|The Black Hills State University Student Support Services recently celebrated National TRIO Day with an open house which included a raffle for a star quilt made by former TRIO alumnus and BHSU graduate Heather Burnette. Pictured, left to right, Susan Hupp, director of Student Support Services; Cody McMichael, assistant director of Student Support Services/math specialist; Jacie Estes, American Indian Studies major from Spearfish and TRIO Student Support Services student; Peggy Madrid, retention advisor; Juli Larson, retention advisor; and Lorna Richey, English specialist.
Black Hills State University Student Support Services celebrated National TRIO Day by hosting 50 students, staff, and faculty at a recent open house.
The open house offered visitors an overview of the TRiO grant programs offered by BHSU.
The morning gathering was highlighted by a raffle drawing for a star quilt that was made and donated by TRIO alumnus and BHSU graduate Heather Burnette. The winner of the star quilt was Jacie Estes, an American Indian Studies major from Spearfish and a current TRIO Student Support Services student.
The BHSU TRIO Student Support Services program provides academic advising, professional tutoring, financial literacy instruction, and assistance in locating other university resources. Students receive assistance applying for financial aid and scholarships, as well as graduate and professional schools. On average, students enrolled in Student Support Services persist, advance, and graduate at higher rates than similar students not enrolled in the program.
National TRIO Day is held in an effort to raise awareness of the continuing needs that its programs serve and to celebrate the thousands of lives TRIO has changed.
TRIO was created in the late 1960s to administer the Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services programs. (Unlike many federal “umbrella” organizations, the name is not an acronym.) Since then, five more programs have been added to the roster: Educational Opportunity Centers, the Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and Math/Science- and Veterans-based expansions to Upward Bound.