The TRiO Student Support Services program hosts numerous cultural and social activities and events throughout the semester. The purpose of these activities is to provide students with an opportunity to enjoy an array of educational and culturally enriching experiences. Past trips have included downtown St. Louis including the Arch and the Fox Theatre, Swan Lake Russian Ballet, the Rosebud Theatre in Effingham, the Covered Bridge Festival in Bridgeton, Ind., the Spurlock Museum and Krannert Center in Champaign, plays, musical performances and The Little Theatre on the Square in Sullivan.
Structured tours help students become acquainted with local four year institutions by providing an information gathering opportunity and the chance to personally experience the campus environment. Campus visits typically include a campus tour, information about the transfer process, financial aid opportunities and the admission process. Many tours also include an opportunity to speak with a person from the major in which you are interested. Tours have included the U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Springfield, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana State University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and Edwardsville and Illinois State University.
Workshops are provided to promote students’ personal, academic and financial growth. For convenience, TRiO Student Support Services workshops are offered both in person, and in many cases, are also available on DVD and Canvas to accommodate students’ schedules. Examples of workshop topics include time management skills, stress management, study skills, financial literacy, using library resources and dinning etiquette.