More than 15 TRIO students and staff members traveled to Indianapolis on May 4-5th, 2017. TRIO Teacher Preparation Student Support Services (TPSSS) and TRIO STEM-HS visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. During their stay they toured the campus of Big Ten Purdue University. Their walking tour of campus included the statue of astronaut Neil Armstrong, a highlight of the students visit. Tours of one of only two Amazon delivery college locations in the US, and mock space shuttles were impressive and motivational sights.
February 24th through February 26th, 2017 TRIO students from all programs from different universities and colleges had the ability to connect and engage with community members. The purpose of this event was to bring together students who have an active interest in broadening their success in college and to celebrate the great value and influence of TRIO programs. Both high school and college students enjoyed many delicious meals, key-note speakers, and valuable advising sessions about anything from finding your own brand to scholarships to the history of TRIO programs.
The conference hosted both a Scholarship Award Banquet and a Leadership Award breakfast to acknowledge students in the TRIO programs who excel beyond expectations. Scholarships were awarded in three categories: Study Abroad, Academic Improvement, and Academic Achievement. Leadership Awards were director-chosen and based on great leaders in each program. Six of the recipients were Grand Valley TRIO students.
Taking place each summer, the Orientation Program serves as a way for students to move on campus early, become settled with their surroundings, learn about the college experience and make connections with their peers. This program features presentations, activities and tours of the campus. Parents of new students also have a chance to meet the staff and learn more about the program through a meet and greet event the first night.