Pre-Conference Workshops

Communication Skills for Action and Advocacy (In Person Only)

Sunday, October 17th: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Cost: NAEOP Member – $75

We communicate every day, even if we don’t speak. Communication is a 24/7 skill yet when labeled “public speaking” the act becomes a fear worse than death. To demystify public speaking, actor and communication expert Dr. Monica Cortés Viharo frames verbal and non-verbal communication in terms the various roles we perform in our daily lives. This interactive workshop requires participants to identify and build upon their strengths so they can deploy them for even the most intimidating communication tasks such, as interviewing, teaching, networking and advocating for themselves and others.

Grant Writing Workshops (Virtual Only)

Sunday, October 17th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Cost: NAEOP Member – FREE; Non-Member – $100

VUB Presenter: Andrea Reeve – Retired EOC Director from Colorado State University

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Andrea Reeve

Bio: Andrea began her TRIO career in 1983 as Coordinator of University of Wyoming Upward Bound, Talent Search and EOC. Working with EOC’s was the motivation to learn more about adult learning and education, leading to an ABD in Adult and Postsecondary Education. Dedicated to improving educational access and opportunity for underserved students throughout her professional career, from 1968-2013 and in semi-retirement, Andrea served as volunteer in the national Teacher Corps in Kentucky from 1968-70, taught middle and high school in remote areas of Alaska (1970-1976), Directed the University of WY SSS – Student Educational Opportunity Learning Center, directed the COE National TRIO Clearinghouse at the Pell institute (1997-2004), and as Director of SSS at Colorado State University (2005-2013).

UB/UBMS Co-Presenter: Amy Verlanic – Talent Search Director from Montana Tech and Sebastian Myrick – Executive Director of TRIO Pre-College Programs South Seattle College

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Amy Verlanic

Bio: Ms. Verlanic is a sought after lecturer on educational access issues, grant writing, funding, management and leadership and data management; her work has been shared at the European Access Network and across the US. Her favorite place to share best practices, present, and learn is the NAEOP annual conference of which she has attended six.


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Sebastian Myrick

Bio: Sebastian works to promote rigorous science, arts and math curriculum combined with college access programming for students and teachers in his community.  He holds graduate certificates in Counseling as well as Teaching from Seattle University and earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and currently oversees one TRIO Talent Search and two TRIO Upward Bound projects that serve promising students in richly diverse schools.  He is a national level trainer on Grant Writing, Legislation & Regulations and TRIO program design. Sebastian is a TRIO Student Support Services alum and has been writing and directing TRIO projects since 2003.

Ronald E. McNair Co-Presenters: Jon Crider, Texas Tech University and Kim Rosfeld, Southern Nazarene University

Bio: Jon Crider, Ph.D., is the director of the Texas Tech University McNair Scholars Program, a graduate school preparatory program for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups who demonstrate strong academic potential for graduate research. Jon has a lengthy background in serving first-generation, non-traditional, and low-income students. Before coming to Texas Tech to lead the McNair Program, he served as director of the McNair Scholars Program at Knox College and was an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey, where he taught history and led courses in the college’s Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach. Jon is a native of Rockwall, Texas, earning his Bachelor’s at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, his Master’s at Texas Tech University, and his Ph.D. in History at Temple University in Philadelphia. He currently serves as the president of the McNair Association of Professionals (MAP). Jon has been recognized at Texas Tech for his work in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Bio: Kim Rosfeld is the Director of Access and Opportunity at Southern Nazarene University where she serves as director of both the McNair Scholars Program and Student Support Services. Kim has extensive knowledge and experience in grant writing and administration with both private foundation grants and federal grants. In addition, she has experience with donor development and other fundraising strategies with non-profit organizations. Kim is passionate about academic success for students who are traditionally underserved in higher education including first-generation students, PELL eligible students, students with disabilities, and students from other underrepresented groups in higher education and graduate school. In addition to her work in access and opportunity, Kim enjoys teaching classes related to art and music and loves to work collaboratively with other faculty members to provide meaningful learning opportunities for students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, a masters degree in vocal performance, and the PhD in curriculum and teaching.

T3 Alliance Institute (Hybrid)

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T3 Alliance

Saturday, October 16th – Sunday, October 17th Cost: $950 per participant

Be part of a hands-on STEM workshop that helps you better engage your staff and students. Using the T3 philosophy of Growth Mindset, technologies and community engagement, participants will walk through the steps for success with alliance cohorts who have made this possible in their own TRIO programs. You will have a choice of 3 strands:

  • #1 = RPI Onboarding (new to T3)
  • #2 = MakerSpace
  • #3 Project-based Learning

Opportunities to attend online may be possible, on a case-by-case basis. For more information, contact:

To register for this pre-conference, DO NOT register through the NAEOP website. Your NAEOP conference registration is included with this price. Instead, please go to the T3 Alliance Pre-Conference registration site.

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