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Contact Us

Office Information

Student Activities is located in Suite 314 on the third floor of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm

Email:
studentactivities@smu.edu

Telephone:
214.768.4400

Fax:
214.768.4600

Physical Address:
Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer Street, Suite 315
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 750436
Dallas, TX 75275

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Our Staff


Dawn F. Norris

Executive Director of Student Life

Ph: 214.768.4425

dfnorris@smu.edu

Advisor to: Student Senate Organizations Committee

Hometown

Shreveport, LA

Degrees Obtained

  • B.S. Business Administration / Centenary College of Louisiana
  • M.S. Education / University of Dayton
  • Ed.D. Higher Education / Southern Methodist University (expected May 2018)

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Departments worked in: Student Activities, Multicultural Student Affairs, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Residence Life & Student Housing, DEA Program Services, Finance & Administration

Professional Affiliations, Memberships and/or Involvement

NASPA Texas Student Activities Directors TPE Planning Committee 2010

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Take a chance and try something new. You never know when you might find your passion in an unexpected place!

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me…

Studying - I'm working on my doctorate or spending time with my family.

I am passionate about...

The power of education to make transformative change, my family, and the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Lauren Chapman

Associate Director of Student Activities

Ph: 214.768.4405

lchapman@smu.edu

Advisor to: Program Council, Fraternity House Directors

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Degrees Obtained/In Progress

  • SMU - BA in Spanish, International Studies
  • Virginia Tech - MA Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs (note: it is NOT Virginia Tech University! Just Virginia Tech :) )

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Assistant Director of Student Activities, SMU; Coordinator of Student Involvement, SMU; Resident Director, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Pick one thing that you know you love and are good at, and one thing that challenges and scares you. College is a great time to develop your strengths and take risks at the same time.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

Doing yoga, hanging out with friends and my Chihuahua mix Oliver, painting with watercolors

I am passionate about...

helping students to create the events, experiences, and memories that are meaningful to them and the SMU community.

 

Lydia Dale

Student Activities Coordinator

Ph: 214.768.4401

ldale@smu.edu


 Hometown

Dallas, Texas

Degrees

  • AAS in Business Administration/ Richland College

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

SMU is all I've known for 33 years!

 Favorite Quote

There is no such thing as a lesser person.

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Don't become discouraged if it takes a while to find the right organization. Always be true to your core values.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

working on projects around the house or relaxing with my family.

I am passionate about...

helping students achieve their goals and dreams.

Ashley Fitzpatrick

Assistant Director of Student Activities

Ph: 214.765.4192

alfitzpatric@smu.edu

Advisor to: Interfraternity Council, Student Foundation

Hometown

Southlake, TX

Degrees Obtained/In Progress

  • BA Psychology; BA Advertising/ SMU
  • MS Higher Education, Student Affairs/ University of North Texas

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Assistant Director of Student Activities,

Advisor to the Panhellenic Council Advisor to the National Pan-Hellenic Council Advisor to the Student Senate Organization's Committee Member & current Staff Chair-Elect for the President's Commission on the Status of Women

Professional Affiliations, Memberships and/or Involvement

AFA, AFLV, NASPA, Delta Gamma

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Join something your first semester! It's a great way to meet new people and to connect with SMU.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

Running, spending time with my husband and dog, enjoying Netflix marathons, and crafting up gluten free goodies.

I am passionate about...

Empowering young women, encouraging growth through learning, and advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

Dolores Henry

Meetings and Events Coordinator

Ph: 214.768.4440

dyhenry@smu.edu

Hometown

Born in Dallas, TX; raised in Mexico City, Mexico

Degrees

  • Associate Degree in Studio Art and Psychology/ Richland College
  • BBA Marketing, BA Psychology/ SMU
  • MBA/ SMU (expected May 2017)

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Assistant Figure Skating Instructor - Dallas Galleria Assistant Facility Manager - Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

You can be involved in many ways, it doesn't have to be an organization. I got involved at SMU by getting a job at the Dedman Center to pay my way through college and it was the best experience ever. You need balance in your life; don't feel obligated to join and excel in every club to fill out your resume. It's better to do one thing excellently rather than many things poorly.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

When I'm not studying for class I'm playing video games, playing with my dog, reading, doing my nails (I love nail art), and planning my wedding! I also love watching TV but I'm picky about the shows I watch.

