Indiana TRIO News-August 2015
TRIO Students Attend Beating the Odds Summit at the White House

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

Six high school graduates from three Indiana TRIO programs and three Indiana TRIO staff attended First Lady Michelle Obama's Beating the Odds Summit at the White House on July 23rd.  This summit is part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative.  The six Indiana TRIO students were Martasia Carter and Leslie Ciprez from Purdue University Calumet’s Upward Bound program, Jamar Buckley and Rayauna Wilburn from IUPUI’s Upward Bound program, and Deborah Nelson and Madeline Allin from the University of Notre Dame’s Upward Bound program.  These students were among 140 students selected from across the country to attend the event. 
The attendees had the opportunity to hear advice from the First Lady; Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Google EDU's Jaime Casap; first-generation student and co-founder of 1vyG, Manuel Contreras; a panel of rising sophomores who met with the First Lady last year; and even musical artist Wale, who has a unique education story of his own.  The students also attended workshops led by other leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education and heard advice from a panel of rising sophomores who met with the First Lady last year.  The students were also surprised by an unexpected appearance from President Barack Obama who encouraged students to set their bar high.
First Lady, Michelle Obama at the Beating the Odds Summit.
PNC Students Attend the McNair-SSS Scholars Research Conference

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

PNC had the opportunity to take eight SSS students to the McNair-SSS Scholars Research Conference in Atlanta, GA from June 25-28, 2015. The conference attracted undergraduate and graduate students from all TRIO programs. At the conference, PNC students discussed key issues in higher education, were exposed to student research, accessed graduate school admission information, and networked with peers and graduate faculty. PNC has a single graduate program, so this conference truly opened their mind to the prospects of graduate school. Alejandra Gamez, a rising junior, described the experience as “overwhelming but informative and inspirational. TRIO SSS has challenged me to plan for graduate school. Honestly, I hadn’t set any academic goals beyond my bachelor’s. This conference gave me confidence to raise my goals and expectations of myself!”

Representative Visclosky Visits ETS Students

Submitted by:
Jimmie Sanders
Director, TRIO Educational Talent Search
Purdue University Calumet

Big things are happening at Purdue Calumet ETS! As a part of ETS's 50th anniversary celebration, Purdue Calumet's ETS program had the pleasure of hosting Representative Visclosky to discuss college affordability with students on campus this past May. Congrats to Purdue Calumet and thanks to Representative Visclosky for taking time to visit and support TRIO students!

Regional Industry Tours

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

TRIO students at Ivy Tech have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to attend regional industry tours sponsored by Ivy Tech. The tours, designed to keep staff and faculty in touch with the business and industrial communities in the area, take place monthly. They are in-depth, behind-the-scenes access to the workings of area organizations.
These tours are always an adventure. Being a part of tours allows students to get a clearer picture of employment opportunities in difference sectors of the local community and to get a taste of the business environment. TRIO has taken part in tours of businesses as diverse as heavy-truck suspension manufacturing and perfume blending. Next month, we’ll get in insider’s look at minor league baseball, when TRIO tours Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne Tincaps.
Purdue University in Thessaloniki, Greece

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

On May 10th, 2015, 21 students traveled with the Horizons TRIO program to Thessaloniki, Greece. Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, and not only is it considered the cultural hub of Greece, but it is also a major commercial, economic, and political center with unparalleled natural beauty. Students were based in Thessaloniki but had the opportunity to travel to Cyprus, Athens, Mt. Olympus, the Halkidiki peninsula, and the islands of Mt. Athos, Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. Through this three-credit course based in Global Leadership students received 20 hours of class time and 10 hours of community service. Local professors taught students in the subject areas of: Greek Language, Greek economics, the Greek political system, the Byzantine history of Greece, and Folkloric exploration. The Purdue instructors taught students on based on the following course objectives:
  • To provide a framework for the concept of global leadership.
  • To enhance student understanding of cross cultural competencies as it relates to:
    • A willingness to engage
    • Cognitive flexibility and emotional regulation
    • Ethnocultural empathy and tolerance of uncertainty
    • Self-efficacy
  • Through investigating leadership across various cultures students will have an opportunity to reframe their definition of leadership through multiple lenses.
  • Through a discussion of cross cultural experiences students will learn to incorporate their study abroad experience into a networking context.
  • To provide classroom based opportunity for students to debrief on the impact of their cultural immersion.
If you would like to check out individual student blogs please click the link below!
IPFW SSS Supports Summer School Students

