The Loyd Commons Council consists of the President, Chief of Staff,
and a Director for each of the five Values Committees. This team of
leaders worked extremely hard in September to get students engaged
in Loyd Commons. At the beginning of the month, the Council
Executives recruited members from the community to fill the five
values committees. The team is the most successful to date for Loyd
in recruiting 40 members for the commmitties so far, having enough
members to fill every chair position and also have general members
In September, the Creativity spent a significant amount of time
during each of their meetings researching and creating designs to
redo one of the community spaces in Loyd Commons. During one of
their meetings, the committee even took the time to visit several of
the commons to do research and make notes of aspects they wanted
emulate and/or avoid. For the month, the committee submitted a total
of 12 proposals totaling over $8000 to get funding from our campus
housing funding board.
The Friendship Committee began September with recruiting
participants for the annual Residential Commons (RC) Olypmpics.
Their efforts paid off as our teams won two events for the first
time with Dodgeball and Connect 4 Tournament. The committee also
worked on recruiting teams for intramural sports. While all of the
other commons only register for the two RC leagues with sand
volleyball and soccer, the Loyd Intramural Chair wanted to offer
more and recruited enough participants for teams in open leagues for
3on3 basketball and dodgeball against any team on campus. The
Friendship Committee also worked on organizing the annual Family
Weekend Social on September 22. Most commons did not plan much for
the visiting families, but the committee upheld their tradition of
having a fully planned and executed social. The committee baked
homemade cookies, had a fruit, cheese, and cracker spread, veggies
and dip, banana cake and a chocolate fountain!
The first Loyd Banquet of the semester was held on September 10. The
Growth Committee in charge of the event had the challenge of
advertising and collecting RSVPs in a very amount of time because of
the start of the semester. With 90 attendees, it was one of the
highest attended of our four September banquets to date. Immediately
following the banquet, the committee began to collect very
intentional feedback from attendees to help them work on
enhancements for the next banquets.
The Purpose Committee hosted their second TEDx Tuesday event on
September 26 that is part of the community's partnership with
TEDxSMU. For the event, a member of the committee selected a TED
Talk video to show over a dinner. After the video, the committee
lead the group in a discussion with prompting questions they had
prepared ahead of time. The discussion was rich with diverse
insights and the committee received immediate praise from our
TEDxSMU partner that was in attendance.
The Responsibility Committee began the month by registering the
community for Relay for Life, which doesn't occur until April 2018.
The committee also began laying out all of the plans for a new
service event they are dubbing Loyd Feeds the City which will
benefit the homeless of Dallas.
The council ended the month by taking over one of the weekly weekend
movie nights on September 30. For the event, the President brought
out the community popcorn machine, cotton candy machine, and had
pizza delivered for a Pitch Perfect marathon. The fun additions to
the weekly tradition helped attract a fun crowd that stayed for the
The team's hard work has paid off!
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