SMU Cox Executive Education welcomes a new director to take its four-year-old Latino Leadership Initiative to the next level. Ana Rodriguez ’03, an alumna of SMU Cox, brings nearly twenty years of experience in higher education, not for profit and corporate work.
George Killebrew ’85, executive vice president with the Dallas Mavericks, recently volunteered to host a one-day externship for Connor Kolodziej ’19. It was an eye-opening experience for the student: “The most important thing I learned is to find a good place not just to work, but also to enjoy what you do.”
What’s the key to juggling the demands of graduate school and competitive rowing? “I started drinking a lot of coffee, especially with early morning practices,” says Gabrielle (Gabby) Petrucelli ’16 says. A four-year starter for the SMU women’s soccer team as an undergraduate, Petrucelli is working toward a master of science in accounting (MSA) at SMU’s Cox School of Business while testing the waters as a first-year member of the SMU rowing team.
Volleyball standout Avery Acker has been named the American Athletic Conference nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Acker, who graduated from SMU in December, led the NCAA in assists per set while directing the Mustangs to the conference championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. She graduated summa cum laude with a 3.941 grade-point average as an accounting major with minors in chemistry and biological sciences. She begins medical school in Houston in August.
What’s it like to be at the center of 1.3 million ecstatic fans? SMU alumnus Trent Redden, assistant general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was with the team in a parade on June 22 celebrating the Cav’s history-making National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. “The outpouring of love for the team has been amazing,” he says. Now in his 10th year with the NBA, Redden is living the dream that started at SMU.
The story of Jennifer Burr Altabef’s life could have been very different. If not for scholarship support, she might never had made it to the Hilltop. Now a successful attorney, she says, “The simple truth is that scholarships change lives.”