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

TURN = TU Rider Network

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WHAT IS TURN?

The TU Rider Network (TURN) connects students, faculty and staff with the Tulsa community through cycling to promote a healthier, more environmentally friendly world. TURN was established in 2015 and works with many campus partners including Campus Security, Human Resources, Physical Plant, Student Affairs, Collins Fitness Center, the TU Student Association and others to provide:

  • Facilities and mentoring for bike commuters
  • Education for TU students, faculty and staff in safe cycling, bike maintenance and theft prevention
  • Sponsorship of the student cycling and triathlon team
  • Programming to promote the benefits of cycling and demonstrate that cycling is easy, safe and fun
  • Expertise in planning for and evaluating cycling-related activities and infrastructure at TU and the surrounding community

TURN-final-campus-mapThe TU campus is ideal for cycling with wide streets, low speed traffic and an extensive network of shared-use pathways. All members of the campus community are encouraged to ride their bikes to campus or check out one of TU’s free yellow bikes from the Hurricane Bike Shop.

YELLOW BIKE PROGRAM

TU’s trademark yellow bicycles are loaned to students, faculty and staff free of charge for a semester and may be ridden on or off campus. To check out a bike, riders must complete an application with the Hurricane Bike Shop. All Yellow Bike Program participants receive a free helmet and lock.

HURRICANE BIKE SHOP

Located next door to TU’s Office of Campus Security in LaFortune Hall, the Hurricane Bike Shop is open Monday through Friday, 1 – 6 p.m. Yellow bike riders can air up tires and request minor repairs. The bike shop staff will also train riders to maintain their personal bikes.

For more information, you may contact the Hurricane Bike Shop at
918-631-3398 or bikeshop@utulsa.edu.