Communication Studies

The 2014 SMU Commencement Address by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings gave the Commencement address at SMU on May 17, 2014, joining the University in celebrating the academic accomplishments of more than 2,100 students. Mayor Rawlings was introduced by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

Pillars of Achievement: Roza Essaw

Meet SMU student Roza Essaw, who is inspired by world leaders to give back.

National Elevator Pitch Champion and Professional Speaker, Chris Westfall

For art school students, the focus is on the craft - producing excellence in your chosen field. But, after graduation, students face the reality of applying their knowledge in the super-competitive world of the performing arts. Quickly, students realize that talent alone is not enough to make it in the world. Practical advice for students on how to apply the knowledge that they've learned, and how to apply marketing strategies that are required for both artistic excellence...and a paycheck.

SMU Alum Chris Westfall featured on CNN

Marketing and branding from Chris Westfall, (BFA, SMU 1987) the national elevator pitch champion. Chris Westfall is a professional speaker, author, entrepreneur and business coach. SMU's Cox School of Business has recognized Chris as a top instructor at the Business Leadership Center; he provides professional development coaching and career guidance to undergrads and graduate students at top-tier universities around the country. Find out more about his marketing expertise, career coaching and speaking at

Maria Dixon Interview

SMU Meadows Corporate Communications and Public Affairs professor Maria Dixon discusses why she chose to come to SMU in Dallas, collaboration, and how she uses EA Sports' Madden football in the classroom.

Kathryn Carr Interview

Kathryn Carr, corporate communications and public affairs major at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, discusses what it means to communicate.

Michelle Yoby Interview

Corporate Communications and Public Relations major Michelle Yoby discusses the program at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts.

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