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An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community: As the academic year winds down, we’re still as busy as ever prepping for next year – lots to do before we head into the summer! Big news this week (as usual, news first posted via Twitter @MoMacRC) is that we now have a full complement of four Faculty Affiliates (FAs) on board for the fall, which was the last piece of our team to come together. I’m really pumped about the people we have: not only are they great faculty whom I think our students will love having involved with MoMac, but they come from disciplines all across the university, so hopefully all our [...]

2014-05-06T11:15:22+00:00 May 6th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diversity

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering: It’s a pretty big buzzword on campus these days. But how does it relate to the Residential Commons? I’ve talked before about how the Residential Commons will bring diversity to students, but not a whole lot about what we, as a diverse population, can bring to SMU. We as students come from all walks of life, with all different backgrounds, and we have the amazing opportunity to share our stories with our fellow residents. A Residential Commons is a mini-SMU, a small example of the [...]

2014-04-15T13:29:40+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

The Residential Commons Gets Crests!

An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business.  It seems like every time I’m in poetry class I end up doodling. My mind is focused on the discussion of the poem, of course, but my creative side is so in tune that my hand can’t help but continue to put pencil on paper. First, the outline. Then a middle crossbar-a sort of upside down V. Then our symbols. And finally, my commons’ name, “WARE,” in bold letters across the top. I’m drawing a rough version of our crest. Each RCLC team has meticulously planned out, hand drawn and rewritten, and submitted their crest for approval [...]

2014-04-10T15:26:30+00:00 April 10th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Meet Tammy Winter

An update from Andrew, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a first-year majoring in Anthropology and Human Rights: Tammy Winter (pictured above with SMU Ambassador Mehdi Hami) is going to be an RA in Armstrong Commons next year. I spoke with her about the excitement surrounding the Residential Commons, and asked her what we can expect to see in the residence halls next year. Here is what she had to say: Q: What are you most looking forward to about the Residential Commons? A: “I'm really excited about the sense of community that the Residential Commons is bringing to SMU. We're integrating the classroom with the residence halls, and I think we'll be better for it.” Q: How do [...]

2014-04-03T17:08:57+00:00 April 3rd, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Alternative Breaks: New Orleans Style

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations:  Greetings, fellow friends! Although Spring Break is long gone, I wanted to take a second to share with y'all the magic of New Orleans. An item on my SMU bucket list has definitely been to attend an Alternative Breaks trip. I came into the experience expecting to do just service, but left the experience with a slew of inside jokes, friendly smiles, and a larger appreciation for the luxuries that I possess in my life. Our group was diverse, with an array of leadership positions, majors, and grades. I imagine the Commons system to be somewhat similar to this group [...]

2014-04-02T13:43:58+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

The Importance of Mentoring: Learning from the Best

An update from Miroslava Detcheva, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the McElvaney Residential Community: A recent experience inspired me to write about the importance of mentoring. It was a great honor to receive an invitation to the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship* Graduation Ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center earlier this month. Since 2012, each WIF Class has consisted of a diverse group of extremely talented women from the same foreign country. Through their academic background and professional achievements, they represent the most influential sectors of a modern society, such as education, health, law, business, politics, and media. At the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship (WIF) graduation, it was exciting to hear the unique stories of 18 professional women from [...]

2014-04-02T10:06:01+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

“…And YOU get housing, and YOU get housing, and YOU get housing…”

An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community: Big exciting news for MoMac this week (as posted earlier via Twitter@MoMacRC): our fabulous acting RCD Liz Rader decided she WILL be joining us as the full-time MoMac RCD! Our RCLC team and I were ecstatic, and anyone who’s going to be living in MoMac next year should be, too – she’s fantastic! RCD Liz Rader The backstory behind this transition – the fact that we had an “acting” RCD in the first place – highlights the behind-the-scenes challenge of the transition from SMU’s current residential setup to the Residential Commons model that will all be in iplace in the fall. One of [...]

2014-04-02T09:47:28+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Spring Updates

An update from Andrew, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a first-year majoring in Anthropology and Human Rights: Spring has sprung at SMU! With midterms out of the way, and less than two months remaining in the semester, its time to start thinking about housing for next year. Fall 2014 will mark a new era in Mustang history with the implementation of the Residential Commons. To help with the transition, the RCLC held an expo in Hughes-Trigg recently. From 3 to 7 p.m., students came by to learn about each Commons and consider where they might want to live next year. Many wonderful Residential Commons Directors and Faculty-in-Residence members made appearances at the expo to promote their Commons. The [...]

2014-03-27T10:23:31+00:00 March 27th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

MoMac Attack

An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community: This is an exciting week for the Residential Commons system, with Wednesday’s housing expo giving students a chance to learn about the various RCs and then housing selection happening next Monday and Tuesday. So a week from now we’ll have the first half of new MoMac residents chosen, with the other half being first-years coming to SMU this fall. The focus of the MoMac leadership team – now expanded from myself, Liz (our RCD), and our RCLC members to include our RAs – over the last couple weeks (including spring break) was getting materials together for the housing expo. We put together a pretty cool [...]

2014-03-19T09:42:26+00:00 March 19th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Getting Ready to Move “Stuff” (Yow!)

An update from Dr. Tom Tunks, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Ware Commons: For the past several years I have spent most SMU spring break weeks on Alternative Break trips with students. Great trips have included Taos, NM; the Snowbird Cherokee reservation on the Tennessee-North Carolina border; Xalapa, Mexico; and two times to Quito, Ecuador. Not this spring, though! Next week Jeanne and I will devote most of our time to readying our house and belongings for our big move to the SMU campus. Our move is (will be) multidimensional. For the three years we expect to live in Ware Commons (great new name!!!), our elder son, Adam; daughter-in-law, Catherine; and grandson, Jeremy (group pictured here), will occupy our [...]

2014-03-06T17:15:38+00:00 March 6th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|
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