It Still Takes a Village: The 2013 CPMC/EOP Summer Program

Posted by CPMC Staff on January 14, 2014 in Program Highlights

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The Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at UB welcomed 210 of its newest EOP students to its 3.5-week residential summer program. This pre-frosh, academic summer program prepares students to be successful at UB. Activities kicked off on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, with the Staff Training Day, where nine academic counselors, 12 faculty, 25 tutors, 14 residential counselors, and 11 administrative staff participated in presentations and workshops, professional development, and strategic planning activities. Students arrived Saturday, July 6, and classes commenced on Monday, July 8. Summer Program instruction features an interdisciplinary approach with collaboration among English, World Civilization, and College Success faculty, designed to help students acquire critical thinking and research skills, write research papers, and learn to properly cite reference materials.

 Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, was required reading for this year’s entering class of EOP students, and the text helped to facilitate critical examination of many issues across the curriculum, including modernity and societal customs. In addition to World Civilization, Writing, and College Success, which contained study skills, time management, and library skills components, students completed mini-courses in Psychology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology in lecture, lab, and recitation-style settings.

CPMC/EOP Summer Program helps students make the transition from high school to UB by giving them a slice of university life, with the same rigors and expectations students will encounter when they begin the fall semester. Students begin to understand college culture and the stressors of college life, so they can hit the ground running in the fall.

Classes met weekdays from 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. and attendance was mandatory for all students accepted into EOP. The CPMC/EOP Summer Program is a highly structured and intensive program that also strengthened students’ reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills. In addition to the academic courses, the summer program also arranged a full schedule of evening and weekend recreational and social activities.

An awards ceremony concluded the 2013 Summer Program on Thursday, July 25. Summer program faculty presented 56 awards to students in the categories of “Highest Achievement” and “Best Effort” for English, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, World Civilization, College Success, Calculus, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Intermediate Algebra.

The CPMC/EOP Summer Program is a huge undertaking.  The primary professional staff involved in the planning and operation of the CPMC Summer Program included Dr. Henry J. Durand, Dr. Tracy Johnson, Manuel Wong, Kirkshinta Turnipseed, Brenda Sauka, Marecelina Rondon, Gudiya Msuku-Purks, Brandi Moses, Dr. James Louis Ramsey, Linda Zilgme, Lani Jendrowski, Denise Hare, Darryl Barnes, Vanessa Haddad, Elizabeth, Kerr, Dr. Sharon Amos, John Iorio, Michelle Bubnik, Amanda Herberger, Abiola Olatunde, Jacob Lang, Keith Wiley, Joel Grundy, and Nicholas Mason.

Here is what students had to say about the CPMC/EOP Summer Program:

“Now I am very well prepared for what’s going to be thrown at me in the fall.”
“The summer program gave me a reality check, and now I know how to understand concepts, not just memorize them.”
“The skills we learned were useful.”



by Dr. James Louis Ramsey


New EOP Counselor- Carlos Tejada

Posted by CPMC Staff on January 3, 2014 in Staff Highlights

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Carlos E. Tejada has worked for more than 25 years in the field of higher education. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and his master’s from The Ohio State University, Carlos began his career in the residence halls at the University of New Hampshire. Since that time, Carlos has focused his student-centered career in the Western New York area, working as a career counselor at Buffalo State College and the University at Buffalo. After the position as the Director of Academic Advisement at Niagara County Community College, Carlos went on to serve as the Associate Dean for Graduate Recruitment at Niagara University for seven years. Carlos is ecstatic to be back at UB and to return to his roots by providing direct counseling services to college students as a Senior EOP Counselor.