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Southeastern announces hiring of Student Support Services, Project Teach directors

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University has announced two recent hirings:  Dave Harbin as Director of TRIO: Student Support Services (SSS), and Darla Ellett as the Director of Project: TEACH, a Student Support Services, Teacher Preparation program.

Harbin has served as an academic counselor in the SSS program at Southeastern since 2015, assisting students in the areas of academic advising, career exploration, financial literacy, and graduate school preparation. The SSS program at Southeastern serves students who are first-generation, economically disadvantaged and/or who have a disability.

Harbin is a graduate of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance Programs (ODSA) Emerging Leaders Institute (2015) and has served as the organization’s Public Relations Coordinator (2016-2017). He continues to be a member of ODSA and is also an active member of the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs.

Harbin earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Strategic Communication & Psychology and a Master of Education at Southeastern.

He is a Caddo, Oklahoma native, and graduate of Caddo High School.

Project: TEACH is a U.S.  Department of Education grant in the TRIO family of grants which provides services to first-generation students and students with limited income or disabilities. These services include academic advisement, tutoring, financial literacy, financial aid assistance, and support in requirements specific to Education majors, such as certification exams, professional portfolios, and technology training.

In her role as director, Ellett promotes professional development to program participants. She has worked with the Oklahoma Energy Resource Board, Johnson Space Center’s Education Resource Center, the Ron Clark Academy, Oklahoma Autism Network, and others to allow the pre-services teachers in Project: TEACH to attend workshops, conferences, and trainings designed specifically for in-service educators and professionals.

Prior to being named director, Ellett served as Coordinator of Project: TEACH for more than four years, bringing more than 18 years of teaching experience to this program. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education at East Central and a Master of Arts in Administration and Educational Leadership at Southern Nazarene University. While teaching, she held a National Board Certification in Mathematics Education. Ellett has served on Item Review Committees and a Standards Steering Committee for the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

She is an active member of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance and the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs.