OpporTUnities to Serve
Opportunities to serve begin when freshmen students at TU engage in a community service project as part of their new student orientation program.
During this project, most of the freshmen class and many faculty and staff mentors spend half a day engaged in a service project in the nearby Kendall Whittier neighborhood.
A main focus in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood is providing service to the students of Kendall Whittier Elementary School. The majority of the students are from economically deprived homes and many are Hispanic speaking. The needs of these children are many.
TU freshmen usually arrive at the school and work in teams of 10-15 to provide a wide array of services including: assisting teachers in the classrooms re-shelving library books, cleaning out storage rooms, weeding and mulching flower beds, cleaning in the learning garden, sorting clothes, assembling computer tables, painting murals on walls, and assembling food backpacks. The day is always a great success! As a result of interaction with the elementary students, dozens of TU students sign up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma to be "Bigs" for the students of Kendall Whittier School.
In addition to this annual "kick-off" event with TU's freshmen, TU's student governing body, Student Association, has an annual all-campus community service event. During this event, hundreds of students gather for breakfast early on a Saturday morning, before going to dozens of sites around the city. Students are placed in teams of 7-10, based on their interest in working with children, animals, the elderly, the environment, construction, the homeless, etc.
After breakfast the teams load onto buses and are transported to such sites in the Tulsa area as the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Up With Trees, Tulsa Humane Society, Goodwill Industries, Day Center for the Homeless, Grace Hospice, Neighbor for Neighbor. The teams work approximately 4-5 hours and then return to campus for some reflection on the events of the day and more food and entertainment.
All of this occurs because the concepts of community and service are woven heavily into The University of Tulsa’s mission statement. Consequently the university offers several service programs and initiatives including internships, organization/club service activities, community-based work-study jobs and other service opportunities through the Center for University and Community Engagement and the Office of Student Affairs.
We're Here to Serve
Like most college campuses, the phrase "Student Life" at TU refers to the wide array of programs, services, organizations, and activities available outside of the classrooms and laboratories that are designed to complement the academic component of your TU experience. The main goal of the staff members who work with students outside of the classroom is to assure the most positive student life experience possible. In fact we often say that's the only reason we're here – because we mean it! These staff members are a part of the area of the University officially known as the division of Enrollment and Student Services.
Welcome to Your World
Student Life really is the students' world in a number of ways. First, it's where students spend most of their time. Second, while a wide range of resources and support services are available to students as described throughout this section of the University's web site, students play a significant role in shaping TU's Student Life experiences.
This comes from our philosophy that people support what they help create. Third, the students' world at TU is exciting because of its diversity and the opportunity for students to learn from others from many different ethnic and racial backgrounds as well as from many countries.
From TU's student government known as the Student Association (SA) to the Residence Hall Association (RHA), students are actively involved in creating the out of class environment at TU. In addition, there are dozens upon dozens of clubs and organizations designed to address students' interests and enhance their understanding of, and appreciation for, the diversity of the student body. And getting involved in them is easy.
Staying active and physically fit is also easy to do through a wide variety of intramural sports teams, club sports, and by taking advantage of TU's state of the art Fitness Center.
Making the Student Life Experience Count
TU doesn't just say that it values the Student Life experience. It backs that up with its Co-curricular Transcript (CCT.)
Like one's academic transcript, the CCT is an official document of the University modeled after the academic transcript. The CCT enables students to document their involvement in the out - of - class opportunities of their Student Life experience. It also enables them to describe the skills they acquired and how their personal development was affected as a result of those experiences.
The CCT not only benefits students while at TU when it is used to support their applications for leadership positions on campus but also as a supplement to their academic transcript and resume when they make plans to leave TU for the first stop in their career or in support of their application for graduate or professional school.
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