The Fine and Performing Arts
Students who wish to act, to compose and perform music, to create and exhibit art work, or to write and publish fiction, poetry, and performance scripts have many opportunities to do so, regardless of whether or not they major in one of the arts. Through campus activities and programs described below, students are given the opportunity to experience the arts as creators, performers, and observers.
Internships and apprentice programs are available with arts organizations in the Tulsa community and students have the opportunity to engage in interdepartmental and interdisciplinary studies. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their graduate program advisor and to take part in the rich variety of arts activities on campus.
Visual Arts. The multi-purpose Alexandre Hogue Gallery, housed in Phillips Hall and managed by the School of Art, serves as the chief focal point for the University’s engagement with the visual arts. Used year-round for the exhibition of arts, crafts, performance art, and special events, the gallery also offers exhibitions of historical, global, and multicultural significance. It is also the site of the annual Gussman Student Art Exhibition and numerous shows by prominent artists, and can be comfortably used for poetry readings and chamber music performances.
The gallery program is combined with the School of Art’s Visiting Artists Program, which brings to campus national and international established and emerging artists to talk about their work, give workshops, and work with students in the studios. Visiting critics and art historians add a scholarly dimension to this program. The Alexandre Hogue Gallery is open Monday through Friday without charge.
The Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education is located in the center of the downtown Brady District and serves The University of Tulsa’s School of Art, the Division of Lifelong Learning, and the Gilcrease Museum. The three-story Zarrow Center covers 18,000 square feet and has been renovated to include classrooms, art studios, Third Floor Design, the Sherman Smith Family Gallery, and a reception area. Studio space on the third floor of the Zarrow Center serves TU’s Master of Fine Arts program, making the site a living laboratory of artistic expression for resident talents and visiting professionals. The first floor houses the Sherman Smith Family gallery space featuring art exhibitions by noted artists at the regional and national levels and summer exhibits from the collection of the Gilcrease Museum.
The University of Tulsa Theatre. The theatre arts are a rich and rewarding part of student life at The University of Tulsa. The theatre season at The University of Tulsa is characterized a variety of high-quality productions which often include a musical, a dance production, a classic play, and a contemporary play, as well as original works, one-acts, and student works. The TU Department of Theatre has received regional and national recognition and awards for its participation in the American College Theatre Festival and the Irene Ryan Acting and Design competitions. Recent productions have included Spring Awakening, Altar Boyz, Rent, Reefer Madness, Angels in America-Perestroika, The Drowsy Chaperone, Marisol, So TU Think you can Dance?, Tartuffe, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Visiting artists have included Edward Albee, Hal Prince, Lee Blessing, Jose Quintero, Anthony Zerbe, and Carole Shelley, as well as many guest designers and professional directors. Students from all areas of study are welcome to participate in theatre productions. Auditions and technical opportunities in lighting, scenery, projections, and costuming are open to all University students
Film Studies. The Department of Film Studies, located in the Lorton Performance Center, screens three student film festivals each year. Casting calls for student narrative films offer opportunities for interested student actors. Frequent campus visits by distinguished film directors, producers, writers, and composers, often accompanied by special film screenings, are open to all University students. Recent visiting artists have included composer David Friedman, actor Larry Sharp, director Ed Ornelas, and filmmaker Micah Fitzerman-Blue.
Literary Arts. The University offers creative writing instruction through the Departments of Communication, English, Film Studies, Languages and Theatre, and occasional opportunities for all students to publish their work in a student-edited journal called Stylus, The Student Journal of Art and Writing. The University also publishes the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, described below, which publishes writers from all over the world but is also open to competitive submissions from graduate and undergraduate students.
Writer-in-residence Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Applied Professor Michael Wright, Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Creative Writing, teach and encourage new students of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They also offer expertise in the legal complexities of publishing, stage and film rights, and media coverage. Yevtushenko is a world-renowned, Nobel-prize nominated poet, novelist and performance artist whose vision and voice have inspired thousands over many decades. His works have been published in a multitude of volumes. Wright has written numerous plays, which have been produced around the world. His books, Playwriting in Process, 2nd ed., Playwriting Master Class, 2nd ed., and Playwriting at Work and Play: Developmental Programs and Their Process, are standard texts nationally and internationally. The creative writing program attracts a wide range of high profile writers to campus.
