Stringtown GEAR UP students tour the University of Central Oklahoma


WILBURTON (Oct. 22 2014) - Stringtown freshmen and sophomores GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Students were greeted by UCO tour guide and student ambassador Will Ferguson at the Nigh University Center. They were escorted to the Will Rogers Room where the Director of Student Activity Katelynn Lee briefed them on the history of the campus, student enrollment, student activities and fields of study.  
Students toured the College Center Building, the fieldhouse, the Broncho Football Field, the Broncho Wellness Center, the library, the education building, the Old North Tower building and the science building.

In the science building, students observed a large, swinging pendulum that is in constant motion.   A highlight of the tour was the Old North Tower which serves as the icon of the University of Central Oklahoma. The tower was the first building of higher education in the state of Oklahoma, beginning as a teacher’s college. It first opened for classes in 1893.
Students returned to the Nigh Center to board the school bus. The freshmen and sophomores were given an energetic, encouraging send off by the staff of UCO.  
“It was a great tour,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Kamy Patterson. “The students had never visited the university’s campus. It gave them insight to what it would be like to be a UCO Broncho.”

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 and educational in nature.

Students are briefed by UCO Director of Student Activity Katelynn Lee