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Feb. 14, 2018

Northwest TRIO programs to host National TRIO Day celebration

Updated Feb. 22, 2018

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Students and alumni of Northwest Missouri State University TRIO programs will celebrate 30-plus years of success and express appreciation to the University and community during the 2018 National TRIO Day.

Northwest’s National TRIO Day Celebration is 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in the TRIO center on the third floor of the Administration Building. A light meal will be served and breakout sessions will address topics of resumes and cover letters; diversity, equity and inclusion; and financial literacy.

Additionally, the event honors TRIO Hall of Fame inductees, and keynote speakers will include Julie Cayton, president of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Chapter of Educational Opportunity Association; Dr. Justin Mallett, Northwest’s director of diversity and inclusion, will be the featured speaker; and Cassandra Tavorn, director of TRIO programs at Northwest. Northwest’s Spirit and Truth Gospel Choir also will perform.

In conjunction with TRIO’s National Day of Service, Northwest TRIO is encouraging support of the University’s Pay it Forward Food Pantry, which assist students and employees experiencing food deficiencies. Community members are invited to donate boxed macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, chicken and fruit, boxed dinners, peanut butter, crackers, snack foods, or personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste in Room 372 of the Administrating Building or bring them to the TRIO Day Celebration.

An RSVP to attend TRIO Day is required by noon Thursday, March 15, by contacting Tavorn at or 660.562.1861, or Lisa Ruehter, TRIO administrative assistant, at or 660.562.1862.

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.

Unlike student financial aid programs that help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs provide valuable, supportive services to students from poor and working families to successfully enter college and earn degrees.

Since 1986, Northwest TRIO programs have promoted educational opportunities while assisting students in their personal journey of earning a higher education degree. The partnerships TRIO has within the Northwest campus community assist with addressing the unique needs of academically capable individuals who are first-generation students and come from families with limited income.

TRIO creates environments that inspire engaged learning, motivates continuing education and supports lifelong learning. TRIO offers a comprehensive set of services through three different programs, each targeted at a specific group of individuals from ninth grade through adulthood. Services and activities include academic tutoring, cultural enrichment, financial assistance counseling, summer on-campus residential programs, admissions counseling, instructional assistance and student mentoring.

For more information about the TRIO programs at Northwest, visit, or contact the TRIO office at 660.562.1862 or


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