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:
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 was that our delegates were able to discuss the new residential commons model with other schools and bring back ideas to implement to strengthen the community. It was amazing to see how much school spirit all of the other schools had. SMU brought as much spirit as we could muster, and I’m proud to say our small delegation held our own against the larger delegations.
While we learned so much and had a great time, the best part of the conference was Saturday night, when we learned SMU’s Fine Arts Community (FAC) won Community of the Year. I sat in on the Boardroom where the bids for Community of the Year were discussed, and SMU was up against some stiff competition. I’m so proud of my residence community, SMU’s NCC (National Communications Coordinator) Heather Solov, and the FAC’s residence community director Ty Krueger for all of their hard work and commitment to SMU and their community. Nothing makes me more proud as a member of the MH-P-S (Mary-Hay/Peyton/Shuttles) RCTeam than to have seen the positive feedback from the other voting members in the boardroom.
The FAC members of the delegation crowded together for a picture, and then showed off our funny sides. If there’s one thing I know about my RC, it’s that we know how to work hard and play harder.