| Elizabeth Burgess, elementary education major from Spearfish
||Allan Stubbs, exercise science major from Lake Elsinore, Calif.
| Chance Simonton, sociology major from Greeley, Colo.
||Skyla Leach, Sundance, Wyo.
During the fall semester, the Black Hills State University Student Support Services (SSS) recognized four students who have worked hard and shown dedication as they move toward earning their bachelor’s degree.
The SSS historically recognizes one outstanding TRIO student each year; however, starting this fall semester they decided to recognize one student a month. The Federal TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We find that the students who understand the value of our services and use them regularly are the ones who excel, reach their maximum potential and graduate,” said Susan Hupp, director of SSS at BHSU. “By recognizing a SSS student each month for the things they are doing right, we hope that their good habits will inspire other students to raise the bar and work diligently to achieve their own personal and educational goals.”
Hupp said all of the BHSU students who use the SSS are either first-generation or low-income college students or students who may have a disability. “Without supportive services these students typically graduate at a much lower rate than the average student. With supportive services, however, their graduate rate consistently exceeds that of the general student population.”
The SSS students recognized during the fall semester include:
September: Elizabeth Burgess, elementary education major from Spearfish. “She has been a tireless leader for the TRIO Student Organization. Elizabeth is creative, energetic, compassionate, and always strives for excellence. Her consistent effort and upbeat attitude have made a positive impact on the SSS program as well as those who know her,” Hupp said.
October: Allan Stubbs, exercise science major from Lake Elsinore, Calif. “He utilizes all the services available to him including advising and tutoring. Allan not only meets all SSS expectations, he exceeds them and he does so with a positive attitude. His good decisions and effort have been duly noted and appreciated by the SSS staff and others at BHSU,” according to Hupp.
November: Chance Simonton, sociology major from Greeley, Colo. “As an upperclassman, Chance saw an opportunity to help a fellow student and took advantage of that opportunity. He saw it as a chance to ‘pay it forward’ and help someone else which he said is what he wants to do with his life – help others,” according to Peggy Madrid, SSS retention advisor. “We applaud Chance for his willingness to take action on someone else’s behalf and hope that his example inspires other students to do the same.”
December: Skyla Leach, Sundance, Wyo. “Skyla is a first-year SSS student. She commutes to school every day from Sundance and balances working a part-time job, attending every class, making time for tutoring, and being a mom to her two-year-old daughter Emma. She has consistently used the services of TRIO Student Support Services to help her be successful in each of her classes during her first semester at BHSU. She recognizes the value of her education and works very hard to attend every class and use any help she has available,” Madrid said.