BHSU announces Student Support Services Students of the Month

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, December 12, 2014/Categories: 2014

Jessica Kirby
Sara Frasier
Tyler Snell
Alex McKey

Student Support Services (SSS) at Black Hills State University selected four Students of the Month for the fall semester.

Student Support Services is one of seven federal TRiO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, for students who are serious about graduating from college. Services include easy access to tutoring as well as academic, career, personal, and financial advisement.  

To be considered for the SSS program, students must either be a first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor&rsquos degree) meet income eligibility criteria or have a documented disability.  

Students of the Month are selected based on their commitment and attitude with academics and the SSS program.

The SSS Students of the Month are:

September: Jessica Kirby, art major from Newell

As a new college student, BHSU staff have been impressed with Kirby's ability to adapt quickly to the rigors of the college environment, said Debbie Liddick, math specialist for Student Support Services. Kirby utilizes the resources provided to her by SSS and uses her time well. Kirby is responsible, shows initiative, asks questions and puts energy into her learning.

October: Sara Frasier, elementary education major from Spearfish

Peggy Madrid, assistant director and retention advisor for Student Support Services said Frasier was selected as the October SSS Student of the Month because of her commitment and strength she's shown when completing her degree. Frasier balances family, work, and school in an organized fashion.

November: Tyler Snell, from Spearfish

Snell has shown dedication and focus in his studies, making him a model student, said Nora Leinen, retention advisor for Student Support Services. He is always ready to ask questions and seek assistance on his work. She added he has made a distinct impact on the staff and students he interacts with in SSS.

"His jokes and positive attitude make him a great student to be around and we look forward to seeing his success in the future," Leinen said.  

December: Alex McKey, human services major from Craig, Colo.

Susan Hupp, Student Support Services Director, said as McKey prepared to graduate this semester, he shared his thoughts about what he had to learn and how he&rsquos grown during his time at BHSU. McKey has devoted a large number of hours outside of class for studying, Hupp said, teaching him the importance of time management and the value of developing career goals.

"He discovered that college professors have high expectations and that he had to raise the level of expectation he had of himself in order to be successful," Hupp said. "Alex was willing to use all of the resources available to him so he could be the best student he could be."

For more information on SSS, call 605-642-6294.

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