Sunday, December 14, 2008

OTU #101 - Firefighter, Films and Festivities

Join Elizabeth, Will, Joseph and Steve as they talk about final exams, Joseph's new job as a volunteer firefighter, and St. Florian (seen above) - the patron saint of firefighters. We also talk about our favorite (and not so favorite films), and our family Christmas traditions.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

OTU #100 - Great Googley Moogley!

Join us as we celebrate episode #100! We talk about how we got to 100 episodes, things we're thankful for (including giraffes!), StoryCorps and the National Day of Listening, and more!

Here are some links to stuff mentioned in this episode:
National Day of Listening
"Podcasting for Dummies" at

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

OTU #99 - The Pat and Louisa Show

In this episode, we present two special interviews.

First, Steve has a late night chat with co-host Pat Padley. They talk about filming football games, praise and worship nights, and movies.

Here are a couple of movie review links:
USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting
Yahoo! Movies

Later Louisa Pittman, the Accidental Archeologist, talks with Steve about her grad school adventure in England. Be sure and check out the Accidental Archeologist website and podcasts by clicking here.

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Join the SQPN community by visiting the forums at

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Monday, November 10, 2008

OTU #98 - Flag Football & Presidential Pooches

In this episode Aaron and Jordan join Steve to discuss voting in the presidential election, winning the campus' co-rec flag football championship, the hoopla involved with choosing the next White House dog, and anticipating Thanksgiving.

What are YOU thankful for? Let us know and be a part of our annual Thanksgiving tradition. Please call our feedback line at 918-919-0456 or by emailing us at ontheu [at]

The new SQPN forums are now online! Be a part of the growing SQPN community at

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

OTU #97 - Smorgasbord

Aaron and Whitney join Steve for a "smorgasbord" episode. We talk about a bunch of different things including the Tulsa Run, Route 66 Marathon, the impact of the economic turmoil on students, Halloween, Wii Music, Rock Band, and guitar playing.

Here are some related links:
Tulsa Run
Route 66 Marathon
Wii Music
Rock Band

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Friday, October 17, 2008

OTU #96 - Haec Est Domus Domini

In this episode, Mike Malcom of Tulsa's Holy Family Cathedral takes Steve on a behind-the-scenes tour of the cathedral and the on-going renovations.

Learn more about Holy Family Cathedral by visiting their website or by viewing this video.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

OTU #95 - Monarchs and Fountains

In this episode, Elizabeth and Steve stroll the University of Tulsa campus discussing monarch butterflies, new fountains on campus, the ongoing financial turmoil, football, and Elizabeth's plan to study abroad in Barcelona.

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Friday, October 03, 2008

OTU #94 - 40 Days For Life

Will, Whitney and Steve catch up on a lot of current topics, including:

Homecoming & Street Painting
40 Days for Life Program to end abortion
The New Facebook
More Seminarians at the Pontifical North American College
Campus Security

Looking for a downloadable .mp3 version of "Cookie Girl"? Look for a link at

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Monday, September 29, 2008

OTU #93 - Christ in the Desert

In this episode, Steve continues his soundseeing tour from his recent vacation in New Mexico.

Part 1 was recorded 750 feet below the surface in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. A fantastic place to visit, especially for a geologist like Steve! Explore photos of his visit by following this link: photos.

Part 2 reports on Steve's stay at the Christ in the Desert Monastery, near Abiquiu, New Mexico. This is a wonderful place for retreat, located at the bottom of a canyon 15 miles off the nearest highway. See photos at this link: photos.

For more information about either of these places, see these links:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Christ in the Desert Monastery

Music in this episode was "Happy Memories" from Embodiment by Patrick Padley. For more information about this album, click here.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

OTU #92 - Cookie Girl

We're celebrating our 2nd Anniversary as a podcast with the world premiere of Whitney's song, "Cookie Girl."

Join Whitney, Will and Steve as they discuss the beginning of another year in college. They discuss the growing problem of bed bugs in college residence halls and apartments.

Whitney and Will also give their advice to students on the problem of freshman drinking.

