McAlester GEAR UP juniors tour the University of Tulsa and Tulsa Community College
WILBURTON, OK (May 5, 2017) – Thirty-seven McAlester GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour two post-secondary institutions. Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at the University of Tulsa (TU). They were led by Megan Skocdople and Allyson Rowe, two student ambassadors who took juniors through the beautiful campus. MHS students saw numerous buildings and learned about various programs on campus.
Students began the tour at TU's new south entrance, Collins Hall, which provides a stunning gateway into the TU campus for visitors and alumni. Collins Hall consolidates key student services, such as financial aid and admission, into one central location. This building also houses the TU Alumni Association offices with spaces for alumni activities, as well as areas where university memorabilia are displayed. Key university administrators, including the President, have offices in the building. Students then made their way around campus to the Pat Case Dining Center at Fisher Hall where they were able see on campus dining options and learn about the meal plans available. The set-up of this cafeteria is flexible for the different student demographics. There are multiple options as well as “to-go” meals for students in a hurry. Fisher Hall is a dormitory in the same building that houses mainly freshmen and sophomores in a community setting. Students then walked across the Dietler Commons and made their way to the Fulton and Susie Collins Fitness Center where they learned TU students have free access to the facilities including workout equipment, basketball courts, an 1/8 mile walking track and multiple fitness classes.
Next stop on the tour was the McFarlin Library which holds numerous books and periodicals. The library is open 24/7 giving students access to study areas and computer labs with printing. TU recently made additions and the architects built down, creating floors of access under the original library. They call these new floors “The Stacks” which add a unique factor to the campus. MHS students then saw the newest building on campus, Holmes Student Center where they sat in a college classroom and learned about offices such as Career Services, the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Affairs. On the opposite side of this building is Hardesty Hall, the brand new, modern dorm where 300 students are housed.
After the guided tour, students were led to Tyrrell Hall where Admissions Counselor Kristle Lacy provided an overview about the history of campus and specific programs like the Honors College and undergraduate research opportunities. MHS juniors learned about programs and majors offered at TU, the cost of college and ways to make it more affordable like waiving the application fee of $50 if students apply before October 15 for the following fall semester. To gain the full college experience, the McAlester students dined with current TU students in the Allen Chapman Student Union where they had nine restaurant options.
After lunch, the group made its way across the city to tour Tulsa Community College (TCC). Students were led through TCC’s Southeast campus by Admissions Counselor Kelsey Pitts and College Recruiter Jordan Kizer. This is one of six campuses in the Tulsa area. The tour started in Building 2 which is a one-stop shop for student services like Financial Aid, Enrollment, Campus Police, Academic Advisement, Wellness Services and Career Services. Next students made their way to Building 6 which houses the Art programs such as music and theatre. There were classrooms as well as private playing rooms for students with musical instruments and a Recording Studio. They were also able to see the workshop where theatre props are assembled and stored. Students viewed inside the Black Box Theatre where college students put on various shows and hosts outside productions.
As they worked their way to the next building, they learned about the math & science programs such as Biotechnology, Chemistry, Nursing 1 and Biology. The nursing facilities also can be used as an emergency facility in case of a city-wide disaster. The building also houses the Honors Program which offers a tuition waiver to all students accepted into the program. Students toured Building 9 where they saw the Fitness Facility which offers free gym memberships to TCC students. The Fitness Facility houses exercise equipment, a basketball court, rock climbing wall, 1/16 mile walking track and numerous fitness classes. Next to the Fit Center is the Student Life office where students have access to discounted tickets to events such as concerts, plays and movies showing in the Tulsa area.
MHS students walked through Building 7 where the library and a writing lab are located. The Library hosts academic events such as “destressing” during finals week each semester. A common sight during finals week may include adoptable dogs from the local animal shelter to destress students preparing for finals. TCC students can get free assistance with academics and writing, as well as book exchanges and the book club with the campus library. The last stop on the tour was Building 9, also called the Student Union where TCC students can purchase numerous school supplies in the bookstore, dine at the Campus Café and utilize the Game Center where there are ping pong tables and a gaming console.
“This trip was eye-opening for students to explore college program and how they directly relate to career options!” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Rachael Ranallo. “Great exposure for these juniors.”
McAlester juniors at TCC—Southeast campus following their college tour. Pictured are: Front & center: Isaac Briggs Front Row: De’Shell Rhone, Alexes Johnson, Jasmine Ellis, Alyssa Carrell, Brentleigh Rousey, Zoee Lovett, Ashlyn Gentry, Nichole Finch, Bryce Singleton, Greyson Rolan, Martin DeLaGarza, Erickson Giles and Kennedy Bullett. Second Row: Makayla Chapman, Gabriela Lopez, Brandon Martinez, Jourdyn Contreras, Matt Rattan, Carter Lewis, Danielle McLaughlin, Lindsey Old, ReAnn Wall, Davian Noels, Chandler Peckio and Juan Jaimes. Back Row: Brendon Ruyle, Brayden McKelvey, Mason Johnson, Quianna Hearst, Lara Allen, Zion Edwards, Hunter Wynn, Corbin Morris, Bren Cable and Taryn Howard.
McAlester GEAR UP juniors Greyson Rolan and Davian Noels stop for a quick pic in front of the VanTrease PACE (Performing Arts Center for Education) Building.
