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.
Enjoy these quick links to great photos, stories and more about the people, programs and events making an impact on the Hilltop.
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.