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Message from the Director It is apparent these have been challenging times for many in our nation. The tough economic times have left few unaffected; however, even in these uncertain times, we are grateful. The Office of Special Programs is extremely fortunate. Our participants remind us daily that our lives could be worse, but there is always hope and better yet, help. This holiday season we would like to focus on our gratitude and give thanks. I am grateful for:
Inside this issue: Turkey Festival
A Word from EOCâ€™s partner
SSS new coordinator
An Attitude of Gratitude
SSS Student Spotlight
EOC Student Spotlight
Federal, state, and local elected officials, who support the philosophy of equal opportunity and the right of educational access and opportunities to all. The Federal TRiO Programs and U.S. Department of Education for providing funding opportunities to bridge the educational gap
and give every child an opportunity to succeed, despite socioeconomic barriers out of their control. FSU administration and the Office of Special Programsâ€™ staff, who continually support the mission of our TRiO programs to ensure their success. Our students, that remind us that our jobs do matter, and continuously renew our passion and convictions to support lowincome, first-generation, disabled students, and underrepresented groups in higher education. Our institutional and community partners that commit tangible and intangible resources that assists in sustaining our programs and aid in our missions. The communities of the target
areas that accept our programs with open arms. I am truly grateful and our office would like to say thank you to everyone. This is also a time that we can reflect on the wonderful achievements and accomplishments of our Continued on page 2
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Turkey Festival-Raeford, NC
Message cont’d. staff and students. We are elated to share the success with many of our students at the upcoming Fall commencement ceremony, where they will earn their baccalaureate degrees. We wish these students much success as they embark on their future endeavors. As this year comes to a close, we are grateful for the wonderful blessings and opportunities we have been given and thankful for the challenges we faced that we all overcame. Next year, we anticipate great things! One of the major events we are excited about is celebrating
National TRiO Day, February 26, 2011. This day will not only allow us to publicize our wonderful programs, but will also provide beneficial workshops and information to participants. If you would like to assist us in this event, please contact my office. Thank you for your continued support and Happy Holidays from the Office of Special Programs! Educationally yours,
Andrea Neal Director of Special Programs
The Turkey Festival is a weeklong celebration in honor of one of North Carolina’s leading industries. The Turkey festival is an event that is sponsored every year by Hoke County. The city of Raeford prepares for the festival all year long, free non-stop music and entertainment, one of the most outstanding displays of North Carolina arts and crafts, car show, dog show and military displays. This year the Festival celebrated ―Turkey Wins in 2010‖. On September 11th ,the Turkey Festival and First Health of Carolina held a Remembrance Walk to honor those who lost lives, who survived and who so gallantly served on September 11, 2001. The 3rd Annual Turkey Throw
Down was held at Armory Park. There was musical entertainment and a Children’s Corner, not to mention Dog Shows, Car Show, Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Military Displays. At 8:00 pm the Celebration of ―Turkey Wins in 2010‖ held a Concert kicked off with the Jill Deneed Band. Then the crowd danced the night away with the Rough Draft Band. The Educational Opportunity Center Program was invited to provide information on college enrollment for any two or four year colleges. EOC also provided information for the GED, Adult Education Programs, and distributed information about scholarships and grants. All of the EOC staff was available to answer questions and help complete applications.
Sampson County Head Start/ Early Fall Festival Sampson County advisor, Keisha Avant, represented the Educational Opportunity Centers Program at the Sampson County Head Start/Early Head Start Fall Festival. It was held at the Clinton Farmers Market on Saturday, October 23. The purpose of the festival was to extend an invitation to families throughout the county to have fun while also getting pertinent information on various agencies and organizations. It was organized by Ms. Twanda
Moore, who stated that Sampson County Head Start intends to make the Fall Festival an annual event. There were many activities for children that included bean bag toss and face painting. Prizes were also given out. Many exhibitors were also present with their services geared towards the needs of the parents and other adults. Of these were Ms. Peggy Davis with the Employment Security Commis-
Members of the community during the Sampson County BBQ cook off. Page 2
Avant, EOC’s Academic Advisor for Sampson County, assists members of community during one of the many events the EOC program participates in.
sion and Mr. Alonza Royal of the Continuing Education Department at Sampson Community College. Several people signed up at the EOC table to receive information on postsecondary programs and financial aid. Many were excited to hear about the free services offered through the program, and guaranteed that they would meet with Ms. Avant in the upcoming week. They were reminded that the
spring semester will be here soon, and that there is no time to waste in doing those admissions and financial aid applications. The smiles on the faces of both child and parent alike told of the success of the festival. Whether it was a toy car or an EOC brochure, everyone went away with something.
