Welcome New MHPS Residents

Here in the Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Residential Commons, we pride ourselves on being a family. As we prepare to welcome our new neighbors into the community, please look forward to postings on our various modes of social media. We can’t meet you all! Use #MHPS on your social media sites to express your excitement to join us.

Facebook: Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles Commons

Instagram: maryhaypeytonshuttlesrc

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Study Breaks!

Don’t miss out on these awesome events!

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Study tips to be successful during finals

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USA Today College has compiled a list of 25 tips to be successful during finals. As the semester wraps up, we know our residents are buckling down for success! The tips are as follows:

  1. Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester. Break cumulative exams into smaller study units, which will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and help you monitor your progress daily.
  2. Just get started. Don’t wait until you feel like studying.
  3. Review your notes daily.
  4. Identify the format of the exam. Vary your study technique according to the type of exam.
  5. Predict possible questions. Review old tests, study guides or the course objectives.
  6. Answer questions you didn’t know the first time. If the exam is cumulative and you struggled to master any material, return to it.
  7. Meet with the professor, a tutor or a learning specialist if needed.
  8. Develop summary sheets for each class.
  9. Link new information to things you already know. Forming these associations will help you retrieve information later.
  10. Check the front of your textbook to see if the publisher provides any online study aids.
  11. Set specific measurable goals for each study session to keep yourself on track.
  12. Create mnemonic devices, such as acrostics, rhymes or acronyms, to help you remember information.
  13. Take short breaks. Your brain can process a limited amount of information and benefits from some rest.
  14. Reward yourself with naturally enjoyable activities, such as playing X-box or clicking through Facebook.
  15. Stay healthy. Get some sleep and avoid caffeine. Seriously – your brain with thank you.
  16. Draw it. Create tables, diagrams, mind maps or pictures to represent and organize the information.
  17. Explain it aloud. Go into an empty classroom and pretend to teach the material to someone. Using your own words helps you assess your comprehension, which ultimately aids your memory.
  18. Study in a distraction-reduced environment. Turn off your cell phone, TV and email notifications.
  19. Identify examples or illustrations that embody the concept and demonstrate ways you will utilize the information.
  20. Attempt to answer the questions at the end of the chapter in your textbook.
  21. Quiz yourself. Cover up your notes and try to explain them. Create flashcards. If you find yourself struggling to remember, try different techniques to learn the material.
  22. Form a study group and develop a practice test together.
  23. Manage your anxiety. By listen to calming music, stretching or breathing deeply, you can avoid stress and release negative thoughts.
  24. Overlearn the material.  When you think you are finished, keep going.
  25. Finally, examine your beliefs about learning. It does not happen quickly and intelligence is not fixed. Stay positive and persist, believing that talent can be developed. You can learn material by working hard, seeking help and using effective strategies.

http://college.usatoday.com/2014/12/08/25-crucial-study-tips-for-finals-week/

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Mandatory Residence Hall Closing Meetings

Hey Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles!

Be on the lookout for emails from your RA’s about closing meetings. These meetings are mandatory!! They will either be on Monday, April 27, or Tuesday, April 28. Your RA will tell you how to properly check out  of your room at the end of the semester and explain how to avoid getting fines.

Thanks for a great year, and we look forward to seeing all you in Fall 2015!

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Volunteer Opportunities–It’s Never to Late to Get Involved!

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Compassion Abounds: Fort Worth Hunger Project Volunteers
Non-Profit Organization: Feeding Children Everywhere
For individuals or groups
Participants will be hand-packaging 250,000 healthy meals that will be distributed to hungry children locally and around the world in Mexico and Zambia, Africa. Through this Hunger Project, YOU are helping fill those hungry bellies.
Location: Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center, 5201 C.A. Roberson Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76119
Date: Saturday, May 9th
Time(s): Various shifts beginning at 10:30 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m.
Contact: volunteer@feedingchildreneverywhere.com or Register here!

Youth in Motion Volunteers
Non-Profit Organization: Christian Community Action
For individuals or groups
Christian Community Action and Sci-Tech Discovery Center have partnered to deliver a hands-on interactive learning experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Over three days, more than 900 underserved and underachieving students grades K-5, will be introduced to STEM discovery experiences. The goal of Youth in Motion is to minimize the generational impacts of poverty by investing in our community’s youth and educators.
Location: Central Elementary, 400 High School Drive, Lewisville
Date: May 19th through May 21st
Time(s): Various shifts
Contact: Renee’ McLaurin @ 972-219-4387

Summer Day Camp Volunteers
Non-Profit Organization: Rainbow Days, Inc.
For individuals
We need caring adults who love to be around children! Volunteers are needed to work all of our summer day camps for displaced children this summer. Volunteers will work as “chaperones” to children throughout the week at camp and serving as mentors as you guide them through classes, offer encouragement and assist them.
Location: Various locations depending on the camp.
Dates: June 9 through June 12 & June 22 through June 25 (Kids’ University #1 & #2); July 7 through July 10 & July 21 through July 24 (Camp Bravo #1 & #2); August 3 through August 6 (Outdoor Adventure Camp)
Contact: Chandra Adkins @ chandraa@rainbowdays.org or 214-217-3831

