Transforming Students' Lives
A Q&A with Carmen Reyes-Cuevas, Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Fund
Carmen Reyes-Cuevas began her Montclair State University career as an EOF counselor in 1992. She was promoted to Assistant Director, the position she holds today, in 1995.
What are your job responsibilities?
My duties are varied. I recruit potential applicants and review their applications. I coordinate all recruitment activities for the EOF program and work closely with the admissions office to expand efforts that include high school, college fair and on-campus visits, as well as presentations to parents and students at Education Forums. I also provide comprehensive counseling and advising for about 50 students – including readmits and transfers.
My second major area of responsibility is with the EOF Summer Academy. I’ve been involved in every aspect of the 6-week Summer Academy from the student end to the administrative end. I’m part of a team that coordinates course scheduling based on recommended placement and reviews the academic progress of program participants. I help construct and monitor the budget and budget expenditures and help coordinate student course registration for the follow-up academic year.
How many students currently take part in the EOF program?
We have more than 700 students in the program.
What is the most rewarding thing about your work?
It’s the students and the population that we serve. We are in the business of transforming students’ lives. Every day is a testament to that!
What do you do in your spare time?
I am a wife and mother. I have a 25-year-old son, who is a Rutgers graduate. My 20-year-old daughter is currently a junior at the University of Connecticut. My husband still plays soccer and both my kids are soccer players – so we spend a lot of our free time watching our daughter play for UCONN. Our ten-year-old Wheaten terrier Buster is still our baby!
I spend a lot of time with my mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. I also love to read and work out.
What are you reading now?
I just read Half a Yellow Sun by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I’m reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.
Do you have any favorite TV shows?
I’m obsessed with HBO series: Girls, Getting On and Veep. I also love Showtime’s Nurse Jackie.
How did you spend your most recent vacation?
I just got back from Cancun, Mexico! We took our daughter on her spring break with friends and teammates.