Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post was written by Dr. Joli Jensen, Professor of Communication at The University of Tulsa. We asked Dr. Jensen to tell us about the Communication Department at TU, and this is what she had to say….
I love teaching in the TU communication department because we teach relevant courses on media, culture and society that attract creative, engaged students. We have carefully designed our curriculum to blend theoretical, historical and skills courses so that our graduates understand the history, limits and possibilities of today’s media, and learn the skills to thrive as citizens, consumers and participants in the new media environment.
Our majors can choose to specialize in journalism, advertising/pr or media studies. They learn how to think and write clearly and effectively for print communication, and how to use broadcasting, graphic design, and documentary techniques for electronic communication. We want to be sure that our majors can combine various modes of communication for effective participation in the emerging digital age.
Our graduates find employment in both profit and non-profit organizations, since there is always demand for students who can think and write well, plan campaigns, create innovative content, and use new media technologies, including social media, effectively.
Our faculty is always available to help each student shape their coursework to meet their goals. As professors, we not only teach, but also do research in media studies–our specialty interests include Native American images, country music, the Soviet Internet, and sports and computer games. Our adjunct faculty members are currently active in local journalism, public relations and advertising, and bring their expertise and connections into the classroom.
TU is a very supportive environment for communication students. You can write for our campus newspaper, the Collegian, as well as produce shows for our campus TV station, TUTV (click here to view TUTV’s programming). We have a public radio station, KWGS. Our faculty are also involved in various certificate programs, including Creative Writing, Women’s and Gender Studies, Native American Studies, Museum Studies, and Arts Management. We are developing a Digital Studies certificate right now.
So, if you are interested in communication, and want to understand and participate in the media, then TU gives you LOTS of ways to develop the insights and skills you’ll need. Feel free to contact me, our department chair Dr.Mark Brewin, or any of us, for more information—
This weekend, I decided I wanted to make baked potatoes. However, after going to the store, buying a bag of NINETEEN potatoes, and realizing that there is no way I could eat NINETEEN potatoes, I decided to make a dinner party out of it. So me and a friend invited lots of friends over and had quite the feast, finishing up with a wonderful chocolate pie creation and a game of dominos (also availible for free check out at the front desk). Unfortunately, I did not remember to snap a photo of our event. But we had a ton of fun!
When it comes to things that are difficult to wrap our minds around, the universe and its astronomical size often sits at the forefront of most people’s “Mind-boggling” lists. With scientists estimating that there could be anywhere from 200 to 500 billion galaxies swirling around out in the far reaches of space, and with each galaxy holding anywhere from 10 million to 10 trillion stars, it makes for an awful lot of “Twinkle, Twinkle.” Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming and disconcerting to think of such vast spaces and where exactly we fit into the big picture, but fortunately for all involved, I recently made an important discovery that might help us to better understand where exactly “here” is in the midst of this seemingly infinite space. I call it: The Center of the Universe. Its location: the exact center of the universe. First up, here’s a nice picture, courtesy of my good friend the Hubble Space Telescope, of what the universe looks like from deep space.
Now here is the same picture, but I took the liberty of zooming in a couple notches on that little speck of light smack dab in the center of the picture…and voila!
That’s right, folks. What you see before your eyes is the fruit of many hours of research, many minutes of laborious driving, and seconds upon seconds of walking up and down various streets, carefully dodging speeding cars and pedestrians alike, searching for the Holy Grail of astronomers everywhere. And this is where I ended up. Downtown Tulsa. In the middle of a doubly inscribed circle, probably placed there about the same time as the Mayans. It turns out that some interesting things happen when you stand in the exact center of the universe: your voice echoes and reverberates in strange ways, people look at you with an odd look in their eyes, and you feel a slight increase in your sense of importance. Your voice is magnified inside the circle, but to anyone standing outside, it sounds perfectly normal, if not even somewhat diminished. The bizarre thing is that there are no nearby surrounding buildings as you would expect to find with such a loud echo.
Why would I tell you all this? Why let out my secret discovery for all the world to see? Is it because I’m such a selfless individual who thinks of naught but the betterment of the world around me? Well…not exactly. I have a confession to make: I didn’t actually discover it. In fact, I didn’t even help to discover it. I just looked up the directions on GoogleMaps and drove straight there. I know, I’m disappointed with myself as well, but the good news is: just because I didn’t discover it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still the center of the universe! And it can be yours to experience should you ever choose to attend the University of Tulsa, or if you happen to find yourself anywhere near downtown Tulsa! So. Look it up and check it out if you haven’t already; it’s well worth it. But for now I’m off to redeem myself by making a truly unique discovery this time: the center of the University of Tulsa!