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FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Informational workshops Motivational Speaker Tickets to FSU vs. WSSU Basketball game Talent Show Essay Contest
For more information, contact Carmen Wade at 910-672-1866 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FSU celebrates TRiO Day February 26th The mission of the federal TRiO programs is to provide firstgeneration, low-income, underrepresented, and disabled students with a myriad of services that help them to gain admission to college, graduate school, complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Currently, there are eight federal TRiO programs; Fayetteville State University hosts five of these programsâ€” Upward Bound (serves 9th -12th grade students), Student Support Services (serves Fayetteville State University undergraduate Page 3
students, freshman through senior year), Educational Talent Search (serves 6th-12th grade students), Educational Opportunity Centers (serves adult students and drop-outs), and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (serves Fayetteville State University juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a doctoral degree). According to the 1986 Congressional resolution, National TRIO Day is meant to focus the nation's "attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and
adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the necessary investment if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made." As part of the TRiO programs' mission, we are participating in National TRiO Day, which is a community service and celebratory initiative. In our efforts to give back to the community, Fayetteville State University will host TRiO Day on Saturday, February 26, 2011. TRiO Day will include several activities which members of the Fayette-
ville community are invited to attend. The activities will involve testimonials from present and past TRiO Participants, workshops on financial literacy and career planning, college and graduate program recruitment, and much more! TRIO Day has been proclaimed a National Day of Service. FSUâ€™s TRiO programs will be performing various acts of community service-as a way for TRIO to give back to their community and say thank you for its support. If you are a TRiO participant, we welcome you to come and join us in this celebration!
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SSS Tutoring geared up for academic year SSS’ tutors underwent a series of professional development workshops during August, which included becoming national certified by the National Tutoring Association. Ms. Davis-Utley found it very important to have the tutors nationally certified by the National Tutoring Association (NTA). ―I believe that every aspect of tutoring is important and needs to be recognized. Our tutors are academically well-rounded and upon leaving this institution will further their degree with other universities. By allowing them to become certified grants them the opportunity to academically pre-
sent and display their talents not only in the Student Support Services Program, but with other programs that they are engaged in. Therefore, it is a tool that they can foster outside of this institution. All around this certification enhances our program, benefits our students, as well as their future endeavors.‖ Ms. Davis-Utley believes that by attending the training, tutors were challenged to think outside of the box due to the preDavis-Utley, SSS Tutor Coordinator, prepares for Fall tutoring to begin by organizing each tutor’s kit. senter, Mr. Avery Austin. ―This was beyond helpful, because it tested their abilities to think and respond correctly under pressure, on how to approach students that they will interact with. It made them realize that every student learns differently and other students might need that extra push to succeed. He made them realize that they play an integral role in the students’ success and that shouldn’t be taken likely. I believe that all our future tutors should be engaged in this training because it properly prepares them for the rigorous road ahead of them.‖
During the training, tutors provided “model” tutoring sessions using Play-doh.
The SSS tutorial component is fully prepared to tackle the academic year after being certified by the NTA.
Sampson County Street Fair/BBQ Cook off Sampson County’s 24th Annual Court Square Street Fair was held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 in downtown Clinton. It featured exhibitors from across the state. Hundreds enjoyed the crafts, live entertainment, and carnival atmosphere. They especially enjoyed the various barbecue vendors who competed for the honor of best Carolina barbecue. The event took place around the county courthouse in the heart of the city. Sponsored by ClintonSampson Planning and Development, the city of Clinton and Page 4
many downtown merchants provided their support for not only the citizens of Clinton to enjoy and partake in, but also Sampson and surrounding counties. Children enjoyed the many kidfriendly activities that included a jump-around and face painting. There was also a car show and live music. Many civic and nonprofit organizations were on hand to provide fair-goers with information. A few of these were local chapters of North Carolina Jaycees and Kiwanis Clubs, Sampson County Health Department, Partnership for Children, Sampson County
United Way, Sampson County Head Start, and the North Carolina Arts Council. The Educational Opportunity Centers Program was represented by coordinator Walter Palmer, Sampson County Advisor Keisha Avant, and Hoke County Advisor Daren Bethea. Their booth offered fair-goers information on college admission and financial aid. A number of people stopped by the booth to take advantage of the services. Sampson County Advisor Keisha Avant greeted many current EOC participants that she sees
on a daily basis while at one of the many satellite offices she frequently visits during the week. Some brought along family members who were encouraged to sign-up for the program and receive free help with completing college admission and financial aid applications. As always, the street fair was a success for Sampson County, as well as the Educational Opportunity Centers Program. It offered a boost to the local market and another chance for people to learn of the free services provided by the EOC program.
