James receives Quinn Award for going ‘above and beyond’

James receives Quinn Award for going 'above and beyond' Billie James, student support services assistant director, was recently named the 2000 Art Quinn Memorial Award recipient at the 24th annual Association of Special Programs in Region Eight (ASPIRE) Conference held in Billings, MT in October.

The award is named in honor of Art Quinn, long-time director of Upward Bound at Black Hills State University. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies the qualities of "caring and going above and beyond the call of duty" in service to students.

"I'm very honored to receive the award and I have enjoyed working with students helping them to be more confident in their studies," James said.

James, nominated by Chuck Swick, TRIO director, was recognized for her selfless work with students in the Student Support Services program at USD.

In nominating James, Swick noted that James is very deserving of this honor and that "Billie truly does go above and beyond the call of duty as assistant director and counselor when working with students. I have seen her take students into her home, shovel snow from a student's sidewalk and lend them a car while theirs was being repaired."

Student Support Services is a grant-funded program that is supported by the U.S. Department of Education. The primary purpose is to improve the retention and graduation rates of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program provides help in areas such as tutoring, counseling, advising, finding internships and career assessments.

ASPIRE is a professional association of TRIO personnel who work in the states of North Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Colorado and South Dakota.

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