Please take a few minutes to name one of your students into the TRiO Hall of Fame!
The TRiO Hall of Fame student is choose by your program staff. It is a current student who you feel is the best candidate to honor. There are no set rules to follow for your choice and no nomination form.
Each program will choose a student, take a pic, and have them write a short bio as to how TRiO has helped them succeed. These should be submitted to Linda Barker by February 21.
Our hope is that there will be a hundred of them to publish. We encourage each program to submit a Hall of Fame student. We want our representatives to read your students reasons TRiO is important to them…we can talk to our representatives all day long and not make the impact your students can!!
Please encourage all TRiO programs on your campus to let us praise you students!!
The 2014 AASAP Spring Leadership Event will be held at ASU Beebe on April 11.
Today, the Arkansas Lottery Commission and its two international vendors announced a $40,000 gift to be shared by Arkansas Upward
Bound programs to improve technology-based education for UB students.
The gift was made by Scientific Games of Alpharetta, GA, and Intralot, Inc., of Duluth, GA, the two major vendors who support the operation of the Arkansas Lottery’s instant and draw games. Sale of those tickets is the sole source for the $375.7 Million provided for college scholarships in Arkansas by the Lottery operation.
“The Arkansas Lottery Commission is proud of the success of Arkansas college students who benefit from the Academic Challenge Scholarships. With this generous donation from our vendors, we can now take pride in helping deserving students prepare to attend college and achieve great things,” said Lottery Director Bishop Woosley. “Commissioner Ben Pickard (of Searcy) came up with this idea when he was Chairman and worked hard to make this day happen, and he deserves credit along with our partners at Intralot and Scientific Games.”
Present for the announcement were Mary Kate Snow, President, Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs and Director TRiO Student Support Services, Pulaski Technical College; Dr. Constance Nowell, Trio Coordinator, ASU-Beebe; Ms. Melissa Rust, V.P. Governmental Relations, representing Dr. Donald Bobbitt, University of Arkansas System; Robert S. Evans, Director Governmental Relations, representing Dr. Charles Welch, Arkansas State University System; Mr. Rex Nelson, President,
Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities; Dr. Edward Franklin, Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Two Year Colleges; and Mr. Shane Broadway, Interim Director, Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Steve Beck and Toben Molica represented Intralot and Scientific Games respectively.
TRiO Upward Bound and several other similar TRiO programs were originally established by the federal government in 1965 to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. In many communities, these programs are some of the only programs available that help students overcome the class, social, academic and cultural barriers to higher education.
AASAP Spring Leadership Conference Hosted by
Henderson State University Trio Programs
On Friday, April 19, 2013, the Henderson State University Trio programs hosted the annual Spring Leadership Conference. Approximately 95 participants attended the conference in Arkadelphia that focused on the theme of developing leadership skills through volunteerism.
The day’s event tabbed “Rock’n Leadership Skilz Through Volunteerism” was a fun way to take conference participants on a musical journey to the days of “rock-n-roll” and for Michael Jackson impersonator, Jacob Burns, Henderson State University Theater Arts major, to entertain participants with his dance rendition of “Billie Jean” as conference participants learned about the connection between volunteerism and leadership skills.
Sessions included presentations by Dr. Connie Phelps, Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences, HSU; Kathy Brownlee, VUB Assistant Director, HSU; Pam Ligon, Associate Dean of Academic Services, HSU; Dr. Lewis Shepherd, Jr., Vice-President for Student and External Affairs, HSU; Beverly Quillin, SSDS Education Specialist, HSU; Brenda Hagerich, SSS Education Specialist, HSU and Erin Poe, SSDS Education Specialist, HSU.
Presenters discussed leadership skills that students could develop through volunteer experiences. It was shown that Trio students can realize important developmental skills through volunteering programs. Volunteering can encourage the building of such traits as: positive attitudes when helping to make positive changes in their communities, learning good communications skills when working with large organizations, problem-solving skills when things don’t always go as planned, learning to act as a team player, how to work well under pressure and understanding that leaders need a healthy ego to lead but also need the personality to be able to “check” their ego at the door for the good of the volunteer activity.
Presenters also shared information on helping students overcome challenges in finding time to volunteer, helping students locate volunteer opportunities, helping students understand the benefits that volunteering can provide them and helping students decide which volunteering activities are a good match for them. Lastly, the conference presenters discussed the importance of helping students to record and maintain volunteer experiences so that those experiences can be used to help the student in building resumes, in scholarship applications and in applying for admission to graduate schools.
