From the Class of 2016:
Graduating entrepreneur ready to take asthma management device to next level
Edward Allegra started his SMU journey as a biology major, thinking he wanted to become a physician, but he will be graduating May 14 with degrees in biology and economics, already hard at work marketing a mobile health device for asthma diagnosis and management he developed with a team of SMU students. Read more.
Graduate Ariana Hudson moves from student to teacher
Ariana Hudson has been doing education volunteer and internship work since she was a freshman at SMU. That kind of service was a natural progression for the child of two police officers, and Hudson intends to stay on that path as she begins a teaching career with Teach for America immediately after May commencement. Read more.
Tiana Johnson: Dedicated to making a change
D Magazine recently turned a spotlight on SMU graduate student Tiana Johnson as one of seven incredible Dallas women who deserve more attention that the “Real Housewives of Dallas.” After receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree May 14, the actress, activist and pageant queen will be a member of the Brierly Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Center Theater. Read more.
Vocalist Maya Jones gives voice to the power of faith, confidence & helping others
Anyone who has witnessed one of Maya Jones’ powerful operatic or gospel performances can recall just how she made them feel: elated, or perhaps sorrowful, but decidedly impressed. As she prepares to earn bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and music education, she reflects on her evolution from a girl judged “too loud” into a gifted performer. Read more.
Marine Corps vet finds inspiration, safe harbor during time at SMU
When Codey Marshall was just a kid from Garland, he enjoyed watching the SMU football team vigorously chasing its opponents across the field at old Ownby Stadium. He had no idea then the grand journey life held in store, or that it would return him to the Hilltop. Read more.
SMU Dedman Law Grad Pursues Path of Criminal Justice
Law School graduate Katherine Mitchell of Dallas has chosen a career in criminal justice "to serve people who are at the absolute lowest point in their life," she says. She credits the time she spent in SMU's Criminal Justice Clinic - learning from legal professionals, bonding with fellow law students and offering pro bono assistance to community members in need - "as absolutely the best hands-on experience I could've had." Watch the interview.
Hallie Hovey-Murray: How I overcame autism
Hallie Hovey-Murray writes about overcoming the challenges she has faced and speaks up for others who have autism. At SMU she has been an example to others through her active life, being in a sorority, serving as president of SMU speech and debate, and dabbling in Division 1 athletics as a woman’s rower. Read more.
Blind student discovers passion for human rights at SMU
John Kalkanli has never seen the campus of SMU, but he says he loves it none-the-less. Born in Turkey with a disorder that robbed him of his sight from day one, his family brought him to Dallas six times in his first five years of life to attempt surgeries they hoped would make him see. None of the surgeries worked, but eventually he found something else in Dallas – a future home at SMU. Read More.
Smart Phones Tested For Cancer Screening In Zambia
Thousands of women in Zambia at risk for cervical cancer will have greater access to life-saving screenings, thanks to a diagnostic phone application developed by SMU graduate student Nicholas Saulnier, who will graduate from SMU on Saturday, May 14, with a Master's degree in electrical engineering. Read more.