Rattan GEAR UP students tour Southeastern Oklahoma State University


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 26, 2018) – Rattan GEAR UP students recently toured Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “The Campus of a Thousand Magnolias.” Students were welcomed by University Admissions Counselor/Recruiter Sheridan Burns and Admissions Counselor and Transfer Recruiter Charles Jackson joined by SOSU seniors Cara Worsham and Callie Bryant.

Students began their tour at the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. Burns and Jackson led the Clayton students to the Paul Laird Field, the football stadium that was renovated with funding by the city of Durant sales tax.

Students were then taken to the horseshoe–shaped area of the campus around which most of the campus buildings stand. Students walked past Morrison Hall which was the first building built on campus in 1910. It was located in the middle of what was then a peach orchard.

Next the students were taken to the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library They were given an overview of the numerous volumes of books and other resources that are available to Southeastern students which includes meeting and study areas.

Students strolled along the Magnolia–lined walkways past the Math Building, Fine Arts Building, Russell Building and John Massey School of Business. Students were given a brief overview of classes located in each building as well as degrees offered at SOSU.

Students viewed a dorm room in Shearer Hall, the premiere living facility at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The building houses more than 300 residents in apartment-style suites, with an adjacent outdoor volleyball court and half-sized basketball sport-court. Most suites have four separate bedrooms surrounding a living room space and kitchenette, equipped with a full sized refrigerator and built-in microwave.

“The students really enjoyed the tour of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The tour guides did a wonderful job of showing our GEAR UP students the facilities as well as answering the many questions our students asked,” LaDonna Baldwin Education Coordinator.

The tour concluded at the Glen D. Johnson Student Union with lunch in the cafeteria.

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 will serve over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

Rattan GEAR UP students inside the Glen D. Johnson Student Union at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Hallie Meredith, Abby Sorrells, Chloe James, Kaiden Roberts, Harley Malakowsky, Gracie Sam, Clayci Carter, Dakota Logan, Nichelle Gallant, Haley Sorrells, Jamie Jones, (row 2) Faith Miller, Arianna Myers, Layla Nicholson, Tayler Trapp, Lainey Dunlap, Tynli Harrington, Courtney Reese, Hanna Southard, Jasmine Dominguez, Zoe Courtwright, Zayda Penner, (row 3) Cady Hickman, Teri-Jo Taylor, Cassidy Mack, Chasity Fairless, Cailin Jamison, Kenzi Sims, Daryn Merriman, Abbie Jacobs, Delaynie Ross, Tricity Armstrong, Hailey Pitt, Audrey Madbull, Kaydence Winship, ShyAnn Courtwright, (row 4) Donaven Davis, Casey Gurley, Travis Smith, Cutter Teague, Coy Green, Zachary Chambers, Seth Springfield, Tyler Echelle, Charles England, Joseph Gunnels, Lance Workman, Brianna Schaffer, Haley Gantt, Melody Provence, Lonna Sellers, (row 5) Anthony Bradley, Logan Smith, Kreed Jones, Camron Hamill, Ethan Clay, Hunter May, Bryden Walker, Anthony Moore, Rylan Hedrick, Kallie Hudson, Dakota Nelson, Sierra Moore, (back row) Beckett Bailey, Will Self, Luke Clay, John Taylor Jr., Carson Bailey, Conner Perry, Hunter Sims, Jace May, Joseph Vance III, Caleb Jefferson, Travis Turner II, Cale Clay, Guillermo Gallegos, Nate Noel and Keegan Robertson.

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