About Us

Office of the Dean of Students

Office Location - Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Suite 205
(unless otherwise indicated below)

Office of the Dean

 Melinda Sutton Noss
Dr. Melinda J. "Mindy" Sutton
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students
Ph: 214.768.4564
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 Michael Hogan Michael Hogan
Assistant to the Associate Vice President
and Dean of Students
Ph: 214.768.4571

 Office of Student Advocacy & Support

 Dr. Sidney Gardner
Dr. Sidney Gardner
Assistant Dean of Students
Director, Office of Student Advocacy & Support
Ph: 214.768.4558
Assistant Director
Office of Student Advocacy & Support
Ph: 214.768.4564
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 Laura Shwarts Laura Shwarts
Office of Student Advocacy & Support
Ph. 214.768.4565
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 Brooke Richardson Brooke Richardson
Assistant Director
Parent & Family Programs
Ph: 214.768.4656

 Student Conduct & Community Standards

  Gino Simione
Student Conduct & Community Standards
Ph. 214.768.4585
 Camille Alam - Student Conduct GA
Camille Alam
Program Specialist
Student Conduct & Community Standards
Ph. 214.768.4404

 Orientation & Transition Programs

 John Martin John Martin
Assistant Director
Orientation & Transition Programs
Ph. 214.768.4692

 Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

 Randy Jones
Dr. Randy P. Jones
Associate Dean of Students
Executive Director of Health Services
Office Location: 6211 Bishop Blvd
Ph: 214.768.2141 / Fax: 214.768.2151

 Office of Wellbeing Education


Wellbeing Education
Office Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Ste 208
Ph: 214.768.2393


 Campus Recreation

 Bonnie Hainline - Director of Campus Recreation

Bonnie Hainline
Campus Recreation
Office Location: The Dedman Center
Ph: 214.768.3366


 Mustang Band & Spirit

 Charles Aguillon Charles Aguillon
Mustang Band & Spirit
Office Location: The Dedman Center - South Entrance
Ph: 214.768.3235

The Office of the Dean of Students is located on the top floor, northwest corner of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center in Suite 205. In this suite, you can find the following offices:

  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Orientation & Transition Programs
  • Office of Student Advocacy & Support
    • Caring Community Connections
    • The Shop
    • Parent & Family Programs
  • Student Conduct & Community Standards
    • Honor Council
    • Call for Help Program

Map of the SMU Campus

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Departmental E-mails: 


Main Office Phone Numbers: 
214-768-4564 - Dean of Students
214-768-4563 - Student Conduct & Community Standards


Physical Address:
Office of the Dean of Students
Hughes-Trigg Student Center
3140 Dyer Street, Suite 205
Dallas, TX 75205

Mailing Address:
Office of the Dean of Students
P.O. Box 750355
Dallas, TX 75275

Select the Staff tab above for individual staff contact information

The following offices and departments are overseen by the Associate VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and comprise the Division of Student Affairs group known as Student Wellbeing & Support.

Office of the Dean of Students

The Office of the Dean of Students dedicates itself to providing proactive education, expert response, and intentional collaborations to address behavioral, persona, and academic matters. The department advances the Division of Student Affairs strategic plan by compassionately empowering students to make educated and informed decisions as world changers.

Office of Student Advocacy & Support

Staff in the Office of Student Advocacy & Support oversee the Caring Community Connections (CCC) program, The Shop, and Parent & Family Programs. They work directly with and provide support to any SMU student who may be struggling outside the classroom with any sort of issue and assist in getting them connected to appropriate available resources. Services and activities are also provided to parents 

Visit Student Advocacy & Support Page

Student Conduct & Community Standards

We seek to promote community, scholarship, and civility by holding students accountable to the Student Code of Conduct and the Honor Code. We assist students in understanding the importance of ethical and intentional decision making with the SMU community and beyond. We recognize when students make mistakes and assist them in bringing their actions into congruence with the expectations set forth by the University.

Visit Student Conduct Page

Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

At the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, SMU students receive comprehensive, quality health care in a state-of-the-art campus facility. Services provided include medical services, counseling services, health education, and a pharmacy. Health Center staff members provide care with a focus on student wellness and informed lifestyle choices, which are important contributors to academic, professional and personal success. Students in crisis who feel they need immediate help from counseling services should visit the Health Center during office hours or call 214-768-2277 to reach a clinician 24/7.

Go to the Health Center Site

Campus Recreation / Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports

Here in Campus Recreation, we'll get you going. From team sports to personal fitness to active fun, you'll find it all here. We're located in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The Center offers 170,000 square feet of indoor recreational space plus an outdoor social area that includes The Falls (a zero entry pool with 7-foot waterfalls), two sand volleyball courts, and leisure spaces. Come check us out and find the active way you want to live.

Go to the Campus Recreation Site

Mustang Band & Spirit

The Mustang Band was first organized in 1917 at SMU and known as the "Hub of SMU Spirit" and the "Best Dressed Band in the Land." The band performs at all home football games as well as a couple of away games each year. During Homecoming, the band produces the "Pigskin Revue." The band is well-known for its unusual jazz-style and up-tempo performances.

Go to the Mustang Band Site

Rotunda Yearbook - For over 100 years, the Rotunda has chronicled the history of Southern Methodist University and serves as the school's primary source of recorded history. From its beautiful art to captivating themes, the Rotunda has evolved with the times, earning awards and national recognition from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP), the College Media Association (CMA) and Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). 

Go to the Rotunda Site

SMU Spirit is comprised of the Cheerleading Team, Pom Squad, and Peruna, SMU's famous mascot.

The SMU Cheerleading squad is a highly competitive, national championship-winning team consisting of 20 to 30 young men and women. The squad cheers at all home football games, bowl games, men's and women's home basketball games, volleyball games, and tournament play. Members of the SMU Cheer squad participate in community service events around campus and the Dallas area.

The Pom Squad is well known for their energetic performances and their ability to entertain a crowd. The dancing style of the team includes jazz, pom and hip hop. The Pom Squad performs on the sidelines and at halftime of all home football games and travels to some away games. The squad also performs at all men's and women's basketball games and won a national title in the Division IA Open Dance category in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Peruna, SMU's mascot, has two forms - the original is a Shetland pony with a long and storied history, dating back to the 1930s that is accompanied by a team of student handlers at football games as well as other campus and community events. The second form is the Human Peruna Mascot, who hasn't been around nearly as long, and serves as an accessory to our longtime beloved live mascot. The character is an extension of Peruna and is enjoyed by fans -- especially children -- at all SMU athletic contests. Human Peruna features traditional collegiate gear as part of his regular uniforms, but he also known to don team uniforms and other special gear during football and men's and women's basketball games.

Go to the Spirit Squad Site