SNU students of SSS visit state capital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2006
Contact: Eunice Trent
Phone: 405.491.6600
Fax: 405.491.6381
E-mail: etrent@snu.edu

On February 22, twenty-three students from Southern Nazarene University represented our very own Student Support Services (SSS) Program at the state capital for Oklahoma’s TRIO Day. TRIO Day was sponsored by the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance, which is affiliated with the Council for Opportunity in Education. Oklahoma joined states from across the nation in acknowledging the accomplishments of first-generation, economically disadvantaged, and individuals with disabilities in overcoming class, social and cultural barriers in the pursuit of a higher education degree.

Students assembled in the House of Representatives Chamber to listen to guest speakers that included the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education, Oklahoma State Representatives, and other successful students who have benefited from one of the federally funded TRIO programs. Many speakers encouraged students to contact their senators in Washington out of appreciation for their support of the TRIO programs, while others provided motivational support for the students continuing to strive towards the completion of their degree. Participants gained a better appreciation of the scope and magnitude of the services available through the Trio programs. Currently the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance has successfully served over 27,000 students in the state of Oklahoma through Student Support Services and other related programs.

SNU SSS students participated in the TRIO Day program from the State Representatives actual chairs. April Smith, a senior SSS student, said “It was an honor to sit at the desks where our elected leaders represent us everyday.”

The successful student testimonials were also one of the highlights of the day leaving both SSS staff members and students alike, inspired by the obstacles that individuals had overcome to change their own lives and the lives of their families forever. Sophomore Constance Roberson said, “It was encouraging to see how many college students were changing their lives and thus changing the world.”

Senator Connie Johnson echoed sentiments of the day encouraging all 1,050 Trio students to “Complete every process put before you…Be the best that you can be.”

For further information about the SSS program at SNU, contact Student Support Services at 405.491.6557.