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Year 3 is Underway!

School is back in session across Southeast Oklahoma, and that means that EOSC GEAR UP is busy  kicking off another year with the teachers and students of our partner schools. This year’s cohort is in the 8th and 9th grade, and with students entering high school, college is looming closer and closer on the horizon! We have a lot of great things planned for the year, so keep an eye here for ways to get involved!

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Eufaula ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Twenty-eight Eufaula ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. Students began the day meeting Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team that assists with recruitment events. Students viewed a presentation about OSUIT programs, and then participated in a walking tour of campus, learning about the LASSO Center, library, and graphic design and culinary arts programs. Throughout the tour, students gained additional information about OSUIT by asking questions regarding admissions, tuition, graduation, and employment.  Following the tour, students ate lunch on campus in the Cowboy Café, providing students

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Spiro eighth grade tours Northeastern State University

Fifty-six Spiro eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors, Brittany Waters, Cheyenne Jones, and Tim Gardenhigh. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students began to tour NSU’s campus. The first stop on the tour was Seminary Hall, the oldest building on campus. The next stops on the tour

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Spiro ninth grade GEAR UP students tours University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Sixty-nine Spiro ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith). Upon arrival, student ambassadors MiKayliegh Norris, Fatima Bonilla, and Abigail Powloshi introduced students to the heart of the campus, the Smith-Pendergraft CC (Campus Center), and provided an overview of UAFS. The CC is home to student aid and financial services, campus bookstore, student activities center, and food court. After the presentation, students toured the campus, visiting Boreham Library, Windgate Art and Design, Baldor Technology Center, and the Donald W. Reynolds Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green, an outdoor area for many student activities and gatherings. The

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Antlers ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Murray State College

Antlers ninth grade GEAR UP students recently visited Murray State College in Tishomingo. Students began the day at Fletcher Auditorium, and then toured some of the main buildings on campus. Student Affairs and Student Support representatives provided students with a question and answer session about financial aid, housing, campus life, and programs offered. Two of the favorite stops on the tour were the gunsmithing technology and nursing programs. The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39

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Panama eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Northeastern State University

Forty-one Panama eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the University Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors Tim Gardenhigh, Montana Hale, Kloey Sharp, and Libby Sharp. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students toured campus. One notable stop was the Centennial Plaza, a gathering place established on the 100th anniversary of the founding of NSU. A bronze statue of Sequoyah,

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Eufaula ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Twenty-three Eufaula ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee. Students began the day meeting Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team who assists with recruitment events. Students viewed a presentation about OSUIT programs, and then participated in a walking tour of campus, learning about the LASSO Center, library, and graphic design and culinary arts programs. Throughout the tour, students gained additional information about OSUIT by asking questions regarding admissions, tuition, graduation, and employment.  Following the tour, students ate lunch on campus in the Cowboy Café, providing students

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Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade students tour Northeastern State University

Sixteen Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the University Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors Montana Hale and Benjamin Smith. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students toured campus. The first stop on the tour was Seminary Hall, the oldest building on campus. The next stops on the tour were Centennial Plaza, Bagley Hall, and the

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McCurtain EOSC GEAR UP student tour Northeastern State University

Twenty-two McCurtain eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the University Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush, and NSU Student Ambassadors Tim Gardenhigh and Cheyenne Johns. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. Students learned that NSU is the fourth-largest university in the state of Oklahoma. After the presentation, Gardenhigh and Johns led students on a campus tour. Students visited John Vaughn Library, Leoser Hall, Seminary

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Area Middle and High School Math and Science Teachers Receive Texas Instruments Training in Poteau

Twelve area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while 20 teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau. The workshops were designed to help teachers integrate the TI-Nspire Navigator Systems effectively into classroom instruction, which helps students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding engineering design, and electronics. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Sandra Hocutt, Cassie Whitecotton, and Doug Roberts. “This Texas Instrument technology makes a huge impact in our local classrooms,” said GEAR UP

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Area Middle and High School Math and Science Teachers Receive Texas Instruments Training in McAlester

Thirty-two area middle school math and science teachers recently participated in a two-day beginner TI (Texas Instruments) workshop while 30 teachers participated in a one-day intermediate and advanced training at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester. The workshops were designed to help teachers integrate the TI-Nspire Navigator Systems effectively into classroom instruction, which helps students explore, understand and connect the principles of science, math, coding engineering design, and electronics. The trainings were conducted by Texas Instruments Specialists Mike Smith, Sandra Hocutt, Cassie Whitecotton, and Doug Roberts. “The impact Texas Instrument technology makes in our local classrooms amazes me,” said GEAR

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