University Relations and Communications


March 1, 2018


a list of TRIO Week activities


MSU Billings Celebrates National TRIO Week



University Relations and Communications, 657-2266


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Montana State University Billings celebrates national TRIO week with a variety of activities. National TRIO Week is held annually the week of February 26.


Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to two upcoming events, which round out National TRIO week at MSUB.  Bingo With TRIO is this evening from5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Student Union Building. Everyone is welcome to play Bingo and win prizes.


A Food and Clothing Drive in Library 141 on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout the week TRIO/SSS will be collecting non-perishable food items and clothing. All donated food will be given to the Yellowjacket Emergency Food Pantry that helps MSUB students. All clothing collected will be given to a local nonprofit organization.


Earlier this week, TRIO/SSS at MSUB, hosted activities to celebrate their success. Daily events included Try TRIO open house, popcorn giveaway in the library, and pizza and cake lunch, all of which were designed to encourage students, faculty, and staff to learn more about their program and what services are available.


For millions of students nationwide, TRIO programs provide resources and guidance for low-income, first generation (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree), and college students with disabilities who strive to graduate from college.


“TRIO Student Support Services helped me improve my grades and get through college when I was a student in Pennsylvania,” says Stephen Stefan, Academic Counselor for TRIO/SSS at MSUB. “TRIO programs really work, and I encourage all college students to look into joining TRIO no matter where they are attending classes.”


At MSUB, the TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO/SSS) program has been helping students for 45 years. The program at MSUB helps students who are U.S. citizens to obtain their bachelor’s degree. Today, over a thousand colleges, universities, and community agencies host more than 2,800 TRIO projects that serve more than 828,000 young people and adults.


TRIO/SSS is funded completely through the U.S. Department of Education.


For more information on the TRIO/SSS program or TRIO Week events, call 406-657-2162.


TRIO Peer Mentors


Photo caption:

2017-2018 Peer Mentors for SSS/TRIO program at MSUB. From left to right: Back Row:  Dave Ballew, Chris Grudzinski, A.J. Jenson, Matthew Grooms; Front Row:  Deena Ledford, D.J. McGee, and Krystal Page.