Whitesboro GEAR UP students tour the University of Oklahoma


WILBURTON, OK (Sept. 20, 2017) – Whitesboro GEAR UP students recently traveled to Norman to tour the University of Oklahoma. Student tour guides Seth Truit and Maddie Roper met with the students in the OU Visitor Center in Jacobson Hall. Students watched a short video about OU. The guides told students about various campus organizations and academic programs. They discussed numerous scholarships, deadlines, financial aid and the importance of ACT scores. They also stressed the importance of volunteer work, the application essay, and student involvement.

As the students were led throughout the campus, the guides provided history and information about campus buildings. Students were directed to the School of Law where they learned about what it takes to be accepted into the Law School. Students were then led through the Bizzell Memorial Library where they received a firsthand look at the Great Reading Room—the most popular quiet study space that serves as the home of theses and dissertations by OU graduates. They learned about the different benefits the Library has to offer such as the Research Help Center and Writing Center.

The Norman campus contains the largest research library in the state of Oklahoma. It contains more than 6 million volumes, 1.3 million eBooks, 3.6 million microform materials and 116,000 serials subscriptions. The library has been a depository for federal government documents since 1893 and ranks 32nd out of 114 academic research libraries in North America for volumes held.

Next on the tour was the Wallace Old Science Hall and the Chemistry Building. Wallace Old Science Hall is home to several offices at OU, including International Student Services and Education Abroad; Film and Video Studies; and the School of Drama, which also has two theatres in the facility. It also houses the headquarters of the International Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the largest film studies organization in the world. The Chemistry Building houses one of the strongest departments at OU, which includes internationally–known professors and continues to engage in pioneering chemical and biochemical research.

The tour continued to the Gallogly College of Engineering where there are nine different programs available. The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications was next. Students study journalism, broadcasting, electronic media, public relations, advertising, and professional writing. Whitesboro students were able to see some of the products that OU students prepared and were on display.

The Oklahoma Memorial Union was the next stop. There were places to eat and lounge inside. Next was Campus Corner. Students can shop, eat, and hang out when they are not in class. Students learned about some of the traditions that OU students participate in along with some of the different clubs and organizations in which students can get involved.

The final destination on the tour was the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Students saw where they could spend their evenings during football session.

“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.”

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.

Whitesboro seniors in front of the Bizzell Library at the University of Oklahoma. Front row: William Grinstead, Tori Culley, Braeden Richardson, Amanda Harjo, Ashley Moore, Kacey Ludlow, Reba Ludlow and Savanah McCray. Back row: Alexander Tufford, Trenton Lanning and Levi Odom.

Whitesboro students at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium are Braeden Richardson, Amanda Harjo, Reba Ludlow, Ashley Moore, Savanah McCray, Tori Culley, Kacey Ludlow, Levi Odom, Trenton Lanning, William Grinstead and Alexander Tufford.

Whitesboro senior GEAR UP students pause after touring the University of Oklahoma. Kneeling: Braeden Richardson. Back row: Alexander Tufford, William Grinstead, Trenton Lanning, Kacey Ludlow, Levi Odom, Reba Ludlow, Amanda Harjo, Ashley Moore, Tori Culley Savanah McCray.

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