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April 22, 2013

TU Trio Student Support Services honors graduates

THOMASVILLE — During an awards luncheon held April 11, Thomas University TRiO Student Support Services honored graduating students who came through the program.

 The most prestigious award presented, the TRiO Student of the Year Award, was presented to Suzanne Bryant of Coolidge, who will graduate on May 4 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. In presenting the award, Jennifer Lindquist, retention coordinator with the program, spoke of Bryant’s transformation as she overcame a low self-confidence and serious medical issues to earn her degree. Bryant’s professors applauded her dedication to learning and improving her abilities. While pursuing her degree Bryant has worked as a full-time Head Start paraprofessional. She is also a wife, a mother of two grown children and will soon be a grandmother.

 Also .during the program held at The Plaza, other TRiO SSS students were recognized.

 Presented by Natasha Powell, success coach, the TRiO Scholars Award recognizes participants who have made excellence a priority and been named to the President’s List, Dean’s List, Merit List or Achiever’s List. The award was presented to Linda Baker of Tallahassee; Luvhina Bien-Aime of Lawrenceville; Demetris Crump of Tallahassee; Cynthia Green of Bainbridge; Regenia Hutchins of Thomasville; Catherine Jenkins of Thomasville; Hannah Lindquist of Boston; Joseph Morgan of Cairo; Keith Thomas of Thomasville; Roderick Carter of Thomasville; Benjamin Cook of Ochlocknee; Caitlin Fletcher of Thomasville; and Brenda Daniels of Thomasville.

 The TRiO Resiliency Award recognizes participants who push through obstacles to continue their education. Recipients are recognized as role models for other students for their unrelenting determination to succeed. This year’s recipients were Helen Tew and Deanna Bujnowski.

 The TRiO Leadership Award recognizes participants who demonstrate skills as a leader on and off campus. The recipients make a positive impact on TU and in the community. This year’s recipients are James Gass and Keith Thomas.

 The Kathleen Duncan TRiO SSS Excellence in Mentoring Award, named in memory of Mrs. Duncan who worked in TRiO SSS for 18 years until her death in 2006, recognizes a participant who demonstrates exceptional ability in guiding the academic and/or professional growth of their peers while promoting student success. This year’s recipient is Luvhina Bien-Aime.

 The TRiO Student Support Services Director’s Award recognizes participants who display a diligent will to persevere in the face of tremendous emotional and financial challenges while earning a bachelor’s degree. The recipients are Suzanne Bryant and Luvhina Bien-Aime. The award was presented by Faye Johnson, Director.

 The TRiO Student Support Services at Thomas University is an initiative to help first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities to complete four-year degrees. The program is a student-focused center of excellence in academic advising, career exploration, disability services, mentoring, supplemental instruction, student development and tutoring. TRiO Student Support Services is funded by the United States Department of Education.

 

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