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

IPFW TRIO SSS had a record number of TRIO students enrolled in summer classes this year. Nearly 40 TRIO students at IPFW elected to take summer classes to stay on schedule or get ahead. Due to the larger than average number of students, the IPFW TRIO SSS program offered additional summer supports and hosted its first Summer School Picnic. Students were encouraged to continue their TRIO involvement throughout the summer and staff was ready to assist new and returning students without interruption.
Oh, the Places You'll Go! ND TRIO Programs Hosts Inaugural College Decision Day Celebration!

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

On May 1st, high schools and partner institutions around the nation celebrated thousands of students as they decided where the next chapter of their lives will begin. This day is known as College Decision Day, a Reach Higher Initiative spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans while simultaneously encouraging younger students to form their own educational aspirations. As a capstone of the four-year expedition also known as high school, the University of Notre Dame TRIO Programs hosted its Inaugural College Decision Day Celebration to acknowledge over 50 Upward Bound and Talent Search scholars who have decided to pursue education beyond high school. Surrounded by their peers, school administrators, and community representatives (all wearing t-shirts of their respective alma mater), students received a certificate of recognition and a spirit tee to represent their future academic institution. While most students will remain Hoosiers, some students have opted to attend out-of-state institutions such as Xavier University of Louisiana, Tennessee State University, and Bowling Green State University. “I’m so excited for the students that are going to school out-of-state…that takes a lot of courage” said Naomi Presley-Blackman, a graduating senior attending Indiana University - South Bend in the fall. After feasting on local cuisine, a mini dance competition, and words of encouragement provided by TRIO staff members, students began to realize the magnitude of their decision to attend college. “Right now, we’re sitting with future lawyers, doctors, teachers, and engineers. It’s a pre-celebration of our future selves” said Jayda Watkins, a member of the class of 2019 for Butler University.

Yes, it sure is.
The celebration was such a hit, even the local media took notice! For the full story (Fox 28 News), click here. The event was also featured in the COE Weekly Spotlight on June 8th.

TRIO on Parade!

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

One of Fort Wayne’s favorite events is the Three Rivers Festival Parade. Ivy Tech Community College is a long-time participant in the parade and always calls for volunteers. This gave TRIO Coordinator Josefina Cervantes a perfect opportunity to enjoy a walk through downtown Fort Wayne and promote awareness of the TRIO program just by being there among her Ivy Tech peers. TRIO Work/Study tutor Rudy Caciano also walked for Ivy Tech.

TRIO had one other connection to the parade this year: TRIO graduate Jose Mata was featured on Ivy Tech’s giant balloon!
ETS Student, Sarah Thomas, Receives Outstanding Senior Award

Submitted by:
Augusta Deneal
Director, TRIO Educational Talent Search
Ivy Tech Community College-Gary

On behave of TRIO and Educational Talent Search, the Outstanding Senior Award of Excellence 2015 went to Sarah Thomas.  Miss Thomas redefines what the word dedication means—she is one of the hardest working teens that I know.  Once she commits herself to an assignment, she will not except any mark short of perfection, hence her 4.0 GPA.  She is the epitome of what Educational Talent Search Stands for and we are pleased to have served her in our program. -Sheila Russell, High School Counselor

Update of TRIO SSS Grant Competition

16 TRIO SSS programs received news of funding in the state of Indiana this July.


1st GIRLS in STEM Conference a Success

This past May, MAEOPP hosted the first Girls in STEM Pre-College Student Leadership Conference in Indiana. Over 165 registrants from eleven states (including Texas and New York) attended the conference on Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’s campus. The average GPA of attendees was 3.64/4.00. The conference was designed to foster girls’ enthusiasm for STEM careers. Throughout the weekend, female TRIO students were able to experience hands-on STEM activities in laboratory settings as well as with other events to empower young women in an interactive environment. Some of the specific activities included:
  • Building a robot
  • Making a battery using a potato
  • Painting with maggots to receive a better understanding of forensics entomology
  • Using a 3-d printer to make whistles and being inspired by STEM professional as they shared their insights during a luncheon panel.