For more information on these topics, have a look at these links:
Bed Bugs at College
Dumpster Diving - explanation
Underage Drinking

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Friday, August 22, 2008

OTU #91 - Wildlife, Texas Tech and Hometowns

In this episode, Steve begins his roadtrip retreat/sabbatical. Join him as he tours the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Lawton, OK; visits Texas Tech University in Lubbock; and visits his birthplace and old hometown of Hobbs, New Mexico.

If you'd like to see more photos of this part of his roadtrip, check out his Picasa photo album:


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Saturday, August 16, 2008

OTU #90 - Lighthouses, Olympics and Sabbaticals

Pat is in town this weekends and drops by for Episode #90. Listen to his soundseeing excursion to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina.

Steve and Pat also share what it's like being an Olympic-aholic. How are you handling all the excitement?

In our Feedback section, Paul from New York asks us about starting a student organization on his campus.

OntheU is going on the road once again! In our next few episodes, join Steve as he takes a sabbatical/walkout in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Stay tuned as we head toward episode number 100!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

OTU #89 - Back to School Jitters and Gettin' Hitched

Will and Lee join Steve in the studio to discuss back to school jitters. Will will be a sophomore this year and he shares his thoughts on what it's like returning to school after the long summer break.

Lee has reached the age when many of his friends are starting to get married. The group shares thoughts about post college life.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

OTU #88 - On the Road: St. James Academy, Lenexa Kansas

Elizabeth, Pat and Steve catch up after a short break in podcasting!

Our friend Nick Padley gives Steve a soundseeing tour of St. James Academy, a new diocesan high school in Lenexa, KS, just outside of Kansas City. This is a marvelous school known not only for its Catholicity, but also its innovative use of art, Scripture, and new technology.

Thanks for listening! If you have any comments or suggestions for us, or if you'd like to tell us what is going on in your campus community, parish, or life, please drop us a line at ontheu [at] or leave us some feedback at 918-919-0456.

Be sure and check out the other great Catholic podcasts at

Look for the OntheU group on Facebook, or join Steve in the communities at or

Links mentioned in this episode:

St. James Academy
Catholic Moments Podcast
Secrets of Battlestar Galactica Podcast

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Friday, June 27, 2008

OTU #87 - On the Road: Atlanta

In this episode, Pat and Steve recap their experiences at the Atlanta Eucharistic Congress and the SQPN Catholic New Media Celebration.

Pat, Steve and Pat's brother Nick, do some soundseeing around downtown Atlanta, visiting the CNN Center, Olympic Centennial Park and the World of Coca Cola. Later, the gang hangs out in the Exhibitor's Hall during the Eucharistic Congress.

We had a great time meeting so many fabulous podcasters, bloggers, authors, and listeners. Be sure to check out the other great SQPN podcasts.

Check out these organizations mentioned:
Rosary Army
Southern Catholic College
Catholic Mom

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

OTU #86 - Sailing Away

In this episode, Elizabeth and Steve discuss Zac Sunderland's around-the-world sailing adventure. Zac is a 16 yr-old young man from California that is trying to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world.

He's just setting out, so you can follow his progress by visiting his website at

Next, Elizabeth tells us about summer internships and how it is helping her decide not only her major but her future career ideas.

Are you a new college freshman, or the parent of a student going away to college for the first time? You might want to check out the following new book, "Catholic and College Bound: 5 Challenges and 5 Opportunties," by George Szews. It's got some great tips on what to expect the first semester or two in college. Shop for it through the SQPN store by following this link.

Look for Pat and Steve at the Catholic New Medial Celebration in Atlanta on June 22nd! For more information, go to

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

OTU #85 - Graduating: Facing the Future

In this episode, Steve and Pat talk about Pat's first month as a college graduate. They discuss moving home, finding work and finding a new place in the Church community.

Steve and Pat are also attending the upcoming Atlanta Eucharistic Congress and the Catholic New Media Celebration. Time is getting short! For more information, check out We hope to see you there!

In a "Good Student" segment, Pat has been researching ways to conserve gasoline when driving your car. They talk about using the A/C, carpooling, condensing trips and more. Check out Dr. Roadmap on MonkeySee for more gas saving advice.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

OTU #84 - Lightning Bugs in the Park

In this episode, we're back from Poland! Steve catches up on all the news while going for a walk in a local park.

