2013 Dedman College News Archives

Annual event brings Dedman College Scholars and supporters together for thought provoking book discussion


Dallas (SMU) September 16, 2013- Dedman College Dean William M. Tsutsui and the Dedman College Scholars welcomed scholars and sponsors to the 4th annual Hegi Book Discussion Friday, September 6, to examine author Wes Moore’s book, The Other Wes Moore. SMU Board of Trustee member Dr. Fred Hegi and his wife, Jan, hosted the event.

“From the first time that Jan and I hosted the Dedman College Scholars book discussion in our home, we were both impressed with the students’ thoughtfulness, maturity and diversity of thought that evolved from those discussions,” says Dr. Hegi. “Being with incredibly talented students clearly made us proud to play a small role in the evening and also to sponsor one of the Dedman College Scholars. The complexity of their thought processes were very impressive. We regretted seeing them leave at the end of the evening!”

The event’s central focus was a spirited discussion on the 2013 SMU Common Reading selection, The Other Wes Moore, a non-fiction narrative and analysis of the experiences of two men, both named Wes Moore, whose lives turned out very differently despite their similar backgrounds.

“The Dedman College Scholars Program provides scholarships, an actively engaged community and close faculty guidance and mentoring,” remarks Dean Tsutsui. “We are grateful to have such a strong support group for these students and events like the annual Hegi Book Discussion to bring them together.”

The Dedman College Scholars who entered SMU in the Fall of 2013 have an average SAT (math and critical reading) of 1451 and an average GPA of 3.8 in a challenging high school curriculum as well as extracurricular involvement. There are 41 active Dedman College Scholars, approximately 10 in each class.

About Dedman College:

Named in 1981 after SMU alumni Robert H. Dedman Sr. and his wife, Nancy McMillan Dedman, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences is the oldest and largest academic unit at SMU. Students in Dedman College have the advantage of exploring 39 undergraduate majors, 57 minors, 19 master’s programs and 13 doctoral degrees offered in 16 academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, statistics and interdisciplinary studies. 

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