Regional Winner
Month: April 2017


Organization of the Month

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

On-Campus Population: 3400 Chapter Size: 28

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

The Loyd Commons Council had quite a whirlwind month in April. The Loyd Commons Council includes the seven member executive board of the President, Chief of Staff, and five Directors. The five Directors oversee a Loyd Values committee, which is comprised of Chairs and general members as well as 1-2 RA Committee Advisors.

The Creativity Committee spent their time in April on submitting final funding proposals to the campus housing funding board to get hall improvements for the community. For the final round of proposals, the committee submitted 10 proposals and stayed consistent in being one of the communities that submits the highest number of proposals and most creative and innovative proposals. For the final round of voting on April 19, all of the proposals from the committee were approved bringing the total amount of hall improvement funds award to Loyd to almost $10,000 for the year. Additionally, the committee finalized the social media guidelines for the community setting standards for the future committees for how each type of social media is utilized. They also worked on creating an outline and timeline for summer social media that will help introduce the incoming class of 2021 to Loyd.

The Friendship Committee worked on numerous initiatives including organizing our final intramural teams of the semester and organizing an end of the semester Intramural Recognition party for April 24. However, most of their time at the beginning of the month was spent on finalizing logistics for the second annual Luck of the Loydians festival. Luck of the Loydians is a campus wide Irish festival that features Irish games, authentic Irish cuisine, a live Irish band that teaches Irish dancing, and many giveaways and prizes. Despite wind challenges, the committee put on a great event!

The Growth Committee worked hard to plan the final Loyd Banquet of the semester where the annual Loyd Awards are given out. The event is an important tradition for the community that also incorporates the community donors. The committee also unveiled the new Statement of Inclusion that was engraved on a large plaque. The committee also spent significant time keeping up with their newly implemented Recognition Board that hangs proudly in the community. The board recognizes resident accomplishments including student athletes, academic honors, and resident highlights.

The Purpose Committee hosted their final Tuesdays with TED of the semester. Tuesdays with TED is part of the community collaboration with TEDxSMU where they watch TED Talks over dinner and have a discussion about their reactions to the videos. The Purpose Committee also worked on making individual goodie bags for each of the residents that made Honor Roll. Aside from that, the Purpose Committee prepared their plans for their Finals Study Breaks.

The Responsibility Committee spent the month of April preparing for Relay for Life. When other communities were unable to form their own teams, the Responsibility Committee welcomed them onto the Loyd team. They hosted several meetings to coordinate and organize the onsite fundraiser for the event. During the event, the Loyd team was the only residential life team that showed up and the Loyd members ran the entire onsite fundraiser for the team. Because of their efforts, the Loyd team was the highest fundraising on campus community for the second year in a row. To wrap-up the month, the committee worked on their planning checklist to help the next committee as well as worked on finishing the community scrapbook.

The entire team worked as well to help transition in the incoming Executives for next year by preparing transition documents and ensuring that the group was setup for success!

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Date of entry into database: 2017-05-08 11:01:31

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