Medaille TRiO Alum Receives National Recognition

Stephanie Calhoun

By Tricia Jetty '13

Medaille’s tight-knit community is always overjoyed to hear about the accomplishments and successes of one of its own. One of these treasured and remarkable community members is Stephanie Calhoun, Esq. ’03, a former Medaille TRiO student and criminal justice major.

Upon completing her bachelor’s degree at Medaille College, Calhoun went on to pursue a law degree, graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2008 with the knowledge and confidence to embark on the career of her dreams. She quickly flourished professionally and now serves as an assistant attorney general at the New York Office of the Attorney General in Buffalo.

Calhoun recently had a chance to reflect back on her time as a Medaille TRiO student, as she was recognized as one of the seven 2014 TRiO Achievers Award recipients at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 33rd Annual Conference Gala in Washington, D.C. this past September. These national-level awards were created as a tribute to the outstanding accomplishments of both the TRiO students and the individual programs that supported them in their journey to success.

TRiO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program, and Medaille’s chapter prides itself on offering guidance and tools for long-term success, such as academic counseling, personal advisement, development programs and workshops, individual graduation plans, career guidance, and even culture support. TRiO is often able to provide its students with resources and opportunities they would otherwise be without.

As a first-generation college student, Calhoun utilized nearly every TRiO resource available to her. With a genuine gratitude for her undergraduate experience, she affirmed that “there were many reasons that I should have failed, but TRiO made sure that those obstacles did not get in the way of my dream.”

Mary Ellen Mulvey, Director of TRIO Support Services at Medaille, stated the following in regards to Calhoun’s award: “It was truly a great honor for Stephanie Calhoun to be recognized as a National TRiO Achiever! The Council for Opportunity in Education’s National TRiO Achiever Awards are presented to the graduates of TRiO programs who have overcome great obstacles to reach prominent positions in their respective fields. This prestigious award reflects Stephanie’s hard work and dedication, as well as the longstanding value and commitment of Medaille’s TRiO Student Support Services Program.”

This proud moment for Mulvey and Calhoun is representative of the entire Medaille community. It is certain that the TRiO Student Support Services Program epitomizes the College’s commitment to a nurturing and supportive environment—an environment that caters to each individual student’s unique needs, helping them to overcome any obstacle on their road to successfully realizing their dreams.

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