SMU Student Handbook

Academic Support Services

University Advising Center

Ms. Ellen Richmond 408M Blanton 8-2116
Administrative Assistant      
Ms. Dania Ortiz 408 Blanton 8-2291

Academic advisors assist students in planning course schedules, and in focusing on long-range planning and curricular design to help achieve multiple goals. Students may arrange individual advising conference and advisors welcome drop-in visits.

Academic Advisors

Mr. Josh Beaty 408Q Blanton
Dr. Scott Bartlett 408H Blanton 8-1526
Dr. Maria Crouch 408N Blanton
Ms. Sara Dammann 408R Blanton
Dr. Susan Harris (UHP) 408C Blanton
Ms. Janet Hopkins 408K Blanton 8-1272
Ms. Sheumona Miller 408P Blanton 8-4143
Mr. Timothy Norris 408L Blanton 8-4959
Mrs. Dee O'Banner 408E Blanton
Ms. Jeanene Renfro 408J Blanton 8-2103
Mrs. Daphne Shipowitz 408F Blanton 8-1970

Pre-Law Services

Ms. Janet Hopkins 408K Blanton 8-1272

Office of Pre-Health Advising

Ms. Gwen LaCroix 135 Dedman Life Science Bldg 8-4604
Mr. Caleb Marsh 135 Dedman Life Science Bldg 8-2308

Lyle School of Engineering
Office of Undergraduate Advising and Student Records

Dr. Betsy Willis
400 Caruth Hall 8-1732
Academic Advisors
Ms. Jennylind Doyle 400 Caruth Hall
Ms. Eileen Hoy 400 Caruth Hall 8-3415

Rotunda Academic Scholars Program
Assistant Director for Student Success

Ms. Ebonii Nelson
100 Blanton 8-4300

The Multimedia Center

Director: Tyeson Seale
Multimedia Center - Ph. (214) 768-4584

The Multimedia Center is a part of the Information Commons of Fondren Library and is a place where SMU students can create, edit and practice digital projects, such as video editing, PowerPoint, website development, blogs, touch computing and much more. The Center features 14 individual iMac computers stations with a variety of software and a group project/practice room, also equipped with Mac computers, as well as the Touch Learning Center, a room which provides access to 15 iPads and a 70-inch LED monitor. Individual stations are designed to be self-serve and while staff assistance is available, dedicated one-on-one support should be scheduled in advance.

The Center welcomes walk-in students, both individuals and groups. If you require one-on-one support for a digital project, please contact the center,, in advance so that support accommodations can be made.

The Center also features a multifunction Screening Room located in Room 109B of Fondren Library East, which has a capacity of 40 students and provides access to VHS, DVD (both NTSC & PAL formats) and an iMac computer. To schedule use of this room, send an email to for more information.

SMU STAR Program

The Student Technology Assistance in Residence (STAR) program recruits and trains students to become proficient in the use of technology to support the most common needs of faculty using technology in their course.
Fondren Library East 108
Ph: (214) 768-3867

Office of Information Technology

Chief Information Officer: Joe Gargiulo
Fondren Library West
Help Desk: (214) 768-4357

The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC)

Director: Sue Bierman
202 Loyd Center
Student Appointments: (214) 768-3648
Business Office: (214) 768-6725

The A-LEC offers many different opportunities for students to maximize their learning effectiveness. Students may register for HDEV 1110: Reading and Learning Strategies, a class devoted to developing students' reading rate, comprehension, and learning strategies. The A-LEC provides free drop-in workshops to allow students to improve their study skills and tutoring is provided by SMU undergraduate students for most first- and second-year courses. For students who want help with a problem in studying a particular text or preparing for a test, A-LEC Learning Specialists offer individual appointments.

Writing Center

Coordinator: Lee Gibson
202 Loyd Center
Phone: (214) 768-3648

The Writing Center, staffed by English department faculty, provides students with assistance in the process of developing and drafting papers for SMU courses. The Writing Center faculty will not edit or proofread work, but they will answer any specific questions the student may have about his or her draft. Appointments are necessary in order to reserve a half-hour tutorial. Please call at least two days ahead of time.

Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS)
202 Loyd Center
Phone: (214) 768-1470
Sr. Associate Director: Alexa Taylor Ph: (214) 768-1918

Disability Acccommodations Coordinators:

                                                  Michelle Bufkin

Ph: (214) 768-1232
                                                Karen Turbeville
Ph: (214) 768-4557

Learning Disabilities Specialist: David Tylicki Ph: (214) 768-4773
Administrative Coordinator: Candy Brown Ph: (214) 768-1470


Last revision - 22 July 2015