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 floor and the FiR each semester.

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, I went on a trip along with 20 other residents in the FAC to the Perot Museum as an outing with the FiR. When talking to Dr. K, he told me the purpose of the adventure was to get residents out in Dallas and to show them how easy it is to get around and to use DART. The program was an overwhelming success, and I was so excited to be able to meet with more of the residents in my RC and to talk with them about the changes that are happening on campus. The students are all very excited about the changes, and especially enjoy having a FiR in their RC.

Dr. K has “munch and mingle” times on Tuesdays when residents come to his apartment and have conversations. I’ve gone in and had a conversation with two residents and the FiR and the next week will be amazed by how full the room is both with sound and with people. The residents are all responding so positively to engagement with the FiR that I’m excited to see how all of the RCs become engaged next year.