Well, it has certainly been an exciting few weeks at The University of Tulsa. We welcomed the freshmen to campus last week for New Student Orientation and Matriculation. This week, we welcomed the rest of the TU student body back for the first week of classes. Between moving students in, attending the activities fair, and training our new work-study students, we have been a busy office! Did we mention that this is the largest freshman class in the history of TU?
Kristle and Susie helping freshmen move in
A few of our great Admission Counselors
President Orsak helping freshmen move in
Earl Johnson welcoming the Class of 2016.
Matriculation: the Class of 2016
We are also already busy preparing for the Class of 2017! You can start the application process by visiting apply.utulsa.edu. The Early Action deadline for admission is November 1st, which will be here before you know it!
Orientation is right around the corner! If you haven’t registered, click here.
I wanted to let you all know there will be a freshmen-wide Harvey chat this Wednesday, August 1st at 10pm central time about orientation.
What’s Harvey? Our online learning management system. You have probably logged on by now…but if you haven’t, check it out!
To log into Harvey, go to harvey.utulsa.edu enter your username and password (this is the same username and password as your email address, without the @utulsa.edu). The chat should appear under your calendar and be labeled as “Harvey Orientation Chat”. All incoming freshmen are encouraged to join so orientation leaders can answer any last minute questions and so you can meet other freshmen!
If you’re having trouble with logging in using the username and password, you can call the IT office at (918) 631-3500 or email email@example.com.
We can’t wait to see you on campus in two weeks! Better start packing!
The Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education, located in the Brady District in Tulsa, opened to the public yesterday. The first floor houses a gallery for exhibits from Gilcrease Museum, TU graduate art students, and guest artists. The second floor includes classrooms for art education outreach, and TU graduate students use the third floor as studio space. We can’t wait for the upcoming events!
This spring, The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce that at least 10 students have been awarded prestigious nationally competitive scholarships from several foundations.
Julie Monda (BS ’09), Rachel Hoffmann, Tara Dwrenski and Yvette Guereca won National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, and Will LePage is one of seven nationwide to receive the Udall Scholarship twice. LePage, Stephen Macke and Cody Martin each received a scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Foundation. Landry Harlan and Malia Castillo received Benjamin Gilman Scholarships, and Weston Kightlinger was one of only 12 students in the U.S. to receive an Engineers Without Borders International scholarship.
TU students continue to lead the state, winning more nationally competitive scholarships than all other Oklahoma universities combined. Since 1995, TU students have received 51 Goldwaters, 41 NSF fellowships, nine Udalls, nine Trumans, five British Marshalls and four Gilmans, to name a few.
TU’s cyber security efforts received high praise during a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing yesterday. Senator Inhofe and General Keith B. Alexander, Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, praised The University of Tulsa and the students’ work protecting cyber networks. Here are their remarks…
Today I participated in an online chat as a part of an online college fair. One student had some particularly fun questions, so I thought I would share our conversation with you in case you have some of the same ones. I changed her name to STUDENT, though. You have to protect the innocent and all that good stuff. This was our chat conversation:
STUDENT : Hello! REP – Casey Reed : Hi, STUDENT! REP – Casey Reed : Do you have any questions about TU? STUDENT : Yes. I would like to start off with what is truly important in a college. Is the campus pretty? REP – Casey Reed : Ha! Yes! It is gorgeous. Very collegiate. Green grass. Flowers. Brick buildings. Fountains. STUDENT : How about ivy? REP – Casey Reed : Yes, we have that too. Although not as much as some areas of the country. STUDENT : Darn! To be completely honest, I’ve already gotten answers to all of my legitimate questions. Now I just want to know the weird things. Like do the students prefer to wear school spirit wear, sweatpants, or dress up? REP – Casey Reed : It’s pretty casual. Spirit wear is big around here. STUDENT : Does the spirit hold true for sports too? Do students get really hopped about games? REP – Casey Reed : Yes. You get in free to any event on campus, including sporting events, so students roll out for all sports (not just football and basketball). There is face painting, sign making, cheering, all the usual good stuff. School spirit is HUGE at TU. STUDENT : Fantastic! If you could describe the student body in two words, what would those words be? (Besides outgoing, engaging, and all those other overused hot button words) REP- Casey Reed : curious, confident STUDENT : Awesome! What’s your favorite part of TU? REP – Casey Reed : My favorite part of The University of Tulsa is watching students grow from teenagers into leaders. High school is such a different world than real life. As an adult who works on a college campus, it is fascinating to watch students transform into who they are meant to be and exciting to see them try to change the world. It is so much fun! And I like the fountains in front of Collins Hall. They are big and fun to play in. STUDENT : Ha! Thanks! I have to go now, but I may be back later if I come up with more questions. REP – Casey Reed : Great! It was nice chatting with you. Good questions.
You only have one college decision (unless you go to grad school). So, if you have questions, be sure to ask them! We want you to make the right choice, based on the information that is important to you.
We asked Dr. Sandra Wright, Assistant Professor of Communication Science Disorders at The University of Tulsa, to tell us about the Department of Communication Disorders at TU, and this is what she had to say…
As a former student at both the bachelor’s and master’s level, and current undergraduate advisor and assistant professor in speech-language pathology, it is my pleasure to share information about the Department of Communication Disorders at The University of Tulsa. The department contains two majors at the bachelor’s level: speech-language pathology and deaf education; and also offers a master’s of science in speech-language pathology at the graduate level. There are a total of eight full-time faculty members within the department, comprising the following roles:
Three academic professors in speech-language pathology, all of whom hold the certificate of clinical competency by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in speech-language pathology;
Four clinical professors in speech-language pathology, three of which hold the certificate of clinical competency by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in speech-language pathology and one who holds the certificate of clinical competency by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in audiology;
One academic professor in deaf education.
Both majors also offer student groups, DeafTU and TUSSHLA, geared towards undergraduates to learn more information about their future careers, as well as have the ability to network with working professionals in the major of choice within the TU community.
Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post was written by the parent of a current TU freshman. We asked Debbi M., from Thornton, Colorado, to tell us what it was like sending her son to The University of Tulsa. Here is Debbi’s response…
What an honor to be asked to contribute to the TU Admission blog! My name is Debbi M. and our son is enjoying his first year at TU, and I am excited to share how thrilled we are to be TU Parents!
Cody is our second child, and so we had already traveled the choosing-a-college path – but as parents we know it is different with each child. Cody wanted a college with a marching band and a good engineering program – he also wanted to maximize his International Baccalaureate credits.
High School Graduation
As parents we wanted him a little closer to home than when his sister went off to college, we wanted a safe & friendly campus, preferably smaller class sizes, taught by professors, and a Newman Center. Continue reading →
There is a saying in Oklahoma, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes.” Even though we have 4 distinct seasons, each of them is usually interrupted with days of unseasonable weather, giving you a nice break.
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…