Sunday, December 13, 2009

KJW a Superhero :)

Kathryn Jensen-White is a favorite professor to many students, but most don't know that she not only a professor but also a contributing writer to many magazines, and an author.

KJW, as most call her, is exactly who I want to be and she has the job that I would love to have. The only one thing I would like that she doesn't is football. KJW not only gets to teach students about magazines, but she also is the faculty advisor for the Magazine Interest Group that is in Gaylord Journalism of Mass Communication.

KJW also has changed Gaylord's curriculum to encompass students with a chance to be able to receive a degree in Journalism with a specialty in Magazine Industry and Production.

KJW is from California but moved to Oklahoma where she went to school and ended up writing her book. From there she was the only Journalism professor at Oklahoma Baptist University where she taught all Journalism classes from Advertising to Public Relations to Professional Writing.

KJW has also traveled many places which is why she is so well cultured which many can tell through her teaching. She is passionate about diversity and equality and challenges her students so be the same by using objectivity in their writing.

Though the magazine industry is slowly declining and is making its way to electronic magazines known as e-zines, wrote a website with all of the info on the magazine world. KJW still thinks it is a great industry for students to want to work in and she believes that they should have experience writing for the different niches of magazines.

Mr. Magazine, or Samir Husni one of KJW favorite blogger to visit, says that magazines will never completely leave he world as hard covers. He says that people like to read and hold a tangible hard copy of magazines therefore though magazines are transferring to e-zines, as he calls it, there will always be hard copies as well.

Kim Jones, a student of KJW and member of MIG, said that KJW is a great professor and that she really focuses on diversity and the value of representing different cultures through magazines not only in the USA but in the whole world.

In doing this assignment I have learned that a truly remarkable professor is one that has been there done that, and until they have they will not make a difference in a students life. KJW teaches her students not only the right way of Journalism but also teaches them that it is fun. She is an incredible person, and I want her job.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Selah Heirsch is a college youth pastor with an extraordinary life. She has grown up in the church has an amazing husband, but most of all she has a passion for helping young girls in need. Working for the non-profit organization, Hurting People, Selah has helped numerous girls and opened a young girls house for those in need.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Tom Friedman will be speaking to OU students on Monday December 7, 2009.

Friedman, and New York Times best seller is receiving the Gaylord Prize from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

He has written several books on globalization and world affairs. Second to The World is Flat, Friedman wrote bestseller Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America.

Friedman will be speaking at the Fred Jones Museum of Art at 4:30 p.m. This discussion id free to all OU students.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mocha, Latte, or Americanna?

Many OU art students attended the Mocha Club meeting last Friday night to hear live acoustic music and hold a bake sale at the Loft located on Campus Corner.

The Mocha Club was a non-profit with the mission of helping to build infrastructure and providing basic necessities for people in Africa. They encourage people to give up two mocha's a month and give $7 to the mocha club to help build schools and provide education and water.

The hip new band called Lauren Band preformed on Friday night. Many art students love Lauren's band because she plays mellow tunes acoustically with the help of bongo drums.

"She is an amazing singer, and every song she played she transformed it to give the song a new feel," Senior Carmany Phillips said. "They would take a pop song and make it a slow song. They did great."

The Mocha Club also held a bake sale with tons of goodies for the art, music, and givers to buy which would help fund their cause.

"I liked how the Mocha Club used art and music to make people interested in their cause,"music lover and OU sophomore Bailie Gregory said. "It also set a really chill mood."

The Mocha Club was founded a little over five years ago, and holds meetings in almost every town to try to make a difference not just in the community, but the nation.

"I think it's awesome how their cause puts everything into perspective," Gregory said. "I can buy a mocha or I can give an impoverished child clean water for a month. It's crazy how privileged we are in America and how much we take for granted when there is so much need in other parts of the world."

