UNLV CELEBRATES NATIONAL TRIO/GEAR UP DAY

CenterPoint | March 2018 | Danielle Gross, Business Coordinator

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Honorees and The Center’s staff from left to right: Ms. Cynthia Sabedra, Ms. Carolynn Taylor, Ms. Carole Adams‐Hattar, Ms. Diane Zagorski, Ms. Jill Triplett, Mr. Lucky Heng, Dr. Larry Letourneau, Dr. Cheryl Coleman, Mr. Hyunbae Son, Ms. Terri Bernstein, Ms. Alexis Holland, Ms. Geannine Jordan, Ms. Cecilia Equihua, and Ms. Danielle Donato.


Elected officials, community partners, UNLV and Clark County School District (CCSD) administrators, as well as students and families came together on February 24, 2018 to celebrate the achievements of TRIO, GEAR UP, and AANAPISI participants, both past and present. Shortly after 5 p.m., the Pavilion Ballroom at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino welcomed 700 attendees.

The event began with welcoming remarks from UNLV President, Dr. Len Jessup, and UNLV Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Juanita Fain. Among those in attendance were Dr. Linda Young, Ms. Linda P. Cavazos (CCSD trustees), Mr. Cedric Crear, Dr. Patrick Carter, (NSHE regents), Dr. Diane Chase (UNLV executive vice president and provost), Dr. Fred Tredup (UNLV chief of staff), Ms. Nancy Rapoport (UNLV special counsel to the president), Mr. Mark Alden (Former regent), Jacky Rosen (congresswoman), Tyrone Thompson (assemblyman), as well as several principals from CCSD middle and high schools.

TRIO/GEAR UP Day is proclaimed by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Day of Service. A video presentation and slideshow prior to the event’s opening showcased numerous pictures of TRIO, GEAR UP, and AANAPISI participants and staff volunteering in the community throughout the year. Mr. Keith Rogers, deputy executive director, referenced the slideshow presentation proudly stating that although TRIO/GEAR UP Day is a day of service, UNLV TRIO, GEAR UP, and AANAPISI programs serve the Southern Nevada community continuously throughout the year.

The mistress of ceremonies Maria Silva, co-anchor of KVVU FOX5 News This Morning, began her welcome by stating that she looks forward to attending the TRIO/GEAR UP Day event each year and praised The Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (The Center) for hosting the event. She also offered her congratulations to those who participated in and completed TRIO, GEAR UP, and AANAPISI programs. These programs help low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to overcome physical, social, cultural and academic barriers. The Center houses the largest suite of federally funded (nineteen TRIO, four GEAR UP, two Title III AANAPISI, one NSF LSAMP) programs in the nation. Under the leadership of Dr. William W. Sullivan, The Center provides exceptional services to more than 25,000 participants in Southern Nevada.

The NBA Summer League received the community partner award for its partnership, which provides low-income and first generation college students with scholarships and internship opportunities. One GEAR UP participant, one Title III AANAPISI alumnus and five TRIO alumni were honored for their accomplishments during the event. The audience listened as the honorees shared their stories on how the TRIO, GEAR UP, and AANAPISI programs positively changed their lives and futures. Those recognized for their accomplishments were:  Dr. Cheryl Coleman (TRIO McNair alumna), Cecilia Equihua (TRIO SSS alumna), Alexis Holland (TRIO UB alumna), Sarah Borak (TRIO ETS alumna), Cynthia Sabedra (TRIO EOC alumna), Hyunbae 'Philip' Son (AANAPISI alumnus) and Lucky Heng (GEAR UP Achiever).  The next annual TRIO/GEAR UP Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday February 23, 2019.

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