Indiana TRIO News-January 2016
USI TRIO Students Send Cards Overseas

Submitted by:
Aaron Pryor
Academic Counselor, TRIO Student Support Services
University of Southern Indiana

During the University of Southern Indiana’s fall semester, the participants of Student Support Services banded together to volunteer their time, energy, and resources for two amazing causes to help give back to the community. In collaboration with the Marketing and Research Department, our students filled out thoughtful, creative, and personalized holiday cards to our military members serving overseas to protect our essential freedoms (including a right to pursue education). The cards were intended to give joy and thanks to those who would not see their own families for the holidays so that we could have the ongoing safety and security to appreciate our own.

As the importance of the cards is easily seen, so too was it identified that there are military men and women here at home that need our help as well. A call for help was sent out to provide home essentials to formerly homeless individuals now residing in Permanent Support Housing at Lucas Place II (a program and property under the care of ECHO Housing in Evansville, Indiana). Although services exist to aid our veterans, they are times not even enough to fulfil basic needs of daily living. Our students responded by donating clothing, toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies, and the like. One thoughtful student even took it upon herself to create baskets full of all of the above. Through our students’ education, personal growth, and identification of civil rights and responsibilities they have been able to make noticeable impacts in the lives of others. This is the true dream of many TRIO programs—to go beyond the mundane and become extraordinary.
ND TRIO Programs Give Back

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

As most students prepared to take a break from the books due to the holiday season, ND TRIO students on the other hand, were preparing to give. In collaboration with the South Bend Catholic Worker – Our Lady of the Road, a community organization that provides hospitality to individuals and families in need in the Michiana area, TRIO students donated their time and skills in the spirit of the season. Unfortunately, during the holiday season, some families are simply unable to enjoy warm meals, exchange gifts, and overload on bouts of laughter. As a result, in an effort to extend a dose of good cheer, TRIO students assisted with food preparation, packing donated clothing, and even provided gift wrapping to create a memorable and meaningful holiday for local families.  “I’m really blessed and sometimes, I take that for granted. Volunteering reminds me that homelessness and/or poverty can happen to anyone and it is our responsibility to take care of the community,” said Upward Bound senior, Estrella Velez. Even though the holiday season has run its course, ND Talent Search and Upward Bound students understand service is the only gift that keeps on giving.
IPFW TRIO Students Spend Fall Break Learning

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

IPFW TRIO students spent their fall break participating in experiential learning! Students traveled to Columbus, Ohio where they visited Kelton House and learned about the Underground Railroad. While in Mrs. Kelton's house, students got to travel back in time and learn about what life was like for two young girls on the underground railroad. After learning about the history of slavery, the abolitionist movement, and the underground railroad; students spent the afternoon at the Columbus Zoo. While at the zoo, students enjoyed behind-the-scenes experiences at the Manatee Rehabilitation Center and the Jack Hannah Veterinary Clinic. Students learned about careers at the zoo and what it takes to care for the zoo's many animals.

ND TRIO Hosts 14th Annual Student & Parent Leadership Conference

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

In honor of National TRIO Day, The University of Notre Dame TRiO Programs in partnership with our Presenting Sponsor, Teacher's Credit Union, is proud to host our 14th Annual Student & Parent Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  Under this year's theme --"Work Harder, Get Farther" -- participants will enjoy two concurrent interactive workshop sessions on issues pertaining to the following: educational access, student leadership, parental engagement, financial aid, college admissions, and personal finance among other topics.  We look forward to welcoming our distinguished keynote speaker -- Danielle L. Green -- University of Notre Dame alumna, Purple Heart recipient, combat veteran, and ESPN Pat Tillman Award recipient.  Last year, nearly 300 students, parents, community members and partners attended the college fair and conference. Join us this year as we continue the tradition of commemorating National TRIO Day! 

Save the Date:
Saturday, February 27, 2016
University of Notre Dame

TRIO Students Eligible to Study in Spain

Your TRIO SSS or McNair students can study abroad in Spain each summer! Did you know COE has a study abroad opportunity for TRIO students? Each year 20 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 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
Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

Members of Indiana TRIO can nominate their TRIO students for the EOA Board of Directors Scholarship. Complete rules, eligibility, and information can be found on the EOA website. Deadline to have your information to Indiana TRIO for consideration is March 1, 2016. Please email complete application packets (one pdf document preferred) to Heather Bauer for consideration.

Indiana TRIO also offers a number of scholarship opportunities for students of directors who are members of the association. Please check the Indiana TRIO website for information on these scholarships and their deadlines.

The Indiana TRIO Scholarship Committee is also asking for your help! Indiana TRIO professionals interested in being scholarship reviewers/readers, please contact Heather Bauer or May Cheng for more information.

EOA Board of Directors Scholarship Information
Indiana TRIO Scholarship Opportunities

Indiana/Illinois TRIO Professional Conference Updates

This year's Indiana/Illinois TRIO Conference will be held at the University of Illinois (Champaign) on April 17-20, 2016. Registration is currently open. The conference committee is also now accepting proposals from membership and networks across the state for the 2016 Conference. To submit a proposal for consideration, follow the link below.
2016 COE Policy Seminar

The 2016 COE Policy Seminar will be held March 6-8, 2016 in Washington D.C. This is the time when TRIO leaders gather to meet with Congressmen and Congresswomen to talk about the impact and importance of supporting TRIO programs. If you are planning on attending, please contact Rosa Villarreal to get connect to Indiana's Policy Team!

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 Update

It's time to collect information for the 2016 Indiana TRIO Factbook! Last year's 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. See last year's Factbook for format of TRIO Student Success Stories. Submit all stories for consideration by February 12,2016.

Program APR data should be submitted to Rosa Villarreal.
Student Success Stories should be submitted to Shubitha Kever.
Recognize Outstanding TRIO Professionals, Alums, & Supporters

It's time recognize some outstanding professionals and TRIO alumni in Indiana! Each year Indiana TRIO officially recognizes the contributions of a currently outstanding TRIO professional, an Indiana TRIO alum, and an outstanding (non-TRIO) professional who goes above and beyond to assist TRIO programs and students. Get your nominations in early. More information on each award can be found by following the links below.
at TRIO programs around Indiana

Recent Indiana TRIO Program Newsletter Links

IPFW TRIO UB: Fall 2015
IPFW TRIO SSS: Spring 2016
IUPUI TRIO UB: December 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:
Spring Edition: April 15, 2016
Summer Edition: July 15, 2016
Fall Edition: October 21, 2016
Winter Edition: January 20, 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!
We Are Indiana TRIO!

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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