For more information on a Mocha Club in your area, please contact or

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's All In Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Flea market is an event where vintage clothes, jewelry, and artwork are sold. the University of Oklahoma's Magazine Interest group went this past Saturday to shop, visit, and experience a new world of vintage, endlessly aging art.

MIG went to New York to meet with the editors of People, Glamour, New York Times Magazine, and parenting magazines in New York for a chance at understanding the jobs of the various types of editorial positions. Their free day finally came on Saturday where a handful of the went with professor Katheryn Jenson-White to walk across the Brooklyn bridge and go to the flea market.

"I like that it's different from the Oklahoma City flea market because it's like a garage sale and in New York it's like a vintage shop instead," Journalism sophomore Chinh Doan said.

Th flea market had a variety of 1930-1980 artwork, clothes and jewelry all reasonably priced, and affordable to the average college student. The artwork there was very different than the artwork in Norman, Okla. because of the fact that it is a different culture and lifestyle.

"Where do I begin to talk about the wonder of art and cloture in New York," Magazine Interest Group advisor and professor of Journalism said. "Oklahoma has amazing museums, but in New York its museums are at a multiple of ten. Then when you add film, theater and architecture its such an amazing rush for the eyes and the mind that it can be overwhelming in the best way."

The flea market also had furniture and old vinyl records. But sophomore Austin Anderson was looking at a different form of art: fashion.

"Like any form of art, fashion as a form of art starts as an idea and it's a visual expression of how they feel," Public Relations student Anderson said.

Anderson and his mother have their own fashion blog that has attracted the attention to many of the famous stylists in the US such as Tim Gunn from Project Runway. Although Anderson only bought records, the flea market as a whole was interesting he said.

"I like to stand out, and everyone in Norman wears the same thing," Anderson said. "I can where stuff I always wear in New York and fit in whereas in Norman I couldn't."

Though there are many forms of art, many vintage paintings were sold at the Brooklyn flea market, and the students from OU saw them in many different ways.

"New York gives you more ways to interpret your views of art," Doan said.

The Brooklyn Flea market is held every Saturday on Lafayette Street and opens at 10 a.m. For more information please contact the City of Brooklyn.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Italian Art Extravaganza :)

The Oklahoma Museum of Art could learn a hing or two from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK.

Although many might not know it, the OKC Museum of art does not have many Italian Renissance Art pieces, but the Philbrook Museum caters to mostly Italian Medieval and Renassace period pieces.

The Philbrook museum is so interested in Italian art that it was designed to look like a 1920s Italian style villa and sits upon many very beautiful gardens.

"Opened in 1938 as Tulsa's first art museum, the building itself is the former home of oil magnate Waite Phillips and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places," states the We site.

The museum also houses 8,500 art pieces that consist of Italian art, Native American and Asian art, and various sculpture.

The Philbrook is opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and on Thursdays stays open until 8 p.m. The price is $7.50 for general admission and $5.50 for seniors, students, or groups of ten or more.

From more information on the Philbrook please contact 918.749.7941.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Oklahoma City Museum of Art is hosting London, UK's Dutch Italianates exhibition from October 8, 2009 to January 3, 2010.

The exhibit covers the masterpieces of the 17th century Dutch Renaissance in thirty-nine different art pieces.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art's website states, "It presents Dutch artists who chose to capture views of the Italian landscape of the seventeenth century as seen through their own eyes or imaginations. "

The company which is bringing the Dutch Italianates to OKC is known as the International Arts and Artists which is dedicated to "increasing cross-cultural understanding and exposure to the arts internationally. "

"Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, UK seeks to encourage the enjoyment of the visual arts in as original and accessible a way as possible, while preserving and interpreting its unique heritage as a world-class gallery. Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded in 1811 through the bequest of Sir Peter Francis Bourgeois R.A., painter, collector and art dealer," the Oklahoma City Museum of Art website states.

Form more information on the Dutch Italianates visit To purchase tickets of e exhibit please visit