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FSU to Celebrate National TRIO Week
02/09/2001

Frostburg State University's TRIO programs, federally funded educational outreach programs designed to enhance educational opportunities for students who are the first in their families to go to college, who are economically disadvantaged or who have disabilities, will celebrate National TRIO Week, Feb. 19 to 24.

Throughout the week, representatives of FSU's TRIO programs -- Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Regional Math/Science Center and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program -- will be available in the FSU Lane Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide information about the programs.

In addition, during the week, Student Support Services participants will present certificates of appreciation to FSU faculty and staff who have been nominated for being particularly supportive of SSS students.

Students and staff from the SSS and Regional Math/Science programs also plan to attend the National TRIO Day celebration at the University of Maryland College Park on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The TRIO programs began with the establishment of Upward Bound, which grew out of the 1964 Economic Opportunity Act. Upward Bound was joined by Talent Search in 1965 and, in 1968, Student Support Services. By the late 1960s, these programs became known as TRIO.

Over the next three decades, five more programs were added, and the TRIO group now totals eight outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs.

The University's Student Support Services is an academic support program entirely funded by the U.S. Department of Education. With an annual budget of over $200,000, SSS serves 275 FSU students by providing academic advisement, personal counseling, student financial aid assistance, professional tutoring, academic success workshops, and educational and cultural events.

FSU's Upward Bound program provides high school students with the skills and motivation necessary to succeed in high school and college. Program participants are involved in both academic year and summer residential program components. The FSU Upward Bound program is funded to serve 60 Allegany County high school students.

The Upward Bound Regional Math/Science Center is comparable to the Upward Bound program but addresses the need for specific instruction in the fields of math and science and draws students from a wider geographic area.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program's mission is to increase the number of undergraduates from underrepresented populations enrolling in graduate school to pursue doctoral degrees. FSU students participating in this program attend classes, work with faculty mentors and prepare research projects during the summer at the University of Maryland College Park.

For information on the FSU programs and events for TRIO Week, call (301) 687-4481. All FSU campus TRIO events are free and open to the public.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu