State TRIO celebration planned for March 3 at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 01 March 2012

TROY—The Troy University TRIO programs and the Alabama Association of Educational Opportunity Program personnel will be playing host to the 2012 State TRIO Day Celebration in Sartain Hall on the TROY campus Saturday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Begun in 1964 as the first national college programs of their kind, the TRIO programs are designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. These programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance and other services that ensure success in college. TRIO programs also provide direct support services for students and relevant training for directors and staff.

"TRIO Day focuses the state's and nation's attention on the needs of deserving young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, said Mary Griffin, chair of the 2012 TRIO Day Committee. "It also focuses the nation's attention on making the necessary investment if our students are to become contributing citizens of the country. This essential talent pool will be wasted if the investment is not made. Thus, recognizing the impact of TRIO programs in students' lives, Congress passed in 1986 a congressional resolution proclaiming a National TRIO Day."

The TRIO Day Celebration, with this year's theme as "Obtaining the Dream: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Greatness," will consist of a speech by keynote speaker Lamar Higgins, awards and door prizes, and tours of the TROY campus.

A TROY alumnus from Marbury, Higgins is a member of the Troy University Board of Trustees and a lobbyist for Montgomery firm Fine Geddie.

During registration on the day of the celebration, participants are encouraged to contribute to the TRIO Day of Service by donating teaching supplies for area elementary students.