The day ended with participants posing for pictures in front of our “Rock-N-Roll Wall of Fame.”
The Department of Education’s HEP Meeting was a success. With over 3200 attendees, information on topics such as changes in financial aid, persistence, retention, and budgets were shared. Transcripts and Power Points for the meetings can be found at http://www.hepmeetings.com/agenda/. Just click on the day and then click on the title of the presentation for the information. In addition, we had the opportunity to visit with our program officers. These were informal and allowed us time to get to know them. Pictured is Shakir Davy, the program officer for Student Support Services, along with several directors and staff from around the state.
Arkansas had over 26 present. These individuals took the time to make follow-up visits to our federal representatives. Visits were made to Senators Pryor and Boozman, along with all Congressmen except Crawford. Although they received us well, the republicans did not vote yes to the Harkins amendment to increase TRiO funding by 14 million dollars. The amendment did not pass. This is unacceptable.
Since the latest budget crunch, things are not good in DC for TRiO…we MUST have our students write to our representatives and let them know that TRIO Works. Send your APR Objective Data to your representative and Senators. Compare your data to the university, state, and nation…just a little gathering on your part will go a long way once in the hands of those holding the budget purse strings. In this time of appropriations, we must be diligent and relentless in our contact with our representatives…we must let them know how important and successful our work is with students who are first-generation, low-income, and disable. How important our programs are in getting students both traditional and non-traditional into college and then the workplace.
Do this today…contact your representatives…have your students write today…donate to Fair Share today…these are things we can do to secure the future of our jobs and services to our students.
Check out the YouTube video produced by Arkansas Tech’s Upward Bound program. The video was directed by a UB alumni who is currently a Junior at ATU. Please show them some love!
Registration for our 2012 TRiO Day celebration is open!! Please put the date, Feb. 25, on your calendar and gear up to come. Remember, we will have a poster contest so have your students get started. This years theme for both National TRiO day and Policy is “College Opportunity Programs: Paving the Way to America’s Prosperity”. In addition, we hope to have lots of Coins for College donations to provide as many scholarships as possible to our TRiO high school seniors and college students. Jeanette Berry will be compiling our Hall of Fame booklets this year. She will need a student picture and short statement as to what TRiO has done for them to place in the booklet. We will send out the Congressional Cards for your students to fill out…please, please have your students do this and mail them before policy…these have a tremendous impact on our representatives. Once again, we will send the cards out for you to print and mail. Send receipts for printing or mailing costs to AASAP treasurer Vergina Smith, SSS program, College of the Ouachitas, One College Circle, Malvern, AR. 72104 for reimbursement. Due to high security measures in
the capitol, packages can sit for weeks before they are scanned and sent to the representatives office. Therefore, we would like for these to be mailed individually. How astonishing it will be for a representative to receive a large bag of cards from from students telling them how TRiO has impacted their lives!!
Remember, TRiO Day is for all TRiO programs in Arkansas. You do not have to be a member of AASAP to participate. Although our email list consists of AASAP members, please share this information with all TRiO programs so we can have a giant Hall of Fame booklet and thousands of Congressional Cards on the desks of our representatives!! We can make a difference!!
On another note, I would like to commend my TRiO friends for their hard work to secure funding for our students and programs. Here is a statement published by COE:
Due to the united efforts of TRIO champions on
Capitol Hill and grassroots support from the TRIO
community, TRIO managed to secure an increase of
$13.4 million for a total appropriation of $839.9
million for FY 2012. While this figure is far
below the $920.1 million proposed by President
Obama back in February of this year, an
examination of all other education funding
demonstrates what a staunch victory this is. In
fact, TRIO is one of nine programs within the
Department of Education and the only higher
education program to receive an increase.
All other programs were cut.
The final outcome of the FY 2012 appropriations
debate illustrates two points. First, the
advocacy of the TRIO community did, in fact,
positively impact action on Capitol Hill. For
that, all TRIO advocates must be commended. The
second point, however, is that more work remains
to be done. Looking ahead to FY 2013, the TRIO
community must build upon its success to secure
additional dollars to prevent the losses of
additional students and restore losses already
suffered. With National TRIO Day (February 25,
2012) and COE’s Annual Policy Seminar (March
11-13, 2012) just around the corner,
opportunities abound for greater TRIO advocacy.