April 22, 2011
IMPACT program honors students with end of year banquet
Wanting to recognize the work done by the students in the IMPACT program,
an end of year banquet was held Wednesday in the Earle N. Wright Community
Room, located in the Brown Center on the Arkansas City campus.
“This is a nice way for us to showcase our graduates and encourage the students to finish the year strong,” Jason O’Toole, director of Student Support Services Grant/IMPACT said.
The IMPACT program is a federally funded student support service Trio program. Fifty five students attended the banquet, which consisted of dinner, a review of the past year, and an opportunity for the sophomores to speak about their time in the program.
Sophomore Brittany Robinson, who was recently named the recipient of a $500 MAEOPP Board of Directors Scholarship, and will graduate from Cowley in May, talked about what Cowley has meant to her as she prepares to transfer to Oklahoma State University.
“I do not think I would be this far without the IMPACT program,” Robinson said, while discussing her recent scholarship. “I love everyone here at Cowley; the IMPACT program has helped me not only in school but also in my personal life. They are like a family to me and I am going to have a hard time leaving.”
EJ Carrion served as the guest speaker for the evening. Carrion is a motivational speaker and the co-author of the book, Ignite Your Dreams: How to Build and Accelerate Your Life as a Top-Notch Student. He has also served as the co-publisher of “Collegiate Performance Magazine”. He has accomplished all this while only 21 years old.
“He really connected with the students,” O’Toole said.
The IMPACT program provided each student in the program with a copy of Carrion’s book.
O’Toole has enjoyed working with the students in the IMPACT program.
“Our program has a close, tight knit group of students that care about each other,” O’Toole said. “