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To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Higher Education Act COE is inviting you to engage in “The 1965 Campaign” as part of our ongoing efforts to connect with you, your programs and students via Instagram. Help us reach 1,965 followers on Instagram by Monday, September 21st.

If you have not yet done so follow us at COEWORKS and help us Celebrate 50 Years of TRIO!

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In the News

University to Host National TRIO/McNair Research Conference, Grad Fair  (University of Delaware)  (September 4, 2015)

Call for Help: Outsourced Employee Style Counseling can Work for First-Generation College Students?  (Inside Higher ED)  (September 4, 2015)

Access Program Seeks Student Mentors (The Reflector)  (September 3, 2015)

TRIO Students in Need (The Daily Eastern News) (September 2, 2015)

Regional Roundup  (Beloit Daily News) (September 5, 2015)

Students, Staff Thankful for Grant That Funds NEO Support Program  (The Joplin Globe)  (September 2, 2015)

WKU Opens Military Student Support Centre at Glasgow Campus (WKU Public Radio)  (September 2, 2015)

UCD Grant Aids Underrepresented Students  (Daily Democrat Education) (September 1, 2015)

Educational Talent Search Offers College-Prep (The Winchester Sun) (September 1, 2015)

Dream Upward: Cranbrook Has Helped Inner-City High School Students Get into College for 50 Years (Hour Detroit) (September 2015)

Zumbathon Raises Funds for HCC college-Prep Program (Herald Mail Media)  (August 30, 2015)

UWS Announces 2015 TRIO Awards  (Duluth News Tribune)  (August 30, 2015)

Beauty of Wisconsin’s Outdoors Inspires Student’s Summer Research  (Ripon College)  (August 31, 2015)

Local Bank Awards Scholarship to EKU  (Eastern Kentucky University, EKU Stories)  (August 26, 2015)

Pathways to Possibility: Upward Bound Celebrates its 50th year  (UMass Amherst)  (August 24, 2015)

An Upward Bound Legacy of Roots and Wings  (UMass Amherst Alumni Association)

How to Succeed in College (The Town Talk)  (July 14, 2015)
 

Government Relations Update

Update on TRIO Funding. Congress is back in session! But with only 10 working days until the end of the fiscal year, Congress will have to act fast to avoid another government shutdown. To help ensure that we maintain momentum and build on the progress of the $60 million increase approved by the House Appropriations Committee, we urge all TRIO supporters to send a “Welcome Back” message to their Members of Congress that highlights the need for increased TRIO funding in FY 2016 (Program Year 2016-2017).

Even though it is all but certain that Congress will pass a short-term Continuing Resolution or “CR” that maintains level-funding for several weeks, your messages will plant important seeds for the larger funding debate that will happen at the end of the year. At that time, Congress must determine not only the funding levels for the rest of FY 2016, but also address the debt ceiling and return of sequestration.
 
You can contact your Members of Congress via this link on the COE webpage. To help get you started, we’ve included a sample message below. Be sure to let us know of any messages that you send so we can count it for our Summer Advocacy Challenge! (More information about that below!)
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SUBJECT: Welcome Back!

Hello (STAFFER NAME):

I just wanted to send a quick message to welcome you back to Washington, DC! Everyone here at home knows how hard (MEMBER NAME) is fighting for the TRIO programs and as always appreciate (HIS/HER) continuous support. I know the congressional agenda is tight, with many different priorities for the Member but I highly urge your office to support funding legislation that supports an increase to non-discretionary programs, including the $60 Million increase provided by the House Appropriations Committee for TRIO. Currently, I am serving (# of TRIO STUDENTS YOU SERVE) at (WHERE YOU SERVE STUDENTS).  This funding increase will allow us to help even more students get into and graduate from college.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions or if I can provide any resources pertaining to TRIO in (YOUR LOCATION) please let me know.

Sincerely,

(NAME/CONTACT INFO)
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In other news, Secretary Arne Duncan is venturing on his “Ready for Success” tour from September 14-18. Duncan and other senior Department officials will hold events highlighting the progress and achievements of educators, students, families, and leaders in expanding opportunity for students throughout the nation. Don’t miss this great opportunity to talk about TRIO.

Attend an event near you to talk about how the TRIO programs are changing student lives in your community today and don’t forget to wear your TRIO gear!

Bring your fellow TRIO workers, students, and allies along. Additional information and exact timing for each site will be released the day prior to the announcement. For more information and to see whether Secretary Duncan is coming to a town near you, check out the official announcement here. Need TRIO buttons? Let us know! E-mail selene.ceja@coenet.us by September 10th with the amount of buttons requested and a shipping address.  

Finally, the Summer Advocacy Competition comes to a close THIS Friday, September 11 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please send your final entries to kimberly.jones@coenet.us and selene.ceja@coenet.us. Recent activity has picked up and things are getting close! The winner will be announced at the Government Relations Plenary Session at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 17 at the 34th Annual COE Conference in Atlanta. For those of you not coming, stay tuned. Winners will be announced via COE’s Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page. Question is, will your state win?
 
If you have any further activities to submit please e-mail Kimberly Jones (Kimberly.jones@coenet.us). Put your state over the edge – submit your TRIO advocacy activities today. And remember…don’t forget to send photos of your summer activities this summer. We just might highlight them during the COE Conference!  
 

Department of Education Update

EOC Grant Award Notifications
EOC Grant Award Notifications were uploaded to the g5 system on Friday, September 4. Earlier in the week, ED e-mailed a letter to all institutions notifying them of the delay and because the EOC grants are in a non-competing year, their 2015-2016 monies were available as of September 1. 

Talent Search Annual Performance Report
A draft of the Talent Search APR closed on August 10th. Attached is the federal register notice and other materials.

SSS Grant Competition
An additional 103 proposals were awarded SSS grants on August 10 as part of the 2015 SSS funding band. A total of 1,071 SSS programs received award notifications for the following grant cycle.

EOC Grant Competition
The U.S. Department of Education has stated that the EOC competition will most likely not take place until sometime in 2016. They have not released any further information. 

PLEASE NOTE: ED will not conduct a technical workshop in conjunction with COE’s Annual Conference.

Talent Search Grant Competition
The U.S. Department of Education has stated that the Talent Search competition will most likely not take place until sometime in 2016. They have not released any further information. 

PLEASE NOTE: ED will not conduct a technical workshop in conjunction with COE’s Annual Conference.