The Summer Enrichment Program was founded under the direction of Dr. Robert Sloat in 1978, and grew and thrived under the leadership of Dr. George Betts from 1979-2012 and Dr. Stuart Omdal from 2013-2017. The Summer Enrichment Program provides a unique learning experience that addresses the intellectual and affective needs of learners who are gifted, talented, and/or creative. A triad of programs is offered each summer under the umbrella of SEP. The Young Child Program (YCSEP) serves children ages 4 and 5 and those entering grades 1-4. The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a residential program designed for students entering 5th through 10th grade. The Leadership Enrichment Program (LEP) is also a residential program for students entering their junior and senior years of high school. All three programs nurture the whole gifted child. This is, in part, accomplished through what former SEP Director, Dr. Stuart Omdal, refers to as a “culture of acceptance.” As one former participant shared, “At SEP I was accepted for exactly who I was.” The Summer Enrichment Program will continue this tradition of acceptance under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Ritchotte and Dr. Amy Graefe, professors of Gifted Education at UNC, who have a combined 20 years of experience at SEP.
Dr. Stuart Omdal
Dr. Stuart Omdal was involved in different roles at SEP for 23 years and recently retired as the director of the Summer Enrichment Program.
Dr. George Betts
Dr. George Betts was directly involved in SEP during its first year in 1978 and was named Director of the program in 1979. For over three decades, he helped fulfill SEP's mission of providing a unique learning experience that addresses both the cognitive and affective needs of gifted learners.