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 14, 2013.
Awards were presented to students and alumni of UND TRIO programs, and to representatives of two UND departments who have contributed outstanding support to TRIO Programs.
Emily Bentow (UND TRIO/Student Support Services participant) received the Outstanding UND TRIO/Student Support Services Award, which is given to a UND student participating in that program who has achieved high levels of academic success.
Cynthia McMillian (former UND TRIO/Student Support Services participant), received the 2013 Outstanding UND TRIO Alumni Award, which is given to honor educational and career success of alumni from UND TRIO Programs.
Dr. Wayne Swisher, Interim Dean of UND School Graduate Studies, was given the 2013 Friend of UND TRIO Award, for his long-time support of UND TRIO Programs and students.
Dr. Lars Helgeson, Professor, Teaching & Learning, was presented with the 2013 Advocate for UND TRIO Award, to honor his many and varied forms of advocacy for UND TRIO Programs students and staff.
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: Shania Haugen, Talent Search student; Ashley Nicholson, Upward Bound student; Richard Canfield, Educational Opportunity Center student; and Rae Piwarski, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate student.