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Crowder GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University

5/5/2017

WILBURTON, OK (May 5, 2017) – Crowder GEAR UP juniors and seniors recently traveled to Tahlequah to tour Northeastern State University.

The tour began in the University Center. The students were greeted by three NSU ambassadors, Elizabeth Depsey, Cassidy Marshall, and Ashley Langston. The students were divided into three groups and began their tour of the beautiful campus.

Dempsey, a senior Speech/Language Pathology major, led her group to the campus cafeteria. The Market Café, located on the first floor, has several different food options for the student’s to choose from such as a the hamburger grill, a pizza grill, vegetarian choices, salad bar, a home-style area, along with a dessert, and waffle iron for breakfast options. Students may also visit the University Center basement where the Food Court provides fast food alternatives to the more traditional atmosphere of the Market Café. Alternatives in “The Underground” include Chick-fil-A, Miss Annie’s, WOW Café and Freshëns Smoothie Company.

The University Center also is home to several other offices, including the RiverHawk Shoppe, the campus bookstore. The Student Engagement Office, Auxiliary Service, Copy Zone, Mail Services, and parking services are among the many offices housed in the University Center.

Next stop was Leoser Complex, home to freshmen students. Residents have cable–ready rooms, with Wi–fi available. Laundry facilities are free to students. Residents have quick access to the Pizza Hut Express and convenience store for those late–night cram sessions.

Students walked to the CASE Building (Center for Admissions and Student Enrollment), a one–stop shop for enrollment, financial aid and more. The CASE Building provides a variety of services to students. Several career counselors are housed in this building to provide assistance for students who are trying to determine the career path that is best for them.

The John Vaughn Library was the next stop on the tour. Students were shown around the first floor area which included several different computers and work stations are available for students. Student have the added benefit of free unlimited printing. The library is also home to the Office of International Programs (studying abroad), the Student Academic Success Center and Indigenous Scholar Development Center.

Enroute to Seminary Hall (College of Liberal Arts), students passed Wilson Hall and Bagley Hall. Seminary Hall is more than bricks, mortar, timbers and tile. It is the symbol of a university and of a great nation, it is the location of memories and the spring board for new ideas, and it is a reflection of at least six generations of students, teachers, and staff member who have gathered under the turrets and towers to teach, to study, to grow. Seminar Hall has been around since 1889. It is now home to the Reading, and Writing Centers.
The next stop on the tour was the Science Building. Students viewed a typical size classroom which accommodates 25-30 students. While in the building, a former instructor of GEAR Up Education Coordinator Shawna Smith greeted her and spoke to the students.

“One of the unique benefits of attending NSU,” said Smith, “is you are never a number here. The faculty and staff want you to succeed.”

Students returned to the cafeteria where they ate lunch in the area of their choice. During lunch, they mingled with NSU students and experienced more of the true “college experience.”

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/educational in nature.


Crowder GEAR UP students ready to tour Northeastern State University. Pictured are: Jennifer Parker, Shelby Burks, Jennifer Heaslet, Destinee McGuire, Elizabeth Franklin, Kaitlyn Motley, Liam Morris, (seated) Clayton Morgano, Devyn Swindell, Presley Clements, Kaytlen Sennett, Patrick Williams, Laurissa Ragan, Jaden Day, Ryan Hawkins, Brianna Henley, Ian Ledford, Dyan Montes, Colton Williams, Sierra Buller, Trinity Burge, Dayton Pace, Wyatt Shropshire, Zach Moore, Bryce Tucker and Braecie Donathan.


Crowder GEAR UP students pose with the bronze sculpture of Sequoyah. Sequoyah, a noted 19th century Cherokee diplomat and creator of the Cherokee syllabary, is a strong symbol of the Native American heritage on the NSU campus. Pictured are: Presley Clements, Ian Ledford, Clayton Morgano, Kaitlyn Daniel, Laurissa Ragan, NSU Ambassador Elizabeth Depsey, Kaytlen Sennett, Sierra Buller, Patrick Williams.

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