Boaz Commons is excited to introduce our very first Faculty-in-Residence, Dr. David Son! FiR Son has been at SMU for 18 years and is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and undergraduate advisor in the department. If you’re interested in organometallic chemistry or polymer synthesis, you should definitely talk with FiR Son because those are his areas of research.
In his spare time, FiR Son enjoys photography and running. He also likes to play basketball, softball, and volleyball. FiR Son’s favorite TV shows are American Pickers, Breaking Bad, and SportsCenter. An interesting fact about FiR Son is that he is the chief bellringer for the Fondren Science belltower and is a regular pianist at his church.
FiR Son’s family also moved into Boaz this summer so you’ll probably see his wife of 19 years, Heidi, and their two kids, Geoffrey and Kaylee. Heidi is a stay-at-home mom, and likes to volunteer at the kids’ schools. She enjoys reading, eating, watching movies, surfing the internet for bargains, and planning trips. Geoffrey is 11 years old and will be entering the 6th grade. He loves to bake and cook, garden (he can make anything grow!), watch YouTube videos to learn something new, and build things with his Lego sets. Kaylee is 8 years old and will be entering the 3rd grade. She likes to draw, play with Lego Friends, dress up her Barbies, dolls, and stuffed animals, and tease her big brother.
The Sons are excited to be a part of the Boaz family and have been looking forward to the opportunity to live in the Boaz Commons almost since they heard of the Faculty-in-Residence program through FiR Son’s departmental coordinator. Two of the biggest perks FiR Son sees is living close to work and having the opportunity to get to know students outside the classroom. In a Daily Campus article, FiR Son was quoted as saying, “We’re hoping to get to know the residents at a more informal level. I expect our relationships with the residents to be different than faculty-student relationships in a classroom or laboratory setting. At the same time, I don’t expect all the students in our commons will be open to these interactions, but that’s perfectly OK.”
Heidi loves to bake and host small groups, so she and FiR Son are looking forward to getting to know students through get-togethers that involve delicious baked goods. The Sons are also looking forward to weekly runs with students, hosting dinners at their apartment, movie nights, and getting groups of Boaz residents together for events on campus and in Dallas.