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October 23, 2017

IPFW Holds TRIO Book Launch: Every Student Has a Story

FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) TRIO Program students are holding a book launch on Tuesday, October 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Walb Student Union Classic Ballroom.

The book, Every Student Has a Story: Volume II, offers personal narratives from 19 TRIO students and three staff members about what it is like to be a first-generation college student. The collection of essays focuses on the real struggles of being the first person in the family to go to college, and perseverance in the face of adversity.

“This book is important not only because it helps the greater community understand the struggles of students in our area, but also because it has significant meaning to the student who helped write it,” said Shubitha Kever, director of student support services. “They shared these personal stories in hopes that their struggles and triumphs might help motivate and inspire others.”

The public book launch event will feature student readings, a first-generation panel discussion, book signing, and a reception with light refreshments.

The book will be available for a $5 cash-only purchase. The book will then be sold through Amazon. The first volume of the book, Every Student Has a Story: Personal Narratives from First-Generation College Students, is currently available on Amazon.

TRIO is our nation's commitment to the dream of education for all Americans regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. TRIO is a federally-funded college opportunity program that motivates and supports students in their pursuit of a college degree. TRIO programs provide mentoring, motivation, encouragement, counseling, financial guidance, tutoring, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention.

For more information, contact Shubitha Kever at 260-481-6881 or