TRIO SSS Newsletter - Spring 2020 TRIO SSS Newsletter - Spring 2020


TRIO SSS Newsletter - Summer 2020:

Exploring TRIO SSS and Your Opportunities

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded educational opportunity outreach program designed to motivate, retain, graduate eligible students. TRIO SSS provides academic monitoring and support, aid in post-secondary course selection, services offered to improve the financial and economic literacy of students, peer mentoring, professional staff coaching, career and internship opportunities, and informs students about financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating both public and private scholarships.

Meet Your TRIO SSS Professional Staff:

Director: Kimberlee Smith

Academic Services Coordinator/Data Analyst: Crystal Meiwes

Peer Mentor and Career Coordinator: Scott Farmer

Tutor and Educational Activities Coordinator: Esthela BaƱuelos

Administrative Assistant:


Our Mission, Goals and Objectives:


Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program committed to the success of first-generation, low-income, and or participants with disabilities. Our mission is to help participants to:

  • Develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes required to complete a post-secondary education.
  • Achieve maximum academic success and career readiness.
  • Graduate as skilled, self-actualizing professionals and global citizens who lead through best practices and lifelong learning.


SSS will provide services to 300 participants in order to increase persistence, retention, and graduation rates of low income, first generation, and participants with disabilities by:

  • Assisting participants in acquiring the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education.
    • Maximizing opportunities for financial assistance by improving the financial and economic literacy of participants.
    • Increasing awareness of graduate and professional options.


The Student Support Services program at Eastern New Mexico University will meet the following grant objectives:

  • Serve 300 participants each academic year.
  • Assure that 2/3 of participants qualify as first-generation and low-income, or disabled.
  • Persistence Rate: 60% of all participants served by the SSS project will persist from one academic year to the beginning of the next academic year or will have earned a bachelor's degree at the grantee institution during the academic year.
  • Good Academic Standing Rate: 85% of all enrolled SSS participants being served will meet the performance level required to stay in good academic standing at Eastern New Mexico University.
  • Graduation Rate: 30% of new participants served each year will graduate from the grantee institution with a bachelor's degree or equivalent within six (6) years.


TRIO SSS Supplemental Tutoring:

TRIO SSS offers Supplemental Tutoring both online and in-person.

To access the TRIO SSS Supplemental Tutoring Online, please select the TRIO SSS Resources Tab within the TRIO SSS Private Community Portal, locate the TRIO SSS Supplemental Tutoring Portlet, and select the Brainfuse - Online Tutoring link.

The TRIO SSS In-Person Supplemental Tutoring Sessions are available in two formats: Impact/Individual Sessions and Co-Op/Group Sessions.

The Impact Sessions are one-to-one, for 45 minutes, and can be subject-intense or passive. These sessions develop your mastery of the subject, and supplements what you have received in the classroom.

The Co-Op Sessions are geared towards cooperative learning with master tutor facilitation. These sessions encourage discussion and internalization of concepts for deeper meaning.

Both types of sessions encourage the integration of "soft skills". As such, supplemental tutoring sessions combine academics with soft skills; thus, ensuring proficiency in time management, organization, note-taking, and test preparation necessary for long-term success in academia and beyond.

Please contact the TRIO SSS Tutoring and Educational Activities Coordinator as soon as possible to set up your scheduled appointments!



Spotlight on Academics:

Academic Behaviors: Observable behaviors that display a student's engagement and effort to learn material.

Learning Strategies: tactics and processes used by a student to aid in thinking, recall, and/or learning. Can include but is not limited to: mnemonic devices, metacognition, self-correction, goal setting, and time management.

Academic Perseverance: the tendency to follow through on commitments when set by transcending distractions and temptations and prioritizing learning.

Academic Mindset: Positive mindsets that motivate and validate the student to continue their academic work. The sense of belonging in the academic community, knowledge in the ability to continue growth through effort, confidence in future success, and the ability to find value in the work that is done.

Social Skills: the interpersonal interactions with peers, instructors, and professionals in your selected field of study.

Farrington, C.A., Roderick, M., Allensworth, E., Nagaoka, J., Keyes, T.S., Johnson, D.W., & Beechum, N.O. (2012). Teaching adolescents to become learners. The role of noncognitive factors in shaping school performance: A critical literature review. Chicago: University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.


TRIO SSS Programmatic Themes - Summer 2020:

Week 1 - Academic Behaviors

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Class Management in a Short Semester

Peer Mentor Topic: Online Courses - Staying Motivated and Disciplined

Professional Staff Coach Meeting Topic - Financial Aid


Week 2 - Learning Strategies

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Self-Regulated Learning

Peer Mentor Topic: Goal Setting


Week 3 - Grit

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Self-Management

Peer Mentor Topic: Importance of Goals in Grit

Professional Staff Coach Meeting Topic - Academic and Career Development


Week 4 - Financial and Economic Literacy

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Importance of a Budget;

Peer Mentor Topic: Importance of a Savings Plan


Week 5 - Academic Mindset

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Effort Improves Achievement

Peer Mentor Topic: Academic Community

Professional Staff Coach Meeting Topic - Financial Aid


Week 6 Social Skills

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Teamwork

Peer Mentor Topic: Adaptability


Week 7 - Research Skills

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Introduction to Research and Information

Peer Mentor Topic: Research Resources

Professional Staff Coach Meeting Topic - Academic and Career Development


Week 8 - Mastering the Exam

Professional Staff Coach Topic: Overcoming Test Anxiety

Peer Mentor Topic: Test Preparation


TRIO SSS Workshops:

For a full list of TRIO SSS Workshops offered for the Summer 2020 Semester, please see the tab labeled TRIO SSS Workshop Schedule within the TRIO SSS Private Community Portal.



Summer 2020 Recommended Reading List:

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kaneman

Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Civilization and Its Discontents by Sigmund Freud

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

The Republic by Plato

Faust by Johann von Goethe

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russel

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Prince Nicolo by Machiavelli

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg


Wishing you a Productive Summer 2020 Semester!!

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