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Students build teamwork, learn about grant aid
5 November 2004
by Leona Whitehat, Student Support Services

      Over 60 students attended the Fall Semester Grant Aid informational meeting sponsored by Student Support Services (SSS) September 21. The Grant Aid program is geared towards assisting students who meet the criteria. The initial meeting was held in the lower level of the Jack Barden Center where the program was explained.

      After receiving information, students participated in a group activity aimed at team building. The exercise challenged the students to build a table tall enough so a brief case could fit underneath and be sturdy enough to hold the brief case on top.

Students building teamwork
Building teamwork as they build their "newspaper table," at the grant aid program, from left Alden Spotted Tail (Rosebud), Kristina Dionne (Turtle Mountain), Tonya Savior (Fort Peck), and Michele LaRoche (Lower Brule). UTN photo Royce Irwin.

      The real challenge, however, was to use only newspaper and tape.

      All of the eight teams were able to meet the challenge. Last year, only one of the teams completed it. As a reward, each student received a $5 gift certificate to the Wopila Coffee Shop.

      After this first informational meeting, students are expected to attend several more, which focus on financial aid, student health, time management, study skills, and computer skills. The purpose is to assist students, financially, academically, and socially in their transition to becoming a successful college student. To qualify for the program, students must be in good academic standing along with meeting other additional criteria.

      The SSS program would like to also thank those who assisted in making the program successful.


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