Panola GEAR UP tour Connors State College


WILBURTON (Dec. 4, 2014) - Panola GEAR UP students recently toured Connors State College in Warner, OK. Marlon Jones, GEAR UP Liaison for Connors, led the tour which began in the auditorium located in the Fine Arts Building. He explained that forming good study habits now will benefit the students later during their college career. He provided them with handouts of things students can do to prepare for college. He also discussed the importance of the ACT and challenged them to begin thinking about the future.

Students were led through an apartment–style dormitory and then to the Education Building. They met Gary, the Science Club President, who let them touch a snake and informed them of activities sponsored by the club. Jones discussed the various science and math classes that are held in the Education Building. Next stop on the tour was the Classroom Building. Various other classes are held in this building. Students sat in a history room while Jones discussed the advantage of taking concurrent classes while in high school.

Panola students walked through the Student Success Center and Bookstore. Jones explained the importance of attending tutoring that is offered in the Success Center. The students walked through the Melvin Self Field House and the Carl Westbrook Library Learning Center. The Administrative Building was the last stop on the tour. Jones showed the students where various offices, such as the Registrar and Financial Aid, are located.

During the tour, students spoke with Connors State College President Tim Faltyn. He discussed the importance of obtaining a college education and many opportunities that arise with a college degree.

“College tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Melissa Juarez. “They give the students a first–hand look at life on a college 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.

Joseph Holloway, Christian Coley, Cody Johnson, Lane Crouch, Dora Cox, Alison Corcoran, Rosetta Coley, Bryce Wilcox, and Sandra Karstens gain the experience of sitting in a college classroom while Connors State College GEAR UP Liaison Marlon Jones explains the advantage of taking concurrent classes.

Eddy Keeling shows no fear when letting a snake slither around his neck as Billy Morrow and Gary, the Connors State College Science Club President watch intently.

Jacy Muncy, Jayda Crockett, and Chloe Ellis enjoyed touring the Connors State College library.