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Alisa Macksey, M.A.
Executive Director
First Generation Initiative
507-457-1469
amacksey@smumn.edu

Countdown to College: Evidence of its effectiveness

Back in 2010 Saint Mary's C2C curriculum was designed by asking: "What is it that college freshman need to know?" From there, Saint Mary's faculty and C2C staff designed a four-summer academic boot camp that focuses the first two years on reading, writing, vocabulary...

Countdown to College 2015 coming in July

On July 5th, 41 third and fourth-year C2C students will return for two full weeks that feature a chance to earn college credit in biology, as well as continuation of language arts and statistics courses. Parents of the 17 graduates will come to campus on July 17 to...

2015 Scholar retreat includes six 2014 graduates

Last August, we welcomed our Scholars back to campus with a two-day retreat focused on team building, goal setting, and mentoring. On April 18, we bookended the academic year with another retreat at Red Wing Environmental Center. Jen Herdina, FGI Literacy...

Senior Profile: Octavia Brown

When Octavia Brown came to Saint Mary's in 2011 as an FGI Scholar and an aspiring basketball player, the First Generation Initiative was in its second year and the women’s basketball team was coming back from a losing season. Four years later, she has accomplished a...

Senior Profile: Armando Salgado

This spring, Armando is faced with a new predicament, deciding between two graduate school acceptances. He has decided to accept the Argosy doctoral program offer in in clinical psychology. In the future, young Latinos will have a psychologist who understands their...

13 Scholars are ready to SOAR!

On May 9th, 13 FGI Scholars will walk across the stage to accept their diplomas. When they descend the stage, they will be the second graduating class of FGI Scholars at Saint Mary's University. Their accomplishments are impressive: 80% of the class entering in 2011...

First Generation Initiative (FGI) S.O.A.R. Breakfast – Twin Cities

Imagine a world where every child is given the opportunity to reach their full potential. Imagine a world where every student with a desire to attend college has the opportunity to do so. Imagine a world where SCHOLARS S.O.A.R. You are invited to join us on May 20th...

August 2014: First graduates of C2C join our FGI Scholars program

On August 20th, 12 of our first C2C graduating class joined 25 upper-class peers as FGI Scholars. Our team opened the 2015 academic year with a two-day retreat at Camp Winnebago in Caledonia, MN. Built by parents who wanted their children with disabilities to...

2013: Countdown to College at full speed!

  This summer we welcomed all four cohorts of C2C students during the month of July. The grey and white t-shirts of Year 3 and 4 gave way to Year 1 and 2 red and black as July progressed, under the watchful care of our yellow-shirted camp counselors and coordinator,...

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