Indianola GEAR UP students tour UCO and the Bodies Revealed Exhibit


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 29, 2017) – Indianola GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). Students gathered in one of the many conference rooms in the Nigh University Center. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator of Group Tours Bria Bowler greeted the Indianola seniors.

Bowler explained the different admission processes of how students can be admitted to UCO. UCO is the third largest university in Oklahoma with over 19,000 students enrolled.

Instead of a tradition tour, students participated in a scavenger hunt across the campus. Students were divided into small groups and given packet that contained a list of clues. The clues led them from place to place across the spacious campus. Each group was accompanied by a chaperone.

As the students moved across campus on the scavenger hunt on campus, they toured Howell Hall, home to the College of Mathematics and Science classrooms, labs, faculty and administrative offices. Next was Old North, the oldest building on campus. They visited the Max Chambers Library which features African Art & Artifacts of West Africa. The last stop on the scavenger hunt was the Wellness Center.

After students completed the scavenger hunt, it was time for 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.

“Eating on campus gives students a chance to experience campus dining with current college students and to get a true feel of the college experience,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Shawna Smith.

The next stop on the trip was the Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City to visit the Bodies Revealed exhibit.

The exhibit showcases several preserved human cadavers in various different states of activity. As students walked through different systems within the human body, they viewed up close what the inside of their bodies looks like. The exhibit also shows has many samples that show different disease processes and the effects that they have on internal organs.

“This was an experience I’ll never forget,” said Senior Anna McNeil.

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.

Indianola GEAR UP students outside the Bodies Revealed exhibit at the Science Museum Oklahoma. Pictured are: Front row: Derrick Cheater, Kayla Buckner, Anna McNeil, Eva Bierman and Salestreal Scarpello. Back row: Indianola teacher and bus driver Brad McNeil, Kolten Peloquin, Kenneth Dickey, Talor Suenram, Zathan Gragg and Paul Clark.

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