Residential Commons Leadership Corps

Our arrival in London

Eight SMU undergraduates and four faculty and staff members are exploring the birthplace of residential colleges: Oxford, England. With stops in London, Cambridge, and Bath, this group of residential leaders are searching to answer the question, “What is the culture of a true residential college system?” The students, faculty and staff hope to bring back ideas and traditions to enhance SMU’s new Residential Commons system.

2014-07-28T09:44:00+00:00 July 28th, 2014|Residential Commons in Oxford|

A Residence Hall Association Update

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: Wow! What a weekend. What do you get when you take an NCC, an NRHH-CC, an RHA president, and an advisor and stick them in a car on the way to LSU for conference? A bunch of good ideas! I’m so excited to talk a little bit about the conference we went to this past weekend and changes that may be coming up for RHA. Without going into details, RHA will be restructured to match the new plan for the Residential Commons system. The method [...]

2014-03-05T14:04:26+00:00 March 5th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Recipe for low-stress finals

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: Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! I know I needed the rest before the stress of finals, and I’m sure most of you did too. As we near the night before finals, I wanted to offer a bit of advice for how to maximize studying time while also not driving yourself insane. My life gets pretty crazy, especially toward the end of the year. I’m a triple major in sciences and a triple minor, not to mention a recent inductee to the NRHH (National Residence Hall [...]

2013-12-03T10:03:37+00:00 December 3rd, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

SWACURH Rocks!

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: Fine Arts Community Representatives What is SWACURH you ask? Well, besides a collection of fun letters, SWACURH stands for the South West Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. On Thursday, November 14, SMU sent eight delegates and two advisers to Texas Tech University for the 2013 conference. The purpose of this conference was to learn about different programs that can be brought back to the Residence Hall Association on SMU’s campus to further engage students. The most exciting thing about this conference [...]

2013-11-19T15:57:06+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Residential Commons: FiR Engagement

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: Earlier this semester I talked about the pyramid that is formed from the RCLC, RCD (Residential Community Director), and FiRs (Faculty in Residence) working together. This week, I want to talk about the FiRs and the many great things they are already doing on campus, with a spotlight on, you guessed it, Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles! The FiRs are engaging students already, and Dr. Robert Krout, the FiR in Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles, has tasked the RAs in the Fine Arts Community (FAC) to do one program with their [...]

2013-11-11T11:19:31+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

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|