OU Alumni Association Newsletter

 

 

OU Alumni Association Newsletter 

May 2, 2019 

[Alumni Legacy Program] 

As an Alumni Association member, you can join the Alumni Legacy Program. If your children are Sooner born, this program is a great opportunity for your children to join in on the spirit of the university.  

“The goal of the program is to foster the Sooner spirit and loyalty to OU to our children. It is meant to encourage our future Sooners to follow in their parents footsteps,” said Jennifer Dooley, the program coordinator. 

Legacy members will have a scholarship opportunity their freshman year at OU, they will receive a special invitation to be a part of the Student Alumni Association and recognition at commencement activities.  

“The benefits of being a Legacy member include free entrance to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History during their birth month, fifteen percent off OU gear in the online Alumni Store as well as invitations to future Legacy events,” Said Dooley. 

Every legacy member will also receive age appropriate gift such as toys, clothing, commencement cord and an enrollment certificate.  

“The gift program is for children aged 0-16 however there are benefits for incoming freshmen and current OU students.” said Dooley. 

Enrollment is a one time fee of $120 per child for OU Alumni Association paid members and $150 per child for non-members. Only children or grandchildren of OU graduates are eligible for Legacy enrollment. 

[OU Clubs] 

OU Alumni Clubs are an extension of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association. If you’re living out of state, find an OU club near you to stay connected! 

“We have about 110 clubs and they are mostly regional groups but we do have some affinity groups like the black alumni societies and the American Indian societies,” said Andrew Wertz, coordinator for the OU Clubs program. 

All OU clubs are volunteer based and want to keep OU grads connected through fun things like watch parties in the fall. 

“One of the impactful things we do among the clubs is raise money for scholarships,” said Wertz.  The university will match the amount of money that was raised by the club in a tuition waiver. 

Another goal of the OU clubs is to acclimate young alumni into their new environment, wherever that may be. The OU community does not leave you after graduation. Having a community of Sooners 

“If you’re a young alum and moved to a new state or city, we want you to be involved so that you can make connections to other OU graduates but also so they can get involved in the new community,” said Wertz.

Clubs are a great way to celebrate being a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. If you have questions regarding a club in your area and want to be involved, contact Andrew Werz at awertz@ou.edu

[SAA: OU Ring] 

The OU ring is a token of pride and memories that you can have after you graduate from the university. The ring symbolizes the people you met and places you have been at your time at OU. 

“When you’re able to wear your ou ring, you have so much pride for your school but also your accomplishments,” said Caitlin Montgomery, Director of Student Engagement. “We refer to it as your wearable diploma.”

When you go out into the work world, you can carry that pride with you and remember all the things you did at OU. 

“My ring has had a part in guiding my career path. Not to mention, it’s a great conversation started and can help you get connected to other alum,” said Montgomery. 

With the purchase of the OU Ring, you will also receive a keepsake box decorated with the OU seal. The ring has a unified design and you are able to customize your ring in yellow gold, white gold and two-tone gold with either an antique or natural finish. 

To get your ring, you are required to have completed 75 credit hours. OU rings are available to all student and alumni. 

[Boomer Bash] 

  Boomer Bash is a tailgate hosted by the Alumni Association. Come enjoy the pre-game excitement with food, drinks and  The Pride of Oklahoma.  

Boomer Bash makes tailgating easy by providing you with everything you need to enjoy your gameday. 

“Boomer bash is one of our largest events, especially in the fall semester,” said Caitlin Montgomery, Director of Student Engagement. 

Boomer bash is held in the union courtyard before home football games. 

“There are games, food and drink and alcohol for those of age” said Caitlin Montgomery, “The Pride comes by as well as the OU cheer and pom teams, the mascots and even basketball teams”. 

The event is an opportunity to unite with other alumni, family and friends to share the pride of the university. 

“Typically we have an average of 400 to 500 people come,” said Montgomery

To attend Boomer Bash, you can register before game day by contacting the alumni office or pay the day of the game. 

[OU Texas Weekend] 

OU Texas weekend is the most looked forward to event of the Fall at the University of Oklahoma. Thousands of fans gather together at the Cotton Bowl to witness the Longhorns and the Sooners compete once again. 

The Alumni Association travels to Dallas, TX and experiences all the excitement together. The goal of the alumni association is to carry on the traditions of the university. 

“We give everyone a place to gather to be with other alumni, family and friends,” said Deborah Foster, OU Texas event coordinator.

When you travel with Alumni, you are surrounded by friends, family and other alumni. There is a reception, breakfast, Sooner store and more. 

