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Cockrell-McIntosh Salons: A Tuesday with President Turner

An update from Dr. Beth Wheaton, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Cockrell-McIntosh Residential Commons: Since ancient times groups have gathered together to share a time of intellectual discussion and entertainment. The term “salon” was coined in France in the 17th century.  Cockrell-McIntosh Residential Common has recreated this practice of the salon with the new mission of “engaging students.” Whether going to school on an active campus like Southern Methodist University in a dynamic city like Dallas or across the world, students have an overwhelming number of ways in which to use their free time. Much of their formal education is received in a classroom setting. Over the past year Team Cockrell-McIntosh (C-M) has been developing a concept called Tuesday Salons. The salon offers [...]

2014-11-12T15:25:42+00:00 October 9th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Lights… Camera… wait, you want this by WHEN?

An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community: As the academic year winds down, we’re still as busy as ever prepping for next year – lots to do before we head into the summer! Big news this week (as usual, news first posted via Twitter @MoMacRC) is that we now have a full complement of four Faculty Affiliates (FAs) on board for the fall, which was the last piece of our team to come together. I’m really pumped about the people we have: not only are they great faculty whom I think our students will love having involved with MoMac, but they come from disciplines all across the university, so hopefully all our [...]

2014-05-06T11:15:22+00:00 May 6th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

The Importance of Mentoring: Learning from the Best

An update from Miroslava Detcheva, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the McElvaney Residential Community: A recent experience inspired me to write about the importance of mentoring. It was a great honor to receive an invitation to the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship* Graduation Ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center earlier this month. Since 2012, each WIF Class has consisted of a diverse group of extremely talented women from the same foreign country. Through their academic background and professional achievements, they represent the most influential sectors of a modern society, such as education, health, law, business, politics, and media. At the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellowship (WIF) graduation, it was exciting to hear the unique stories of 18 professional women from [...]

2014-04-02T10:06:01+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

August 2014 Can’t Come Soon Enough

An update from Miroslava Detcheva, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the McElvaney Residential Community: The Residential Commons (RC) are opening their doors to all freshmen and sophomores for the first time in SMU history this August (2014). What once seemed like a distant dream, will now become reality in less than six months. If you have been living under a rock and have not heard of the future RC model at SMU, it is going to be “an integrated academic and residential experience” with students welcomed into communities thriving on intellectual exchange and meaningful social engagement. Currently, student leaders, residential staff and faculty have teamed up to create the identity of the eleven Residential Commons. Each community will be defined [...]

2014-02-17T11:05:01+00:00 February 17th, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

My Reflections

An update from Dr. Mark Kerins, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Morrison-McGinnis Residential Community: As I’m writing this, we’re in the middle of a rare Dallas snowstorm and the roads have been pretty bad – I have to say, right now I’m really wishing I was already on campus and didn’t have to brave the crazy Dallas drivers to get to and from work. So as you might guess from the previous sentence, I am not yet living in a dorm (or a Residential Commons, as they’ll all become next year), which makes me a little different from the past writers on this blog. I think all the posts thus far have been from colleagues who are already living [...]

2014-02-10T09:47:16+00:00 February 10th, 2014|SMU 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|