December 2006 Th e TRiO TRiB TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES KANKAKEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Inside this issue: Events 1-2 It’s Academic 3 Seaso n’ s greetin gs fro m TRiO Money Talks 4 Current TRiO students—You are invited to the TRiO Student Center, Final Thoughts 5 Room L331, any day after Thanksgiving break until winter break to receive a TRiO T-shirt. The shirts are a holiday gift from the TRiO staff. Keep an eye out for future mailers asking you to wear your TRiO T-shirt on DVDs borrowed from the TRiO Student Center must be returned to Room L331 particular dates. If you wear your TRiO shirt on the days requested and come to the TRiO Center, you will receive one TRiO Buck. We hope all of you have a joyous holiday season. See you in January! REMINDER Fin als Study week sc hedul e What: A quiet place for TRiO students to study for final exams by Friday, Dec. 15. Where: TRiO Student Center, Room L331 When: * Monday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Wednesday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Thursday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. * Friday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Are you prepared for final exams? TRiO can help make it easier! • Study quietly in the TRiO Student Center Dec. 4-8 . Pencils, index cards, highlighters, and study tips will be provided for TRiO students. Please be considerate and take only what you will need. • Silence will be enforced (nicely, of course)! • Borrow one of the laptop computers from the LRC to finish research papers or one of the scientific calculators to practice math problems. Present your KCC ID (with a current TRiO sticker) at the LRC’s circulation desk to borrow an item. All items borrowed from the LRC must be returned by Fri- day, Dec. 15. • Use your USB drive to save your research papers and print them out in the Learning Lab, Room L329. Remember to save papers using MS Word or in a rich text format (.rtf). Let Wendy know if you need anything printed in color. Page 2 Trio textb oo k loan return po l ic y If you are borrowing a textbook from TRiO this semester, we hope it has helped you with your stud- ies. As we look to the end of the semester, it is important for you to know how to return the book(s). Loaned textbooks must be returned the week of final exams - Dec. 11-14 The specific times Wendy will check in books are Monday—Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. All books should be returned to Wendy in the TRiO Student Center, Room L331, by Thursday, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. If your book(s) is lost or damaged, please let TRiO know so we may assess the dam- ages and determine an appropriate fee. If your book(s) was returned in less than acceptable condition and you receive a statement with a damaged or lost book fee, please respond immediately to avoid an obligation being placed on your KCC account. Jan uary co l l ege visit EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY - Charleston Are you are planning to transfer in the summer or fall of 2007 ? If so and if you are considering EIU, register to go on this trip by Dec. 18 in the TRiO Student Center, Room L331. Sign up when you know your spring class/work schedule to know which days are best for you to participate. Be sure to put down your major and how many people will be attending with you. TRiO will make every effort to schedule the college visit around students’ availability. The TRiO advisers will phone interested students at least two weeks prior to the date of the campus visit.. Plan to take an entire day (from school and possibly work) to visit the campus. I mp ortan t dat es for your p l ann ers Dec. 1 Last day for preregistered students to pay for reserved courses. Students will be dropped from courses for failure to meet this deadline Dec. 8 Last day for fall semester classes Dec. 8 Final day to petition for December graduation Dec. 9, Final exams Dec. 11-14 Final exams Dec. 14 Deadline to return all TRiO equipment - laptop computers, calculators and cassette recorders to the Learning Resource Center Dec. 14 Deadline to return workshop videos and borrowed textbooks to the TRiO Student Center, Room L331 Dec. 21 Winter Break - campus closed Page 3 c oll ege open ho use You have the opportunity to visit Western Illinois University’s campus in Macomb and talk to representatives on Sat. Dec. 2. Register online at http://www.student.services.wiu.edu/ admissions/info/dw.asp. Maps and directions to colleges may be obtained from Wendy in the TRiO Student Center, Room L331. C oll ege reps on campus Visit the following college/university representatives in the Transfer Annex of KCC’s College Center: 12/1 Robert Morris College, David Lockery, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 12/4 Rush University, Kymm Green, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 12/5 Western Illinois University, Jeff Cain, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 12/6 St. Francis University, 9-11 a.m. 12/7 DeVry University, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sprin g registration You may pick up a spring class schedule in Student Services. Schedule an appointment with your TRiO adviser to help you plan your coursework by phoning De- lithia at 802-8473 or Valerie at 802-8472. There is still a short period of time to preregister for spring semester. Preregistering gives you the advantage of selecting classes on the days and times that meet with your personal lifestyle and daily routines. The final day to pay for your preregistered classes is Friday, Dec.1. Are On l ine c l asses fo r you? Do you have difficulty getting to and from KCC? Do you have access to the Internet at home? Does your work schedule prevent you from registering for the classes you want? KCC’s online classes may be just the answer for you! KCC offers 42 online credit classes for spring (see page 12 of the spring schedule book). A sampling of