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By Julieta Chiquillo
The Dallas Morning News

Friends and relatives of the Southern Methodist University police officer who drowned in Turtle Creek during a July flood buried him Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Mark McCullersOfficer Mark McCullers' body was found last week in the river near Oak Lawn Avenue and East Levee Street. An SMU officer made the discovery.

Tiffany McCullers said Monday that the news about the discovery of her husband's body was a relief and also the hardest thing she's had to hear.

"You want to jump for joy," she said, "and at the same time you want to fall to the floor and weep."

McCullers joined the Marine Corps after he graduated from high school in 1990. He was buried with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute.

Floodwaters swept the officer and his car off a construction site in Highland Park, where McCullers was working an off-duty security job in the predawn hours of July 5. His wife and other loved ones gathered for a memorial service in late July.

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Scenes from the Military Funeral for Mark McCullers

SMU Police Office Mark McCullers Funeral


Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:30:00 GMT
Campaign Experts SMU’s election gurus have been offering media their insights into the 2016 race for the White House.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:13:00 GMT
SMU Women's Soccer rolls over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 9-0 For the second straight game, the SMU women's soccer team dominated from start to finish, as the Mustangs rolled to a 9-0 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sunday night at Westcott Field.

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Nobel laureate and SMU alumnus James Cronin dies American nuclear-physicist James Cronin, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize for Physics with Val Fitch, died on 25 August, at the age of 84.

American nuclear-physicist James W. Cronin, who shared the 1980 Nobel Prize for Physics with Val Fitch, died on 25 August, at the age of 84.

James CroninCronin and Fitch – who died in February last year – were awarded the prize for their 1964 discovery that decaying subatomic particles called K mesons violate a fundamental principle in physics known as "CP symmetry." The research pointed towards a clear distinction between matter and antimatter, helping to explain the dominance of the former over the latter in our universe today.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on 29 September 1931, Cronin completed his BSc in 1951 at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where his father taught Latin and Greek. Cronin moved to the University of Chicago, where he graduated with a PhD in physics in 1955. While there, Cronin benefited from being taught by stalwarts of the field, including Enrico Fermi, Maria Mayer and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.

After his doctorate, Cronin worked as an assistant physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) until 1958, when he joined the faculty at Princeton University, where he remained until 1971. He then returned to the University of Chicago to become professor of physics. Cronin met Fitch during his time at BNL and it was Fitch who brought him to Princeton. While there, the duo aimed to verify CP symmetry using BNL's Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) by showing that two different particles did not decay into the same products.

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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:15:00 GMT
Significant Etruscan discovery names female goddess Archaeologists translating a very rare inscription on an ancient Etruscan temple stone have discovered the name Uni — an important female goddess.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:32:00 GMT
Centenary College Archives partners with SMU to digitize historic Methodist publications The Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections recently completed a collaborative digitization project with Perkins School of Theology's Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University.

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:16:00 GMT
Officer Recovered Statement from SMU President R. Gerald Turner on the recovery of SMU Police Officer Mark McCullers.

Mark McCullers
Mark McCullers

Service Arrangements

SMU Police Officer Mark McCullers will be buried with full military honors at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas.

The service is open to the public.   Attendees are requested to assemble on Mountain Creek Parkway, where SMU police officers will be available to direct them starting at 9 a.m.

Today it was confirmed that the body of missing SMU Police Officer Mark McCullers was located Wednesday in Dallas. As our community grieves this profound loss, we are deeply grateful to those who searched for Officer McCullers since he was swept away by Turtle Creek floodwaters July 5 while working off-duty as a private security guard at a Highland Park construction site. The search teams’ efforts now have brought comfort and relief to his many loved ones and friends. 

We continue to hold in our thoughts and prayers Officer McCullers’ wife, Tiffany, and six children. Officer McCullers was a beloved member of our University community, a skilled and dedicated officer and a proud U.S. Marine veteran. He served as a member of the SMU Police Department Patrol Division since February 2015. As was noted at his July 28 memorial service at McFarlin Auditorium, Mark was passionate about sharing his knowledge of personal security with students and other campus community members. 

We thank the many heroic men and women who searched in difficult conditions for Officer McCullers, including members of the Highland Park Department of Public Safety, Dallas Fire-Rescue, the Dallas Police Department, University Park Police Department and Texas Parks & Wildlife.

I also want to extend profound thanks to SMU Police Chief Richard Shafer and all members of the SMU Police Department. As many of you know, SMU Police Department officers and staff served tirelessly and gave selflessly of their time and skills since search efforts began. At the same time, they continued to serve and protect our campus community, demonstrating an extraordinary level of professionalism and dedication.