The J. Donald Feagin Distinguished Visiting Artist program and the Darcy O’Brien Distinguished Chair annually bring to the campus guest artists in the humanities such as the late Seamus Heaney, David Lehman, Colleen McElroy, Jose Rivera, Paula Vogel, Stephen Sondheim, Tony Kushner, and Tina Howe.
TU Concert Chorale. The TU Concert Chorale is the largest choral ensemble in the School of Music performing standard major works as well as smaller choral pieces. Literature is chosen to increase the student’s knowledge of repertoire and to supply a well-rounded body of choral music over a four-year period. Placement auditions are required.
TU Cappella Chamber Singers. This auditioned smaller ensemble performs chamber literature from the Renaissance through twenty-first century. The most select vocal ensemble, the Chamber Singers also perform at University functions and tour throughout the region.
Chamber Ensembles. A variety of smaller student ensembles, made up of strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion, is formed to provide experience in this media.
Opera Workshop. Opera Workshop is open through audition to all qualified students interest in exploring the opera experience. Programs of opera scenes, drawn from the standard and contemporary literature of opera and operetta are presented. Character and music development are stressed as well as backstage organization and stage deportment.
Orchestra. Membership in the TU Orchestra is open to all qualified students through auditions held during the first week of each semester. The TU Orchestra performs on campus and in other locations such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Each concert features masterworks from the orchestral repertoire and outstanding faculty or student soloists. The orchestra also performs in selected productions of the musical theatre and opera programs.
Wind Ensemble. Composed of nearly 50 wind and percussion players, this prestigious concert ensemble is assembled in the early fall and draws participants from throughout the University. The TU Wind Ensemble presents several concerts each year both on and off campus. An audition is required.
Symphonic Band. The TU Wind Ensemble forms the nucleus of this larger ensemble. The Symphonic Winds performs in campus concerts, at commencement and other University events.
Sound of the Golden Hurricane. Distinguished by its exciting corps-style half-time entertainment, the Sound of the Golden Hurricane features contemporary music and drill at every home game and selected away games. During basketball season, the Sound of the Golden Hurricane serves as a pep band in the student spirit section of the Reynolds Center and accompanies the team during post-season tournaments. Auditions are held on designated audition dates in February and March or by special appointment.
Jazz Ensembles. The TU Jazz Ensembles are recognized as among the nation’s best. These include Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combos, Vocal Jazz, and the Big Band. Auditions for the jazz ensembles take place during the first week of the fall semester. Jazz groups perform regionally as well as on campus. Each year, the jazz program brings prominent professional artists to TU to perform and tour with the student ensembles.
Because The University of Tulsa was founded as an institution of higher education of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the University encourages a full, rich, and diverse expression of religious life. The Office of the Sharp Chaplain provides for and supports the expression of the life of faith on campus: planning, implementing, and sponsoring religiously oriented programs; providing counseling and pastoral care; serving as a liaison with other religious groups; and assisting the campus community in nurturing a caring and respectful environment for its pervasive expressions of faith.
Sharp Memorial Chapel, home to the ministries of the Sharp Chaplain, shares the plaza with McFarlin Library, Kendall Hall, and Tyrrell Hall. Its location at the center and heart of the campus is a fitting metaphor for the University’s historic and continuing covenantal ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). With renovations completed in April 2004, the chapel sanctuary has been refurbished and a new wing now stands in place of the original west wing of the chapel complex. On the first floor of the new wing is the Robert C. Sharp Westminster Student Center for Presbyterian campus ministry; the Josephine P. Sharp Reception Suite for formal receptions and other special events; the Buford Atrium for group meetings, presentations, lunch and dinner gatherings; and a full kitchen. On the new wing’s second floor is the Martha S. Buford Canterbury Suite - a seminar room for group meetings, seminars and workshops - and the Offices of the Sharp Chaplain. The Chapel complex also offers, beyond its other striking architectural features, a new bell tower and carillons. A number of campus ministries provide programs of outreach and nurture for their respective constituencies at the University. Each of these ministries, which are listed below, adds its distinctive identity and voice to the University’s rich and vibrant religious life.
