Welcome to the TRiO Student Support Services page!

TRiO SSS at CSUMB contributes to the success of first generation, low-income students and individuals with disabilities by supporting and empowering program participants in their academic, personal, and professional growth.

Browse through the pages at right (--->) to learn about who we serve, what we do, and the results of our program.

This page is here to keep you informed about what is going on with TRiO SSS at CSUMB. If there is any information that you are looking for and don't find on our pages, please don't hesitate to call us at (831)582-4451.

THURSDAY - November 20, 2014

The TRiO SSS Fall 2014 newsletter is now out! Click here to check it out and read some of our students' amazing stories about study abroad, internships, and more.

FRIDAY - October 10, 2014

SSS headed out to Point Lobos State Reserve to spend the day hiking, exploring, and learning about natural history in our area. The group had a great time getting to know each other and enjoying the beautiful views!

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Photo Credit: Claudia Moreno

MONDAY - September 15, 2014

Welcome to a new semester!

Welcome to our new students, and welcome back to our returning students! We hope this semester is off to a great start for all of you. We're excited to have an awesome new group of peer mentors this year - stop by and say hello, if you haven't already!

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Alex (: Westerlund
Student Level: I am FINALLY a Senior and on my fourth year here at CSUMB.
Hometown: Victorville, CA
Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences (S.B.S) with a double concentration in Sociology and Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S.).
Career Goals: I want to obtain my Ph.D. in American Deaf Studies/Counseling. I am not 100% sure on my career right now, but I do know that I want to work with troubled or disadvantaged youth.
Favorite thing about TRiO: I love the support I have received from the TRiO SSS Staff. They made my transition into college so much easier. Being that my family is 14 hours away from me, it was nice to know that I could come to the office and feel at home. I also love the free food!

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Abigail Ramos
Student Level: Junior
Hometown: Wasco, CA
Major: Psychology
Career Goals: I am motivated to continue my education in order to obtain a Masters degree in psychology. With that I wish to pursue a career in family therapy/counseling.
Involvement: TRiO Student Support Services Peer Mentor, MEChA- Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan, CLGA-Chicano/a Latino/a Graduation Association
Favorite thing about TRiO: I truly love everything TRiO offers to students but my favorite thing would probably have to be the mentorship that is given to students. I have been in TRiO since freshman year and every time I had any questions I knew I could rely on the TRiO SSS staff.

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Jennifer Jung
Student Level: Senior
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major: Marine Science
Career Goals: To become an informal educator and make science a fun and creative subject for kids to learn.
Involvement: TRiO Student Support Services & Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
Favorite Thing about TRiO: I love that TRiO offers a support system that not only focuses on academic success, but also personal growth.

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Lindsay Macon
Student Level: Junior (Transfer Student)
Hometown: Tuolumne, CA
Major: Kinesiology
Career Goals: Receiving a Doctorate’s Degree in Physical Therapy and using it to improve/restore the health of my future patients.
Involvement: TRiO SSS Peer Mentor
Advice for New Students @ CSUMB: We often think of celebrating the day that we reach our goals, but we forget to enjoy the path that got us there. Be present in each moment and enjoy the process of learning.

WEDNESDAY - May 14, 2014

Check out the Spring 2014 SSS Newsletter! This letter includes highlights of our events and activities from the semester, info about the McNair Research Conference five SSS students attended in Maryland, thoughts from our Retention Specialist on the importance of civic engagement, and more.

Plus, take a look at some of our program's great statistics from the 2013-14 year:

  •  93% of CSUMB TRiO SSS students are in good academic standing
  •  94.6% will be retained to the next academic year
  •  66% will graduate in 6 years

TUESDAY - April 8, 2014


On Friday, SSS students and staff headed up to San Francisco to visit the California Academy of Sciences. They spent the day exploring the interactive, innovative exhibits at the Academy and learned about a huge range of different subjects. Before leaving the city, the group also stopped for a scenic view and a quick photoshoot at the Golden Gate Bridge.

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MONDAY - February 24, 2014

Applications for TRiO SSS 2014 - 2015 are now open!

You can download the application by clicking here.

SSS staff will review the applications in late July/early August, and contact students in mid-August.

You can submit your application via email, fax (831-582-5181), or in-person at the SSS office. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

WEDNESDAY - February 6, 2014

Help us celebrate TRiO Day 2014!

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February 21 is national TRiO day, a day to highlight the achievements and impact of TRiO programs and students. CSUMB Student Support Services will be recognizing this day by carrying out a clothing drive from Feb. 5-19. SSS will collect gently used clothing at multiple locations on campus (see above flyer for locations), and on Feb. 22 will donate all items to the Clothes Closet in Salinas, which provides services to the homeless. Look for our donation boxes around campus, or call us at 582-4451 for more information. Help us give back to the community in honor of these great programs!