In feedback this week, Pat and Elizabeth call in from their trip to Galveston Island, and we get prank called by Greg and Jennifer at Rosary Army!

Have you checked out the upcoming Catholic New Media Celebration? Are you going to Atlanta? All the information you need is at

Check out this episode for the OntheU Photo Scavenger Hunt. If it sounds interesting, send us feedback at or at You can also call us at 918-919-0456.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

OTU #83 - On the Road in Poland: Czestochowa

In our second episode from Poland, Jordan and Steve discuss their visit to Neapokalanov, home of the Franciscan monastery founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe. They also report on their wonderful visit to the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, home of the "black madonna", Our Lady of Czestochowa.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

OTU #82 - On the Road in Poland: Warsaw

In this episode we're visiting Poland! We record a bit of our stroll through the square outside the royal palace, discussing the sites we've visited so far. We also stop for a few minutes of soundseeing in the Holy Cross Church where the heart of Frederick Chopin is interred.
Thanks for listening to this special episode of OntheU. We'll be back soon with more of our trip to Poland, a wonderful country with a fascinating history.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Short Hiatus...

Hi! Thanks for checking out the OntheU website! The school year has ended at the University of Tulsa and the Newman Center crew is going on vacation. We'll be traveling in Europe for a couple of weeks.

We'll try to post an episode or two while we're gone, but if not, our short hiatus will only last until the last week of May. We apologize for the gap in our episodes, but hopefully we'll bring back some really good stuff for our next few shows.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

OTU #81 - Ringing the Bell; Good/Bad of Credit Cards

It's the end of the school year and Pat is graduating! Listen in as Pat participates in the University of Tulsa tradition of ringing the Kendall Hall Bell after his last final exam.

In part 2 of our "Financing Your Future" series, Dr. Richard Burgess is back to discuss the good and bad of credit cards. This is great information for students and young adults.

Note: We'll be taking a short hiatus in our podcasting. Steve and other students will be traveling in Poland for the next 2 weeks. He hopes to post some "soundseeing" episodes if possible.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

OTU #80 - Filling Your Piggy Bank

In this episode, we offer the first in a short series of a new segment called "Financing Your Future." Dr. Richard Burgess, professor of finance at the University of Tulsa, joins us to discuss financial issues facing college students and young adults. Today we discuss the importance of starting your retirement savings early in life.

Be sure to catch our next episode when Dr. Burgess teaches us about the benefits and perils of credit cards!

In our "Question of Faith" segment, Pat, Elizabeth, Aaron, Will and Steve discuss the impact Pope Benedict's visit to the United States might have on seminarians and those considering the priesthood.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

OTU #79 - Using Exam Files; Saintly News; Keeping in Touch

As the end of the semester approaches, Will, Pat, Elizabeth and Steve talk about taking taking exams and using test files. We all know that part of the art of taking exams is knowing how your professor creates his tests. Many students consult files of previous exams for suggestions on how to study.

We also talk about some important saint news this week. The body of St. Padre Pio was recently exhumed and is now on display in Italy. It was also announced that the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman has been approved by the Vatican. Catholic Newman Centers on college and university campuses are named for Cardinal Newman.

We also give advice on how to stay in touch over the summer break and how our summer plans are shaping up.

Here's a cool video about the upcoming Catholic New Media Celebration, June 22nd in Atlanta!

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Friday, April 18, 2008

OTU #78 - Documenting Your College Life

As we get ready to wrap up this school year, Elizabeth, Pat, Aaron, Will and Steve talk about how the students are documenting their college lives. Photos, videos, journals, scrapbooks, and more!

Have you heard about SQPN's upcoming Catholic New Media Celebration? If you're near Atlanta, or can get there on June 21-22, you should join us! Saturday, June 21st will be the annual Atlanta Eucharistic Congress. On Sunday, June 22nd, SQPN will be hosting the first Catholic New Media Celebration - a fun time to meet other Catholic podcasters, learn about making your own podcast, or just have a good time. Head on over to for more information!

