual events to help Mustangs make the most of their time at home.
For 37 years, the Agape Clinic has provided low-cost and no-cost medical services for those in need. A new foundation aims to ensure the long-term health of the vital community resource.
Hubert Zajicek, M.B.A. ’06, a physician and founder and CEO of the Health Wildcatters incubator in Dallas, helped create the Health Hacking Crisis Network to find quick solutions to problems like the face-mask shortage among healthcare workers.
Each of SMU’s 11 Residential Commons has its own color, motto, cheers and traditions. But one simple and deliberate activity has proved most successful in building community – gathering together to prepare and enjoy food. Now our Faculty in Residence and students are keeping Sunday Night Snacks and other traditions going via Zoom and social channels.
Computer science, the digital humanities and students eager to make a difference are all in the mix for a high-stakes collaboration tapping brainpower and the gift of time.
Ray W. Washburne ’84, co-founder and co-owner of M Crowd Restaurant Group, has been tapped by President Donald Trump to serve on a task force developing a recovery plan for the nation’s food and beverage industry.
In just 48 hours, Lucy and Andy Rieger ’09 pivoted J. Rieger & Co. – their family distillery in Kansas City, Missouri – from producing whiskey to making hand sanitizer for hospitals, nursing homes and the community.
The legendary Commander’s Palace has teamed up with a New Orleans nonprofit to help feed healthcare workers at all 15 local hospitals. Meals are delivered by out-of-work artists and musicians.
For the Odee Company, co-owned by Steve and Sarah Lodwick Holland ’80, the ability to adapt to shifting demands has kept the business going since 1923. Now the printer is churning out hospital gowns for frontline health workers.
For many SMU students, like Marie Joung ’20, a senior pre-med biology major and human rights fellow, and her husband, Benjy, sheltering at home during spring break was the right thing to do.
SMU engineering students and faculty have created an innovative drone research lab to work on communications issues that can open up the life-saving potential of drone swarms.
A $5 million commitment from Heather and Ray W. Washburne ’84 and family will enhance the student experience and elevate SMU’s competitiveness by establishing the Washburne Soccer and Track Stadium.
James Quick will open the doors to a new era of research and interdisciplinary collaboration as inaugural dean of newly created Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, SMU’s eighth degree-granting school.
The 2020 Simmons Luminary Award dinner and ceremony on Thursday, March 12 will recognize Big Thought, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present its 27th annual Meadows at the Meyerson concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. in Dallas.
A multidisciplinary team of SMU researchers is working with Parkland Health and Hospital to create a statistical model to predict which patients are at risk for developing diabetes five to 10 years before they exhibit symptoms.
InSight is the first mission dedicated to looking deep beneath the Martian surface, and SMU’s Matt Siegler is one of the scientists who will ultimately help determine what heat flow probe measurements mean for the composition of the planet’s interior.
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A rare, polio-like condition left Braden Scott paralyzed. Now a team led by Edmond Richer, professor of mechanical engineering in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, has developed a robotic arm aiding his recovery.
Learn about Los Alamos, awaken your artistic skills and sharpen your culinary chops – you can do it all at SMU’s Taos campus, July 16–19.
Award-winning actress Regina Taylor ’81 will be honored as the Black Alumni of SMU History Maker during the celebration of scholarship, leadership and community.
Tom Leatherbury, one of the country’s leading First Amendment litigators, has been named director of the new First Amendment Clinic in SMU’s Dedman School of Law.
When the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs met in Super Bowl LIV on February 2, SMU was represented by 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders ’09 and Clark Hunt ’87, part owner, chairman and CEO of the Chiefs.
Politics doesn’t have to be polarizing, says SMU Student Body President Darian Taylor. “The pendulum will move back toward a climate of cooperation, and my generation is the one that will swing it that way.”
Registration is now open for the Perkins Summit for Faith and Learning – formerly the Perkins Theological School for the Laity – which takes place March 26–28 on the SMU campus.
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SMU senior Kaitlyn Contreras ’20 is a first-generation honor roll student attending the University on a full scholarship and majoring in health and society. She admits it hasn’t always been easy, but she has never shied away from hard work and big challenges. Now, with the support of her family, faculty mentors and a close-knit student community, she’s ready for her most ambitious project yet – applying to medical school.
