October Student of the Month

Wyoming Educational Opportunity Center is proud of our highlighted Student of the Month for October!

In November of 2016, Mark Recchia took a huge chance, packed up his dog and a few of his belongings and took off for Wyoming, leaving behind family and friends. He needed a change and Wyoming offered exciting challenges and opportunities. He had been in biotech pharmaceuticals for many years, but he wanted to go back to school to finish his education. And, given his background, a degree in the medical field looked like a good fit.

 

Mark went to Workforce Services to look for employment and it was there that he learned about the Educational Opportunity Center at Gillette College. When I first met Mark, he was anxious to get back into school, but it had been a few years since he last took college classes.  At EOC, he found help navigating through the increasingly complicated process of college and financial aid applications. He started taking classes this fall and is applying to the Medical Assistant Program in the fall of 2018.

 

Mark has quickly embraced student life: he joined the Gillette College Science Association and got a work-study position in the College’s student help zone. Of Gillette College, he says, “It’s a great education and very affordable. The people here are super helpful and everyone is so nice.”  Today, he continues to tackle challenges with optimism and commitment.  If you run in to Mark, be sure to congratulate him on his efforts so far and wish him the best on what may be his greatest challenge yet: he and his girlfriend Amber are expecting their first child in May of 2018!

 

Three UND McNair Scholars Presented at the 75th Annual National Plains Anthropological Conference

Presenting at the Great Plains Anthropological Conference was a great experience. I presented my paper on cultural education as a tool to cope with the discrimination Two-Spirit people face. This paper meant a lot to me because most people do not know what it means to be Two-Spirit and the cultural aspects behind that. I knew that Two-Spirit people were hidden in anthropology for a long time because of prejudice even though they have always been around in various American Indian Tribes and have great importance. After I gave my paper, I was surprised by all the feedback I received. A lot of the professionals in the room were unaware of the suicide, assault, and depression statistics that impact the Two-Spirit community. My paper also won the Mary Jane and FredSchneider Student award. I am honored that I got to represent the McNair and American Indian Studies programs.  Flint Devine

 

Flint, Caitlyn and I had the opportunity to present at the Plains Anthropological Conference on October 5th.  This year the national conference was hosted in Bismarck, ND.  Being from Bismarck, it was nice to have a home-court advantage.  Unfortunately, Patrice and Dr. Hans told us they could not make it, but last minute Patrice surprised us! It was an exhilarating experience and our papers were well received.  Sashay Schettler

 

Attending the 75th Plains Anthropological Conference this year was more than rewarding. Through this experience, I was exposed to three learning opportunities: 1) attended and presented at my first conference, 2) it allowed me to make connections with other people in my field of study, Anthropology, which will be useful in future endeavors, and 3) I was able to take my first step towards what I want to do, which is enrich the learning of others regarding the American Indian paradigms. I thoroughly valued this experience, and am grateful for the opportunity I was given, as it has now given me confidence to further attend and present at conferences, but it has also solidified the fire and passion I have towards my majors, both American Indian Studies and Anthropology.  Caitlyn Shoulder

Upward Bound grant restored for University of Montana

Upward Bound grant restored for University of Montana

The University of Montana will receive money to support first-generation college students and ones from low-income families through Upward Bound, after initially being denied a grant due to a clerical error, according to news releases. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced Wednesday that the U.S.

Federal Budget Updates

* House and Senate reached an agreement for FY17
* This was signed into law May 5, 2017
* 50 Million increase (5.6%) TRIO Funding
* Language in bill provides increase funding for existing TRIO grant programs
* Increase grants awarded for FY17
*Allowing reading of grants that were rejected due to formatting
*FY18 TRIO budget is not safe (Trump proposed $92 Million in TRIO cuts)
CALL TO ACTION:
*Join Governmental Relations Committee for ASPIRE (contact Ally)
*Continue to call/write your congressional leaders on free time, advocating for TRIO
*Join COE Webinar 5/24/17 @ 1 p.m. (Eastern)
“Governmental Relations Summer Advocacy”

COE Fair Share explained

ASPIRE updates

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TRIO SSS Advisor Receives Counseling Award

The TRIO Programs office is proud to announce that one of our SSS Advising Coordinators, Maria Baldwin, was selected to receive the Philip and Miriam Perlman Award from the University of Utah Alumni Association. Each year the Alumni Association recognizes a faculty or staff member with the Philip and Miriam Perlman Excellence in Student Counseling Award for his/her dedication to students in helping them steer a successful course through their studies at the University. Maria is one of the foundations of the TRIO office, she’s been with the U of U TRIO Programs for 19 years and continues to make an impact on TRIO students.

Congratulations Maria!

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February EOC Participant of the Month

The Educational Opportunity Center Participant of the Month is Hailey Fry. Hailey is a senior at Cheyenne Central High school. She plans on attending the University of Wyoming this fall. She will be majoring in Business and minoring in Political Science. She will be putting herself through college and one main goal she has is to be the first in her family to go and graduate from college. She is involved in multiple activities around Cheyenne and in school while maintaining a high GPA. She is very determined and has made sure to get out and involved in multiple aspects of society. Recently she has worked as a page for the 64th Wyoming Legislature. By going to the University of Wyoming she wants to stay in this great state and help improve it. She knows that most young adults between the ages of 18-25 leave Wyoming. To her, this is a problem and she has plans to change this and to involve youth in politics and government. A big future goal of hers is to become a House of Representatives Legislator. By doing this she knows that her voice and opinion can make a difference for the better. One day with the help of her college education she will be a legislator and improve the lives of the 584,153 citizens of Wyoming. I see incredible things in Hailey’s future!

Prep for Policy

Prep 4 Policy! Watch the latest tutorial “How to get to know your legislators” from Ally Garcia, on getting to know your representatives. #prep4policy

EOC January Participant of the Month

The January Participant of the Month is Daniel Morrell of Cheyenne.  He has been working with EOC to get enrolled in college classes and is a real go-getter.  Daniel has been working full time since he was 15 and has completed his GED at the age of 16 to start college and prepare for a career earlier.  At 17, Daniel is taking college classes, working full time and helping his parents around the house.  He has risen to every challenge in front of him and has complete support from his family.  Daniel is planning on a completing his Associates degree at LCCC.