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McAlester GEAR UP seniors visit the University of Oklahoma

9/6/2017

WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 6, 2017) – Thirty-four McAlester GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman. Students began the morning by participating in an information session at the Visitor’s Center located in Jacobson Hall. Hunter Guarnera gave students a detailed overview of OU detailing the programs offered, study abroad possibilities, living options, cost of attendance and scholarships opportunities. OU student tour guides, Leigh McBride and Maddie Roper led seniors through the beautiful campus.

Students started the campus tour by visiting the Engineering Quad to learn about the engineering and geology programs. OU is currently the only university to have an off-shore drilling rig. Next students were led through the Oklahoma Memorial Union where they saw the famous “Sooner Schooner.” The bottom floor of the Union has multiple dining options, a tech store and a studio for the campus radio station. The third floor houses the Career Services offices where students and alumni can use the résumé and mock interview specialist to prepare for a job interview.

“Career Services are a must on any college campus,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Rachael Ranallo. “Students work extremely hard through their college years and need specialized resources to land the job they’ve been working toward.”

Next students ventured to Lissa & Cy Wagner Hall where they learned about University Advising. All students meet with an Advisor before enrollment each semester. These meetings guarantee the student is taking the right classes to graduate on time, with the major they want. An exciting next stop was Gaylord Hall where the Advertising, Creative Media, Journalism, Public Relations and Professional Writing Departments are housed. Students were able to see the studios where campus television shows are broadcasted including the OU Nightly OUTV News.

Students got an inside look at the Bizzell Memorial Library on campus. The library has many resources for students and the Norman community. Students can receive research help, there are textbooks on reserve, and numerous computer workstations. The Library offers technology lending as well as quiet and group study spaces. One of the quiet spaces students walked through was the Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading Room. This architectural masterpiece is a favorite student study place. The walls are lined with beautiful carved bookcases that hold theses and dissertations of OU graduates, and the ceiling features intricately carved angels. The room has 210 chairs at 28 tables.

The last stop on the tour was an absolute treat for the group. McAlester Football Coach Singleton set up a tour of the newly-remodeled Barry Switzer Center. Located in the south end of Gaylord Family. Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Switzer Center houses football meeting rooms, coaches' offices, the football locker room, equipment room, team meeting room, strength & conditioning complex, sports medicine and the Touchdown Club Legends Lobby.

Students were led through the facility by the Defensive Recruiter Analyst and former OU football linebacker Eric Striker. He walked them through the football locker rooms, “Cold Plunge”—cool pool room, athletic training facility, “hype room”, run-out tunnel and team meeting room where they were shown a highlight video. The Sooners have an impressive 101-9 home record.

Students ended the day dining with OU college student at the Couch Restaurants.
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.


Students pose in front of Evans Hall. Front row: GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield, Josh Countz, Matt Dombek, Jake Rattan, Andrea Lawrence and OU student tour guide Leigh McBride. Middle row: Sam Shelton, Dylan Bigham, Davian Noels, Matt Drake, Clayton Slater and Camissa Cox. Back row: Noah Gonzales, Isaac Briggs, Bryce Singleton, Austin Vilar, Arturo Aguirre and Erickson Giles.


Students pose outside the Bizzell Memorial Library. Front row: Andrea Lawrence, Matt Dombek and Bryce Singleton. Middle row: Sam Shelton, Matt Drake, Camissa Cox, Noah Gonzales, Josh Countz, Jake Rattan, Clayton Slater, Austin Vilar, Arturo Aguirre and Erickson Giles. Back row: Isaac Briggs, Davian Noels and Dylan Bigham.


McAlester seniors are led through the Barry Switzer Center by Defensive Recruiter Analyst and former OU football linebacker Eric Striker.


