May 19, 2015

Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – The Student Success Center at John A. Logan College recently held its fifth annual TRiO Student Spotlight Ceremony to honor the achievements made by its TRiO students throughout the year.  The event was held at the Robert L. Mees Village Centre in the Harrison-Bruce Historical Villageon Logan’s campus.

The students earned recognition awards in the following categories: President’s List (4.0 GPA), Vice President’s List (3.5-3.99 GPA), TRiO Foundation Scholarships, TRiO Grant Aid, JALC Foundation Scholarships, and TRiO tuition waivers. This year’s graduates received a congratulatory card and a TRiO lapel pin.

“We serve 200 students annually, and this year we had over 40 who earned some kind of scholarship or grant aid,” said Carolyn Gallegly, director of the Student Success Center at JALC. “We also had 16 students who made the President’s List and 24 who made the Vice President’s List as well as 29 students who are graduating.  Those numbers show that the students are succeeding at a high rate.  We are so proud of all their accomplishments, and it’s very enjoyable to see them receive their recognition.”

In addition to the students, Monte Franklin, a part-time math instructor, and Rick Ellett, a criminal justice instructor at JALC, were also honored.    

“This year we added a new component where we recognized faculty that have gone above and beyond in providing academic assistance for our students, and Monte and Rick certainly fit that description,” Gallegly said.  “Faculty support is such an integral part of the student success process.  It helps TRiO mentors build a network of support for each student as they pursue their educational goals.”

TRiO is a federal program designed to improve educational opportunities and increase the college retention and graduation rates of first-generation, low-income, and/or disabled college students.

Donna St. Amour of West Frankfort, a freshman studying computer science at Logan, was one of the students acknowledged at the ceremony for the President’s List and TRiO grant aid.

“The ceremony was wonderful, and it was very encouraging that the Student Success Center staff took the time to recognize me and the other students in that way,” St. Amour said.  “I thought it was really great that (JALC President) Dr. (Mike) Dreith came and spoke to us.  It showed how many people here care about us and what we’ve accomplished.”  

St. Amour said the TRiO Program has been beneficial to her.

“I’ve talked with and worked with nearly all of the TRiO mentors,” St. Amour said. “They’ve been really supportive and have helped me gain confidence in some of the classes I’ve taken that involve things that I don’t feel very confident about doing.  I’ve also used the tutoring services, and I work as tutor myself.  It’s been a great experience because I love helping other people.” 

For information about JALC’s TRiO Program, contact the Student Success Center at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8289.


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