Student Leadership Summit: TRIO Provides Development Opportunities

Thursday, January 15 2009

Jan. 15, 2009 Written by Cheryl Dudley MOSCOW, Idaho – Leadership skills often develop in parallel with a student’s success. Developing these skills is vital to intellectual growth and often hinge on a student’s experience and training, which in turn creates self-confidence, good communication, and empowerment to succeed. To help high school students in their quest to become leaders, the TRIO program in the University of Idaho's College of Education will host a Student Leadership Summit Jan. 30-31 at in Student Union Building Ballroom, 709 Deakin Ave. in Moscow. The event is open to high school participants of all TRIO programs in Idaho. Approximately 100 students will attend. The event includes a Challenge Project, facilitated in collaboration with the College of Business and the College of Engineering. Students will identify a problem, research and brainstorm possible solutions, then draw upon mathematics and science to develop and evaluate a prototype that will solve the problem. The final result will be an assistive technology device designed for a person with severe disabilities. Student teams will present their final designs and discuss the societal impact and tradeoffs for their solutions. Teams will be judged by faculty and students from the College of Education and the College of Business and Economics. Awards will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. Following the award ceremony, students will participate in a service-learning project with the Suicide Prevention Action Network. They will learn suicide prevention advocacy, and then take part in a prevention advocacy walk across campus. Idaho is second in the nation for teen suicide, prompting the importance of educating teens on the signs of suicide as well as how to advocate for those in trouble. To learn more about the Student Leadership Summit, contact Ali Schmier, project specialist, (208) 885-0185, TRIO consists of five educational assistance programs funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. In the mid 1960's, in support of President Lyndon Johnson's “War on Poverty,” Congress established a series of educational support programs to help low income and first generation Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. The University of Idaho has a long tradition of serving students through TRIO programs. # # # About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Media Contact: Cheryl Dudley, College of Education, (208) 885-0119,

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit