Mary Ann Casazza
Richard H. Fethke Jr
M. J. Johnson
Jennifer Jones, aka JJ
The 2011 winner of the Continuing Excellence Award is regularly described as a “person of integrity, honesty and possesses a work ethic second to none.” Angie Martinez Irvin works as the Assistant to the SMU Police Chief and represents SMU on a number of campus special committees. She is known for the hours of volunteer work she gives to SMU and to the Dallas community by assisting at all SMU Athletic Forums and Doak Walker Awards events, assisting the criminal investigation unit of the Garland Police Department, annually supporting the Mustang Corral, and serving on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Needs of Persons with Disabilities. She is described as the “go to” person for all intelligence and administrative support in the response and recovery phases of emergency management on campus. Angie is a caring individual who seems to have a “sixth sense of the long-term effects of stress on law enforcement personnel.” This insight has given her a natural role as a motivator within the Police Department. Her colleagues have said of her, “She truly loves SMU and supports the University’s mission by promoting an environment that emphasizes individual dignity and worth.”
Not only was Jim Walters nominated as a winner of this award by his colleagues at SMU, he was also named by officers from the Dallas Police Department. All of those who have worked with Jim appreciate that “he leads by example and pushes us all to be the very best that we can be.” As the Assistant Chief of the SMU Police, Jim is responsible for the supervision of all SMU Police Department personnel as well as serving SMU on important task teams such as the Crisis Response Team, Dignitary Protection, SWAT Team, Threat Assessment, Internal Affairs, and support to the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He is known for his professionalism, his expertise, and his mentorship of the entire SMU Police Department team. Outside of SMU, he is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in child protection, exploitation and human trafficking, and volunteers hundreds of hours to assist child protection programs in Native American and border communities, and is called upon by government officials in Washington D.C. and Mexico City for his expertise. This award reflects the great impact he has on the SMU Police Department and the University community as well.
“Genuine jewel,” “un-sung heroine of the Cox School,” “cheerfully loyal,” “efficiency personified,” “perpetually sunny” and “godmother of the Cox School” are just a few of the phrases Dee Powell’s colleagues use to describe her. Dee has served as the executive assistant in the Cox School Dean’s Office since 1983, and has served five deans. Each year Dee interacts with countless students, parents, faculty members, top business executives, political leaders, potential donors and foreign dignitaries, and greets each of the dean’s visitors with kind words, genuine interest and a warm smile. At SMU and in the DFW business community, she knows just about everyone – “from Edwin L. Cox himself down to the parents of students.” In addition to her daily routine, Dee coordinates the Cox School’s graduation ceremonies and receptions, performs “minor miracles” when called upon to plan celebrations for hundreds of guests with only a three day warning, and arranges dinners for the Cox Executive Board. Outside of her duties to the Cox School of Business, Dee has served on the Faculty Club’s Board of Directors for over a decade, is in her second term on the Staff Advisory Council, and is a member of the University Benefits Council and Executive Women International. Many say the Faculty Club could not function without Dee’s energy and volunteerism. Because of her committed service, Dee was the recipient of the Faculty Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006. Dee is highly regarded by faculty, staff and students for her strong service orientation, outstanding professionalism, willingness to participate, high standards, great sense of humor and most of all, her devotion to SMU. Loretta Hawkins possessed these characteristics, and as a recipient of this high honor, Dee Powell will carry on Ms. Hawkins’ legacy and work.