Talihina GEAR UP seniors tour the University of Arkansas


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 18, 2016) – Talihina GEAR UP seniors recently traveled to Fayetteville to tour the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Students were divided into small groups to have more individualized engagement. The presentation began with a video about the U of A in Silas H. Hunt Hall. The admissions office is housed in this building, and students were given information about the writing center, student organizations, degree programs, scholarships, study abroad opportunities and the basic admission process.

The tour began in the Arkansas Student Union. The Union contains many facilities including computer labs, ballroom, dining services, fitness center, Treasurer’s office, post office and the Razorback apparel shop. The Student Union also houses the Student Technology Center where students are able to relax and play video games after classes. The guides informed the students about the Razorback Transit, a free shuttle service that runs throughout campus.

As the students walked through campus, they were directed to the Fine Arts Center, track–and–field stadium, football practice field, and fitness facility. Guides explained the cost of student sport passes and how they are used. Students were led past the housing options on campus—Founders Hall, Humphreys Hall and Yocum Hall. Guides explained the differences in room types.

Talihina students continued around campus and were led past the Business Building and Kimpel Hall. Kimpel Hall houses the departments of English, journalism and communication divisions. The Class+ Writing Support Center is located in Kimpel Hall and offers tutoring assistance with any and all writing assignments. The Hillside Auditorium building contains two auditoriums for various school purposes.

Students continued past the Bell Engineering Center and G. David Gearhart Hall. Gearhart Hall is the Honors College and houses various services for honors students. Talihina students walked by the Old Main building, the oldest building on the campus. It sits at the heart of the campus. Senior Walk is a sidewalk on campus that begins at Old Main. It contains the graduating students’ names and is updated on a yearly basis. It is very popular among graduates. Next was the Vol Walker Hall which houses the architecture classes. Architecture majors at the University of Arkansas have the opportunity to study abroad.

The David W. Mullins Library is the second largest library in state of Arkansas. It contains four floors, each of which is specific for student use. Students were led through Union Mall, an outdoor area used for various events by student organizations. The tour ended back at the Razorback Shop where students browsed and saw what the campus has to offer.

“College tours are an important part of Eastern’s GEAR UP program,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Tara Stevens. “They give the students a first–hand look at life on a college campus. This was a huge tour of a beautiful campus.”

Talihina GEAR UP seniors pause for a photo during the tour of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Pictured are: Seated: Kristy Collins. Marie McLemore–Jones and Whitney Rose. Second Row: Julia Whitney, Tracie Pitcock, Camri Duncan, Baylie Anderson, Michala Reynolds, Grace Medlock, Anna Morris, Cassidy Ramsey, Ashlen Mize, Mariah Crank, Kayla Himes, Regan Cochran, Peyton Hoyer and Talihina GEAR UP Lead Teacher Ashley Gravitt. Back row: Jacob Sockey, Michael Smith, Benny McLemore–Jones and Gabriel Rasha.

Getting ready for the University of Arkansas tour are Talihina seniors Camri Duncan, Grace Medlock, Baylie Anderson and Michala Reynolds.

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