Sustainability at TU

single streamToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Bobi Deere, Graduate Assistant for Sustainability at TU. 

Sustainability, conservation, reduce/reuse/reclaim/repurpose/recycle are all buzz words and phrases that are becoming more popular in American culture. But what do they really mean? What are these ideas really talking about?

Sustainability is an umbrella concept that seeks to create a balanced existence on the earth. Sustainability means taking the long-term view of how our actions affect future generations, and making sure we don’t deplete resources or cause pollution at rates faster than the earth is able to renew them.

The University of Tulsa has a sustainability committee that works to create this balance on campus. Some current projects are:

  • TU Bike Program
  • The Trayless Challenge
  • Single Stream Recycling
  • The Green Team

For more information about any of these programs, please visit www.utulsa.edu/sustainability.

All students/staff/faculty are invited and welcome to join our sustainability committee that meets monthly. Our first meeting will be announced on our website, and on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TulsaUSC.

Freshmen Settling In

Each year move-in week is deemed one of the craziest weeks of the school year, not only for those who are moving into the residence halls, but also for the staff members who are making sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. I work in Fisher South, the all-freshmen residence hall. Move-in week is extremely exciting and as staff members we were counting down the days until we could meet the new residents and welcome them into their new home for the next two semesters.

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The first big event that each resident hall hosted was Hall of a Movie. Everyone’s welcome bag contained a bag of popcorn to bring to any hall for a movie night. In Fisher South we showed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Continue reading

Back to School Happiness

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Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa blog post comes to us from Meghana R., a biology major from Tulsa, Okla.

It’s back to school I go!

If I had to describe my summer in just 3 words… I couldn’t!  This summer has been a whirlwind experience for me, filled with all sorts of eye-opening opportunities and adventures.  So, how about 10 words instead?  Inspiring, challenging, perspective-altering, humbling, educational, playful, engaging, redefining, best-summer-so-far!  I know I went a little overboard, but I promise – it really was that amazing!  I interned at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, visited my sister in Boston, vacationed in NYC (I saw If/ Then on Broadway with Idina Menzel!  Ya know, she plays Elsa – the one who sings “Let it Go” from Frozen!), and caught up with old friends.  And oh yeah.  I took the MCAT.  No biggie (but actually I’ve been studying for it for an entire semester, so needless to say I’m thrilled that it’s over!).  To make a long story short, I finally figured out what I want to do with my life (to practice community medicine/ be a public health leader/ be an educator & advocate for social justice issues – kind of a mouthful, so I’ll have to work on coming up with a shorter title, haha) and had a pretty great time doing it. Continue reading