Posted: March 26, 1999
California State University, Sacramento's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) celebrates its 30th year this spring with a conference of EOP programs throughout the CSU system in April and a campus reception in May.
EOP provides advising, counseling and other services that help low-income and first-generation college students complete their education.
Among the speakers at the statewide conference, April 25-27 at the Sacramento Hilton, will be two CSUS alumni: California Secretary for Health and Human Services Grantland Johnson and state Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Diane Fuentes Mitchell. In addition, the CSU system's 30,000 EOP alumni will be honored and various people who helped create EOP will be recognized.
The campus reception will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 19 in the University Ballroom. It will honor the achievements of the local program, its more than 2,600 alumni and its staff.
EOP at CSUS began as one of a small number of pilot programs in 1967, when a group of faculty volunteers worked through summer to help launch the program.
"Their dedication was a key element in jump-starting the program," recalled emeritus psychology professor Ed Klingelhofer, the first director of EOP at CSUS.
"But an equally gratifying part, looking back, was how much support for the program came from our own students, who wanted to give other students from their own neighborhoods and communities the opportunity to attend college," he said.
The program grew quickly following the 1969 Harmer Bill, legislation that provided statewide funding for EOP. Today the CSUS program serves about 1,500 students each year.
EOP alumni and the public are invited to both the conference and the reception. More information is available by contacting EOP at (916) 278-6183.
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