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Weaving by Heavy Mellow

April 19, 2008 marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Learn more about this terrible tragedy and the impact of terrorism on our society by visiting the website of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

OTU #77 - The Bible is #1!

In this episode, Katherine, Pat and Steve discuss a recent Harris Poll survey on America's favorite books. According to those surveyed, the Bible is still #1! Other top choices include "Lord of the Rings", "Gone with the Wind," and Stephen King's "The Stand." What are your top choices?

Here's a link to the Yahoo! article about this poll.

With spring in the air, the students return to outdoor sports. Listen to a "soundseeing" excursion to an intramural softball game. Enjoy this little taste of campus life!

Finally, our friend Anthony, a recent graduate of the University of Tulsa, dropped by for a visit. In this interview he tells us about being a member of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a two-year service program offering college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools across the southern United States. Learn more about the ACE program at this link.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

OTU #76 - Are You a Missionary?

In this episode, Pat, Aaron and Steve discuss missionaries - what are they? Can you be one without leaving home? Have you been one and didn't know it?

We follow up this discussion with an interview with two of the long term volunteers at the Mission of San Lucas in Guatemala. Jenny and Nate tell us about their work, experiences and how it's changed them in a short time.

Check out these links!
Mission of San Lucas
College Basketball Invitational Tournament

Music in this episode from
Dusty Porch by John Williams

Happy 40th Birthday, Fr. Roderick! (April 5th)

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

OTU #75 - Holy Week in Guatemala; Celebrating #75

We're back safe and sound from Guatemala. We had a wonderful time working in the Mission of San Lucas in San Lucas Toliman and sharing in all the wonderful Holy Week activities. In this episode, we just scratch the surface with a little soundseeing of our time there.

We're also celebrating our 75th episode! Thanks you to all of our loyal listeners for supporting us for the last year and a half. We really appreciate it!

Congratulations to our contest winner, Dulce! Here's a photo of the cool wood carving that we brought back as a prize for those leaving us feedback. You guys are great!

In our "Question of Faith" segment, we tell each other what we love most about being Catholic.

What do you love most? Send us some feedback and we'll be sure to include it in one of our upcoming episodes.

Happy Easter to all and thanks for listening. Email us at ontheu [at], leave a comment here or at or call us at 918-919-0456.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Last Call!

As we approach episode #75 of OntheU, we'd love to have some audio feedback from some of our loyal listeners! Let us know what you think of our little podcast.

I brought back something really cool from our Holy Week trip to Guatemala. A wooden carving/puzzle of two toucans. This was made in the town of Santiago Atitlan, on the shores of Lake Atitlan. It's sure to be a fun conversation piece!

Everyone who leaves us a message on our feedback line (+1-918-919-0456) will be entered into a contest to receive this cool gift. You have until noon (US Central Daylight Time) on March 27, 2008 to enter. We'd love to hear from you.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

OTU #74 - Spring Break Fever!

Spring Break is upon us and the students are going crazy! In this episode we discuss just how little work gets done in days just before leaving campus.

Since many people will be traveling this spring and summer, we discuss a very helpful website. Check out to find the Mass times for the nearest parish. Don't forget that

Did you hear the news about the "New Seven Deadly Sins"? Not so fast! Have a listen to what Bishop Girotti actually said.

Here's a article that helps to clarify things.

Not sure what happens during Holy Week? The gang gives a brief bit of encouragement to attend the fabulous liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday. Check it out!
Lastly, we have a "soundseeing" report from the annual Work Day at the Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastery, here in eastern Oklahoma. Our group of students and young adults worked on fencing a new sheep pasture for the monastery. Have a listen!

You still have time to give us feedback for our 75th episode. Leave us feedback at 918-919-0456 and be entered into a drawing for something nice from Guatemala! You won't be disappointed!

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Friday, March 07, 2008

OTU #73 - The Nap Trap

In this episode the guys discuss "The Nap Trap" - the perils of sleep deprivation for college students, whether taking a nap is a good thing or not, and how to improve your sleep habits. Just in time for midterms!

Learn more about college sleep habits at the University of Michigan Health Service website at:

Later, Paul St. Romain and Aaron Guernsey bring their guitars to the studio for the world podcast premiere of their song called "The Catholic Blues," slightly irreverent but really fun!