Elizabeth Loboa, a biomedical engineer with a proven track record of building and supporting strategic partnerships, will join SMU in July as provost and vice president for academic affairs.
Is digital piracy good for business? New research by SMU strategy professors shows that large software firms increased their innovation efforts when file sharing technology put their products at risk of being more easily copied.
Thanks to SMU scientists, there’s hope on the horizon for the estimated 10–15 million people infected with the HTLV-1 virus, a “cousin” to HIV. While there is no cure or treatment, the new research suggests that the drug oleandrin could prevent the HTLV-1 virus from spreading.
Friends of the SMU Libraries will celebrate its 50th year and honor photographer and author Laura Wilson with the 11th Literati Award at the annual Tables of Content fundraiser.
According to a study led by SMU psychologist Nathan Hudson, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that people’s overall sense of happiness is linked to physical health.
SMU will take a major step forward in serving the talent and research needs of a challenging world, thanks to a landmark $100 million commitment from the Moody Foundation that will fund the University’s eighth degree-granting school – the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. The Moody Foundation commitment is the largest gift in SMU history.
The $34 million Owen Arts Center renovation, which kicked off on November 8, will improve academic spaces in the north wing for visual arts, art history and creative computation, while creating grand welcoming and accessible exterior entrances.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will be the guest speaker at the all-University Commencement Convocation on Saturday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Moody Coliseum.
Men’s soccer seniors finish their SMU careers with 51 wins, three conference championships and three NCAA tournament berths.
When it comes to giving, gifts of any size make a huge difference to our world changers. Be inspired by your fellow Mustangs, and make your donation by December 31. Thanks to all who have already made an impact!
SMU welcomed the community to campus on December 2 to launch the holiday season.
Professor Jill DeTemple teaches students how to take topics that drive people apart and reframe the conversation around personal experiences to promote understanding, if not agreement.
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Confetti rained and applause roared as the SMU community celebrated Carolyn L. and David B. Miller ’72, ’73 on October 18. Their historic $50 million gift to SMU will drive innovative education in SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business.
Dallas entrepreneur, industry leader and educator Bobby B. Lyle ’67 builds on the farsighted generosity that named the Lyle School of Engineering 11 years ago by designating $10 million to power a new strategic vision for the school.
The SMU Student Foundation invites all to the Hilltop for the Celebration of Lights, beginning at 7 p.m. on Monday, December 2. Cocoa, cookies, carols and the Christmas story bring the magic and meaning of this joyous season.
SMU Dedman School of Law will launch a First Amendment Clinic in fall 2020, thanks to a $900,000 gift from the Stanton Foundation. The clinic will focus on free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and petition and other First Amendment issues.
Lunch by Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, music by the Mustang Brass Quintet, games and gratitude from all for those who serve our nation will highlight the SMU Veterans Day Celebration.
An auction of fine and decorative arts will benefit the programs supported by the Friends of SMU-in-Taos. View the catalog and bid online, or plan to attend the event at Dallas Auction Gallery.
SMU soccer forward Garrett McLaughlin is among 10 finalists fans can vote on for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, given annually to the nation’s top senior student-athlete who excels on and off the field.
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Between bobsledding and winning a seat in the Oklahoma Legislature, Mickey Dollens ’11 also experienced a boom (and bust) in the oil business and a teaching job that he loved (and lost). It has been a wild ride for someone only eight years out of SMU, but as you follow the twists and turns of his story, one thing is clear: Mickey never quits.
The magic of Mustang basketball returns to Moody Coliseum on November 5 when the men’s team plays Jacksonville State and the women’s team takes on McNeese State. Check out the men’s schedule and buy tickets; see the women’s schedule and buy tickets. Read more at SMU Athletics.
For Ian Perkins-Smith ’20, music has always been a part of life. He joined the band in sixth grade and continued to play all high school, where he advanced to the role of drum major. Now an SMU senior, he’s repeating that success as drum major of the Mustang Band.
