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

A Guide To TU International Slang

Hoyt w Chinese and Indian Orientation LeadersJordan H. is a junior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

After 3 years on campus, I’ve learned an incredibly fun way to make friends. With an international student population of nearly 1,000 students (20% of the student population), the easiest way to make friends is very simple: learn a few phrases of a foreign language.

You don’t need to become fluent in another language to achieve this! I’ve witnessed domestic students impress international students simply by introducing themselves. For many international students, this may be the first time hearing a foreign accent of their native language. This is likely to bring a giant smile to the face of your potential new friend!

Here is a short and simplified list of phrases you should keep an ear open for while on campus and maybe even try to say yourself!

Arabic: A good choice for any Mechanical or Petroleum Engineers. Very easy to make Saudi Arabian and Omanian friends

“Salaam alaykum” – “Peace be upon you” is a standard greeting often shortened to just “Salaam!”

“Kayfa haalak” – “How are you?”

“Hamdallah” – “Doing well. Thank God.” Continue reading

Spring Fest 2015: Reign Cane

IMG_1599It’s the end of the school year, and to a typical college student that means a mass of papers, projects and tests. At The University of Tulsa, however, we combat the stress of pre-finals week with one of the most highly anticipated events of the year—Springfest!

Every April, Student Association sponsors a week of fun activities, free food, raffles, giveaways, and much more, all leading up to a concert that is free to TU students. Here’s a look at the fun we had at this year’s Springfest!

Monday
We started off the week with tons of free food, snow cones, free T-Shirts, and listened to live music from local bands outside on Chapman Commons.

Tuesday
Movie night! We watched Pitch Perfect on a big screen in the Reynolds Center and had free popcorn, candy and soda.

Wednesday
On Wednesday, multiple food trucks lined the Chapman Commons, and all students were given $11 worth of food tickets to use at whatever trucks they wanted! Additionally, we had a mini-music festival with tons of local bands!

IMG_1600Thursday
Thursday was by far my favorite day of Springfest. A huge art fair was set up outside by the campus fountains. We painted canvas shoes (which were free), tie-dyed shirts and headbands, painted canvases, and strung beads. Additionally there were henna tattoo artists and caricature artists, which were both a blast! Finally, as with all Springfest events, there was free food.

Friday
Before the concert on Friday night, we had a pizza party and prize giveaway. Sadly, I wasn’t too lucky in the raffle… but a lot of other students landed some really awesome prizes! Gift cards, cameras, and iPads are just a few of the numerous prizes that Student Association gives away at campus events.

Concert (Friday Night)
The artist at this year’s Springfest was Hoodie Allen! The best part about it was that the concert is free to all TU Students! So many students attended the concert, and everyone had a great time taking a quick break from the stress of classes before gearing up for finals.