Current Adventures

  • Alex, New York. (Winter 2014) Alex is a junior majoring in English and psychology. During winter break 2014, she participated in Meadows School of the Arts’ New York Colloquium, when students visit museums, art galleries, studios and other contemporary art venues.
  • Alternative Breaks Fall 2013. Students, faculty and staff visited five communities to perform service in October 2013: Hartshorne, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; Bridgeport, Texas; and Dallas.
  • Alternative Break Winter 2013. During December 2013, students traveled to Austin, Texas, to work with Blackland Community Development Corporation.
  • Alternative Breaks Spring 2014. SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 10 cities during spring break 2014 to serve community organizations.
  • Bush Institute, Zambia. (Summer 2013) In June 2013 President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are traveling to Livingstone, Zambia, where they will work alongside local Zambians, U.S. embassy officials and George W. Bush Institute staff to renovate a clinic that when completed, will serve as a cervical cancer screening and treatment center. Four SMU students and Professor Eric Bing are among the group of volunteers who are helping renovate the clinic.
  • Civil Rights Pilgrimage. (Spring 2014) 2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The eight-day bus journey takes students, faculty and staff to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement.
  • Cox Global Leadership Program. (Summer 2013) In May 2013, four groups of students are traveling to Europe (London, Bratislava), Asia (Tokyo, Beijing), China (Xian, Beijing) and Latin America (Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo) with the Global Leadership Program at the Cox School of Business.
  • Danielle, Peru. (Summer 2013) Danielle is a junior majoring in Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with minors in elementary education and psychology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is volunteering in a kindergarten for underprivileged children in Cuzco, Peru.
  • Devin, Italy. (Fall 2013) Devin is a communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in law and legal reasoning and Italian, and the recipient of scholarships including the Provost’s Scholarship and Marian Tower Study Abroad Scholarship. During fall 2013, she is studying at the University of Ferrara in Italy.
  • Elizabeth, India. (Summer 2013) Elizabeth is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. Elizabeth is working in Bangalore, India, with the Leave UR Mark organization.
  • Emily, Costa Rica. (Summer 2013) Emily is a junior studying public relations and strategic communication in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in Spanish and English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica.
  • Generation Y Studies JFK. (Fall 2013) SMU political science Professor Dennis Simon and senior English lecturer Tom Stone in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences are teaching a special course to 40 students during fall 2013 that examines the life, times and legend of JFK.
  • Hilltop on the Hill. (Fall 2013) Eight students are in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students are visiting media and government sites, and meeting with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni.
  • Human Rights, France. (Spring 2014) Eighteen students, faculty and staff from SMU and Dallas are traveling to France during spring break 2014 to study the role that country played in the Holocaust, when Nazi-occupied France deported 76,000 Jews to be murdered in or en route to extermination camps.
  • Human Rights, Poland. (Winter 2013) Sixteen SMU students, faculty and staffers, along with community members, are in Poland Dec. 18-30 to visit Holocaust sites.
  • J Term at SMU in Taos. (Winter 2014) During J Term 2014 at SMU-in-Taos, students are taking courses including Environmental Communications, Social Problems, Mountain Sports and Computers and Information Technology.
  • Jewel, New Jersey. (Summer 2013) Jewel is a sophomore majoring in chemistry and environmental science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and is a member of the University Honors Program. Jewel was awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program to conduct research on rivers in the Kittatinny Mountains of northwest New Jersey during summer 2013.
  • Jordan, Scotland. (Fall 2013) Jordan is a senior majoring in English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with minors in journalism and fashion media. In fall 2013, she is studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
  • Julia, Taos. (Summer 2013) Julia is a senior finance major with a specialization in alternative asset management, with a concentration in risk management & insurance, in the Cox School of Business and a minor in economics in Dedman College. During summer 2013, she is studying for the second time in Taos.
  • Kerri, Brazil. (Summer 2013) Kerri is a graduate student in medical anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a non-governmental organization focused on gender and racial equality.
  • Kyle, Taos and Honolulu. (Summer 2013) Kyle is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in biology, individual studies in applied scientific computing and human rights in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Kyle is participating in Engaged Learning and also was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. During summer 2013, he interned at two nonprofit organizations in Taos and Honolulu.
  • Lade, Bali. (Summer 2013). Lade is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in mechanical engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering and mathematics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in art in Meadows School of the Arts. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Bali.
  • Lisa, Denmark. (Spring 2014) Lisa is a junior majoring in markets and culture in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with a minor in education in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. During spring 2014, she is studying at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad with SMU-in-Copenhagen.
