Academic support encourages students' success


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Carolyn Koch, Brandy Hodges, Jeremy Brunette, and Ashley Cogburn

Throughout their academic career, many Adams State College students rely on the professional assistance provided by Adams State Student Support Services (SSS). The department also recognizes the effort and commitment required on the part of their students to succeed at college. The Adams State Student Support Services 8th Annual Recognition Banquet, on April 28, honored outstanding students in their program.

The evening's keynote speaker, Ashley Cogburn, a sociology major graduating on May 14, understands first-hand how effectively the SSS staff helps with student success. "I am honored to share my experience with Student Support Services over the years." Cogburn admitted she was not academically motivated in high school and how the SSS Summer Scholars Program experience prepared her to begin her fall classes with confidence. "Through the SSS Program I have received guidance, motivation, and encouragement," Cogburn added.

The students and guests were welcomed by Deborah White, director of SSS, and Michael Mumper, senior vice president for enrollment.

The mission of Student Support Services is to retain and graduate eligible students from Adams State by offering services essential for college success. SSS offers counseling, tutoring, mentoring, educational and cultural trips, supplemental grant aid and scholarships, computer services, and more to members. Eligible students must be a first-generation college student, or meet financial need requirements, or have a documented disability. SSS is part of the Adams State TRIO program.

Wendy Loch, SSS academic counselor, recognized students for their participation in the program. Jessica Sanchez, freshman, and Carolyn Koch, sophomore, received a Rising Star Award for diligently pursuing and maintaining academic success. Jeremy Brunette received the "Spirit of TRIO Student" award; Nikkole Lindley received the SSS Tutor of the Year Award; and Brandy Hodges was recognized as the SSS Mentor of the Year.