AASAP: Arkansas Association of Student Assistance Programs

2014 AASAP Annual Conference

August 5th, 2014

Greetings AASAP!

Just a quick announcement to say that Conference registration is open.  You can find this information  on the 2014 Conference Page.

PLEASE NOTE:  Early Bird Registration ends September 10th.

If you have any questions, please contact Shola McFadden-Kitrell or Jacque Hodge-Goff.


Senate Subcommittee approves increase for TRIO

June 11th, 2014

PLEASE call Senator Pryor’s office to thank him for his commitment to TRIO programs and the students we serve.  Use your lunch hour or your time after work.  Send him a tweet or a facebook message!  Please express your thanks!

Also, please reach out to Senator Boozman to inform him of the budget increase and request that he vote for the increase in TRIO funding for FY 15.


Tuesday afternoon the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee released its FY 2015 bill.  Despite a tight budget environment, under the leadership of Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerry Moran of Kansas, the Senate Subcommittee demonstrated that TRIO remains a policy priority by providing $846.7 million in TRIO funding–$8.4 million above the FY 2014 funding level. In fact, Senator Harkin listed TRIO among the highlights of the bill. Given that the entire budget for all federal government programs in FY 2015 is only $2 billion more than last year, this increase is a notable achievement that reflects the tenacity of the TRIO community’s advocacy efforts.

All TRIO constituents are urged to thank the Members of the Senate Subcommittee and to continue outreach to the Members of the full Appropriations Committee in anticipation of the full Committee’s consideration of the bill this Thursday. All Senate offices may be reached via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Thank you for your continued support of TRIO students and programs.


Maureen Hoyler

What’s going on in AASAP?

May 22nd, 2014

Scholarship Applications are due May 30th – visit the scholarship page for details

TRiO Achiever Applications are due on May 30th – we know you have at least ONE GREAT STUDENT to nominate!

Hall of Fame books are available for order.  Visit the link below to order yours.  Cost is $15 and all proceeds go to support our alumni efforts.




UALR Conducting Training Workshop

April 30th, 2014
UALR is conducting the following workshop:
Monday, May 19, 2014 10am – 3 pm
TRiO Policies and Procedures with Lucy Jones
UALR Donaghey Student Center, Ledbetter 214A
Sponsored by UALR Academic Success Center
Registration cost: $25 (lunch included)
Registration deadline: May 5, 2014
Mail payments to:
Academic Success Center
2801 S. University Ave, SPCH 101
Little Rock, AR 72204
All payments must be received by May 8th. Checks only.
For questions and additional information, please contact:
Sherrie Kearney

2014 AASAP Emerging Leaders Institute

February 19th, 2014
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Greatness is within each of us. According to Jack Welch
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
AASAP is very excited to offer Emerging Leadership Institute for Arkansas members.
This leadership training will be offered at no expenseto a limited number AASAP members.
Please fill out the attached application and return it to Mary Kate Snow by March 5, 2014.

2014 TRiO Hall of Fame

February 18th, 2014

2014 TRIO Hall of Fame nomination form

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!!

2014 Trio Day

January 21st, 2014
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Important TRIO Day News
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Mark your calendar
for February 22 and April 5
“Two TRIO Day celebrations in 2014
First celebration
February 22
National TRIO Day recognizing TRIO Hall of Fame
Select your Hall of Fame Honorees by
Friday, Feb. 21
These persons are featured each year in the Policy Seminar booklet
that is provided to the Arkansas U.S. Congressional members. We need
every program to be represented in the booklet.
Plans are also underway to place an advertisement in the
Arkansas Democrat Gazette announcing the 2014 Hall of Fame members.
Hold a TRIO Day celebration on your campus on a day close to February 22. Recognize your
students, invite your partners and local officials; hold a poster contest among your students; host
guest speakers; request a TRIO Day proclamation from your mayor; bookstore give aways, etc.
Place an article about TRIO and your Hall of Fame honoree in the local newspaper.
Assist your Hall of Fame student (or other student) to prepare a brief testimonial that can be
placed on the AASAPTRIO website.
Social Media- send your pics, tag photos, and use #trioworks!
Second celebration
April 5 – State-wide TRIO Day celebration in central Arkansas.
An exciting event that will bring together all programs and participants. Be sure and start your
Coins for College collections. We want to continue the tradition of awarding two scholarships through a random drawing.
Details coming soon……
Committee volunteers welcome
contact Linda Barker, lsbarker@ualr.edu


AASAP Spring Leadership 2014

January 21st, 2014

To register, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-aasap-spring-leadership-tickets-11020971021


2014 AASAP Leadership Conference


Onward TRiO Soldiers:

Allies and Advocacy


 Arkansas State University-Beebe

April 11, 2014

Registration at 9:00AM

Program from 9:30AM-2:30 PM


Member registration is $50

To become an AASAP Member, please visit the following web site:


Non-member registration is $80


Please send payment to:


Jacque Hodge Goff

AASAP Treasurer

Educational Talent Search

University of Arkansas

128 Uptown Campus East

Fayetteville, AR  72701

Phone: 479-575-2731 Fax: 479-575-5361


Please make payments payable to AASAP.

Payment can be turned in at registration.


Registration deadline is April 4, 2014

No on-site registration.

Lunch is provided.


Bring Raffle items for Our Fair Share…



TRiO Works!



$40,000 Gift for Upward Bound Programs

September 19th, 2013

Upward Bound Donation - September 16 2013

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.

Spring Leadership Held at Henderson State

May 1st, 2013


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.”



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