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issue XiV april 24, 2017
DO spotlight
We love when alums actively and literally work to Change the World. This month we’re highlighting Akeda Riley (DP18, Boston College), who spent her last winter break with some fellow Boston College peers on an education-oriented humanitarian project in Honduras. They joined students from other colleges and SHH (Students Helping Honduras) chapters to build schools in underserved communities. SHH seeks to reduce children’s involvement in gangs by way of providing access to education.

Every day for a week Akeda and her group awoke early in the morning to build an entire school, from scratch! They dug into the ground, carried cinder blocks and bags of cement, and were actually involved in hands-on construction work! At the end of each day they regrouped to engage in important discussions. “During these discussions we would give positive feedback about the day and talk about the social position we have in relation to the other Hondurans,” she said. Clearly this trip taught Akeda countless lessons and afforded her priceless insight: “We weren’t there to do charity work for poor people in another country. We were there as companions who wanted to lend a helping hand.” Hats off to Akeda for her amazing work!

PLAN events
Recently the AR team spent three days on the road driving through western upstate New York for our semesterly college tour. In all we were able to visit, support, and feed 14 DPCHS and BPHS freshmen spread across eight schools: Samantha Fuentes, Hamwattie Heeraman, and Aniah Selby at Syracuse University; Skye Morgan at Hobart & William Smith College; Jessena Maxwell at the University of Rochester; Deandre Lancaster, Nicole Davis, Jejchelle Dickenson, and Cecil Frazier at the College at Brockport; Bakary Diallo at Daemen College; Ardaya Jones at the University at Buffalo; Jordan Clarke and Yassa Tounkara at Alfred University; and James Loving Thomas at Alfred State College. Aside from Syracuse we had never visited any of the other schools on a previous trip. All of our wonderful alums seem to be doing very well and enjoying their new life and experiences on campus. They’re making friends and becoming involved in their college’s culture, with some already active in dance clubs and organizations!  

Most importantly most of our alumni feel academically prepared for college, attributing this preparedness to the academic rigor at DP. They especially feel prepared for writing papers, working on projects, and presenting in front of class (S/O to Change the World). We also heard a whole range of majors of interest. Of course, given they are freshmen, this will probably change (maybe more than once). But it was intriguing to hear about their current interests and aspirations: criminal justice, meteorology, journalism, nursing, computer engineering, pre-med, international business, and psychology. 
GROW data
In the most recent research conducted by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center for all college students nationwide, approximately 72 percent of all U.S. college students persisted from their first-to-second year. Currently DP students are persisting at a rate of 81 percent, nearly 10 percentage points more than the national average! Even more impressive, our total enrollment (DPCHS and BPHS, freshmen to seniors) is up to 88 percent!
RECALL inspiration
"You are the best captain, anyone can ever ask for. Outside of college you have motivated me to continue to work hard and not allow other things of getting in the way of me succeeding. Although we may not talk everyday, you are an amazing captain and I am honestly thankful for you. You are an extremely charismatic person who helps brighten my day from time and time again. Every time I text you, you respond within minutes to show that you care. so, besides being a great captain, you are an amazing friend, and while i know i’m not able to share you as my captain with everyone here at Brockport but i’m glad I am to experience what you have to offer. This semester I look forward to the new tasks, new conversations, and new corny jokes. Keep up the good work, i’m here for you as well."

- Nicole Davis (DP16, SUNY Brockport) note to her Alumni Captain, Kevin Lassiter (DP15, SUNY Albany)
the team
John Lindquist
S/O to AR's Ahmad (I'm speaking here in third person) for putting a lot of love and soul into each newsletter. This is his last one, as it's his last week with AR/DP. 
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