Indiana TRIO News-May 2015
2015 Policy Seminar-Washington DC

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

On March 17, 2015, nine Indiana TRIO professionals met with the legislative aides of the two Indiana Senators and nine Congressional Representatives in Washington, D.C.  We shared news of the great work that TRIO programs in Indiana are doing, and asked for support by providing an additional $65 million increase in TRIO funding for a total funding level of $905 million in federal year 2016.  This request would restore services to 53,000 low-income, first-generation Americans who have lost access to TRIO services since FY 2009.  Overall, our message was well received and the aides had positive words to say about TRIO programs.  I encourage you to continue to share the great work that TRIO programs do with your local, state, and national representatives.  We are doing great work in our programs and need to make sure our representatives know about it!

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

Purdue North Central Hosts Leadership Event for Students

Submitted by:
Catalina Rodriguez
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Purdue University North Central

Twenty-two TRIO SSS students at Purdue University North Central participated in a daylong leadership event on March 12, 2015. They participated in a series of motivating activities about diversity, goal-setting, and team-building. TheMillennial.Be, a Chicago based group who believes in the importance of thought-provoking, engaging, and collaborative workshops, challenged SSS students to push their limits and overcome personal barriers. Students described their experience as “inspiring, eye-opening, fun, and unexpected.” Their feedback confirmed that it’s important for TRIO programs to collaborate with outside groups to bring new and fresh opportunities to our students!
See the Video Here!
USI Students Enjoy Etiquette Luncheon

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

The sun was shining, the conversation flowing, and the laughter echoing as Student Support Services participants and staff partook in our Fourth Annual Etiquette Luncheon. The meal was graciously led by our guest and staff collaborator Janet Johnson—director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Alumni and Volunteer Services. In an attempt to help instill values, professionalism, and poise Janet educated participants on business etiquette at and away from the table. Our students learned everything from correct nametag placement, to proper fork usage, to communication skills to assert oneself with a professional ethos in future dining encounters. We had several students in attendance that intend to graduate at the end of the spring term and will be facing these situations as they attempt to locate their dream jobs. Yet others in attendance were preparing for internships including one in Washington, DC. This event helped put the shine on the innate abilities, skills, and offerings that all of our participants have within. It is safe to say that we will be enjoying our fifth iteration of this successful event next year.
Viola Davis Visits IUPUI TRIO Students
Submitted by:
Roxanne Gregg
Director, TRIO Upward Bound

The IUPUI Upward Bound seniors had the privilege of meeting and hearing Viola Davis speak this past March. To say it was amazing is an understatement. Upon entering Taylor Hall, one could sense the anticipation buzzing in the air. UC 104 seemed brighter than usual probably due to open windows, but I would attribute it to the expectation of meeting a legend in the making. Looking around the room, there were posters of Ms. Davis’ face just about everywhere; I can only imagine how she felt. When Viola Davis entered the room, she received a standing ovation without having to utter a word. However after hearing what she had to say, the standing ovation was the least our audience could give in return for the invaluable advice she gave us. Viola Davis spoke of her childhood; she spoke of growing up black in a neighborhood that was mostly white. She spoke of overcoming her inner demons and immersing herself in the performing arts. One thing that I really connected to was her view on the issue of colorism and the lack of “dark skinned” sex symbols in Hollywood, let alone “Black Hollywood”. Ms Davis told us we could help end the color barriers in the film industry by supporting movies with diverse casts.  She also gave us advice for going into our adult lives. For a woman who has accomplished so much, she was very humble and inspirational. The Upward Bound seniors were beyond lucky to have had this opportunity.

Story written by:
Christabella Oriji, Upward Bound Senior
Notre Dame ETS Hosts "Shadow for a Day"

