First Fridays In Tulsa: Taking A Break From Studies

IMG_3077Today’s video blog comes to us from Haley A., a junior Communication and Psychology major from Sand Springs, Okla.

This past weekend one of my best friends and I escaped the stress of finals at a First Friday event in downtown Tulsa.

On the first Friday of each month, the Brady District hosts an art crawl that is open to the public to give exposure to local artists. There were plenty of food trucks lining the streets, so we grabbed a quick dinner before exploring the galleries.

One of the first stops on our art tour was a glass blowing shop. They offered a free demonstration, so we had the chance to watch them in action. After that, we went to the downtown location of the Philbrook Museum of Art. One of my favorite aspects of this gallery was the interactive experience they offered. At select pieces of art, there were long strands of ribbon in various colors. Guests had the opportunity to choose the color of ribbon that best represented their understanding of the artwork. At the end of the tour, we tied all of our ribbons together and then hung them on a structure in the lobby.

The Zarrow Center for Art and Education was also a fantastic gallery. They offered free hot chocolate and appetizers, and there was a live band playing. This center has a partnership with The University of Tulsa’s School of Art, so it was nice to see TU connections in the Tulsa community.

Exploring events downtown is a great way to escape campus for a little while. There are a number of fun activities in the Tulsa area, and I can’t wait to discover more!

20 Reasons Tulsa Is Actually A Happenin’ City

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From The Huffington Post:

Don’t believe what’s said about cities in fly-over states. Tulsa, Oklahoma has got it goin’ on.

With its vibrant food culture, ever-growing art scene and rich history, the oil capitol is bursting at the seams. This makes it the perfect place to visit for a quick vacay, food crawl or shopping spree. Plus, the people couldn’t be nicer, which puts the cherry on top of this up-and-coming destination.

Click here to check out 20 reasons to head to the spirited city nestled in the northeast corner of Oklahoma.

Learning Through Real Life Experience

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

The best classes are those in which you get to work on real projects and see your ideas executed. In the Communication department, I get a lot of opportunities to do just that.

My favorite course I’ve taken at TU is the National Student Advertising Competition class. The American Advertising Federation (AAF) hosts this national competition for college chapters across the nation each year so that students can learn the industry by actually developing a full advertising campaign for a national client. This client provides every school with a case study, providing a basic outline of the industry they are in, as well as the history of the product and past marketing campaigns. This case study also introduces the problem that the client wants us to try and solve.

IMG_7845We conduct extensive research on our client, their industry, and their competitors. We come up with a concept or big idea, centered around our specific target market, and designers on our team make the vision a reality with creative executions. We create a “plans book” for the client to outline all that we have learned and created. We also write and memorize a 15-minute presentation.

The best part of the class is traveling to the district competition. Last year, our client was Pizza Hut. In April, we drove down to Dallas, Texas, to compete against all of the other schools in our region. AAF judges and a Pizza Hut representative watched our presentation and hosted a question and answer session with us. Our team came up with a Spin & Win concept for every time you order Pizza Hut online or through the mobile app. The judges loved this idea, and we were awarded Best Promotion.  We got to spend the rest of the night celebrating and enjoying Dallas before traveling home with our trophy and feedback from the judges.

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