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Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Eastern

4/22/2014

WILBURTON, OK (April 22, 2014) – Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to Wilburton and toured Eastern Oklahoma State College. Students visited the nursing and science/math departments, and the band and choir rooms.

Students began in the nursing department in Gunning Hall. Eastern Recruiter Karen Darby and Director of Nursing Robin Nevling explained how the nursing students learn to handle real–life situations by working with the various types of mannequins (also referred to as simulators) in the skills labs. The mannequins give students hands–on clinical experience by simulating symptoms, diseases and conditions. The students were able to look at mannequins of different sizes and “ages.”

Dr. Brandon Hendrix, band and choir director, took the students through the band and choir rooms and explained what to expect by being part of a college choir or band. He talked about the various band and choir scholarships available at Eastern.

Eastern Recruiter/Vocational Career Counselor Tina Ray spoke about college entrance requirements for Eastern and the importance of applying for scholarships and financial aid. Director of Native American Affairs Rusty Shaw explained the various opportunities for Native American students entering college.

Science instructor Dr. Julie Collins and Julie Lawrence explained how science affects our lives every day. Students toured during National Wellness Week and were shown visuals to help them understand how much fat and sugar are in common fast foods. The students were able to witness a college anatomy lab in session and see the different parts of a sheep’s eye as Collins explained the anatomy.

Darby emphasized the importance of college and the opportunities that Eastern can give them because it is close to home and has a low student–to–faculty ratio. The Talihina students ended the tour with lunch in the cafeteria.

“College tours are an important part of GEAR UP,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Melissa Juarez. “They give the students a first–hand look at life on a college campus. It’s never too early for students to think about their future. College needs to be part of their plan!”

The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Participating schools take two field trips each academic year—one to tour a college or university and one that is cultural or educational in nature.

In 2011, Eastern received a seven–year, $12.6 million federal GEAR UP grant and is in its third year of implementation.


Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students Kyla Guthrie and Madison Stantion were impressed with the mannequin simulators in the Nursing Department in Gunning Hall during a recent GEAR UP field trip to Eastern Oklahoma State College.


Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP student Jasmine Schoon is fascinated by the baby simulator in the Nursing Department in Gunning Hall during a recent GEAR UP field trip to Eastern Oklahoma State College.


Eastern Oklahoma State College Choir and Band Director Dr. Brandon Hendrix explained the various aspects of college arts programs to Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students Raeven Coley, Madison Stantion, and Heaven Brown during a recent GEAR UP field trip to Eastern Oklahoma State College.


Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students Hailey McClain and MaKayla Holland were impressed with how “real” the fake food appeared while Sullivan Hall secretary Julie Lawrence, spoke about the importance of healthy eating during a recent GEAR UP field trip to Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students Justin Worley, Heaven Brown, and Jessica Sockey looked at the healthy food options in a science lab in Sullivan Hall during a recent GEAR UP field trip to Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Eastern Oklahoma State College Anatomy Professor Dr. Julie Collins explains the various parts of a dissected sheep’s eye as Talihina eighth grade GEAR UP students Brittany Herbert, Delaney McGhee, and Tiffany Case observe during a recent GEAR UP field trip to Eastern.

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