I am passionate about...

The arts, being a student of life, travel, my family. I love learning new things.

 

Bethany Martindale

Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Ph: 214.768.3633

bmartindale@smu.edu

Advisor to: Panhellenic Council, Multicultural Greek Council

Hometown

Fargo, ND

Degrees

  • B.A., Political Science/ University of North Dakota
  • M. Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs/ Virginia Tech

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Residential Community Director of McElvaney Residential Commons; Southern Methodist University Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life; Virginia Tech State Scheduler & Senior Staff Assistant; Senator Heidi Heitkamp

Professional Affiliations, Memberships and/or Involvement

NASPA, member AFA, member

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Don't pigeon-hole yourself into one activity or group throughout your years in college. Try new things. Eat at a different dining center. Get involved with your Commons. Join the Quidditch Club. Work on campus. Find a way to leave your mark at SMU.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

At Northpark Mall (I work at JCrew and also have a shopping problem. . . ) Workin' on yearlong #SummerBod at GRIT Fitness At various brunch spots throughout Dallas

I am passionate about...

Student leaders who use their voice, work-life balance, equality, and BAKING!

Danielle L. Wilcher

Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life

Ph: 214.768.4438

dwilcher@smu.edu

Advisor to: National Pan-Hellenic Council

Hometown

Waco, TX

Degrees)

  • Bachelors Social Work/ University of Texas-Arlington
  • M.S. Higher Education Administration/ Florida International University

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Greek Life Coordinator, University of North Texas

Professional Affiliations, Memberships and/or Involvement

NASPA Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors: Region 4 Membership Engagement & Recruitment Team Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values: Awards & Assessment Committee

Favorite Quote

You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward!

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Don't stretch yourself. Find organizations that will help you grow as a person and an area that you are passionate at. Getting involved will help create your "home" at SMU!

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me... (i.e. hobbies)

Brunchin', Traveling, Thrifting and if its August - February watching football non-stop! Especially cheering on the Dallas Cowboys

I am passionate about...

Access, Equity and Rescue Dogs (especially Barkley my senior Yorkie J )

 

 

Colin Nelson-Pinkston

Graduate Assistant

cnelsonpinkston@smu.edu

Advisor to: SMU Social Crew

Hometown

Green Bay, WI

Degrees

  • Bachelors Spanish, International Studies/ University of Iowa
  • Masters of Educational Policy and Leadership - Higher Education/ SMU

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

Educational Leadership Consultant, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Professional Affiliations, Memberships and/or Involvement

Lambda Chi Alpha, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonel, Rio Olympics 2016 Volunteer

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Get out of your comfort zone. If it does not challenge you, it will not change you.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

Lifting weights, cooking, reading, or doing something active.

I am passionate about...

improving myself every day and working to help others do the same.

 

Taylor Sandoval

Graduate Assistant

tmsandoval@smu.edu

Advisor to: Relay For Life

 

Hometown

Houston, TX

Degrees

  • Bachelors of Science in Development and Family Studies/ University of North Texas
  • Masters of Educational Policy and Leadership - Higher Education/ SMU

Previous Professional Experiences or Positions

NODA (National Orientation Directors Association) internship at Sam Houston State University.

Previous orientation leader and the president of my sorority.

Professional Affiliations, Memberships and/or Involvement

TACUSPA, NASPA, and NODA.

One Piece of Advice to Students for Getting Involved

Join at least one organization that you are interested in and try to attend as many free events on campus as you can.

On the weekends or in my spare you can find me...

exploring new restaurants across DFW, hanging out and playing with my dog, or just relaxing at home watching TV.

I am passionate about...

helping students with their transition to college by encouraging involvement and assisting with their leadership development.

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