OU graduate Jessica Summers ‘ 05, has found a home courtside with the Oklahoma City Thunder. What about wearing orange?
Who’s your favorite Thunder player?
Well of course I love every single one of them and the difference they make on the court and in the community. I couldn’t be more proud that they represent Oklahoma. If I had to pick I would probably say Russell Westbrook because I wish I had that amazing athletic ability and tenacity!
Where was your go-to restaurant in college?
Hands down Sooner Dairy! I’m a huge cheeseburger lover and made sure to get a milkshake and cheeseburger there often. In fact I try to stop there any time I’m in Norman. Some of my best memories are going there with coworkers when I worked at OU and meeting the late Bob Barry, Sr. there.
What was it like to have to add orange to your wardrobe in light of the fact it’s one of the Thunder colors?
Haha well I always bleed Crimson and Cream but I love adding the sunset color to my wardrobe. It’s great because the whole state loves the Thunder colors and it’s something that everybody is unified on so I feel lucky that I can use multiple colors to display my pride for our state and my university.
What does it mean to you to be an alum from OU?
I’m so proud to have a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Most people that know me know the sense of pride I have for my alma mater as I never let them forget how wonderful OU is. It amazes me to see the caliber of graduates OU churns out every single year. I’m proud to share the Sooner bond with so many around the state and it is definitely something I’m not shy about!
Did you have a certain professor or mentor from your time in college that influenced you?
While I had wonderful professors all throughout college I also spent all 4 years of college working in the Athletics Media Relations office as a student assistant and I feel like that is where I grew the most. Current Senior Associate Athletics Director Kenny Mossman was my boss at the time and he taught me so much about being a professional, a great leader and balancing priorities. I still reach out to him from time to time as I will always consider him a mentor and treasure everything he taught me about life as well as working in athletics. OU is lucky to have him!