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

While most of South Bend’s high school students were preparing for first period, sophomore and junior Educational Talent Search (ETS) scholars were preparing for their first day of college via “Shadow for a Day,” an event designed to further access and exposure to the collegiate environment by spending a day on campus with a college student. During the event, 21 ETS scholars shadowed Notre Dame students for a typical day. Paired with undergraduate ND students based on their anticipated college majors, ETS scholars received an individualized campus tour; attended class lectures based on their academic interests; visited/lounged in residential housing during breaks in between classes; and enjoyed a complimentary lunch in the South Dining Hall among hundreds of ND students. Sophomore, Ashanti Jones commented, “I was so nervous, but everyone I met made me feel like I could come to Notre Dame and be successful. That made me feel good.” To conclude the day, the Office of Admissions provided ETS scholars with an admissions presentation to explain and discuss the University’s admissions process and scholarship opportunities. Participants reported that the day’s experiences were positive, fun, and eye-opening. ETS scholar, Derek Dunfee commented, “This experience showed me that there are a lot of different classes I can choose to take in college based on my interests. I never knew that before!” Another ETS scholar shared that this year’s “Shadow for a Day” helped him to realize how early he needs to start planning for college (“NOW”). The ND undergrad “hosts” also reported having a memorable day. ND senior, Shanice Cox stated, “I really enjoyed myself. It made me realize how important mentoring and exposure to the collegiate experience is to high school students.”

Ivy Tech TRIO Student Wins Travel Award

Submitted by:
Beth Clemens
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast

Teresa Herczeg began her studies at Ivy Tech in the fall of 2009. By summer 2010, she knew she wanted more support in her academic pursuits, so she became a member of TRIO. She was a diligent student, but felt unsure of her long-term goal. As she worked through the process of defining her goals, she realized that her lifelong interest in cooking was a driving passion. She became a Culinary Arts major and began to excel.

Teresa has gained mastery with every semester. She began working in her field. Finally, Teresa entered a contest at Ivy Tech, competing with other students – and she won. In addition to her Ivy Tech degree, Teresa will be able to add “Studied in France’ to her resume!

We featured Teresa in our last internal newsletter:

On Friday, January 9th, twenty-three Hospitality Administration students competed in Ivy Tech Northeast’s 18th annual European Competition. Eight winners were selected between the two categories, ‘Baking and Pastry’ and ‘Culinary Arts.’ One of the winners in the ‘Baking and Pastry’ category was TRIO student Teresa Herczeg!

To compete in the event, she was given four and a half hours to make a decorated cake, create a fruit plate, make a chocolate dessert, and bake six dinner rolls! Judges watched as the students prepared their various culinary concoctions, and then did a blind tasting as the final part of the decision process.

As one of the winners, Teresa will receive a scholarship that pays for her to take a trip to France and Spain to study the culinary arts! On her voyage, she will take lessons in cheese making and charcuterie, visit vineyards, and take classes at European restaurants!

Congratulations, Teresa!! We are so proud of you!
Students In Action

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

Aside from their academics, Purdue Horizons Student Support Services students have been busy wrapping up the semester by organizing a book exchange and an end of the year picnic. Horizons Peer Mentors volunteered throughout the month reading to children through an after school program and ended their service project with a book exchange to promote reading across campus. All of the books remaining at the conclusion of the exchange were donated to the Salvation Army. On Sunday, April 26, 2016 the Horizons Student Support Club, led and organized by Student Support Services students, organized an end of the year picnic for all program participants. It makes the Horizons staff proud to see TRIO participants taking lead and organizing events for their community and fellow peers. What a great way to end the semester!
IPFW SSS Students Learn About Chocolate

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

IPFW TRIO SSS students spent a day learning about chocolate! Students visited DeBrand’s Fine Chocolates in Fort Wayne, Indiana to learn how chocolate goes from bean to delicious candy treat. Students learned a lot about the chocolate-making process—from what it takes to become a chocolatier to marketing and shipping chocolate worldwide. The tour was a great learning experience for students and the free samples were an added bonus! 
TRIO Day Celebration at Notre Dame

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

District 2 (ND TRIO Programs) celebrated National TRIO Day with the 13th Annual Student-Parent Leadership Conference! TRIO students, parents, and supporters from the Michiana region came to celebrate, learn, and reflect on the importance of education and the role TRIO plays in creating successful futures. 
The celebration was featured in COE's In the News and the South Bend Tribune.
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Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana Hosts "Winter Institute"

Submitted by:
Beth Clemens
Director, TRIO Student Support Services
Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast

Who takes it literally when someone tells you to eat your words? Well, sometimes we do, here at Ivy Tech.

The Ivy Tech Northeast library has sponsored an Edible Book event each year since 2007. (Learn more about it here).  These annual events are celebrated by book lovers all over the world. They unlock great creativity, as participants design and create food items related to book titles. Some create visual representations of an actual book; others rely on puns related to their titles. This year, TRIO SSS decided to take part, and we decided on a title that allowed us to combine both methods.

