Kendall College of Arts & Sciences News
Hannah Vissers named 2018 Rhode’s finalist
TU sociology senior Hannah Vissers has lived all over the world and knows what it feels like to be displaced. It was her experience temporarily fleeing her family home in Honduras after a military coup that inspired her college research projects on immigration and her latest accomplishment as a 2018 Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Vissers was chosen for exceptional academic achievement, leadership, character and a passion for helping others. When asked about her future, she said, “I could either work in policy making to ease the process of migration of refugees into their new host country or work with local governments to ensure the necessary infrastructures and employment systems for pre-established refugee/forced migrant communities to develop their self-sustainability.”
Last November, the Teachers Institute for Tulsa (TIFT) was officially accepted as one of four members of the League of Teachers Institutes nationwide. Teachers Institutes are educational partnerships between universities and school districts. This year, 27 teachers from Tulsa Public Schools were selected to participate in seminars led by faculty at TU. In the seminars, university faculty contribute their knowledge of a subject, while the school teachers (fellows) contribute their expertise in school pedagogy, their understanding of the students they teach and their grasp of what works in the classroom. TIFT supports teacher quality and satisfaction, and consequently, improves student achievement.
For half a century, the Gussman exhibit has celebrated the best in student art — ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing and digital media. It is the capstone exhibit for each academic year. This year, TU School of Art alumna Ronda Kasl (BA ’78) returned to the very show she participated in as a student 40 years ago, this time as the juror. The 2018 Gussman exhibit is the perfect time to appreciate its meaningful past, revel in its present and most of all, eagerly await its promising future.
TU’s Department of Media Studies launched the TUTV Media Lab, a student-run media collaborative with a weekly studio program, podcasts and opportunities for students to create their own project ideas using media. Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film Studies Justin Rawlins is the faculty adviser for the new project. “It is a microcosm of what you would be expected to do in any kind of professional media production job,” Rawlins said. Students will be well-prepared for a career in media production and other aspects of the larger creative industries.