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A Word from E.O.Câ€™s Community Partners
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SSS Ambassador Update Volunteering at local elementary school Overhills Elementary School (Spring Lake, NC) was pleased to welcome the SSS ambassadors during a recent visit on Friday, November 5th. Ambassadors were given the opportunity to spend time with the 5th grade student body and assisted with a presentation on the importance of setting goals and furthering their education.
―Faculty and staff members were delighted to see such a group of dynamic young people interacting with their students‖, stated Mr. Walker, who facilitated the presentation. ―As we were signing out to leave the school, we were approached by a parent who was so grateful for the ambassadors
sitting and talking with the students. She mentioned that one of the young men, Christopher Hall, sat and talked with her son during lunch and it really brightened his day. I also had many of the teachers compliment how wellmannered and dressed the ambassadors were, and how they were setting such a great example for the students at Tanya Henry and Mr. Walker join the 5th graders Overhills Elementary.‖ at Overhills Elementary School in a game of kick Upon their arrival, ambassadors were invited to lunch with the entire fifth grade class and joined them for recess after lunch. ―I enjoyed having the privilege of interacting with the kids and showing them that learning and planning for their futures can be just as fun as it is rewarding,‖ stated Ervin Brinkley.
SSS ambassadors take a quick pose before the presentation for students at OES.
Workshops: A Different World & Conflict Resolution SSS Ambassadors planned and facilitated two workshops during this semester. A Different World was held on September 9th and provided college adjustments tips and also discussed diversity. Conflict Resolution, which was held on October 5, provided participants
with a conflict resolution plan. Participants were engaged in role playing and discussed the best way of handling conflict. Students were provided the opportunity to evaluate the workshops and all provided positive feedback and thoroughly enjoyed!
ball during recess.
Mi’ca Alexander gives a helping hand by assisting a student wash tables after lunch.
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SSS Fall Graduate Tour On November 12-13, 2010, Student Support Services Participants had the opportunity to participate in a Fall Graduate Tour to Clemson and Furman Universities. Clemson University offers countless opportunities for students, faculty and community members to participate in dec-
ades of tradition, improve quality of life for their surrounding communities, and pursue academic challenges. Furman University, located in Greenville, South Carolina is a private liberal arts university founded in 1826 and nationally acclaimed for its academic excellence, Engaged Learning program, Division I athletics and campus beauty.
SSS participants made friendship bracelets while visiting the cultural center in Charlotte, NC.
During the graduate tour, students participated in team building activities and were also exposed to the cultural event at the Blumenthal Theatre in Charlotte, NC. The culminating cultural activity was a tour of the Harvey B.
SSS participants pause to capture the moment during the fall graduate tour on November 12th. Students visited Clemson and Furman Universities.
Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture. The theme of the Harvey B. Gantt Center is ―Where you belong”. At the end of the excursion, participants had the opportunity to evaluate and all stated they were provided with valuable information and enjoyed both the The beautiful campus of Furman Univercultural and educational activisity located in Greenville, SC. ties.