Publications, Radio, and Television
Collegian. The Collegian, the student newspaper, is published on Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters. The publication, which reports on campus issues, has received numerous national and state awards for overall newspaper excellence and individual writing. Salaried positions on the paper for editor, business manager, writers, and layout and paste-up staff are available.
Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. In the tradition of the influential “little” magazines that first published Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and James Joyce, Nimrod publishes excellent writing from across the U.S. and abroad, including competitive work by graduate and undergraduate students. Published twice yearly, the journal sponsors the national Nimrod Literary Awards competition in fiction and poetry. Thematic issues, one each year, have featured Arabic, Chinese, East Indian, Native American, and Russian writers, and the works of writers over age 65. Nimrod also offers programs throughout the year, including its annual Conference for Readers and Writers in October, which brings award-winning authors to Tulsa to serve as writing workshop leaders.
James Joyce Quarterly. For nearly 50 years, the James Joyce Quarterly (JJQ) has been the flagship journal of international Joyce studies. In each issue, the JJQ brings together a wide array of critical and theoretical work focusing on the life and writing of James Joyce and the reception of his works. Submissions of all types are encouraged, including archival, historical, biographical, and critical research. Each issue of the JJQ provides a selection of peer-reviewed essays representing the very best in contemporary Joyce scholarship. In addition, the JJQ publishes notes, reviews, letters, a comprehensive checklist of recent Joyce-related publications, and announcements of Joyce- related events. To supplement the print journal, a broad array of electronic resources for scholars, including an archive of past issues, a calendar of Joyce conference and symposiums, and an on-line checklist are available at https://utulsa.edu/jjq. The goal of the JJQ is simple - to provide an open, lively, and multidisciplinary forum for the international community of Joyce scholars, students, and enthusiasts.
Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (TSWL), the first journal devoted solely to women’s literature, publishes groundbreaking articles, notes, research, and reviews of literary, historicist, and theoretical work by established and emerging scholars in the field of women’s literature and feminist theory. From its founding in 1982 by Germaine Greer, TSWL has been devoted to the study of both literary and nonliterary texts - any and all work in every language and every historical period produced by women’s pens.
Public Radio Tulsa. Public Radio 89.5, KWGS-FM, and Classical 88.7, KWTU-FM, are northeastern Oklahoma’s National Public Radio affiliates. Administered by nine professional staff members, these stations offer students opportunities to experience broadcasting in actual work settings. The stations are affiliates of National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media and the British Broadcasting Corporation. KWGS was the first FM station in Oklahoma and KWTU is the state’s first HD Radio station. Students throughout the University who are interested in the production, engineering, and management aspects of broadcasting are encouraged to audition and apply for employment in Kendall Hall, Room 160. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.publicradiotulsa.org.
Residence Life Television (RLTV) is sponsored by The University of Tulsa’s Office of Housing and Dining Services and reaches all on-campus residents. This station offers 24/7 movies on Channel 24 and Digital Channel 624, tutoring sessions called Solutions and an online movie library called CaneFlix, accessible through https://canelink.utulsa.edu/ while on campus. On-air tutoring sessions offered are Spanish I, Physics I, and Calculus I. Conversational English and Chemistry I are offered in person. For location and more information, visit Headlines on CaneLink at www.utulsa.edu/housing.
TUTV. Students from any major may do extracurricular work to produce TUTV, a weekly half-hour information and entertainment program about the University. Students are the on-camera talent and operate all of the equipment. In addition, the studio and facilities are used for classes in video and film production taught each semester. Occasionally, other campus-related videos are produced. One television studio, three control rooms, video editing facilities, and a TV classroom are located in Kendall Hall.
Collins Fitness Center. The Fulton and Susie Collins Fitness Center, located at 5th and Delaware, is available free of charge to students, and for a fee to faculty and staff. It houses an indoor track, a cardio theater, three basketball courts, a huge fitness area, a lounge, multipurpose rooms and equipment that may be checked out. A complete schedule of hours, as well as information regarding intramural sports, fitness, and informal recreation, is available in the Campus Recreation Office. Additional information regarding Campus Recreation is available at www.utulsa.edu/recreation.
