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The LEC staff has been in partnership with Residence Life for many years. 

Recently, the following began serving as faculty affiliates in the Residential Commons. 

From left to right:  Pam McNulty (Simmons) – Boaz; Sue Bierman (Simmons) – McElvaney; and LaTina Jackson (Simmons) – Loyd.









Congratulations to the Altshuler Learning Enhancement tutors and night managers (past and present) who were recognized at the 2015 Honors Convocation on April 13:


Jacob Daniel Cadena                            Ben Thomas Excellence in Tutoring Award
Michael Fox                                         Stanton Sharp Award for Outstanding Service and Academic Achievement in History
John Robert Gilchrist                           Tau Beta Pi
Audrey E. Gill                                     Phi Beta Kappa
Mehdi Hami                                         Robert Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows
Elizabeth Alleyne Hardwick                Phi Beta Kappa
John Phillip Lujano                             Mortar Board
Kendall Katherine Lunney                   Alpha Chi
Michelle Myung-ja Kim                       Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Award
Kelly A. Kiser                                      Phi Beta Kappa
Binbin Lu                                            Distinguished Accounting Major
Mary Caitlin Mahaffy                          Phi Beta Kappa
Margaret Marie Bernadette Mochel      Phi Beta Kappa
Oluwadamilade O. Obamehinti            Ben Thomas Excellence in Tutoring Award
Ketetha Claude Geraldine Olengue      Phi Beta Kappa
Caroline Olson                                     Mortar Board
Jenna Peck                                           University Honors Program
Erica Lynn Renstrom                           Phi Beta Kappa
Kathryn Elise Schaible                         Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
David Gail Smith                                 SALUTE
David Smoldt                                      Robert Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows
Haley Collins Stutts                             Robert Stewart Hyer Society
Ellen Teague                                        Art History Division Outstanding Senior Award
Micah A. Thornton                              Robert Stewart Hyer Society
Kristen Anne Yule                               Phi Beta Kappa
Kenneth W. Zon                                  Phi Beta Kappa


The staff of the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center is pleased to award the PAT (Pretty Amazing Teacher) Award to recognize members of the SMU faculty who demonstrate particular care and concern for students’ academic support needs. 

The willingness of these generous faculty members to refer students to support services and to encourage students to use these services to foster academic success makes them worthy of a PAT.

This award also celebrates the work of Pat Feldman, Senior Associate Director of the A-LEC, whose devotion to providing comprehensive and compassionate academic support for students in her 28-year career at SMU made her an all-around Pretty Amazing Teacher herself.

The 2013 Award Recipients are

Dr. Brian Fennig


Dr. John Wise

Brian Fennig and Pat Feldman

Dr. John Wise


We're extremely proud to announce that the A-LEC's

Patricia Feldman

has been recognized with the 2013 Loretta O'Reilly Hawkins Award

Congratulations, Pat!

The purpose of the Loretta  O’Reilly Hawkins Award is to recognize and reward excellence among university employees. As a private university, it is vital that SMU employees provide the highest level service to all internal and external constituents; as such, this award seeks to commend employees who demonstrate the university’s commitment to excellence. 

This award recognizes employees who represent the qualities and spirit of Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins, her love of SMU, her commitment to the community, and her high standards for work and life.


Congratulations to the A-LEC's

Ann Shattles

SMU and the LEC recently celebrated Ann Shattles’ 25th anniversary with the university.  Ann began her career as a Mustang in the English Department before the LEC wisely stole her away!  Ann’s education and experience has helped create the outstanding service provided to students by the Writing Center and all the writing tutors.  She has worked closely with Residence Life and Student Housing and has won awards for her work with student services as well as for her teaching in both LEC courses and in Discernment and Discourse.  She has been instrumental in the design and teaching for our HDEV 1110 ORACLE class that has continued to grow in popularity.  Almost all of the LEC publications have been created and updated by Ann.  Congratulations and “THANK YOU,” Ann for your service to SMU and our students!