Crowder seventh and eighth graders tour Oral Roberts University in Tulsa


WILBURTON, Okla. (April 1, 2019) – Forty-six seventh and eighth grade Crowder GEAR UP students recently toured ORU (Oral Roberts University) in Tulsa. Student Ambassadors Rosa Beitia (a Medical Molecular Biology senior from San Antonio, TX) and Marc Swanner (a Ministry and Leadership/Business Management freshman from Greenville, NC) welcomed Crowder students to the Global Learning Center before starting the tour.

Student Ambassadors gave visitors an overview of the campus and life as a student at ORU. While college students each choose a specific major, ORU offers a holistic education, which focuses on the mind, body and spirit. Classes serve as mind growth but there are other opportunities on campus to take care of one’s body and spiritual well-being. Crowder students were surprised to learn that every ORU student wears a Fitbit to track movement. The data from the Fitbit is used to assign students a physical education grade each semester. ORU students must have at least 10,000 steps each day. There is also Christ’s Chapel where students can go to worship throughout the week as well as meeting in smaller groups for devotionals in the Prayer Garden or Prayer Tower on campus.

Student ambassadors briefly spoke about the GLC (Global Learning Center) where most of the technology classes are held. There is a special VR (virtual reality) lab inside this building that students from all majors can take advantage of to help them in their fields of study. The tour then ventured over to the GC (Graduate Center). Nursing and Business majors have classes in the GC. Business majors even have a special “Shark Tank” to present ideas to area business professionals and possibly start an internship that could lead to future employment. The “Hall of Mirrors” connects the GC and the LRC (Learning Resource Center). As students walked through the hall guides explained how the mirrors are a reminder to live in the image of God. The LRC houses resources for college students such as the campus bookstore, campus library, Student Success Center, campus info desk and various dining options.

Next, students wandered to the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center. Sometimes referred to as the “recreation center,” Hammer offers ORU students a place to decompress and socialize. There are ping-pong tables, billiards, video gaming consoles, air hockey, charging stations, huge flat screen televisions, dining options, and comfortable spaces to just hang out or work on assignments. Behind Hammer, students saw the athletic facilities including the newly-built track. Guides highlighted the Division One sports that ORU is involved in including basketball and soccer. Students travel from around the globe to attend ORU and join athletics.

The last stop on campus was to the Hamill Center. This building houses offices such as Campus Security and the Post Office on the bottom floor. The top floor features the student cafeteria where Crowder students dined with the ORU students. Students left the tour full of college knowledge and a hearty lunch.
“I love to see GEAR UP student connect and begin to see their future on a college campus,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Rachael Ranallo. “ORU is a beautiful campus and the education offered here is excellent.”

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 received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant and serves over 3,000 students in 39 area schools.

Crowder students walk through the Hall of Mirrors on ORU’s campus. Pictured are (left to right) Austin Rowell, ORU student passing by, Logan Anderson, and Collin Cosper.

Students take a photo with the Student Ambassador Marc Swanner during lunch in the cafeteria on ORU’s campus. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Tristyn Jewell, Braxton Thompson, Logan Anderson, ORU Student Ambassador Marc Swanner, Collin Cosper, EJ Crow, Hayven Perry, and Jaiden Johnson.

Students meet with the IT specialist in the LRC at ORU. Pictured are (left to right) Hayven Perry, Kayleigh Hardin, ORU IT Specialist Steve Duclos, Brinlee Whinery, EJ Crow, and Braxton Thompson.

Crowder seventh grade students gather in front of the Prayer Tower on ORU’s campus. Pictured are (front row, left to right) AbbyAnn Rentie, Peyton Smith, Madison Vieux, Brinlee Whinery, Kaedynce Williams, (row 2) Samantha Amos, Karlie Bell, Hadley Dieters, Taylor Garcia, Kayleigh Hardin, Jalee McVay, Jenna Miller, Taylor Nooner, (back row) Logan Anderson, Kelton Bloxham, Collin Cosper, EJ Crow, Tristyn Jewell, Jaiden Johnson, Hayven Perry, Austin Rowell, and Braxton Thompson.

Crowder seventh grade students gather for a photo at the study pit inside the Graduate Center at ORU. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Hadley Dieters, Samantha Amos, AbbyAnn Rentie, (row 2) Kaedynce Williams, Karlie Bell, Taylor Garcia, Jalee McVay, Peyton Smith, Taylor Nooner, Jenna Miller, Kayleigh Hardin, Madison Vieux, Brinlee Whinery, (back row) Kelton Bloxham, Austin Rowell, Dylan Hamilton, Logan Anderson, Tristyn Jewell, Collin Cosper, Jaiden Johnson, Hayven Perry, Braxton Thompson, and EJ Crow.

Crowder eighth grade students gather for a photo at the study pit inside the Graduate Center at ORU. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Katelyn Shannon, Grace Beaubien, FaithAnn Butler, Paige Golden, Jessica Jacobs, Haley Snow, Sunny Ford, Abbie Lott, Haley Sharp, Hanna Franklin, (back row) Gabe Peevy, Allen Everly, Ty Muzzy, Sevryn Mills, Cooper Allison, Royce Florenzano, Austin Ives, Logan Owens, Trevor Chancellor, Daustin Thomas, Talon Miller, and Gabe Hubbard.

Crowder eighth grade students gather in front of the Prayer Tower on ORU’s campus.  Pictured are (front row, left to right) Paige Golden, Jessica Jacobs, Abbie Lott, Haley Sharp, Katelyn Shannon, Haley Snow, (row 2) Ty Muzzy, Logan Owens, Gabe Peevy, JW Ragan, Daustin Thomas, Grace Beaubien, FaithAnn Butler, Sunny Ford, (back row) Cooper Allison, Trevor Chancellor, Allen Everly, Royce Florenzano, Dylan Hamilton, Gabe Hubbard, Austin Ives, Sevryn Mills, and Talon Miller. 

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