University grant programs celebrate National TRiO Day

TRiO programs offer increased awareness and support of college completion for first-generation, low income students in Nevada

2/18/2014 - By: Nicole Shearer
Thousands of Nevadans have seen their lives and educational outcomes positively impacted by the TRiO Programs.

Nationally, TRiO Day is recognized Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 as a day of celebration, reflection and action around increased access to higher education for disadvantaged students. TRiO Programs represent a range of federally funded support services designed to assist students with academic promise in overcoming the educational, financial and social challenges that impede college graduation.

Since 1965, more than 10.5 million Americans have benefited from the services of the TRiO pre-college and college programs, including: Talent Search; Upward Bound; Upward Bound Math/Science; Veterans Upward Bound; Student Support Services; the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program; and the Educational Opportunity Centers.  

There are 23 TRiO programs in the state of Nevada that serve nearly 5,000 students. TRiO programs have been assisting Nevada students with academic promise to graduate from college for more than 45 years. The University's Upward Bound Washoe Grant serving Hug High School and North Valley High School is one of the longest, continuously funded college preparatory grants, having been in existence since 1966. Thousands of Nevadans have seen their lives and educational outcomes positively impacted by the TRiO Programs. The University of Nevada, Reno currently serves 390 high school and college students between its five TRiO grants.  

In celebration of National TRiO Day, a variety of events are scheduled to take place.  

History of TRiO Poster Galleries
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Posters featuring facts about the history and effectiveness of TRiO Programs will be located in the Joe Crowley Student Union, the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the Downunder Café, Edmund J. Cain Hall and the Thompson Building. The posters are meant to further educate the campus community about TRiO programs.

National TRiO Day Reception
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014,from 5 to 6 p.m., Frank & Joan Randall Rotunda in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
A reception for campus and community leaders, as well as TRiO students, alumni and supporters. University President Marc Johnson, Associated Students of the University of Nevada President Ziad Rashdan and TRiO alumni will speak. Proclamations will be read from the Nevada Governor's Office and a federal representative recognizing National TRiO Day. Light refreshments. RSVP to 775-784-4978.  

TRiO Students Perform Community Service
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thompson Hall
Community service is a core value of the TRiO program. To celebrate this, students and alumni from all of the TRiO Programs in northern Nevada will participate in a community service project on the University campus. The project will include students making thank-you cards to mail to deployed troops.

Upward Bound Career Day
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 10 a.m., Edmund J. Cain Hall, Room 203
The Upward Bound Programs will host a Career Day in which TRiO Program alumni and other professionals from the community discuss their educational and career experiences with current Upward Bound high school students.  

National TRiO Day at Wolf Pack Women's Basketball Game
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 3 p.m., Lawlor Events Center
Students, alumni, parents and staff from all the TRIO Programs in northern Nevada will attend the Wolf Pack Women's Basketball game and participate in recognition of TRiO at halftime.

"Upward Bound provided me guidance through high school and taught me what I need to do to prepare for success in college," Andrea Saavedra, University freshman and Upward Bound graduate, said. "I wouldn't have even thought about college without Upward Bound. I am the first one in my family to ever graduate from high school. No one even talked to me about college or planning for the future before Upward Bound. They saw something in me that no one else saw." 


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