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