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

Serving Children In West India – My Travel Bug Story

IMG_2122Today’s Tuesday With Tulsa comes to us from David M., a 2010 TU graduate with a degree in Political Science. David is currently working as a campaign manager for The Shreyas Foundation in West India.

During the summer between my sophomore and junior year at TU, I elected to study abroad in Spain for seven months. Two of my older sisters had studied abroad during their college years, and I had known since I started college that I wanted to do it, too. I HAD to do it. TU had an incredible study abroad program, and as it was cheaper to send a student abroad then was the cost of tuition, it was practically free for me. Soon after I was bound for Europe.

Little did I know that my adventure abroad would lead me to where I am now. You see, I caught what people call “the travel bug,” (i.e. the complete and total inability to stay in one place for a prolonged period of time). Since that point, I have lived and worked in four different continents. After spending a year in Argentina, I made a feeble attempt to return to my hometown of Tulsa and keep a “steady” job. That lasted about a year before I started going crazy. My boss recognized my need to NOT be in a “steady” job, so he basically fired me from my position. I threw everything I owned into my car and moved back out to Washington D.C. where I had lived for a summer. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I just had to do SOMETHING. Continue reading