2013 Student Achievement Luncheon

September 20, 2013

On Friday, June 21, the Educational Opportunity Center of the University of Northern Iowa held its Annual Student Achievement Luncheon at the UNI-CUE. The event celebrated the successes of the EOC participants who have held a 3.0 GPA or higher during the academic year. The theme of the Achievement Luncheon, "Journey to Success,” focused on success as a continuous journey toward personal, academic, and career goals.
At the luncheon, key note speaker Dr. Dwight C. Watson, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, addressed participants about both encouragers and discouragers on the road to academic success.
The event also featured former and current Educational Opportunity Center participant speakers. The first speaker was Sherman Wise, Marketing Director for Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, who overcame his fears, earned his GED and was accepted to UNI. Sherman then received a full-ride scholarship for the last two years of his bachelor's degree and for his master's degree.
Other guest speakers were Elizabeth Torres-Herrera, a Mexican immigrant, and Melissa
Harding. Elizabeth attends Hawkeye Community College, works at Veridian and is scheduled to graduate next summer. Elizabeth is considering furthering her education at the University of Northern Iowa. Melissa began working toward her associate degree at a community college, then transferred to UNI and received a scholarship. After a setback in life, she left college but has now returned to finish her bachelor's degree in social work.