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Fall 2021 Office Hours

33 Katz Library Augusta Campus & Virtual: Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
205 Belfast Hall Bangor Campus: Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Bangor Virtual Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

TRIO Scholars is student support services funded by a federal grant to serve students who are first in their families to earn a bachelors degree, using accommodations to access their learning and classrooms, or using a larger amount of financial aid to attend university. TRIO is a department that amplifies and intensifies many services found on campus and focuses specifically on helping students sign up for classes, navigate financial aid, FAFSA, and economic literacy, as well as amplifies tutoring and exploration of graduate school. Additionally, TRIO Scholars teaches COL 100, a UMA first-year initiative class worth 3 credits, and SSC 317 a Leadership Seminar worth 3 credits that TRIO students may access at no cost.

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United States Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services

Through a grant competition, funds are awarded to institutions of higher education to provide opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. Student Support Services (SSS) projects also may provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. Link: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp

To enroll in TRIO SSS you must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and meet at least one of the following:

  • Be a “First Generation” student in college,
  • Meet Federal income guidelines for financial aid, or
  • Have a documented disability.

TRIO is a student support program that provides a sense of community and empowers students to achieve their educational and personal goals.

United States Department of Education

“Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”

The US DOE Office of Post-secondary Education works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation, and improvement in post-secondary education, promote and expand access to post-secondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.

All SSS projects must provide: academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in post-secondary course selection, assist student with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and assist students enrolled in two-­year institutions and applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four­-year programs. The SSS projects may also provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available; mentoring programs, securing temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless youths and students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.

Augusta Campus

33 Katz Library

46 University Drive

Augusta, Maine 04330

(207) 621-3157

Bangor Campus

205 Belfast Hall

85 Texas Avenue

Bangor, Maine 04401

(207) 262-7820

TRIO Scholars Staff

Michael Corlew

Title: College Success Counselor

Robin G. Crawley

Title: Data Analyst

Sara M. Flowers

Title: Director TRIO Programs & Adjunct Professor of Education

Bio Dr. Flowers received her TEFL certificate and completed student teaching in Prague, Czech Republic; taught in Istanbul, Turkey; and taught for a Russian school in Anjalankoski, Finland. As a young adult, Sara participated in an excursion with Voyager Outward … Read More

Elizabeth McCue-Herlihy

Title: Associate Director of TRIO SSS

Lisa Moguel

Title: Administrative Specialist CL3

Anthony E. Staffiere

Title: College Success Counselor

Laurel L. York

Title: College Success Counselor

One of TRIO’s critical goals is to help students track and manage their school expenses, make solid financial decisions about funding school, and to explore all options for reducing the costs of school in order to graduate with the least debt possible. Important to this mission are TRIO’s and UMA’s commitments to offer grant aid, scholarships, work study, student employment, and alternative pathways such as our Volunteer Tuition Waiver program. If you have any questions about how to access these resources, be sure to contact your College Success Counselor and/or Peer Coach for more information!

COL 100: Introduction to the College Experience

Course description: This course helps students develop academic, communication, and critical thinking and analysis skills; become acquainted with the University; and clarify personal values, goals, and expectations. Students should take this course within the first 30 credits of college coursework, excluding developmental coursework, or permission of instructor.

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: None

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of COL 100, students will be able to

  • Understand how the college experience is different from the high school experience
  • Appreciate the benefits of a college education
  • Utilize electronic learning technology
  • Apply strategies to improve memory
  • Understand how to read a textbook effectively
  • Know how to take quality notes in class
  • Be able to prepare effectively for tests
  • Know how best to take tests (objective and essay)
  • Know how to research and organize written assignments
  • Recognize the various learning styles, and identify personal preference
  • Learn how to manage time effectively
  • Utilize various strategies to manage stress
  • Access library sources
  • Understand and access the academic advising process
  • Recognize the various teaching styles of professors
  • Utilize career resources
  • Clarify personal values
  • Apply various assertiveness strategies
  • Appreciate how personal health practices impact college performance
  • Identify and utilize campus resources

Methods of Evaluation are to be determined at the professional discretion of the instructor with respect to intellectual freedom and pedagogical innovation. Some methods of evaluation may include, but are not restricted to

  • Exams
  • Quizzes
  • Homework Assignments
  • Individual and Group Activities
  • Papers

Methods of evaluation may shift depending on student and/or instructor needs.

Effective Date:  Fall 2019

SSC 317: Leadership Seminar

Course description: This course provides emerging and existing leaders the opportunity to explore the concept of leadership, to develop, and to improve their leadership skills. Emphasis is on the application of theory in case studies, readings, films, and personal experience.

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENG 101, any COM, and SOC 101 or PSY 100

Student learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of SSC 317, students will be able to

  • Identify the characteristics and the actions of popular and noteworthy leaders
  • Analyze and evaluate different leadership models
  • Compare and contrast leaders utilizing a scholarly model
  • Critically analyze leadership activities distinguishing between dark and light activities
  • Discover and evaluate personal leadership skills that will formulate a plan of growth
  • Discuss the ethics of leadership as a means of practice
  • Create a personal strategy to manage conflict in relation to leadership
  • Critique the positive and negative traits and characteristics–not actions–of leaders
  • Evaluate and select at least one leadership model that fits personal style
  • Create a foundation plan that informs personal leadership skills incorporating leadership ethics
  • Debate a position of an outstanding leader
  • Design a course of action that will adjust to various conflicts in the leadership environment

Methods of Evaluation are to be determined at the professional discretion of the instructor with respect to intellectual freedom and pedagogical innovation. Some methods of evaluation may include, but are not restricted to

  • Class participation
  • Presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Discussion boards

Methods of evaluation may shift depending on student and/or instructor needs.

Effective Date: 20 May 2014

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UMA TRIO Scholars Program Brochure

UMA TRIO Scholars Legislative Information Sheet

UMA TRIO Scholars Peer Coach Handbook 2021-2022

UMA TRIO Scholars Department Procedure Manual 2019-2020