Friday, December 29, 2006

OTU #20 - New Year Resolutions, LaSallian Volunteers

Happy New Year to all of our listeners!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? In this episode, we hear about common resolutions that people make, as listed on, the US government's official web portal. Check out these websites if you want to know more about making and keeping New Year's Resolutions:

Popular New Year's Resolutions (
Keeping Your Resolutions (

Many students consider doing a long term volunteer program after graduation. Listen to our interview with representatives from the LaSallian Volunteer Program. Seth, Dave, and Matt come into the studio to talk about their program and their experiences as volunteers. Check out their websites:

LaSallian Volunteer Program
Catholic Network of Volunteer Service

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To Be An Angel - Uncle Seth
Auld Lang Syne - Friction Bailey

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Friday, December 22, 2006

OTU #19 - Christmas Music Sampler

Merry Christmas to all! This episode is a Christmas music sampler of some podsafe music. A little bit of everything from traditional hymns to a modern holiday song. Just a little something to hold you over. I hope you enjoy it!

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Music from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network:
Silent Night - Mike del Ferro
Watchstar - 3 Blind Mice

Huron Carol - St. Jean de Brebeuf
sung by the Eskasoni Trio.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

OTU #18 - We Get Professional Help!, Exam Stress, Challenges of Going Home, Recharging Your Batteries

Episode #18 is a special extra episode! I wanted to get this out sooner than normal since it deals with exam stresses and the challenge of going home for the holidays. Although the University of Tulsa is finished with exams for this semester, I'm sure there are still campuses out there dealing with these issues.

This is our first episode dedicated soley to campus health issues. Dr. Cristofi, from the university's Psychological Services Department, gives advice about exam stress, good study habits, the challenges of going home for the holidays and the importance of recharging your batteries for the next semester.

Dr. Cristofi will be back on future episodes to discuss other campus health issues. If you would like to suggest a topic, please email them to me at ontheu [at] You can also leave comments on our blog at

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Music in this episode from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network:
I'll Be Home - Naama Hillman

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Friday, December 15, 2006

OTU #17 - Finals Are Over!, Squirrel Wars, Christmas Plans, and a Trivia Daily Double!

Katherine, Patrick and Steve wrap up the first semester of "On the U." We discuss the end of final exams and the beginning of the Christmas Break. Thoughts turn to going home and our plans for Christmas and New Years.

Here's a silly little piece of video about the "squirrel war" in the Newman Center's front parking lot yesterday. Maybe it's mating season, but the squirrels were really wound up!

We've got a great rendition of a classic Advent/Christmas song, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by David Guion. Here's a link to this and more of his music from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network at

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - David Guion

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

OTU #16 - Final Exams, Sub-n-Rubs, Test Anxiety, and Exam Preparation Advice

Back massages - a great way to prepare for exams!

We've reached the end of the Fall Semester and the students are starting to take final exams! Everyone is getting pretty stressed out. We visit "Sub-n-Rubs", a campus event that helps students preparing for their exams.

Brian and Steve discuss some common sense advice about preparing for exams, both body and mind, strategies for answering different types of questions, and how to deal with test anxiety. Much of this information comes from the University of Illinois Counseling Center website, which can be found by clicking here.

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This episode is being posted on December 7th, the 65th annivesary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, forcing the United State's entry into WWII. Check out our Pearl Harbor related trivia question this week.

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Music in this episode from the Podsafe Music Network:
"Stress" - Jim's Big Ego

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Friday, December 01, 2006

OTU #15 - Blizzard in Tulsa, Bryan's Seminary Visit, and a Snow Day!

It's a snow day! Tulsa and a large part of the US Midwest were hit by a major snow storm forcing the closing of the university for a day and a half! The students talk about the fun of playing in the snow and the excitement of having classes cancelled.

Bryan Ketterer, a junior from Texas, tells us of his recent seminary visit to the St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, part of the University of St. Thomas. If you're interested in more information about this seminary, click here.

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Music in this episode from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network:
Snow Day - Spaghetti Cake

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

OTU #14 - Ordinary Life? How About Working For The Church?

It's Thanksgiving Day and all the students have gone home, so we take a look at what some of our friends have done after college and how they're serving the Church. Ordinary lives? Nah!

