People Helping People Through Greek Life

bj 4Today’s blog post is from Brittany J., a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

You know what stresses me out? Calendars. They are supposed to be these wonderful organizational tools, but in reality, they just systematically categorize all of the stress inducing events that I need to attend. Yet, I suppose it’s not the calendar’s fault since it is only as crowded as I want to make it. Greek Life is the same way; it’s only as time- consuming as you chose to make it. However, I have made it a priority in my life, and while it may be stressful to see all of the events going on this month, it brings me satisfaction to know that I am taking part in something bigger than myself.

Greek Life at The University of Tulsa takes its philanthropies very seriously, and February’s event lineup is a prime example of it. Every Greek organization has a week of the year dedicated to raising money for its individual philanthropy organization. Several houses host a variety of small events in addition to a major fundraiser. These events are always open to the entire campus and encourage all students to participate and get involved. So while the Greek organizations may host the events, the university community comes together to support them.  Let’s take a look at this month’s Greek Calendar for a sneak peak of everything going on. Continue reading

Not Just A Sleepy College Town

IMG_5118Today’s blog post is from Katie S., a junior Communication major from Des Moines, Iowa.

Tulsa is not a sleepy, college town. It is a vibrant city, full of things to do and see. In my three years here, I have discovered a number of places in Tulsa that make me love the city.

Here are my top five:

 #1 – Cherry Street

When I say Cherry Street is one of my favorite spots in Tulsa, what I am really talking about is Andolini’s Pizzeria. A favorite local restaurant is one of the most important discoveries you make as a college student. Andolini’s is the best pizza I’ve ever had, though I can rarely finish it after devouring an order of garlic knots first. This is the restaurant at which my parents insist on eating each time they visit, and where I take all of my friends. Cherry Street has more than just great pizza, however. There are over 20 restaurants in the area, as well as shops and entertainment spots. Each Saturday, in the spring and summer, there is a Farmer’s Market on Cherry Street full of locally grown produce, baked goods, and art.

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From Tulsa To Teaching Abroad

Today’s blog comes to us from Claire Pottebaum, a guest writer for Globe Trekking, the TU Center for Global Education newsletter.

11188073_10155481521205384_902364814_oOf the many students that come through the Center for Global Education to study abroad, a committed few have decided to seek work opportunities abroad after graduation. John Mason, Tessa Hill, Trey Johnston, and Elise Bonine had one goal in mind when they decided to live internationally and teach English. Each one set out with a different goal and destination in mind: Mason went to Yuanzhou in the Guangdong province in southern China where he teaches students from all age groups at a private English institute; Hill currently teaches middle and high school students in Ban Hua Hin, Thailand through a program called Greenheart Travel; Johnston is a Fulbright  English Teaching Assistant the Universidade de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal ; and Bonine is in Sapporo, Japan where she teaches high school through the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program. Each study abroad alumnus described their present opportunities as a wonderful time for personal and professional development. Most importantly, however, they desire to make a difference in the lives of their students.
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