|Approximately 150 students from seven Western New York colleges and universities participated in HEOP Leadership Day on the St. Bonaventure University campus on Friday.
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a comprehensive program sponsored by the state of New York and host institutions to assist in providing access for all New Yorkers to the state's private colleges and universities.
Leadership Day was developed 12 years ago as a way for institutions in the Buffalo Region to bring students together to build relationships and to share and develop team-building and leadership skills. Schools in the Buffalo Region include St. Bonaventure, Canisius, Niagara, Daemon, D'Youville, Trocaire, and Villa Maria.
The students attended four interactive workshops throughout the day and enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn in front of Hickey Dining Hall.
"Each presentation is designed to be interactive so that the students might get to know one another and absorb the material better," said Margaret Bryner, HEOP director at St. Bonaventure. "From the feedback that we have received over the years the directors love it here because of our beautiful campus, good workshops, great food and a very friendly campus with people who smile and greet them. Since we are a green community we try to be outside as much as possible. The other directors love bringing their students here."