Embrace Juneteenth today, and every day
Traditionally, Juneteenth is a day of family and community celebration – a time to proudly honor African-American history and culture. Please join me in embracing the spirit of Juneteenth today, and every day. Black Lives Matter.
Important Conversations and Actions
This week, I had the honor of participating in a series of Zoom discussions with the leaders of our Black student organizations, alumni board, staff and faculty. Accompanied by Vice President of Student Affairs K.C. Mmeje, Senior Advisor to the President Maria Dixon Hall and our Provost-elect Elizabeth Loboa, I heard firsthand what it means to be Black at SMU. These were not easy stories to tell and they were difficult to hear.
We intend to be open in fall 2020
I am pleased to announce that SMU intends to safely open our University for on-campus teaching, learning and student living for the fall semester. We are looking forward to delivering the unique academic experience that defines SMU, and to rekindling the energy our students bring to campus.
How SMU computer science professors are using their resources to help find a coronavirus vaccine
What if university computer scientists, biologists and historians collaborated to use modern artificial intelligence and machine learning to examine a massive trove of infectious disease research papers, text mining for abstract patterns, elusive insights and hard-to-spot trends related to COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses?
Celebrate your SMU degree now and in August
Please watch this video message from President R. Gerald Turner and Chief Faculty Marshal Tom Fomby as they anticipate SMU’s August 15 Commencement Convocation. Then, read more about how we are harnessing video to help students celebrate their Hilltop memories, and find out about two extraordinary individuals who will be featured at the August ceremony.
One thing we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic – the SMU community is even more collaborative and creative than we had imagined.LEARN MORE
Neha Husein ’19, founder of the Just Drive app, and eight other entrepreneurs and influencers were selected to be part of Warm Robots’ inaugural “Council of Courage” by offering their own experiences and definitions of a courageous conversation.
At just 26, dancer Silas Farley is transitioning from performance to leadership. Meadows School of Arts is the first step on his journey.
In this Washington Post analysis, law professor Jessica Dixon Weaver demonstrates that events like the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have long been a deadly part of American history
Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench, a story about 8-year-old Sarah Jones coming to terms with the traditions of her community in 1960s Arkansas and the progressive nature of her mother, who is involved with the civil rights movement.
Richard Hawkins, SMU professor emeritus of sociology, and his wife gave a combined $2,400 to help a Plano costume shop struggling to meet its payroll.
Carl Dorvil started his first business as an SMU junior. He offers this simple advice to business owners during COVID-19: “Adapt if you can, do something else if you can’t.”
Thomas Morstead ’09 has raised millions for sick children through his What You Give Will Grow charity. Now he’s sharing big life lessons with little ones in the new The Middle School Rules book about him.
As unemployment and COVID-19 cases rise, the Agape Clinic’s medical services are more vital than ever. And SMU alumna Mary Ann Scott ’65 aims to ensure the nonprofit’s healthy future.
What started as a blood drive for members of the SMU women's soccer team became an acts of kindness challenge, resulting in 156 kind acts and inspiring the NCAA Soccer United Against Hunger national food drive.
Those needing legal assistance related to COVID-19 housing, immigration and consumer protection issues can receive assistance through SMU legal clinics or referral to local law firms and attorneys providing free services.
Three hundred students, parents and teachers tuned in to learn leadership strategies, problem solving and design from local scholars and leaders.
Christian centering prayer, mindfulness meditation and Zen meditation can help one live with inner peace, quiet joy and gratitude during challenging times.
Eileen was born the year after 9-11 and graduated from high school in the midst of a pandemic. She'll share a unique bond with other members of SMU's Class of 2024.
Cybercriminals are targeting people working remotely; these steps can help your personal and work information stay secure.
When outdoor markets shut down, Restorative Farms had to retool its efforts quickly to stay afloat. It’s now selling seedlings online as GroBoxes.
Student teams propose symptom-tracker apps, wellness recovery rooms, hands-free door-opening devices and an app for contact-free transactions.
Jason Lewis ’04 and his assistant band directors traveled 168 miles and played in sunshine and pouring rain to show their appreciation to each band graduate.
This summer, 10 SMU undergraduate and graduate students will serve as Maguire Public Service Fellows, with much of their work focused on research and programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a video that’s heartwarming, funny and even musical, SMU students demonstrate fluency in empathy and awareness as they converse with new friends in hard-hit Italy.
The pueblo of just 200 members has had several close brushes with annihilation, says SMU archaeologist and director of SMU-in-Taos Mike Adler. Smallpox reduced the population from 2,500 to 500 in the 1600s.
Meadows School students are using HIPAA-compliant Zoom accounts to tune in weekly with clients, aiding their physical and mental health via live music, talking, singing, playing instruments and movement.
