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Two UW-Eau Claire Students Honored with TRIO Awards

RELEASED: March 24, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recognized National TRIO Day with a program and awards ceremony during which awards were presented to two outstanding TRIO students.

Jim Dzimiela and Carrie Miller
Jim Dzimiela, program counselor at UW-Barron County, and Carrie Miller.

Junior Carrie Miller, Barron, received the Dedication Award for demonstrating great dedication and persistence in academic work. A single mother of three boys, Miller completed her associate degree from UW-Barron County this past semester with a 3.3 G.P.A. She has been a program assistant for the northern EOC office in Rice Lake for the past three semesters.

Currently in her first semester as a business management student at UW-Eau Claire, Miller represents the increasing number of adults who balance family, work and college as a full time student/parent. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Sallie Kernan and Mary Steinmeyer
Mary Steinmeyer and Sallie Kernan, program counselor at UW-Eau Claire.

Sophomore Mary Steinmeyer, Eau Claire, received the Achiever Award, which recognizes exceptional students characterized by high academic achievement, superior character, service to others, leadership and commitment to the mission of the TRIO programs.

A full-time non-traditional student majoring in psychology, Steinmeyer transferred to UW-Eau Claire from the Chippewa Valley Technical College and also works full-time at Younkers as the manager of their fragrance counter.

TRIO programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote educational opportunities for students who might otherwise be denied access to a college education. Nearly a million students are now served every year by 2, 800 TRIO projects across the nation. Program participants range in age from sixth-graders to adults.

UW-Eau Claire currently operates four TRIO projects: Upward Bound, Student Support Services, the Educational Opportunity Center and the McNair Program. These programs receive more than $1.2 million annually and serve nearly 1,500 people annually.

The Educational Opportunity Center has an office at the UW-Barron County campus and also serves clients at the Barron County Job Center; Hayward, Ladysmith and Spooner WITC Learning Centers; and the Shell Lake Public Library.

Anyone interested in free career services, assistance with financial aid or college applications may call 888-858-5632 to schedule an appointment.

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