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.

Continue reading

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?


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.