Tori Titmas ’15 wrote, produced and stars in the movie she made with members of her real-life family and her “adopted grandfather,” director John D. Hancock.
A citizen science effort launched by BALANCED Media|Technology and Complexity Gaming deploys the HEWMEN Cell app to test drug compound data against coronavirus, helping SMU researchers sift through possible treatments faster.
Engineers from SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity have developed software that detects ransomware attacks before they inflict catastrophic damage.
From studying on the Dallas Hall lawn to celebrating on the Boulevard, our May 2020 grads look back on favorite moments from the past four years.
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When every day can feel like you’re prepping for a big test, de-stress with virtual jigsaw puzzles, puppy and kitten cams and more chill ideas from SMU Libraries.
How do you filter out fake coronavirus news? SMU librarian Megan Heuer offers information literacy tips.
Sunday Night Snacks is a weekly tradition in SMU's Residential Commons where Faculty-in-Residence and students get together over fresh cookies. Now the tradition has moved online, but the sense of community is still strong.
Computer science, the digital humanities and students eager to make a difference are all in the mix for a high-stakes collaboration tapping brainpower and the gift of time.
The legendary Commander’s Palace has teamed up with a New Orleans nonprofit to help feed healthcare workers at all 15 local hospitals. Meals are delivered by out-of-work artists and musicians.
As her grandmother recovers, Caitlin Williamson has been reminded that family relationships are vital. She has taken this unique time at home to better understand who she is and where she comes from.
Ray W. Washburne ’84, co-founder and co-owner of M Crowd Restaurant Group, has been tapped by President Donald Trump to serve on a task force developing a recovery plan for the nation’s food and beverage industry.
From shortages to hoarding, SMU student Sarah Sedaghatzadeh has seen COVID-19 chaos all from the Target check-out line. Her advice? Stay home if you can; if not, be nice to essential workers.
Global health expert Eric Bing calls for more COVID-19 testing to establish a baseline before re-opening Texas.
To help families make math fun and relevant to these times of handwashing and togetherness, SMU math education professor Candace Walkington suggests Soap Bubble Magic, STEMWalks and Barbie Bungee Jumping.
SMU alums Cary Pierce ’91 and Jack O’Neill ’90 met as Meadows students and formed the band Jackopierce. Now sheltering at home, they treated fellow Mustangs to solo sets that mixed music with SMU memories and answers to audience questions.
For the Odee Company, co-owned by Steve and Sarah Lodwick Holland ’80, the ability to adapt to shifting demands has kept the business going since 1923. Now the printer is churning out hospital gowns for frontline health workers.
Fans of “The Great British Baking Show” will marvel at the pastry feats of art alumna Ginger Geyer ’75 of Austin. What’s the secret ingredient in her Instagram-perfect pies? Lots of clay.
Got Kool-Aid, flour and water? Find out how to transform them into sculpture with an easy recipe from the Meadows Museum. The staff has been busy concocting fun crafts, learning experiences, virtual tours and more for all ages to enjoy at home.
In just 48 hours, Lucy and Andy Rieger ’09 pivoted J. Rieger & Co. – their family distillery in Kansas City, Missouri – from producing whiskey to making hand sanitizer for hospitals, nursing homes and the community.
Hubert Zajicek, M.B.A. ’06, a physician and founder and CEO of the Health Wildcatters incubator in Dallas, helped create the Health Hacking Crisis Network to find quick solutions to problems like the face-mask shortage among healthcare workers.
What are the long-term solutions for staying safe and using retail services on campus? A partnership between several SMU programs challenges student teams to imagine the future.
SMU’s Center for Family Counseling is now offering free telehealth counseling to anyone who needs it during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disruption of daily routines is tough on families, especially children. SMU’s counseling program offers advice for helping your kids feel safe during this uncertain time.
First, take a deep breath. Next, try to approach sheltering at home with a sense of challenge, even adventure, says SMU psychologist George Holden. Check out his pointers for using this time to grow closer as a family.
Seth Orsborn, professor and director of DIG, and Alyssa Phillips, DIG lab manager, to manufacture face shields for area medical professionals.
Given the spread of COVID-19 and the disruption to our lives, grief, frustration and uncertainty all are normal reactions. The situation is new and unpredictable! How do we stay emotionally well during these times?
Wednesdays @ noon: #MuseumFromHome - Several ways to digitally engage with the Meadows Museum, including Color Our Collection, Tiny Tours and Crafternoons.
Michael Corris: Incidents on a Page: Dallas-Venice
- Online exhibit
DeForrest Judd – Sketches of Texas – Sketches of Texas Regions -Big Bend, Caddo Lake, Gulf Coast, Online exhibit
Octavio Medellin: Maya Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938
– Online exhibit