Candice Calhoon, a TU grad and a past peer ministry president, stopped by a couple of weeks ago. We talked about her job as youth minister at Tulsa's Church of St. Mary and the work she's done with the Diocesan Young Adult Ministry.

We also hear from Fr. Dan Letourneau, a new priest in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. He has what's called a Second Career Vocation. He's in his 40's, but he certainly jumped in with both feet!

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Ordinary Life by Someday Company

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Oklahoma Centennial Kickoff

In OTU #12, we mentioned that the State of Oklahoma is approaching its 100th anniversary as a state in the union. Our city of Tulsa was given the honor of beginning the year-long celebration on November 16th, the 99th anniversary of statehood.

I wasn't sure if Tulsa was going to be able to pull it off in a tasteful way. I was afraid it was going to resemble some of the tacky Super Bowl halftime shows that I've seen. I have to admit, they did a great job that was not only entertaining but honored the better parts of our history.

The kickoff celebration included three nights of fireworks, the Oklahoma Marathon, the Route 66 Marathon and Classic Car show, a Centennial Parade, numerous historical exhibitions, as well as concerts by Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood. There were other events throughout the city as well.

For me, the best part was the Centennial Gala Fireworks and Laser show that took place downtown on Saturday night, November 18th. A highly coordinated show of music, fireworks from the rooftops of at least 4 buildings, lasers, film projection on the sides of several buildings, and more. This beat anything that I had seen before. Even better than the shows at DisneyWorld!

If you're interested, here's a 4 1/2 minute video that I put together of that show. It's not the best editing job I've ever done, but I wanted to put something here. It's in Quicktime format.
You can find the video at

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

OTU #13 - Deep Fried Turkey & "What are you thankful for?"

We celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at week early at the Newman Center. The university gives the students the week off, so we celebrated together on November 16th with our annual potluck dinner.

More that 50 people enjoyed two large turkeys, a scrumptious ham, and all kinds of potatoes, vegetables, salads and desserts! Pat's mom even offered up her secret pumpkin bread recipe. Download the recipe by clicking here.

Listen in as we deep fry a turkey outside and manage to set fire to the lawn! No worries, though. It turned out great. We also did a few interviews with the students. Hear what they say when asked "what are you thankful for?"

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Learn more about the history of the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States with this Wikipedia article.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

OTU #12 - Save Darfur!, Oklahoma Centennial Kickoff, and Veterans Day

In this episode of "On the U", we discuss the terrible situation in the Darfur region of Sudan. Katarina Haukaas, president of Amnesty International-Tulsa, explains the situation and what "Save Darfur Week" at the university seeks to accomplish.

Check out these important links mentioned in this segment:
Letter to President Bush from
Amnesty International-Tulsa

The State of Oklahoma turns 99 years old on November 16th, kicking off a year-long celebration. We discuss some of the kickoff events including the upcoming fireworks and laser light show in downtown Tulsa.

Learn more about Oklahoma and the centennial by clicking here.

We end the episode by honoring veterans on the occasion of this year's Veterans Day. If you know any veterans, be sure to express your gratitude for the sacrifices they've made to protect freedom and liberty.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

OTU #11 - "The Bible Babes" and What It's Like Being A Seminarian

Bloodmobile @ Halloween!

In this episode, we have the chance to talk to "The Bible Babes" from Sacred Heart Parish in Sapulpa, OK, as they prepare our weekly Tuesday Lunch for 150 hungry college students. We also get the inside scoop on what it's like being a seminarian from our good friend Mark Steichen. Listen in for our October trivia contest winner and the first question for the month of November.

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Music in this episode from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network:
How Can I Be Sure - Douglas Kay

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

OTU #10 - Halloween, All Saints and All Souls Day

We're celebrating Halloween in this episode of "On the U". Fr. Stuart is in for a new "Ask Padre" segment where he discusses the origins of Halloween and the meaning of All Saints and All Souls Day. You won't want to miss our special scary introduction or our new trivia question.

