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Whitesboro GEAR UP students tour the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith

2/20/2019

WILBURTON, Okla. (Feb. 20, 2019) – Twenty-six Whitesboro GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Arkansas campus in Ft. Smith. Students met tour guide Haylie West, a sophomore nursing major at the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.

West led students across campus and described the programs offered in each building. Buildings included the Math-Science Building, the Pendergraft Health Sciences Building and the Boreham Library.

Students toured the Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) was next. The RWC houses a climbing wall, ball courts, exercise equipment, and hosts various fitness classes. Students traveled to the Baldor Technology Center and the Wingate Art & Design Building. The Wingate Art & Design Building houses photography, printing, sculpture, and art history, as well as freshmen programs in drawing, 2-D design, 3-D design, typography, and digital imaging.

After touring the academic buildings, students went to the Lion’s Den Residence Hall and toured a dorm room. They also participated in a question-and-answer session about residence life.

“Haylie did a wonderful job of leading our students on the campus tour,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator LaDonna Baldwin. “I look forward to visiting the University of Arkansas Ft. Smith again.”

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 serves over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.



Whitesboro GEAR UP students walk to the Baldor Technology Center during the tour of the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith.


Whitesboro GEAR UP students take a break in the Lion’s Den during a recent tour of the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith.


Whitesboro GEAR UP students tour the Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith.

Whitesboro GEAR UP students participate in a question-and-answer session at the Lion’s Den Residential Hall at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith.


GEAR UP students listen as tour guide Haylie West talks about the Math-Science Building during their tour at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith.


Whitesboro GEAR UP students tour the Wingate Art & Design Building at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Zack Putman, Brooklynn Bailey, Madison Edwards, Courtney Grey, Kali Bridges, (row 2) Brayden Beshears, Michael Hamner, Tristan McMurrian, Serenity Burdett, Maura Cole, Linley Collins, Darah Cole, Deserae Grogan, Samantha Craig, (back row) Thomas Kelly, Tyler Burt, Sawyer Kennedy, Conner Walton, Kayleigh Walker, Mercedez Mortensen, Kimberly Grinstead, Kira Harris, Kyleigh Long, Jenna Bowman, Rylee Williams, and Keyda Harris.

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