SWOSU-Sayre Hosts Program for Area Counselors


Twelve counselors from 11 area high schools recently attended the 2nd annual Counselors Appreciation Day at the SWOSU-Sayre campus. 

"We want to show area counselors how much we appreciate their efforts on behalf of their students," said Dr. Jim James, dean of the Sayre campus.  "They deserve a lot of credit for helping high school students make the transition to college."

The counselors were given a presentation by SWOSU Dean of Students Cindy Dougherty titled "Who Counsels the Counselors?"  Topics addressed issues that college administrators face dealing with students, their academic privacy and the role of parents.

SWOSU counselors, financial aid and admissions/recruitment personnel were on hand throughout the day answering counselors' questions. The day ended with a meal held at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Building.

Karen Gracey of Sweetwater High School won a $250 scholarship for a Sweetwater senior to use this summer or fall at SWOSU-Sayre.  Lori Dixon of Burns Flat-Dill City High School won a $100 Visa gift card.

Counselors attending included Cathy Baker, Cheyenne High School; DeAnne Bell, Elk City High School; Angela Caler, Cordell High School; Lori Dixon and Cheri Lou Gastineau, both of Burns Flat-Dill City High School; Karen Gracey, Sweetwater High School; Shannon Hill, Sayre High School; LaDonna Jones, Erick High School; Brenda Keyes, Wheeler (TX) High School; Sheri Teeter, Canute High School; Lynne Walker, Hammon High School; and Sandra Wright, Merritt High School.

Dr. James reminds high school students and their parents that next year's seniors who've made certain ACT scores may take SWOSU-Sayre classes tuition-free, beginning this summer.

"Eligible seniors may take two classes per semester during the summer, fall and spring of their senior year, meaning they could earn up to 18 hours tuition-free before graduating from high school," James said. 

Enrollment is under way for the summer and fall semesters at SWOSU-Sayre.  For further information, call the Registrar's Office at 580.928.5533.