The 2006 President’s Scholars retreat featured group activities and time for personal reflection, scenic wonders and historic sites, serious discussions and humorous antics. The photo gallery below offers a glimpse of the experience, but as the saying goes, “You had to be there!”
The SMU-in-Taos retreat began with revealing, and sometimes mysterious,
self-portraits posted on the auditorium wall –
could this be someone named Cat?
Jen Basel, Michael Evans, Jessica Erwin,
and Karl Kashfi prepare for the ice-breaker,
“Two truths and a lie.”
History Professor James Hopkins talks about
New Mexico’s role in the birth of the nuclear age
at the Los Alamos Historical Museum, once
the site of laboratories that developed
the world’s first nuclear bombs.
Melissa Bosma, Jason Smith, and Charanya Krishnaswami
examine a replica of the first plutonium bomb at
the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.
Rachel Simpson, Jareth Embrey, Rhiannon Hamam,
and Maia Van Dyke with a replica of the world’s first
uranium bomb on display at the Bradbury Musuem.
President’s Scholars Adam Haller,
Emily Loeb, Melissa Bosma,
Charanya Krishnaswami, Maia VanDyke,
and Rachel Simpson at the former
Los Alamos Boys’ School,
used by the federal government
as a facility for developing the
first atomic bombs.
Maia VanDyke, Jareth Embrey, and Rachel Simpson.
Maia VanDyke, Charanya Krishnaswami,
Rachel Simpson, and P.J. Gardner.
Jareth Embrey, Charanya Krishnaswami, and Nathan Hall
examine pots from the Anasazi archaeological dig
Jareth Embrey with an ancient find.
Alex Frolov, Nikisha Pasrija and Jupin Malhi relax
near a sculpture garden in the Taos Plaza.
A statue of Padre Martinez in the Taos
Plaza attracts a distinguished group of
visitors, back row: Nikisha Pasrija,
Jason Smith, Alex Frolov (seated)
and Jupin Malhi, and in front:
P.J. Gardner and Angeline Nguyen.
Cool dudes: Outside a chocolate shop in the Taos Plaza,
Jason Smith hangs out with a friend.
Taking a hike.
Happy-face volleyball during a morning break.
Maia VanDyke and Jupin Malhi enjoy the
Perched on a look-out at the Rio Grande Gorge, staff member
and guest Missy Bryant with Cat Conner, Rhiannon Hamam,
Kate Hawks, Nikki Pasrija, Nathan Hall, and P.J. Gardner.
Enjoying the view, safely behind bars!
P.J. Gardner, Brittney Honora, Jupin Malhi, and Alex Frolov.
Provost ad interim Tom Tunks points out Pueblo Indian
sacred sites visible from the Gorge.
Scholars visit the St. Francis de Assisi church at
Ranchos de Taos, one of the most photographed
and painted churches in the world.
Maia Van Dyke joins the legion of photographers who
have captured the primitive beauty of the adobe church.
Seniors Jimmy Elskes, Matt Bengloff, Garrett Haake,
and Andrew Morton.
Brittney Honora, Jessica Erwin, Anjulie Patel,
Amanda Wall, and Karl Kashfi.
Karl Kashfi shoots (in Hillsman terminology)
Melissa Bosma, Rachel Simpson,
Jupin Malhi, and Rhiannon Hamam.
Clicking cameras focus on Ryan Meyer, Jareth Embrey,
the two Dr. Tunks (Jeanne and Tom), and
Jonathan Koh, with Jason Smith in back.
P.J. Gardner, Jason Smith, and Jupin Malhi.
“She ain’t heavy….” Lucy Duke, Jen Basel,
and Kate Hawks.
Rachel Kovac and Sterling Morriss
Jen Basel, Rachel Kovac and Aaron Ketrow.
First-year line-up: Jupin Malhi and Melissa Bosma in front;
Second row: Rachel Simpson, Nikki Pasrija, Charanya Krishnaswami,
Amy Hand, Jonathan Koh, Jareth Embrey, Angeline Nguyen.
Back row: P.J. Gardner, Kyle Chester, Maia Van Dyke,
Jason Smith, Ryan Meyer, and Alex Frolov.
The official senior portrait under the “campfire tree.”
(Front row, left to right) Austin Follett, Aaron Ketrow, Matt Bengloff;
(second row) Adam Haller, Jimmy Elskes, Sid Basu, Andrew Morton,
Emily Loeb, Garlyn Schwarzlose, and Sterling Morriss;
(back row) Keith Kobylka, Garrett Haake, Brian Albrecht, and Charity Miller.
Drs. Tunks, Martha and Missy playing Twister
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