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1. Join the Workshop of the Week Club!

2. Scholarships and You: Financing Education

3. Teresa: Lost in Pasadena

4. Steve: Groundbreaking Developments

5. Julie: Checkerboard Dreams

6. WPA Prep: Our Most Popular Workshop

7. Newsletter Archive





Join the Workshop of the Week Club!      

We have twenty-two flavors -- and counting -- to offer you. Whether one craves commas, salivates for scholarships, or reels for resumes, the weekly workshop experience is bound to satisfy any taste.

Ice cream flavors and  mix in candies 

The best part is that these weekly flavors are here to be enjoyed at your convenience.


You pick the day. You pick the time. You pick the TRiO tutor. We’ll suggest a weekly theme designed around the types of school projects occurring at that time of the semester. Then, you can choose to partake of our weekly “flavor,” or you can select from the many other fine offerings on our workshop menu.

You can see a full listing of our workshop offerings and their descriptions by clicking on this Workshop link or the link in the left menu panel.

A workshop a week, that’s all we ask.



Scholarships and You: Financing Education

Scholarships can help finance a college education. Students are always looking for money to help pay for books, fees, and school supplies. Yet, they often neglect to consider scholarships as part of their ovearall financial package; a common assumption exists that scholarships are only merit based. While it is true that some scholarships are based on a high grade point average, many are not. Quite a few scholarships are based on more diverse factors, including area of study, financial need, community service, and study abroad.

hand holding a bag of cashHere at SDSU, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships offers hundreds of scholarships. Funding for scholarships comes from private donors, professional associations, SDSU alumni, and various community groups.  To learn more about scholarship criteria and how to search and apply for them, please visit the scholarship web page at

Through the TRiO Project, Teresa can teach you how to navigate the scholarship web site and talk to you about the application process. Most scholarship applications require a personal statement and the TRiO staff can guide you in writing a clear, concise statement. If you would like help in exploring scholarships, please contact Teresa at or 619-594-4401.



How the TRiO Staff Spent Winter Break

Teresa: After the gifts were opened and the holiday meals were over, my husband and I took an unexpectedly pleasant mini vacation to the Crown City. This city, otherwise known as Pasadena, is located about 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is a foothill community on the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Our hotel was in the historic section known as Old Pasadena. This part of town was built during the latter part of the nineteenth century and was very prosperous at the turn of the twentieth century. Most of the buildings were brick with ornate designs over the doors and windows. Old Pasadena is a lot like San Diego's Gaslamp district, with lots of upscale shops, boutiques, and restaurants.

The courtyard in Pasadena's city hallWhile in Pasadena, we went to the Norton Simon Museum of Art where we looked at pieces from the Renaissance and Impressionist eras. Another museum we visited was the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which focuses on art and architecture from California. They had a special exhibit of California landscapes from the covers of the Automobile Club's Westway Magazine. Finally, we toured a neighborhood full of mansion-sized craftsman bungalows designed by the architects Greene and Greene from the early 1900s.

We spent an eco-friendly day in downtown Los Angeles riding the light rail Gold Line to Union Station. Once at Union Station, we did a walking tour of central Los Angeles. We started our journey at Olvera Street and worked our way to the Bonaventure Hotel. We stopped at the Bradbury building to admire its architecture, ate pupusas (a thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheese and other fillings) at the Grand Central Market, watched ice skaters in Pershing Square, and walked around the Central Library which was built in 1926 in a Beaux-Art style.

Giant fabricated roses for the Rose Bowl paradeWhile in Pasadena, we had a couple of remarkable culinary adventures. First, our friend took us to Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, a restaurant that specializes in the odd combination of fried chicken with waffles. We learned that the proper way to eat this meal is by putting hot sauce on the chicken and syrup on the waffles. It tasted better than it sounds. On the flipside, we also ate modern Latin American cuisine at "Border Grill," which is on Figueroa Street across from the Bonaventure. This urban cantina is run by renowned chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, who have been featured on Food Network's "Too Hot Tamales."


Finally, we watched volunteers decorate floats for the Tournament of Roses Parade. We saw them glue on leaves, seeds, and other natural products to a handful of floats. We learned that coconut flakes are used to produce the color white, crushed walnut shells for light brown, and lentil seeds for orange.

All in all, it was a fun and relaxing vacation.




Steve: After more than a year of planning and navigating through the labyrinth known as the City of San Diego Development Services, this winter break we finally started construction of a new kitchen.  My house was built in 1924 and was originally configured as a Backside of a craftsman house during constructionduplex, which means that our existing kitchen was the size of your average bathroom—perhaps smaller. 

In order to get more square footage, our only option was to add an addition.  The planning process was fun; however, dealing with the bureaucratic whims of the city was not.  It took almost a year to get a permit.  When they demolished our back porch last month, it seemed like a dream: was this really happening?  Now a good portion of framing is done, and I can see that this is actually going to be a kitchen someday soon.  If we run out of money, I figure we will at least have a big room for a toaster oven.




Julie: What’s one part film noir, one part Alice in Wonderland, and two parts Home Depot?Alice in Wonderland standing on a checkerboard pattern   The checkerboard pattern on my kitchen floor, that’s what.

I’ve never been the type to get excited about housework. Until recently, you were far more likely to find me on a day off navigating the weighty decision of an espresso order at a local café than browsing grout colors at Home Depot. This winter break, though, a burst of uncharacteristic inspiration had us tearing out cabinets and laying porcelain tile toward the ultimate goal of creating our dream kitchen.

Bogie and Bacall in Dark Passage

We designed our remodel around my lifelong love of the black and white checkerboard pattern. Black and white floors are a defining element of the post-war Art Deco style, popularized by such film noir classics as Dark Passage (which takes place in my hometown). The chessboard, of course, has existed for centuries, but I first became fascinated by this pattern while reading Lewis Carroll's chess inspired classic Alice Through the Looking Glass. Now, after weeks of pounding, scraping, mixing, and laying, we almost have our dream kitchen! If only someone knew what to do about those exposed pipes . . .






WPA Prep: Our Most Popular Workshop   Picture of a rowdy crowd at a rock concert

he WPA prep workshop is our most well attended for good reason.  We give you the inside scoop on what to expect, including the test prompt and how the test is graded.   Maximize your score  by learning tips for organization, analysis, and development.  This step-by-step workshop  is especially beneficial to transfer students who are usually unfamiliar with the writing curriculum here at SDSU.  Not sure of the difference between ethos, pathos, and logos?  Not sure what rhetoric even means?  This workshop is for you!  Sign up soon;  these workshops fill up fast. 


The spring 2011 workshops are offered on the Thursday and Friday prior to each Saturday test date. (Please note that it's not necessary to attend the workshop on both days.)


            February 3rd & 4th : 12-2pm                      

            February 24th & 25th : 12-2pm

            March 24th & 25th: 12-2pm

            April 7th & 8th: 12-2pm




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