On April 18th, the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering will be watching as one of their own attempts to capture the crown in this year’s Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bethany Gerber, an undergraduate industrial engineering student at OU, will represent her hometown of Winfield, Kansas in the Miss USA pageant. After being named Miss Kansas USA 2010, she decided to take a semester off in preparation for the April pageant and to spend some time in giving back to her community and state.
“I was Sooner born and Sooner bred,” said Bethany Gerber when asked why she chose the University of Oklahoma. Another reason for attending OU is her strong connection to family, which just so happens to consist of many OU alums. She is very close to her brother, Beau, who is also a student at OU. In fact, she cites him as one of the main reasons she came to Norman. Although her brother lives in Norman and attends OU, most of her classmates from high school went to colleges in Kansas.
Bethany has enjoyed her time at the University of Oklahoma so far. “Dr. Shehab and her staff have always gone above and beyond to make me feel comfortable enough to come to them with any situation,” Bethany relayed. She is very pleased by the level of understanding they have demonstrated while she juggles to balance school, extracurricular activities and visiting home out-of-state.