Talihina ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Carl Albert State College


WILBURTON (Nov. 10, 2014) - Ninth grade GEAR UP students from Talihina recently toured Carl Albert State College in Poteau. The tour began in Hemphill Hall where CASC Recruiter Aron Emberton explained that this building would become very familiar to future students because it contains the admission office, business office and financial aid.

The next stop was the newly renovated Jim Jinkins Academic Center which houses the two–year, technical programs. Emberton explained the programs and described the competitiveness of being accepted into each program. Students were shown the physical therapy assistant skills lab. Then they toured the apartment–style, freshmen dormitories. Emberton informed the students about various scholarships available to assist with housing costs.

The George Ollie Jr. Center for Academic Excellence was the next stop. Emberton stated that many of the first–year classes are held there. The Center houses the Liberal Arts classrooms for the Division of Communication and the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He showed the students a classroom and discussed the typical class size and tutoring options available at Carl Albert.

Students were led through the Deanna J. Reed Math and Science Center and Emberton explained which classes and labs were offered on the specific floors of this building. Students were shown the Hamilton Complex which houses the theater, music, art and speech departments as well as the auditorium. He discussed the various classes available and discussed specific scholarships relating to those areas.

Emberton then showed the students the F. L. Holton Business Center and discussed the various classes held there. He discussed different political speakers who have visited the college and discussed the importance of Carl Albert who previously served as Speaker of the House.

The students were directed to the Joe E. White Library. Director of Libraries Terri Carroll spoke with the students about the importance of learning how to navigate online resources such as EBSCO Host and the various activities held on campus for the students. She also discussed the importance of the ACT.

Emberton guided the students to the gym located in the Larry Dickerson Health Science Center. He discussed the various sports teams at Carl Albert and the scholarship opportunities available with each sport. The last stop on the tour was the Costner–Balentine Student Center which houses the bookstore, cafeteria and workout facilities.

“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.

Drew Hubbard, Charlee Wynns, Taylor Hutter, and Will James enjoyed touring the apartment–style dormitories at Carl Albert State College

Cooper Leathers, Brieanna Hernandez, Austin Smith, Alexis Duncan, April Osburne, Echo Merryman, Zane Jacobson, and Delaney McGhee listen closely as Recruiter, Aron Emberton explains the Physical Therapy Assistant program in the Skills lab at Carl Albert State College

Parker Judkins received a Carl Albert State College bag for answering a question about the college as Javen Potts, Nick Philpot, Jessie Sockey, and Jason Long listen closely to the next question

Talihina 9th grade GEAR UP students pose for a picture after their tour at Carl Albert State College

Josiah Colbert, Dawson Cantrell, Kyla Guthrie, and Andrew Young enjoyed looking at the equipment in the Physical Therapy Skills lab at Carl Albert State College

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