Adams State CAMP hosts celebration


arnold salazar speaking at asu camp celebration

Arnold Salazar '76

The Adams State University College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) hosted a celebration on February 6 to congratulate the 30 Adams State students currently enrolled in the program and to expose over 50 visiting high school students to the supportive atmosphere at Adams State.

The high school students visited campus as part of the Colorado State Migrant Youth Leadership Program and came from the San Luis Valley, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Lamar, Grand Junction, Delta, and Montrose. Along with the banquet, the high schoolers received a tour of campus departments and information about attending Adams State.

According to Pete Gomez, CAMP Director, the CAMP Celebration will be an annual event. "We are committed to working with students, student families, campus staff, faculty, student services, and the community to improve educational opportunities for CAMP students at Adams State."

CAMP@ASU, federally funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education, provides academic, social, and financial support services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their dependents, to assist them in the successful completion of their first year of college and persistence toward degree attainment.

Not since the 70s, has Adams State had a College Assistance Migrant Program. Eric Carpio, principal investigator for the CAMP grant, said: "The event provided us with the perfect opportunity to celebrate CAMP's return to Adams State and to share our vision of becoming a model program for migrant student achievement."

dr. barbara medina speaking at asu camp celebration

Dr. Barbara Medina

The banquet celebration included special guests Arnold Salazar, ASU Board of Trustees Chair; Dr. Michael Mumper, executive vice president of enrollment management; Tawney Becker, grant specialist; Dr. Barbara Medina, former Teacher Education chair and current educational consultant; Esmeralda Martinez, San Luis Valley BOCES migrant education director; Tomas Mejia, Migrant Education Program Colorado State Director; and Carpio, assistant vice president of Enrollment Management.

Adams State alumnus Salazar '76 was a participant in CAMP as a student. He received a master's degree from the University of Michigan. "I competed with students from across the country and world. They didn't know any more than me and I knew how to work harder."

tomas mejia speaking at asu camp celebration

Tomas Mejia

Medina and Mejia welcomed all in attendance and encouraged them to apply their knowledge of hard-work and tenacity to their academic goals. "All the adults in this room are here to assist you," Medina said. "Reach out to them. They are here to help you."

Mejia said: "Your dream is in your hands. You can kill it or follow it."

Gomez said the potential students were warmly welcomed on the Adams State campus. "When they first arrived on campus, the visiting students received a personal greeting from President David Svaldi. Executive Vice President Michael Mumper, Assistant Vice President Eric Carpio, Board of Trustee Chair Arnold Salazar, Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero, and academic department heads attended the banquet. At no other institution across the state would they have received that type of welcome."

Carpio agreed: "The participation of so many community leaders sent a powerful message to future and current CAMP students, that they are not alone and they'll receive tremendous support throughout their Adams State career."

For more information regarding CAMP, contact Gomez at 719-587-8331, or Miguel Chaparro, CAMP Recruitment & Retention Specialist at 719-587-8318.