Students listen to a presentation from Hunter Guarnera in the Visitor’s Center. First row: Isaac Briggs, Noah Gonzales, Bryce Singleton and Josh Countz. Second row: Camissa Cox, Andrea Lawrence, Erickson Giles, Arturo Aguirre, Austin Vilar, Davian Noels and GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. Third row: Sam Shelton, Dylan Bigham, Dhilan Patel, Sarah Harrison, Manning White, Thomas Delcid and McAlester football coach James Singleton. Fourth row: Jacob Amos, Dailee Robbins, Daryn Hance, Mallory Nelson, Rylee Key, Avery Holt, Carter Lewis and Matt Rattan. Back row: Vinny Williams, Eli Martin, Matt Dombek, Taryn Howard, Bren Cable, Madison Clifton, Josh Swartzlander and Rhett Regan.


OU student tour guide Maddie Roper asks students what majors they are most interested in when they enroll in college. Front row: Avery Holt, Mallory Nelson, Daryn Hance, Rylee Key, Manning White, Sarah Harrison and Thomas Delcid. Back row: Jacob Amos, Erickson Giles, Eli Martin, Taryn Howard, Madison Clifton and Matt Rattan.


OU student tour guide Maddie Roper shows students one of the exhibits on campus. This fountain has 77 stones (representing the 77 counties in OK). It would be unstable if even one of the stones was removed. Left to Right: Carter Lewis, Josh Swartzlander, Matt Dombek, Matt Rattan, Eli Martin, Vinny Williams, Dailee Robbins, Jacob Amos, Avery Holt, Sarah Harrison, Bren Cable, Manning White and Thomas Delcid.


OU student tour guide Maddie Roper leads students through the Oklahoma Memorial Union. She stops to explain the retired Sooner Schooner. Front row: Matt Rattan, Manning White, Sarah Harrison, Bren Cable and Thomas Delcid. Back row: Carter Lewis, Rylee Key, Josh Swartzlander, Dailee Robbins and Dhilan Patel.


OU student tour guide Maddie Roper leads students to an infamous point on OU’s campus. Outside the Bizzell Memorial Library there is a clock tower. Legends of clock tower myth keep students from walking under it if they want to graduate on time. Front row: Matt Rattan and Josh Swartzlander. Second row: Sarah Harrison, Manning White, Daryn Hance, Rylee Key, Avery Holt, Vinny Williams and Dhilan Patel. Back row: Taryn Howard, Madison Clifton, Mallory Nelson, Bren Cable, Erickson Giles, Rhett Regan and Eli Martin.


Students pose in front of the Bizzell Memorial Library. Front row: Dhilan Patel, Vinny Williams, Matt Rattan, Thomas Delcid, Mallory Nelson, Rylee Key, Avery Holt, Dailee Robbins and Daryn Hance. Back row: Manning White, Sarah Harrison, Eli Martin, Bren Cable, Madison Clifton, Taryn Howard, Jacob Amos, Rhett Regan, Josh Swartzlander and Carter Lewis.


Students pose inside the OU football locker room. Front row: Jacob Amos, Vinny Williams and Jake Rattan. Second row: Matt Rattan, Eli Martin, Davian Noels, Daryn Hance, Dailee Robbins and Andrea Lawrence. Third row: Josh Swartzlander, Erickson Giles, Arturo Aguirre, Austin Vilar, Dylan Bigham, Avery Holt, Mallory Nelson, Camissa Cox and Bryce Singleton. Fourth row: Sam Shelton, Carter Lewis, Manning White, Sarah Harrison, Rylee Key and Clayton Slater. Back row: Madison Clifton, Matt Drake and Taryn Howard.


