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May 2016

TU Ranked A Top University Worldwide

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World University Rankings publisher Times Higher Education has listed TU among the top 20 best small universities in the world. TU is one of only five American universities to make the list, released in January 2016.

The ranking includes universities of fewer than 5,000 students that feature intimate campus environments where students often feel part of a tight community.

TU ranks No. 86 among national universities and is a top 50 private university, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings released in September 2015. TU, the highest ranked college in Oklahoma, has been named a top 100 national university for the past 13 years.

TU’s College of Law and Collins College of Business are among the top 100 colleges in their fields according to 2016 rankings compiled by U.S. News. This marks the fourth year for the law school and the third year for TU’s business programs to make the top 100 list.

The Princeton Review continues to recognize TU as one of the nation’s best institutions of higher learning. TU was named to several “best” lists for 2016 including Green Colleges, Private Schools and Best Western Colleges. TU’s outstanding academic programs earned it a place in The Best 380 Colleges.

The Princeton Review declares TU one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a holistic education with great career preparation at an affordable price. The accolade was published in its 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

TU’s College of Law has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding law schools by the Princeton Review. TU is featured in the Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of its annual book, The Best 173 Law Schools.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named TU to its list of the top 300 Best College Values of 2016. Kiplinger ranks the top 100 best values in each category. TU earned the No. 54 spot on the magazine’s list of best values among private universities.

TU is listed in the 2016 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, the guide is a selective, subjective and systematic look at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

TU has been named a College of Distinction for 2015-16 as a nationally recognized school of excellence. Universities are selected from college counselor recommendations and research. TU is one of only three Colleges of Distinction in Oklahoma.

TU has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, an organization that helps connect the military and civilian worlds. TU also was named a top 25 university for Military Friendly graduate programs. The recognition provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

What I’ll Miss Most This Summer

IMG_1939Today’s blog is from Brittany James, a senior Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit,  Mo. 

I booked a plane ticket to fly to Chicago and live there for the next three months. That’s right. Downtown Chicago. Within a one-mile radius of Millennium Park, the Shedd Aquarium, the Art Institute and Navy Pier. I’m definitely excited, but I’m also sad about the things I’ll be leaving behind here in Tulsa as I head off to my summer internship.

Here are some of the things I’m going to miss most:

  • Five Stars on Five Dollars– Food is delicious. Tulsa food takes it to the next level. There’s a good deal for college students every night of the week. From burgers and fries at McNellies to $3 pizza slices at Andolini’s and my all time favorite $2 puffy tacos at Elote, you’d be hard pressed to say I ever go hungry. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is light, fun and top notch. I will definitely miss the slightly embarrassing feeling of being able to call up one of my favorite restaurants and have them know who it is based on my order.
  • Postcard Status– Before leaving for summer, I walked around campus sighing about how beautiful TU really is. Maybe it’s because it’s the end of finals and I’m just really happy, but I don’t think you can argue that TU is a hidden gem in the middle of the Midwest. The blue and yellow flowers with McFarlin in the background and the sound of graduating seniors ringing the bell in the distance makes me fall in love with it all over again. It makes me feel safe and happy, and there is no doubt that TU is my home away from home.
  • IMG_0611What’s a stranger?- Walking across my beautiful campus is only made better by the fact that I see familiar faces everywhere I go. Whether it’s a good friend, someone I sit next to in class, that one guy who went to the same meeting as me, or the girl I see in the Chick Fil A line at lunch every day, Tulsa students are just flat out friendly. The number one reason I chose to attend TU was I felt like I would fit in well with the student body and find people who had similar goals and values as me. That still rings true and it creates a vibrant community of friendly, kind, driven, intelligent, and fun-loving people. I am thankful to be a part of this family.
  • QuikTrip- The inaugural entrance into TU student life is your first trip to QT- and after that? You’re hooked. I’m going to miss the random trips (whether it’s 2pm or 2am) to get a coke, peanut butter M&M’s and ice cream whenever my heart (or stomach) so desires. It’s the perfect 10-minute study break complete with snacks, a car jam or two, and, most likely, some ridiculous shenanigans.
  • IMG_2959Random Times are the Best Times- My eating schedule isn’t exactly “normal” and my sleep schedule is completely wonky. But I love that some nights I go to bed at 3am, sometimes I have Mexican food at 11:15 at night, and sometimes I wake up at 4am to study. From being an engineering student to a student tutor and a leader on campus, you could say my schedule is a tad hectic. But I appreciate that every day is a new adventure and no day is ever the same.

There are a lot of perks to being a TU student (actually it’s the best job in the world), but the number one, top of the list, all summer long thing that I will miss is my friends. I’m going from living in a house with 26 girls in the middle of good ole Oklahoma to a single apartment in downtown Chicago. You think I’d be psyched. But in reality, I’m going to miss always having a friend to run to Starbucks with, someone who will start a movie at 1am with me, and somebody who is willing to consume more ice cream than our body weight together.

IMG_2899I’m going to miss always having a friend who listens when I’m stressed about school or boys or life (because sometimes it is hard). And most of all, I’m going to miss the people who make me happy when we’re all sitting in a room doing something as boring as homework, having someone to laugh with about all things ridiculous, the game nights and the movie nights, and the people who are just about the best people I know. Sure, I’m going to make lots of new friends this summer and have some amazing experiences, but there’s no doubt I’m sad to be leaving Tulsa and the people that make it great. In fact, I’m already counting down the days I get to see them again.

Dr. Gerard Clancy Selected As TU’s Next President

News-Clancy-AnnouncementThe University of Tulsa Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Dr. Gerard Clancy as president-designate. Clancy, 54, is currently TU’s vice president of health affairs and dean of the new Oxley College of Health Sciences. He will assume his duties as TU’s 20th president on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding President Steadman Upham, who will retire at the end of this calendar year.

