As TU Days Come To An End…

IMG_3668To all prospective students,

There is one date on my calendar circled in bright yellow highlighter.  May 9th, 2015: The culmination of four long, busy, yet rewarding, college years.  My immediate thought as I’m writing this?

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!  THIS IS CRAZY!!!!!!!

All right, so maybe I’m freaking out a little…or a lot…more like pretty much yes all the time. But considering this may be one of the last blog posts from me, I’m going to schmooze a bit and express what all has been going on in my life over the past month.

Honestly, I’m a little torn as to what I’m feeling as I move closer towards my commencement.  I’m excited that my family from various parts of the country will be coming to Tulsa to celebrate my accomplishments.  I’m stressed because of final projects that I must complete before I can graduate.  I’m thankful for all of the friends, professors, staff, and administration that I have come into contact with and who pushed me to be the best individual possible.  I’m ready to begin the next step in my life with full-time employment.  As I mentioned earlier, though, it’s hard to really put one emotion above the other. Continue reading

TU Adds New Computer Simulation & Gaming Major

GamingThe University of Tulsa Tandy School of Computer Science has created a bachelor of science degree in computer simulation and gaming to begin in the fall of 2015.

The new major features design components used in the country’s top 10 simulation and gaming degree programs. The option includes a core computer science focus and set of professional courses aimed at exposing students to other academic areas relevant to simulation and game development.

“The computer simulation and gaming industry is growing locally and nationally,” said Roger Mailler, associate professor of computer science. “Within the Tulsa area, there are three game companies and nine others that develop simulation technology for commercial and military entities. We’re excited to extend our curricula to meet the demands of such a booming, niche industry.”

Mailler said potential simulation and gaming students must learn specialized skills that cross current academic boundaries. Developers are tasked with considering a game’s overall user experience, which includes graphic art, music and sound effects, plot and storyline, as well as custom simulation hardware and software.

Falling for Fall

Hello!

I’m so, so happy that it’s finally October! I love the month of October! Even though it is the month of midterms and crazy schedules, the weather is beautiful, the Cardinals are in the playoffs, and the fall clothes finally get dusted off. Homecoming is right around the corner, and that means Parents’ Weekend! I can’t wait to see my family…it’s been almost two months since I’ve seen them! I love having them come down to TU and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the campus. They love going to football games and seeing the bonfire, and it’s always fun showing them the city of Tulsa while they’re down here, too. It’s nice bringing my family life and my school life together, because it’s like having the best of both worlds!

Lately I’ve been having a ton of fun in Tulsa! Last Friday night I went to the State Fair with a bunch of people in my research group, and we had a blast! We ate our way through all of the greasy fair food, rode all of the sketchy carnival rides, and all of the guys tried to show off by playing all of the fair games. Sadly, they didn’t win any big, oversized teddy bears for us girls, but we still had a great time! Then last night I went to my first home football game of the season because I didn’t end up attending the OSU game…I was at the game for the original kickoff time, but then the rain delay caused kickoff to be pushed back to 12:15 am, and I ended up falling asleep. =( Whoops! It was great seeing a football game, though, and I’m excited for the rest of the season! Today my sorority had a date function where we all went bowling, and that was was really fun, too! It’s been a really great weekend, and I can’t wait for the beautiful fall weekends to come. From biking on Riverside to competing in the McNellie’s Pub Run in November, the fall season has so much to offer! I can’t wait!

Talk to you again soon!