A planned gift to SMU by Anne R. Bromberg of Dallas honors a life filled with intellectual adventure and global exploration that she shared with her beloved husband, the late Alan R. Bromberg. He served as University Distinguished Professor of Law at SMU’s Dedman School of Law until his death in 2014. The bequest includes a $2 million endowment to establish the Anne and Alan Bromberg Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts, as well as unrestricted funds to be divided among Dedman Law, the Meadows School and the Meadows Museum. “Dr. Bromberg’s farsighted [...]
A recent $2 million gift expands the profile of SMU’s Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation as a leading academic platform for multidisciplinary research and scholarly debate surrounding new technologies
Symphony conductor Michelle Merrill ’06, ’12 found her two great loves at SMU: her percussionist husband, Steve Merrill ’06, and a career-changing passion for orchestral music.
Professor Brett Story and a group of Garland High School students are putting smartphone data to work to identify cracks and foundation problems in bridges that could lead to serious damage over time.
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Opening Convocation formally welcomed new students to the Hilltop on August 25. Find out how some of these new Mustangs are already changing our world.
Fresh off a 37-30 victory on the road last week against Arkansas State, the Mustangs will host UNT on September 7. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. in Ford Stadium.
Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell and author Malcolm Gladwell are among the speakers bringing their unique perspectives on building bridges across the cultural divide to SMU.
Australian Gillian Triggs ’72 brings decades of experience as an academic, lawyer, advocate and public policy expert to her new role as assistant high commissioner for protection in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
His sunglasses have been spotted on Beyoncé, Kristen Bell and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. But before Stirling Barrett created KREWE, his multimillion-dollar eyewear brand, he learned his “radical attention to detail” at the Temerlin Advertising Institute.
New research highlights options to promote a better global investing environment for innovation, economic growth and startups of the future.
Candace Walkington, an expert in teaching math, offers tips for linking math to everyday activities, making it more interesting and relevant to learners.
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SMU welcomes the community to celebrate the dedication of the Indoor Performance Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 6. An open house will follow, providing an opportunity for everyone who attends to tour the newest facility resource for the entire campus.
The newest members of the Mustang community will take part in one of our most treasured traditions on Sunday, August 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Jennifer Burr Altabef ’78, ’81, Martin L. Flanagan ’82 and Scott J. McLean ’78 will be honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards, and Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11 will receive the Emerging Leader Award at the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony and dinner on November 7.
Mustang fans are invited to Football Fan Day on Saturday, August 17, at the Pettus Practice Field. Come out and watch the team practice, while enjoying food trucks and other family-friendly activities. The event begins at 7 p.m. and admission and parking are free.
SMU researchers could help determine if Saturn’s icy moon – Titan – has ever been home to life long before NASA completes an exploratory visit to its surface by drone helicopter.
While quakes in North Texas have died away since 2015, researchers hope to use what they’ve learned while compiling the Fort Worth Basin fault map to explore the causes of earthquakes across the state.
TV host and travel author Rick Steves leads the lineup of distinguished speakers for Perkins’ annual fall convocation, “Mission Quest: Finding Your Place in God’s World,” November 11–12.
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Stejara Dinulescu ’19 came to SMU as a pre-med student, but fell in love with her art classes. She found her passion for coding and neuroscience research when she added psychology and creative computation to her fine arts major. Her unique interdisciplinary interests led to her acceptance to three Ph.D. programs.
Siddhakshi Solanki ’20 is studying languages in Senegal as a Boren Scholarship and Gilman Scholarship recipient, and Tyler Giallanza ’21 received a Goldwater Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford. They are among the SMU students who recently earned prestigious international awards.
Ancient children’s teeth and adult remains found in Siberia yielded a huge archaeological discovery for a team of international researchers that includes SMU anthropologist David Meltzer. They uncovered a new Ice Age ethnic group whose DNA reveals a genetic link to Native Americans.
Young athletes with the grit, determination and heart of Mustangs made lasting impressions on the SMU football staff when they teamed up with basketball star Ejike Ugboaja’s foundation to teach some gridiron fundamentals to youth in Lagos, Nigeria.
Firms with strong corporate governance are like democracies, according Nickolay Gantche. Research by the finance professor shows that through their proposals and votes, shareholders can determine the broad direction of a company.
Ian Derrer ’96 remembers fetching coffee and chauffeuring visiting talent as a vocal performance student with an internship at The Dallas Opera. Now, as general director and chief executive officer, his responsibilities include overseeing the company’s fiscal health and steering its artistic direction.
