Campus Winner
Month: April 2017


Residential Community of the Month

School: Southern Methodist University Region: SWACURH
Nominee: Loyd Commons Nominator: Ty Krueger

On-Campus Population: 3400 Chapter Size: 28

Please explain the outstanding contributions of the nominee during the month of nomination

April was quite a month for the Loyd Commons team. From hosting two campus-wide events to preparing the incoming team for next year and everything in between, the team made it through a busy month successfully.

The team began the month with holding the bi-annual Loyd on the Lane event on April 2. The event is part of the community's partnership with TEDxSMU where live speakers are brought in to give live TED Talks. This installment presented six selected speakers to share who shared their stories for the campus for the over 80 attendees. The following Saturday, April 8, Loyd hosted its second campus-wide event - second annual Luck of the Loydians, which is an Irish themed festival. The event brings in hundreds of participants for Irish games, authentic Irish cuisine, a live Irish band that teaches Irish dancing, and many giveaways and prizes. Even though the wind was chaotic, the team held steadfast and hosted a great event for the campus - they even got to be featured on the campus Instagram and campus newspaper.

The Loyd Responsibility Committee worked to organize the community's efforts for SMU Relay for Life on April 21. The team had brought on members from two other communities who were unable to organize their own teams. The Loyd members of the team organized and ran the fundraisers leading up to the event and on the night of the event as well. The team surpassed their goal of $1000 at the beginning of April and then doubled their goal on the night of the event. The Loyd team was again the highest fundraising commons for the second year in a row.

Aside from the campus wide events, the Council and RAs were busy working on projects for the community and wrapping up the year. The Creativity Committee submitted funding proposals and was awarded over $5000 to get new items for the community such as furniture, artwork, and supplies. The Creativity Committee also finalized their timeline for summer communication in order to have things ready to introduce the Class of 2021 to Loyd. The Friendship Committee organized the final round of intramural as well as an Intramural Party. The Growth Committee organized the final Loyd Banquet of the year where the annual Loyd Awards were given out. The Purpose Committee worked on the final TEDxSMU dinner discussion and gave out honor roll recognition. The Faculty in Residence continued their Sunday treats every Sunday in April. The RAs continued their work with strategic planning by preparing planning checklists for each of the community's events.

The team ended the month with a leadership team retreat on April 29 to transition and train the incoming group of leaders. The retreat brought together the incoming and outgoing RAs, Council Executives, Loyd Links (peer mentors), and Summer Orientation Leader. The outgoing RAs had worked the entire month to prepare their presentations that covered a wide variety of topics ranging from creating an elevator pitch to the ins and outs of event planning. The 25 student leaders also had plenty of time to get to know each other and start the team building process. On April 30, the RAs and Council members attended two end of the year banquets to celebrate the achievements of the year. At the campus Commons Council banquet, two Loyd students received high awards - the First Year Student of the Year Award and the Rising Star Award for Loyd Commons.

Through all of the work, the team held together and are ending the school year with a lot to be proud of especially in April.

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Date of entry into database: 2017-05-07 19:39:10

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