Haileyville GEAR UP seniors tour Connors State College


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 29, 2017) – Twenty Haileyville GEAR UP students recently visited Connors State College (CSC) in Warner. Students began the morning by visiting with college recruiters at the Muskogee Area-wide College Fair held at the Melvin Self Fieldhouse. Twenty-nine higher education institutions were represented.
Students were exposed to a variety of colleges throughout Oklahoma as well as Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas—many that may not be as well-known but can offer outstanding educational experiences. Students received informational brochures and giveaway items from each booth, and also had the opportunity to apply for admissions.

“Before choosing a college or university to attend, students should seek information about various higher education institutions,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. “It is important to have options so that students can choose the best fit.”

After the college fair, students walked through campus to the CSC Student Union cafeteria to eat lunch. CSC dining services are provided by Sodexo, a food services and facilities management company. Dining options include but are not limited to fresh fruit and salads, home-style entrées, pizza, pasta, deli choices, ice cream, and homemade soups. The campus dining program offers a generous ‘all you care to eat’ policy, allowing students, faculty and staff to eat as much food as they wish.

After lunch, students participated in a guided campus tour by CSC Director of Recruitment Logan Nero and CSC freshman Na’ridger Pickett. The tour began at the CSC Student Union where Nero discussed CSC associate degree options. CSC’s largest academic division is Agriculture with 13 majors. CSC also offers business, communication, fine arts, healthcare, math, science, and social science degrees.

Next, students visited Miller’s Crossing, the main housing option for CSC students. Miller’s Crossing dorms are suite-style units with four private bedrooms, two showers, two bathrooms, and shared living space. The living space includes a dining room set, couch, chair, and end tables. The private bedrooms include a full-size bed, desk, and dresser. Each student in Miller’s Crossing receives his or her own vanity equipped with a sink and cabinet. Miller’s Crossing Clubhouse provides students a laundry facility, computer lab, lounge, pool table, and patio. CSC residential life houses approximately 350 students on the Warner campus.

Students also toured the student success center and bookstore in Holloway Hall as well as Classroom Building. Pickett said more than 2,700 students are enrolled at both CSC campuses with approximately 900 of those students at the Warner campus. The CSC faculty-to-staff ratio is 16:1.

“I like how small the classes are at Connors,” said Pickett. “It is a great transition from high school to college.”

The most exciting part of the tour may have been the visit to the equine facilities where students were able to see CSC rodeo team members’ horses. It was a reminder that CSC not only offers great educational experiences but also tremendous extracurricular experiences outside of the classroom.

“My favorite thing about Connors State is the activities, clubs and organizations,” said Pickett.

To end the tour, students visited the library, bursar, admissions, and financial aid offices. Nero discussed the importance of knowing where these resources were located on whichever college or university campus students decide to attend.

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.

Haileyville GEAR UP students attend the Muskogee Area-wide College Fair at Connors State College Melvin Self Fieldhouse. Front row: Tyler Morgan, Joseph Menees, Holli Vermillion, Madeline Camp, Ieesha Suter, Jessica Gibson, Thomas Greene, Katelyn Blocks, Emily Turman and Hannah Cooper. Back row: Paul DeClerk, Hunter Isaacs, Jerry Beauchamp II, Ethan Sartin, James Labor, Reuben Picotte, Donald Russell, Corbin Dawson, Faith Russell and Brice Woolery.

Haileyville GEAR UP students enjoy the day touring Connors State College beautiful campus. Front row: Paul DeClerk, Joseph Menees, Ethan Sartin, Tyler Morgan, Holli Vermillion, Jessica Gibson, Hannah Cooper, Emily Turman, Madeline Camp, Katelyn Blocks and Brice Woolery. Middle row: Corbin Dawson, Reuben Picotte, Jerry Beauchamp II, Donald Russell and Ieesha Suter. Back row: Hunter Issacs, James Labor, Faith Russell and Thomas Greene.

Haileyville GEAR UP students receive fun, educational and informational items at the Muskogee Area-wide College Fair. Pictured are Holli Vermillion and Emily Turman.

Haileyville GEAR UP students are exposed to a variety of colleges and universities throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas. Pictured are Katelyn Blocks and Faith Russell.

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