SSS welcomes new Program Coordinator Carmen Wade, born and raised in Walterboro, SC, joins Fayetteville State University’s Office of Special Programs as the Program Coordinator with Student Support Services. Carmen is a graduate of Claflin University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English. While attending Claflin, she became a part of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College and graduated with honors in 2005. In 2007, Carmen received a Master’s of Education degree in Administration and Supervision from Clemson University. She then served as an educator with Greenville County Public Schools for 3 years as a 4th grade Page 7
teacher, and Bethlehem Christian Academy as a 3rd grade teacher. Ms. Wade is a product of TRIO programs and services. She participated in Upward Bound in high school, Student Support Services during her undergraduate matriculation, and served as Student Support Services Tutor Coordinator of Greenville Technical College. Carmen was recognized as a TRIO Achiever in 2006. Carmen is a wholehearted believer of life-long learning and that your future is up to you. As a TRiO alumnus, she feels privileged to have the opportunity to assist students with achieving their dreams in spite
of the challenges that they face. When asked what she plans to bring to the team, Ms. Wade responded by saying, "I believe my outgoing personality, enjoyment of working with people, and natural ability to perform would assist the Special Programs’ team of fulfilling its mission and objectives to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education, thereby increasing the college retention and graduation rates of its Wade, a TRiO alumnus, is a former Upward Bound and Student Support Services participarticipants.‖ pant.
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An Attitude of Gratitude The Office of Special Programs’ staff and students take a moment to give thanks during this holiday season... I am grateful for GOD being in my LIFE! That's all I need to be complete! I am grateful for all the help I receive from the FSU family to get me where I am today. I am really grateful for the opportunity to be apart of Student Support Services. ~Kiara Chapman I am grateful for the many people in my life who have helped me make it this far. ~Britney Coleman I am grateful for the struggles in life. It has taught me to be a more resilient person. If it weren't for my struggles, I would not be the same person that I am today. ~Kendra Drayton I am grateful for my life, health and strength. ~Leron Montgomery
I am grateful for my faith, family, friends and the FSU SSS team. ~Rose Shefton I am grateful for such a great school; BRONCO PRIDE ! ~Camille Neal I am grateful for having a family that cares for me and has my back 100%. ~Christian Merriman I am grateful to attend a four year school and for Ms. Neal. ~Gregory Treadwell
~Pamela Johnson I am grateful for my family and friends. ~Ms. Wade I am grateful for my mother and sister for being my support system this whole time I’ve been in school! ~Ashley Chewitt I am grateful for, life and being able to have breath in my body. I am also grateful for SSS at FSU because the help is greatly needed. ~Ashley Elliott My loving family, friends, and also Student Support Services. All of these people have been around for me since I began college and I thank them for not giving up on me. ~Tyesha Brown I am grateful for seeing my 21st birthday, my family, friends, my health and the motivation to do my best to succeed. Oh, and the lovely Student Support Services ! ~Keirra Smith I am grateful for Student Support Services helping me throughout my college career by providing support, tutoring, and workshops.
I am grateful for making it this far and exceeding in my dream to becoming a broadcaster. I am also grateful for being apart of Student Support Services because without the support from Mr. Walker I probably would not have gotten this far. ~Mi’ca Alexander I am grateful for all the academic support I have here. I really appreciate it. ~Symone Corpening I am grateful to be a part of such a great family, co-workers and friends. ~Ms. Jessup I am grateful for the support I have received from my friends and family while making my journey through college and I am grateful for the fact that I have made it this far. ~Gary Johnston I am grateful for the people in my life and the support of SSS. ~KaDarris Colson I am grateful to have such supportive faculty molding me into a successful woman. I'm also grateful to see so much participation from students in helpful programs such as SSS! ~Tamikka Portee
I am grateful for God allowing me ~Nekia Armstrong the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of people and I am grateful for my family begreat students! cause they are my motivation. ~Ellen Dawson
I am grateful for LIFE! Though it may be hard at times, I'm grateful!! ~Jalissa Pedrosa I am grateful for the Almighty who continues to keep me day by day, and SSS for always lending a helping hand. ~Bobby Evans I am grateful for the opportunities that Student Support Services provided me throughout the semester and the motivation of "Never giving up" on us students that are also enrolled in the program as well. Thank You! ~Takeisha Hoggard I am grateful for my family and to be in school. ~Xavier Jefferies I am grateful for the love and support that S.S.S. offers everyday to every student. ~Amber Peoples I am grateful to have the chance to be a student at FSU and to be apart of the SSS program. ~Kristin Braxton I am grateful for SSS. Without them, I would not be an excellent student in college. ~Garion Mangum I am grateful for knowing that everyday that I wake up is going to be a challenge. Whether good or bad, it just makes my skin tough and my life worth living. ~Katrina White
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―DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, AND GIVE THANKS FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU, KNOWING THAT EVERY STEP FORWARD IS A STEP TOWARD ACHIEVING SOMETHING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN YOUR CURRENT SITUATION.‖ ~BRIAN TRACY I am grateful to be alive and well and have a wonderful job helping others to better themselves and become productive citizens. ~Mr. Palmer I am grateful for God's grace and mercy. ~Ms. Avant I am grateful for God blessing me each week, giving me the ability to help others with taking the first step in reaching their educational and career goals. Having roots in Harnett County, it is such a rewarding feeling to be able to give back to the community and to help those around me achieve success. ~Ms. McQueen I am grateful for my two beautiful kids, my health, and wisdom with God. Also, friends , family, and co -workers. ~Ms. Sykes I am grateful for so many things, but most of all I’m grateful for having the opportunity to go to Fayetteville State University; it has been a blessing to attend this school. ~Chioma Okwara I am grateful for my family, friends, and all the people that believe in me. ~Antwon Payton I am grateful for the support I have received from my family and Student Support Services since becoming a Bronco in August 2008. ~Elijah Davis
I am grateful for a loving spouse, kids, family and friends. Most importantly, I am grateful for life and to wake up every morning to see a day that I have never seen before.
I am grateful for God waking me I am grateful to God for my famup this morning and giving me the ily and friends. I am also grateful strength and intellect to come to for being a part of such a great college. program that helps students. ~Donovan McGeachy
~Mr. Rawls I am grateful for my life, health, and strength. Thank God for all I am grateful for my trials and my many blessings and for being struggles. I’m grateful for the with me throughout my journey hardships that come my way. through life. ~Breana Venable
I am grateful for my many blessings that God brought my way. I am also grateful for both my FSU and my natural family.
I am grateful for waking up this morning and having an opportunity to get it right this time. I am grateful for good family and ~Raven-Symone Owens friends to help keep me grounded.
I am grateful for the people who stand by my dreams, which are my family and SSS. Mr. Walker is the best thing that has happened to me in school, since CHEER !
~Ms. Davis-Utley I am grateful for the good people that enter my life and inspire me towards success. ~K’maya Jenrette I am grateful for all the opportunities that I have been blessed with. Without them I would not be sharpened into the young gentleman I am. ~Christopher Hall
I am grateful for my family and ~Brittany Warren friends for always being behind me in whatever I choose to do in I am grateful for being here at FSU life. I am also grateful for SSS for and being apart of SSS. being my backbone when it comes ~Michael James to college period.
~Brittany Caudle ~Jaquan Raynor I am grateful for a wonderful family, both at home and within EOC. I am grateful for being present I am grateful for the opportunities ~Ms. Worsley here today, and family who supgiven to me by Student Support ports me in every way. I am grateServices. I am grateful for the opportunity to ful for my peers, that have such a have the chance to be in college ~David Antoine positive outlook on life. and better myself as a person. I am grateful for all of the support ~Deja Parchell ~Andrea Alexander and encouragement I have reI am grateful for SSS with providceived form my family and Stuing me with the best tutor. I also dent Support Services. It has am grateful for SSS for helping me helped me to keep focused and with adjusting to college life. finally graduate in December. ~Yaleaka Currie I am grateful for the new addition to my family, my son Jaxon Alexander. ~Ms. Williams
~Margie Stringfield I am grateful for SSS because if it wasn't for this program I wouldn't be in school. ~Kendrick Mckoy
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SSS Student Spotlight I have been a student at FSU since Fall 2006. I am also a nontraditional student. It has been a difficult challenge coming back to school after so many years. A classmate introduced me to Student Support Services (SSS). I was so grateful because I could not keep up with my Algebra. I was fixed up with a patient and knowledgeable tutor. Wayne worked hard with me and even made extra time for me. I was so happy to have such a hard working tutor. Wayne got me through Algebra. I was so
Kathy Nethercutt, Senior Major: Sociology
grateful for SSS; I started using them every semester possible. Currently, I am a senior at FSU and I have a tutor for Modern Biology. Daisy has been a great tutor. I have been sick this semester and she has bent over backwards for me. I am so relieved that FSU has such a program as SSS. I am also grateful for the staff of Student Support Services. Everyone has been so good to me. Ms. Vivian Davis-Utley has been my advisor and she has also been