“We have an Alumni Association reception, a breakfast and also a store where you can buy OU merchandise before the game,” said Foster.

More information will be available on OU Texas 2019 this coming summer. For more information, contact the OU Alumni Office. 

 

Alumni and Alumni Association Sources:

1: Caitlin Montgomery (Caitlinrother@ou.edu)

2: Andrew Wertz (awertz@ou.edu)

3: Deborah Foster (debfoster@ou.edu)

4: Jennifer Dooley (jdooley@ou.edu)

SECONDARY:

http://www.ou.edu/alumni/saa/ou-ring

http://www.ou.edu/alumni/clubs

http://www.soonerconnect.com/s/1720/bp18/interior.aspx?sid=1720&gid=2&pgid=828

 

What Is an “Influencer”? And Some of My Favorites

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There are so many bloggers and influencers out there. Some have millions of followers and some have much, much less. No matter, each one has a message they’re  sending to their following. That message is so important because of how influential social media is. People don’t like the term “influencer” but that is exactly what they are. 

Of course everyone has an influence on people, but influencers are on a much larger scale. 

“What is an influencer?”,you may ask. 

An influencer is a person who gains authenticity and trust through social media to promote brands, in turn, making a commission from sales. Brands will send their products to the influencer to try out and possibly promote to their following. 

This trade-off has occasional issues. Influencers are often accused of promoting bad products for the profit or even hiding the fact they’re promoting a brand. Influencers have gotten better about acknowledging Ads. 

If you don’t think you follow an influencer, you’re probably wrong. Influencers aren’t solely in the fashion business. There are influencers in every aspect of life. (Health and Fitness, fashion, makeup, sports, music, interior design, organizing, and probably anything else you can think of) 

Since there are so many, you have the ability to decide who to see scroll across your screen. Here’s a list of 5 influencers I admire and why. 

SIVAN AYLA RICHARDS- she promotes the BEST products and companies 

I like her style (clothes accessories home)

Baby Capri is the cutest!

She’s honest 

Big on skincare 

She’s opinionated 

Insta- @Sivanayla 

Blog- https://www.sivanayla.com

KELSEY PATTERSON- she’s local

Shares cute clothes 

Works really hard on her instagram 

Cute momma-to-be 

Also works in real estate 

Insta- @kelseynpatterson

LAURA GODFREY- she’s so positive

Shares sales on clothes shoes and accessories 

She’s witty and entertaining 

I don’t skip through her insta story 

Insta- @laurangodfrey

DESI PERKINS- she’s a makeup goddess 

She’s Latina!!

She’s genuine and funny 

Shares her life (not only the glamorous side) 

Big on skincare 

Insta- @Desiperkins

YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/user/DesireePerkinsMakeup

KENNEDY FRAZER- full time college student and also running a successful instagram account 

Shares workouts, makeup, clothes, accessories, and more 

She’s newer and fresh

Insta- @Kennedyfrazer

   

 

 

Common Fears About Going to College

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The newness of it all: I’ve always heard that freshman year of college can be the hardest, which scared me because I thought it would be the work. I quickly figured out it’s not because the work is extremely hard, but because everything is so new and you will -most likely- be out of your comfort zone. I don’t know from experience because I didn’t move away, but if your moving away from your hometown, it will probably be more difficult (but also exciting and fun).

Making new friends/ meeting new people: When I started school I imagined meeting those lifelong college friends immediately and a happily-ever-after. It wasn’t like that. Actually, the first semester of college I felt kind of lonely and secluded. Probably because I was just trying to figure out my new surroundings and do well academically. This semester is so different though! I’ve met so many people and built new friendships. So if you’re worried you won’t meet any new people, don’t, because you will in perfect timing.  

Being away from home: This is actually something I can’t relate to because I don’t live in the dorms. The main complaints I hear about the dorms are 1- people not getting along with their roommates 2- the space being too small 3- Not wanting to go back home for breaks. The new freedom you get in college usually trumps all of those issues.

Workload: The work freshman year will be your basics (unless you finished or got credit for most of them in high school). These classes will most likely be pretty easy. There is definitely more outside of class study/ work time, even for your easiest class. It’s nothing you can’t handle. Find fun places to study, study with friends and communicate with your professors. 

Major won’t work out: Do not panic! People change their major all the time and odds are you will change it anyways. You don’t have to know what you’re going to do in school, much less in life. So many people go into college “undecided” so if you have an idea of what you want to do, you’re ahead of the game. If you are undecided, you have plenty of time. 

College is so fun and it’s what you make it. Check out my other articles about college!

