Southeastern News

Teriki Barnes installed as President-elect of state organization

Teriki BarnesDURANT, Okla. – Teriki Barnes, director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, was installed as President-Elect of the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance (ODSA) at its recent state conference in Midwest City.

Barnes will serve a three-year term on the ODSA board, and will also serve on the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) regional board.

ODSA, established in 1971, is a service organization of TRIO professionals within Oklahoma, whose purpose is to foster the development, improvement, and extension of educational opportunities for TRIO-eligible persons.  There are currently 79 TRIO programs in Oklahoma, with seven of those programs hosted at Southeastern.

TRIO programs are administered through federal grants to provide outreach and supportive services for underrepresented students from middle school to post-baccalaureate.

Low-income individuals, first-generation college students, veterans and military-connected students, and persons with disabilities are provided financial aid application assistance, academic counseling, college admissions assistance, career exploration, tutoring, and financial literacy counseling through these programs.

The TRIO programs hosted at Southeastern are Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Texoma Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, Educational Opportunity Centers, and Project: TEACH.  Combined, the TRIO programs at Southeastern serve 3,149 students annually, and have successfully met their mandatory objectives each year since the first program (Upward Bound) began in 1966.

Other Southeastern  TRIO personnel who have served as ODSA board members include Tomyra Britt, Brina Ford, Deborah Godwin, Susy Haworth and Kris Simpson.