Communication Studies, Taos

During summer 2012, communication studies students in the Meadows School of the Arts are at SMU-in-Taos, where they are studying nonprofit management and working as interns at nonprofit organizations in the city of Taos. Students will focus on issues involving the environment, the arts, public radio and TV, and nonprofit community outreach.

The “Mañana” Effect

An update from Valerie, a junior majoring in studio art and journalism, with a minor in French, who is interning at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos: As my time in Taos is coming to a close, I’ve been trying to put my finger on the key thing I’m going to take away from this place. At the start of the month it seemed like I had endless time sprawled out ahead of me, but now that I sit here writing on my second to last night here I can’t help but think how time has escaped from me. Between my 10 to 4 internship and exploring with friends, I haven’t really spent much time sitting still. Oddly enough, [...]

2012-06-28T21:44:32+00:00 June 28th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

Working on Taos radio

 An update from Peter, a political science major who interned at Cultural Energy Independent Radio:  I have spent the month of June interning for Cultural Energy Independent Radio here in Taos.  My first day of work, June 1, also happened to be my birthday.  After going over the work expectations for our individual internships, all the Communications students met Professor Flournoy back at campus.  She took us on a tour of Taos – we explored downtown, the Rio Grande gorge, the Earth Ships, and the village of Arroyo Seco.  There, Professor Flournoy took us to Taos Cow, a local homemade ice cream shop, and bought us all ice cream.  Then we walked down the road and watched a potter working with [...]

2012-06-27T16:22:56+00:00 June 26th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

Unknotting the line: A testimony to patience Part III

An update from Monica, a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar planning to major in business and communication studies. She is interning at Taos Community Foundation:  I've always disliked fishing. My brothers were Boy Scouts, so each year I would go with them to Scout fishing events at a stocked lake. When I got older, I fished in Rhode Island (off a cliff ) with relatives. And I always felt terrible when I caught one, and had to rip the hook out of its mouth and release it. Actually, I'd make my Dad do the dirty work. But still, why needlessly cause the fish pain? But that doesn't even begin to cover the boredom of waiting for a fish to bite. So when I [...]

2012-06-26T22:13:24+00:00 June 25th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

Izilwane: Call to Life

An update from Valerie, a junior majoring in studio art and journalism, with a minor in French, who is interning at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos: Last Thursday at SMU’s campus in Taos, my Communications Studies class had the pleasure of hosting a documentary called “Call of Life.”  It was shown with the help of Izilwane, an organization determined to help us see the interconnectedness between humans, animals and the environment. Professor Flournoy invited Izilwane’s executive director, Tara Waters-Lumpkin, to speak in our class a few days before. Her devotion and passion for biodiversity and spreading the word about the human impact on the environment were inspiring. She urged us to take this message to other students. The “Call of [...]

2012-06-28T21:45:23+00:00 June 24th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

Defining yourself; a slower pace? Part II

An update from Monica, a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar planning to major in business and communication studies. She is interning at Taos Community Foundation:  This man would come into the Taos bank every day — shoeless, dirty and looking homeless. No one suspected he was a multimillionaire. According to the ex-banker who told me this story, a surprising number of people live like that out here. It’s just part of the Taos mindset. And you learn that you can't just assume people are exactly what they appear to be. You can't know if that man with the long stringy beard, walking alone down the road for miles, doesn't have some extravagant life story. Not to go all cliché on you, but shouldn't [...]

2012-06-21T23:00:32+00:00 June 21st, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

The energy of the land

An update from Monica, a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar planning to major in business and communication studies. She is interning at Taos Community Foundation:  The thing that makes Taos so different is the energy. Professor Flournoy calls it a "mañana attitude."  It's relaxed and unhurried out here. At my internship at the Taos Community Foundation, while working with local volunteers and Foundation board members, we sometimes end up discussing astrology, how stars and planets cause problems and blessings right now, various massages to rid forms of “bad energy,” and herbal remedies for ailments. One afternoon Prof. Flournoy drove the class out to the EarthShips near the Gorge outside of Taos. This community is composed of a group of mound-like solar homes made [...]

2012-06-21T22:45:17+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

Sloooowing down in Taos

An update from Monica, a sophomore Hunt Leadership Scholar planning to major in business and communication studies who is interning at Taos Community Foundation:  I am the oldest child with two brothers — one entering college and the other a rising  high school senior. The things I love most in the world include my friends, the color green, a good fantasy novel, the outdoors, my dog Muffin, an intense political discussion, well-choreographed musicals, and last but not least, all that pertains to my Catholic faith. So that's me. In Taos, I am working at nonprofit internship as part of my Communication Studies class. In my short time here, my routine looks a little like this: up at 6:30 or 7, [...]

2012-06-21T23:01:29+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

When in Taos, do as the Taoseños do

An update from Valerie, a junior majoring in studio art and journalism, with a minor in French, who is interning at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos: Having already spent two weeks in this mountain town, it is hard to pinpoint a specific moment or experience to call my favorite. In fact, much of this time has been spent learning about the culture and people of Taos as a whole, both of which are very different when compared to the lifestyle in Dallas. I don’t think I had ever properly seen a true hippie until I came to Taos. Nor had I eaten green chile on absolutely everything – which apparently is possible, too. In Taos they’re [...]

2012-06-20T15:24:55+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|

On Planet Taos

During summer 2012, communication studies students in the Meadows School of the Arts are at SMU-in-Taos, where they are studying nonprofit management and working as interns at nonprofit organizations in the city of Taos. Students will focus on issues involving the environment, the arts, public radio and TV, and nonprofit community outreach.

2012-06-12T22:12:55+00:00 June 12th, 2012|Communication Studies, Taos|