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Teas n Tunes: This Thursday!

Come out and enjoy good music and a hot cup of Tazo tea with our FiR, Dr. K.

January 28th
FIR Apartment, Mary Hay Building

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Volunteer Opportunities [Check it Out!]


University Laundry #LifeNotLaundry Grant

For individuals

Mustang Laundry believes that college is a singular experience best used doing anything other than laundry.  The #LifeNotLaundry Grant is an innovative approach specific to mobilizing students into community service.  Students apply, a panel from the Mustang Laundry team award the grants, and winners receive a 20lb/week laundry plan at the beginning of the semester.  Once chosen, winners select their best match from a list of partner organizations.  The Mustang Laundry team follows the progress of service, and together everyone celebrates the good happening due to more brilliant uses of time.
The deadline to apply for spring 2016 is January 30.

Non-Profit Organization: Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

Homeless Count Night

Date/Time: January 21, 2016, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will be conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. The Count, a requirement under federal law, helps communities and the nation as a whole, identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness, changing trends in this area, and the measure of our success in ending homelessness. Over 750 Volunteers Needed to Count the Unsheltered Homeless in Dallas, Irving, Mesquite and Garland. Training provided- Must be at least 18 years old, will be in teams of 3-5 persons. To sign up, go to:



Non-Profit Organization: Dallas Ramp Project

For individuals or groups

Dallas Ramp Project is actively looking for volunteers interested in building wheelchair ramps. All skill levels accepted. Will provide on the job training. The more team leaders/assistants, the more clients and their families DRP can help.

Time/Date: Varies

Contact: Gary Stopani 972-495-4545 /



Non-Profit Organization: Promise House
For individuals or groups

For 31 years, Promise House has stood at the forefront of combating youth homelessness in Dallas. Volunteers play an integral role at Promise House and their donated time and talents directly impact the lives of our youth and staff. Our volunteer program offers opportunities for individuals, groups and families to serve directly with our teens or “behind the scenes” by helping with events and office work.

See also, “Souper Bowl of Caring” Opportunities

Time/Date: Varies

Contact: Wendi Medling,

Outreach PAL
Non-Profit Organization: Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

For individuals or groups

A PAL Volunteer is dedicated to making our Outreach facility run smoothly. Their main purpose is to play with the kids and facilitate different structured activities for them while mom is in her session or group. You give mom peace of mind that her child is safe. A PAL Volunteer will also help with some things around the office that will be appointed by the Evening Office Assistant. These tasks include cleaning play therapy rooms, answering phones, and checking in clients. Due to the chaotic nature of our clients lives, we need flexible volunteers in this role! Smiles and a whole lot of energy needed here!

Time/Date: Varies

Contact: Chandra Adkins Phone: 214-389-7701

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Welcome Back MHPS–Check This Out!

dream week

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Cafe Brazil Study Breaking: COMING SOON


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MLK Day of Service–Sign Up today!

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AWESOME Opportunity! Please Apply!

Dining With Decision Makers is an excellent opportunity for students to meet with the SMU trustee board and discuss university issues and experiences.

Check out the application website for more details:

“Dining with Decision Makers is an annual event that provides students with the opportunity to share their experiences with members of the SMU Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the University’s highest governing body. The Board meets four times per year, with an evening reception and dinner that accompanies each meeting. Dining with Decision Makers takes place at the dinner corresponding to the February Board meeting. DWDM will take place on THURSDAY, February 25, 2016.

Students who are selected as dinner participants will have the privilege of attending the formal Board dinner. At the dinner, students will have the opportunity to discuss university issues and experiences with the Trustees and university administrators. Generally, students that represent a large range of campus perspectives, are engaged in university life and can demonstrate an awareness of a broad range of student issues are selected to attend. While the application process for becoming a student participant is highly competitive due to space limitations, all members of the SMU student body, including both undergraduate and graduate students, are encouraged to apply.

Students who have been on Conduct Probation or higher will not be considered. There is an interview process; you will be notified of the status of your application and asked to sign up for a brief in-person interview which will take place sometime during the first week of classes in January 2016. A mandatory meeting for all participants will then be held on Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM for those students who are selected to participate. Please ensure that this date is free on your calendar prior to submitting your application.”

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“No” is a Holy Word

That’s right. “No” is holy word, when used appropriately, of course. One of those appropriate uses involves saying “no” to activities/invitations that do not align with your goals.

