Meet us here first, and then say 'hey' IRL.

residential community Director (RCD)

Nate Faust





Nate is our resident New Englander as the Residential Community Director (RCD) of MHPS. He attended New York University in New York City for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. There, he created his undergrad major of Cultural Development & Social Preservation (feel free to ask him about it!) and received his Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs. At NYU, he was involved in student government, was a Resident Assistant, and also worked in Admissions! In grad school, he worked at the NYU Stern School of Business as a club advisor. His work at NYU in all his capacities taught him a lot about fostering relationships and a love of Residential Life, so he can't wait to help MHPS residents feel welcome and at home. Originally from Massachusetts, Nate absolutely loves nature and being outside, Dunkin' Donuts, and of course, Boston sports teams - Go Red Sox! He also has a love of geography and maps, as well as music of all kinds; Nate is always ready to talk about new music, make a playlist, and will usually be playing music in his office in Mary Hay so feel free to stop by for a listen and a chat. When he's not at work, Nate enjoys exploring Dallas for new food and coffee spots, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, studying new languages, and kicking back with some music. Welcome to MHPS!

faculty-in-residence (fIR)

Liljana Elverskog




Liljana is our cheerful and cultured FiR. She loves baking, biking, reading, movies, sewing, being involved with MHPS, and of course teaching! She is a Senior Lecturer of Arabic and the Arabic Area Chair and has taught Modern Standard Arabic in the United States at all levels for almost twenty years. She has taught Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin, Indiana University, the Middlebury College Summer Language Program, the University of California, Santa Barbara, Brown University, and the University of North Texas. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at Indiana University in May of 1999. Her dissertation, “Verb Morphology in Educated Spoken Arabic,” is a sociolinguistic study of verbal conjugation in this

form of spoken Arabic and its implications for the teaching of Arabic. She received her M.A. from the Khartoum International Institute for Arabic Language in the field of Teaching Arabic as a Second Language, and her BA from the University of Sarajevo. 

Don't miss visiting with her on Sundays! Nearly every Sunday from 8-9 pm, Liljana opens up her home in Mary Hay for Sunday Night Snacks, a weekly tradition. She mixes up what's on the menu, but MHPS residents have come to expect Liljana's famous chocolate chip cookies!  


Brittany Wright




Brittany is a first-year master's student studying Higher Education Administration. She recently graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, located in Conway, Arkansas. There she was involved in Greek life, Student Orientation Staff, and held an on-campus job. Her favorite activities are kick-boxing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. Her choice of snacks/treats include: Starbucks' Caramel Frappe, Rolos, and any kind of chip. Brittany is excited to be at SMU, especially as her hometown of Prosper, Texas is so close-by. Fun fact: She is a twin! 

faculty affiliates (FA)

Johan Elverskog 

Teresa Brentegani 




Johan, a Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at SMU (and the husband of our FiR, Liljana), is the author and editor of numerous articles and books on the history of Inner Asia, which have won several awards and also been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Russian. His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Research Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. He has also been a fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Käte-Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr Universität.








Teresa, SMU-in-Lugano Program Director, is a member of the Department of World Languages and Literatures and Chair of the Italian area. She has taught beginning, intermediate and advanced Italian at SMU for over 15 years, as well as abroad on the SMU-in-Rome and Bologna program, which she also directed. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking authentic Italian food and spending time with friends. 

commons council leadership team

Autumn Beck, President

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VACANT, Spirit & Competition Coordinator


Arthur Holzman, Communication Coordinator


Asad Khawaja, Event Coordinator

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Stephen Shoemaker, Philanthropy Coordinator


Abigail Frische, Chief of Staff and Special Projects Coordinator


Autumn is a sophomore form McKinney, Texas. She is a double major in Business and Film and a double minor in Chinese and Law and Legal Reasoning. Autumn is involved in Program Council, Hegi Career Leaders, and Mustang Heroes. She loves volunteering, baking, camping, and watching movies. Her favorite dining hall hack is warm chocolate chip cookies over soft serve vanilla ice cream from Umph. Try it and let her know what you think the next time you see her in the dining hall. 






















Asad Khawaja is a sophomore from Coppell, Texas. He is studying Biology and Finance under the Pre-Med track and plans to become a doctor. He is currently a member of the Global Medical Brigades, SMU MAPS, the Hegi Career Leaders, and the Honors Program. Asad enjoys swimming, biking, watching TV, and hanging out with his friends. His favorite snack is brownies although Liljana’s chocolate chip cookies are a close second. An interesting fact about Asad is that he played the tuba for 7 years.





Stephen Shoemaker is from Los Angeles California and is a sophomore studying Computer Science and Philosophy. He also works as an OLT at SMU outdoor adventures when not in class. During his free time he likes rock climbing in Deadman gym, backpacking or tinkering with programming projects. He loves reading and will always be down to share his favorite reads and hear about your favorites as well.











