Adams State Upward Bound celebrating 50 years

Courtesy photo Since 1972, the Adams State Upward Bound program has assisted San Luis Valley high school students with college preparation. A 50-Year Anniversary Celebration is planned for April 14 and 15.

ALAMOSA — Hundreds of San Luis Valley students have benefited from the Adams State University Upward Bound program and all alumni and friends are invited to the 50-Year Anniversary Celebration on April 14 and 15, on the Adams State campus.

The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded program designed to work with low income, first-generation college potential high school students. The program’s primary focus is to increase academic achievement through means of strategic interventions in ELA and Math, as well as increase performance on standardized tests. It also places a strong focus on secondary school retention and graduation, and post-secondary enrollment and completion. Ninety percent of Upward Bound students enroll in post-secondary institutions.

According to Amanda Atencio, Upward Bound executive director, registration has opened for the event. A social and reception begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 14, at the Marvel House and the following day a gathering including lunch, entertainment and award presentations will be held in the Plachy Hall Fieldhouse. The total cost is $25 per person.

“We would like to see students from all five decades join us, share their stories and catch-up with friends,” Atencio said. “Friends, former and current faculty and staff, and Upward Bound advocates are also invited to celebrate in this special event. We are excited to highlight our keynote speaker and the program’s first director, Richard Duran, Ph.D., as well as a special tribute to Upward Bound lifetime achievers. This will be an event that should not be missed.”

The Upward Bound 50-Year Celebration Committee includes Adams State alumni: Angelica Valdez, Class of 1998 and 2008; Mark Martinez, Class of 2013; Beverly Maestas, Ph.D., Class of 1996; Brandi Barbosa-Fraire, Class of 2006; Luella Lopez, Class of 1984; and Amanda Atencio, Class of 2005.

The committee is currently soliciting nominations for Upward Bound Champion Awards. The registration and nomination forms will be available via the event webpage.

For more information, to nominate an Upward Bound champion, or to register contact the Adams State Upward Bound Office at 719-587-7865, Student Business Services at 719-587-7758 or email [email protected].