Welcome to all of our new listeners! Thanks for giving us a listen. We'd love to have your feedback, ideas for discussion, questions of faith, and funny stories about college life.

If you leave us audio feedback on our feedback line at 918-919-0456, we'll enter you in our 75th episode drawing!

Music in this episode from
Axis from the album "Blackbird" by Justin Bianco
Oh My God from the album "Acoustic Abstracts" by Heavy Mellow

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

OTU #72 - Leap of Faith February: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

We wrap up Leap of Faith February this week with an interview with Kristin Littrell of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.

Located in Kansas City, this organization seeks to implement in practical ways, the Church's teaching on social justice. With a mission to walk with the poor and marginalized throughout the world, CFCA's worldwide community now includes more than 310,000 sponsored children, youth and aging friends in 25 countries.

CFCA also has a new youth movement, called "Walk with the Poor," dedicated to helping students in developing countries finish their education with the help and support of students and young adults in the U.S. Their website contains a wealth of information and profiles of actual students being assisted by this movement. Be sure and check out the link below.

Visit CFCA's websites and learn more about their important work for those in need!

The gang also talks about current campus activities, such as the campus-wide Service Day, sponsored by the TU Student Association, and Newman's upcoming "polar bear" plunge.

OntheU's 75th episode is almost here! It should come during Easter Week. In celebration, we're going to have a special contest for our listeners. Any listener who leaves audio feedback for us between now and Easter will be entered in a drawing for a special gift from Guatemala. We will be visiting there during Holy Week and the Mayan people are known for their wood carvings, painting style, and weavings. We'll be bringing back some things that we know you will like, so be sure to send us an .mp3 message or call our feedback line at 918-919-0456 to be entered into this drawing.

Music in this episode from
The Depths of a Year by Ehren Starks

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

OTU #71 - Leap of Faith February: Catholic Charities

Leap of Faith February continues with Part 3 of this month's theme of sharing with our listeners information about individuals and organizations that are serving the needs of the poor.

In this episode, Lisa Hendey of the Catholic Moments Podcast and speaks with Steve about her support of Catholic Charities. Most dioceses in the US have a Catholic Charities organization that works for the individual needs of the people in their diocese. Lisa and Steve share a little bit about the organizations in Tulsa and Fresno. Catholic Charities is great way to get involved in your local community. To learn more, check out the following links:

Catholic Charities - Fresno, CA
Catholic Charities - Tulsa, OK
Catholic Charities USA

You are highly encouraged to check out Lisa's website and podcast at: (also at

The students here at the University of Tulsa were saddened to learn about the death of a freshman student last weekend, from an apparent drug overdose. We plan to dedicate an episode to this issue in the future, but the students do discuss their immediate reactions and how the campus is dealing with it.

On a lighter note, we wrap up this episode with a lively discussion of how to choose movies to watch, especially among a group of students. How do you choose movies when there are diverse tastes? Action movies? Chick-flicks? Rom-Coms?

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Friday, February 15, 2008

OTU #70 - Leap of Faith February: LaSallian Volunteers and Tulsa's Day Center for the Homeless

Leap of Faith February: 2nd in a series!

This week, we're talking about an upcoming trip to serve dinner at Tulsa's Day Center for the Homeless. The Tulsa Day Center exists to offer people a safe haven, resources for self-sufficiency and opportunities to acquire new skills. People who are able to meet their immediate and urgent needs can then collect their inner resources and make positive life changes for themselves and their children. You can learn more about this important organization by going to

Zac Ufnar, a LaSallian Volunteer at Tulsa's San Miguel School, drops by to talk about the struggles and rewards of being a first year volunteer teacher at a school for "at risk" middle school students. He speaks honestly about their efforts to build a supportive community around their academic environment. Learn more about the LaSallian Volunteers work in faith, service and community at

Is there an organization that you're passionate about? One that serves the poor or educates others about the needs of the poor? Let us know! We're looking for more organizations to highlight during our "Leap of Faith February" episodes.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

OTU #69 - Leap of Faith February: Preparing for Mission Trips

It's "Leap of Faith February" at OntheU! We're dedicating each of this month's episodes to information about ways people and organizations are educating themselves and trying to address the needs of the world's poor.