Getting our life in a healthy, purposeful rhythm involves aligning our daily activities with life goals. At our MHPS Stress Management session a couple of weeks ago, Dr. Stigler had us do the following

  1. Take a blank sheet of paper and draw lines to divide it into 4 rows and 3 columns, with room to title each row and column, as well as a good amount of space to write.
  2. The bottom three rows should be titled Self, Community, and Career. The second and third columns should be titled Daily Activities and Goals. Your paper should look like this (with plenty of space to write):
Daily Activities Goals
  1. Then list out all of your daily activities for each category.
    1. Self – your personal activities. Things you do for personal development or fun. Perhaps a sport, music lessons, spirituality (like reading Scripture or meditating). And be honest here; video games and Facebook are activities too.
    2. Community – community activities, things you do to build the community around you. Extracurricular activities you do with your residence hall, your church, your campus organization, and your friends and family (these last two could also go under Self).
    3. Career – things you do involving your job/vocation. This includes being a full-time student and studying, as well as any additional job(s) you hold.
  2. Next write down your life goals for each categories. These don’t necessarily have to be extravagant. Just clear. Learn to play the piano, know my religious Scriptures well, have a strong prayer life, have a family. Be actively involved in community service, be part of a Bible Study. Get into grad school, be a doctor, be an opera singer.
  3. Now look at your daily activities and see if they are aligning with your goals in that category. Do any of your goals disconnected from your activities? Obviously, if having a family is a longer term goal, your daily activities may not exactly line up (unless you include Self and Career activities as preparing you for that goal). But make sure that goals that are most important to you are being pursued. Whatever activities do not align with those goals, you can scrap. Use that time to engage in meaningful activities.

Say “No” to things that do not align with your goals. Being actively involved in 5 campus organizations may be tempting for a good looking résumé, but most likely you will perform mediocre or poorly in them, or even in other important things like studies and meaningful relationships.

A good indicator of whether or not an activity(ies) need to go is to assess your overall feeling throughout the week. Do I feel mostly stressed/overwhelmed? I’m probably doing too much of something (and/or perhaps not enough of something else, like sleep!). Do I feel lonely, disconnected? Then I probably need to invest more time in meaningful – this word is key – relationships. I am feeling satisfied, fulfilled, and purposeful? Then likely you have many of your activities and goals aligned.

Come by Peyton Lounge on Tuesdays 3p-5p, or email me (see below) to discuss this further, talk about dream interpretation, or anything else that might be on your mind. God bless.

Matt Esquivel
Resident Community Chaplain
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3p-5p in Peyton Lounge

Feel free to email Matt directly for questions or comments on the post, or to simply connect, schedule a meeting, or request prayer.

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Getting Your Life in Rhythm

We have spent quite some time on dream interpretation, so I’d like to shift the topic of these blogs. Last Monday night, Professor Brandy Stigler shared with a number of MHPS students on how to minimize stress by properly aligning our lives. This blog will include some key points she shared.

Weekly Rhythm: 6 days of work, 1 day of rest/recreation. Judaism holds Saturday as a Sabbath. Christians often regard Sunday as a day of rest and worship. A day in Judaism begins at sundown, and ends at sundown the following day. So the Sabbath for Jews is Friday evening until Saturday evening. I have found this a helpful practice. If you are neither Christian nor Jewish, pick any day in the week to rest.

Engage in restful, fun activities. For me, this involves spending time in worship, prayer, meditation, as well as reading or doing a low-energy activity with close family or friends. I seek to avoid homework/studying, chores, and activities (and friends/family) that drain my energy. Organize your week to get your work done in six days so you can rest during one. Some of you may prefer to spend your Sabbath.

Yearly Rhythm: 11 months of work, 1 month of rest. Winter break is on the rise. Work hard these next few weeks, then take appropriate time to catch up on rest and recreation over the winter break. Be with your family. Connect with God. (I’ll be some taking time off in California!).

Daily Rhythm: 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, 4 hours of engagement, 4 hours of disengagement. Professor Stigler mentioned that this can be the most challenging, but called us to work our way towards this. Our classes and work schedule may be split up some of these (hopefully not sleep!). For disengagement, do what energizes you. For me, an introvert, this means meditate/pray, read a favorite book, or sit outside on a bench. This is ME time. When you schedule courses for next semester, try not to schedule classes back to back. This helps retain the information we receive in each class.

The last is most difficult for me, I must say, but please join me on this journey to emotional, mental, and spiritual health. (I must also say, having your life in rhythm will help you have more dreams and remember them better.) Next week, we will review what Professor Stigler said about aligning our activities with life goals/dreams.

Come by Peyton Lounge on Tuesdays 3p-5p, or email me (see below) to discuss this further, talk about dream interpretation, or anything else that might be on your mind. God bless.

Matt Esquivel

Resident Community Chaplain
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3p-5p in Peyton Lounge
Feel free to email Matt directly for questions or comments on the post, or to simply connect, schedule a meeting, or request prayer.

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