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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Jan. 31, 2014

National TRIO Day event planned for program students, alumni

Alumni of TRIO programs at Northwest Missouri State University have an opportunity to reunite and interact with current students in those programs when the University hosts National TRIO Day Saturday, Feb. 22.

The event is set for 9 a.m. to noon in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom. Registration and refreshments will be 8 to 8:45 a.m. An RSVP is requested before Friday, Feb. 14, by contacting Lisa Ruehter at 660.562.1862 or

The National TRIO Day celebration will feature inspirational messages from TRIO alumni while celebrating achievers, champions and history of TRIO programs at Northwest. TRIO alumni scheduled to be honored at the event include Dr. Keely D. Cline, project director for the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Precious Porras, associate director for diversity education and social justice programs at The University of Kansas; and Jessica Bowen, a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Attendees also will have opportunities to win a scholarship and door prizes.

Phil Kenkel, director of TRIO programs at Northwest, encourages anyone interested in learning more about the programs to attend the event.

“TRIO Day is a great opportunity for all individuals to share in the successes of past Northwest TRIO students,” Kenkel said. “The students we are recognizing are representative of hundreds of Northwest TRIO alumni who have realized the importance of educational opportunity and overcome barriers to earn their college degrees.” 

TRIO is a federally recognized educational outreach program designed for students with disadvantaged backgrounds. It serves as an umbrella organization for Northwest programs consisting of Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science.

Student Support Services at Northwest includes a variety of campus programs dedicated to helping students meet their academic needs and successfully complete their undergraduate degrees. The office offers a variety of resources, including peer mentors who have intricate knowledge of what it takes to be academically successful during college and are available to meet with students in need of assistance.

Northwest’s Upward Bound, founded in 1986, has helped hundreds of high school students realize their goals of attending college and finding success. The program annually serves 70 high school students from seven high schools in northwest Missouri: King City, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, Rock Port, Stanberry, Tarkio and West Nodaway. Open to students who, are in their freshman year of high school or older, Upward Bound is designed to help students build self-confidence while preparing them for the academic, social and cultural challenges of college life.

During the school year, Upward Bound students gather on the Northwest campus once a month to participate in workshops, college visits and other learning opportunities. A field tutor also meets with students weekly at their home school. Students also spend six weeks living on campus during the summer while participating in a variety of classes and activities designed to prepare them for college success.

Upward Bound Math and Science, founded at Northwest in 1990, is a six-week, hands-on summer learning experience for eligible high school students who are interested in careers in a math or science field. The life-enhancing college-prep program helps students explore math, science and technology topics that many of their peers might never experience while exposing them to a university campus and reducing anxieties about college. Northwest’s program draws students from 18 high schools throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas, who live in campus residence halls while receiving instruction from skilled college and high school faculty.

For more information about the TRIO programs at Northwest, you may contact Kenkel at 660.562.1861 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468