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OC alumnae shares about transition from campus

Oklahoma Christian University alumnae, Tori Jones, used to walk the campus of Oklahoma Christian, just like every other student. Now, Jones is running communications for one of the largest boards in Oklahoma.

Jones graduated in December 2015 with a degree in public relations and advertising. The Guthrie, OK-native transferred to Oklahoma Christian University during her junior year after receiving her associates degree in journalism from Rose State College.

“I always had my eye on OC when I first graduated from high school, so when I was deciding to transfer I was stuck between UCO and OC,” Jones said. “After touring both, I just had a good feeling about OC. I’d always wanted to go there and I’m glad I did.”

Jones was recently hired by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) as a communications coordinator and website administrator. Jones said she does a mixture of work in the areas of public relations, marketing and advertising.

“I wear a lot of different hats here,” Jones said. “The mix of things I am able to do here is what I really enjoy. This type of work is what really got me into public relations to begin with because you do a little bit of everything.”

Jones’ responsibilities include running OERB’s social media platforms, designing and writing for the quarterly newspaper subscribers, creating graphic design advertisements for marketing materials, photographing events, working in media relations through press releases and pitching stories to news sources.

Before working at OERB, Jones worked on the marketing team at Citizens Bank in Edmond, OK, where she started shortly after her graduation.

According to Jones, her time at Oklahoma Christian played a key role in who she is now. Jones said professors at Oklahoma Christian continue to keep up with her even after graduation.

“Being at a small university like OC, it really helped shaped me into what I’m doing today,” Jones said. “My professors knew a lot about me personally during my time on campus and I’ve kept in contact with professors. You’re not just a number at OC, you are a person.”

While in school at Oklahoma Christian, Jones was the online editor for the Talon and helped with the transition from a print newspaper to a daily digital news-source. Jones said she originally proposed adding social media and more digital content to increase readership.

“I wasn’t a very traditional college student,” Jones said. “I carried full-time hours at school, worked as an editor for the Talon, was a manager at a country club and had an internship all at the same time.”

Jones said Oklahoma Christian helped her decide which internships would best fit her and led her in the direction she wanted to go in.

“I feel like a lot of the opportunities I have now I would not have had if I had not gone to Oklahoma Christian,” Jones said. “I’m grateful for the experience I had there.”

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