TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)

What is Student Support Services (SSS)?

Student Support Services (SSS) a federally funded program that provides services to students from the first-generation and limited income backgrounds as well as students with disabilities. The program offers several services that inspire, challenge and empower students to persist and graduate from Murray State University. All services by SSS are FREE to qualified students.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Murray State University Student Support Services is to use a holistic approach to creating an inclusive environment that provides quality academic, career and personal support services. Our hope is to strengthen our student's self-efficacy, resilience and sense of belonging during their campus journey towards graduation.

Our Motto

Start here, go anywhere.

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MeLissa Cooper is currently the Director for Student Support Services at Murray State University. She previously held positions on the MSU campus in Sponsored Programs, University Libraries, and Mathematics & Statistics. MeLissa recieved her Bachelor of Integrated Studies and master's degree in Human Development & Leadership at Murray State University. She has been at Murray State University since April of 2002.


Mary Jo Wallace currently serves as Advising Specialist for Student Support Services at Murray State University. She has previously held positions in the Services for Students with Learning Disabilities program, Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search at Murray State. Ms. Wallace graduated from Murray State with an undergraduate degree in English Education in 1987. In 1991, she earned her graduate degree in Organizational Communication. She has worked at Murray State University since 1991.


Sally Sroda is currently the Administrative Assistant for Student Support Services. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Alfred University. She has been at Murray State University since the spring semester of 2010.


Eve Kotter is currently enrolled in the Postsecondary Education Administration program at Murray State University. She will complete the master's program in May 2017. In 2015, Eve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies. She currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Tutoring Coordinator in TRiO Student Support Services at MSU. Eve is teaching GUI120 as well as a Student Success Seminar through the Center for Academic Success.


Selection for participation in  the Murray State University Student Support Services (SSS) program is based on students meeting at least one of the following federal requirements:

  • First-generation college student
  • Meet federal low-income guidelines
  • Have a documented disability

Students should also:

  • have an academic need
  • be either a freshman, sophomore or transfer student


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