Students pose inside the OU football locker room with Defensive Recruiter Analyst and former OU football linebacker Eric Striker. Front row: Jacob Amos, Vinny Williams, Jake Rattan, Dhilan Patel and Noah Gonzales. Second row: Matt Rattan, Eli Martin, Davian Noels, Daryn Hance, Dailee Robbins, Andrea Lawrence and Isaac Briggs. Third row: Josh Swartzlander, Erickson Giles, Arturo Aguirre, Austin Vilar, Dylan Bigham, Avery Holt, Mallory Nelson, Camissa Cox, Bryce Singleton and Matt Dombek. Fourth row: Sam Shelton, Carter Lewis, Rhett Regan, Bren Cable, Sarah Harrison, Rylee Key, Clayton Slater, Eric Striker and Josh Countz. Back row: Madison Clifton, Taryn Howard and Matt Drake.


Students get an inside look at the “Cold Plunge” where OU athletes come to cool down muscles after practices and games. Left to Right: Matt Dombek, Arturo Aguirre, Austin Vilar, Erickson Giles, Taryn Howard, Madison Clifton, Rylee Key, Avery Holt, Mallory Nelson and Daryn Hance.


Students get an inside look at the “Cold Plunge” where OU athletes come to cool down muscles after practices and games. Left to Right: Thomas Delcid, Sarah Harrison, Manning White, Bren Cable and Carter Lewis.


Students pose with trophies in the Legends Lobby at OU Barry Switzer Center. Left to right: Madison Clifton, Matt Dombek, Sam Shelton, Bryce Singleton, Dylan Bigham, Vinny Williams, Matt Drake, Eli Martin, Josh Countz, Davian Noels, Austin Vilar, Arturo Aguirre, Jake Rattan, Erickson Giles, Carter Lewis, Matt Rattan, Bren Cable, Dhilan Patel, Daryn Hance, Jacob Amos, Sarah Harrison, Rylee Key, Josh Swartzlander, Camissa Cox and Andrea Lawrence.


Students pose with trophies in the Legends Lobby at OU Barry Switzer Center. Left to right: Matt Dombek, Avery Holt, Sam Shelton, Mallory Nelson, Dylan Bigham, Bryce Singleton, Vinny Williams, Clayton Slater, Matt Drake, Eli Martin, Josh Countz, Davian Noels, Austin Vilar, Arturo Aguirre, Jake Rattan, Erickson Giles, Rhett Regan, Carter Lewis, Noah Gonzales, Bren Cable, Matt Rattan, Daryn Hance, Dhilan Patel, Manning White, Jacob Amos and Thomas Delcid.


Students look at the trophies in the Legends Lobby at the OU Barry Switzer Center. Left to right: Eli Martin, Josh Countz, Davian Noels, Austin Vilar, Jake Rattan, Arturo Aguirre and Erickson Giles.


Students check out the inside practice turf within the OU Barry Switzer Center. Left to right: Andrea Lawrence, Camissa Cox, Madison Clifton, Avery Holt, Rylee Key, Jacob Amos, Isaac Briggs, Dhilan Patel, Austin Vilar, Noah Gonzales, MHS Football Coach James Singleton, Dylan Bigham, Sam Shelton, Defensive Recruiter Analyst and former OU football linebacker Eric Striker, Josh Countz, Jake Rattan, Matt Rattan, Bryce Singleton, Matt Drake and Clayton Slater.


Eli Martin and Jake Rattan play out on the outdoor artificial turf at the OU Barry Switzer Center.


Students listen as the tour guide shows them inside the OU Barry Switzer Center. Left to right: Matt Dombek, Bren Cable, Taryn Howard, Dhilan Patel, Vinny Williams and Madison Clifton.


Students pose outside the OU Barry Switzer Center with Defensive Recruiter Analyst and former OU football linebacker Eric Striker. Left to right: Noah Gonzales, MHS Football Coach James Singleton, Jake Rattan, Sam Shelton, Eli Martin, Clayton Slater, Eric Striker, Bryce Singleton, Matt Drake, Austin Vilar, Matt Dombek, Arturo Aguirre and Erickson Giles.


Students tour the Bizzell Memorial Library led by student tour guide Leigh McBride. Front row: Jake Rattan and Erickson Giles. Back row: Isaac Briggs and Christian Parker.

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