Chioma Okwara, Sophomore Major: Biology My whole entire experience with Student Support Services started in CHEER of 2009 when I met a man named Mr. Jonathan Walker. He introduced me to Student Support Services (SSS) and informed me that it was an opportunity to help students excel in college and make their years at Fayetteville State University great ones. College was very different from high school; especially when you have to take classes like Critical Thinking and Chemistry. I literI am a first year student at Fayetteville State University. I decided to come to FSU after attending C.H.E.E.R over the summer. I was embarking upon a new journey and it wouldn’t be easy by myself. I got involved in the Student Support Services Program in September of this year. It has really helped me become open -minded and prepared. I didn’t know what I would do or how
I would pass my classes that I am not strong in without SSS. I also built a relationship with the workers of SSS. I met Ms. Wade in October of this year. She was nice and easy to talk to. She had a smile on her face that was heartwarming. Ms. Wade has been helpful and understanding the little time I have had to meet and talk with her. I was afraid and home sick for a while and didn’t feel comfortable at
like a true friend to me. She cares about what is going on with me and always makes time to sit down and talk with me. Ms. Neal, Mr. Walker, and everyone else has been really good to me. They know who I am when I walk into the office. They go out of their way to make me feel welcomed and they are always eager to help. May God bless the staff and tutors of Student Support Services.
ally ran to Mr. Walker’s office after class asking him for a helping hand to be tutored in those subjects. When I attended the first tutoring session with Brittany Barnes for Critical Thinking, I felt so relieved, thinking to myself, I made the right decision. After getting tutored in Critical Thinking and the outcome was great, I signed up for all the courses that were giving me a headache, such as Chemistry 140, Chemistry 160 and English 120. I came out of my
school. She came to SSS at the right time. She was there for me to talk to and she related her personal college experiences to mine. I felt she knew deeply how I felt and cared. I started to come see her on a regular basis. She never turned me away; no one in SSS did. I’m glad to be in SSS. I don’t know what I would have done without being in the program and trying to pass my class with no direction. SSS really helps their students out!
freshmen year with a 3.4 GPA, very knowledgeable of the campus and my surroundings due to the fact that SSS held programs and activities that will help you in the long run. SSS serves as more than just a program, but as an additional family that will never want to see you fall and not get back up. I am so thankful for this program. Having the opportunity to travel to different places around the United States knowing that opportunity might not happen again has been a worthwhile experience.
Amber Peoples, Freshmen Major: Nursing
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EOC Student Spotlight Perla Rangel
This month’s EOC Harnett County spotlight participant is Perla Rangel. Perla was chosen as the Harnett County participant for many reasons. First, Perla is a single mother
of two very active daughters, Kelsey, eight, and Hailey who is two years old. While being a single mother of two is a full time job in itself, Perla is a fulltime student working on her Associates Degree as a Community Spanish Interpreter at Johnston Community College. Being Hispanic, she chose this major because she would like to help her fellow natives who have moved to the Harnett County area adjust to working and living in a new community. When she is not in school, she volunteers
I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to Ms. Michelle Worsley. Ms. Worsley has gone above and beyond her duties in helping me get back on my feet and enrolled in a four year university, Fayetteville State University to be exact. I am an older adult and had no idea what options I had to lean on as far as getting in and attending school. She helped me get everything I needed to enroll on time and to be able to obtain financial aid. Ms. Worsley contacted me weekly to make sure Page 11
during her spare time to interpret for Hispanic non-English speakers within Harnett County. At Johnson Community College, she was selected to work for the secretary at Johnston Community College Truck Driver Training School to answer any questions and to help future students with entering into the program. Besides being a mother, full-time student, community service worker, and work study assistant, she also works part-time. Perla assists her father who has been ill, by doing minimal accounting - gathering his expenses and doing payroll for his
business. In the future, Perla sees herself furthering her education as well as being an asset to the community and helping destroy the language barrier for Hispanic non-English speakers. She is an honor roll student, and does not plan on slowing down anytime soon. Perla is an advocate for education, and she has referred many of her friends and family to the EOC program, so that they may also have an opportunity for education.
