Communication Alumni News

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Where are our graduates now?

TU Communication graduate Jesse Boudiette was recently named senior Vice President and General Manager of the Tulsa office of Saxum, a Communications company that offers PR, marketing and other services to clients in Oklahoma and around the nation.

Several recent TU Communication graduates were recognized by the Public Relations Society of
America (PRSA) in a full-page ad in a recent Tulsa World.  The ad recognized APR-credentialed members of PRSA,which includes alums Andrea Myers, Amber Remke and Lucinda Rojas Ross.  Last but not least, the PRSA ad also recognized TU's own Steve Turnbo as a member of the PRSA College of Fellows, an honor that recognizes his legacy of excellence in PR and the community.  Congratulations to all.

Becca Cowles is working at the Mental Health Association in Tulsa as Marketing Coordinator for the organization.  She works with all departments, manages their website, all the graphic design, and the creation and design of their campaigns as well as social media.  The Association's programs are designed to help achieve victory over mental illness and to prevent mental disorders, whether focussing on housing, education, advocacy, support, recovery, youth or service.  Becca's job role is really the communication piece, promoting what they do, educating the community on mental health, and the creative piece to their fundraising campaigns.  

Jacqueline Malleo, 2010 December graduate, was selected to train and compete with the 2014 Bobsledding Olympic team last winter at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY.  She met many Olympic medalists and hopefuls and it was a great opportunity to train at an elite level with all of them. 

 Ben Hauser Comm Ben Hauser came to TU from Carthage, MO and studied Communication and Film Studies.  He hopes to be a video editor.  For his Senior Project, he made a semi-animated documentary composed of original drawings about The Band bassist, Rick Danko called "Getting to Know Rick Danko (Through Notebook Doodles)."  He's currently working on another "graphic video" about Long John Baldry.

Rebecca_CowlesRebecca Cowles graduated from The University of Tulsa in December, 2009 with a degree in Communication and Advertising minor. She was recently employed at the Tulsa Mental Health Association in Youth Outreach Services, with focus on youth suicide prevention. Rebecca had a friend who ended her life from suicide in fall 2007, and in fall of 2009 she put together a documentary in Dr. Joli Jensen’s Senior Project class about what she personally encountered after this loss. Rebecca used the documentary in her job interview process, which ultimately helped her get her current position.

Nicole Frangione, a recent graduate of The University of Tulsa’s communication and advertising programs, has discovered that a senior project can turn into a very big deal, indeed. “I Am Tulsa, Too,” a series of black and white portrait photographs of ordinary Tulsans, accompanied by short interviews with each subject, first came into existence in booklet form and downtown art exhibition, as Nicole’s contribution to the Fall 2009 senior project fair. The fair is the culmination of a semester’s work by TU communication students, who chose a communication-themed project to work on, with the guidance of Dr. Joli Jensen, a senior project advisor (in Nicole’s case, Dr. John Coward), and classmates in the Communication 4893 capstone course. Recently the project has become a public art exhibition at the Tulsa International Airport. Nicole says that the inspiration for the project grew out of her feelings for the city: “I grew up in Tulsa, and in some ways, I have always felt that being in this city, having the experiences with people that I have had, has shaped me into the person that I am.” She credits the senior project class with helping her push forward with the idea and making it a success, noting that the course helped her organize her thoughts, and gave her an opportunity to explore an area of interest that I would never have been able to do otherwise. The class “pushed me to do something that I loved instead of something that I had to do,” she now says. Dr. Jensen adds that Nicole herself needs to be given a good deal of credit for making the exhibition happen.

Seniors are generally encouraged to do something with their projects that will make a difference in the world. In Nicole’s case, this meant giving a voice to ordinary residents of Tulsa, people who might otherwise be overlooked by the local media: “Dr. Jensen told us that to impact the world we had to challenge what we knew. Thinking about what you can contribute to a community changes both the way that you participate in it, but also, how the community embraces you.” In general, Nicole says, her experience at TU has changed the way she sees the world. “While many colleges teach you to question what it “common knowledge,” TU has led me into opportunities that might never had arisen without asking the questions that no one else thought of.”

Jan Reynolds