May 2012 – SSS Alumni speaks to the Press
“Mn Governor Mark Dayton signed a law today expanding Post Secondary Options, allowing 10th graders to take a career tech course on college campuses (11th & 12th graders already can take career/tech and academic courses). Gov Dayton asked Paj Ntaub Lee ’09 of the CSC to help explain benefits of this expansion to the press.”
~ Joe Nathan, Director of the Center for School Change.
SSS Student wins MN TRiO Scholarship
January 2011 – Ken Medina ’12 was selected to receive the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award.
St. Olaf student support program survives federal cuts
August 23, 2010 – A recent Star Tribune article takes a close look at how a number of federally funded TRiO Student Support Services programs serving low-income, first-generation, or disabled college students have not been granted money for the coming year. St. Olaf’s SSS program that currently serves 180 students did get re-funded at nearly $1.3 million for five years — in addition to money from other sources, including the college. The story notes that St. Olaf accepts more students into its program than they have funding for, but “There are just so many students that want to be served,” says program director Kathy Glampe ’92, who benefited from the program when she was a student.
(pictured above: Rashad Washington ’14 and Amanda Moua ’14)
JUNE 16, 2009 — For her senior project, Whitney White ’09 made a video collection of interviews with tribal elders of the Prairie Island Indian Community. “I’m helping to preserve our identity as a people,” she says. Read more…
MAY 15, 2009 — “Less than half of students of color graduate from high sch ool on time,” reports St. Olaf student Mara Kumagai Fink ’11 in a recent Minnesota Public Radio story. “Of those who go on to a Minnesota college, the gap in graduate rates between whites and minorities is 15 percent.” Fink notes that the federal TRiO program is working to improve these statistics as she profiles fellow student Tenzin Choerap ’10 and his journey from India to St. Olaf. Read more…
Star Tribune features family that’s ‘rollin’ in Oles’
APRIL 13, 2009 — The Yangs — Sandy ’09, Betty ’10, Nou ’11 and Kong ’12 — have put St. Olaf in the “extraordinary” position of simultaneously educating four siblings from one family, notes the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Sandy Yang first connected with the college through its TRiO program, which continues to provide support services for the siblings. Read more…
SSS Student attends Policy Seminar in DC
March 25, 2009 —Ian Peppel ’12 attended Policy Seminar in Washingon, DC and is pictured here with Congressman Jim Oberstar (Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District). Policy Seminar enables participants to represent the interests of low-income, first-generation, and disabled students in the policy arena.
Building on the success of St. Olaf College’s TRiO Programs, students interested in biology, mathematics and chemistry get an extra boost from the National Science Foundation STEM Initiative. Read more…