Senior Peyton Manning finds perfect fit in CIS and management majors

Peyton Manning, one of many University of Tulsa students who will enter their senior year in the fall, looks forward to her bright future. Manning is a double major in computer information systems (CIS) and management, with a focus in human resources.

When asked why she chose both majors, she says, “I like that CIS combines technical skills and people skills.” She also appreciates how the professors are hands-on and help students understand the concepts they teach. As for her interest in HR, Manning explains, “I want to be in a place where I can help people.” She also likes the prospect of recruitment as well as engaging in employee management.

Her favorite part of each program is that she gets to use both sides of her brain. She said, “Both are constantly challenging and require problem solving, and that’s what makes it fun. I wouldn’t want to do the same things every day.”

Manning is quick to acknowledge that the resources available within the Collins College of Business factored heavily into her decision to attend TU. She also liked that she could balance academics with involvement in choir — and that she could receive scholarship support for it. She also loves that the Newman Catholic Center is on campus. Manning enjoys the smaller campus and says, “You see some of the same faces every day and that familiarity creates a sense of community.”

Manning says she’s learned a lot from CIS Professors Sal Aurigemma and Lori Leonard, who both helped with her transition to CIS. She’s also grateful for energy management Professor Tom Seng, who helped familiarize her with the many internship opportunities available. Manning also notes that Spanish Professor Marta Chamorro is “the best professor I’ve ever had.”

Manning stays involved in numerous activities on campus. She’s in Greek Life and choir, teaches PiYo at the campus fitness center and serves as both a University Ambassador and Orientation Leader. All adds to the excitement she’s anticipating about her senior year. She’s especially excited to be an Orientation Leader again because she says it starts her year off on a really good note.

This past spring, she had the opportunity to intern with Stinnett & Associates, which she says offered great real-world experience; and this summer she secured an IT internship with Phillips 66.

Manning’s advice for future TU business students? “Don’t be afraid to ask questions and go see the professors. They’re so approachable, and here to help you,” she said. “That’s one reason why TU is so great — the faculty is invested in student success.”