McAlester 8th grade GEAR UP girls tour Northeastern State University


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 26, 2018) – Seventy-eight McAlester 8th grade GEAR UP students recently toured Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah.

Students began the day at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center where they were greeted by Kaylee Switzer, Northeastern State University Representative and alumnae, and Northeastern State University Student Ambassadors, Lexie Billingsley, Sakshi Kaushik, and Brittany Waters. Switzer presented students with an overview of NSU.

After the presentation, students were separated into three groups to tour the other buildings on campus with student ambassadors leading the groups. Students toured the Leoser Hall, part of the campus’ residential complex, where they saw a dorm room.

Students continued through campus and visited the Center for Admissions and Student Enrollment, better known as C.A.S.E. on campus. C.A.S.E. offices include Admissions and Recruitment, Career Services, Registrar, Scholarships and other student services.

Next, students visited Haskell Hall, John Vaughn Library, Gregg Wadley College of Science & Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts in Seminary Hall, and the Center for Performing Arts.During the tour, guides answered student questions and offered valuable advice.

“I encourage you to get involved in student organizations,” said Kaushik. “Join something outside of your day-to-day classroom activities. You can even start that now in middle school.”

Students also stood in the Circle of Excellence Plaza and Centennial Plaza. The Circle of Excellence Plaza is a dedication to NSU faculty members who have been nominated by students and colleagues for their contributions in teaching, research and service. All honorees have their names on bricks that are installed in the plaza. The Centennial Plaza is a gathering place established on the 100th anniversary of the founding of NSU. A bronze statue of Sequoyah is the focal point of the Centennial Plaza, which stands as a symbol for the strong relationship NSU has had with the Cherokee Nation since the 1800s.

After the campus tours, students ate lunch on campus at the Market Café in the University Center, offering another experience of life as a college student. During lunch, students shared their favorite parts of the tour and campus.

“This was the first university tour for most students,” said Brianna Brassfield, GEAR UP Education Coordinator. “The tour offered some insight to what it would be like as a college student at NSU.”

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. In 2017, Eastern recently received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and will serve over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

McAlester 8th grade GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Kayden Blackman, Jadyn McKelvey, Cameron Nabors, Haylee Jarrett, Jenna Yount, Kamryn Dunkerson, Swintayla Conn, Presley Monroe, Ava Thomas, Allison Neeley, Ariana Rosales, Brooklyn Davis, Rylee Monroe, Aughtum Lovett, Janeily Macias Rojas, Emerald Johnson, ZaCaaron Williams, Kylee Busby, (row 2) Bella Amo, Emma Scroggins, Jazmin Cuevas, Ashley Cathey, Estrella Canizales, Sara Kate Shoup, Madigan Griffith, Alexis Watts, Nikki Mize, Tyanna Harrison, Sierra Cain, Catherine Pepper, Alexandria Anderson, Allison Cates, Marisol Suarez, Natalie Ramirez, Kaitlyn Boxley, (row 3) Nadia Lime, Mallori Marchant, Emily Meshaya, Hailey Meeks, Dadriana Opperman, Catherine Franks, Emma Harrison, Annabelle Carrell, Rosa Clapp, Kimberley Ruth West, Emily Armstrong, Maria Ponce, Richelle Davis-Rushing, Kylee Phelps, Gracie McMahan, Katie Limore, Ibeth Suarez-Gonzalez, Christy Granneman, Stefany Navejar, Ashlie Wheaton, (back row) Jacy Martinez, Abigail Estrada, Danni Cozad, Kaitlin Timmons, Addison French, Madison Pingleton, Cadence Warden, Destiny Johnson, Liberty Finley, Takayla Moton-Brown, Korie Thomas, Summer Henry, Jaya Neupane, Divinia Wilson, Nevaeh Cross, Victoria Allen, Maddison Griffin, Kelley Knight, Sabrina Lane, and Dulce Lopez Rea.

McAlester 8th grade GEAR UP students tour NSU’s College of Liberal Arts in Seminary Hall on the Tahlequah campus. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Estrella Canizales, Janeily Macias Rojas, Ashley Cathey, Allison Cates, Abigail Estrada, Mallori Marchant, Nadia Lime, Kimberly Ruth West, Nikki Mize, Divinia Wilson, Emily Armstrong, Natalie Ramirez, (back row) Gracie McMahan, Jaya Neupane, Kylee Phelps, Nevaeh Cross, Dulce Lopez Rea, Jacy Martinez, Kaitlyn Boxley, Magen Monks, Kylee Busby, ZaCaaron Williams, Katie Limore, and Kelley Knight.

McAlester 8th grade GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University housing and residential life. Pictured are (left to right) Janeily Macias Rojas, Kylee Busby, Divinia Wilson, ZaCaaron Williams, Jaya Neupane, and Kaitlyn Boxley.

McAlester 8th grade GEAR UP students visit the NSU John Vaughn Library. Pictured are (left to right) Kylee Phelps, Janeily Macias Rojas, Emily Armstrong, Kimberly Ruth West, Destiny Johnson, and Nikki Mize.

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