Indiana TRIO News-November 2015
Dr. Minor Visits TRIO Students at Purdue University

Submitted by:
Rosa Villarreal
Associate Dean of Students, Director of Horizons Student Support Services
Purdue University

Dr. James Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office for Post-Secondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education, visited Purdue University in West Lafayette on October 26, 2015. The event was organized by Horizons Student Support Services and other programs invited included the Purdue Promise program, 21st Century Scholars, as well as Purdue’s Black Male Excellence Network. Dr. Minor spoke to the students about his educational pathway and provided students with empowering advice through his personal lessons learned. Representatives from Indiana TRIO included Purdue North Central, Purdue Calumet, and IUPUI.
TRIO Students pose with Dr. Minor at Purdue University
ND TRIO Scholars Meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Submitted by:
Nijinsky Dix
Advisor, TRIO Upward Bound
University of Notre Dame

As campaigns for the 2016 local and national elections heat up, you will find most teens are more interested in homecoming football games and fall formals. However, after a public dialogue with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, ND TRiO scholars quickly changed their perspective on politics and the potential of their dreams.

After insisting students of color as well as first-generation students were in attendance, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice discussed a wide range of professional and personal issues arising from her life and career. In an auditorium filled with 800+ attendees, Justice Sotomayor caught the attention of Upward Bound sophomore, Rebekah Amaya with her warmth and candor. “The awe-inspiring opportunity of being able to hear Justice Sotomayor instilled hope in me that the goals I have set for my future are attainable.”

When asked of how to hold on to impossible dreams, the Justice responded, “Experience has taught me, you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true. Their real value is instilling in us the will to aspire.” Tearfully and in awe, ND TRiO scholars became witnesses and visionaries of the impossible dream.
IPFW TRIO Club Heading to Puerto Rico

Submitted by:
Shubitha Kever
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

Exciting things are happening for the TRIO Club at IPFW. In August, a group of TRIO Club students went before the University's Student Travel Allocation Committee to request funding for 6 first-generation students to travel to Puerto Rico to volunteer at a Manatee Rehabilitation Center. And although they faced tough questioning, the students were awarded funding and will be completing their service project this spring. For many of these students, this will be their first time traveling and experiencing a new culture. I cannot wait to hear how this experience has changed their lives and how they will be able to give back to others because of this opportunity given to them. First-generation and low-income students are still grossly underrepresented in travel and study abroad experiences, and I am so happy these students are helping to change that!  

Team TRIO at the American Heart Association's 2015 Heartwalk

Submitted by:
Jane Janovyak
Program Assistant, TRIO Student Support Services
Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast

Saturday morning September 12, 2015 dawned cool and rainy. That made things a bit of a greater challenge for the intrepid Team TRIO members who were planning to participate in the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Walk, held at Ivy Tech Northeast. But the team came through and enjoyed a highly successful event.

TEAM TRIO had 22 participants in the walk,12 students and 3 staff members attend,  joined by 7 guests. The walkers included TRIO students Thiery Bushapa, Richard Byers, Rudy Caciano, Dustin Catalan, Tanya Higgins, Kelly Kimbler, Gabriella Marcano, Garry Miller, Treasa Trenary, Rose Thompson, Jenn Walker and Virgil Wright. Joining the team as guests were Devocia Thomas and her niece Kareen, Heather Thompson, MaryAnn Powless, Christen Nelson, Isabella Walker and Abigaile Tanksley. TRIO Coordinators Felicia Henry-Nailon and Jeri Mayfield and TRIO Support Specialist Mark Culnane rounded out the group. It was a spirited bunch who took part in the dancing, the Zumba lesson and photo shoots with “Elvis” and Mad Ants Mascot.

Complementing the fun was the fact that TEAM TRIO raised $581 for the American Heart Association exceeding the goal of $300.

IUPUI's Fall Break Is Full of Volunteer Efforts

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

IUPUI Upward Bound students spent their two-week fall break participating in a variety of academic, cultural, and community events sponsored by the program.  The program collaborated with Gleaner’s Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, Teacher’s Treasures, and Riley Hospital to offer students an opportunity to volunteer and learn about the work of different community organizations.  The students spent a day organizing the warehouse at Gleaner’s Food Bank, cleaning kitchens and toys at Ronald McDonald House, making stencils using a die cut machine and stocking shelves at Teacher’s Treasures, and making blankets for the patients at Riley Hospital.  Other activities throughout their two week break included college visits to Indiana Wesleyan University and University Southern Indiana, a health career day, and cultural visits to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Black Violin.

