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Outreach employees recognized for service to region

Maria David

Two Morehead State employees were recently recognized for their service to low-income students.

Maria David (Class of 2014, 2016), associate director of Talent Search, and Summer Bryant (Class of 2008), director of Talent Search programs, were honored at the 51st Annual Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Inc. (SAEOPP) Conference for their outstanding service and contributions to the TRIO movement.

David received the Deborah Northcross Unsung Supporter Award for Kentucky. Recipients of this award must contribute to the state's and SAEOPP's missions and goals, contribute to TRIO through service at conferences and committees, and positively promote TRIO.

Summer Bryant

Bryant received the SAEOPP Honors of the Executive Committee Award. This is SAEOPP's most prestigious award and recognizes an individual whose contributions on behalf of the association were instrumental in advancing the association forward. Bryant currently serves on the KY TRIO executive board and SAEOPP board. This past October, she represented MSU and the TRIO associations during an executive leadership institute held at Princeton University.

Dr. Dan Connell, assistant vice president of regional education and outreach, said Bryant and David "are very deserving of these honors."

"Summer Bryant and Maria David deserve the honor and recognition for their many contributions to the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (SAEOIPP)," said Connell. "Both of them give of their time and expertise to advocate for low-income and first-generation students as well as promote professional development for TRIO professionals in the eight-state SAEOPP region. Their commitment and dedication are to be commended."

Morehead State University Talent Search serves 1,800 low-income, first-generation students in 12 counties in Kentucky's Appalachian region (Bath, Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Johnson, Lewis, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Powell, Rowan & Wolfe). For more information regarding MSU's Talent Search program, call 606-783-2977.

The mission of the SAEOPP is to promote and support equal educational opportunity and access to postsecondary education. Through professional development, networking, research, and advocacy, SAEOPP provides TRIO personnel and others with the necessary skills and techniques to ensure that the least advantaged have equal access to higher education. SAEOPP comprises the following eight states; Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Top Photo: Maria David

Bottom Photo: Summer Bryant

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