Residential Commons Leadership Corps

The Residential Commons Leadership Corps (RCLC) is made up of students who are shaping and promoting the Residential Commons experience at SMU. The RCLC works with Faculty in Residence, Resident Community Directors and resident assistants to develop unique traditions for each commons that will foster community and long-term bonds among residents.

SMU Faculty in Residence also are blogging at http://blog.smu.edu/studentadventures/category/faculty-in-residence-smu-residential-commons/

Pasta and Passion

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. Jamie observed the residential commons model in Oxford first-hand. Last week, I attended one of the events in Shuttles Hall (where I live) called “Ramen with Ramon.” Attendance wasn’t fabulous, but for the first time since I’ve been living there, I took initiative and learned the names of some hall-mates while in the lobby. Our student body president, Ramon Trespalacios, talked about how to get involved, how to promote school spirit, and about his personal life and accomplishments. I came to visit SMU in April of last year with my friend Tommy and, being too scared to [...]

2013-10-22T10:08:58+00:00 October 21st, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

My Life as Baby RLSH

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 Since becoming a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps, I have been dubbed “Baby RLSH” by many of my friends (RLSH is pronounced like “relish” and is an acronym that stands for Residence Life and Student Housing). The patch on our shirts has become a conversation starter on more than one occasion, and I wear it with pride. On Wednesday, we welcomed 18 new members to the Residential Commons Leadership Corps, and they have since been placed in their Residential Commons, completing the triangle [...]

2013-10-22T10:10:21+00:00 October 17th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

6 Reasons Residential Commons Are Going to be a Blast

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations: ***Disclaimer: All of these photos were taken during our trip to Oxford during summer 2013. SMU does not look like this in any way.*** A lot of you have probably found yourselves going through this blog because you are intrigued at what exactly a residential commons will consist of. Have no fear, for I, the bearer of information, bring you pictures of Oxford and ideas that will be implemented in SMU's very own Residential Commons! #1 Oxford University is actually made up of 38 independent colleges. University College, Christ Church College (where they pulled inspiration for the Great Dining Hall [...]

2013-10-22T10:11:32+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

RCLC: My Take

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 Life with the Residential Commons Leadership Corps is sometimes hectic, sometimes crazy busy, but always rewarding. One of my favorite parts about being an RCLC member is the opportunity to connect to students living in my community right now. I spend most of my free time in Mary Hay and Peyton, getting to know the current residents, meeting with my FiR during his open apartment hours, and just getting a sense of the students I’m representing. I’m going to take this blog post to brag [...]

2013-10-22T10:12:01+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

The Future of Friendship

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. Jamie observed the residential commons model in Oxford first-hand. I’m not bragging here, but I have over 1,000 Facebook friends. In fact, I’m almost to 2,000. That’s a lot of people. Pew Research reports that 94% of teen social media users have a Facebook profile. That’s more than 7 million kids. And even though other social media sites are growing, 81% of those surveyed said that Facebook is still the profile they use most often. The reason? Because they have the most connections. But, do I really have 1,992 friends? In the '90s, anthropologist Robin Dunbar famously [...]

2013-10-22T10:13:19+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

A Day in the Life of an RCLC member

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in Advertising and Public Relations. Tien shares a day of her life in the Residential Commons. RISE AND SHINE!!! It's Test Day! Having breakfast with some last-minute study time Walking through this Meadows maze to get to class Creativity is over! Using my downtime to look ahead to events in October. IS IT FOOD TRUCK TUESDAY!?!? Skipped out on lunch at Umph today for some delicious Crawfish Etoufee! Enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery on my way to bio lab!  We are looking at bacteria samples from last week.  Lab is over and it's time to head to the Diversity Committee weekly meeting. 8 hours have [...]

2013-10-22T10:13:46+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

The RCLC and Me

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. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi Meaghan enthusiastically supports her community wearing hear Mary Hay Commons T-Shirt For a first year coming to a new school, leaving home for the first time without knowing anyone at school, a new school can be terrifying. For me, the first few months were no different. My roommate last year already had her niche when she came to SMU, fitting in with her friend-group from high school. I, however, didn't have [...]

2013-10-22T10:14:12+00:00 September 26th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Oxford Recap: Sherlock Holmes Style

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. Jamie observed the residential commons model in Oxford first-hand. When I got on the 7-hour flight to London, I had no idea what to expect. I’d never been on a trip where the entire purpose was to observe your surroundings and learn from other people. (Actually, I’ve never been abroad before, either.) Vacations are all about relaxation or sightseeing. Study abroad is for actual classes and internships. Some trips are to visit old friends, or to make new ones. This trip was merely for comparison and social research. And the scariest part was that it [...]

2013-10-22T10:23:20+00:00 September 21st, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|
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