LPTC Students, Alumni Awarded OpportunitiesNov 15th, 2006 | By tcj | Category: 18-2: Traditional Wisdom Our Strength, Tribal College News
Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC, Winnebago, NE) honored 15 graduates, its largest class yet, on June 3, 2006. Some transferred to the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) or Wayne State College. In the past, 75% of LPTC’s transferred alumni have graduated with bachelor’s degrees.
A record number of LPTC students also participated in summer research internships around the country, acquiring professional skills, knowledge, and experience that should help shape their future careers, according to Betty Redleaf Collette, the college’s dean of academics.
Students John Campbell, Natalie Davis, and Teala Connealy interned at the NASA Goddard Space Flight/ Research Center in Washington, DC. Melodie Cleveland attended Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), an undergraduate research program at Rice University in Houston, TX.
Marcelia WhiteGrass attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center NE-INBRE/BRIN Scholars Program. Jillian A. Kelsey and Sharon Redhorn-Chamberlain attended a Pre-Law Institute held at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
The NASA interns researched different areas: Campbell worked with alternative energy; Davis expanded her work on an indigenous plant project that she had started under LPTC’s Native IMAGE program; and Connealy worked with water quality and a satellite mapping project.
The prestigious AGEP program, which targets undergraduate minority students interested in advanced science, technology, engineering, and math, oriented Cleveland to a variety of technology fields. She is studying bio-informatics this fall in the UNL Engineering/Computer Science Program.
Kelsey and Redhorn-Chamberlain prepared for entry to law school at the University of Nebraska.