Attached is a copy of a memo provided by COE relating to TRIO funds. Please contact Mary Kate Snow or Deltha Shell with any questions.
Applications are now open for the 2014 SWASAP ELI class.
AVAILABILITY OF G-5 FOR DRAWDOWN OF FORMULA AND DISCRETIONARY GRANT FUNDS DURING GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
The Department currently anticipates that G-5 will be available if there is a lapse of appropriations on October 1, 2013 for all routine automated grants-related transactions, including the drawdown of funds. Any drawdown requests that require action by Department employees, such as grantees on route payment flags, would not be completed during a shutdown. All requirements that normally apply to grantees, such as minimizing the time between grantee drawdown and disbursement of funds, would apply both immediately before and during a government shutdown due to a lapse of appropriations. Please check back on the G-5 system for updates.
Government Relations Update
Today, September 30, is the last day of Fiscal Year 2013. Last Friday, the Senate amended the House-passed continuing resolution to level-fund the government by stripping out provisions that would have defunded “Obamacare” and limited payments after the country reached its debt ceiling in mid-October. In a rare Saturday session, the House took up the amended legislation and added in a yearlong delay of major portions of Obamacare as well as a repeal of other provisions of the law. This afternoon, Senate Democrats are expected to reject these provisions and send the measure back to the House (where it is expected to be rejected by House Republicans).
As legislation to keep the government funded past midnight tonight continues to volley between the Senate and the House, it appears all but certain that a government shutdown WILL occur, even if only for a shortwhile. The primary point of contention is not the amount of federal spending. Both chambers agree that – at least in the short-term, level-spending is best. The real issue is Obamacare, which is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2013. For your information, USA Today offers this succinct Q&A about the potential shutdown and its relationship to the debt ceiling, Obamacare, and other relevant matters. (66 questions and answers about the government shutdown) For specific details about how the shutdown will impact TRIO programs, please read the notice below.
**Government Shutdown Update** (first published 9/27/13)
In light of the pending government shutdown, COE has received a number of calls from TRIO programs about how this would affect them. TRIO programs are forward funded programs and therefore their monies were committed for this 2013-2014 year in the FY 2013 appropriations. Therefore, these monies will remain available and all programs will continue to proceed as normal.
If the government does shut down, most of the Department of Education personnel will be on leave but the g5 system that finance offices use to drawdown monies will not shut down because of this. In fact, we were informed that the G5 system notified its users some time ago that it will be down between September 30 through October 4 due to maintenance. (language on from G5. G5 will be unavailable to all users at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 3, 2013 until 6:00 AM on Friday, October 4, 2013.)
For more detailed information about the pending government shut down, please review the contingency plan posted today on the Department of Education website at http://www2.ed.gov/about/furlough2013/index.html.
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.
Please visit the 2013 Fall Conference page to register for this event.
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.
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