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Upward Bound to honor alums

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s Upward Bound Project will honor a pair of distinguished alumni on Oct. 20 in conjunction with the program’s 30th anniversary and Tarleton’s Homecoming. Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparatory program designed for high school students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education programs.

Summer Neal is a 2000 graduate of Huckabay High School who went on to graduate with a B.S. in communications from Tarleton in 2004, an M.A. from American Public University in 2012, and peace officer certification from Tarrant County College in 2012. She has completed the Police Academy and is currently an officer for the Watauga Police Department outside Fort Worth. She has volunteered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and through her employment at the Bethesda Community Church in Haltom City, Texas

Jose Rios is a 1997 graduate of Comanche High School who went on to graduate with a B.S. in psychology from Tarleton in 2001 and an M.B.A. from LeTourneau University in 2006. Rios has spent his career in education as he worked five years for the TRIO Talent Search Program at Texas State University. For the past six years, Rios has worked for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Rios and Neal will be honored with a luncheon on Oct. 20 with current Upward Bound participants.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Frank Chamberlain
254-968-9965
chamberlain@tarleton.edu

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