An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, my number one priority is getting to know and interacting with our residents in a variety of ways that allow each student opportunities to feel included in our community. I have learned that laid-back and unstructured gatherings can be meaningful settings for student-faculty interaction. One of the informal settings I have been enjoying is the weekly “Munch n’ Mingle” in my FiR apartment. This happens on Tuesday evenings, and is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. (although residents sometimes arrive early and often stay late). As of this writing, there have been 10 Munch n’ Mingles this semester. Numbers of students [...]
Devin is a communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in law and legal reasoning and Italian, and the recipient of scholarships including the Provost's Scholarship and Marian Tower Study Abroad Scholarship. During fall 2013, she is studying at the University of Ferrara in Italy.
An update from Liz, a junior, who participated in the Alternative Fall Breaks trip to Hartshorne, Oklahoma: How I spent fall break of my junior year is not what people would typically imagine a college student doing. This year I was privileged enough to travel to Hartshorne, Oklahoma, with SMU Alternative Breaks and work to rebuild a home that the organization Rebuilding Together had sponsored. Before I delve into my attempt of a lofty and deserving reflection of this trip, I suppose I should first provide some background of Hartshorne and Rebuilding Together. Hartshorne is a small town located just outside McAlester, Oklahoma, and 1,800 people call it home. Around 26 percent of the population lives below the poverty line [...]