  • Monica, Oxford. (Summer 2013) Monica is a junior Hunt Scholar majoring in business in Cox School of Business and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Oxford.
  • Monica, Taos. (Summer 2013) Monica is a junior Hunt Leadership Scholar majoring in communications in Meadows School of the Arts and business in Cox School of Business who spent the 2013 May Term in Taos.
  • Olivia, Abroad. (Spring 2014) Olivia is a senior Hunt Scholar majoring in Film and Media Arts, English and Spanish. She studied abroad with SMU-in-Paris and SMU-in-Oxford during summer 2012, followed by a fall semester in Madrid with the SMU-in-Spain program.
  • Nayeem, Fort Worth. (Summer 2013) Nayeem is a graduate student in the JD/MBA program in Dedman School of Law and Cox School of Business. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working as an enforcement attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Fort Worth.
  • Rahfin, Clinton Global Initiative America. (Summer 2013) Rahfin is a junior President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in economics, political science and mathematics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, he was invited to participate in Clinton Global Initiative America in Chicago, an annual event focused on economic recovery in the United States.
  • Rahfin, Washington. (Summer 2013) Rahfin is a junior President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in economics, political science and mathematics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working for the U.S. State Department at the Bureau of Central and South Asia in Washington, D.C.
  • Residential Commons Leadership Corps. The Residential Commons Leadership Corps (RCLC) is made up of students who are shaping and promoting the Residential Commons experience at SMU. The RCLC works with Faculty in Residence, Resident Community Directors and resident assistants to develop unique traditions for each commons that will foster community and long-term bonds among residents.
  • Sara, Colonial Virginia. (Spring 2014) During spring break 2014, Sara and her Honors history class “The Founding Fathers and Slavery” traveled to Virginia.
  • SMU-in-London: Arts. (Summer 2013) Students in the SMU-in-London: Arts spend five weeks in the city, becoming 21st-century explorers while taking two courses.
  • SMU Faculty in Residence. As live-in faculty members in SMU’s Residential Commons, Faculty in Residence (FiRs) serve as the intellectual leaders of their commons. The FiR program creates opportunities for students to know faculty members outside of the classroom and emphasizes a culture of mentorship, intellectual discourse and community.
  • SMU Outdoor Adventures. SMU Outdoor Adventures offers recreational trips and outdoor skills workshops from its “base camp” at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.
  • SMU Service House. SMUSH is a residence hall for 28 students dedicated to service and social change. The Office of Residence Life & Student Housing and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center jointly sponsor the Service House and its programs.
  • Spencer, Uganda. (Summer 2013) Spencer is a graduate student in religious studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working in the Busoga region of Uganda with a development organization, Kibo Group, International, to assess local perception of Kibo Group water projects.
  • Suture Clinic, Dedman College. (Fall 2013). Forty SMU students participated in the SMU Suture Clinic in Dedman Life Science Building during October 2013. The clinic was sponsored by Alpha Epsilon Delta and presented by the U.S. Army with support from Kaplan Test Prep.
  • Theology in Cuba. (Spring 2014) Dr. Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies at Perkins School of Theology, is leading the Spring 2014 faculty immersion trip to Cuba March 7-16. Nine participants will examine the history of Cuba, its religious and cultural sources, and will visit Christian communities including the Seminario Evangélico de Teología de Matanzas.
  • Theology in El Salvador. (Spring 2014) Dr. Harold J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society at Perkins School of Theology, is leading his class of 14 students to El Salvador during spring break 2014. The group is examining Christian mission in cultural context as part of Perkins’ Global Theological Education program.
  • Theology in France. (Summer 2013) As part of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program, students studying in Taize, France, visit sacred sites such as the Taize community, Notre Dame, Cluny and Chartres, and consider the sites’ rich contributions to Christian worship and music.
  • Theology in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. (Winter 2013) 22 students from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology — led by Dr. Robert Hunt, Director of the Perkins Global Theological Education Program — are participating in a Palestine-Israel immersion course from Dec. 29 through Jan. 13, 2014.
  • Theology in Singapore. (Summer 2013) For the fourth year, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology — with Trinity Theological College in Singapore — is holding its two-week summer session as part of the Singapore/Dallas Doctor of Ministry Program.
  • Theology in South Africa. (Summer 2013) Students participating in the Perkins Global Theological Education Program are gaining insights into Christian hope in the region by exploring the political, economic, sexual, racial, and gender-complex experiences of the people of South Africa, and by participating in varieties of church and community-based ministries in Cape Town and Durban.
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