“The TU trustees are confident that we have made the right choice to position the university for the next generation,” said L. Duane Wilson (BS ’62), chairman of the TU Board of Trustees. “Gerry Clancy is a proven leader in higher education and a visionary for the Tulsa community who is committed to helping our students and alumni make a positive impact locally and globally.”

Before arriving at TU on Jan. 1, 2015, Clancy served as president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa for eight years.

Clancy joined OU in 2001 as dean of the College of Medicine in Tulsa, professor of psychiatry and Morningside Health Care Foundation Endowed Chair in Leadership. During his tenure as president, the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center added more than $327 million in new facilities, academic degree programs, endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships. The campus also established educational and research partnerships with more than 100 community agencies.

Clancy helped develop a community health network that included after-hours free clinics for the underserved, pediatric school-based clinics in disadvantaged areas, mobile psychiatric teams, and the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic.

Through a $50 million donation from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Clancy led the transformation of medical education at OU-Tulsa in 2008. In 2015, the College of Medicine’s Tulsa branch was renamed the OU – TU School of Community Medicine, a joint venture between the University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa to provide a four-year program of medical education in the City of Tulsa. Its mission is to improve the health of all Oklahomans, particularly those in underserved areas.

At TU, Clancy launched the College of Health Sciences in 2015 and announced the new name of the Oxley College last fall. The college is home to the TU School of Nursing; the faculties of Community Medicine; and the Departments of Athletic Training, Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences, and Communication Sciences & Disorders. The new college also is working closely with TU’s other colleges on interdisciplinary projects and with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.

“I am tremendously excited about this next chapter and deeply appreciative of the support and confidence of the trustees, President Upham and my colleagues at TU,” Clancy said. “The University of Tulsa’s mission is closely aligned with my life’s work. Improving lives through scholarship and service is a noble cause, and TU has established itself as a national leader in academic community engagement.”

Clancy earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Iowa, where he later served as a faculty member and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Programs in Health Care Policy and Management and Non-Profit Financial Stewardship and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon.

He and his wife, Paula, have three children Sam, 25, Mary, 22, and Joseph, 17.

“I’d like to thank the board for acting swiftly on this appointment,” Upham said. “Gerry is at home in Tulsa and at TU. The transition to his presidency will be seamless. He has shown an incredible ability to foster collaboration and inspire creative solutions. I look forward to watching the university’s continued progress.”

As a comprehensive, doctoral-degree-granting institution, The University of Tulsa provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional education of the highest quality in the arts, humanities, sciences, business, education, engineering, law, nursing, and applied health sciences. Current enrollment is 4,678 (3,478 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate and law students).

Under Upham, TU has achieved a remarkable transformation through strategic enhancements to its curriculum, student experience, research enterprise, community partnerships and physical campus. The university has raised more than $800 million in the past 12 years and is currently ranked No. 86 among all national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Saying Goodbye to TU

DSC07064Today’s blog post is written by Mercedes Vega from Surprise, Ariz. Over the past few years, Mercedes has written several blogs for us and graduated with a degree in elementary education this past Saturday.  We will miss her smiling face on campus, but know she is headed out into the world to make a difference in the lives of children. 

As I write this, I am sitting in my favorite spot on TU’s campus. The library steps have served as more than just the most photogenic spot on campus. They are my place of solace.

Feeling stressed? The steps have the answer.

Need a place to talk? The steps have heard more secrets than you can imagine.

Can’t sleep?  The steps are pretty comfortable to sit, or lie down and on the best nights you can see some stars around the lights from downtown.

Need motivation?  The steps overlook a city of possibilities and where you could be if you just pass your classes.

Killing time?  The steps are close to wherever you are coming from or going to.

Bored? The steps are great for people watching.

Do you see the trend?  The steps have the answers.

Grad CapsNow try to imagine my predicament since graduation is single digit days away.  If you’re a senior in high school, I know you can understand this one.  You probably have your equivalent to the steps.  It might be a physical place, a best friend or a supportive teacher.  We all have the one thing that we claim as our own and it is about to belong to someone else.  Our time is up.  We have to move on to bigger and better things.

But what about everything we are about to leave behind?

Last week, my best friend told me I should be proud of the legacy I have left behind.  I truly am not one for public recognition, but if graduation isn’t a time to do some self-reflection and celebrate successes, I don’t know what is.

FoundersSince I have been at TU, I was a founding member of a sorority on campus.  I was a University Ambassador and got to share my love for this school to people I now see around campus every day.  I was the outstanding Administrative Coordinator my first year working in housing.  I am the first Elementary Education major to complete the honors program.  I was named student teacher of the year.   I will graduate magna cum laude, and I made countless memories along the way, including the wonderful friends I have by my side.  I truly left a legacy here.

Just like that, May 7th will be here and I have to be proud of what I could do and at peace with everything I did not manage to squeeze in.

In the face of graduation, I am left to ask who I want to be now.  It’s the same question I had at high school graduation.  Your slate is about to be wiped clean.  Who are you?  Who do you want to be?

Student TeachingThe best answers I have to those questions are these. I am a college graduate.  I am capable of putting in late hours to get the job done.  I am ready to work in the public schools of a city that I fell in love with because of TU.  Most importantly, I want to be the best version of myself.

I challenge all of the high school seniors faced with the same questions to be your best self as you come to college.  Who knows what that actually looks like, but have that as your goal.  When you get here, take on a challenge that intimidates you.  Go out for a sports team, join a club, start a club, take a challenging class, do all the reading for even just one class, find your people, find your version of my library steps, and leave a legacy behind.