Tulsa To Russia Via TU

Morgan 1Today’s blog post comes to us from Morgan Richardson, a 2015 TU graduate and a Fulbright Scholarship recipient! Morgan earned degrees in Political Science and Russian Studies, as well as a minor in French. She is from Tulsa, Okla.

Greetings, all! This blog post, like many others on this site, will discuss my time at TU and some of the unique opportunities this school afforded me. As we venture down the rabbit hole that comprised my time at TU, I hope you will take away at least this message: the best experiences in life are those that are unexpected.

Unlike some of my esteemed TU colleagues, my decision to attend this school was one made out of desperation. I knew that The University of Tulsa was an excellent school, but the thought of attending a college in the same town as your parents was lame. Fortunately for me, the then Dean of Admission (now Vice President) Earl Johnson helped my decision-making process. He was open to meeting with my mother and me in order to discuss TU’s great opportunities. The personal attention he provided was a harbinger for the individualized attention inside and outside of the classroom for which this school is known. I’m just glad someone talked some sense into me! Continue reading

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