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.

Have you met Jackson yet?

JacksonJackson Hull is a sophomore who lives in Boaz. He is an electrical engineering major from Fort Worth, Texas and he currently serves as our Boaz Commons Council President! In his free time, Jackson loves binge watching Netflix, playing volleyball, video games, and hanging out with friends. Something the Boaz family may not know about Jackson is that he wants to help create and develop video games in the future and hopefully make a career out of it. Jackson has seen just about every TV show known to mankind and loves Netflix with all of his heart.

Jackson is an awesome member of the Boaz community and we are so thankful to have him as the President of Boaz. Feel free to ask Jackson about his favorite TV shows or video games next time you see him; he is definitely someone worth getting to know!

Written by JP Preisser, Boaz Resident Assistant.

Bringing Fall Cheer

Kaylee watering flowersAs Fall quickly approaches, the air gets cooler and decorations begin to change. This resident spotlight highlights Kaylee Son for helping decorate the front entrance of Boaz. Kaylee and her mother, Spouse in Residence Heidi Son, placed an arrangement of flowers and other fall decorations outside the front door to Boaz Commons. On top of this, Kaylee and the Sons have placed pumpkins on their doorstep. All of these decorations have given us happiness and gotten us in the mood for Fall. Thank you, Kaylee, for your aesthetic expertise and enthusiasm for the season!


Written by Alec Bucshon, Boaz Commons Resident Assistant.

Justin: the Korean BBQ Grillmaster!

Justin & David K BBQThis past Sunday, October 5th, the Son family generously hosted a Boaz-wide Korean BBQ. David and Heidi prepared vast amounts of Korean-style chicken, beef, rice, and curry for Boaz residents. Of course, everything was delicious, and the pumpkin bundt cake Heidi made topped off a great meal.

It took a lot of work to set up and prepare so much food for a large amount of residents, but David and Heidi had a great help: resident Justin Chang expertly helped David grill meat and serve food to fellow residents. Justin’s passion for Korean BBQ and his love for cooking really shined on Sunday, and we are so thankful to him for helping feed so many residents!

We love having you in Boaz, Justin!

Written by Shilpa Kudva, Boaz Resident Assistant.

The Soccer Boys

This spotlight goes out to Mauro, Garrett, Jared, and Avery. These soccer boys are having a great season with a 4-3 record, 1-0 in Conference. Mauro has had one goal and one assist, and Jared has had three assists! Last Friday, we went to their game against Tulsa as a Boaz community. Mauro scored his first goal then and was assisted by Jared! It is impressive that, as freshman, they get to play in the games. It is exciting to see players that we see in the halls out on the field playing.

More than that, however, they are great residents and friends. In Boaz, everyone hangs out together and residents always talks about how nice the soccer boys are. I always see the boys playing ping-pong in the first floor lounge, watching TV with other Boaz residents, or hanging out in the lounge. All of the boys are friendly when I run into them around campus and eager to talk. Being an athlete and a student is hard, and we are so proud of these boys for doing both well. Congrats on the successes and good luck with the rest of the season.

Written by Olivia Buerkle, Boaz RA.

Daivd Son: the best Chem Prof & FiR

FiR David Son

This week our spotlight goes to our incredible Faculty in Residence, Dr. David Son! Not only does he host dinners with students in his apartment and love fantasy football, but he indeed is a master of chemistry. Over the last couple of weeks Dr. Son has been providing Boaz students with help on their chemistry work during different events. Being a professor of organic chemistry, he obviously knows his stuff. Many students have come to ask questions on homework or get help preparing for a test and Dr. Son has willingly taken the time to help them, whether or not they are even in his class.

We want to recognize Dr. Son for all he has done for Boaz so far this semester and highlight how much he has helped the Chem students in Boaz because it shows how great Dr. Son is. He truly has a desire to help students in any way he can, whether that be by helping them feel at home with a home-cooked meal or helping ace their chemistry assignments. Be sure to get to know Dr. Son if you have not already! He is truly an incredible person to have in our community!

Written by JP Preisser, Boaz Resident Assistant.

Boaz loves our First-Year Senators!

Vivian FrederickNick McLaughlin

Boaz Commons is a great place to be a student in right now! This week, the SMU Student Senate held elections for First-Year Senators, and we are so pleased to announce that out of the 5 freshmen senators chosen for the position, 2 of them are Boaz residents! Vivian Frederick and Nick McLaughlin dutifully persevered through all of the campaigning and did their best to let everyone know that they were the best candidates for the position.

With Nick and Vivian representing the freshmen in Student Senate, Boaz Commons residents will, without a doubt, be able to freely voice their opinions about changes at SMU that can benefit people from all of campus. Both Vivian and Nick are examples of how residents in Boaz are not only diligent and hard-working, but also full of zeal for everything they are involved in. We are so proud of you both and cannot wait to hear about other resident victories in the future!

Written by Shilpa Kudva, Boaz Commons RA.

Against All Odds: How the Boaz Olympians Conquered the RC Olympics

RC Olympics Shots

As the sun reached its peak on Friday afternoon, the temperature and humidity on the unshaded Wescott field raised to almost unbearable levels for the Opening Ceremonies of the RC Olympics. These conditions deterred even some of the bravest students at SMU; however, a ragtag group of our very own Boaz residents arrived in their best gold and cerulean blue with determined, shining faces. This post gives props to the Boaz men and women who participated in the RC Olympics.

As the smallest Residential Commons on campus, we were considered the underdogs in the fight for the prestigious RC Olympics victory plaque, but as the old Mark Twain quote goes, “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”  The size of the fight in the Olympians from even the biggest RCs paled in comparison to the Boaz competitors’ and supporters’ vigor.

From Bubble Soccer to Human Battleship, the hearts of our Boaz representatives burst with enthusiasm and competitive spirit in every event. In the end, the Boaz RC Olympics team left their opposition stunned. Their performance was unprecedented, their spirit unmatched, and their glorious victory unimaginable.

Boaz RC Olympic team, you are the real MVPs.

Written by Alec Bucshon, Boaz Commons RA.

Heidi Son: the sweetest Boaz mom ever!

HeidiThis week, we want to give a shout out to Mrs. Heidi Son! Thank you, thank you for all of your help, welcoming personality, and snacks and desserts these last few weeks.

As an RA, I was unsure of the level of involvement the FiR’s family was going to have, and Heidi has become so interested and active in our lives and Boaz events. Even before school started, Heidi and David hosted two dinners, including a Korean BBQ, for the RAs and made us feel so welcome.

During the reception before Convocation, Heidi had a delicious spread of various dips, punch, and fruit salad with her famous fruit dip. She helped everyone get food smoothly and everyone raved about the caramel dip. At dessert night, Heidi had lemon cake waiting and wrote down each resident’s name that she met in an effort to remember him or her. She is always interested in our lives, extracurricular activities and even residents’ room set-ups! Residents have commented about how friendly Heidi has been, and how nice it is to have a mother-figure around Boaz. Heidi has been present at nearly every Boaz program and is always ready to talk with the residents about life.

We are so appreciative of everything you do Heidi!

Written by Olivia Buerkle, Boaz Commons RA

Shout-out to the Welcome Crew!

Boaz Commons Welcome Crew (2)

Boaz Commons Welcome Crew 2014

Boaz Commons is so proud of Welcome Crew for Move-In Day! Boaz wouldn’t be the same without the hard work of Anna Scott, Nadine, Matt, Nehal, Christina, Samantha, Sara, Miranda, Amy, Deanna, Allie, Jessica, Kaitlyn, and Alli to help the members of Boaz Commons move into their home for this school year.

These sophomores dedicated their time to help move in the first years into Boaz and their impact couldn’t have been greater. Each served a crucial part during the move in process, whether it was cheering with excitement, moving boxes into the building, or answering any questions the anxiety-filled parents had. One Boaz resident commented that the Welcome Crew treated her like royalty, she didn’t have to lift a finger, and they each were so helpful during move-in.  Boaz Commons and we, the Resident Assistants (RAs), are ever so grateful for the wonderful sophomores that gave their time to help ease the transition into Boaz for the first years and their parents; they made being a  member of Boaz Commons, as well as a RA here, that much more special.

Written by Jasmine Richardson, Boaz Commons RA

For more photos of move-in day, Corral, and Convocation, visit us on Facebook!