The Starbucks at Collins Fitness Center offers grab-n-go sandwiches, smoothies, pastries, soups, and the ever popular world famous Starbucks coffee and espressos. The shop is located in the lobby of Collins Fitness Center. Starbucks hours are 10:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday when the Collins Fitness Center is open.
Mabee Gymnasium. Located at 8th and Florence just north of H. A. Chapman Stadium, the Mabee Gym has racquetball and squash courts available for student, faculty, and staff use. For availability, contact Associate Director of Athletics Nick Salis at email@example.com.
The University of Tulsa is an NCAA Division I member for all sports and a member of the American Athletic Conference. TU moved into the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2014, after dominating Conference USA with more than double the number of league championships than any other conference school in nine years as a C-USA member. TU sponsors 18 intercollegiate sports: women’s basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, outdoor track, and volleyball; and men’s basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor track, soccer, tennis, and outdoor track.
TU Athletics has consistently ranked among the top 75 schools in the United States in the yearly NACDA Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings, a ranking that honors programs achieving success in many sports. TU has made a mark on the collegiate landscape dating back to the early 1900s with its football program. In the 1940s, TU became the first school to play in five straight New Year’s Day bowl games. Hurricane teams have won national championships in the women’s golf (2 AIAW and 2 NCAA), men’s basketball (2 NIT), and men’s tennis (1 NITT).
Tulsa athletes are also winners in the classroom, as the graduation rate of TU student-athletes ranks among the top third of all schools competing in Division I. Tulsa student-athletes have garnered conference, regional, and national academic honors to go along with their many achievements on the playing field.
The nickname of TU athletic teams is the Golden Hurricane. TU’s colors are old gold, royal blue, and crimson.
Prospective student athletes interested in joining one of TU’s athletic teams should contact the Department of Athletics at 918-631-2381.
For more information on TU Athletics, visit http://TulsaHurricane.com, or follow Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Facebook and Twitter.
Graduate Student Association. All full- and part-time graduate students are members of the Graduate Student Association (GSA). The GSA promotes and provides intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities for the entire graduate campus community. In addition, acting as a catalyst for change within the University, the GSA strives to represent the needs of the entire graduate student body. Services include, but are not limited to, programming, support for other graduate student organizations, and legal services.
Residence Hall Association (RHA) and Apartment Advisory Council. See the Campus Housing and Dining section of this Bulletin.
True Blue Neighbors
Designed to provide a vehicle to engage the entire TU community in a structured partnership with the neighborhood community surrounding the campus, True Blue Neighbors formalizes the service and commitment provided by our students, faculty and staff through a collaboration of partnerships dedicated to improving the quality of life in the greater Tulsa community, with primary focus on the Kendall Whittier Neighborhood. Initiated in 2009, True Blue Neighbors embodies the University’s motto of Wisdom, Faith and Service.
The mission of the True Blue Neighbors Volunteer Center is to develop a culture of service within the University, advocating community service and social responsibility for all members of the TU community; to serve as a clearinghouse of resources and referrals on community agencies, service opportunities, and other public service initiatives; to promote awareness of social issues; to connect the resources of the University with community needs and strengths; and to empower students, faculty, and staff to develop a lifelong commitment to service.
The True Blue Neighbors Volunteer Center maintains a database of local non-profit organizations, community service agencies, schools, and other entities seeking volunteers. Assistance is provided to ensure that individuals find the right opportunity to provide service in a meaningful way.
The Center is located in Sharp Chapel, room 2209. Volunteer opportunities may be viewed online at http://trueblueneighbors.com.
Campus Organizations and Activities. The following campus organizations and activities, which appeal to a broad spectrum of interests and needs, have been officially recognized by the Student Association Senate. Further information on these organizations and activities is contained in the Student Handbook found online at https://utulsa.edu/campus-life/student-affairs/student-handbook-policies.
Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-med)
Alpha Mu Alpha (Marketing)
Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting)
Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
Beta Gamma Sigma (Business)
Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering)
Iota Sigma Pi (Women in Chemistry)
Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
Kappa Kappa Psi (Music)
Lambda Alpha (Anthropology)
Mortar Board (Senior)
Mu Epsilon Delta (Natural Sciences)
National Residence Hall Honorary
Omega Chi Epsilon (Chemical Engineering)
Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics)
Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)
Order of Omega (Fraternities and Sororities)
Order of the Curule Chair (Law)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Phi Beta Kappa (Liberal Arts)
Phi Delta Phi (Law)
Phi Eta Sigma (Freshmen)
Phi Kappa Phi (All disciplines)
Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry)
Phi Sigma Iota (International Foreign Languages)
Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
President’s Ambassador Council (PAC)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic)
Sigma Iota Epsilon (Management)
Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics)
Sigma Theta Tau International (Nursing)
Sigma Xi (Graduate Research)
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)
Theta Alpha Phi (Theatre)
Special Interest, Service and Pre-professional Organizations
Academic Bowl Team
ACT-TU (Actors, Costumers and Technicians)
Alpha Phi Omega, Beta Pi Chapter (Service)
American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
American Indian Cultural Society (AICS)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Angola (Angolan Student Association)
Art Student Society
Asian American Student Association
Association of Black Collegians
Association of International Students
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
Association of Music Students
Ballroom Dance Club
Biology Graduate Student Association
Chinese Student Association
Commuter Advocacy and Resource Society
Council for Professional Excellence
Cultural Exchange Coalition
Deaf Education Association of TU (Deaf TU)
Delta Theta Phi (Law)
Engineers Without Borders
English Graduate Student Association
Engineering and Natural Sciences (ENS) Council
Exercise and Sports Science Club
Free Thinkers (Secular Student Alliance)
Future Alumni Council
Future Athletic Trainers’ Society
Graduate Chemistry Association
Graduate Student Association
Graduate Students in Psychology Association
Habitat for Humanity
Indian Student Association
Information Technologists United (iTU)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Kazakh Students Association of Tulsa
Korean Student Association
LEAD Student Advisory Council
Linux Users Group
Making a Difference Engineering at TU
Mathematical Student Association of America
Model United Nations
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
National Society of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)
National Society of Black Engineers
Nigerian Student Association
Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
PERMIAS - Tulsa
Persian Student Association
Phi Alpha Delta (Law)
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music Fraternity)
Public Relations Student Society of America
Saudi Arabian Student Club
Sigma Alpha Iota (Women’s Music Fraternity)
Sigma Phi Lambda (Women’s Christian Sorority)
Soccer Club for Men
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Human Resource Management
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Society of Physics Students
Society of Women Engineers
Society for Gender Equality
Spiked Punch Lines Improv
St. Theresa Women’s Group
Student Athlete Advisory Committee
Student Economics Association
Student Finance Association
Student Health Advocates Association
Student Investment Group
Student Nursing Association
Students Against Slavery
Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas
The Ad Program
The Cricket Club
TU Brazil Club
TU Fishing Club
TU Global Network
TU Rugby Football Club
TU Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association
TU Student Veteran Association
Tulsa Energy Management Student Association
Turkish Student Association
University of Tulsa Mens Lacrosse
Vietnamese Student Association
Welcomers International Association
On-campus Religious Centers and Campus Ministries
Baptist Collegiate Ministries
Canterbury Episcopal Student Fellowship
Chi Alpha (Assembly of God)
Christian Legal Society
CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students)
International Student Ministries
Latter Day Saints Student Association
Lutherans and Friends
Muslim Student Association/Muslim Prayer House
Newman Catholic Campus Ministry
Nurses Christian Fellowship
RUF (Reformed University Fellowship)
St. Philip Neri Newman Center - Catholic Campus Ministry
UKIRK Campus Ministry
United Campus Ministries
Westminster Center Presbyterian Leaders and Scholars Leadership Program
Churches in Campus Ministry
Christ Presbyterian Church
College Hill Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church
Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)
St. Antony Orthodox Church
University United Methodist Church
5th Place House
Apartment Advisory Council
Engineering and Natural Sciences Council
Fisher South Government
International Living Community Government (7th Street House and LaFortune House)
John Mabee Hall Government
Lottie Jane Mabee Hall Government
Residence Hall Association
West Suites Government