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University of Saint Francis announces new employees for TRiO student support services

December 23, 2010, FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Three new employees have joined the University of Saint Francis (USF) TRiO Student Support Services program.

The new positions are made possible with $1.2 million in TRiO funding the university received in September, complemented by $1.5 million in Title III funding in December for a total of $2.7 million in federal grants this year. The jobs are part of five new positions funded by the TRiO grant. USF was the only Indiana college or university to receive the Title III funding.

The TRiO Program is a group of federally-funded college opportunity programs designed to provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially low-income, first-generation or disabled college students, with the goal of improving these students’ retention and graduation rates. Federal Title III program funds also assist institutions of higher education by enhancing their means to serve low-income students.

New employees Josiah Brown, Sister Julie-Marie Oxley and Marsha Perri will drive the programs to support these students. “We’re looking forward to working together and providing the best services possible to our students,” said Tellis S. Young, the university’s TRiO Student Support Services program director, in welcoming the new employees.

Brown, who will serve as a TRiO instructor/counselor, has been a USF admissions counselor for the last four years, primarily recruiting in Indianapolis and northwest Indiana. Sister Julie, also a TRiO instructor/counselor, has worked in USF enrollment services-admissions and student academic support services areas for the last eight years. Perri will serve as TRiO secretary, and brings more than 15 years’ experience as an administrative assistant to the job.