Class of '07
Tom Queathem always knew that he wanted to attend a college that offered more than an engineering curriculum.
Before selecting The University of Tulsa, he visited the campus of a science-only school. "Frankly, I wanted to meet students who were artists and poets, not just engineers," he says. "TU's Tulsa Curriculum was the perfect balance to my engineering classes, and allowed me to meet non-engineers."
Along with the solid engineering skills he received in his major studies, Queathem credits the broad-based Tulsa Curriculum with helping him excel during two summer internships at Anheuser-Busch in Atlanta where he worked to improve two production lines.
"I learned good people skills by branching out from my major classes," he says. "My plant manager told me that he could envision me as a plant manager someday." Queathem will be well on the way to upper management.
After he graduated, he joined Anheuser-Busch as a production manager for two high-speed bottling lines, supervising 34 employees.
"I have TU to thank for that," he says. He also acknowledges the "always accessible, always friendly" faculty at TU as keys in his growth. "From the very first class, it is obvious that they love engineering. Their enthusiasm makes learning a fun process," he notes.
He also honed his "people" skills through extracurricular activities as president of his residence hall and as president of the Newman Center.
"TU has helped me grow in so many ways," he says. "My faith life has deepened tremendously. I've learned to think more globally and be responsible for the part of the world that I inhabit. I've made the best friends of my life from a diverse group of people; and I've had extraordinary teachers. I couldn't have asked for a better college experience. TU is everything I hoped it would be."