Critical Conversations for Educators: Inspire. Impact. Empower.

Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:00 PM - Friday, April 20 2018 2:00 PM [PST]

17600 Center Drive, Sunriver, Oregon , 97707, United States

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Oregon TRIO Association Member PARTIAL APPROVAL - $285.00

Must have a current Oregon TRIO Association Membership

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Non-Oregon TRIO Association Member PARTIAL APPROVAL - $335.00

If you selected this option, you are not have a current Oregon TRIO Association Membership. To purchase a membership, please visit

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Student PARTIAL APPROVAL - $185.00

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Mr. Joshua Engler, President of the Northwest Association for Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP) PARTIAL APPROVAL - Free

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Welcome Luncheon (Day 1, April 18, 2018) PARTIAL APPROVAL - $45.00

Mixed greens with carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, butermilk ranch dressing and balsamic dressings (GF, V) Seasonal vegetables (GF, DF, VE) Braised pot roast with root vegetables and gravy (GF, DF) Mashed Yukon gold potatoes (GF, V) Fire-roasted apple cobbler with cinnamon whipped cream Lemonade and Iced Tea

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Lunch (Day 2, April 19, 2018) PARTIAL APPROVAL - $45.00

Romaine lettuce with red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and southwest spiced ranch dressing (GF, V) Baja spice-rubbed chicken fajitas with sautéed peppers and onions (GF, DF) Spanish rice with tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, jalapeños and pablano peppers (GF, DF, VE) Refried beans (GF, DF, V) Warm flour and corn tortillas (DF, V) Corn tortilla chips with salsa, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sourcream, guacamole and diced tomatoes (GF, V) Mexican chocolate torte with cayenne pepper and cinnamon with whipped cream (V) Lemonade and Iced Tea

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President's Banquet & Live Auction (Day 2, April 19, 2018) PARTIAL APPROVAL - $55.00

Seasonal green salad with ranch dressing and balsamic vinaigrette Mesquite grilled flat iron served with sautéed mushroom and house-made Worcestershire Served with sour cream and scallion mashed potatoes (GF) Blackened salmon topped with grapefruit caper beurre blanc Served with rice pilaf Roasted acorn squash stuffed with quinoa, roasted vegetables and goat cheese (GF, V) Artisan rolls and herb butter (V) Seasonal vegetables (GF, DF, VE) Chef's choice of dessert, Freshly brewed coffee, decaffeinated coffee and an assortment of Inspired Leaf Teas.

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Lunch (Day 3, April 20, 2018) PARTIAL APPROVAL - $40.00

Mixed greens with cucumbers, shaved radishes, carrots, buttermilk ranch dressing and balsamic vinaigrette (GF, DF, V) Tomato soup (GF, V) Gourmet potato chips (DF, GF, V) Vegetarian wrap with grilled squash, peppers, onions, mushrooms and arugula with roasted red pepper goat cheese spread served on a whole wheat tortilla (V) Thin sliced turkey breast layered with havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato and onions served with mayonnaise and mustard on sourdough Ham and Swiss cheese with lettuce and tomatoes, served on a whole wheat roll with Dijon aioli, Assorted cookies and brownies, Lemonade and Iced Tea

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Wednesday, April 18 2018 12:00 PM - Friday, April 20 2018 2:00 PM [PST]

Sunriver Resort , 17600 Center Drive, Sunriver, Oregon , 97707, United States.



















Tentative Conference Agenda

DAY 1: Inspire

10:00am-5:00pm       OTA PDC Registration Table—Open!

8:00am-11:30am       Peer Review Session (Invitation Only)

12:00pm-12:45pm    Welcome Luncheon w/ Oregon TRIO Association President, Angela Archer & Representative Caddy McKeown (Meal Provided)

12:45pm-1:00pm      Break

1:00pm-5:00pm        Interactive Learning Sessions (Select 1 session) 


ECMCBelieving the College Dream & Realizing the College Dream  

Presenter: Abril Hunt, National Trainings & Outreach Manager, Educational Credit Management Company (ECMC)

Presenter: Tom Bailey, Outreach Manager, Educational Credit Management Company (ECMC)

Session Description: This session is designed for pre-college educators and will explore the following topics. 

·       Show students going to college is within their grasp

·       Help students believe in themselves and their ability to succeed in school

·       Learn to teach students how to identify people they can trust to support their journey in education

·       Learn how to give families and community’s tools, information and the college-bound attitude they need to support their children

·       Experience hands-on activities and interactive workshops about planning and paying for college

·       Learn to challenge students to see themselves in college

·       Receive eye-opening information about the economic value of college


Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC): Admissions Experts Weighing In!

