Justin 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.
You 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.
Travis 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
Two of the coolest people in Boaz, and residents of the Penthouse, are Anna Scott and Zach. Here are some facts you may not know about them!
Anna Scott is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She lived there her whole life and loves it. Before she got to SMU Anna Scott played golf in high-school was involved in student government. Here at SMU Anna Scott is involved in Student foundation, Chi-Omega, and she is a student ambassador (dream job). Her favorite Atlanta based rapper is T-Pain, and she actually dressed up as the “I am T-Pain App” once. On the note of costumes, Anna Scott boasts a massive costume collection. Her favorite costume that she owns is a full Buddy the Elf costume. For those of you have not met Anna Scott, you should get to know her. For those of you who have not heard Anna Scott… you probably will soon.
Zach is from Thousand Oaks, California. He currently is a member of the band playing the trumpet. His favorite trumpet player is Myles Davis (duh). His favorite movie is “The Artist.” One of the coolest things that Zach is currently doing is applying to create a Moot Court Organization. Moot Court is a form of competition where teams uses case law to argue constitutional arguments based on the amendments in front of a panel judges. It is awesome and if you are interested let him know! Zach loves living in Boaz because of the people. He said “the people in Boaz are just AWESOME people.” There you have it Boaz, you are all awesome, and Zach is awesome as well, get to know him!
Written by JP Preisser, Boaz Commons Resident Assistant.
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.
Jackson 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.
As 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.
This 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.
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.
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.