Remembering Henry Durand, PhD

Dr. Durand

The Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs organization was saddened to learn of the passing of Henry James Durand, Jr. Ph.D., on December 27, 2018. A member of the Tri-State Consortium for years, he dedicated his career to higher education. Read the full obituary at The Buffalo News.

The family will receive friends in Buffalo on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 10 am-noon at First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St., where a Celebration of Life will immediately follow. Rev. Jonathan R. Staples officiating. The family will also receive friends Thursday, January 10, 2019, 1-3 pm at the Spring Grove Funeral Home, 4521 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH, where a Celebration of Life will be conducted at 3 pm at the Entombment Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that Dr. Durand’s life and legacy be remembered by supporting the Drs. Henry J. and Bonita R. Durand Scholarship Fund, c/o University at Buffalo, Office of University Advancement, 503 Capen Ave., Buffalo, NY 14260-1660,

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Submit Your Proposal

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The Tri-State Conference Request for Proposals has been extended to January 18, 2019.

The theme for the conference is “Creating New Futures by Educating and Liberating for Life in an Era of Change”.
You are invited to submit proposals for workshops that will illuminate one of the program stands.

Program Strands [Sub-Themes] (more details available at the link)

  • A. Evidence-Based Practices – What works?
  • B. New/Emerging Practices
  • C. Leadership & Management
  • D. STEM/STEAM Students
  • E. Strategies for improving Educational Opportunity Centers
  • F. Program assessment and evaluation
  • G. Taking the next step
  • H. Student Recruitment Strategies
  • I. Knowledge of Self

We are looking for proposals that are innovative, creative and that focus on the emerging trends in higher education and the changing demographics and attitudes of the students that we serve.

Apply for the 2019 Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is designed to meet the needs of new directors, assistant directors, counseling coordinators, tutoring coordinators, and those in the process of attaining or considering pursuing doctoral degrees. Learn more by reading the Leadership Institute page.

Candidates must complete an application and provide a letter of support from their director, or their dean, or provost indicating institutional support for their participation, be committed to participate in the entire institute and conference. Potential participants must complete the Tri-State Leadership Institute Application and be accepted into the program in order to attend. All applications are due by January 11, 2019.

EOF at Caldwell University Feature

“… After being hired at Caldwell, Andrei St. Felix began attending the college at night, first earning a degree in business administration and then a master’s in contemporary management and another master’s in pastoral ministry. She is pursuing her Ed.D. in the educational leadership program at Caldwell…Armed with that knowledge, the alumni from her program have gone on to own businesses, serve as community leaders and work as doctors, teachers and lawyers. St. Felix is confident that with well-defined goals and hard work, many more will achieve their dreams. She will be there to help them along the way.”

Read the entire feature about Andrei St. Felix at the Caldwell website.

Save the Date!

The Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education (NJ/NY/PA) 15th Biennial Conference will be held in Long Island, New York from April 13 – 17, 2019.

For information regarding some of our past conferences, please visit our conference archives.

The following details will be available soon:

  • Call for Papers/Presentations
  • Call for Volunteers
  • Conference Registration
  • Hotel Reservations

Here is a printable Save the Date 2019 (PDF) flyer you can print and share.