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Virtual JumpstartTU

The global pandemic has challenged all of us to live, work and play differently during this crisis. In the spirit of Reign ‘Cane, TU has faced the challenge and we are moving forward with an exciting Virtual Jumpstart TU program designed for incoming freshmen to connect with the class of 2024!

Join the Jumpstart team and our Panamanian partners for a three-week virtual experience to prepare incoming TU students for the challenges and opportunities that distinguishes a TU education.

The purpose of Virtual Jumpstart TU 2020 is to:

  • Build curiosity and excitement about TU,
  • Build a cohort of friends prior to beginning university.
  • Expose incoming students to global issues prior to beginning TU, and to encourage study abroad at TU.

Virtual Jumpstart TU is designed as a three-week program in which teams of incoming TU students will learn from our partners in Panama. Each day (for 1–2 hours per day) students will virtually learn about world perspectives such as sustainability, cultures and music, urban farming, butterfly and bee farming, watershed development, indigenous people of Panama, and providing alternative energy in rural areas. Teams of TU interns working remotely in Panama will serve as team leaders, as well as a variety of TU faculty and staff. The result is a virtual experience abroad while building a cohort of friends, faculty and staff before arriving at TU as a freshman student.


July 6 – 24, 2020

  • Cost $50 -The first 60 registrants will receive a touchstone package to guide them through the virtual experience.
  • Registration Deadline: June 26, 2020

View the Virtual Jumpstart TU itinerary.



Why Panama? Panama is the epicenter of the Americas serving as a connecting point between North and South America. For 100 years, the United States was a partner with Panama through the management of the Panama Canal. In the spirit of continued collaboration and because of the dynamic trade and entrepreneurial spirit embedded in Panama, TU has established partnerships with the US former partner. Various NGOs and local businesses representing a variety of fields such as sustainable and urban farming, butterfly and bee farming, conservation, watershed management, a restaurant with sustainable fishing for his menu, and the arts and music as a means of social integration are just a few examples of the topics that will be explored. Weekly team interactions with TU students, faculty and staff will create a dynamic experience designed to build a cohort of TU friends, faculty and staff prior to beginning university life.

  • Jumpstart TU FAQs

    What is Jumpstart TU?
    July 6-24, 2020

    Jumpstart TU is a 3 week-long virtual program designed to prepare students for university life prior to beginning their first year as a college student. The University of Tulsa is committed to providing the necessary preparation and skills for incoming students and national research shows that students who are connected with peers, faculty and staff prior to beginning college are significantly more successful in transitioning to college.

    Virtual Jumpstart TU 2020 is designed to engage the incoming class with each other, expose students to global issues, explore internships possibilities, and build connections all before you begin University life.

    How does it work?
    Students who registrar for Virtual JumpstartTU will receive detailed information regarding the program by mid-June. We are working with over 15 partners NGOs and businesses who are known for their innovative approach to sustainability in its broadest sense.

    All presentations will be via Zoom and participants will be given specific guidelines on how to experience Panama virtually and opportunities to engage with others. Participants will be divided into virtual teams where they can get to know their peers more personally and be engaged with a cohort of friends prior to beginning university life. Participants will also engage with current TU students, faculty, and staff.

    Examples of what is included in the itinerary:


    • City of Tulsa—short clips on fun things to do in Tulsa.
    • Opener—short presentations on local businesses that connect to our partners in Panama.
    • Partner Organization—a presentation from Panama
    • TU Student Intern—short story of current Interns and how it connects to their major at TU.
    • Activity—group activity to foster engagement.


    • Participants are divided into teams to engage with each other and participate in activities with TU faculty and staff.

    What time does Virtual Jumpstart TU start each day?
    Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central U.S. time. The Zoom Room will open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 12:30 p.m. allowing for informal chat prior to and following each session.

    How much does the program cost?
    The registration fee is $50. The deadline for registration is June 26. The cost of the programs covers supplies and expenses in developing the program in Panama.

    Who is directing the program?
    The Center for Global Engagement along with a team of staff/faculty are leading Jumpstart. The TU team are experienced in student services and university life. There will be TU representatives participating virtually throughout the program. Current TU students will also serve as leaders so that participants will be well-versed with students at TU prior to beginning university.

    Who are our Panamanian Partners?
    JumpstartTU will be partnering with a variety of organizations in Panama City. Some of the partners are NGOs such as Geoveristy, CATHALAC, and Luna Llena de Tambores. Other partners represent areas in urban and sustainable farming, watershed development, the Panama Canal, social justice and services, and Panamanian experts on the world renown rain forests, to name a few. The itinerary will provide detailed information about each partner.

    What is a Touchstone Box?
    The first 60 participants to register will receive a “Touchstone Box” that includes a variety of objects to compliment the variety of activities through Virtual Jumpstart TU. All participants will receive a certificate of completion and a unique artifact from Panama to celebrate the conclusion of Virtual Jumpstart TU.

    What happens after Jumpstart?
    Under normal circumstances, we would have a Jumpstart Reunion upon return to campus. While embracing social distancing, this tradition will be difficult. But we do promise to engage with our Jumpstarters virtually and in other creative ways that embrace TU’s policy at this time of COVID-19.