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BHSU students and staff participate in TRiO Day in Pierre

Black Hills State University students and staff joined other TRiO professionals from across South Dakota in Pierre recently to meet with state representatives and discuss the positive effects of federal TRiO programs.

Back Row:  (l to r)  Rocky Burkett, NSU; Laurel LeBeau, BHSU; SD Secretary of Education Melody Schopp; Breanna Clark, DWU; Shawna Royer, BHSU; SD Governor Dennis Daugaard; Marty O’Dea, BHSU; Calvin Krogman, USD; Cody McMichael, BHSU; and Phillip Coghlan, NSU. Middle Row:  Kate Mille, DWU; Becky Jensen, DWU; Anastasia Bush, BHSU; and Amee Patel, DWU. Front Row:  Britt Lorenz, NSU; Wendi Van Beek, DWU; Tina Ludens, DWU; Juli Larson, BHSU; Rosanne Rougemont, NSU; and Rob Casey, BHSU.

Five Black Hills State University students and along with other TRiO professionals from across South Dakota traveled to the State Capitol in Pierre recently to meet with state representatives and discuss the positive effects of federal TRiO programs.

Students participating from BHSU were Laurel LeBeau, mass communication major from Eagle Butte; Shawna Royer, general studies major from Sturgis; Marty O’Dea, business administration major from Whitewood; Anastasia Bush, art major from Watertown; and Rob Casey, mass communication major from Hill City. Cody McMichael, assistant director of Student Support Services at BHSU and Juli Larson, academic coordinator and science specialist of Student Support Services at BHSU, accompanied the BHSU students. The group had the opportunity to attend a luncheon and presentation with Governor Dennis Daugaard and Secretary of Education Melody Schopp

. The presentation was geared at promoting awareness of TRiO programs in South Dakota.

Federal TRiO programs were developed to improve college access, retention, and graduation rates of students who are first-generation, low-income, or students with disabilities. They serve students ranging from junior high through graduate school.

Black Hills State University is one of seven institutions that host a TRiO program in South Dakota. BHSU Student Support Services provides services that foster academic and personal achievement of first-generation, low-income students, and students with disabilities. BHSU Student Support Services served 217 students last year.  

TRiO is a unique organization because professionals and students alike need to advocate for education to ensure funding.

TRIO programs in South Dakota:

  • Serves approximately 2,700 low-income, first-generation and disabled students in South Dakota
  • Provides nearly $4 million in federal grant funding annually for South Dakota students
  • Provides jobs for 50 education professionals in the state
  • Includes 12 federal programs in the state located at: Black Hills State University, Dakota Wesleyan University, Northern State University, Oglala Lakota College, Sisseton Wahpeton College, South Dakota State University, and University of South Dakota.
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