Presenter: Lesley Klecan, Director of College Counseling, St. Mary’s School

Presenter: Amanda Hutchinson, Admissions Advisor, Oregon State University

Presenter: Brittany Preston, Director of Admissions & Recruitment, Oregon State University

Presenter: Evelia Sandoval, Latin@ Program Coordinator, Central Oregon Community College

Presenter: Christy Walker, Latino College Preparation Program Coordinator, Central Oregon Community College

Presenter: Stephanie Beamer, Assistant Director of Admissions for Recruitment, Oregon State University Cascades

Session Description: These college admissions experts will provide a plethora of knowledge around the college admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, and working with TRIO specific populations. Starting from the high school side, Lesley Klecan will review tips for crafting college application essays and activity lists. Then, Amanda and Brittany will discuss scholarship and financial aid opportunities at 4-year public universities. The conversation will turn to TRIO student populations. Evelia and Christy will speak about their GANAS programs at Central Oregon Community College; and the presentation will end with Stephanie Beamer focusing on a case study: TRIO student populations.


6:00pm-8:00pm        Networking Dinners (4 different locations & complimentary shuttle service--signup at the registration table)


DAY 2: Impact  

7:00am-5:00pm        Registration Table—Open!

8:00am-9:00am        Breakfast on Your Own  

9:00am-10:00am      Welcome Keynote & Social Justice Panel Discussion—Part 1

10:00am-10:15am    Break

10:30am-11:30am    Social Justice Panel Discussion—Part II

11:45am-12:45pm    NAEOP President's Luncheon (Meal Provided)

12:45pm-1:00pm      Break

1:00pm-5:00pm        Interactive Learning Sessions (Select 1 session) 


ECMC:Realizing the College Dream & PERSIST

Presenter: Abril Hunt, National Trainings & Outreach Manager, Educational Credit Management Company (ECMC)

Presenter: Tom Bailey, Outreach Manager, Educational Credit Management Company (ECMC)

Session Description: This session is designed for pre-college and higher-ed professionals and will explore the following topics. 

  • Experience hands-on activities and interactive workshops about planning and paying for college

  • Learn to challenge students to see themselves in college

  • Receive eye-opening information about the economic value of college

  • Assess institutional retention performance

  • Learn how to create programs that support academic success

  • Learn how to help students who are concerned about paying for college 


TRIO Programs: 43 Years of Making an Impact on Students and Policy/TRIO Professionals: Your Impact Today!

Presenter: Amy Verlanic, Executive Director, Institute for Educational Opportunities, Montana Tech

Presenter: Sebastian Myrick, Executive Director of TRIO Programs, South Seattle College

Session Description: This 4-hour interactive training is geared for newcomers!  We will begin with an exciting review of TRIO history, including NAEOP and OR specific story telling.  Once Inspired by the Impact TRIO Programs can make, attendees will then be versed in the overarching legislation and regulations that guide our work today.  Providing a newcomer with the tools to begin their work on a solid foundation and protect them for compliance conundrums.


Trail Walk, A Transformational Learning Experience

Presenter: Phillip Dirks, Executive Director of TRIO Programs, Portland State University

Presenter: Brenda Ramos, Program Coordinator (TRIO Talent Search & Upward Bound), Portland State University

Session Description: All TRIO professionals have transformed themselves through education. Phillip Dirks has been using transformational trail walks as a best practice in Upward Bound for 20 years now. Walk along this guided hike and stop at specific stations to reflect on your life as a TRIO professional and on your life in general. Learn how to use the natural environment as a reflection tool to enhance your own vision and ground yourself in your life purpose.  Learn about this model for your own use or come along for your own experience.


Understanding the Many Constellations of Trauma: Trauma Informed Care in Context

Presenter: Megan Petrucelli, LMFT - Child & Family Therapist, Trillium Family Services

Session Description: Trauma Informed Care has become a notable buzz word in all fields that involve interactions between the community and service providers, but what does Trauma Informed Care really mean and how is it put into practice?  This workshop will explore the ways in which traumatic events impact one’s ability to manage stress and will outline how to identify and respond to the behaviors that result from experiences of trauma.  You will leave with a better understanding of what it means to be a Trauma Informed provider and have concrete tools to help you apply this knowledge in your workplace and in the community. 


