Monthly Archives: October 2013

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|

Hilltop program sets up students for success

An update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts:  During lunch with the 21st Century Group, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of the firm’s principals, who happens to be a woman. She explained how being a woman in the lobbying industry sometimes poses difficulties in such a male-dominated field. While she did provide this advice about entering this particular field, her thorough and compassionate explanation created a confident atmosphere nonetheless for me to continue to pursue a degree in politics, and if not, in a career in Washington, D.C., at the least. Our lunch meeting at the 21st Century Group is the [...]

2013-10-28T14:15:36+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

A firm in a class of its own

An update from Alexandra, a junior majoring in psychology and English with a minor in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: After a long, busy, and just plain exhausting day of traipsing through Washington, D.C., meeting SMU alums and other communications professionals, we reached our final meeting. Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm, is housed in the 8th floor of a high rise. The interior of the corporation is sleek and stylish, with modern art adorning the walls, minimalist white furniture lining the rooms, and a wonderful view of the city out the large windows that surround the building. By the time we reached our final appointment, my peers and I were quickly approaching [...]

2013-10-28T10:21:55+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Shadows of the government shutdown

An update from Katelyn, a junior double-majoring in journalism and theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, with a special emphasis in international politics in Dedman College: Americans across the nation are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, and being in D.C. now offers a clear look at what the situation looks like at the heart of itself – and, staying true to its label, many aspects of our nation's capital are entirely shut down. The effect of the shutdown not only on government entities – of which all deemed "nonessential" are closed until the crisis is resolved – but also on the businesses that revolve around government interaction arose as a question in each of the meetings the [...]

2013-10-15T13:25:41+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

SMU alums in D.C.

An update from Lauren, a sophomore majoring in political science in Dedman College and public relations in Meadows School of the Arts: Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting two SMU alums at an alumni roundtable. It was great to see recent graduates of SMU doing so well in the city. Going into the workforce after graduation seems intimidating, but meeting with them definitely eased my nerves. SMU certainly provides its students with the tools to succeed in the workforce. One of the alums works for a major public relations and communications firm. She told us how she started off with two internships and was eventually offered a job, and stressed how important internships are. Internships can often turn into [...]

2013-10-15T16:09:46+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

How the media make memories that last

An update from Sasha, a senior majoring in corporate communications in Meadows School of the Arts and Spanish in Dedman College: It is incredible the way our memories work. We can spend hours in a classroom hearing the same thing over and over again and still never be able to recall that information, but it only takes a split second looking at an image of two flaming towers in New York to forever remember a moment of terror. The news is one of those things that create memory for us. How is it that we hardly remember what was in the Dallas Morning News this morning, but we can tell you all about Monica Lewinsky or OJ Simpson? The way [...]

2013-10-15T12:00:07+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Lessons from a global local PR company

An update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts:  “Only a life lived for others is a life worth living.” Albert Einstein’s words elicit the type of company Edelman is with its concern for its clients' cultivation of ethics and integrity as well as for maintaining its own principle values. Edelman PR is the definition of a global local company. Edelman has 67 offices around the world — demonstrating the breadth of the company — and yet it also has a sense of genuine authenticity — illustrating its depth. While at Edelman, we, the Hilltop students, spoke with four people, two of whom are SMU alumni [...]

2013-10-28T11:20:59+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

‘Too Long Have Others Spoken for Us’

An update from Alexandra, a junior majoring in psychology and English with a minor in women's and gender studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences: What do Susan B. Anthony, Randy Shilts, and Ida B. Wells have in common, besides lives devoted to advocating for minority groups? I answered that question today while exploring a display titled “Too Long Have Others Spoken For Us” in the Newseum, a museum of news and journalism in the heart of Washington, D.C. There, I learned that all three activists created their own publications in order to more effectively advocate for social issues. A photo of the exhibit honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony’s contributions to women’s suffrage, which ultimately led [...]

2013-10-14T11:31:18+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

9/11 through a media lens

An update from Katelyn, a junior double-majoring in journalism and theatre in Meadows School of the Arts, with a special emphasis in international politics in Dedman College: We spent two or so hours Sunday wandering the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue – a museum I had never visited nor knew extensively about. Its exhibits are all from the perspective of media. History-changing journalists, coverage, First Amendment rights, etc. But as I explored on my own, I found myself completely enamored by the 9/11 Gallery at the end of the fourth floor walk. What drew me in initially was the floor-to-ceiling display of newspaper headlines from around the world depicting the coverage immediately following Sept. 11. Newspapers not only from the U.S., [...]

2013-10-22T15:57:09+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Journalism during the Civil War

An update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts:  “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglass’s claim harmonizes with the exact phenomenon journalists felt during the Civil War. A sense of veracity and perseverance was instilled after this life-changing historical period. The Civil War was a trying time in America’s social and cultural history. We fought against those that were once a part of our country and experienced a war on our nation’s soil. The Civil War exhibit in the Newseum evidences that journalists certainly did face challenges when covering different events caused by the Civil War. The exhibit is arranged where [...]

2013-10-14T23:26:52+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|
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