Crowder GEAR UP students tour UCO and the Bodies Revealed Exhibit


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 29, 2017) – Sixteen Crowder GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Bria Bowler, Spirit Chair for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator of Group Tours for the university met with students and reviewed the various admission processes in place at UCO.

Students were divided into two groups and received packets of clues to guide them as they participated in a scavenger hunt across campus.

“The students loved the scavenger hunt,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Shawna Smith. “It gave them more of a self-paced look at the campus verses the standard college tour.”

One of the stops on the tour was Howell Hall, home to the College of Mathematics and Science classrooms, labs, faculty and administrative offices. Another stop was Pegasus Theatre which is a part of the College of Liberal Arts. The theatre is expected to close for renovations on October 13, 2017, and reopen in 2019. The new building will house more classrooms, offices for faculty and staff, and a new lecture hall. Next was Old North, the oldest building on campus. It was built and established by the Oklahoma Territorial Government specifically for Higher Education as the Territorial Normal School.

After the scavenger hunt, students ate lunch at Buddy’s, one of the many dining options on the UCO campus. Buddy’s features a salad bar, brick oven pizzas and pastas, stir-fry options, home-style entrees, grill, and fresh-baked desserts.

Students boarded the bus and traveled to the Science Museum Oklahoma to visit the Bodies Revealed exhibit.

Students were shown several human cadavers in various different states of activity. All of the cadavers were donated to science. Students saw whole and partial scientific human body specimens that have been meticulously preserved through an innovative process that allows visitors to see themselves in a fascinating way like never before.

“I never knew the body was so complex,” said Crowder senior Kaytlen Sennett.

The college tour/educational 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.

Crowder students on a scavenger hunt the University of Central Oklahoma in the rain were: Kaitlyn Daniel, Laurissa Ragan, Kaytlen Sennett, Trinity McKee, Presley Clements, Olivia Rolland, Auora Buss and Ian Ledford.

Crowder GEAR UP students enjoy lunch at one of UCO’s dining facilities, Buddy’s. Pictured are Kaytlen Sennett, Kaitlyn Daniel and Laurissa Ragan.

Crowder GEAR UP seniors puse before going into the Bodies Revealed exhibit at the Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are:
Front row: Kaytlen Sennett, Trinity McKee, Kaitlyn Daniel, Laurissa Ragan, Ashtyn Ragan, Kimberly Motley, Aurora Buss and Olivia Rolland. Back row: Caleb Brannon, Liam Morris, Presley Clements, Ian Ledford, Robert Hicks, Landon McCall, Dayton Pace and Zach Moore.

Crowder seniors Dayton Pace and Zach Moore build a bridge at the Science Museum Oklahoma.

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