TRIO Students Eligible to Study in Spain

Your TRIO SSS or McNair students can study abroad in Spain this summer! Did you know COE has a study abroad opportunity for TRIO students? Each year 20-25 TRIO students are chosen throughout the country to spend a month in Salamanca, Spain as a part of a study abroad opportunity. Students earn credits, explore Spanish culture, and visit historic landmarks. Thanks to a corporate sponsorship, this opportunity offers an affordable travel abroad opportunity for TRIO students. The cost to students is $2,300 and some financial aid can be applied toward the trip. Students MUST also be attending a university who is an Institutional Member of COE and MUST be recommended by his or her TRIO Director for consideration. Indiana TRIO Program Directors who would like assistance with the process, please contact Shubitha Kever.

Save the Date:
2016 Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program in Salamanca, Spain--sponsored by COE and Travel & Education
May 28-June 30, 2016
Cost: $2,300
Application Deadline: Early January 2016
Upcoming TRIO APR Due Dates

EOC:  open on 11/2; due 12/4  Information can be found at

SSS:  open on 11/2; due 12/4   Information can be found at
UB/UBMS:  open on 11/2; due 12/4  Information can be found at
TS:  open on 11/2; due 12/4.  Information can be found at
Talent Search APR
McNair:  open on 12/1; due 12/31
VUB:  open on 12/15; due 1/22

EOC RFP Update:
The U.S. Department of Education released the draft EOC RFP for comment.  Comments are due by November 23, 2015.  Interested parties should review carefully and submit comments if they feel anything needs to be changed and/or clarified.
 Click HERE to comment and enter ED-2015-ICCD-0121 in the search field.  There is a “Comment Now” button on the right hand side.
New Name and Logo for MAEOPP

MAEOPP has officially changed its name. Going forward, the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) will now be called the Educational Opportunity Association (EOA). There are no reported changes to the mission of the association. Questions regarding the name change and rebranding should be directed to EOA leadership.

EOA Website

EOA 41st Annual Professional Conference
November 15-18, 2015

Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan

For more information, follow the link below

2015 EOA Conference

Sandra Peterson and Natrona Wilson Retire

Indiana TRIO would like to congratulate Sandra Peterson and Natrona Wilson on their recent retirements.  Sandra Peterson served as the Assistant Director for Upward Bound at Purdue Calumet for 17 years.  Natrona Wilson served as the Academic Coordinator for Upward Bound at Purdue Calumet for 11.5 years.  We wish them the best in their retirements and thank them for their years of dedication and hard work!

Contact Your Representatives

Dan Coats-R
Joe Donnelly-D

House of Representatives 

District One: Peter Visclosky-D
District Two: Jackie Walorski-R         
District Three: Marlin Stutzman-R
District Four: Todd Rokita-R 
District Five: Susan Brooks-R                           
District Six: Luke Messer-R                               
District Seven: Andre Carson-D
District Eight: Larry Bucshon-R
District Nine: Todd Young-R

Indiana TRIO 2015 Factbook

The 2015 Indiana TRIO Factbook is complete! The Factbook was a valuable resource when Indiana TRIO members meet with our state representatives in Congress in March at COE Policy Seminar. Our representatives loved seeing our programs' successes and our students' accomplishments. Now that it's APR time, please be sure to send us your APR data upon completion of this year's report. We are also looking for  student success stories for future inclusion.

Program APR data and student success stories should be submitted to Rosa Villarreal.
at TRIO programs around Indiana

Recent Indiana TRIO Program Newsletter Links

IPFW TRIO SSS: Fall 2015
IUPUI UB: August 2015
To have your latest program newsletter or news article added, send the web address or pdf version to Shubitha Kever for inclusion in the next Indiana TRIO newsletter.
WANTED: Newsletter Articles for Next Newsletter

Article submission deadlines for upcoming Indiana TRIO newsletters are listed below:
Winter Edition: January 15, 2016
Spring Edition: April 15, 2016
Summer Edition: July 15, 2016
Fall Edition: October 21, 2016

Want to submit a story from your program? Email stories to Shubitha Kever on or before the deadline for consideration. Please send stories as a Word document (include photos too). Have an online newsletter you'd like to share with other TRIO programs in the state? Email us the web address or a pdf version to have it linked to this newsletter!
We Are Indiana TRIO!

Current Indiana TRIO Officers
President: Yecenia Tostado
President Elect: Rosa Villarreal
Past President: Mike Slocum
Treasurer: Shubitha Kever
Secretary: Catalina Rodriguez

TRIO Officers Starting November 18, 2015
President: Rosa Villarreal
President Elect: Shubitha Kever
Past President: Yecenia Tostado
Treasurer: May Cheng
Secretary: Catalina Rodriguez
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