Living on Tulsa Time

After a busy week of classes, tests, quizzes and papers the week before Tulsa Time, I was rewarded with an awesome weekend. A group of friends and I embraced our Okie roots by throwing on our cowgirl and cowboy boots and going to a country concert at Tulsa’s famous Cain’s Ballroom on Friday night. It rocked. Jake Owen, or as I like to call him, Jakeeeey was quite the entertainer. Our college student habits paid off because we studied up on his song lyrics before the concert. It definitely added to the experience because we were able to recognize songs and sing along too! The next day my voice fully recovered from the concert and I spent the day studying and working out with friends. It was a pretty low-key and relaxing day, topped off by the oh so embarrassing moment of handing a Chipotle employee a Qdoba coupon…true story. Eventually we sorted it out though and the story ended happily- Qdoba chips and queso in my belly. On Sunday I helped with TU’s Tulsa Time admission event. Hosting two prospective students in my room was a complete blast! We ate, played games, watched the All Campus Talent Show, and played sardines. It was so exciting getting to meet so many potentially new TU students on campus! A new week is underway now and thankfully the weather has been warm enough for shorts, chacos, and some sweet frisbee action! Until next time, Go TU!

Tuesday with Tulsa: The Communication Department

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 department website and Facebook page will tell you more about us.

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—

Oh yeah, TU Service Day!

Every spring, the Student Association (SA) puts on an event called service day. Students sign up to be a part of a group with any organization they are involved in, such as a sorority or fraternity, a campus ministry, or an academic club. (I signed up with Society of Women Engineers.) All the groups are divided up and put on buses to different organizations around town. I had friends who went to food banks or animal shelters. I got to go to a church and help with things there. A bunch of us girls were set to organize and clean out a storage room. Being awesome and strong, we carried like six TV’s, a couch, different cabinetry, and lots of sound equipment. While this may not sound like the most enjoyable way in the world to spend a Saturday, it is actually a ton of fun! A lot of the campus is involved in the different service projects and we all have a blast together. Plus we get fed breakfast and lunch and get a free hoodie and t-shirt! Sick!

Look how hard everyone is working!


We're worn out, but oh so proud of our progress