Mustangs in the Wild

These are stories that explore the power of the Mustang spirit to connect us and define who we are today. From the mundane to the fantastic, learn what makes Mustang alumni tick, where to find us in our natural habitat and how we strive to think big and do good after the Hilltop.

Sameer Paroo ’01 is an “M” Award-winning, Toronto-born Mustang who grew up in Orlando and completed high school in Plano, Texas. The avid basketball fan has visited approximately 33 countries since finishing graduate school and has worked in both Nairobi, Kenya, and Vancouver, Canada. In fall 2000, as an SMU senior, he represented the Program Council as a Homecoming king candidate in the Homecoming parade. Twenty-one years later, Sameer had the opportunity to ride in the parade again, but this time as chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Alumni of SMU. We caught up with Sameer to see what’s been happening beyond the Hilltop.

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Black Alumni of SMU Chair Malcolm McGuire ’14 is a leader with a passion for mentorship. He first came to SMU as a police officer and later became a patrol sergeant for the SMU Police Department. He earned a Master of Arts in dispute resolution at the Simmons School and made a seamless transition into a new career as an insurance fraud special investigator with the help of his SMU connections.

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On June 1, 2021, Kristin W. Henderson ’82 assumed the role of Alumni Board Chair and will serve jointly as an ex officio to the SMU Board of Trustees for the next two years. She is passionate about SMU and the differences it can make in the lives of others.

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NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake ’07 lives by the advice he learned from an SMU faculty mentor – stay packed, and don’t make any dinner plans that can’t be canceled.

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At 25 years old, Ana Rodriguez ’03 was one of the youngest assistant vice presidents of Bank of America. She made the jump to nonprofit just before the unexpected economic crash of 2008. Her nonprofit came out swinging, and that wasn’t the first time she beat the odds.

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Newlywed, native Oregonian and philanthropic-hearted Stephen Reiff ’10 took the helm of the SMU Young Alumni Board in July 2020. We sat down with him over the internet and asked him a few questions.

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