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Each semester there are a few students chosen to represent the TRIO TRIUMPHANTS. This semester we would like to acknowledge:

Student in gown

Joretta Harrell-Hyatt

Major: Psychological Sciences Minor: Urban Agriculture
Been part of the TRIO family for 3 Years
Favorite Class: Multicultural Psychology
Dream Career: I’d love to combine my love of urban agriculture with Psychological Sciences. The two fields are very therapeutic, and I’d love to continue a career where it can benefit a community where nutrition and therapy are implemented. Denver Mental Health Center, Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being has an awesome practice that I’d love to check out. I’m interested in following up with either this program or a similar cite as a career goal.

Student in cap and gown

Daniel Peralta 

Major: International Business with a concentration in Economics How long have you been in TRIO? 6 years What is your favorite class? Economic History of the U.S. What is your dream career? To work for Google and try to learn as much as possible from it to start my own business in the near future.

We are recognizing Daniel for all the hard work he has put in to complete his degree. He has worked two jobs for much of the last two years and still managed to stay on top of his studies. During this time, Daniel has also been a great addition to our TRIO student staff. He is currently working towards finding an internship, so that he can be work ready once he graduates at the end of this semester. We are so excited to see what he will be off to!


Vanessa Atencio

Major: Psychology with a minor in Social Work. How long have you been in TRIO? 4 years, 2 at FRCC and 2 at MSU, and I didn’t even know it was an extension of TRIO till about 3 years ago but I was also a part of Talent Search in High School. What is your favorite class? My favorite class this semester has been my Privilege, Oppression, and Power Class. It has allowed me to face conversation and thoughts I don’t always want to and to recognize triggers and to move through them as to why they are triggers still doing a lot of work in this class but it’s much needed and honestly feel it should be apart of all degrees.  What is your dream career? My dream Career is to work for TRIO I want to be an advisor and one day direct the program (or build one). I want to do give back and help students navigate this system that is impossible if you don’t have at least one person in your corner the way I did. If it wasn’t for TRIO and the people I have in my Corner (ERIC & JOE(past advisor)) I wouldn’t still be pushing or having that person continuously reminding me I belong. I want to be that person for another student. Getting to watch the changes that happen with a student not just academically but mentally, emotionally, professionally, just the overall change that happens, I can’t wait to be a part of. I’m also very aware of my privilege as a white passing Latina and trust me I’m going to use that privilege to bring up my people and all POC! And when I’m no longer cool enough to work in higher Education because let’s be honest there's a time for everyone to leave at some point or another in the career, I want to work for hospice patients and their families which is why my undergrad degree was broad and my graduate degree has an emphasis on counseling but adds to Higher Education and Student Affairs.

We are so excited to recognize Vanessa for all the hard work she had done and for being so involved on campus. It has been an honor to watch her grow and we are so proud of all that she has accomplished!

Josue Barrancas

Major: Restaurant Management with a minor in Water Studies. How long have you been in TRIO? 3 years. What is your favorite class? Microeconomics because I didn't learn about budgeting or anything to do with personal finances in high school and I think most people need this knowledge to navigate adult life. What is your dream career? My dream career would be a food blogger. It would be nice to get paid to travel and critique food. I'll keep on dreaming though!

We are recognizing Josue for not only for excelling academically, but also for being a great role model for other students. He is always eager to lend a hand to any students needing tutoring or to lend an ear to anyone who needs a friend. He is very passionate about his interests and we are so excited to see him continue to grow after graduation!

UPDATES for TRIO SSS participants (as of March 16, 2020):

All tutoring will now be through Microsoft Teams. You can access Teams when you sign into your MSU Denver email, just click on the on the apps menu on the left-hand side of the screen. You can also download the Teams App and use it on your phone.

All TRIO advising and peer mentor tutor appointments will now be done over the phone or through Teams.

You can complete your elective requirement through our online workshops on Blackboard. Your financial literacy requirement can be completed through CashCourse. We will update you on how to complete your in-person requirement and your Career Services requirement once we get more information on what campus life will be like in the coming weeks. We will make sure to allow plenty of time and flexibility for requirement completion so that you can receive the TRIO Scholarship for the fall 2020 semester.

In-person workshops have been canceled for the month of March. We will send updates on what in-person workshops will be once we have more information about what campus life will be like in the coming weeks.

 Workshops - You must sign into all workshops on the TRIO sign in sheet/iPad

Workshop Calendar March 2020-all in person workshops cancelled for March 2010


  How many requirements have you completed?

You can start fulfilling your requirements the first day of classes. 

 7 requirements are to be completed each semester

ITS Support Availability
Due to building closures and an emphasis on maintaining sound social distancing practices, ITS is temporarily suspending
walk-in services at both campus locations. All clients requiring assistance should contact the ITS Helpdesk at 303-352-7548
or submit a request via The Helpdesk phone line is available 24x7, and the support portal
linked above is accessible via VPN. In cases where in person support is required, technicians will coordinate with the impacted client on an as-needed basis.

Password Management
In an effort to minimize disruptions to remote workers, ITS has temporarily paused password expiration for all account holders. All clients should maintain sound password habits, including use of complex passwords,
not sharing credentials, and leveraging multi-factor authentication.
Campus Computer Lab Closure
With most buildings closed and shared computing resources being a risk to spread infection, we will unfortunately be
closing all campus computer labs for the duration of the health crisis. We are actively working to provide mechanisms for
off-campus access to key academic software titles; if you have any questions on this topic please contact the ITS Helpdesk
via the above information.

Use of Personal Devices
To clarify any confusion regarding the use of personal devices, we recognize that some clients will choose to use personal
tablets or computers to perform work tasks, including accessing email, accessing Blackboard Learn, or basic word
processing/document editing. However, Personally Identifiable Information, FERPA-protected information, or critical
business data should not be stored in personal devices; personal devices cannot be granted VPN access.

  1. The Health Center at Auraria remains open Monday-Thursday from 8m.-5 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Fridays. Please call 303-615-9999 for a medical consultation or to schedule an appointment at the center in Plaza 150. Consultations regarding COVID-19 are free of charge. The Health Center also provides an array of clinical services, including mental-health support. 
  2. Technology Needs for Class: If you don’t have a personal device other than a cell phone and/or yourcell phone is inadequate for your class requirements, visit edu/technology/hardware or call 303-352-7548 to request a device. You may be eligible for the Student Emergency Retention Fund to purchase a computer or secure a loaner from the University. 
  3. The Student Emergency Fund can offer relief for students in dire circumstances so that they can quickly get financial support to pay essential bills and/or obtain necessary supplies. This fund may be of particular value to students who have lost their jobs or work hours due to COVID-19 layoffs. Apply using the link above or call the Student Care Center at 303-615-0006 to speak with a case manager about the process.  
  4. The Student Care Center staff is adept at supporting students through some of life’s most challenging circumstances, including housing insecurity, physical- and mental-health stressors, unemployment and other unmet needs. The center can advise on academic and University options available to students as well. Let them know how they can help you or a classmate by emailing, calling 303-615-0006 or filing a CARE referral. With the Roadrunner Food Pantry currently closed, please contact the MSU Denver Student Care Center if you’re facing food insecurity. In addition to connecting you with community resources such as those offered through Hunger Free Colorado and 2-1-1, the center can offer financial support for purchasing groceries and/or determine your eligibility for a no-cost meal-delivery service. The Care Center will also continue to bring Mobile Food Pantries to campus, including one tomorrow from 9-11 a.m. (or while supplies last) that will be distributing pre-made boxes of supplies from the Auraria Campus Walnut Lot. All MSU Denver students in need are eligible to pick up food, and you can drive or walk up, as social distancing measures will be in place. Check the Roadrunner Food Pantry website for additional resources. 
  5. Counseling Center: During this period of social isolation, we realize the importance of human connection and attending to our mental health more than ever. Mental-health support (therapy) is available virtually to students through the University’s Counseling Center. To connect with a therapist please call 303-615-9902and leave a message with your name, telephone number and 900#. For urgent after-hours and weekend needs, call the University’s mental-health crisis line at 303-615-9911 to speak with a trained p 
  6. The Classroom to Career (C2) Hubis available to support your job search needs. We are working to incorporate new job postings into the Career Link Career Lab is also going virtual as of Monday, March 23! The lab will be open on reduced hours next week (1-3 p.m. Monday, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. Thursday), but more information on extended hours will be available March 30. To schedule a virtual appointment, email
  7. Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA)is prepared to assist you virtually, including programming for First-Gen Initiatives, Immigrant Services and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center. Please email or visit the CESA website for more information. 
  8. The Phoenix Center at Auraria is offering a full range of services while campus operates Schedule an appointment for Zoom or telephone, contact an advocate, or visit their social media for info on Sexual Assault Awareness Month or other activities. The helpline is open 24/7 at 303-556-2255. 
  9. Collegiate Recovery Community continues to offer peer-to-peer connection, resources, activities and sober fun for anyone who needs assistance. Meetings are Monday/Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Zoom. Monday’s meeting ID is 603 672 201 and Thursday’s meeting ID is 245 022 889. The password for both sessions is ARC. For immediate support, contact the Auraria after-hours crisis line at 303-615-9911 or text TALK to 38255. For more information, email 


TRIO SSS FAQs ((Frequently Asked questions)

What should I know when I’m late to meet my advisor?
- If you are 15 minutes late to your advising appointment, the advisor reserves
the right to cancel the appointment.
- If you feel that you might be late
Email your advisor or call the front desk at 303-615-0022

What could happen if I miss my appointments frequently?
- If you miss 3 or more meetings with your TRIO advisor without previous
notification, you will no longer be able to schedule appointments.
You will only be able to be seen on a walk-in basis. Appeals may be
made in person with the TRIO SSS Director.





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