A Front Row Seat To History

Angela 1Today’s post is from Angela Rogers, a 1995 TU graduate with a degree in mass communications. Angela currently serves as a studio director for ESPN.

It is hard to believe that this August I will be celebrating my 20th year in the TV business.

I came to The University of Tulsa with an associate’s degree in accounting.  Needless to say, after my junior year in the College of Business, I realized that I was not cut out to become a CPA.  I did some investigating (i.e. I grabbed the college catalogue), all the time thinking to myself; “what job would I LOVE to do every day for the rest of my professional career?”

Radio / Television – That sounds like fun.

Needless to say, for me, that was the best decision I ever made.

Do what you love and love what you do!

Angela 4I knew that I wanted to work in TV, but had no idea what career path I wanted to pursue.  I interned at KOTV in Tulsa where I worked in the news department, but my attention quickly turned to sports and the desire to shoot/produce high school football.  I thought about becoming a sports photojournalist.  I turned my attention to studio and news production.  It was in my Studio Production class where Professor Moncrief said something to me that I will never forget.  “Have you ever thought about becoming a director? You think really fast on your feet.”  No Professor had ever given me that kind of feedback or ever given me the reassurance that; “Hey, I can do that!” Continue reading

Alumni Chat: Britney Grayson

Britney GraysonToday’s blog post is from Britney Grayson, a 2004 TU graduate who is currently training at Vanderbilt University in the general surgery program.

I will finish my third of five years of general surgery residency this summer. Vanderbilt is one of the top 15 general surgery training programs in the country. I am so stinking blessed to train here. I am currently deciding between additional training in transplant or possibly pursuing a career in mission-based international surgery. As part of my fourth year of residency, I’ll be in Kenya this October working with their surgeons and learning about delivering surgical care in resource-poor environments. I still hope to incorporate research in whatever field I choose. So basically no clue where the next steps will lead me- I’m just enjoying the ride :)

In considering college choices, I was attracted to The University of Tulsa for the specific opportunities it provided to undergraduates and now, many years later, I can tell you that it did not disappoint! As a freshman, I worked in a biological sciences lab- a strategic ploy to make myself an attractive medical school applicant. As a sophomore, I worked with my professor/mentor to create a research project that blended his interests with mine and I worked on the project, with the assistance of a laboratory technician, for the remainder of my college career. To have that much input in project design was quite frankly much more than I had earned. In fact, I can’t imagine giving a 19-year-old that same opportunity if I had my own lab right now. THAT is what is so special about TU. Based on these experiences, I pursued a Ph.D degree in addition to the M.D. and have committed to keeping research a part of my future. Continue reading

Innovation & Imagination = TEDx at TU

IMG_5118Today’s Tuesday with Tulsa is from Katie Snyder, a junior Communications major from Des Moines, Iowa.

The thing I love about the University of Tulsa is that I, as a student, have the power to have an impact on my campus. Last semester I decided that I wanted to bring a TEDx event to campus. I saw a need for this program, because there are so many brilliant students and professors at TU working on projects and ideas that could change the world. But these ideas needed the right platform to be shared.

IMG_5150TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, seeks to spread powerful new ideas through concise, interdisciplinary talks. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. This event was aimed at sparking deep discussion and connection around the theme “Innomagine”—the intersection of innovation and imagination.

I teamed up with my friend Hannah, who had a similar interest in the TEDx program, and we spent the year planning and organizing the first ever TEDxUniversityofTulsa. We started by sending out a notice to campus, asking students and faculty to nominate their friends or professors that have ideas worth sharing. We interviewed all of these nominees and selected eleven speakers. These speakers gave talks on a wide range of topics – from advocacy, to disability, to outer space. They shared original research and provided brand new perspectives on old questions. We also chose student performers: two spoken-word artists and a bluegrass group. One of the best parts of being an organizer is getting to help these talented individuals share their message and inspire others. Continue reading