St. Lawrence University recently joined with the United States Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education Federal TRIO Programs to celebrate TRIO Day,
in recognition of nearly 40 years of postsecondary education programming
throughout the United States. There currently are seven programs under the
umbrella of TRIO; the original three are Talent Search, Upward Bound and Student
At St. Lawrence, participants in the newly funded Ronald E. McNair
Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program joined with participants in the
campus Upward Bound program, which has been here since 1970, to emphasize
the importance of postsecondary education. Senior McNair Scholars were matched
up with ninth-through-11th- graders who are Upward Bound Student Advisory Board
Members for a "shadow" day. The high school students sat in on a variety of
University classes, including advanced mathematics and metaphilosophy, among
others, and took part in other campus activities as well.
Both of the University's TRIO programs involve students from low-income
backgrounds and/or students who represent the first generation in their families
pursuing postsecondary education, providing the two groups with common ground.
In the photo below, TRIO Day celebrants gather for lunch in the University's new
Student Center. From left, they are Crystal Newton (Norwood-Norfolk Central School),
Cassandra Hart (Harrisville Central School), Brandon Shrewsberry (Gouverneur
Central School), Erin McKeever (Massena Central School), Pat Umphries (Heuvelton
Central School), Katie Bigness (Salmon River Central School), McNair Scholar
Tara Smith '04, of Laurel, Delaware, and Upward Bound Counselor Amanda Pickering.
(Photo by Nathan Sunday)
Posted: February 25, 2004