I was staying on top of everything and made herself available to me with any questions that I may have had, even when I would call multiple times a day and every day. She actually gave me answers to questions that I hadn’t even thought of and didn’t know to ask! When I needed services and resources outside of the education area, she got me in contact with people that would be able to assist me with whatever needs I had and followed up on them to make sure they came through. Ms. Worsley is always a pleasure to be around and always has a great attitude. She is a valuable asset to Fayetteville State University and to the Cumberland County community as a whole. I look forward to continually working with her along the road to my graduation.
CONGRATULATIONS Ms. Erica Williams (EOC) mother of
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Crystal Glover Hoke
My name is Crystal Glover and I became a member of the Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) in 2006. The EOC program assists me with financial aid, scholarship, and school related activities. During the first two years in the EOC program, working closely with Daren Bethea, a financial representative for Fayetteville State University’s EOC , I was able to complete and receive an associate degree in polysomnography,
which specializes in sleep disease and disorder. The school related activities helped me to meet new people from different fields of study. I would like to thank the EOC program, Fayetteville State University, Walter Palmer and Daren Bethea for changing my life in so many ways. I am now holding an Associates Degree in Polysomnography with a great job and making more money, which has helped to make my life complete.
Student Support Services Upcoming Events November 29- ―Financial Literacy‖ Workshop January 20-Returning Student Orientation February 9– ―Financial Aid‖ Workshop February 26– TRiO Day
Evelyn Leonard and Naomi Robinson Educational Opportunity Centers
December 3– EOC Site Luncheon December 15– Operation Cease Fire
Sisters Naomi Robinson and Evelyn Leonard are blazing a pathway to success with the help of the Educational Opportunity Centers Program. Naomi, 19, and Evelyn, 18, first learned of the free financial aid and admission assistance with postsecondary education through their high school guidance counselor, Mr. Luther Moore, while seniors at Clinton High School. In November 2009, the ladies were initially helped with completing an admission application for FSU. They returned in March of 2010 to complete their application for financial aid. It was at this point that they were also given Page 12
scholarship information and assistance with completing these applications. Both were invited to attend the CHEER program at FSU in summer 2010. This program provided them the opportunity to move on campus and participate in a rigorous program of academics and activities. They took English and Math classes and each earned a scholarship of $500 because of the high marks they received. Evelyn was voted most likely to be a mentor. Both are excited about beginning the Fall semester and made it clear that with the credits they’ve already earned, they will not
be starting as ponies like their classmates but full grown Broncos. Ms. Deborah Boykin, the girls’ mother, spoke accolades about Sampson County Academic Advisor, Keisha Avant. ―I have been telling everyone I know who knows someone that needs help going to college to go see Ms. Avant.‖ Naomi and Evelyn also have been spreading the word about the help they received. Being foster children raised by Ms. Boykin since birth, the sisters did not know the necessary paperwork needed to file for their financial aid. After I informed them of the required documentation they
January– March– Five county financial aid/financial literacy workshops TBA February 26– TRiO Day
needed, we were able to not only file for their financial aid, but Evelyn has also submitted an application for the North Carolina Education and Training Voucher Program that provides awards up to $5000 per year for youth who were in foster care. Each of these young ladies looks forward to her future at FSU and beyond.
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Homeless and Hunger Stand Down The inaugural Homeless & Hunger Stand Down 2010 took place Tuesday, November 16, 2010. It was sponsored by The FayettevilleCumberland Ministerial Council, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and The Fayetteville United Way. The Stand Down provided Cumberland County residents and Veterans in need with information ranging from Social Security and Social Service Programs to Education Opportunities and employment leads. It also offered free health screenings, meals, and a vast range of clothing and personal hygiene kits.
Cumberland County’s Advisor, Michelle Worsley, was on hand to assist all interested attendees with information on obtaining higher education and/or attending GED programs. She was even able to reconnect and aid some of her homeless clientele in completing the necessary documents to finalize their enrollment in school. Overall, this program was a success in Ms. Worsley’s eyes. She spoke with roughly 70 attendees and distributed over 300 informational flyers. She expects to see many of the attendees in the near future.
Worsley, EOC’s Academic Advisor for Cumberland County, and Chancellor Anderson pause for a photo opportunity during the Homeless and Hunger Stand Down event.
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