Famous TRiO Achievers
President, Little Big Horn College
Alumnus, Student Support Services,
Montana State University–Bozeman
I attended Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, MT from 1989 to 1994,
as an undergraduate student in Business Management. I had some previous college
experience but as a new student at MSU, I was not prepared for the large campus,
the large classes, and the increased demands academically. The unexpected
changes were overwhelming.
I struggled adjusting to the increased demands and responsibilities of campus
life, including Financial Aid, selecting courses, budgeting, requesting tutors.
During my second quarter I heard about the Advance By Choice (Student Support
Services) Program for first generation/low income students. Without their
services, advice, and encouragement I’d have had a much tougher time with
college and might not have completed my degrees.
“Without their [SSS] services, advice, and encouragement I’d have had a
much tougher time with college and might not have completed my degrees.”
I returned to the community I grew up in and became employed at Little Big Horn
College, the tribal college I once attended. I now serve as President of Little
Big Horn College. Many of my successes are linked to my experiences with the
TRIO Programs. I have been fortunate: selected to serve as the Board Chair for
the American Indian College Fund; serving as an Executive Officer at-Large for
the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; and appointed by the Governor
of Montana to be on an Advisory Committee for the Montana Correctional
Of course, we have a Student Support Services Program at Little Big Horn
College. As president, I am committed to ensuring that the program is fully
supported with space, equipment, and other resources needed to assist our
students. I thank the MSU Advance By Choice for all the years of support. And I
commend all the other TRIO Programs across the nation for a job well done. Ahoo!