Dear Friends and Colleagues: Last Friday, the KCP office heard of the passing of our dear friend, colleague and mentor, Mr. Tendaji W. Ganges. Tendaji spent many years carving a niche for himself in educational opportunity programs on college campuses across Illinois and Indiana before joining the University of Michigan's Office of Educational Initiatives (EOI). Tendaji was a passionate and naturally gifted orator with an earthy sense of humor, a spellbinding storyteller with an anecdote from his own long life for every occasion. Inspired by his own experience as a high school student, Tendaji's primary focus in the span of his 42-year career had been to prepare young people for college. The Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives (EOI) is a program he built from the ground up. The office offers five pre-college programs and five college programs that cater to students from underrepresented groups and those from areas where college access and success rates are below the national average. A tireless advocate for the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative, Tendaji successfully turned the dream of higher education into reality for thousands of students who otherwise might not have had a chance. A memorial service celebrating the life of Mr. Tendaji W. Ganges will be held as follows: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Grace Emmanuel Baptist Church 3502 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503 Memorial from 3-6pm Light refreshments from 6-7pm In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting support for donations to establish scholarships for students in honor of their father. More information is forthcoming. Funeral Services There will be a viewing from 8am-10am immediately followed by the funeral on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Shiloh Baptist Church - 340 Calhoun St. Trenton, NJ 08618 (609) 695-2448 Tracey D. Taylor, Ed. D., LPC Higher Education Consultant King-Chavez-Parks Initiative Workforce Development Agency 201 N. Washington Square| Victor Office Center, 2nd floor| Lansing, MI 48913 Office: (517) 335-5846 [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> This message contains information which may be confidential and privileged. Unless you are the intended recipient (or authorized to receive this message for the intended recipient), you may not use, copy, disseminate or disclose to anyone the message or any information contained in the message. If you have received the message in error, please advise the sender by reply e-mail, and delete the message. Thank you very much.