Mindfulness: The Direct Experience of Well-Being

Presenter: Michael Bode - Mindfulness Teacher, Peace in Schools 

Session Description:  In this workshop we'll focus on a direct experience of well-being with mindfulness. Mindfulness is both a set of skills and a way of being that supports mental, emotional, and physical health. For educators and youth-serving professionals facing chronic stress and overwhelm, mindfulness can be a game-changer. We'll introduce basic mindfulness practices and explore how mindfulness can support our relationship with ourselves, with youth, and with friends and family. Join a classroom educator from Peace in Schools, a national leader in mindfulness education, for an engaging—and possibly life-changing—training.


5:00pm-6:00pm        Silent Auction & No Host Bar

6:00pm-8:00pm        Oregon TRIO President’s Banquet, COE Updates, Live Auction & No Host Bar (Meal Provided)  


DAY 3: Empower 

7:00am-1:00pm       Registration Table—Open! 

7:00am-8:00am       Breakfast On Your Own

8:00am-9:00am       Oregon TRIO Association Business Meeting 

9:00am-9:15am       Break 

9:15am-10:30am     Program Sharing


10:30am-10:45am    Break

10:45am-12:00pm    Interactive Learning Sessions 


Title: A Parent's Guide: Preparing Your Student for College & Career

Presenter: Peg Caliendo, Special Project Manager, Columbia Gorge Community College

Session Description: See registration table for more info. 


Empowering Student from Poverty into and Through STEM Programs 

Presenter: Amy Verlanic - Executive Director, Institute for Educational Opportunities, Montana Tech

Session Description: We are all Warriors or Worriers. Over the course of evolution, both Warriors and Worriers were necessary for human tribes to survive.  Using neuroscience as a tool to self-awareness is one of several interventions tested over the last twelve years with three cohort groups of low-income students in Montana Tech’s STEM programs.  The program, designed to increase baccalaureate STEM completion rates of disadvantaged students, was very successful.  Join in a Critical Conversation about how this projects lessons and others you have experienced are transferrable best practices for TRIO programs.  


Presenter: Stacey, Stonesifer - Program Analyst, Higher Education Coordinating Commission, State of Oregon OSAC, (Local Bend Office)
Session Description: This presentation will provide an overview of general financial aid terms, financial aid opportunitues, grants and scholarships for students in Oregon, and will also review some important tips to share with students as they search and apply for financial aid opportunities.
Presenter: Selene Ceja - Assistant Director for Congressional Relations, Council for Opportunity in Education
Session Description: TRIO has had multiple victories in the past five years including over $170 Million increase, the re-reading of Upward Bound grants eliminated due to formatting errors and the defeat of an amendment to divert $60 Million dollars to Career and Technical Education, making TRIO a household name in the House of Representatives. But what makes TRIO so successful in a Trump America and how can our community continue the winning streak for first-generation, low-income students nationwide? Come and learn the fundamental components in effective TRIO advocacy, and learn how to develop a strategy to maximize engagement with your Members of Congress. Get aquatinted with what’s really going on with TRIO in our nation’s capital and how the next fight for our community will unfold with the upcoming Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. 


Tools & Tips for Financial Aid

Presenter: Breana Sylwester - Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Central Oregon Community College

Session Description: This session will take your knowledge of the financial aid process a little deeper by providing tips for the FAFSA and ORSAA, IRS Data Retrieval Tool and tax return transcripts, and verification process. We will also discuss tips to help undocumented students and parents navigate educational funding. Please join us for these helpful resources.  


The Ford Family Scholarship Programs--More than a Scholarship!

Presenter: Jeff Strickland - Student Success Counselor, The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship Office

Session Description: Join us to learn about The Ford Family Foundation’s Scholarship programs. Learn more about our application and selection process, what it means to be a Ford Family Scholar, and how our programs help students achieve their goals.


12:15pm-1:30pm      Recognition/Closing Lunch (Meal Provided) 




Oregon TRIO Association

The Oregon TRIO Association is a 501(c)3 organization that advocates on behalf of low income and first generation college students in the state of Oregon. Our mission is to increase the number of low income and underrepresented students in higher education. The Oregon TRIO Association is a member of the Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (NAEOP), which represents Region X TRIO programs in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. TRIO programs emerged from the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1964, and have since been established by the continual reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, first enacted into law in 1967. TRIO programs include Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, Veteran's Upward Bound, Educational Opportunity Centers, Student Support Services, the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and TRIO Training Grants. TRIO programs assist students with career exploration, college admissions, college preparation, financial aid, scholarships, and college retention and graduation.

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