The Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month award recognizes outstanding students who are members of the organization. Each month, a participating student is selected for the award based upon her or his work in Project Strive/TRiO and other activities on campus or in the community. Award winners will receive a plaque from Project Strive and have their photo placed in the “Project Strive/TRiO 2016-17 Student of the Month” Achievement Recognition board. The board, located in the Strive Learning Center, is themed "The race goes not always to the swift but to those who keep running. You have powers you never dreamed of. You are capable of doing things you never thought possible. There are not limitations on what you can do."
Barbara Pieper of Mitchell, Nebraska, has been named the September Student of the Month for Project Strive/TRiO.
Pieper, an education major with a focus in middle school math and science, is also a math tutor in the Learning Center in the King Library. She said her favorite Chadron State College class so far has been human biology with Dr. Wendy Jamison. Pieper said it was this class that gave her the inspiration to focus on math and science.
“Dr. Jamison’s biology class was my favorite, because it really opened my eyes to the world of science. We also did so many activities that I can eventually apply to my own classroom,” Pieper said. Pieper knew she wanted to become a teacher at a young age, but she just needed direction about how to accomplish it. “My great aunt attended Chadron State so I knew of the place. My great uncle also explained the great education programs CSC offered. So, at that young age I decided I would attend CSC and become a teacher,” Pieper said.
Pieper is also active outsideof her education courses. She is part of the Newman Club, Newman Bible Study, Residence Life Association, Revive and Night of Country Swing. In her free time, she enjoys farming, gardening, reading and crafting. Amanda Lewin, retention specialist at Project Strive/TRiO, works closely with Pieper and said she is not only an asset to Project Strive, but to CSC. “We really enjoy having Barbara in our program. She is a bright young woman who is very motivated. She participated in many events last year, including several of our crafting activities. We chose her for Student of the Month because she is active in our program and a leader on CSC’s campus,” Lewin said.
Pieper’s day-to-day schedule is busy and orderly, but even so, she finds time to let loose. “Honestly, the stress-relieving activities we do at Project Strive are my favorite. Whether it is coloring or just blowing bubbles, it is nice take a step back and do something mindless to relax,” Pieper said.
Kevin Coy of Davenport, Florida, has been named the October Student of the Month for Project Strive/TRIO.
Coy, a health and physical education major, took an interest in physical education while working at a Boys and Girls Club in Lake Wales near his hometown in Central Florida.
“I was attracted to physical education and health when I helped out at the Boys and Girls Club in Lake Wales. We taught them all kinds of sports and it was a great learning experience,” Coy said. Coy was initially drawn to Chadron State to play football and further his education. He has found great comfort in Project Strive/TRiO and specifically the staff, who are never afraid to lend a helping hand.
“Project Strive is great because they are always open. The staff doesn’t just treat you like a student and only worry about school. They worry about your academics, and your personal life,” Coy said. Jennifer Schaer, director of TRiO, works with Kevin regularly. She says no matter what the day brings, Coy is always optimistic. “Kevin is an excellent student and when he comes into the Strive offices he is always smiling. He will come in and share the good days and also the bad days. On the bad days, when he leaves, he leaves with a smile,” Schaer said.
Of the classes Coy has taken so far, he said Donna Ritzen’s Teaching Individual and dual sports as being his favorite. “In that class she taught us the importance of properly explaining and teaching games. The class itself was hands-on and fun, but I also learned a lot of skills that I can use in the real-world,” Coy said.
Last year Coy a football injury, but has recovered to be one of the main tailbacks for the Chadron State football team this season. Schaer says Coy’s knack for pushing himself is evident in the classroom too. “He did not let is injury get him down and he used this experience to come back to be stronger and more determined. Kevin has aspirations to be a PE teacher and coach and he pushes himself in the classroom to learn, grow and discover new ideas and techniques that will help him in his future career,” Schaer said.
While Kevin stays busy on the football field and in the classroom, he still has time for another one his passions: part-time barber. “I cut all kinds of hair, but mainly mo-hawks and fades or anything done with clippers. I don’t do scissors. ‘Come and get you a quality Coy cut,’ that’s my saying,” Coy said.
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