Freshman Year Takeaways (College Edition)

Hello friends! I just want to hop on here and share some takeaways and songs that got me through this year. 

It is not only okay, but HEALTHY to take breaks: This is true for everyone whether you’re in school, pursuing a career, raising a family, or really just doing life. Something i’m terrible at is slowing down. The lord has shown me this semester that 1- I can’t be successful if i’m overloaded with work. 2- He is persistent and constantly moving. We tend to have a mindset where we feel like we have to be doing something all the time. So the break might not even be physical, but mental.

Set goals: set realistic goals that benefit your health, faith, education, job, or whatever is important to you. For me, i’ve found that exercise is therapeutic and relaxing and something I genuinely enjoy. I’ve starting setting goals for myself in that way and i’ve felt stronger, more organized, and healthier.  

Most things are not as big as they seem: 99% of the time things work out for the best. One of my favorite quotes is “it always seems impossible until it’s done”. Life it too short to worry about things that don’t matter *me talking to myself* and if you spend your time worrying you will miss so much!

Just do it: I couldn’t think of another way to say this (good job Nike) but for real, it’s simple. A lot of fear and worry could be avoided by facing your fears, not being lazy, and just getting things done. Once you start something you’re more likely to finish, but you have to start.

Find balance: Everything is okay within reason. TRUE. If you’re with your friends more than focusing on school, it may be an issue. In the same way, not having a life outside of school isn’t great either.

Find your people: Spend time growing in those relationships! The people I’ve met the past two semesters are wonderful and I’m so grateful for each of them. College is where you might meet your lifelong friends. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who lift me up, encourage me and let me be my truest self. Those are the BEST kinds of people!

Be informed: Keep up with the news! Know whats going on around you and know what you’re talking about. Even looking at the news through twitter is better than nothing. At this point, not being informed is no ones fault but your own. It’s so easy!

Overall, OU has treated me well and I give this year a 10/10. It’s crazy how much you mature and see the people around you mature in college.

SONGS: 

You Say- Lauren Daigle

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus- Lauren Daigle

Sucker- Jonas Brothers 

Shallow- Lady Gaga

A Million Dreams- The Greatest Showman

Talk- Khalid

 

 

 

What is Fake News and Why is it Important?

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Fake news has been a growing issue in media, especially with President Donald Trump frequently using the term. The word used to mean parody news or just literally false information being published. Now though, President Trump has added a new meaning to the term. Fake news can now reference something that is actually true, making the truth harder and harder to uncover.

“Fact checking” is now something consumers can use to find out if information or “fake news” is actually false. Factcheck.org was created during the presidential campaign just for this reason.

Not only is fake news confusing to media consumers, but it can also be a threat to our society. For example, after hurricane Harvey, a headline titled “Only 60 out of 1566 Churches Open To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims”. This headline was false and unnecessarily created hatred for people and religious groups. For more misleading headlines, check out “Fake News Of 2017”.

As social media makes each individual their own story teller, there are unlimited amounts of stories. Not all of them are true and many of them disagree. This kind of division has had a direct affect on the division and violence in the country. It’s unfortunate that so many people believe the first thing they hear or see. It is so important, especially right now that we fact check ourselves by using multiple sources to seek the truth. Sometimes popular media platforms do not always have the correct information.

Another way fake news can have an impact is through voters. When people vote, they usually do it based off what they hear and see in the major political news channels and papers. I don’t believe every news organization spreads fake news, but some do. 

It is essential to the legitimacy of news media to be honest. The voting population needs to make sure they know why they are voting, as well as if the information is true. For reasons like this and many more, people need to do their own research and seek the truth in media.

Sharing a false story may not sound like a huge deal but its impact is deeper than it seems.

 

Why I Decided To Study Public Relations at OU

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As a kid, I never had a career I dreamt of doing. All of my friends aspired to be a veterinarians, doctors, lawyers, and professional sports players, but I never had an interest in that stuff.

It wasn’t until the rise of Twitter and Instagram that I began to want a part of media. In 2012 I downloaded Instagram and never realized how much of an impact it would have on me, my friends, and the entire world. Since then, I have learned the do’s and don’ts, the positives and negatives, but also the way it functions within organizations and businesses.

The functionality within companies is what I want be involved in. It’s so important how social media is used, especially when it is used to represent important things like healthcare, the government, and products we consume daily. 

There is so much opportunity and variety in the public relations profession. Two graduates of the University of Oklahoma Journalism and Mass Communication College are close family friends of mine. Both are extremely successful but do very different things. One went into fundraising and has met so many new people and traveled to many different countries. The other is the vice president of communications at a music label company. He also meets amazing people and has life-long memories. The flexibility and media aspects are what drew me in to be a public relations major.

