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Alumnus, administrator to receive TRiO awards for achievements

Posted on Apr 10, 2012
The TRiO programs are honoring two people from UW-Superior.
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Alumnus, administrator to receive TRiO awards for achievements

A University of Wisconsin-Superior graduate who's working to preserve the Ojibwe language and a UW-Superior administrator who's served as a program advocate will be honored with TRiO awards from the federal education support programs.

Michael Sullivan of Hayward, Wis., will receive a TRiO Achiever Award in recognition of his success in using the McNair Scholars Program as a stepping stone to post-graduate study. He currently is pursuing a doctorate degree in linguistics at the University of Minnesota.

Interim Provost Faith Hensrud will receive a TRiO Champion Award to honor her work in keeping the TriO programs fully funded at UW-Superior.

Both awards will be presented April 17 in Duluth during a meeting of approximately 210 TRiO educators from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Nationally, TRIO includes eight federal outreach and support programs that help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to graduate programs. At UW-Superior, these programs include the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and Upward Bound.

Sullivan is a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe who majored in sociology at UW-Superior. He participated in the McNair Scholars Program, which helped him prepare to meet the requirements for graduate school. His preparation included a research project titled "Giga-wanishinimin ina?  Will We Be Lost? The Status of the Ojibwe Language at Lac Courte Oreilles."

After graduating in 2009, Sullivan was accepted into the doctoral program in linguistics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He continues to build on his McNair research project about the revitalization of the Ojibwe language. He also is among those working with the University of Minnesota's Department of American Indian Studies to create the Ojibwe People's Dictionary, a searchable, talking online Ojibwe-English dictionary.

Sullivan already has started giving back to the Lac Courte Oreilles community by providing useful Ojibwe language tools such as websites, books, and recordings of elders' stories. Between his education and his own cultural and language knowledge, he will be able to teach younger generations in the community how to speak the Ojibwe language so it does not become extinct. 

Sullivan was chosen to receive the award from among nominees from Wisconsin based on his perseverance to obtain a degree, determination to overcome obstacles, community involvement, educational  attainment level and the impact TRIO programs have had on his life.

Hensrud was honored for her willingness to work with the TRiO staff to develop solutions to financial challenges that enabled the university to continue offering its current slate of programs.

Hensrud currently serves as UW-Superior's interim provost, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of faculties. She previously has served as the university's associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and outreach and as director for its Center for Continuing Education/Extension and Distance Learning Center.

News Contact: Al Miller | 715-394-8260 | amiller{atuws}
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