On Friday, December 3, 2021, SMU broke ground on the new Frances Anne Moody Hall, named for Frances Anne Moody-Dalberg ’92, SMU trustee and executive director of the Moody Foundation. Moody Hall will house SMU’s eighth degree-granting school, the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.
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A new University scholarship covers the cost of campus housing and dining for students with full-tuition Army and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships, a move to encourage more military trainees to become Mustangs.
It’s official: Rhett Lashlee is returning to the Hilltop, this time as head football coach. Lashlee previously served as offensive coordinator for the Mustangs, including the record-setting 2019 season.
Plans to expand data science across the SMU curriculum got a boost from a collaboration with accelerated-computing leader NVIDIA that will bring sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology to an array of disciplines ranging from computational biology, to national security, to digital humanities.
Nominate deserving Mustangs for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards and Emerging Leader Award by December 31, 2021.
Volunteers with drive, school spirit and fresh ideas are needed to champion our SMU alumni.
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Rapid, low-key tests can be an essential tool for teachers as they try to help our communities’ youngest students catch up and remain motivated to learn.
The pathbreaking partnership igniting an innovative model for pre-K–8 public education marked a milestone in August when the new West Dallas STEM School welcomed its first students.
Archaeologist Mark McCoy harnesses an array of data-rich tools to unearth new discoveries, and he is bringing his findings to the public in a fresh way with his award-winning book, Maps for Time Travelers.
Support for scholarships brings outstanding students to the Hilltop, including active and former military service members. In honor of Veterans Day, we salute recent recipients of several scholarships designated for these brave men and women, and thank all Mustangs who have served.
Katy A. and Kyle D. Miller ’01 committed $5 million to Cox School of Business to create a place that will kindle productive partnerships and cultivate meaningful connections to fuel the success of the Cox community.
SMU Ignited and Mustang football to the road for Houston October 30, where alumni, parents and friends showed plenty of Mustang pride and spirit.
Make an impact that resonates far beyond the Hilltop with your gift on #GivingTuesday to empower students, enrich teaching and learning, and enhance the campus and community. Read more about #GivingTuesday.
An immersive summer internship program in Washington, D.C., gave Tower Scholar Nia Kamau ’22 a new perspective on creating sustainable social change.
That’s right, Mustang basketball begins anew in Moody Coliseum November 9 when the men’s and women’s teams host their season openers.
One of our most beloved Mustang traditions – Celebration of Lights – will launch the holiday season at 7 p.m. Monday, November 29 on the Dallas Hall Lawn.
Through a partnership with technology company CAE USA, researchers at SMU’s AT&T Center for Virtualization are testing the effectiveness of an innovative approach they developed to improve pilot training.
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SMU welcomed a $6 million gift from Kim and William (Bill) Shaddock ’74 during Homecoming Weekend. Their investment will establish Shaddock Hall, part of the Cox School of Business building renovation project.
The SMU community mourns the loss of the Spanish art scholar and renowned director of the Meadows Museum. His death from cancer October 5 comes on the heels of the recent 20th anniversary of his leadership of the acclaimed institution.
Alumni returning to campus for Homecoming had a chance to attend the Hughes-Trigg Student Center rededication ceremony showcasing renovations that continue to transform the heart of the student community.
Fueled by a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant, math curriculum researcher Candace Walkington will take math to the streets through a gamified app and a partnership with a Dallas STEM walk nonprofit.
The family of a beloved SMU professor has established the Dr. Henry L. Gray Endowed Scholarship in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences to honor his SMU legacy and his love for students.
“Perfect Pairs” is the perfect theme for this year’s celebration of Mustang spirit and pride. The festivities begin on Thursday with the Distinguished Alumni Awards and continue through the weekend with the parade, the Boulevard and the SMU-South Florida football game. Throughout the weekend, a nightly light show on campus will commemorate the launch of SMU’s new campaign. See you on the Hilltop!
Inspiring a new chapter for the Meadows Museum, Linda P. and William A. Custard commit $3 million, matched by an additional $3 million from The Meadows Foundation, to establish a new cultural institute within the Meadows Museum.
A new gift from the Hegi Family will modernize key spaces in the Hegi Career Development Center and fund two new staff members to join the career development team, which helps students follow their passion to find career success.
SMU football has returned to Ford Stadium. Buy season tickets and check out game day details. Don’t forget to register for home-game tailgates.
Whether you’re coming back to the Hilltop for Homecoming or you haven’t been out on the town in a while, you’ll enjoy this quick guide to some of Dallas’ best bets written by SMU alumna Meredith Carey ’15.
Researchers at SMU have found a way to make chemotherapy drugs more lethal to HPV-infected cervical cancer cells without collateral damage to normal cells, a study suggests.
SMU theatre students and alumni helped create the new Public Works Dallas film, A Little Less Lonely, now streaming for free at DallasTheaterCenter.org.
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Research by SMU’s Brian Stump and his team earned an earthshaking $18 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to continue their work of international nuclear disarmament and peacekeeping significance.
A shared commitment to making a positive impact has drawn the SMU community and Goodwill Industries of Dallas together for almost a century. Under the leadership of SMU alumnus Tim Heis ’01, president and CEO, and a host of Mustangs serving on its board, the nonprofit is finding innovative ways to augment its mission of “changing lives, one job at a time” with help from SMU student interns.
Take a look at the new SMU logo. It’s the result of a community collaboration to create a new logo that reflects who we are – a bold, vibrant University leaning into the future.
