Leap of Faith: Religion at TU

02-24-14 kyle radtke-112When I came to college, I heard a statistic that over half of college students will lose their religious beliefs during their time on campus and wont return to those beliefs.  Some of you may be rolling your eyes and scratching your heads.  Believe me, as a senior in high school, I probably would have been doing the exact same thing.  However,religion is a factor that some students use to make their college decision.

By faith, I am Catholic.  I was one of the students who did fall away, but I was exposed to religious groups on campus that helped me restore that lost faith. TU has about 20 campus ministry groups on campus. I won’t be mentioning all of them in this blog, but I do want to highlight the organizations I have been involved with while at TU.

One religious group that has an active presence on campus is Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF.  This group meets every Tuesday night at 7:30pm in the auditorium in Tyrell Hall for an hour of praise and worship. RUF offers numerous small group sessions to build relationships via studying the bible and praying together.  I have attended group sessions with some of my friends and have come away pretty impressed with the number of students who attend consistently.  With a wide number of social events and various service opportunities, RUF is a vibrant community. Continue reading

Leaders Incorporated

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This week’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Tendai D., a junior Biology major with a Pre-Med emphasis. Tendai is from Edmond, Okla.

I remember the summer before my freshman year at TU. I was terrified and excited to finally start college. I didn’t know about all of the opportunities that TU had to offer its students, but then I received a brochure in the mail about LINC. LINC stands for Leaders Incorporated. It is a student organization that is part of the Multicultural Student Programs group. It pairs an older student (a mentor) with a younger student (a mentee) who is part of a minority student group. This sounded perfect!

Tendai 1As a mentee, I was able to transition easier into The University of Tulsa community. Starting college off was a lot easier when I had someone I could go to for any questions or concerns that I had. My mentor was not only there to answer my questions, but she also helped me get involved around campus, connected me with the minority and multicultural sides of campus, and  introduced me to the city of Tulsa as a whole. She became someone I could call when I just wanted to have a bit of fun, and LINC provided for some awesome events. There was a retreat that brought mentors and mentees together, volunteer opportunities and even an evening spent at Tulsa’s premier indoor trampoline park—Skyzone! Continue reading

Q&A…With Bryce C.

Bryce CasonToday’s Tuesday with Tulsa is a Q&A session with Bryce C., a senior Energy Management & Finance major from  Coppell, Texas.

What are your plans following graduation? How did they come about?

After graduation, I will begin working for an oil and gas company in Midland, Texas.  I interviewed with 14 different companies last fall for a summer internship.  The University’s Career Services brings the companies to our campus for interviews, so I never had to leave campus to meet with recruiters.  After my internship was over this past August, the company offered me a full-time job starting in June.  Our Energy Management Program does a great job of getting these companies to come back each year to offer our students internships, and Career Services keeps us updated on when to submit your resume, signing up for an interview slot, and preparing for the interview.

If you had to pick a favorite class throughout your time at TU, what would it be and what made it special to you?

My favorite class while at TU has been Practical Issues in Energy Management.  The class only met once a week, but each week we had someone new speaking to us.  Our Program Director would bring in the best person in the industry to speak on whatever topic would be covered that week.  For example, to talk about Gulf of Mexico Operations, the Manager of Deepwater Operations for Chevron flew up from Houston to speak to us.  We had the best of the best presenting for our class each week, and it was great to meet those people and hear how the topics are relevant in their careers.  I think it was memorable for me because it wasn’t your typical lecture class and the topics were all interesting.

In five words, how would you describe your time at TU?

Unforgettable, challenging, crazy-fast (1 word), exciting, and engaging.

What is your favorite TU tradition?

My favorite TU tradition is the ringing of the bell.  Once a senior finishes his or her last exam of the senior year, they walk over to Bayless Plaza and ring this big bell.  As finals are going on, you’ll randomly hear the bell being rung and you know that some senior is finished with college.  Then the day of graduation, everyone goes and gets their picture taken with their families in front of the bell.  I’ll be ringing that bell May 7th!

What will you miss most about TU?

I think I’ll miss the community atmosphere at TU.  TU is a place where I’ve grown comfortable and made some life-long friends, so it will be hard to say goodbye to that.  I’ll miss being able to grab some friends and walk to a basketball game, go to dinner, or head to any other campus event.