TRIO SSS Newsletter - Fall 2019 TRIO SSS Newsletter - Fall 2019


TRIO SSS Newsletter - Fall 2019:

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: Shelby Rector


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 - Fall 2019

TRIO SSS - Welcome/Introduction to TRIO Program

TRIO SSS - Academic Mindsets

TRIO SSS - Academic Behaviors

TRIO SSS - Organization

TRIO SSS - Development of Focus

TRIO SSS - Learning Strategies

TRIO SSS - Focus on Midterms

TRIO SSS - Preparing for Career or Graduate School

TRIO SSS - Academic Perseverance

TRIO SSS - Financial and Economic Literacy

TRIO SSS - Research Skills

TRIO SSS - Funding for Post-Secondary Education

TRIO SSS - Mastering the Exam

TRIO SSS - Spotlight on Technology

TRIO SSS - Participant Study Routines

TRIO SSS - Participant Preparation for Final Exams

TRIO SSS - Finals


TRIO SSS Workshops:

For a full list of TRIO SSS Workshops offered for the Fall 2019 Semester, please see the tab labeled TRIO SSS Workshop Schedule within the TRIO SSS Private Community Portal.


Have a safe and productive Fall 2019 Semester!

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