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Spring 2019

$100 million gift from the Moody Foundation launches SMU’s eighth degree-granting school

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.

December 13, 2019|

Owen Arts Center: Transformation for innovation

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.

December 6, 2019|

Mickey’s wild ride

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.

September 30, 2019|

Moody Magic starts Homecoming Week

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.

September 30, 2019|

Banding together in ‘a community like no other’

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.

September 30, 2019|

A gift from the heart to law and the arts

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 [...]

September 30, 2019|

Amplifying law research and innovation

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

September 30, 2019|

Law alumna named to U.N. refugee protection post

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.

September 2, 2019|

Welcoming a game changer to the Boulevard

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.

August 11, 2019|

Honoring alumni vision, passion and service to community

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.

August 11, 2019|

Football season is just around the corner

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.

August 11, 2019|

Finding the intersection of art, code and neuroscience

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.

July 12, 2019|

Prestigious awards fuel students’ global study and research

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.

July 4, 2019|

Following a missing link from Siberia to the Southwest

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. 

July 4, 2019|

Ian Derrer: A singer’s journey to CEO

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.

July 4, 2019|

Bringing scholars, artists and communities together

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.

July 4, 2019|

Cox honors industry veterans and rising stars

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.

June 6, 2019|

Life’s hat trick is junior Thomas Hodge’s specialty

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.

June 6, 2019|

Leveling up cancer research with a video game

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.

June 6, 2019|

Fusing art and engineering into a multidimensional education

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.

May 8, 2019|

One giant leap for the mobility impaired

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.

April 27, 2019|

Creating new opportunities for Marine vets

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.

April 26, 2019|

A Texas-size impact on regional art

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.

April 26, 2019|

Honoring excellence, achievement and Mustang tradition

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.

March 29, 2019|

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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.

March 2, 2019|

Latest Hart gift amplifies SMU’s impact on regional economic growth

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.

February 3, 2019|

Programmed for the data-driven future

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.

February 1, 2019|

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

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.

February 1, 2019|

Critics applaud year’s best performances

“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.

February 1, 2019|

Laura Bush ’68 honored as 2018 Texan of the Year

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.

January 9, 2019|

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

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.

December 21, 2018|

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Enjoy video highlights of another amazing year at SMU and other interesting videos and stories in this roundup of the people and events making news on the Hilltop.

December 11, 2018|

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SMU Magazine

SMU Magazine is updated monthly on this website and the print edition is published each spring and fall.

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