On top of all of that, Gaylord is a fantastic college at the University of Oklahoma. Throughout my first semester I have been assured that I made the right decision. According to OU’s fall 2018 enrollment statistics, Gaylord is among the top 10 most enrolled colleges. This is most likely because the faculty and staff is supportive and the work is so hands on.

The opportunities Gaylord students are provided are meant to genuinely help us reach our goal. I am so excited to see where OU and Gaylord takes me through my PR degree!

My First Time at the Polls, and This is Why I Voted

This year was the first year I could vote, and I did. I’ve never been the person that openly debates issues and honestly, I didn’t understand the world around me politically. It wasn’t that I didn’t know it is important, but most things had no direct effect on my adolescent life. This past year, and well, the last two years with our new president, I began to slightly feel the impact of our government on my own life.

I am a Mexican American who is saddened by our President’s banter and ideas concerning Mexicans and Mexico. When someone like myself who has never run into a personal issue politically hears the President saying people like my sweet grandmother aren’t welcome, I suddenly run into a problem. This issue is just one of the things that caused me to want to make a change.

Another issue that confirmed my want to vote was the Oklahoma teacher strike. My dad is a Spanish teacher at Norman High school and has been for almost 20 years. Him and the rest of my wonderful, well qualified teachers deserve better pay to support their families but not just that. They deserve better pay because they are leading the future and devote their lives to it. Knowing that my dad works for the state that ranks last in funding sickened me. Teachers organized well for the most part and created awareness throughout the nation. The Oklahoma Teachers United Facebook page kept thousands of community members informed and continues to do so. I cried with my english teacher, attended the marches at the capitol, and waited patiently for November.

I am so grateful that I have the right to vote in this country. Although I could not vote in the previous presidential election, I did vote in our state election November 6th, 2018. Standing in line at 7am in the cold never felt so empowering. There was more voter participation in this Oklahoma election than any other. Despite growing division in the state and in the country, there was such a strong sense of unity at the polls. Voting for the first time was a very positive experience and taught me how important it is for my generation to be aware of what is going on locally, nationally and globally.

Eyelash Extension Review

In this post I will be documenting my eyelash extensions! Throughout the next 3 months or so, I will add updates to this post on how they hold up, the fill process, and how I like them. I’m excited and hoping it will give you some first hand experience on if they’re worth it.

Flaunt salon in Norman is where I got my lashes done. Liz is amazing and I will link her at the end of this post! The regular full set is priced at $150+.  They’re generally set at a high price but most customers say they are worth it. Cosmopolitan did a “Roadtest” on somebody’s experience first hand. “The only downside: they’re addicting” the author writes. I would say that if you are being charged much over $150, find somewhere else. At the same time, if a salon charges less than $100, the person applying them might not be very experienced.

The process: The esthetician will talk you through different types of lashes (Regular, volume, and hybrid) and figure out what is best (I went with the hybrid lashes). Then, to keep your bottom lashes out of the way, a gel eye pad will be placed under your eye. It’s not the most comfortable set up but its not too bad. After this, the lashes will be applied one by one. This is a long process whenever you’re getting a full set done. The most important thing is to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible. My appointment lasted about 2 hours and 15 min so by the end I was pretty fidgety and ready to open my eyes. 

When I saw them I was happy with how they turned out and surprised at how much of a difference they make. I was given a few spoolies to use throughout the day as well as some instructions for aftercare. The only negative about aftercare is you cannot shower or get your eyes wet for at least 24 hours. As far as keep up, micellar water is recommended to keep oil buildup away from the lashes. Fills are $60 at Flaunt and they’re required every 2-4 weeks depending on how they keep up. I don’t want to say if they are worth it or not yet because I want to see how they hold up. As of right now though, I LOVE THEM.

UPDATE: Hey! I’ve had my extensions for about 10 days now and I am Loving them! They seem to be holding up really well despite washing my face and showering like normal. I am starting to notice some of them falling out but that’s completely normal since they fall out at the same rate of your natural lashes. I will be getting a fill in about a week (I will have had them almost 3 weeks). The fill is 60 dollars and will take about an hour. Since I love them so much and I’m comfortable with them, I might get a little more dramatic look. They are much more low maintenance than I thought they would be. All I do is cleanse the roots with a small sponge-ish brush and micellar water.

@Elizabethannmua on instagram!

If you have any questions about the process or where to go, comment below!