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Wilburton GEAR UP students tour Southeastern Oklahoma State University

4/24/2014

WILBURTON, OK (April 24, 2014) – Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK. Students visited the Bloomer Sullivan Basketball Arena; the radio station (KSSU) and the newspaper room in the Fine Arts building; a room in Shearer Residence Hall; and concluded their tour at the Student Union.

The outing provided the students with a firsthand look at life on a college campus. College students were available in each department to explain a description of their jobs. Several college students were on-hand in the radio station to explain their different roles. Wilburton students were able to request songs at the radio station and take a copy of the school newspaper.

Students took a walking tour past the baseball and football fields on their way to the Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

The apartment–style Shearer Residence Hall dormitories impressed many of the Wilburton students. One of the residents talked to the group about life at Southeastern. At the end of the tour, the student guides spoke about various aspects of Southeastern and answered questions. The tour ended with lunch in the student union.

College tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP grant program.

“It’s vital to give students a first-hand look at colleges and universities,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Melissa Juarez. “So many students do not realize what opportunities are available to them. GEAR UP is working to help students realize their potential and reach their dreams.”

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.


Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students outside Shearer Residence Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Students learned the various aspects of dorm life during their tour. Pictured are Tristan Fanshier, Anthony Shelley, Josey Ratliff, and Daniel Morrison.


Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students toured the radio station in the Southeastern Oklahoma Fine Arts building. College students discussed the different jobs of running the station. Students were also able to request songs. Pictured are Bryan Lawrence, Taylor Brunson, Bryson Hale, Garrett Smith, Raygan Stanford, and Travis Holsten.


Wilburton ningth grade GEAR UP students Dillon Browne and Haley Young read a college newspaper during their tour of the newspaper room in the Fine Arts Building at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Students learned about the process of creating a college newspaper during the tour.


Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students were entertained by a Southeastern college student and dorm resident who was playing the piano and singing when the students entered the dorm. He discussed various aspects of dorm life and answered questions.


Allison Ballard, Bridget Baker, Beth Higdon, and Hannah Mabry pose in front of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority outside the Student Union during a tour of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.


Wilburton GEAR UP students Tristan Boling, Joe Dunagan and Dakota Anderson complete information cards at the end of their tour of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

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