Joseph Flores Retires

Indiana TRIO would like to congratulate Mr. Joseph Flores on his retirement from Purdue University Calumet.  Joe served as the Director of Upward Bound at PUC for 13 years.  He also served as the Indiana TRIO President in 2005 and MAEOPP President in 2008.  Joe has been a great friend and mentor to many in Indiana TRIO and we wish him the best in his retirement.  If you’d like to send Joe a personal message, please contact him at Joseph Flores
Indiana/Illinois Collaborative Conference a Success

For the first time ever, Indiana TRIO partnered with Illinois TRIO to host a combined professional conference. Staff from both Indiana and Illinois attended this year's 2015 Professional Conference at the University of Notre Dame in May. TRIO professionals from both states had an opportunity to gain knowledge and information to better serve TRIO students.
IPFW Upward Bound Assistant Director, Lydia Bates discusses the importance of engaging alumni during the Indiana/Illinois TRIO joint professional conference.
Illinois TRIO President, Aaron Cortes, MAEOPP President, Kaye Monk-Morgan, and Indiana TRIO President, Yecenia Tostado take time to pose for a photo at the Indiana/Illinois Professional Conference that was held this past May at the University Notre Dame.
Update on MAEOPP Name Change

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

Update on the progress of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel name change
The MAEOPP Board of Directors has been working on revamping the branding of the Association this year so that it is easy to recognize the intent and purpose of the Association.  The board first discussed the idea to change the Association’s name at the January board meeting in Chicago.  In March, the board voted to move forward in the pursuit of a name change for our regional Association.  Four Google surveys were sent to the membership regarding the Association image, name, and branding. 
In May, MAEOPP President Kaye Monk-Morgan visited the Indiana/Illinois TRIO joint conference and shared the importance and reason of this work during opening plenary session.  She unveiled the proposed new name: Educational Opportunity Association (EOA).  This proposed name will use the taglines “An Association of Midwest TRIO and College Access and Success Professional” and “Making Education Possible”.

Now it's time for the membership to take the final step... voting to change the Constitution to approve the name change. The Legal Concerns and Constitutional Issues committee has completed its review and modification of the Constitution and recommended changes to the board during the August board meeting. The recommended changes were approved and now the Technology Committee will email the Constitution with the proposed Amendments to the membership.

The membership will have 30 days of consideration of the Constitutional changes to end on September 9th. On September 9th, the ballot will be sent to the membership for vote. Members as of September 9th will have two weeks to vote. The vote will close on September 23rd
If you have questions about the Association’s name change, please don’t hesitate to email Yecenia Tostado.
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
Help Indiana Win COE's Advocacy Challenge

Submitted by:
Yecenia Tostado
Assistant Director, TRIO Upward Bound

Indiana TRIO is participating in COE’s Summer Advocacy Challenge!  We currently have 8.1 points and are in 11th place.  You can help us get to first place by completing one of the challenges below.  Any activity completed between Monday, June 1st and Friday, September 11th counts towards this challenge.  The state association with the most activity will receive a special prize to be announced at the closing session of COE’s 34th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia as well as bragging rights for their TRIO program and State Association as the “TRIO Advocacy Champion of 2015”.
Activities that count towards the challenge:
  1. Invite your member of Congress to campus.
  2. Visit your members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
  3. Visit your members of Congress at their local offices.
  4. Attend a townhall meeting or other local event hosted by your legislators.
  5. Launch a letter or postcard writing campaign.
  6. Make a student video.
  7. Target your legislators through a social media campaign.
  8. Get local media to cover your program.
  9. Create a student art project.
  10. Get your alumni to participate.
To submit a challenge once you’ve completed it, please send an email to Kimberly Jones describing the activity and CC Jimmie Sanders.  Please be sure to include pictures, social media messages, newspaper coverage, etc.  Every activity will count towards Indiana’s goal. 

Link to COE Advocacy Challenge

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 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.

Please submit student success stories to Lydia Bates. Program APR data should be submitted to Rosa Villarreal.
at TRIO programs around Indiana

Recent Indiana TRIO Program Newsletter Links

IPFW TRIO SSS: Spring 2015

Recent Indiana TRIO News Story Links

USI Funding Article
Fort Wayne TRIO Programs Article
Ivy Tech Northeast Funding Article

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:
Fall Edition: October 16, 2015
Winter Edition: January 15, 2016
Spring Edition: April 15, 2016
Summer Edition: July 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!
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
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