Gritty, by Ron S. Lewis and Dr. Rodney S. Lewis, was a perfect choice for TRIO SSS. Subtitled “A Book Written by First Generation Students for First Generation Students,” Gritty speaks directly to the concerns that affect so many TRIO students who are first gen students learning to navigate academia. The fact that author Ron Lewis is also Director of TRIO SSS at University of St. Francis and an athletic coach here at Ivy Tech cemented our choice.

Coordinator Josefina Cervantes and Program Assistant Jane Janovyak baked and frosted the cake, then finished it with sanding sugar to ensure that our entry was, in fact, extremely gritty.

Indiana Tech SSS Students Get Green

Submitted by:
Geneva Burgess
Manager, TRIO Student Support Services
Indiana Tech

In February, Terrica McKinney (TRIO) and Shaly Saylor (TRIO) along with their professor and another Green Club member traveled to the University of Chicago to learn about their campus sustainability initiatives and visited the Museum of Science and Industry's exhibits on sustainable farming and energy.  The students presented their findings to the Indiana Tech community in hopes of opening a dialogue about what we can do to lead more environmentally-friendly lives on April 30, 2015.
 "The mission of the Green Club is to serve and educate the Indiana Tech and Fort Wayne communities in the areas of environmental sustainability. We will support Indiana Tech's mission by encouraging and preparing students to be leaders of environmental stewardship in their communities."

Terrica will graduate in May with a Communication degree and Saylor is a Freshman, pre-law major.
2015 Indiana TRIO Student Leadership Conference

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

The 2015 Indiana TRIO Student Leadership conference was held on March 27th and 28th at IUPUI.  110 pre-college students from six Indiana TRIO programs heard from keynote speakers, participated in activities, and attended workshops, all with a focus on increasing students’ leadership abilities and shifting their mental paradigm.  This conference allowed students an opportunity to have positive, engaging, and encouraging interactions with other attendees.  The conference was a great success and the students really enjoyed their time together. 


Did you know only 13% of girls say they plan to pursue a STEM career? MAEOPP is hosting the first Girls in STEM Conference on March 29-31, 2015, at IUPUI to help educate and excite young women about STEM careers. Over 100 interested 9th-12th grade girls will spend the weekend at IUPUI learning more about STEM careers. Sign up here to be a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Roxanne Gregg or Misty Williams for more information.
2015 Indiana TRIO Professional Conference

For the first time ever, Indiana TRIO will partner with Illinois TRIO to host a combined professional conference. Staff from both Indiana and Illinois are invited to attend this year's 2015 Professional Conference which will be held at the University of Notre Dame on May 18-20. The conference is a great and affordable way to support staff education and development.
More details can be found here. To register, visit Indiana TRIO's website. Registration is open!
Vote in the Indiana TRIO Election

Don't forget to cast your vote! The Indiana TRIO 2015 Election is currently underway. Voting will run from April 29-May 12. Follow the link in the email you received to cast your vote.

President-Elect Nominees:
Geneva Burgess & Shubitha Kever

Secretary Nominee:
Catalina Rodriguez
Save the date:

MAEOPP 41st Annual Professional Conference

November 15-18, 2015

Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, Michigan

For more information, follow the link below

2015 MAEOPP Conference
Indiana TRIO 2015 Factbook

The 2015 Indiana TRIO Factbook is complete! The Factbook will 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. Please mark your calendar to send us your APR data next year and don't forget to forward your student success stories our way for future inclusion.

View the Indiana TRIO 2015 Factbook

Please submit student success stories to Lydia Bates. Program APR data should be submitted to Rosa Villarreal.
WANTED: Newsletter Articles for Next Newsletter

Article submission deadlines for upcoming Indiana TRIO newsletters are listed below:
Summer Edition: July 17, 2015
Fall Edition: October 16, 2015
Winter Edition: January 15, 2016
Spring Edition: April 15, 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!
at TRIO programs around Indiana

Recent Indiana TRIO Program Newsletter Links

Ivy Tech Northeast SSS: April 2015
To have your latest program newsletter added, send the web address or pdf version to Shubitha Kever for inclusion in the next Indiana TRIO newsletter.
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Current Indiana TRIO Officers
President: Yecenia Tostado
President Elect: Rosa Villarreal
Past President: Mike Slocum
Treasurer: Shubitha Kever
Secretary: Catalina Rodriguez
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