The community program is our way of giving back and engaging OU’s population as well as the region. We aim to find a method to cater to all gamers regardless of their diverse interests. From MOBAs (Massively Online Battle Arena) and FPS (First Person Shooter), to fighting games and cards, every game is just as unique as its player-base. We also look at opportunities to develop programming regionally by fostering events with the public or with students K-12.

THE AMBASSADOR ROLE

One of the hardest tasks for any “gaming community” is to define its focus. Gamers are diverse! Not only are there many different genres of games, but there are differences in the hardware players use. Console and PC players often don’t mingle, same goes for Xbox and PS4 players.

This is where the Ambassador roles come in. It is considered a middle-tier leadership role for students who show high levels of interest in a specific title, platform, or event planning. We take the collective resources gained from networking, marketing, fundraising, and reputation as the OU Esports Club and give it to our Ambassadors so they may fixate programming for the communities on campus and in the area.

With this role, we can easily scale specific programming for communities up and down based on student interest and active community. Some example of programming that we do are weeklies for Smash, bi-weeklies for League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League, and tournaments with prize pools, incentives, and more.

EXTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES & OUTREACH

One of our missions is to showcase what the topic of gaming and esports fully entails. We can do this through philanthropy, K-12 outreach and programming, recruitment events, and general collaboration with energies outside of our organization and The University of Oklahoma.

With these goals in mind, we are actively developing partnerships in our backyard. From public libraries, local parks, and rec, to local tournament organizers in specific communities, we are exploring everything to bolster our programming, community, state, and region. This will establish a channel to educate both gamers and parents alike about the broad opportunities that are within esports and gaming. We will be showcasing our external events with article reviews and additional repetitive events on our calendar of programming.

OUR TEAM

Kara Brightwell

Community Outreach Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION: The club community outreach coordinator is an important role for engaging with the local community outside of the university campus.

The community outreach coordinator will encourage a growth mindset for all members of the organization by promoting a culture of patience and understanding, embodying one of the most basic tenets of the organization to “debate not degrade”. The community outreach coordinator must be comfortable building bridges between community organizations and businesses in order to fund and facilitate the program’s growth into K-12 education and beyond.

BIO: Kara gained her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Spanish here at the University of Oklahoma (2019). She is now pursuing her Masters degree in International Studies with a focus in laws and institutions. She also works as a graduate assistant for the Center for Brazilian Studies and is a teaching assistant. She first discovered gaming by playing on the GameCube with her older brother, but her passion was really ignited when she got to college. Her dorm floor organized Overwatch groups and she discovered the fun of playing games in large groups. She now enjoys playing more relaxing single player games such as Animal Crossing, but still loves to watch the Overwatch League every weekend.

KARA BRIGHTWELL
Community Outreach Coordinator

Masters of International Studies
Class of 2021

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Community Outreach Coordinator is an important role for engaging with the local community outside of the university campus. It’s a role that encourages a growth mindset for all members of the organization by promoting a culture of patience and understanding, embodying one of the most basic tenets of the organization to “debate not degrade”. The community outreach coordinator must be comfortable building bridges between community organizations and businesses in order to fund and facilitate the program’s growth into K-12 education and beyond.

Do you want to help our cause and support our programs? We will soon have a direct way for you to do so with tax incentives to boot! Stay tuned for a Q1’2019 reveal of our very own OU Foundation account for direct contributions.

Callie Simonton

Community Director (INTERNAL)

BIO: Callie is a fourth-year student at the University of Oklahoma who is on the path to major in Film and Media Studies. Hand in hand with her dreams of becoming a filmmaker, she hopes to create popular entertainment on media platforms such as Youtube and Twitch in the future. Callie has been gaming since she was a young girl and grew up playing a variety of games on the Nintendo 64, GameCube, DS, and Xbox. Since becoming a PC gamer she has played MMOs such as World of Warcraft and League of Legends for many years and recently reached top 500 in competitive Overwatch. Callie is most passionate about the social outlets that can be built around gaming. From split screening multiplayer games to making friends with individuals around the world online, she believes building communities
and making friends are some of the most important aspects of gaming.

CALLIE SIMONTON
Community Director (INTERNAL)

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Community Director is the heartbeat of the organization. This role’s primary focus is to keep the org-wide community engaged by making sure each sub-community is catered to. They work hand in hand with Ambassadors, who hold expertise in their game, to create programming that caters to all endorsed sub-communities of the Org. This role is the key to the extremely ambitious goal of housing all gamer’s, both casual and competitive, under one roof.

Noah Hassoun

Assistant Community Director (INTERNAL)

BIO: Noah "Syrain" Hassoun is a Junior studying Petroleum Engineering here at OU. Noah grew up being very adamant about helping out around his community and volunteered as much as he could in order to grow a bigger sense of community. He hopes to increase this with his role here in order to make to community at OU feel extremely lighthearted and friendly. Noah began playing video games at the age of five on the Nintendo 64 playing Super Mario 64. Nowadays Noah plays a multitude of games, most notably League of Legends.

NOAH HASSOUN
Assistant Community Director (INTERNAL)

Petreleum Engineering Major
Class of 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION
The Assistant Community Director is the heartbeat of the organization. This role’s primary focus is to keep the org-wide community engaged by making sure each sub-community is catered to. They work hand in hand with Ambassadors, who hold expertise in their game, to create programming that caters to all endorsed sub-communities of the Org. This role is the key to the extremely ambitious goal of housing all gamer’s, both casual and competitive, under one roof.