Eastern students celebrate National TRiO Day at State Capitol


WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 17, 2014) – Eastern Oklahoma State College students recently helped celebrate National TRiO Day at the State Capitol.

The theme for the event was “50 Years of Fulfilling Educational Dreams,” a reference to the three federally-funded educational opportunity outreach programs that were developed in the 1960s.

Hundreds of students from colleges and universities across the state gathered in the chamber of the House of Representatives to hear inspiring stories from TRiO participants who overcame obstacles to earn their college degree.

Speakers at the event included Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson, Representatives Lisa Billy, T.W. Shannon, Mike Shelton and Todd Thomsen. Rep. Anastasia Pittman, a former TRiO member, and Corey Taylor, an Emmy award-winning producer and former Upward Bound Director, also made remarks.

Eastern students attending the event included Dustin Welch of McCurtain, Ieyanna Williams of Haworth, Deborah Clark of Talihina, Taylor Burch of Arlington, Tex., Susan Bond of Wilburton, Dana Welch of McCurtain and Robert Rivera of Wilburton.

The federal TRiO programs are designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRiO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

Eastern students and staff gathered with legislators at the State Capitol for National TRiO Day. Pictured are (left to right) Kinya Meineke with EOSC Student Support Services, Dustin Welch, Ieyanna Williams, Rep. Donnie Condit, Deborah Clark, Sen. Jerry Ellis, Taylor Burch, EOSC Vice President for Student Services Dr. Stephen Glazier, Susan Bond, EOSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Harrison, Dana Welch, Cindy Waldrop with EOSC Student Support Services, and Robert Rivera.

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