TRiO SSS Student Highlights

TRiO SSS Student Highlights

Eddie Buck, a senior theatre arts major and TRiO SSS student, recently won second place in a short film contest sponsored by “See What I’m Saying,” The Deaf Entertainers Documentary. Buck’s short film is entitled, “Inspiration.”

TRiO SSS students honored

TRiO student recognition TRiO Student Support Services recently held its annual Student Recognition Banquet, where students were recognized for their academic achievement. Graduating TRiO SSS students were also honored. Pictured are TRiO SSS students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.


(L-R) Lindsay Trenge, Raylene Brill, Michael McCormick, DeAnna Ingenito, and Alexandria Touloumes. More photos | Student messages

TRiO student leading by example

Gavin Pardoe Congratulations to TRiO student Gavin Pardoe, an exercise science major, who achieved Dean’s list in fall ‘09. Pardoe, a role model in and out of the classroom, has excellent work ethic. As part of a 25 hour practicum experience, he is fulfilling his requirement at Bloomsburg High School with the sophomore class, where he prepares and assists workouts for the sophomore gym classes. His wealth of knowledge has helped students gain an increased level of awareness concerning physical fitness. He is also assisting with one on one training for any student who is interested at the high school, including the student athletes. “I try to motivate the students as much as possible and make everything fun, because if they are not having fun, what is the point?” Pardoe says. Pardoe is also employed at Gold’s Gym in Lewisburg, where he is a personal trainer and orientation guide, who assists and runs several classes including yoga. During his spare time, he enjoys bodybuilding and competing in professional wrestling. He feels BU’s exercise science program has been fantastic in preparing him for his professional career.

Celebrating National TRiO Day

National TRiO Day National TRiO Day is a day of celebration, reflection and action around increased access to higher education for disadvantaged students. Federal TRiO Programs help low- income and first- generation students enter college and earn a college degree.


Every year a day in February, high school and college students, teachers, university professionals, Members of Congress, local officials, TRIO Program staff, participants and alumni and many others:

  • Celebrate the positive impact of federal TRiO Programs in our communities throughout the nation.
  • Reflect on the importance of educational opportunity programs in creating a fairer society for all Americans.
  • Act to protect and further access to higher education for low-income and first-generation students.

Student lends hand to exotic animal refuge

T&Ds Cats of the World Rachel Rathmell, a pre-med student and TRiO member, is an active member of the student body participating it the Pre-med Club, Biology Club, T.W.L.O.H.A. and H.O.P.E. This summer she had an amazing experience volunteering at T&D’s Cats of the World, an exotic animal refuge in Penns Creek, Snyder County. From June to August, she had the unique experience of helping care for numerous exotic animals ranging from tigers, bears, lions, wolves, monkeys, and several others. Rathmell’s job was to help clean cages, feed animals, and educate the public about the animals by giving tours. As she taught the public of the horrible experiences some of the animals have gone through, Rathmell realized all her hard work and the struggles she goes through while being a pre-med student are worth it. In February, she had the chance to help the Mattive family, the owners of T&D’s, by working with the Pre-med Club and sponsoring a fundraiser for T&D’s. The club sold Valentine’s Day stuffed animals, exotic stuffed animals, and baked goods. The club raised $230 for T&D’s, as Rathmell plans to continue volunteering at T&D’s this spring and summer and continue being in the pre-med major to eventually become a veterinarian.