The Recipe to A Great RA

Congratulations to our newest RAs, Nive and Caleb! Welcome to the MHPS family! Attached is recipe that might help with your new position:

4 cups of patience
1.5 teaspoons of selflessness
1.75 tablespoons of a good attitude
2 cups avid communication … yes, that includes responding to emails in a timely fashion
1.5 cups of a good set of ethical standards
5 teaspoons of creating all situations equal
3 tablespoons of bulletin board skills
1.5 cups of leadership
and a pinch of silver and green

Mix it all together, and you will be a great RA!
Good luck :)

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Think you can make a difference?

Does the above question apply to you? Do you love Mary Peyttles? Then apply to be a peer leader!

You may be asking yourself what a peer leader even is, well they’re a lot of different things actually. However they all share one common goal, making MHPS a better place.

Not entirely convinced yet? Then check out this link:


Need a more visual representation? Look no further than this video featuring some of your favorite people on campus!

Come on, you know you want to.

Applications are due Feb 25th!


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A limited number of MHPS residents will have the opportunity to see the Mavericks play the Grizzlies. Transportation, food, a game ticket, and a t-shirt will be FREE. Use the QR code on the flyer OR the link below to sign up.


 Mavs flyer

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Dive “Under the RC” with Mary Peyttles for our 3rd RC Dinner!

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Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet us as we celebrate the 3rd (wow!) RC Dinner in Mary Peyttles history! There’ll be food, music, and a photo booth (these photos are a fun way to decorate your room!) so come out and have a good time! The Dinner will take place on Wednesday, February the 25th, at 6:00 pm at the SMU Faculty Dining Club in Umphrey Lee!  

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Valentine’s Day Movie Night in Mary Hay

Guess what movie we’re watching on Valentine’s Day! Did you guess it? Okay, it’s Valentine’s Day :D

Valentines flyer

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MH/P/S Mavs Night

We are hoping to begin a new tradition to support our city’s wonderful Dallas Mavericks. 83 MH/P/S residents will get the opportunity to receive a t shirt, dinner, a ticket to see the Mavericks take on the Grizzlies and the best part is – it’s FREE! If you haven’t RSVP’d talk to your RA or use the QR code below. Tickets are going fast and there are only about 20 spots left.MHPSMavsNight

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Avoid the Couch-Potato Blues this Summer

Did the lethargy of Winter Break make starting your new semester a little difficult? We’ve all been there, and we all know the negative effects of too much down time. If you’re looking to avoid the couch-pototo blues this summer, there are some awesome opportunities around! Not only will you gain invaluable experience, and a good resume booster, you’ll have fun staying active and engaged!

Attend the MHPS Workshop next Wednesday, February 11th, to learn about how you can make the most out of your summer!


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Volunteer Opportunities


Non-Profit Organization: Rainbow Days, Inc.
For individuals
Rainbow Days is looking for math and reading tutors for elementary, middle school and high school children and youth. Minimum 5 week commitment.
Location: Skillman Rd., Dallas, TX 75231
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays (ongoing)
Time(s): 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Mitzi White @ or 214-217-3831

Academic Hall Volunteers
Non-Profit Organization: Uplift Education
For individuals
Uplift Education is looking for volunteers to supervise and assist middle school students with homework help, provide organization support and practice positive study skills with the students.
Location: Uplift Williams Middle School, 1750 Viceroy Drive (west of Dallas Love Field Airport)
Date: January 21 through March 6
Time(s): 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Every Wednesday)
Contact: Cassie Hubbert @

GoodGuides® Mentor
Non-Profit Organization: Goodwill Industries of Dallas
For individuals
Goodwill’s youth mentoring program, GoodGuides® serves youth, ages 14 – 17, who want to learn about careers and prepares for success. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about community outreach & organizing, program recruitment & marketing and program administration by working as a youth mentor and program intern.
Location: 3020 N. Westmoreland Road (West Dallas)
Date: Ongoing

Great Backyard Bird Count Volunteers
Non-Profit Organization: River Legacy Foundation
For individuals
River Legacy Living Science Center is looking for volunteers to facilitate activities, setup and breakdown for their Great Backyard Bird Count Event. This educational festival is a great opportunity to engage children and families in bird conservation and awareness through a variety of family-friendly activities and games, as well as guided bird hikes and counts
Location: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX
Date: February 14th
Time(s): 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. AND/OR 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Contact: Misty Wellner @ or 817-860-6752

After-School Program Volunteers
Non-Profit Organization: Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Association, Inc.
For individuals
The Dolphin Heights After School Program is looking for volunteers to keep this program running by offering their time to help elementary school kids finish their homework, practice reading and spelling, and play soccer. We welcome any enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who can commit to coming at least 1 afternoon per week!
Location: Dolphin Heights Neighborhood (south of I-30 and east of Fair Park)
Date: Ongoing during the school year
Time(s): 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday)
Contact: Anna Hill @ or 214-681-4390

English Literacy and Life Skills Volunteer
Non-Profit Organization: SMU Student’s Caswell Leadership Fellows Project
For individuals
Assist with adult ESL (English literacy) classes for SMU Aramark Facility Services employees on the SMU campus. Volunteers are only expected to volunteer once a week and either be native or advanced speakers of English. No prior experience required!
Location: Campus
Date: Ongoing
Time(s): Flexible
Contact: Jaime Sisson @ or 214-500-3166

Volunteer Instructors, Videographers & Actors
Non-Profit Organization: My Footsteps, Inc.
For individuals
Looking for volunteers who have an interest in social service, theatre arts and video/film production. These volunteers will assist with the implementation of our programs which are designed to create an avenue where the arts serve as a therapeutic tool for self-rediscovery and healing as well as being trained with the potential of being hired as future instructors and production specialists.
Location: My Footsteps, Inc., 7522 Campbell Road, Suite 113 #161
Date: Ongoing
Contact: Myra Campbell @ or 972-661-2002

Spanish Translator
Non-Profit Organization: Mosaic Family Services
For individuals
Spanish translator needed to translate written and verbal legal documents and witness testimony.
Location: Mosaic Family Services, 4144 N Central Expressway
Date: Ongoing

Children’s Program Assistants
Non-Profit Organization: Dallas Public Library
For individuals
Children’s Program Assistants will conduct story times, craft activities and other library and literacy-related activities with children 3 to 12 years old while the children’s parents attend an adult literacy class. Special training provided. Must attend mandatory training/orientation on January 17th .
Location: Various Dallas Public Library Locations
Date: Ongoing during spring 2015 semester
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays

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SMU Hosts UFC Knights in 70s Themed Game

On Saturday, January 31st at 7:00pm, the men’s basketball team will be hosting a conference game against the UFC Knights in Moody Coliseum. It’s going to be a special night, as the team will be dressing out in 70’s themed uniforms. The SMU Mustang Band has prepared several 70’s tunes for the occasion, and the announcers will be attempting to honor the past in this throwback game.

If you were lucky enough to get tickets, plan to have a blast! For those of you who don’t, try to get out in the lounge and support your Mustangs from afar!!

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MHPS NFL Year in Review

Whether you’re looking to quickly refresh yourself on this past NFL season in preparation for Super Bowl Sunday, or just relive some great sports memories, look no further than this awesome “Year in Review” put together by ESPN!

NFL Season in 160 seconds

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