courses offered include English 1, English II, Introduction to Humanitities, Introduction to Physical Science, and Introduction to Psychology. If you have the self-discipline and the ability to learn without face-to-face interaction, online classes might offer you more freedom to set your own learning schedule. The courses maintain the same high standards of classroom courses. Academic progress is established and maintained through regular course participation. Students interact with their instructors and classmates in writing via the computer. Strong reading and writing skills in the English language are extremely important. Talk to your TRiO adviser if you are interested in learning more about online classes. Page 4 Delithia on do llar$ & $en se PELL GRANT BOOK VOUCHER APPOINTMENTS COMING SOON A student who has returned his/her financial aid award letter to the Financial Aid Office and has PELL grant eligibility may schedule an appointment to request a book voucher beginning Dec. 11. The earliest date a stu- dent may pick up a book voucher is Jan. 2. Criteria must be met before a PELL grant book voucher can be is- sued: 1) You must be registered and enrolled for spring (finalized schedule) meaning no changes can be made to the schedule once the book voucher appointment is scheduled. If you must change your schedule, please check with the Financial Aid Office first. 2) You must meet the Admissions Office requirements including: A) have a high school or GED transcript on file in the Admissions Office. B) be in an eligible program for financial aid. C) have all previous college transcripts on file in the Admissions Office and have them evaluated. D) have returned the financial aid award letter to the Financial Aid Office. 3) Prior to scheduling an appointment, you must finalize your spring schedule. A second book voucher will not be issued if changes are made to your schedule after you receive the original book voucher. You must register for your courses (including late starting) by the 10th day of the spring semester to have them included in your spring enrollment for financial aid purposes. FYI—The 2007-08 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms will be available in the Financial Aid FYI Office on the second floor beginning Jan. 2. Sc holarship o pportun ities Beginning in January, scholarship opportunities for the 2007-08 academic year will become available . In mid-January the KCC Foundation Scholarship booklets and applications will be available in the TRiO Stu- dent Center, Room L331 and in the Financial Aid Office. If you plan to enroll at KCC for fall 2007, you are strongly encouraged to apply for all foundation scholarships for which you are qualified. Have you completed a personal scholarship essay yet? If not, now is the time to think of what you want to say and to write a rough draft. Review the scholarship essay writing tips you were given during your second TRiO intake with Wendy (on your USB drive). You may submit a rough draft to Wendy in the TRiO Student Center, Room L331, and she will review it and discuss it with you. ************************************************************************************** StraightfForward Media’s Nursing School Scholarship - Established in 2004, the $500 Nursing School Schol- arship is offered four times per year to help the nurses of tomorrow complete their educations. The next ap- plication deadline is Jan. 14. For further information and to apply online, visit http:// www.straightforwardmedia.com/nursing/form.php. IMPORTANT: Any student on a PELL grant considering a student loan - meet with your TRiO adviser before completing a loan application! Page 5 Lo o k w h o j o i n e d t r i o Mary Guardiola Chetni Cobb Lynn Ramirez James Denney Criminal Justice Elementary Education Accounting Physical Therapy Who Went where 3 TRiO Bucks Brenna Settle recently job-shadowed at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Dec emb er Kayla Hartman recently job-shadowed at St. Anne Grade School. b irthdays Debora Fulco 4 After your job-shadow, return your completed evaluation form to Kim Harpin in Student Services as soon as possible. Alicia Post 8 Good bye and good wishes! Maggie Barrett 10 Farewell to TRiO students who will graduate and/or transfer following the fall Veretta Gray 10 2006 semester: (Contact TRiO if your name was omitted and you will be trans- ferring after this semester) Josalyn Mangrum 13 * Tamara Bell - undecided Pamela Casey 15 * Jennifer Blaettler - Olivet Nazarene University * Nina Carr - Governors State University Brooke Milstead 18 * Latonya Lucas - Olivet Nazarene University Libby Vasquez 18 * Cali Perzee - Illinois College * Milllie Scharlau - Governors State University Pamela Leranger 21 * Ola Williams - Columbia College Hollywood Melissa Barnhart 25 * Ryan Nagel - Illinois State University P h i T h e ta K a p pa i n d u c t e e s Congratulations to Jodeen Osbourne, Lynn Ramirez and Alicia Smith who were recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. To join Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. L a s t bu t n ot l e a s t Current TRiO student Jennifer Blaettler recently received her acceptance let- ter to Olivet Nazarene University. Jennifer plans to major in Communica- TRIO STUDENT tions. SUPPORT SERVICES KANKAKEE COMMUNITY Correction: We inadvertently left out Denise Smith’s birthday in the last TRiO COLLEGE TRiB. Denise celebrated on Nov. 7. Happy belated birthday, Denise!!! 100 College Drive The TRiO Student Support Services program assists students who are focused on their educational Kankakee, IL 60901-6505 goals and are seeking to further their career opportunities. The program includes students who are first-generation, are eligible for financial aid and/or are disabled. TRiO provides a variety of Phone: 802-8474 educational support services and is dedicated to its goal of increasing college retention and E-mail: email@example.com graduation and/or transfer rates for eligible participants.