Closing Bulletin



Please read the information below carefully to avoid a FINE! The end of the year is really busy for all of us and mistakes can add up to cost a lot of money.


There are two closing meetings offered: Sunday, April 24 at 9:00pm or Monday, April 25 at 9:00pm, both are in the first floor lounge. Attending one is MANDATORY so be sure you’re there. In this meeting, you will get instructions on navigating the last few weeks you’ll be in Boaz (checking out with an RA, Quiet Hours during finals, Study Break, etc.).


Before you leave:

  • Observe Quiet Hours (24/7 from May 2 at 7:00pm to 6:30pm on May 10)!
  • Lock you room and keep track of your belongings! Thefts increase exponentially this time of year because people come in and out of the building so frequently.
  • Talk with you roommate about any damage that occurred during the semester (carpet stains, cracked or missing trash cans, etc.) and who will take responsibility for the fine.
  • Trash rooms will be locked on May 2 at 9:00a, so you’ll need to take your trash to the dumpster afterwards.
  • Clean your room! If you leave excessive dirtiness, it’s a minimum $50 fine.
  • Gel clings, 3M tabs, stickers, etc. are difficult to remove without damaging the surface they were adhered to.  Take some time now so you’re not rushed later and damage the wall. Please remove these carefully. If you damage/stain the surface when you remove them, you’ll be fined, and if you leave them you’ll be fined.
  • You’ll need to book a check-out appointment online. This should be done at least 24 hours in advance of your desired checkout time. To book an appointment, click on the image below and it’ll redirect you to the online portal.

Make an Online Appointment

  • Clean out your trash can – if they haven’t been cleaned out, it’s a $20 charge.
  • Unstack dressers if you’ve stacked them. If you don’t, it’s a $25 fine.
  • If you don’t want some of your belongings, donation trucks will be available on the boulevard from May 6-13 9:30am-6:30pm.


When you leave:

  • You must leave 24 hours after your last final.
  • If you don’t come to your checkout appointment, you’ll be fined $100.
  • Your room MUST be clean and empty of all your personal belongings before your checkout appointment. You must also vacuum and wipe off all surfaces (desk tops, dresser drawers, etc.)
  • You must turn in your key during your checkout appointment or you’ll pay to replace it.
  • Anything you leave in your room you will be fined for – $25 for each small bag, $50 for anything larger.
  • If you had any items confiscated during the year, you can pick them up when you check out. It is your responsibility to collect them! After you leave, we trash/donate them.

To get more information on dates and charges, visit the Resources page and view the Closing Bulletin document.

Honor Roll Recognition

Congratulations to the 34 Boaz students who made SMU’s Fall 2015 Honor Roll! Look below for individual names of our scholars! Curious as to how Boaz compared to the University? Check out the below chart:

All SMU Undergraduates

All Boaz Residents

Total number = 6,301

Total population = 175

Honor Roll with High Distinction = 312 (4.95%)

Honor Roll with High Distinction = 13 (7.43%)

Honor Roll with Distinction = 271 (4.3%)

Honor Roll with Distinction = 14 (8%)

Honor Roll = 290 (4.6%)

Honor Roll = 7 (4%)

The Honor Roll can be viewed on-line and printed from a PDF at

Again, congratulations to our Boaz scholars!


Kate Christine Alcorace

Trevor William Boulden

Alexander Phillip Bucshon

Peter Knapp Dyer

William Ross Jones

Grant Harrison Kiefaber

Kristen Janice Lazarchick

Michael Davis Luster

Alec Bruce Maulding

Travis Jason Siems

Hannah C. Waldman

Yuanyuan Wu

Xin Yang


Johnathan Austin Barr

Beau Alexander Bequeaith

Nicholas Velio Berardis

Seth Copeland

Kena Du

Amanda S. Dumont

Charlotte Tessa Galef

Tifanny Noelle Giraudon

Nicholas Alexander Killian

Madison Ellyse McCredie

Charles Branham Ritger

Harrison Hall Schumann

Evan Wallace Snyder

Stephen Andrew Van Buren


Olivia Leigh Edwards

Alexander W. Gurasich

Anne Mason Jackson

Andy Ray Lu

Erika D. Olsen

Ashley Letson Scully

Garrett Wade Welch

Family Newsletter

Boy have we had a busy first half of fall semester here at Boaz! We got the ball rolling Boaz Convocationearly on with the 101st Opening Convocation. The purpose of this event is to formally welcome SMU students to the SMU community. During Opening Convocation the faculty, who are dressed in full academic regalia, presented all the new students to President Turner, who then offered some words of advice to the students.


Dr. David Son, along with his family, live on the first floor of Boaz and interact with the residents daily. They put on a number of events to make each student feel welcomed and at home at Boaz, whether that is serving dessert for the whole dorm every Sunday night or hosting a couple students to a home cooked meal in their apartment once a week. You can learn more about David and his family by visiting our Faculty page.

Not only did Boaz celebrate our new residents, we competed in the Residential Commons Olympics trying to bring home gold for the second year in a row! The RC Olympics is an event where each Commons competes against one another in games ranging from bubble soccer to human battleship. After winning it all last year we followed it up this year with another strong showing finishing in second place! Be sure to check out our Facebook album!

It’s an exciting time to be resident in Boaz, we have quite a few events coming up in the near future! Dr. Brian Fennig is taking a small group of students to a restaurant in a local temple and we are hosting a Debate Watching Party on the 28th with Dr. Victoria Farrar-Meyers. Family Weekend is right around the corner a well! On October 30th from 5-6pm Boaz will be hosting a Family Reception where everyone is invited to join us for some light food and refreshments! We are excited to see all of you Family Weekend!

