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Eufaula GEAR UP students visited the Cherokee Heritage Center

Thirty-nine Eufaula ninth grade GEAR UP students visited the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, OK. Students toured Diligwa, a 1710 Cherokee Village. Students explored the primary council house learning that Cherokee families are matrilineal, which allows women to choose their husbands, hunt, fish, gather, and go to war. Students viewed flint knapping, a process in which flint or quartzite is struck with items such as hammer stone or the base of a deer antler to shape stone. Students learned about making a dugout canoe, using blowguns, and playing stickball. Students were able to walk through the Trail of Tears

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Eufaula eighth GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Forty-six Eufaula eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured OSUIT (Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology) in Okmulgee. Students started their day on campus by meeting with Friends of Pete, the on-campus student recruitment team. Students learned about various OSUIT academic programs, campus life, and the importance of finding a career they love. Students walked around campus learning about free medical services, banking and postal services, and the convenience store. Students viewed a dorm room, and imagined life on campus while visiting Covelle Hall, home to a basketball court and wellness center. Students asked questions, and obtained information regarding admissions,

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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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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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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth grade girls tour area public libraries

Twenty-nine GEAR UP students recently visited area public libraries to learn about resources and programs available within the different library systems of Oklahoma. Students began the morning by visiting the McAlester Public Library. Yuliya Zhugina, McAlester Public Library’s Youth Services Coordinator, talked with students about summer and after-school programs the library offers free of charge. The programs offered are educational, social, fun, and FREE. Zhugina is excellent at planning activities that teens are interested in and eager to participate. There is a monthly schedule with activities for all age groups. On the third floor there is a room designated for

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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth graders tour area public libraries

Thirty-two Eufaula eighth grade GEAR UP students recently visited McAlester Public Library, in the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma, and the Eufaula Memorial Library, which is in the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System. Both libraries are within 30 miles of each other but are in different Oklahoma library districts and can offer different resources. Students began the morning by visiting the McAlester Public Library. Chris Elliott, the Information Resources Librarian, welcomed students to the White Acre Room to inform students about the free online resources available through www.oklibrary.net. During the visit, students were able to access computers and follow

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh grade boys tour area public libraries

Forty-three Eufaula GEAR UP students recently visited area public libraries to learn about resources and programs available within the different library systems of Oklahoma. Students began the morning in McAlester touring the large library. Ellen Barlow, Branch Manager, greeted students and led them through the building to showcase the various sections and how items are organized. Students were surprised to learn the various types of media available to patrons. There are video games for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, graphic novels and numerous books that can all be checked out for free. Barlow was great to

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh grade girls tour area public libraries

Forty-nine Eufaula GEAR UP students recently visited area public libraries to learn about resources and programs available within the different library systems of Oklahoma. Students began the day visiting the McAlester Public Library. McAlester’s Senior Library Assistant Heath Standfield welcomed students and explained the history of the public library system’s start and the evolution it has experienced over the years. As he guided students through the main floor of the library Standfield highlighted the library’s vast selection and organization of materials. There are print books as well as audiobooks, graphic novels, large print copies, books for sale and more. Standfield

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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth graders tour Oral Roberts University

Thirty-five GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Joseph Thomas, a freshman from Montgomery, AL majoring in Business Administration and Allyson Woods, a sophomore from McKinney, TX majoring in Communications. Eufaula students had an inside look at ORU’s campus and learned about programs and resources available for attendees. After a quick welcome at the Global Learning Center, ambassadors led students to the Graduate Center (GC). The GC houses various programs such as nursing, business, education and some of

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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth graders tour Oral Roberts University

Thirty-five GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Allyson Woods (a sophomore from McKinney, TX who just changed her major to Communications) and Joseph Thomas (a freshman from Montgomery, AL majoring in Business Administration). Eufaula students saw numerous buildings, met ORU students and learned about various programs ORU offers. Students started in front of the rotating globe at ORU’s Global Learning Center (GLC). The GLC houses many of the technology programs and classes. There is a Virtual Reality

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