Talihina Sophomores tour Carl Albert State College


WILBURTON (Dec. 4, 2014) - The cold temperatures didn’t stop the Talihina sophomore GEAR UP students from traveling to Poteau to tour Carl Albert State College. Carl Albert Viking Ambassadors Erin and Cherokee led the students on the tour which began in the Joe E. White Library. Erin spoke with the students about learning how to navigate online resources such as EBSCO Host and the importance of utilizing the library.

Students toured the apartment–style dormitories and the Deanna J. Reed Math and Science Center. The Ambassadors explained which classes and labs were offered on the specific floors of the building.

The next stop was the Jim Jinkins Academic Center which houses the two–year technical programs. Erin and Cherokee explained the programs and described the competitiveness of being accepted to each program.

The George Ollie Jr. Center for Academic Excellence was the next stop. Erin stated that many of the first–year classes are held in the Center. It contains the Liberal Arts classrooms for the Division of Communication and the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Erin and Cherokee then showed the students the F. L. Holton Business Center and discussed the various classes held in that building.

Hemphill Hall was the next stop on the tour. Erin and Cherokee explained that this building would become very familiar to future students because it contains the admission office, business office and financial aid.

Last stop was the Costner–Balentine Student Center which houses the bookstore, cafeteria and workout facilities. Students were able to browse the bookstore and purchase items.

“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.

Talihina Sophomores during the Carl Albert State College Tour.

Seated: David Goggins, Kristy Collins, Kristina Cleary and Jordan McCormick

1st Row: Tracie Pitcock, Taloa Pride, Hailey James, Kegan Russom, Jackson Washburn, Kayla Himes, Victoria Cedeno, Baylie Anderson, Michala Reynolds, Julia Whitney, Marie McLemore–Jones, Whitney Rose, Jacob Sockey, Grace Medlock and Leticia Sotelo

2nd Row: Jay Johnson, Harley Roba, Ashlen Mize, Mariah Crank, Regan Cochran, Cassidy Ramsey, Jensyn Trowbridge and Taleia Casey

Back Row: Trevor Trowbridge, Thomas Smith, Sam Cox, Domnick Shedd, Colton Wall, Gabriel Rasha, Chipper Jones and Benny McLemore–Jones

Chipper Jones and Gabriel Rasha proudly wear the Carl Albert hats they purchased from the bookstore

Jacob Sockey, Baylie Anderson, Victoria Cedeno, and Marie McLemore–Jones listen intently as Carl Albert Viking Ambassadors Cherokee and Erin explain what to expect during the campus tour.

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