Indiana TRIO News-June 2016

Two Indiana TRIO Students Study in Spain

Two Indiana TRIO students are spending their summer in Spain. Lorenzo Catalan (IPFW TRIO SSS) and  Monica Renteria Gaeta(Purdue University North Central TRIO SSS) were among 15 TRIO students nationwide chosen to be a part of the 2016 Keith Sherin Global Leaders program offered through the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). Lorenzo and Monica will be taking classes at the University of Salamanca and learning more about Spanish culture and language through cultural excursions throughout the surrounding area.

This is a yearly offered experience open to TRIO SSS and McNair students. Students MUST also be attending a university that 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:
2017 Keith Sherin Global Leaders Program in Salamanca, Spain--sponsored by COE and Travel & Education
May-June 2017
Application Deadline: Early January 2017
ND TRIO Programs Host 2nd Annual College Signing Day

Submitted by:
Nijinsky Dix
Assistant Director, TRIO Programs
University of Notre Dame

Surrounded by family, friends, and institutional supporters, on the first Wednesday of every February, high school football recruits officially announce their commitments and sign National Letters of Intent highlighting the next step of their academic and athletic careers. Considering ND TRiO is also packed with talent, mirroring the NCAA’s National Signing Day for athletes, ND TRiO Programs hosted the 2nd Annual ND TRiO College Signing Day also known as Decision Day. With the assistance of Ron Powlus, Notre Dame alumnus and Director of Player Development, TRiO scholars were celebrated for the successful completion of TRiO programming, high school,  and for making a commitment to higher education. “This is a first for my family on so many levels. In a few weeks, I will go to prom, graduate, and be the first in my family to go to college. I can’t believe this is real,” said Talent Search senior, Taylor Alexander. Headed to Indiana State University in the fall, Jermaine Lighthall, Upward Bound senior also expressed his sentiments regarding the event. “I like how this was done. The setup, the support…this makes the next step feel like a really big deal.” Taking place at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex (affectionately known as the “Gug”) at the University of Notre Dame surrounded by high school and college representatives, family, alumni of state-wide institutions, ND staff,  future generations, and of course, their TRiO family, students were provided a certificate of achievement and a college t-shirt of their future alma mater.
Indiana TRIO Ladies Attend Girls In STEM Conference

Submitted by:
Roxanne Gregg
Director, TRIO Upward Bound

Indiana TRIO students from IPFW, IUPUI, and Notre Dame attended EOA's 2nd Annual Girls in Stem Conference this past May at Wichita State University in Kansas--joining over 200 young ladies from around the country. The ladies learned about STEM majors and careers from celebrated women in STEM fields. A highlight of the event was getting to hear a message from Dr. Jedidah Isler, an award-winning astrophysicist, TED Fellow, and a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for inclusive STEM education.
Indiana TRIO Young Men Attend Men of Excellence Conference

Story and photos submitted by:
Beth Clemens
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

Photo submitted by:
Tavis Rieger
Academic Specialist, TRIO Upward Bound


The 2016 Men of Excellence conference was presented by the Educational Opportunity Association on the campus of Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) and ran June 2-4, 2016. This was the second year for the conference and student and staff attendance topped 200! Inspired by President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keep Initiative,” the event targeted young men from pre-college and collegiate TRIO programs. Though participants were primarily from the ten states of EOA, some attendees came from as far away as Florida.


Director Beth Clemens (TRIO SSS, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast) said, “We brought five young men, and it was 100% worth the time and effort. The conference was extremely well-planned and executed. It was purposeful and powerful for our young men – and staff – in attendance. We hope to take at least as many men next year, if not more. I feel inspired to try to do some fund-raising specifically so we can double our participation! This is how we change lives. This conference represented the pinnacle of student engagement and was worth every minute and dollar we put into getting our young men there.”


Men did have to apply and be accepted to the conference, after writing brief essays about responsibility, education, authenticity, and leadership. These were the themes of the conference, “Be R.E.A.L.” – be responsible, educated, authentic, and a leader. The men heard sessions with exceptional speakers on each topic, and then they broke into small group discussions with a faculty member. On the final day of the conference, the men participated in a service project. Some wrote letters to men and women serving in the armed forces. Some helped out at a homeless shelter’s kitchen, and others helped out at a community garden.


EOA’s Facebook page has excellent pictures from them event, if you want to see more! Beth Clemens would be happy to talk to any TRIO program staff about the experience, how her institution pulled off the expense (with no TRIO grant dollars), and advice for planning next year’s attendance.

ETS TRIO Alumnus Shares Insights on Scholarships

Submitted by:
Cynthia Ragle
Director, TRIO Educational Talent Search-Project ASPIREE
Vincennes University

Kristina Ellis, a Vincennes, Indiana native and graduate of Vincennes Lincoln High School presented a special session on how to obtain scholarships and graduate debt-free at Vincennes University on May 2, 2016. Ellis, a Vincennes University ETS alumnus, also shared her strategies to help others with scholarships and graduate from college debt-free in her book, Confessions of a Scholarship Winner at North High School in Evansville, Indiana, on May 3, 2016. Her book is ranked in the Top 20 among all books on Barnes and Noble and in the Top 40 on all of Amazon, as well as topping the charts in Amazon’s College & University category.
In her quest to overcome enormous obstacles, Ellis devised a plan that earned her more than $500,000 in scholarships to cover her entire education through a Ph.D. She has been recognized as Coca-Cola National Scholar, Gates Millennium Scholar, and a U.S. Presidential Scholar. 

