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Spring 2021

Graduate education for a better world

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.

December 19, 2021|

Amplifying support for future military officers

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.

December 6, 2021|

Supersizing supercomputing research power

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.

December 6, 2021|

Celebrating brave and bold Mustangs

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.

November 1, 2021|

Connecting the next generation

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.

November 1, 2021|

Support our world changers November 30

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.

November 1, 2021|

Fostering enterprising spirit

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.

October 8, 2021|

Looking at the world through a math lens

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.

October 8, 2021|

Homecoming 2021: Thursday, September 30–Sunday, October 3

“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!

September 11, 2021|

A new era of engagement

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.

August 30, 2021|

Sparking student success

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.

August 30, 2021|

Things to do and places to go in Dallas

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.

August 30, 2021|

Mustangs’ ‘goodwill’ at work in the community

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.

July 30, 2021|

A dynamic new direction

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.

July 30, 2021|

There’s strength in our numbers

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.

July 30, 2021|

Alzheimer’s research gets personal

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.

July 30, 2021|

Stoking fires of change

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.

July 30, 2021|

Building tech infrastructure

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.

July 30, 2021|

Collaborating on high-flying research

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.

July 30, 2021|

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Read about elite runners testing out the world’s fastest treadmill at SMU, watch students hanging out on the Hilltop and catch up on the people, programs and alumni making news on the Hilltop and beyond.

July 30, 2021|

All the right moves for the future

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.

July 2, 2021|

Game. Set. Match.

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.

June 6, 2021|

106th Commencement Weekend May 14–15

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.

May 12, 2021|

Energizing business education

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.

May 6, 2021|

Picturing stories of strength and courage

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.

May 6, 2021|

New gifts champion SMU Human Rights

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.

March 29, 2021|

Celebrating Black History Month

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.

February 8, 2021|

Snow beautiful!

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.

January 12, 2021|

Spring 2021

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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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