Whitesboro GEAR UP Students Tour Northeastern State University


WILBURTON, OK (May 11, 2016) – Whitesboro GEAR UP students recently toured Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. NSU tour guide Caleb Butsler began the tour at the Center for Admissions and Student Enrollment Center. He explained admission requirements and various activities available for student participation. Students were led past the Second Century Square, which is an amphitheater for outdoor events and arrived at Leoser Center, the university housing unit. Students toured the dormitory rooms as well as the common areas in the building.

As students walked by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries building, the guide discussed various events that are held in that building. Students were led by Haskell Hall, the building used specifically for students of Cherokee heritage. They also toured the multimedia and journalism office.

Students passed the Center for Performing Arts building as the guide discussed the variety of events that take place in the building. Butsler took the students into Seminary Hall, the oldest building on campus that houses offices and Liberal Arts classes. Seminary Hall is also the location of the Writing Lab which is free for Northeastern students. Whitesboro students saw the college President’s home and the Science building, which is the newest building on campus. Butsler discussed student events held at the President’s home.

The tour guide stopped by a statue of Sequoyah in the Centennial Plaza and explained who he was and his importance to the Cherokee Nation. Students toured the first floor of the John Vaughan Library, and Butsler explained what is located on each floor. He stressed the importance of student use of the library. The group was directed past the Student Financial Services building which was the original bath house on campus for the female students. The guide discussed the various classes that are located in the Fine Arts Annex as well as those held in the Business and Technology building as he led the group to the University Center.

The University Center contains various restaurants, offices, and the RiverHawk Bookstore. The guide explained the roles of the various offices. The offices include: student activities, student government, orientation and leadership, Greek life, community engagement, the copy zone, and the mail zone.

“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 or educational in nature.

Whitesboro GEAR UP students touring the campus of Northeastern State University include: Front Row: Ashley Moore, Kimberly Craig and Tori Culley Row 2: Levi Odom, Avery McCarley, John Cranford and Jayd Duncan Back Row: Trenton Lanning and Marty Burr.

Whitesboro sophomore Levi Odom browses through the bookstore, the RiverHawk Shoppe.

Trenton Lanning, Levi Odom, Avery McCarley, and Tori Culley examine a painting while the guide explains the history of Seminary Hall.

Whitesboro GEAR UP students learn about the history of Sequoyah and his importance to the Cherokee Nation.

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