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Good Afternoon Colleagues,


These are INSPIRING times for TRiO!  Come to the Charleston Marriott Town Center in Charleston, WV April 9-12 to celebrate MEAEOPP’s conference theme “TRiO: Own It Now and Inspire the Next Generation” by learning about Reaching Our Alumni, having an Emotional First Aid Kit, Using Google creatively in your program, Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life (based off of the book by Ron Clark), Advocacy, Dealing with Diversity, Research-based presentations that address low-income and first generation students, How to Create a State Fact Book, AND SO MUCH MORE!


There will be some exciting changes in our conference this year.  Here are just a few:

  • TRiO alumni and Emerging Leaders reception Saturday evening (hoping to have a string quartet and local/state legislators)

  • Free STEM pre-conference Sunday afternoon

  • Opening Plenary Sunday evening with Fernando Cardenas, COE expert on galvanizing TRiO Alumni

  • “Stepping Up for TRiOwill take the place of the Fun Run activity and will involve rewarding your number of steps at the conference AND a “Stepping Up” T-shirt

  • Find Your Why: Night of Inspiration” where you will can re-charge and re-set with choices of participating in a local paint night, book club discussion of Move Your Bus (with hot chocolate and cookies!), a trip to the Casino, Shopping, or just dinner on your own or with colleagues

  • “Legends Luncheon: Honoring the Past to Inspire the Future” where the past will meet the future

  • Best Practices Stations

  • on Legislation and Regulations and Technology Tools (Anyone can attend - not just directors or coordinators)

  • Vending by local artisans as well as nationally known vendors

  • The AFTERPARTY featuring Tina Turner!

  • ONE FREE breakfast per room

  • Extensive use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to post to the TRiO community and your personal peeps

  • Printed copies of the program as well as the electronic use of Guidebook


The Council for Opportunity in Education will be represented and share timely information affecting our programs:

  • Michelle Danvers Faust, COE Board Chair

  • Maureen Hoyler, COE President

  • Kimberly Jones, Vice President of  Public Policy and Communications

  • Fernando Cardenas, Alumni Coordinator 


We are also hoping to have a representative from the US Department of Education give a TRiO update.


And of course…we will have our First-time attendees session, candidate’s forum, traditional state meetings, business meeting, Recognition banquet (TRiO Achievers, MEAEOPP President, Scholarship Winners, Outstanding Service in each state/district, Emerging Leaders), and our infamous state/district baskets for auction and the 50/50.


The Community Project will be announced soon and I know you will be motivated to donate to this worthwhile cause. 


This is one professional development opportunity you do not want to miss.  Register now until March 3 to receive the Early Bird Rate!  Hotel Reservations must be made by March 24 to receive the conference room rate of $124 plus taxes (FREE parking, FREE Wi-Fi, FREE breakfast).


Go to to find Call for Proposals; Registration for pre, post, regular conference session; Ads and Vendor forms. 


The Conference Committee’s goal is to have something for everyone in terms of both professional development as well as activities to inspire our bodies and minds in order to serve our students with EXCELLENCE.



Let’s be INSPIRED in Charleston!



Virginia Keithley and Keyanna Hawkins

Virginia Keithley and Keyanna Hawkins, Conference Co-Chairs

Phone (757)825-3596

Fax (757) 825-3610

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