TCC’s Admissions Counselor Kelsey Pitts discusses programs and services offered at TCC’s Southeast campus. Students from L to R: Carter Lewis, Isaac Briggs, Brayden McKelvey, Matt Rattan, Greyson Rolan, Kennedy Bullett, Juan Jaimes, Makayla Chapman, Brandon Martinez, Taryn Howard, Lindsey Old, ReAnn Wall, Bryce Singleton and Nichole Finch.
McAlester GEAR UP students pose between Buildings 1 & 2 for a group shot. Pictured are: Front Row: Alyssa Carrell, Brentleigh Rousey, Zoee Lovett, Ashlyn Gentry, Nichole Finch, Bryce Singleton and Greyson Rolan. Second Row: Jourdyn Contreras, Matt Rattan, Carter Lewis, Miguel Medrano-Piedra, Danielle McLaughlin, Lindsey Old, ReAnn Wall, Taryn Howard and Davian Noels. Back Row: Lara Allen, Quianna Hearst, Hunter Wynn, Corbin Morris and Bren Cable.
McAlester juniors get a glimpse of graduation in front of a mural at the Southeast TCC campus. Pictured are: Front Row: Gabriela Lopez, Zoee Lovett, Jourdyn Contreras, Mason Johnson, Zion Edwards, Brentleigh Rousey, Alyssa Carrell, Miguel Medrano-Piedra, Erickson Giles and Brendon Ruyle. Back Row: 2016 MHS graduate and current student at TCC Minh Lee, TCC Recruiter Jordan Kizer, Ashlyn Gentry, Lara Allen, De’Shell Rhone, Alexes Johnson, Quianna Hearst, Hunter Wynn, Danielle McLaughlin, Corbin Morris and Martin DeLaGarza.
TU sophomore and Biochemistry major Allyson Lowe leads students through TU’s campus. MHS students front to back, L to R: Zoee Lovett, Ashlyn Gentry, Brentleigh Rousey, Alyssa Carrell, Brendon Ruyle, Hunter Wynn, Zion Edwards, Alexes Johnson, Lara Allen and Jasmine Ellis.
McAlester GEAR UP juniors pose in front of the McFarlin Library on TU’s campus. Pictured are: Front Row: Gabriela Lopez, Jourdyn Contreras, Zoee Lovett, Alexes Johnson and Zion Edwards. Back Row: Brendon Ruyle, Alyssa Carrell, Brentleigh Rousey, Ashlyn Gentry, De’Shell Rhone, Lara Allen, Quianna Hearst, Hunter Wynn, Makayla Chapman, Danielle McLaughlin, Jasmine Ellis and Kennedy Bullett.
MHS students gathered in Tyrrell Hall, one of the original buildings on TU’s campus, to hear Senior Executive Admission Counselor Kristle Lacy give a presentation about admissions, programs, organizations, and scholarships at TU. Pictured are: Front Row: Lindsey Old, Matt Rattan, Nichole Finch and Isaac Briggs. Second Row: Bryce Singleton, Brayden McKelvey and Corbin Morris. Third Row: Martin DeLaGarza, Erickson Giles and Brandon Martinez. Back Row: Bren Cable.
TU Student Ambassador Megan Skocdople leads MHS students through the Fulton and Susie Collins Fitness Center where students could see the basketball courts, walking track and exercise equipment. Pictured are: L to R: Matt Rattan, Corbin Morris, ReAnn Wall, Lindsey Old, Nichole Finch, Mason Johnson, Brayden McKelvey, Davian Noels, Carter Lewis, Isaac Briggs, Greyson Rolan, Taryn Howard, Bren Cable, Erickson Giles, Bryce Singleton and Chandler Peckio.
Students sit in Tyrrell Hall waiting on the admissions presentation of TU to begin. Pictured are: Front Row: Matt Rattan, Nichole Finch and Isaac Briggs. Second Row: Bryce Singleton, Carter Lewis, Brayden McKelvey and Corbin Morris. Back Row: Martin DeLaGarza, Erickson Giles, Mason Johnson and Brandon Martinez.
MHS GEAR UP students wait inside Tyrrell Hall. Pictured are: Front Row: ReAnn Wall, Lindsey Old, Matt Rattan, Nichole Finch and Isaac Briggs. Second Row: Bryce Singleton, Carter Lewis, Brayden McKelvey and Corbin Morris. Third Row: Juan Jaimes, Chandler Peckio, Greyson Rolan, Miguel Medrano- Piedra, Martin DeLaGarza, Erickson Giles, Mason Johnson and Brandon Martinez. Back Row: Davian Noels, Bren Cable and Taryn Howard.
MHS students stop for a photo just outside the McFarlin Library on TU’s campus. Pictured are: Front Row: Isaac Briggs, Davian Noels, and Bryce Singleton. Back Row: Nichole Finch, Matt Rattan, Lindsey Old, Brandon Martinez, Mason Johnson, ReAnn Wall, Martin DeLaGarza, Miguel Medrano-Piedra, Corbin Morris, Chandler Peckio, Juan Jaimes, Brayden McKelvey, Davian Noels, Carter Lewis, Erickson Giles, Greyson Rolan, Bren Cable and Taryn Howard.