Today is a good example. It’s the middle of February and it’s almost 70 degrees outside. Most of our students are wearing shorts. I snapped this shot of a few TU students playing in the fountain outside Collins Hall at 11:30am this morning…
Knowing Oklahoma, it will snow tomorrow.
I’m Hillary (a different one), and I’m a sophomore Energy Management student from Parker, CO.
I thought I’d share some Golden TU experiences through pictures I’ve taken on my phone [and stories to go with!]
Since you don’t know me, I’m sure you won’t mind if some of these pictures are old, right? Also, I got a new phone recently, so you may see dramatic changes in picture quality!
This is the stop sign at the corner of Fisher Hall. Enough said.
Last year, there was a meteor shower. We all carpooled out to a friend’s house that had a big, dark backyard, and her parents made us cider and hot chocolate and we all went outside with blankets and watched them for almost an hour!
This was a night we got our tests back, and I got an A (yes!). I was also on an Arizona Tea kick so it was a good night! Having a once a week night class has upsides and downsides, but I would mostly say that night class is a great idea. It keeps the day open for other classes that are required, and makes your week not feel so overwhelming. This semester I am taking 19 hours, and one of those hours as a night class really helps space out my week better, because goodness knows I need as much time as I can get.
This is a picture of some of my friends from the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries). We held a fundraiser for a friend who was going on a mission trip to China over Christmas break where we got to throw whipped cream at each other… It was actually a pie jousting event, where we rode bicycles and threw pies in a school parking lot. The best part was some people (picture) spent a few hours the day before to create cardboard armor to wear for it. My boyfriend, the one on the bottom middle, won the tournament and still has his armor in the closet at his apartment. See it in action here!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwdLQ26ZQ_c [P.S. John doesn’t normally look like that, that was his Halloween costume. ]
A few weeks ago, it was almost 70 degrees outside! I needed to make some flashcards so I just took my notes out onto the U and studied for about an hour. It was wonderful!
A la Pinterest, my friend Cayli and I attempted the crayon melting craft after break…This was Cayli’s first attempt. Clearly we are not as skilled as those with the idealized ones. (maybe Photoshopped?). We got better with time, though! Our advice on the hair dryer: high heat, LOW fan! Also, leave them in the wrappers. It creates a better flow!
I had a huge test in Sedimentary Rocks and Processes a few weeks ago, so I tried to make studying as fun as possible: I rewarded myself for questions I got right on practice tests with a peanut butter M&M, and had a giant cherry Dr. Pepper (courtesy of QT). I am proud to report that the brain food combined with color-coded notes led to an A on the test!
Yeah. What is this? Cheese Fries at The Brook. How do you eat this? Carefully. The picture does not do justice to the magnitude of this pile. It was also served with a knife, if that tells you anything.
I hope this gives a little glimpse of the types of things I see every day! I realized that none of these pictures had me in them….awkward. I hope everyone is okay with me posting their pictures up here!
Hope to see you here at TU!
We had so much fun at Tulsa Time this weekend! We had a great group of prospective students come to campus on Sunday, and most of them stayed on campus Sunday evening with student hosts.
Here are some pictures and videos from the event…
Saturday was the TU Men’s basketball game against Houston. We stomped the floor with them, score of 72-48! And the final game was held for the Tri-Delta “Hoops for Hope” philanthropy (supports St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital.) It was a pretty intense match-up, even if it was for philanthropy!
The Grammy Awards was also hosted this past weekend. It really did feel weird with the news of Whitney Houston, but as they say “The show must go on.” And Adele deserved all 6 Grammys. She’s definitely one for Gaga to keep an eye on.haha
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post was written by Dr. Denise Dutton, Assistant Provost & Director of the Honors Program at TU.
Yesterday I had the privilege of talking about the Honors Program here at TU with some prospective students who were participating in Tulsa Time. It happened to be Presidents’ Day. And so, unsurprisingly, as I described how the Honors seminars invite students to investigate the big question, “What constitutes a well-lived life?” I was struck by the similarities between the virtues that mark great statesmanship and the habits of mind honed by our Honors scholars. In the course of reflecting upon just two of these similarities, I hope to give you a taste of the kind of intellectual community that grows out of our Honors seminars and the larger tradition of living freely and deliberately of which it is a part. Continue reading