Chief Shafer asked that I forward the following statement from him: “I am proud of the SMU Police Department for their continued efforts to find Officer McCullers. They never gave up. They supported and aided other agencies throughout the search, and they provided care and support to Mark’s family. It was fitting that Officer McCullers was found by his SMU Patrol Sergeant, Keith McCain. We all are grateful he is coming home.” 

If you are not already aware, the McCullers family has established the Officer Mark McCullers Memorial Account. Donations may be made at any Wells Fargo bank to account number 9976436577, or online on PayPal at

For SMU staff, faculty or family members who are in need of confidential support or resources, please contact the SMU Employee Assistance Program, which is offered through the Human Resources Department. Call 1-877-704-5696. 

Students in need of confidential support or resources may contact SMU Counseling Services, 214-768-2277. The SMU Chaplain’s Office, 214-768-4502, also is available to provide confidential support to campus community members.  

Thank you to those across North Texas and around the country who have sent their prayers to our community. They have supported us through this time and will continue to do so.


R. Gerald Turner
SMU President

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:44:00 GMT
How Millennials can influence Boomers Sal Mistry, a visiting professor of Management and Organization at SMU Cox School of Business, provides tips on how Millennial workers can more effectively persuade Boomers.


By Sal Mistry

According to Pew Research, approximately 45 million baby boomers are in the workforce. Not surprisingly, these individuals tend to occupy the senior-most positions within organizations. Millennials, now 53.5 million strong, however often occupy entry-level roles. This imbalance between younger and older workers often creates tension, primarily because younger millennial workers are often in situations where they have to persuade their older boomers.

Beginning with decentering and then executing these six tips should help millennial workers to more effectively persuade the boomers.

Tip #1 – Decenter

Before you can influence, you will need to “decenter;”that is, move from being locked into a constant state of self-centered perception. This form of deep reflection will allow you to create a more precise picture about your boomers and understand the challenging context that s/he faces. Decentering should also allow you to more precisely assess yourself and your needs because you will take an “outsiders” view of yourself.

Tip #2 – Rely on your Referent Power

Referent power is defined as the ability to influence others based on others’ having a desire to be associated with you. This could take many forms such as identification and attraction, but generally begins with “liking,” which means people generally say yes to those they like. Robert Cialdini, in his best-selling influence books, states this type of influence hinges on how similar you are to the other person. Although boomers grew up in a different time, they do remember the advantages of being young — a time where they weren’t tarnished by the circumstances of life and could see the world in terms of endless possibilities. You should seek to understand your similarity to the boomer in this regard and then carefully, through solid experiences, show how your limitless views have yielded results.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:51:00 GMT
H-E-B eyes Central Market expansion SMU Marketing Professor Ed Cox provided expertise for this story about Central Market expansion.

By Andrea Ahles 

Fort Worth-area foodies wanting to shop at an H-E-B grocery store may have to wait a little longer.

Although the San Antonio-based chain announced Monday it has purchased six properties in North Texas from Sun Fresh Markets, including a former Tom Thumb store in Grapevine, the company said it is “evaluating the feasibility of each site” for its Central Market brand and not its flagship H-E-B chain. . . 

Since the Sun Fresh deal is only for a few properties, H-E-B may plan to test different formats in the Metroplex instead of expanding its H-E-B flag, said Ed Fox, a marketing professor at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

“If they are going to come to DFW, they aren’t going to come in with three or four stores,” Fox said. “They will open twenty stores and have a major distribution center.”

Central Market, which opened in Fort Worth 15 years ago, has been very successful in North Texas, Fox said. A few years ago, H-E-B opened a smaller Central Market store near SMU that executives are considering for other urban neighborhoods.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:40:00 GMT
Negotiate your salary like a millionaire SMU Business Professor Robin Pinkley is among those providing tips on how to better negotiate your salary.

Becoming a millionaire isn’t about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth or catching a lucky break. For the 10 million members of the seven-figure club, a job, small business, or investments were the primary wealth drivers.

Nearly two-thirds of millionaires say their wealth is largely attributable to their jobs, a PNC survey found. Maybe that’s because most Americans who earn six figures (like millionaires) haggle over their salaries, according to a study by By contrast, 59% of all U.S. workers settle for the first offer.

Beat hiring managers to the punch

There’s a school of thought that says job seekers should wait for interviewers to reveal a salary range, to avoid asking for too little or too much. By waiting, though, you’re ensuring the negotiations take place within the company’s range. Instead, throw out a figure first, says Robin Pinkley, management professor at Southern Methodist University and co-author of Get Paid What You’re Worth.

“The first number becomes an anchor” around which the haggling begins, she says. Start with compensation data from and PayScale. And see if anyone in your network knows people at the company to get a better sense of pay there. “You want to find the highest number you can defend,” says Pinkley.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:30:00 GMT