Camp Counselor
Non-Profit Organization: Muscular Dystrophy Association
For individuals
At MDA camp, volunteer counselors work one-on-one with campers around the clock providing the care, close supervision and attention that children with muscular dystrophy need. Counselors push wheelchairs, meet the daily needs of each child and become a youngster’s friend for a week—all while being supported by a strong team of long time counselors and MDA Camp Directors!
Date: June 13 through June 19
Contact: Jennifer Nobbie @ jnobbie@mdausa.org or 817-338-1024

Community Council of Greater Dallas Summer Internships
Non-Profit Organization: Community Council of Greater Dallas
For individuals
The Community Youth Development Program is in need of 12 highly motivated students to support our staff. The ideal candidate(s) should be seeking to gain real work experience while enjoying helping others. A Program Assistant is someone who works to prepare youth to meet the challenges of adolescence through a series of structured and progressive activities. A Media Coordinator is someone who works to ensure a company’s services or products, are being marketed online. A Grant Associate is someone who researches grants that fit the organization in need of funding. A Technical Assistant is someone who manages data, builds sourcebook knowledge bases, prepare reports, website updates, and basic computer installation.
Date: June 14 through August 7 (Monday through Friday)
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (minimum of 8 hours per week)
Contact: Kristen Evuleocha @ kevuleocha@ccgd.org or 214-991-9353

Tutors
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: Chandra Adkins @ chandraa@rainbowdays.org or 214-217-3831

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
Contact: Pearce Edwards @ pedwards@goodwilldallas.org

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
Contact: nakibaw@mosaicservices.org

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Ranger’s Game!

Last chance to sign up! MHPS is taking residents to go see a Ranger’s game for FREE!

The seats are in a great spot where you get ALL YOU CAN EAT!!

There are only a few more spots, so sign up quickly!!

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Follow the Link below to RSVP!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1V8ppKOXVusx4-DXNRfnPbweLuZEUW6Ptq2wCtB_dzek/viewform?usp=send_form

 

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Events on Events!

Hey rezzies! Check out two very important reminders below:

1. COMMONS COOKOUT IS THIS WEDNESDAY! Today is the LAST day to sign up! There will be some awesome giveaway prizes in addition to yummy BBQ so RSVP NOW using the link below:

( http://www.evite.com/event/0113FVESOIPUCUUZSEPE2DHU3WW6ZI?gid=0174TMWDSIY6BQ5KKEPE2DOHHNXXR4)

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2. RSVP to agarner@smu.edu to visit the Perot Museum for free! There are only 9 tickets left!

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Why We’re the Best

As many of you may know, housing sign-ups for next year have already started, and one obvious conclusion has already been made: MHPS is by far the best Residential Commons.  How can I so easily draw this conclusion you might ask? We’ll it’s simple. My conclusion comes solely from demand and return. MHPS occupation has the highest demand out of all the RC’s. This upcoming year, only four spots have opened up for RC transfer students. What does that tell you? That tells you that a vast majority of our Commons is returning next year. Why would the return? Because we’re the best, so why would you want to leave? Thank you MHPS residents for making our RC the best. And for all you non-MHPS residents trying to get in, I would try to get in too. Good luck!

And remember friends: Tria Ut Unum. #ponyup

 

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What We Can Learn from March Madness

It was at this point last week that most residents experienced a roller coast ride of emotions. From anxiousness, to excitement, to anguish, and then frustration. Yes, our beloved basketball team was robbed of a chance to enter the Sweet Sixteen and continue their pursuit of a coveted national championship. I still can’t believe referees have the audacity to call goal tending on an airball.

Obviously not a goal tend. Yanick Moreira caught an airball.

Yanick Moreira took it the hardest. Hours after the game, Yanick posted tweets apologizing for his “goaltend” to the SMU community, and to his fellow teammates. Students were frustrated with the refs, Yanick, and his other teammates for turning over the ball a play before the “game winning” play by UCLA. An onslaught of rule checking and rewinding of replays ensued for the next few days.

However, it’s March Madness for a reason. This is the time of buzzer beaters, Cinderella Stories, and crazy upsets. Although SMU took a punch to the gut, the goaltending play added to the Madness, and now UCLA is playing in the Sweet Sixteen.

Although we may still be bitter about the game, the word’s from Yanick himself add comfort and insight.

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Let’s all take Yanick’s words to heart. Our Mustangs had a GREAT season. Let’s not allow the UCLA game to take that away.

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Roommate Mixer

 

 

Your roommate and living conditions can make or break your year! You already live in the best RC on campus! So it’s up to you to take care of the roommate part! If you don’t have one for next year already, come on out tomorrow at 6 pm in the Mary Hay lounge and meet other eligible roommates like yourself! There’s a perfect roommate for everyone! So come on out and meet some great people from your community, and maybe you’ll find that special someone…to live with of course!

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