In this episode, we have a Skype interview with Erin O'Neill, a student at Notre Dame University, who recently spent a month in Senegal. She gives her advice on preparing for mission work and making those experiences a part of your life.

Here's the text of a prayer by +Archbishop Oscar Romero that Erin mentioned:

"Prophets of a Future Not Our Own"
It helps, now and then, to step backand take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

OTU #68 - Student Musicians; Being a Good Example for Younger Siblings

We had a full studio during this episode! The latest snow storm didn't keep the gang aways.

Aaron drops by with this guitar and tells us about his crazy interest in learning all there is to know about blues guitar. He plays a few riffs for us too!

In our "Question of Faith" segment, Steve, Pat, Elizabeth, Aaron and Joseph discuss how to be good role models for younger siblings. An interesting discussion about realizing the importance of helping to teach youngsters to be good people and people of faith.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

OTU #67 - Study Abroad Experiences; Our Personal Journeys of Faith

In this episode, Kathleen joins Pat, Elizabeth and Steve in a discuss Kathleen's recent semester abroad, studying in Ireland. It's an interesting discussion about deciding to go, planning for it, adjusting to a new culture and advice for those who may be considering it.

In our Question of Faith segment we talk about a hot topic here at the Newman Center: understanding and appreciating each other's own personal journeys of faith. We all have different experiences and are in our own unique place in our faith journey. How do we approach prayer and growth in ways that work best for ourself and how to encourage others in their own journeys.

Music in this episode:

Wild Wood by Shira Kammen on
"Family Time" from Embodiment by Patrick Padley

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

OTU #66 - Gearing Up for Spring

In this episode we talk about our expectations for the spring semester. We'll be traveling abroad in the next few months, so we preview our upcoming trips to Guatemala and Poland.

In our Good Student segment we discuss the "art of the syllabi" - how to understand and manage the course syllabus provided by your instructor. A strategy for success!

Lent is only 2 1/2 weeks away! Our Good Student segment begins our discussion of Lent and how we wish to observe it. We present some initial ideas for anyone to consider. Do you have ideas for your observance of Lent? Send us some feedback!

Another important event rapidly heading our way is Valentine's Day! Elizabeth gives her advice to the guys for a meaningful and thoughtful time.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

OTU #65 - Back in the Saddle

In this episode, we're "back in the saddle" as the spring semester begins. As Pat begins his final semester as an undergraduate, we briefly discuss resumes, interviews, job hunting and all the other busyness of his final semester.

In our Good Student segment, we discuss using the Web to buy textbooks. Are you getting ready to buy books? Check out what has to offer through the SQPN store at Your prices don't change but SQPN gets a portion of the profits!

Bryan Ketterer, a seminarian for our diocese and a graduate of the University of Tulsa, dropped by to tell us how his first semester of seminary was. Have a listen and pass this along to anyone you know who might be considering a religious vocation!

Our Good News segment is about the Mayor of Oklahoma City's plan to get his city off the list of America's Fattest Cities. He has challenged his citizens to lose 1 million pounds in 2008. Check out their progress at

We are really blown away by all the new listeners to OntheU! We are very pleased that you are giving us a listen. We would also be blown away if you sent us some feedback. Leave a message on our blog at, email us or call our feedback number.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

OTU #64 - Catholic New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!

We're happy to be back with our first episode of 2008! In this episode, Fr. Gary Kastl and Steve talk about New Year's Resolutions and what we should "resolve" to do to improve our own journeys to God.

During this episode we mentioned a prayerbook titled "Ubi Caritas", A Collection of Catholic Prayers for University Students. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, please email us for more information.

WELCOME to all of our new listeners, especially those who have found us through SQPN. We couldn't be prouder to be listed in the company of so many other great Catholic podcasts.

We hope you enjoy our podcast and will become a part of the growing OntheU community. We'd love to have your comments, suggestions and ideas. Feel free to email or call us on our feedback line.

Music in this episode from
Dusty Porch by John Williams

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