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.
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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 received 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, and has a projected completion date of May 2017. In 2015,
Eve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Leadership Studies with a minor
in management. She currently works as the Interim Resource Specialist with TRiO Student
Support Services at MSU.
Amanda Gullett is currently enrolled in the Speech-Language Pathology Master's program
at Murray State University and will graduate in June 2018. In 2016, Amanda earned
a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. She currently works as a
Graduate Teaching Assistant and Tutoring Coordinator in TRiO Student Support Services
at Murray State University.
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