Canadian GEAR UP Seniors tour Oklahoma State University


WILBURTON, OK (May 5, 2017) – Twenty–two Canadian High School GEAR UP seniors recently traveled to Stillwater to tour Oklahoma State University. The tour began in the Student Union where students were greeted by two OSU tour guides.

Students journeyed through the Student Union to the Edmon Low Library. The Library at Oklahoma State University is both the literal and figurative center of the campus. It has been the academic symbol of the University since it was built in 1953. Today, the Library continues to be central to student research, study and learning. Throughout the day, students flow in and out of the Library taking advantage of time between classes to study, check class assignments online, read online news sources and email friends and family. Canadian students were shown a unique surprise as they exited the library—the fountain was dyed orange for homecoming week.

The library is open 24/7 Monday–Friday, then until 11 pm on the weekends to better serve students. The library also provides several services to students such as a café, laptops, tablets, cameras, and many other electronic devices that students can check out for personal use.

Another stop was the Noble Research Center. The Center features flags representing home countries for every OSU student. Research at the Center is conducted across an amazing array of disciplines in the colleges including engineering, arts and humanities, animal and human health, education, business, and the natural, physical, and social sciences.

Next on the tour was the Physical Sciences Building which houses the botany, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and geology departments. Inside was a special room where students can go to if they want to build their own application for smart phones.

A highlight of the tour was the Greek life houses. Fraternity and sorority membership offers students a unique opportunity to have a balanced college life with a focus on academic excellence, brotherhood/sisterhood, leadership development, community service and responsible social interaction. Greek affiliation also allows students to make lasting friendships with individuals with similar ideals and common purposes. Members of sororities were decorating for homecoming festivities. The houses create massive displays that have motion, lights, and sounds.

Canadian students left the campus and ate lunch at Eskimo Joe’s. The students enjoyed the fun, collegiate type atmosphere of the famous restaurant.

“This was a great tour,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Shawna Smith. “Students really enjoyed the atmosphere.”

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.

Canadian students in front of the Edmon Low Library during the tour of OSU. Pictured are: Levi Stowers, Clayton Brittenham, Jonathan Cox, Zach Burns, Caleb Thomas, Daniel Lenox, Dakota Hance, Hayden Hopper, Madeline Pitts, Micah Elrod, Téa Vail, Cassidy Selvidge, Regan Boggs, Mikal Baker, Kelci Davis, Dakota Thomas, Haley Combs, Keegan Dickens and Josh Eldridge.

Canadian GEAR UP students outside the Noble Research Center are Josh Eldridge, Regan Boggs, Mickal Baker and Micah Elrod.

Canadian students enjoy some “down time” at Eskimo Joe’s in Stillwater. Pictured are: Keegan Dickens, Caleb Thomas, Noah Westfall, Sean Cogburn., Leanna Melton, Cody Glenn, Cody Starns, Zachary Burns, Haley Combs, Dakota Thomas, Cassidy Selvidge, Madeline Pitts, Hayden Hopper, Regan Boggs, Daniel Lenox, Mikal Elrod, Mikal Baker, Kelci Davis, Jonathan Cox, Téa Vail, Dakota Hance, Josh Eldridge and Levi Stowers.

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