Cheers TU!

 What a fun couple of weeks! Fall has finally arrived on campus with some cooler weather (although it still reached 90 degrees on Monday), and we just had an amazing Homecoming Weekend! I was honored to be on Homecoming Court and named as a Top Ten Senior this year, so most of my activities this past weekend revolved around shmoozing with amazing alumni and attending fun events!

On Friday, I started off my day giving a tour to Lovie Smith—yes, THE Lovie Smith. Head football coach of the Chicago Bears, ex-defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, and TU alumni. He played football here and coached here, so it was really nice to have him back on campus and an honor to be able to give him and his wife a private tour!

On Friday afternoon my family came in town for the Parents Weekend side of Homecoming Weekend, and it was so nice to have them here! I haven’t seen them in a while, so it was great to drag them along to all of the events! On Friday night we went to a fancy dinner in the new Lorton Performing Arts Center honoring the Distinguished Alumni for this year’s Homecoming (such amazing people!), and then we went to the bonfire, which is one of my favorite Homecoming events!

We have a huge pep rally with the band and all of the dancers and cheerleaders, and then we light the biggest bonfire in Oklahoma and watch fireworks shot off of our own intramural field! It is so beautiful!

 

Homecoming

Casey Reed

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back the alumni of a school. Each year during TU’s Homecoming, TU Alumni visit to go on tours, attend events, and go the homecoming football game. To current TU students, Homecoming means an entire week of activities, including street painting, tailgating, competitions, lectures, performances, and of course, football.

In honor of Homecoming, I wanted to share the TU fight song with you:

Down the Field to victory
On Tulsa on.
Fight on University, Battle on and on.
March to the goal line, oh Tulsa,
Score on mounting score.
March to the goal line, oh Tulsa,
Let the Hurricane roar.
Drive those (opponent) back and back,
On Tulsa on!
Gold, Blue, and Red, go right ahead,
Down the field to victory!

According to the alumni website, this little ditty was written in 1932 by the then Student President, Ben Henneke. They had a contest to see who could write the best fight song. His mother encouraged him to enter, and sure enough, he won the big prize: $25!

Can you imagine? Writing the fight song for your alma mater and having it played and sung by thousands of students and fans for the next 79 years +?  Awesome.

You can practice singing the words as you watch the video. If you come to TU, it won’t be long before you are belting them at the top of your lungs. :)

Have a great weekend!

Go TU!

-Casey Reed

 

Forward-Thinking

What are TU students like?

I get this question a lot. The answer comes quickly… diverse. ambitious. forward-thinking. Those are the kinds of students I work with every year, and those are the kinds of students who choose to enroll at TU.

Our campus is diverse in that we have students from all of the country and all over the world. The majority of our students come from outside of the state of Oklahoma, and 19% of this year’s freshmen class is international.

Our students are ambitious. They tend to have multiple interests. They double major or pick up a few minors or complete certificate programs. They study abroad and participate in research projects. They join clubs and organizations, serve as leaders, and volunteer in the community. Their schedules and accomplishments are impressive.

Finally, our students are forward-thinking. This is the university for students who want to change the world and are eager to get started. This concept of forward-thinking is the reason why I do what I do. This is the reason I work in college admissions, and the reason I work at TU. Because the students I help enroll each year are the future leaders of the world. As a campus community, TU tries to give you all of the tools you need so that you really can get started today.

I wonder what you will accomplish if you come to TU? It gives me goose-bumps thinking about it.

-Casey Reed