She has been featured in Seventeen Magazine and Justine Magazine, and been seen on The Katie Couric Show, Fox & Friends, The 700 Club, Yahoo Finance, Better TV, and many other national media outlets. Ellis earned her Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Education from Belmont University.
Pictured below are Vincennes University ETS students and parents with Ellis after the presentations.
Indiana University East Celebrates TRIO Graduates

Submitted by:
Jack Haggenjos
Academic Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services
Indiana University East

Graduation at Indiana University East was May 13, 2016. It was a proud time for the SSS staff to watch their graduates to reach their goals. One particular moment was watching Julie Stingley receive her degree. Julie’s case was that of a non-traditional student: mother of four, full time student with a 3.9 GPA, mentor, part-time work study employee, Journey Fellowship Award, Outstanding Social Work student, and Title IVE Scholarship Awardee. Julie has not only recognized the opportunities in front of her but also made the most of them. Upon graduation she begins work in her field with the Department of Children's Services.

Another proud moment came in watching Jessica Baker receive her Honors Degree in mathematics. Jessica is a traditional student, although her senior year included being a new mother, a full time student, and SSS math tutor extraordinaire. The SSS clients working with Jessica cannot say enough about her helpful disposition and math abilities. No matter how complex the math, she always has a way to make it simple. Her immediate plans are to continue to work and pursue grad school. Her next  goal is to teach math in college.

Although not a graduate yet, Jerry Stamper is the recipient of the SSS Outstanding Student of Year. Jerry is on his way to a degree in Business Management, and this past March he was inducted into the prestigious Delta Mu Delta business fraternity. Factory work and farming have been his past pursuits, and he is currently starting an organic aquaponics farming endeavor. The SSS staff have been the recipients of his arugula, lettuce, spinach, and strawberry harvest. Jerry’s generosity is also present in his being a peer mentor. One of his greatest enjoyments is being around the “young-uns,” as he refers to the traditional students, because he loves what they have to teach him. Of course, the affection is mutual on their parts as well.
IPFW TRIO Students Experience Service Learning in Puerto Rico

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

During spring break, six first-generation students in the Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) TRIO Club traveled to Puerto Rico for a service learning experience they will remember for many years to come. This was the first time that a team of TRIO students have traveled to Puerto Rico.

The students: Kristin Costello (senior, hospitality management); Colby Flye (sophomore, information technology); Britten Friar (senior, elementary education); Emily Salisbury (senior, visual communication design); Nathan Seelye (senior, electrical engineering); and Taylor Talamantes (senior, psychology)  organized, planned, and fundraised the trip all on their own.

During their week in Puerto Rico, the group volunteered at the Manatee Conservation Center at the University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon. The students prepared food for the manatees and fed them, measured and recorded water temperatures in the holding tanks, and collected air quality data. They also visited the El Yunque Rainforest and met with other first-generation TRIO students at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.
IVY Awards

Submitted by:
Andrea Woodbury
Support Specialist, TRIO Student Support Services
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

The Office of Student Life at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast held their annual Ivy Awards banquet on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the Coliseum Campus in Fort Wayne. The dinner was held to honor engaged student leaders and the staff and faculty that support them. The theme was “Be the Change.”

Student Life recognizes students and the organizations that go above and beyond in their community involvement. Thierry Bushapa, a TRIO SSS student, was nominated M.V.P. by the President of Campus Activities Board (CAB) for his dedicated service to CAB.

Ten TRIO students attended the event, along with TRIO SSS Director Beth Clemens and TRIO Coordinator Felicia Henry-Nailon. Many TRIO attendees are involved with the emerging TRIO Leadership Council, a new TRIO-specific student organization registered with Student Life.
IUPUI TRIO Students Visit Puerto Rico

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

Who would have guessed you would need an umbrella in a rain forest? Twenty-one IUPUI Upward Bound students can now respond to that after their week-long trip to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico over spring break. Aside from hiking through the rain forest, our students were able to spend some much needed time on the beach, tour a 200 year-old fort build by the Spanish, explore an art museum in Ponce, and buy souvenirs in old San Juan. We also visited two universities where more than a few students started to image what it would be like to go to school surrounded by palm trees and a nice tropical breeze. Students earned this trip by meeting a number of qualifications, including participating in a series of classes taught by IUPUI Professor Jose Vargas-Vila. It's impossible to write about all that we saw, but it goes without saying that this trip was worth every bit of effort put in by those who earned it!
IPFW TRIO SSS & UB Students Join Forces To Give Back

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

IPFW TRIO SSS and UB students participated in IPFW's annual day of community service (The BIG Event) this past April. Students helped prepare the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for opening day by cleaning up exhibits. The students had a great time giving back and helping get the zoo ready for animals and visitors.
IVY Tech Student Spotlight-Cara Macknick