MARY HAY Resident assistants

Emily Zhang, First Floor RA

Zubaida (Zee) Aslam, Second Floor RA


Maggie Sloan, Third Floor RA

Max Stasio, Fourth Floor RA





A third-year RA, Emily is a senior from Denver, Colorado. Her major is in Chemistry and she is minoring in Human Rights and Women and Gender Studies. Emily is involved in Best Buddies and Gamma Phi Beta. Her favorite pastimes are working out, sleeping, and playing her ukelele. A fun fact about Emily is that she used to have a pet hedgehog and multiple pet hermit crabs; if she were allowed to have them here, we bet she would. Emily's favorite snack is Starbursts candy and she loves to "talk life" so don't be afraid to reach out. 








Zee, born in Pakistan, is a second-year RA who has grown up in Irving, Texas. She is a senior Biology major and Chemistry minor with dreams of becoming an Oncologist. At SMU, she is especially involved with the Muslim Student Association and she studies Arabic. Zee can actually speak four languages - talk about impressive! Zee enjoys bike riding, swimming, playing card/board games, and watching horror movies, and M&M's and spicy chips are her favorite snacks. A fun fact about her is that she serves as an EMT!  








Second-year RA, Maggie is a senior studying Psychology and Advertising with a plan to go to law school one day. She claims New Jersey and Katy, Texas as her home bases. At SMU, Maggie has been involved with Commons Council, Best Buddies, and Hilltop. She loves sports, drawing, Cheetos, Hershey's Kisses, and black tea lemonade. A fun fact she likes to share is that she has slept in all 50 states (sleeping there is important, because otherwise, as she says, it could be easy to say you've been to a state just by driving through it!). 










peyton resident assistants

Noah Cuello, First Floor RA


Cristina Dondiego, Second Floor RA

Ryan Mendez, Third Floor RA

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A third-year RA, Cristina, who is a senior from Dallas, Texas, studies International Studies. She is also planning on minoring in Spanish. At SMU, Cristina is involved with College Hispanic American Studies and the SMU Retail Club. In her free time, she loves exploring Dallas, eating avocado toast or applesauce, browsing through Instagram for outfit inspiration, taking photos, working at Salon Pompeo, and shopping. Yoga is also a favorite of hers, and Cristina hopes to one day climb a mountain. 









Ryan is a senior from Durant, Oklahoma, studying Finance.  Ryan got involved in commons council his freshman year at SMU, and as a sophomore, served as Chief-Of-Staff.  Due to an opening, he also joined the RA team in January of 2018.  On campus, Ryan has been involved with the Wesley House, Student Foundation, Mustang Heroes, Finance Club, and many intramural sports teams.  In his free time, he enjoys anything fitness-related, reading, and hanging out with friends.  Find him in Dedman Center or the library.

shuttles resident assistants

Tonia Darabadey, First Floor RA

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Hary Sirivore, Second Floor RA

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Luckett Robinson, Third Floor RA


Trinity Sullivan, Fourth Floor RA

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Tonia is a senior from Plano, Texas. She is majoring in environmental engineering. During her time at SMU she has been involved in Commons Council, Chi Epsilon, and her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. In her down time she enjoys movies (just not scary ones), cooking (and eating), and music (and is always looking for recommendations!). Her guilty pleasures include Hot Cheetos and green tea lattes from Starbucks, or really any snack from Trader Joe's. A fun fact about Tonia is that she is a triplet! She loves discussing  opinions on the newest Netflix series everyone's talking about, so always feel free to reach out! 








Hary is a junior Finance and Statistics double-major from Carrollton, Texas. He jumps for any and every opportunity to be involved within SMU and MHPS and otherwise get to know people on a personal basis. In addition to serving as an RA, Hary is involved with the Entrepreneurship Club, Tango Tab, the Real Estate Club, and Mustang Theme Park Design. He also founded Le Cordon SMeU, a baking club, in his first-year at SMU. Of course, his hobbies include cooking, but he also enjoys tennis and racquetball. Hary's favorite go-to snack is watermelon Sour Patch Kids. A fun fact about Hary is that he is the uncle of a 26 year old. 






Luckett is a sophomore from Mobile, Alabama studying Business Management and Spanish on the Pre-Law track. He's also a member of the mock trial team and a Student Ambassador here at SMU! Some of his favorite things about MHPS are Liljana's "life-changing" chocolate chip cookies, our prime real estate next to Umph, and the amazing students he's met there. He's a big dog fan, and his go-to fun fact is that he plays the double bass. Feel free to say hello!









Trinity is a first year RA and a junior from Coppell, Texas, near Dallas. She is studying Statistics and Spanish with minors in History and Latin American & Iberian Studies at SMU. She is also a Student Ambassador on campus and was a 2018 Orientation Leader—she loves hearing about other student's experiences! Her favorite spots in Dallas are White Rock Lake, Agu Ramen at Mockingbird Station, and Sip Stir Coffee. Ask her about her other favorite local coffee shops and have her treat you to a cup and a conversation!

peer leaders

Stephen Shoemaker, Peer Academic Leader (PAL) 


Andrea Del Angel, Peer Honors Mentor


Samantha Hites, Student Wellness Champion



Stephen Shoemaker is from Los Angeles California and is a sophomore studying Computer Science and Philosophy. He also works as an OLT at SMU outdoor adventures when not in class. During his free time he likes rock climbing in Deadman gym, backpacking or tinkering with programming projects. He loves reading and will always be down to share his favorite reads and hear about your favorites as well.