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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My Independence Bowl Experience

09-03-14 University Ambassadors-109Haley Anderson is a junior Communications and Psychology major from Sand Springs, OK.

For two and a half years I’ve listened to all of the upperclassmen recall the 2012 Liberty Bowl Game in Memphis as their favorite TU memory. And for two and a half years I’ve wanted nothing more than to experience a bowl game for myself.

This past Christmas break, my dream finally came true when TU made it to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. When we found out where the bowl would be and how inexpensive the student package was, my friends immediately set plans in motion to make our way to Louisiana.

IMG_3213On Christmas Day, I met a group of friends on campus in the late afternoon, and we spent the remainder of our Christmas together on a 5-hour road trip to Shreveport. It was a very unconventional Christmas to say the least, but a memory that I will never forget. Once we made it to Shreveport and the bowl game festivities began, I quickly realize how special this experience would be. A huge group of TU students came out to support our team, and we packed the Tulsa side with blue and gold. It was a close game, and even though

IMG_3212Once we made it to Shreveport and the bowl game festivities began, I quickly realized how special this experience would be. A huge group of TU students came out to support our team, and we packed the Tulsa side with blue and gold. It was a close game, and even though the Golden Hurricane did not pull out a win, it was the best TU football game I’ve ever been to. The time spent with my friends, the pride in cheering on our team, and the memories we made that will last far beyond my college years made my bowl game experience absolutely incredible. I can now confirm that a bowl game experience does, in fact, have the makings of a perfect TU memory!

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TU designated Military Friendly, Top 25 grad program

News-MFS-Logo-320x200The University of Tulsa has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, which helps connect the military and civilian worlds. Now in its seventh year, the Military Friendly School designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

TU also was designated a Top 25 university for Military Friendly graduate programs alongside schools such as Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University.

Institutions compete for the elite Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success.

The Military Friendly School designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent and has played a significant role during the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.