November is the month for remembering all our friends and family members that have passed away. The Newman Center will have a Book of Remembrance throughout the month, listing the names of those to be prayed for during our Masses. If you would like to have someone remembered, you can have that person's name entered into the book by emailing us at onthe [at]

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

OTU #9 - Soundseeing in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

La Parroquia Santiago Apostol en Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Welcome to "On the U" and our first soundseeing tour! The Newman Center has had a long term relationship with the parish in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Last summer I had the opportunity to visit the town for the Feast of St. James (Santiago) and the 25th Anniversary of the death of Fr. Stanley Rother. Listen to this episode for a taste of the sounds and music of this interesting Mayan town.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

OTU #8 - Padre's Haircut, Rebuilding Our Library, and Being a Music Director

In this episode we learn about Fr. Stuart's haircut in support of "Locks of Love," a great organization that you should know more about. See the link below! We also talk about our Newman Center's project to rebuild our library. Julie Carlson comes in for an interview about what it's like being our choir's Music Director. For music this week, we have a song called "Come with Me" by the The Clintons, and as always, a new trivia question!

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Come with Me - The Clintons

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Monday, October 09, 2006

OTU #7 - 60th Anniversary Celebration!

Catholic ministry at the University of Tulsa (our home) is 60 years old and we're celebrating! In this episode, we talk about our ministry on campus and have some interviews made during our 60th Anniversary Party and Dance. Since it's a new month, we'll also have our monthly trivia contest drawing!

We hope you enjoy this episode. It's a little late getting posted but it was a very busy weekend! Welcome to all of our new listeners. Please send us feed back at ontheu [at] or by leaving us comments here. We really want to hear from you!

Many thanks to Bob Halligan, Jr. of Ceili Rain for permission to use their song, "God Done Good." Please check out their music at the following links:

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Friday, September 29, 2006

OTU #6 - Eucharistic Adoration? Huh?

Thanks for listening to On the U! We're having our first Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration this week, so in this episode, Stephen, Tanner, Aaron, Brian and Steve discuss what it is and why we should give it a try. If you're unfamiliar with Eucharistic Adoration (also known as Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament), listen to this week's episode. Hear what the students have to say from their own experiences. We'll also listen to "Flame" a song by Wahba from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network.

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Music featured in this episode from the Podsafe Music Network
Flame - wahba

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Friday, September 22, 2006

OTU #5 - The Freshmen Chime In

We've made it through the first month of school so we've brought in several freshmen to talk about how they've been surviving. We'll also listen to a cool song called "I'm Doing Fine" by Lorenzo's Music. We've also got a new trivia question for our monthly contest. Please send your suggestions, comments, and trivia answers to ontheu [at]

Many thanks to Greg and Jennifer from the Rosary Army Podcast for profiling "On the U" on their show! If you don't know about the Rosary Army, you should! Check out these links:

Music featured in this episode from the Podsafe Music Network:
I'm Doing Fine - Lorenzo's Music

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Friday, September 15, 2006

OTU #4 - Homecoming, Rage in Montreal, and Living a Godly Life

It's Homecoming! A special time on most college campuses. Join us as we listen to a great song by Marc Doiron called "Going Home." Later, we'll discuss the terrible rampage killing in Montreal. We'll also introduce a new segement called "A Question of Faith." Today, our students will discuss "How to Live a Godly Life."

If you have a "Question of Faith" that you'd like discussed, or a particular religious or theological question for our "Ask Padre" segment, please email them to us.

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Music featured in this show from the Podsafe Music Network:
Going Home - Marc Doiron

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Friday, September 08, 2006

OTU #3 - Labor Day, Facebook Changes, September 11th and a little "Nun Sense"

This episode has a little bit of the serious side as we discuss our remembrances of the September 11th attacks, and the fun side as Katherine is our special guest. She talks about her upcoming role in TU's production of "Nun Sense." We also talk about the controversial new changes to Facebook.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

OTU #2 - Football!

In episode #2 of On the U, we celebrate the start of college football with an old-fashioned tailgate party. Next we hear a little bit of the Newman Choir and introduce "Ask Padre", a new segment with our chaplain Fr. Stuart. Don't miss our latest trivia question too.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

OTU #1 - Freshman Advice, Music of Patrick Padley

Our first episode of On The U! Thanks for checking this out. We're very new to podcasting, so we've got a ways to go in polishing it up and adding all the regular bells and whistles. Email us your suggestions, or drop us a comment.

In this episode, Brian and Steve talk about the start of school, and give a little advice for new freshmen. We've also got an interview with Patrick Padley, a student/musician here at the University of Tulsa. Listen to some of his music, recorded live!

Check out Kristin's favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe by clicking here.

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