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Lolita L. MackLolita L. Mack

  • TRIO/Student Support Services Director
  • Illinois TRIO Association | President-Elect 2019-2020
  • Educational Opportunity Association | Women in STEM Conference Co-Chair


August 17, 2020

Welcome back to another exciting academic year, filled with great events, programs, and activities for the TRIO/Student Support Services students at Southeastern Illinois College. Virtual programming is quickly evolving to provide solutions for quality human connections in a climate of uncertainty since March. I expect a great fall 2020 semester for our new and returning SSS students despite the COVID mandates that has changed how we view “normal” activities.

We will continue to provide a variety of new and creative events/activities and we hope that you all will actively participate. Our staff is prepared to bring many activities, workshops and excitement to the TRIO program for the remainder of the 2020-2021 academic year, which still practicing safe social distancing and safe/healthy space for working and studying throughout the year.

Our TRIO Lab is located in the Student Success Center Room A-153. Please continue to utilize our TRIO lab by setting up appointments and/or stopping in to print your papers or assignments. We have no touch thermometers to be sure that you all are safe in our area, computer usage of 6 ft. distance is required, we have masks and gloves for anyone that is without those items, and we are here to assist in any needs that you have. We will continue our Cultural Awareness activities but most will be virtually unless otherwise approved for physical travel. We will have a proposed merged Campus and Cultural trips for the year but will keep you updated as we follow the Restore Illinois mandates set by the Illinois Governor’s Office.

It is important to update any contact information with us as soon as possible and check your email account often for program updates. If you have not joined our REMIND 101 text program, please do so immediately. Also like/follow us on all social media cites and on the SIC Webpage. The Supplemental Grant Aid Scholarship program will continue this semester so be sure to come to one of the scheduled Grant Aid Meetings in September and let the SSS staff know if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to assisting you this semester.

Please note that you are obligated to participate in events and activities if you have plans to receive the Supplemental Grant Aid Scholarship. Due to COVID regulations, we will continue to offer the online module units for activities to ensure that you complete the requirements for the scholarship. There are many deadlines and criteria that students must follow so be sure to view that information. Join a SIC Club/Activity so that you can build your networking skills, travel with us to our campus visits/cultural trip, attend the workshops, and/or complete the online modules for this fall 2020 semester. 

If you have any questions, feel free to stop by my office in the A-143, call 618-252-5400 ext. 2432 or email me at


Lolita L. Mack

TRIO/SSS Program Director