Faculty In Residence

Diary of an FiR: Boulevarding 101

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: September 7, 2013 My first major program for students was today: Boulevarding with Batenburg, or Boulevarding 101. Students stopped in to get some treats and some mentoring for how to handle the Boulevard. The RA's made a handout of tips for first years, and my apartment is rather ideally situated as a jumping-off point for the festivities (fortunately or unfortunately). Probably 30 people showed up and filtered in and out. Some just came down to introduce themselves – how lovely is that? I feel as though my life is very full tonight – in the very-satisfying-yet-perhaps-too-full-but-it-was-all-so-yummy-after-Thanksgiving-dinner kind of full. I definitely need a nap, but I also [...]

2013-10-22T10:10:46+00:00 October 15th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FIR: The Silent Disco, Part II

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: August 28, 2013 So, the Silent Disco. Fascinating. My RA buddy said it had an atmosphere of a social experiment, and I think that captures it quite well. The premise of a silent disco is that people wear headphones to listen to the music. There are two channels on the headphones, each represented by a different color; tonight’s colors were red and blue. Each channel plays a different set of songs, so people are dancing together on the same dance floor, but they are dancing to different music. How utterly silly and beautiful. And this, August 28, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s "I [...]

2013-10-22T10:12:29+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FIR: The Silent Disco, Part I

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: August 28, 2013 It’s been a big day. All of you over the age of 40 will be relieved to know that the Electric Slide is alive and well. I know this because I went to the Silent Disco tonight. All of you under the age of 40 will not comprehend my next statement: Horror of horrors, after years of a not-entirely-silent protest against it, I am now on Facebook. (And blogging, for heaven’s sake. When I announced these things to my best friend, Edmond, his response was, “Who are you?”) Seeking to use this new social networking tool (Well, it’s new to me, isn’t it?), I [...]

2013-10-22T10:12:54+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of a FiR: Week 2

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: August 27 Fire drill. 6:30 a.m. ‘Nuf said? They warned me ahead of time, so I did have advance notice. And it’s not like I haven’t been through this before; after all, I was an undergraduate myself in the distant past subjected to this state-mandated form of torture. More recently, I was a “House Counselor” (Read: “RA.”) for a boarding high school for girls in North Carolina. The building was very old and dusty, and its particle-sensing fire alarm system was very new and sensitive: a tragic combination. It was unfortunately common to have two or three fire alarms go off in a single evening. So, it’s [...]

2013-10-22T10:21:16+00:00 September 24th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of a Faculty in Residence

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: Week 1, August 12: First Impressions The Boulevard is my front lawn. Before I completely moved in, I quickly decided that I am never leaving. Virginia-Snider Residential Commons I feel like I’ve moved into a fancy hotel. My apartment in the residence hall, carved out of the space in which several student rooms used to be, is swanky by my standards: beautiful hardwood floors, granite countertops, a larger kitchen and pantry than my cooking skills deserve, top of the line appliances and cabinetry, two bedrooms, and 2.5 baths in roughly 1,400 square feet of space. I am swimming in luxury. One of the resident [...]

2013-10-22T10:22:33+00:00 September 19th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|
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