Canadian GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University


WILBURTON, OK (April 22, 2016) – Canadian GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tahlequah to tour the beautiful campus of Northeastern State University at the foot of the Ozark Hills. NSU is the oldest post-secondary institution in Oklahoma.

NSU Tour Guides Clayton Fulton and Maegan Bevins explained that Tahlequah is the capital of the Cherokee Nation. The tour began in the University Center which houses the mailroom, food court and the International Service Center, where students can sign up to participate in international academic opportunities through study abroad programs. Computers are also available in the University Center for student use.

Next stop was the John Vaughan Library with a mural that has been preserved and dated back to the late 1800s that features Cherokee warriors on horseback. Students asked questions about the library and Seminary Hall, the symbol of a university and of a great nation that 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 members who have gathered under the turrets and towers to teach, to study, to grow.

Tour guides pointed out the bronze sculpture of Sequoyah, noted 19th century Cherokee diplomat and creator of the Cherokee syllabary. Students learned about the many programs offered on campus including a few majors with large student enrollment—marketing, elementary education and advanced degrees in law and optometry.

Students could see Seminary Hall in the distance. A tour guide explained how the University was once a seminary for Cherokee women. In 1921, the school became a state college for teachers. In 1985, it became officially known as Northeastern State University.
Tour guides stated they love the campus clock tower, a symbol of NSU. They enjoy the melody of the clock’s chimes as it reminds them what time it is so they are not late for classes.
Next was the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center houses computer technology classes and the fitness center. Freshmen are encouraged to live on campus in one of the dormitories. Guides reported research has confirmed that the grade point of students who live on campus is higher than those who do not. They described the many student events on campus such as the Kindred Spirits group, the Social Dance society, the fraternities and sororities, academic groups, career fairs, concerts and other functions available to freshmen.

Students learned about Bagley Hall which houses the College of Education. A large number of elementary education majors take most of their classes in the building affectionately called “The bag.”

Students were taken to the Center for Admissions and Student Enrollment (CASE). The tour ended back at the University Center where students were excited about the large selection of cuisine that the NSU cafeteria offers.

“Northeastern is a beautiful campus with a lot to offer our students,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Lori Douglas. “It was an informative tour on a beautiful campus.”

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 ready to tour NSU are Hunter Harris, Amanda Joyner, Mikal Baker, Micah Elrod, Kelci Davis, Daniel Lenox, Aaron Stowers, Dominic Hernandez , Taylor Koedyker, Regan Boggs, McKenna January, Jonathan Cox and Megan Newman.

Canadian GEAR UP students ready to tour NSU are Dakota Thomas, Cody Glenn, Colton Luna, Caleb Thomas, Shawn Young, Stephanie McKinney, Paul Clark, Neva Northcutt, Madison Martin , Erica Mitchell, Dakota Hance, Chance Zernicek, Trevor Zernicek. Lily Romero, Jayton Gideon and Lauren Bratcher.

NSU Tour Guide Maegan Blevins provides information about the 114–year–old Seminary Hall to Canadian High School students Jonathan Cox, Max Luethje, Keegan Dickens, Shawn Young and Madison Martin.

NSU junior computer/marketing major Clayton Fulton led the Canadian GEAR UP students on the tour of the campus and its buildings.

Canadian GEAR UP students stand by the bronze statue of Sequoyah on the NSU campus.

Canadian GEAR UP students stand in front of a mural featuring Cherokee warriors on horseback in the John Vaughan Library. Pictured are Leanna Melton, Haley Combs, Jessica Decker, Paul Brewster, Dakota Hance, Caleb Thomas, Cody Glenn, Lauren Bratcher, McKaelynn Reed–Binder and Tyler Gorbet.

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