Jacquelyn (Jacqui) Demps is the Associate Director of Admission and Recruitment at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a native of Buffalo, New York who started her education at the University of Buffalo as an Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student. Ms. Demps states, “initially I was afraid to apply at UB. Discouraged, someone told me to apply as an EOP student, I did, and in the summer of 1994 I was off to attend the EOP Summer Program. I had no idea what I wanted to do once I enrolled, hence the changing of my major several times and the many days of sitting in my academic advisor’s office trying to plan life”. Jacqui continues to talk about her defining moments, “while I did not have a traditional path through my undergraduate career, often taking semesters off to deal with outside factors, what I discovered was a love for helping fellow students”. This is when she decided that higher education and student services was to be her path. Ms. Demps comments that “the EOP team at UB had left such an impression on me I felt that I needed to give back that same time, dedication and genuine care to the next generation of scholars”. She finished her undergraduate degree and also received her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Ms. Demps is continuing her education and in the process of completing her doctorate and plans to continue assisting students as she was helped many years ago. We wish her well and great success!
Leslie Veloz is an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student who is a Junior studying English and Psychology from New York City. She chose to attend UB because she believed UB was the best place for her to get a holistic education that went beyond the classroom. Since arriving on campus she has immersed herself in club life and service. She’s held several positions on campus including being a student mentor, trip leader for mission trips around the world and Vice President of The Black Student Union. Leslie is now the 2017-18 President of the Student Association and hopes to make an impact on campus by focusing on Equity and Inclusion, Advocacy, Community, and Transparency on campus. She hopes that students will get inspired to join clubs and take on leadership roles by seeing someone that looks like them in office.
Stephanie Rodriguez, an EOP student was just awarded the Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester. She will be studying in in Madrid, Spain this fall of 2016 at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Stephanie states, “I am very excited to study abroad next semester and it would not be possible without my advisor Kirkshinta Turnispeed whom will be deeply missed when she is gone “.
The EOP Program at UB welcomes their newest Senior Counselor, Sarah Piraino to the program. Ms. Piraino, although new to the EOP program is not new UB. Sarah has worked for Cora P. Maloney College for eleven years. In 2005 she was hired as an Academic Advisor with UB’s ACE (Access to College Excellence) program. As she transitioned to the EOP Program is a Senior Counselor in fall of 2015, she states “I will truly miss my ACE students, because I am close with so many of them over the years. I wish I could take them all with me into my new position!”
Sarah became interested in Higher Education after working as an Addictions Counselor for several years through Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc. She received her Master’s Degree from Buffalo State College in 2005, around the same time she began working at UB. “I came to UB and just fell in love with Higher Education. After several stints of working in fields that were all wrong for me, Higher Education was the perfect fit. I knew it was my life’s work because it didn’t feel like work at all. I love what I do every day. I look forward to my job. I am blessed to be able to have a career that I love. I know that everyone does not have this privilege.”
In her free time Sarah stays busy with her ten year old boy/girl twins, Anthony and Adriana. “They are so much fun! Anthony wants to be a Podiatrist and Adriana wants to be a Teacher. They are so funny!” She enjoys writing, reading, shopping, playing piano, attending performances and being with family. A lot of people wouldn’t know that Sarah has her undergraduate degree in Theatre from UB! She is certainly a multi-faceted Counselor with many unique and strategic tools for helping students to be successful.
Among the many duties and responsibilities of her Counseling position, Sarah serves as the EOP Academic Intervention Program (AIP) Coordinator.
She works closely with students experiencing academic difficulties to ensure that they are offered tools for academic success and recovery. “If you are in academic difficulty, it is important to reach out to your assigned Counselor or Advisor promptly so they can help you to understand your options and work to get you back on track for academic success.”
The EOP program is pleased to have Sarah as the newest edition to the Counseling team. Be sure to stop in and introduce yourself if you have not yet met her. She will be happy to hear from you.
Charleston Joseph, a graduate of the University at Buffalo and an EOP student 2012, made the News and Events at Buffalo State. Charleston is a graduate intern helping students succeed at Buffalo State College. He is also fundraising to help send 9 Buffalo State students to Haiti. The purpose of their trip is to share and learn from the community of Borgne in Haiti. Charleston is helping to sell $20 t-shirts to raise money. Each t-shirt reads “Ayiti Cheri”, which means “my sweet Haiti”.
Checkout Charleston’s Facebook page for more information about the trip to Haiti.
Posted by CPMC Staff on April 6, 2016 in Student Highlights
The desire to become a physician was a conviction of mine from an early age. I entered UB knowing what I wanted to do and the sacrifices that I had to make in order to fulfill my dreams. I chose Biomedical Sciences as my major, and seeming as an act of providence, I was introduced to individuals who were in the position to point to and ajar doors that were beyond my perception. I have spent the past two summers after entering UB at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University participating in clinical research and learning fundamental aspects of clinical practices. Now, I am looking forward to what is in store for me from being a participant in the Summer 2016 CLIMB UP research program here at UB. The CLIMB UP programs has UB students working with UB physicians scientists and research faculty.
Congratulations Garfield Walker, an EOP, CSTEP, SSS and Honors student.
Posted by Marketing & Communications on April 5, 2016 in Staff Highlights
We want to congratulate Letitia Thomas, PhD on her new position working with STEM diversity programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Letitia worked with CPMC for 13 years managing the Access to College Excellence program, the Daniel Acker Scholarship Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). She will be much missed in CPMC but we look forward to continuing our collaborations with her in her new role.
Posted by CPMC Staff on February 24, 2015 in Staff Highlights
Dr. James L. Ramsey celebrates his 30 years at the University at Buffalo and at EOP!
Featured in the picture are Dr. Scott Weber, Dr. James L. Ramsey and Dr. Tracy Johnson
Posted by CPMC Staff on December 18, 2014 in Staff Highlights
Shanna Crump-Owens, Director of UB’s CSTEP, was selected by Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) to be recognized as the Hometown Hero of the Game this past Sunday for her volunteer work with Upstate New York Transplant Services during the past 4 years. In addition to being featured in a promo highlighting her volunteer work during the Bills game, she was also provided with pre-game access to sideline activities and to the heated and catered M & T suite. Shanna earned this honor, in part, due to winning a 3-year grant that funds a service learning program in CSTEP. Approximately a dozen CSTEP students at UB are trained to be community health educators, who then work in underrepresented communities to educate people about organ donation and to secure organ donation commitments.
Shanna Crump-Owens pictured center
Posted by CPMC Staff on February 28, 2014 in Student Highlights
Congratulations to Ms. Shante’ White on being accepted to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine this Fall 2014! Shante who is an Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program student and UB graduate has always been exceptional. She was the EOP Summer Bridge Program Highest Honor Scholar and immediately accepted in to the UB School of Nursing upon application with a 3.727. Ms. White’s was also awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence as well as graduating with high academic honors in Nursing (cumulative QPA of 3.774).
Photo depicts Shante White, Educational Opportunity Program Student Heading to Medical School