Honoring Our Professors of Excellence

Do you have an awesome professor that has made a challenging class fun? Have you ever wished you could say “thank you” in a cool way? Nominate your professors for the HOPE Banquet! It’s a great way for students to recognize our excellent faculty members! For more information, please head to the nomination form at bit.ly/HOPE2015.

HOPE Print Flyer

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Second MH/P/S RC Dinner

We are so excited to be preparing for the Second RC Dinner! More details are to follow but this event will certainly not disappoint. Getting 300+ residents together is no easy feat but who wouldn’t show up for a great meal and time to catch up with neighbors before heading into finals? We hope to see you there!5aa466536b64c9c524801f0bef1d7ad3

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Toys For Tots

Start collecting things now to donate for the holiday season!

mhps toys for tots

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Thanksgiving is Around the Corner

9 days to Thanksgiving Break! Hang in there, everybody! And don’t forget about our MHPS Thanksgiving Dinner this Thursday at 6:30pm. Enjoy some home cooking from our Commons Council


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Overwhelmed by Scheduling Classes?!?!

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SMU Declares


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Why I love being an RA

Being a residential assistant in MaryPeyttles is one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. Not only have I been warmly welcomed into the Resident Life and Student Housing family, but I’ve truly found my home within the SMU community.

What makes being an RA so great? It’s the simple things, really.
– I get to build relationships with new people and hopefully act as source and guide for them
– My residents are awesome, awesome people!!!
– I’m learning how to become a better leader throughout our commons and the campus
– I get to work with an awesome team – everyone is supportive, friendly, and has a passion to make a difference to the Residential Commons
– There’s always a bunch of fun programs aka a bunch of free food (we all know college kids love free food)

Being an RA is great! Plus, I live in the best commons :) #MaryPeyttles

If you’re interested in being an RA, we will be having an informational meeting November 9th, 7pm, in the Shuttles 3rd floor classroom!

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Getting Involved With Your Community

Stampede of Service – Nov. 7 & 8, 2014

Stampede of Service

Project Sites
We are proud to partner with the following non-profit organizations to offer direct service opportunities at this year’s Stampede of Service:

  • Dallas Afterschool and Readers 2 Leaders
    Create hands-on learning activities for children in after-school programs.
    Skills required: No special skills required; however, this activity would be a good fit for those studying education, psychology or similar fields.
  • The Elisa Project
    Spread the importance of having a positive body image and self-acceptance by passing out affirmation stickers to shoppers at Mockingbird Station.
    Skills required: Individuals who are social and comfortable with talking to people they may not know would be beneficial.
  • Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
    Serve alongside Goodwill’s service population to process, sort and prepare donated goods for resale in Goodwill retail stores. Goodwill’s donated goods sales directly contribute to Goodwill’s free workforce training programs.
    Skills required: Ability to stand, bend and lift small amounts of weights for up to 3 hours
  • Mercy Street
    Help run the Clayton Kershaw Baseball Camp for little leaguers from West Dallas Little League.
    Skills required: Friendly, sport knowledge, welcoming and flexible
  • St. Philip’s School and Community Center
    Help beautify the Community Center by painting, perform minor home repairs at the Senior Center, and do landscaping at community garden around campus.
    Skills required: A willing heart and generous smile
    Help transform a basement into a hands-on playscape with a colorful mosaic, creative structures (butterflies, icicles, etc.) and painted furniture where children can explore and interact with the arts and other creative disciplines.
    Skills required: Activities for volunteers of all skills levels; embrace your creativity!

Student Volunteer Registration
To participate, fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. Registration closes Wednesday, Nov. 5. To ensure an accurate head count, each person is responsible for his / her own registration; one person cannot register a group or team.

Transportation, lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to all registered volunteers. Please e-mail Rashad Givhan atrgivhan@smu.edu with additional questions.

Please note: In accordance with the SMU Risk Management Policy, ALL student participants are required to use the transportation provided.

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Stressing About Class Registration?

Worry no more! Your Peer Academic Leader Emily is hosting a workshop Wednesday 11/5 to walk you through the process.

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UC Savior – featuring: Dr. Vicki Hill

Racing to save the day – more like racing to save us from a fifth year – Dr. Vicki Hill elaborately explained the University Curriculum and its recent changes to a great turnout of first, second and third year students.

When the UC was initially put into place, it put the students it affected in to a frantic craze and scare in regards to finishing within the planned four year period. With more pillars and requirements than I could count on two hands, most students – especially engineers – feared they would not be able to finish on time.


Dr. Hill clearly explained how the first year or two of a new curriculum will always face its challenges and be opened to various changes, as the University has accommodated to.  Dr. Hill elaborately explained the changes made and just how plausible graduating in four years truly is, thus, saving the day here at Marry Peyttles!

Thanks Dr. Hill!



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