Engineering With Heart

Jordan 2Today’s post was written by Jordan Hoyt, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Tulsa, Okla.

When I was looking at engineering programs across the country, nearly all of them stood out for incredible research and cool projects. But something made TU special, and because of that, I have never regretted my decision to come here. What makes TU engineering special is its heart.

Just peek into Stephenson or Keplinger Halls on a Friday afternoon and you’ll see the students of SENEA- Sustainable Engineering, MADE- Make a Difference Engineering, and EWB- Engineers Without Borders spending their free time working on projects that matter for people. Because of their hard work, TU engineering students have affected people in need from Mongolian farms, to The Little Lighthouse down the road here in Tulsa, to the mountains of Bolivia.

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You’re The Pageant Girl, Right?

LSR_4075_Perfect365Today’s blog is from Erin Wilcox, a sophomore Chemical Engineering major from Fort Gibson, Okla. 

Did you know the Miss Oklahoma Pageant is held annually in Tulsa, Okla.? Even better, did you know that the Miss America Organization is one of the world’s leading scholarship providers for young women? This summer I had the honor of being a contestant in the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant. When I started my journey as a freshman at TU last fall, I was crowned Miss Green Country 2015 and was given the chance to represent the Tulsa area. This was my first local title within the Miss America system, and I could not wait to spend the year serving my community and meeting new people. Even more so, I was ecstatic to compete in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in June 2015.

People ask me all the time “Don’t pageant girls just dress up and wave at people?” Although this is technically a part of the role as a titleholder, it is a very small part of a job that is actually about serving others and being a good role model. Contrary to what a lot of people think, the Miss Oklahoma competition places a huge emphasis on scholarship and setting goals. In fact, the Miss America Organization provides a scholarship to titleholders at national, state, and local levels of competition. A titleholder also must support a personal platform during her year of service. A platform is a cause that a contestant chooses to promote because it is dear to her heart. The job of Miss Oklahoma is not about just about glamour; it is about encouraging others and raising awareness for worthy causes.

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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