Boaz Residents 2015

Written by Will Richardson, Boaz Resident Assistant.

Amy: VP extraordinaire

This wAmy Golemeek our Resident Spotlight focuses on Amy Golem! Amy is a sophomore majoring in Engineering Management Information and Systems—EMIS for short. She grew up in Plano, TX, and went to Plano West where she play on the soccer team. At SMU, she is in Chi Omega Fraternity and she is the VP of Programing in Student Foundation. As VPP of SF, she helps organize all major on campus events such as the Tate Lecture series and Family Weekend. She is also Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Society of Woman Engineers, where she plans meetings with engineering companies in the Dallas area who come and speak to their members.  Amy enjoys spending time outside and playing soccer on Dallas Hall lawn. She loves Boaz and hopes to get to know all of you!

Will: Our New RA

Will RHello everyone! This week for our Boaz resident spotlight, we would like to highlight Will Richardson. As many of you may know, Will is returning to Boaz next year as the new 4th Floor Resident Assistant. Here are a few quick facts about him!

Will is originally from Austin Texas and is a BBA Scholar majoring in Accouting and Sports Management. He is an active member of BYX, and his faith is incredibly important to him. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball with his friends and watching TV. In high school, he was a member of NHS and played two varsity sports. The Boaz community looks forward to welcoming Will to the RA staff.

Written by Alec Bucshon, Boaz Resident Assistant.

Who’s in ROTC, like photography, and loves Boaz?

JustinJustin Chang is a First Year from Irvine, California and he plays on the Rugby team for SMU!  He is a part of ROTC with plans to go to the Army, but is also considering a creative photography lifestyle. Although he lives in a different wing, he spends a lot of time hanging with Matt Case and Avery Miller (who we learned about a couple weeks back). They are essentially the three musketeers of Boaz! As cliché as it sounds, Justin does enjoy long walks on the beach and cookies and cream ice cream (oh and he’s single too ladies!) Justin is an incredible guy with a imaginative personality and is so happy to be a part of the Boaz Community! I’d say it would be worth your while to get to know him!

Written by Jasmine Richardson, Boaz Commons RA.

The “Father” of Boaz

GrantYou may know him as the “Father of Boaz,” or perhaps “the guy with the baseball cap.” I introduce to you Grant Potepan, a first-year who hails from Baltimore, Maryland. Grant grew up with one older brother and a passion for engineering. He attended an all-boys Jesuit high school call Loyola Blakefield, where he played both football and lacrosse. Grant chose to come to SMU because it was medium-sized but still possessed many of the qualities that a big-state school could provide. Here, he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and enjoys the first year design class in which he has been able to apply his engineering skills immediately. What Grant likes most about Boaz is how close everyone is. Take time to meet Grant and get to know him better! You can find him on any given night chillin’ in the third floor lounge.

Written by Alec Bucshon, Boaz Commons Resident Assistant.

Marathons, BYX & Boaz

Travis & JoeTravis Siems and Joe Phillips are the residents in the hot seats this week! Both are my residents in Boaz and are interesting guys everyone should get to know.

Travis is from Carrollton, TX and is a computer science major. He has some roots in Lyle; he is a Lyle Ambassador, his brother (a junior at SMU) is also a computer science major, and his dad is an EMIS professor here! Travis says he enjoys Boaz because of the great community and how it is easy to hang out with everyone. Last Friday, he was part of a group of residents that played poker until the wee hours of the morning. Both Travis and his roommate, Dillon, are long distance runners. Travis plans on running a marathon on December 14th! Other hobbies of his include improvising on the piano (he claims he can’t read music too well), country dancing, and playing racquetball. He is a BYX pledge and spends his extra time doing pledgeship activities.

Joe Phillips is from San Clemente, CA majoring in economics and “something in business.” Joe’s favorite part about Boaz is “the fire-starting microwaves.” He was a part of my Mustang Corral group back in August. On campus, he is involved with BYX, intramural sports and One28. His hobbies include playing basketball, reading, and spending time with his family. Something people may not know about Joe is that he has run a few marathons! Joe is also a BYX pledge.

You can often find Joe and Travis hanging out in the lounge; get to know them sometime!

Written by Olivia Buerkle, Boaz Resident Assistant


Get to Know Avery & Matt

Avery & Matt

Avery (left) & Matt (right)

We’d like to introduce you to Avery and Matt, two first-years that are really excited to be in Boaz! Be sure to get to know them this year!

Avery is from Yakima, WA, nearly 2,000 miles from SMU, and has two younger brothers. Before coming to SMU, Avery went to Spain, Austria, Germany, and Italy for soccer and was part of the preliminary selections for the under 18 World Cup! He plays on the SMU men’s soccer team and is a fan of the Sounders (Seattle’s Major League Soccer team). Avery has aspirations of being a professional soccer player and if that doesn’t turn out, he would love to work for the DEA. In his spare time, he loves to hunt, fish, and play FIFA.  Something you may not know about Avery is that he traveled (via plane and car) so much in high school that if you added up the miles it would equal him traveling around the Earth’s equator 17.26 times!

Matt is from Dallas and, like Avery, enjoys soccer (he supports Liverpool FC), and playing FIFA.  He likes the Cowboys, especially since they are doing well, and is considering majoring in Finance. He would love to fly planes one day so he takes some time to fly recreationally right now.  Last year, Matt got to spend Christmas in London. He’s also traveled to Canada, but, according to Matt, no one likes Canada (sorry Canadians!).  Two random facts about Matt: In high school, Matt drove a very classy 1964 Impala and he has a twin sister that lives in Shuttles that is older than Matt by ONE MINUTE!

Written by Jasmine Richardson, Boaz Resident Assistant.