FRIDAY - December 20, 2013

Happy holidays from TRiO SSS!

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FRIDAY - December 13, 2013

On Friday, December 6, TRiO SSS staff and 20 students traveled to San Juan Bautista to attend a performance of “La Pastorela” by El Teatro Campesino. Participants enjoyed a meal at Jardines de San Juan before taking in the amazing bilingual performance in the old Mission. With colorful costumes, talented actors, live music, and action that took place all around the Mission church, the show was an entertaining spectacle. We also learned some history of San Juan Bautista and the California missions, and had a great time together before heading in to finals and the holidays!

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WEDNESDAY - October 30, 2013

Check out our Fall 2013 newsletter! The newsletter includes info about our events and peer mentors, words of advice from an alum on how to survive your senior year, thoughts about how to maintain your identity throughout your higher education, and more.

MONDAY - February 4, 2013

February is a Month of Service for TRiO Programs

This month, TRiO Programs across the nation are preparing to celebrate National TRiO Day. TRiO Day is a National Day of Service in which TRiO Programs participate in community service in order to give back to the community that supports these programs. According to the 1986 Congressional Resolution, National TRiO Day has as its purpose to focus the nation's "attention on the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives, to the necessary investment if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made".

It is for this reason that TRiO Student Support Services has decided to run a toiletry drive. Throughout the month of February, we will be collecting items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair care products, showering items, hygiene products, tissues and toilet paper to donate to a great organization: Dorothy's Place. Dorothy's Place is a non-profit organization that runs various programs such as Dorothy's Kitchen, St. Clare's Corner, Youth Alive!, Women Alive!, and others. These programs provide services to disadvantaged men, women, and children where they can get meals, clothing, health services, items like toiletries and household goods, and shelter.

If you would like to help TRiO Student Support Services in our efforts, you can donate items at the following locations from February 8th to February 22nd:

  • Alumni & Visitor's Center (AVC)
  • Student Center
  • Student Services Building (47)
  • Health Center
  • Peet's Coffee (Library)
  • DIning Commons

We will be donating all collected items to Dorothy's Place on Saturday, February 23rd, which is the official National TRiO Day. If you are interested in volunteering with us on this day, please contact Chloe English at (831)582-4451 or cenglish@csumb.edu.

For more information about the way CSUMB TRiO Programs are celebrating National TRiO Day, check out this article on the CSUMB Website: Students Celebrate TRiO Day with Service Projects.

WEDNESDAY - December 19, 2012

An Evening of Enchantment at the Nutcracker Ballet

On Friday, December 14, students of the SSS program were able to have an evening of experience in local Carmel, CA. The night began with a nice dinner at Lalla Grill located at the Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the semester and bring in the Holiday joy.

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From there, students were taken to see a performance of the Nutcracker at the Sunset Center in Carmel. This well-known ballet is based on the story "The Nutcracker and the King of Mice" written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the plot remains the same: it is the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and his fierce battle against a mouse king with seven heads. When Marius Petipa had the idea to choreograph the story into a ballet, it was based on a revision by Alexander Dumas, a well-known French author. His version reflects more of what we have come to love as the Nutcracker Ballet.

This was a memorable event for students, some of which were attending a ballet for their first time.

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FRIDAY - October 19, 2012

Happy and Healthy at Earthbound Farm

We just spent the day at the Earthbound Farm Stand in Carmel Valley, CA. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were able to spend it surrounded by nature. Our tour was led by Special Events Manager Janna Jo Williams who taught us all about the history of Earthbound Farms, the process of organic farming, why eating organic is important, and so much more.

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Executive Chef Sarah LaCasse provided a cooking demonstration and a delicious and healthy lunch for us all to enjoy. It was an enlightening experience, both mentally and physically, as many of us noted how much better we felt after eating the organic lunch Earthbound Farms provided than we would have after eating an unhealthy alternative.

From the interesting history behind Earthbound Farm and the gracious hosts who made our day so special, to the perfectly sweet raspberries we picked and fragrant herbs we smelled and tasted, the day was one to remember. Thank you Janna Jo and Sarah and the rest of Earthbound Farm for an informational, educational, and most importantly, fun experience!

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TUESDAY - September 4, 2012

Welcome and Welcome Back!

This past week was a whirlwind of events and it was great to see our students and meet some new faces! For those of you who have just become a part of Student Support Services, welcome to the family!

We had our "Welcome Back" event for SSS Students on August 29th on the Main Quad. The Chef was grilling up burgers and hot dogs and we had the chance to reunite with the students after a summer away from school. Luckily - the weather was perfect for the occasion!

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