Let’s fill Ford Stadium for the first game of the season when SMU hosts Abilene Christian Saturday, September 4. Get your tickets now!
Our collective generosity contributes to a brighter future for SMU through student scholarships, groundbreaking research, community partnerships that make a lasting impact and countless other ways.
Researchers James McCormick ’17 and Lauren Ammerman ’21 each lost a grandmother to Alzheimer's disease, an experience that motivated their research on a protein that removes an Alzheimer’s-associated toxin from the brain and drew them together as a couple.
Photojournalist Stuart Palley ’11 has become famous for his stunning wildfire photos. SMU’s Chris Roos looks at wildfires through a research lens. Ultimately, their perspectives are the same: Wildfires are getting worse, and there’s an urgent need to adopt coexistence strategies.
SMU DataArts has been selected to participate in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $30 million Digital Accelerator Program to help cultural nonprofit programs stabilize and thrive by investing in and using technology to speed economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SMU’s AT&T Center for Virtualization has signed a four-year agreement with the United States Air Force Academy to collaborate on mutually beneficial projects and joint research, providing opportunities for both SMU students and USAF cadets.
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A combined $6.5 million to SMU from Toyota USA Foundation and alumnus Carter Creech ’60 drives momentum for the fall opening of the West Dallas STEM School, a new Dallas Independent School District Transformation and Innovation School.
Strike up the band! A new season of Mustang football and fun with friends and family on the Boulevard will be here before we know it.
In her new role as SMU Alumni Board chair, Kristin W. Henderson ’82 aims to improve communication, expand connections and fortify alumni relationships.
Join fellow Mustangs in welcoming incoming first-year students to the SMU family at virtual and in-person events around the country.
Research by SMU’s Ali Beskok and J.-C. Chiao that started out as a race against time during the pandemic has developed into a fast, accurate and affordable immune response test with sweeping potential.
Caeli Blake ’21 is continuing the professional dance career she began as a sophomore, but thanks to her double major, she’s already steps ahead in her second act. Eventually, she plans to teach her skills to a new generation.
Cox School of Business recently presented its Distinguished Alumni Awards to Brad Brookshire ’76 and R. Andrew Clyde ’85 and Outstanding Young Alumni honors to Lizzy Bentley ’12 and Elizabeth Wattley ’15.
Economist Tom Fomby has been named the 2021 recipient of the Faculty Career Achievement Award for his contributions to the teaching, scholarship and service missions of the University.
SMU Athletics has added a new program to its suite of student-athlete development tools to help them navigate and capitalize on new opportunities created by recent Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) legislation.
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The extraordinary achievements, outstanding character and community leadership of SMU’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader make us all proud to be Mustangs. We hope you will join us Thursday, September 30 for a ceremony and dinner in their honor to launch Homecoming festivities.
Anthropology Professor Mark McCoy’s award-winning book fuses fiction with fact in a time-bending exploration of technology’s impact on the study of the ancient world.
A $4 million gift from Mark ’87 and Jennifer Styslinger ’86 and the Altec/Styslinger Foundation will shape and sustain future tennis champions in the newly named Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex.
Thanks to support totaling more than $145 million from Mustangs like you, SMU is celebrating the end of another record-breaking fiscal year and the beginning of great things to come.
We celebrate this loyal Mustang for his service as SMU Alumni Board chair, 2018 to 2021.
Watch Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11, founder and CEO of Bumble, delivering the address at May Commencement, and enjoy photos of golden moments as the classes of 1970 and 1971 gathered at graduation and for their 50-year reunion.
Our students perfected the pivot while earning degrees. Now they’re ready to use their know-how to do a world of good. Learn more about some of our outstanding recent grads.
Becoming a Dedman College Scholar tipped the scales toward SMU for Gabrielle Gard ’22, whose undergraduate research with biology professor Pia Vogel has fueled her interest in drug-resistant cancers.
Research led by renowned human speed expert Peter Weyand showed that unnaturally long, blade-like prostheses could give a Paralympic sprinter an edge in Olympic competition.
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SMU’s 106th All-University May Commencement Convocation will celebrate our newest grads and honor alumni from the classes of 1970 and 1971. Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd ’11, the youngest woman to take her company public in the U.S., will deliver the address. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m. in Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
A $15 million gift from Sharoll and Bryan S. Sheffield ’01 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will empower future entrepreneurs by creating new technology-equipped collaborative spaces.
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Five outstanding students sharing a passion for academics, pride in their heritage and a commitment to doing a world of good have been awarded 2021 Hispanic Alumni Scholarships.
SMU researchers have developed a set of computer-driven routines that can mimic chemical reactions in a lab, cutting the time and labor-related expense frequently required to find the best possible drug for a desired outcome.
As a research and data science powerhouse, SMU helps Dallas extend its reach nationally and internationally.
Richard A. Duschl, a leader in SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering known for his continuing contributions to science education through research, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Education.
SMU statistical scientists take big data on the road with a predictive model showing potential to influence positive driving behaviors and identify accident hotspots.
Alumna and SMU parent Thear Sy Suzuki ’96 is among the 43 immigrants painted and celebrated by former President George W. Bush in his new book Out of Many, One – Portraits of America’s Immigrants and an accompanying exhibition at the Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus.
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Founders’ Day Weekend will include Sing Song on Friday and the SMU Ring Ceremony on Saturday.
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.
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.