NACURH Winner
Month: September 2017

NACURH, INC.

Organization of the Month

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

On-Campus Population: 3400 Chapter Size: 34

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

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 as well.

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 duration!

The team's hard work has paid off!

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Date of entry into database: 2017-10-06 09:01:44

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