Residential Commons

Rumor Has It

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.  As a girl, a teenager, and a human, I have fallen subject to being the believer and the spreader of rumors. Gossip. False information. Exaggerated facts. Myths. We have all encountered these at some point in our lives. I am beginning to think that a huge part of my job as an RCLC member is to debunk rumors about the Residential Commons and spread the truth. And I think that for anyone reading this blog post or any informed student, this is your job, too. Because in the past three weeks alone here at school, I have [...]

2014-01-29T09:53:47+00:00 January 28th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, I have many opportunities to support and take part in programming with our wonderful RA staff. An example of this was a “murder mystery scavenger hunt,” which took place in November between Mary Hay and Peyton Halls. The theme of the evening as designed by the RAs was helping residents learn more about all of the resources available to them in our residential community. Students also followed clues found at each successive station or destination on the hunt designed to solve a fictitious murder that had supposedly occurred in our RC. These clues eventually led the students to my FiR apartment [...]

2014-01-21T15:38:47+00:00 January 21st, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Diary of an FiR: What do you DO with them?

An update from Ann Batenburg, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Virginia-Snider Residential Commons: November 18, 2013 As I reported in the previous post, whenever I tell someone about what I am doing here in the residence hall, the first question they ask is, “What’s it like living with students?” The second question that I am inevitably asked is, “What do you DO with them?” Well… The first thing I did with them was, really, not much. At the beginning of this adventure, I wrote about feeling like a creepy middle-aged woman hanging around, and, as it turns out, my intuition was fairly accurate. I ran into a student today in Simmons who greeted me quite warmly when she realized that [...]

2013-11-27T10:50:44+00:00 November 27th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Snacks and good conversations

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, my number one priority is getting to know and interacting with our residents in a variety of ways that allow each student opportunities to feel included in our community. I have learned that laid-back and unstructured gatherings can be meaningful settings for student-faculty interaction. One of the informal settings I have been enjoying is the weekly “Munch n’ Mingle” in my FiR apartment. This happens on Tuesday evenings, and is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. (although residents sometimes arrive early and often stay late). As of this writing, there have been 10 Munch n’ Mingles this semester. Numbers of students [...]

2013-11-20T23:36:58+00:00 November 20th, 2013|SMU Faculty in Residence|

World Changers Shaped Here

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations:  Sometimes on the Hilltop, we forget that there is a whole other world going on at the same time. People wake up, brush their teeth, go to work/school/back to bed, eat, and do it all over again. When SMU kicked off its "World Changers Shaped Here" campaign, I started to wonder what exactly qualified someone as a "World Changer." In my opinion, a "World Changer" is someone who does what they can to better the world every day. It doesn't have to be anything big or extravagant. One small gesture can really go a long way. Some of the biggest [...]

2013-11-11T09:33:17+00:00 November 11th, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

A Tour of the New Build

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations: This past week fellow blogger Meaghan and I got to tour the new builds that are set to open next year. It was kind of muddy, but the weather was beautiful and breezy! Besides, how cool do we look in our hard hats and construction jackets? Check out this awesome space that we're going to have in the new Arnold Dining Center! There are going to be two stories and lots and lots of space! Our hope is to be able to host entire Residential Commons dinners in our dining center once they have been revamped. There's even an outside [...]

2013-10-22T10:33:20+00:00 October 22nd, 2013|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

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|

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|

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|
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