SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 10 cities during spring break 2015 to serve community organizations while also learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. Learn more at smu.edu/ab
SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 10 cities during spring break 2014 to serve community organizations while also learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education.
An update from Dr. Tom Tunks, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Ware Commons: For the past several years I have spent most SMU spring break weeks on Alternative Break trips with students. Great trips have included Taos, NM; the Snowbird Cherokee reservation on the Tennessee-North Carolina border; Xalapa, Mexico; and two times to Quito, Ecuador. Not this spring, though! Next week Jeanne and I will devote most of our time to readying our house and belongings for our big move to the SMU campus. Our move is (will be) multidimensional. For the three years we expect to live in Ware Commons (great new name!!!), our elder son, Adam; daughter-in-law, Catherine; and grandson, Jeremy (group pictured here), will occupy our [...]
During J Term 2014 at SMU-in-Taos, students are taking courses including Environmental Communications, Social Problems, Mountain Sports and Computers and Information Technology.
Shannon is a senior majoring in environmental science with an emphasis in biology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, she is taking a field botany and systematic botany course at SMU-in-Taos.
Julia is a senior finance major with a specialization in alternative asset management, a concentration in risk management & insurance, and a minor in economics. During summer 2013, she is studying at SMU-in-Taos.
As my time in Taos grows closer to the end finally I can see the finish line. When I first arrived on campus, the finish line seemed so far in the distance that I thought it would take forever to approach it. However, as the month has passed by, I have moved closer and closer to the line. Just this weekend I began working on my final research paper for Parasitology. Little did I know that I would write and complete it in the same day! Since I have just finished my final paper for my parasitology class, all that is left for me to review the edits and make the appropriate changes. My research paper is entitled: Habitat correlates with [...]
Just this past week Laura, Vanessa and I went shopping at Taos Plaza. I must admit I had a hard time controlling myself from buying everything I saw. I tend to get easily distracted with shiny objects and jewelry. In the Taos Plaza there were many stores that showcased Native American jewelry with beautiful stones imbedded in the art. Initially, when we arrived to the Plaza after lunch we said to ourselves that we would only be in town for about an hour and then head back to campus. However, nearly 3 hours later we were still shopping and putting more quarters in the parking meter to stay longer! From art galleries, to clothing stores, to observing native american art [...]
One of my favorite movie trilogies to watch is Lord of the Rings. In the film, The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a scene where the Fellowship, who accompanying Frodo to the land of Mordor cross through the Misty Mountains. While watching the movie, I have always pondered how hard it must be to climb a mountain. Well, today I happened to experience this feeling first-hand, albeit, there was no snow on our hike. As part of our field trip we climbed up to William’s Lake in the Taos Ski Valley. Now, while our class had completed other hikes as part of field trips, I must say that this hike, truly, was a challenge. From where we stationed the [...]
When I initially attended orientation for SMU-in-Taos, I was in awe with the beauty of the pictures that showed the landscape of the country. The mountains, trees, forest and sunset was absolutely beautiful. Even the wildlife is amazing, from beaver, to mice, chipmunks and yes, rattlesnakes. Just last week, I was able to see my very own rattlesnake! The snake was almost two feet long and was just beautiful. The campus has a policy where if a rattlesnake is seen, it is captured and then relocated to another area away from campus. I must admit that when I first saw the rattlesnake, I thought it was just a log or a twig...that was until I heard the distinct rattle... No [...]