GRAND FORKS – Federal TRIO Programs have provided the path to success for more than two million students since beginning in 1965. To honor the students who have succeeded in college and those who are currently working hard to reach their academic goals, University of North Dakota TRIO Programs celebrated National TRIO Day on Thursday, February 10, 2011.
Awards were presented to students and alumni of UND TRIO programs, and to a representative of a UND department who has contributed outstanding support to TRIO Programs.
Paul Johnson (Student Support Services participant) received the Outstanding TRIO/Student Support Services Award, which is given to a UND student participating in that program who has achieved academic success.
Kathy Langowski (former TRIO/Upward Bound and Student Support Services participant), received the Outstanding UND TRIO Alumni Award, which is given to honor educational and career success by alumni of UND TRIO Programs.
Mark Thompson, Director of Career Services at UND, was given the Friend of TRIO award for his long-time support of UND TRIO Programs and students.
Part of the luncheon program was devoted to student speakers who described their experience in each of the five UND TRIO Programs. The students representing the programs included: Rhonnae Antell, Talent Search student; Jewel Azure, Upward Bound student; Frank Decouteau, Educational Opportunity Center student; and Enoch Hankerson, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate student.