Perkins’ Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions, in collaboration with Meadows School of the Arts, will present “The Art of Resilience: Latinx Public Witness in Troubled Times,” an experiential event on September 21–22. The event is free and open to the public.
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Business leaders, SMU swimming supporters and longtime friends Steven J. Lindley ’74 and Bruce Robson ’74 received Cox Distinguished Alumni Awards, and Courtney Caldwell ’00 and Ryan Dalton ’01 were honored as Outstanding Young Alumni on May 10.
Thomas Hodges ’20 is a full-time student majoring in journalism with a sport management minor. He stays close to his family to help his mom, who is battling cancer. And he has a rigorous practice schedule as the emergency goalie for the Dallas Stars professional ice hockey team.
Fans streaming a recent video game tournament that raised funds for kids with cancer had a chance to help SMU researchers by playing Omega Cluster, an interactive game designed to pinpoint promising compounds to add to the chemotherapy arsenal.
Senior Meredith Burke ’19, ’20 is a third-generation Mustang who thrives on taking on challenges like juggling a hectic academic and extracurricular schedule. She is triple-majoring to earn bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering (ME), art and math and working toward her master’s degree in ME.
Step into the shoes of Ophelie Herve ’19, a mechanical engineering graduate student who recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her work on prosthetic limbs that move more naturally.
Military veterans aspiring to SMU’s innovative graduate education in engineering and business have a new scholarship opportunity with The Milledge A. Hart, III Scholarship Fund for Veterans of the United States Marine Corps.
Five Dedman School of Law alumni were recognized for their leadership, achievements and contributions to their profession with Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the law school bestows upon its alumni and friends.
Tim Leach, Bobby B. Lyle ’67 and Cary M. Maguire were honored for their long-term impact and ethical leadership in the energy industry by the Cox School of Business.
Sophomore Mac Meissner ’21 set a conference record on the way to claiming the individual title at the 2019 American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the Copperhead Course in Florida.
With a recent gift by the daughter of renowned Texas artist Jerry Bywaters, the Meadows Museum has become the largest repository of his artwork. Additional materials expand the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest in Hamon Arts Library.
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The University community mourns the loss of two SMU legends whose scholarship and leadership made a lasting impact on the Hilltop.
“Meadows at the Winspear” on April 4 launches the 50th anniversary celebration of the naming of Meadows School of the Arts. The annual spring concert will honor The Meadows Foundation, which has supported SMU and Dallas since 1948.
Haley Taylor Schlitz was accepted to multiple law schools but opted to enroll at SMU Dedman School of Law. In an interview on Good Morning America, she says a “nice scholarship” and proximity to her family’s home made the choice easy.
Meet Chris ’75 and Connie ’77 O’Neill, co-chairs of the SMU Parent Leadership Council. Their son, Jack ’19, is a double major in engineering and mathematics. As they prepare for his graduation in May, the O’Neills reflect on the past four years and look forward to the future.
The Lettermen’s Association will honor four new members of the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame at the inducation ceremony and dinner on Friday, May 3. The celebration of excellence and achivement also will honor photographer Brad Bradley, 2019 Legends Award recepient.
SMU’s data-empowered faculty and students deploy research as a force for good in a relentless quest for solutions with lasting impact. They aren’t waiting for the future; they’re making it.
Team identity and a sense of belonging often play more pivotal roles in employee satisfaction and productivity than managers realize, according to research by Management Professor Sal Mistry.
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SMU took a giant leap forward in the rapidly shifting digital frontier with the groundbreaking of the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation on February 22.
Thank you for your support on SMU Giving Day. In just 24 hours, more than 3,200 world changers gave over $1.3 million to support the causes we care about. The impact of this day will be felt around the globe.
A treasure-hunting smartphone app developed by SMU and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) to help low-literate adults learn to read tied for the grand prize in the competition hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE.
Junior Chelsea Francis ’20 holds the SMU record in the 60-meter dash and has qualified for the 2019 NCAA Track & Field Indoor Championships, which start tomorrow in Birmingham, Alabama.
Perkins School of Theology is the recipient of a five-year, $1 million grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. for an initiative designed to strengthen congregational ministries with youth.
