When I came into Saint Martin’s as a freshmen, I really had no idea what the possibilities were ahead of me. I was sort of just thinking to myself that I should just try and get good grades, and see what happens. But these past 2 and a half years now have been a wild ride. The possibilities have been endless.
We just began a new hashtag at Saint Martin’s, which is #FromHereUcan. The goal of this is to show people outside of the SMU community what you can do with the help of Saint Martin’s. Each person’s #FromHereUcan is different, because we are all unique. I believe that God created all of us with different talents and abilities, and unique traits, and I love that at Saint Martin’s, you have so many resources to help you grow.
My #FromHereUCan is learning how to become a successful businessman, who does business the right way. Saint Martin’s has so many incredible professors and faculty who are always willing to sit down with you and talk about their experiences and give advice to you. I think Saint Martin’s has such an advantage on other universities because we are a small university so you get to know your professors and they are available to you, and at the same time their networking is endless. And in the business world, it’s all about networking.
I encourage you to come to Saint Martin’s and find out what your #FromHereUcan could be. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Since I have been at SMU, I have had the privilege of seeing the all the stages of the new Cebula Hall construction. I remember everything from laying the foundation, to having my business communications class in one of its incredible classrooms last year. From first-hand experience, let me tell you that this building is nothing short of amazing. The part about that the building that I am most impressed with, as a marketing and economics student, is the cost. The national average cost per square foot for LEED certified buildings cost right around $255-$260. Cebula Hall cost $225 per square foot. That is just incredible. But even more amazing is the fact that most college campus building that are not LEED certified cost around $275-$400 per square foot. That just astonishes me! This goes to show that if you put your mind to it, doing things “green” does not have to cost a lot of extra money. In this case, it might even save you some! http://www.stmartin.edu/whatsnew/MediaReleases/2013/20131014LEEDcertification.aspx
Incredible. That is the only word that I can use to explain what happened this past Saturday. Don’t get me wrong, the first two Galas I had attended, with Mario and Guy, were quite awesome. But just the overall feeling of this year’s gala was incredible. From the very get go, when Jeff Stokes began the auction, the generosity of the guests was very apparent. When the first item, the bar stools for the second course, were sold for $3,000 right off the bat, I knew this was going to be a night to remember. Our emcee, Elisa Jaffe, could not have been better. She was so happy to be there and she kept giving shout-outs to the social squad! And of course, our celebrity chef, Michael Symon, just made the night. He was so kind and genuinely cared about the students. He even came off stage at one point just to talk with the social squad. At the end of the night, we raised $960,000. That is not a typo, we actually raised that much! As a student here, I am so grateful. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!
This past week I had the privilege of sitting down with David Lawrence, president of the Gaming Club here on campus. There has been quite a buzz around campus of their latest event, Zombie Palooza, so I wanted to talk to David for a little more insight on what they do.
Stephen: Why did you start the gaming club?
David: There used to be a gaming club, but they had all graduated so we decided to turn our card playing into the gaming club. They also had a version of zombie palooza that we wanted to keep going.
Stephen: How long has the gaming club been going?
David: I started it as a freshman in October of 2010.
Stephen: So what is Zombie Palooza?
David: It is our biggest event of the semester. This year we are looking to have it twice each semester. University of Washington has one that lasts a week long, but we reserve the pavilion for one night. This year we went from 9 pm to 1:30 am. There are many games, each lasting 10 minutes. You rotate playing the role of civilians, marines, and zombies, and we supply about 40 nerf guns. We also have our event opened up to the community, and at this last one we had 66 people total, 10 of which were community members.
Stephen: I hear you have theme nights, when you meet once a week on Wednesday nights.
David: Yes we meet every week on Wednesday in Spangler Conference Room at 6 pm. We alternate each week between bring your own game, game of the week, card games, video games, and board games. Board game night usually draws the biggest crowd.
Stephen: What would you like people to know about the gaming club?
David: It is all about playing, relaxing, and having fun. There are absolutely no commitments, you can come and go as you please. We usually end at 9 pm, but you can leave whenever you want. We have over 40 different games to play, and anyone is welcome!
Stephen: Ok, last question: PS4 or Xbox One?
David: Xbox One. (but the rest of the club was very sure they wanted the PS4)
I highly recommend attending the gaming club on Wednesday nights if you are free. Great group of people who just have alot of fun! It was great getting to talk with David.
The day is quickly approaching. The famous SMU Gala is only 5 days away! It will take place this Saturday, November 2, in our very own Marcus Pavilion. I have been blessed enough to attend each year I’ve attended SMU. I have been able to meet Mario Batali, Guy Fieri, and this year, Michael Symon! I look forward to this event every year because it never ceases to amaze me. The intricate details put into the planning are nothing short of astounding. The first year I went, I didn’t even recognize the pavilion. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year!
I am now in my third year with the Baseball Team here at SMU and have loved every minute of it. When you spend every day with your team you become a family. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to share the field with. I know they have my back no matter what, and they know I have theirs. The first two years were definitely a learning experience, but I can’t wait for our season to start in January so we can go out and compete. I am so excited for what is in store for us this year.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit in on an ASSMU (associated students of Saint Martin’s University) meeting. I was invited by campus life to come and talk about how the social squad is here to help all the various clubs, and help promote events that will be happening throughout the year. I felt so welcomed by the all the members of ASSMU as well as the presidents of the clubs in attendance. I am so excited to be working alongside with all of them and help you all get an inside look of the great events and activities we have going on campus throughout the year! Stay tuned for some updates on upcoming events!