Submitted by:
Jeri Mayfield
Support Specialist, TRIO Student Support Services
Ivy Tech Community College Northeast

Congratulations to TRIO’s own Cara Macknick who is the recipient of the Indiana TRIO Board of Directors Scholarship for part-time students. This scholarship is a statewide TRIO initiative based on academic excellence and community involvement.
Cara joined TRIO in 2014 as a single working mother of four children ranging from pre-school to a freshman at Purdue. She is also a founder of and a participant in the Angola Civil War Days, which is a non-profit historical education organization.
In striving to get her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration, Cara has maintained a 3.8+ GPA. She has succeeded in both face-to-face and online classes. Taking some online classes became practical for her because her commute to school is almost one hour each direction.

When she is not running a household, being a mother, a student, and an employee, Cara volunteers in her children’s activities, her church, and her community’s events.

The TRIO SSS staff is not only proud of all of Cara’s accomplishments, we are also proud of the personal and professional growth that Cara has acquired. She is definitely an example of how rewards can be realized through hard work and dedication.
Thank you, Cara, for bringing this recognition to the TRIO Student Support Program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast.
IPFW TRIO Upward Bound Students Celebrate College Go Day

Submitted by:
Nicholas Gray
Director, TRIO Upward Bound
Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne

IPFW TRIO Upward Bound students proudly celebrate college go day by displaying t-shirts of their fall college choices.
Vote in the Indiana TRIO Election

To vote for a candidate for IN TRIO President-Elect, and Treasurer please log in via the EOA website. Click on Member Login in the top right corner. (If you do not know your login, click on Member Login and Forgot My Username/Login). Once logged in, click on the "For Members" tab, and "IN TRIO Election" to cast your vote today!
Your vote will remain anonymous. The deadline for voting is 11:59 PM June 17th. For any questions regarding this process, contact Yecenia Tostado. If you have questions with logging in, email EOA Technology.
Click Here to Vote Now!
2016 Indiana TRIO Award Winners
Student Scholarship Winners
Cheryl Berry Scholarship—Nathaly Diaz, IPFW
Pre-College Scholarship—Kyle Pessefall, IPFW
Study Abroad Scholarships—Taylor Heath, USI & Lorenzo Catalan, IPFW
Board of Directors—Anna Zipay, Purdue University Northwest (Full-time) & Cara Macknick, Ivy Tech Northeast (Part-time)

Professional Award Winners
LaVerta L. Terry Outstanding Service—Shubitha Kever, IPFW
Bertha M. Jones Award—Carol Kurmis, Purdue University Northwest
Rozelle Boyd Outstanding Achievement—Mike Slocum, Ivy Tech
EOA Annual Professional Conference Registration to Go Live Soon!
The Educational Opportunity Association (EOA) is excited to host its 42nd Annual Professional Conference from November 13-16, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. More details to come shortly. For the most up-to-date information, visit the EOA website.

EOA 2016 Professional Conference

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 2016 Factbook Is Complete

This year's Factbook was a valuable resource when Indiana TRIO members meet with state representatives in Congress in March at COE Policy Seminar. Our representatives loved seeing our programs' successes and our students' accomplishments. Now that APR times are slowly approaching, 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. See last year's Factbook for format of TRIO Student Success Stories.

Program APR data should be submitted to Rosa Villarreal.
Student Success Stories should be submitted to Shubitha Kever.
Honoring an Indiana TRIO Legend

The Groups Scholars staff would like to inform you about the passing of LaVerta Terry, former Director of the Groups Program from 1982-1992. Ms. Terry, 89, died in February in Bloomington, Indiana.

For those who did not know Ms. Terry, she was the first black teacher hired on contract by the Monroe County Community School Corporation in 1963. It was after working as a teacher that she joined the Groups Program 1976 as Assistant Director. In her professional career, she earned several honors, among them the Lifetime Contribution Award in 2006 during the 21st annual Luncheon for Women’s History Month. She was also acknowledged by former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in 1990 for her dedication and commitment to her students. Ms. Terry was also the first president of our professional association, Indiana TRIO (formerly I-MAEOPP).

Annually, Indiana TRIO awards and LaVerta L. Terry Outstanding Service Award (named for Ms. Terry) to an Indiana TRIO professional who goes above and beyond to provide exemplary services to students and other TRIO professionals.

at TRIO programs around Indiana

Recent Indiana TRIO Program Newsletter Links

University of St. Francis: Spring 2016
IPFW TRIO SSS: Summer 2016
Ivy Tech Northeast March 2016
Ivy Tech Northeast April 2016
IUPUI: May 2016
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:

Summer Edition: July 29, 2016
Fall Edition: October 21, 2016
Winter Edition: January 20, 2017
Spring Edition: April 21, 2017

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!
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Current Indiana TRIO Officers
President: Rosa Villarreal
President Elect: Shubitha Kever
Past President: Yecenia Tostado
Treasurer: May Cheng
Secretary: Catalina Rodriguez
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