Ana Rodriguez ’03, director of the Cox School of Business Latino Leadership Initiative, says she is “managerially focused and empirically driven” as she helps top companies recruit, retain and develop diverse workforces.
Technical accomplishments, leadership and a commitment to mentoring women pursuing engineering careers earned Professor Barbara Minsker the 2019 Margaret S. Petersen Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Can psychological muscle memory training help people with anhedonia – the inability to find pleasure in any aspect of life – learn how to experience joy? Funded by a $4 million national grant, psychology researchers are launching a five-year study to find out.
The Wolves continues the close collaboration between the Meadows School of the Arts theatre program and the Dallas Theater Center. See the hit play focusing on an elite squad of female soccer warriors from March 6 through April 14 at the Studio Theatre.
Find out why there’s big excitement about the SMU Big Event on March 30, check out the fall football schedule and learn about other interesting events and people making news on the Hilltop.
The University community is invited to attend the groundbreaking for the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, February 22, at the site of the new facility on the corner of McFarlin Boulevard and Airline Road.
The new Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will build upon SMU’s existing expertise in business and engineering, create a new concept-to-prototype pipeline and provide the resources, inspiration and guidance students and faculty need to turn their business plans into viable enterprises.
Trial attorney Laura Benitez Geisler ’97 made history on January 12 when she was sworn in as the 110th Dallas Bar Association president, becoming the first Hispanic member to lead the organization.
Jo Guldi injected technology into her love of history to write one of the most influential books of the past 20 years. She’s teaching students to apply big data search tools to giant topics like inequality, capitalism and climate change.
Take a deep dive into presidential history, innovation in the digital age and other fascinating topics while enjoying the beauty and serenity of SMU’s distinctive mountain campus in New Mexico.
The distinguished journalist and author will receive the prestigious award from SMU at Tables of Content, presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries to support its annual grants program.
Vince Miller, a second-year graduate student, chose the Applied Statistics and Data Analytics (MASDA) program in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences because he was looking for “a top tier education.” After his first year at SMU, a data scientist internship at Capital One turned into a full-time career. He’ll be working for the bank after graduating in the fall.
Listen to Facebook’s new podcast featuring alum Blake Mycoskie ’99, find information about Howard Schultz’s Tate Lecture on March 5 and enjoy more interesting stories in this roundup of the people and events making news on the Hilltop.
“Defiantly smart” acting, “stunning original music” and “profound choreography” were just a few of the accolades Meadows alumni, students and faculty recently received from multiple TheaterJones.com critics in their “Best of 2018” roundups highlighting outstanding work by Dallas-area performing artists.
Former First Lady Laura Bush ’68 was honored as the 2018 Texan of the Year for her education advocacy and “uncommon leadership” as the founder or co-founder of nonprofits and initiatives that improve the lives of women, children and families around the globe.
What do eyewear entrepreneur Stirling Barrett ’11, NFL tackle and philanthropist Kelvin Beachum, Jr. ’10, ’12 and social media strategist Sana Merchant ’11 have in common? They’re SMU alums named to the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
SMU named the Moody Coliseum court in honor of David B. Miller ’72, ’73, alumnus and vice chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, during a halftime ceremony on December 5.
There was an SMU reunion in Mexico on December 13, when former Mustang golfers Sam Fidone ’15, Harry Higgs ’14 and Austin Smotherman’16 competed in the Go Vacaciones Cozumel Cup.
The University community will join the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual Dallas parade on January 21 and honor his life and legacy during SMU’s Dream Week.
The SMU community joined the nation in mourning the loss of the 41st president of the United States, a servant leader whose life was a steadfast example of patriotism and the strongest American ideals.
The award-winning journalist will be the guest speaker at the 2019 Bolin Family Public Life Personal Faith Scholarship Luncheon on February 8.
A new study by marketing expert Chaoqun Chen finds that the Great Recession nudged consumers and retailers in new directions. For example, discounters are thinking smaller when it comes to new stores in city centers.
A lifelong passion for music led Martha Raley Peak ’50 to support a music fellowship in Meadows School of the Arts. Now the program will bring winners of a major international music competition to SMU for a two-year residency.