The Art Quinn award is the highest regional award one can receive from the association and nominations are submitted by the ASPIRE Board members that are comprised of the ASPIRE state presidents from CO, MT, WY, ND, SD and UT. The recipient shall be selected by the ASPIRE Board and typically receives a plaque. Nominees must be an ASPIRE member, or in the case of a retiree, an ASPIRE member at the time of retirement; must have been employed in a TRIO/EOP program for 10 years or more; must have excelled in providing services and/or support to TRIO and/or ASPIRE at the institutional, state, and/or regional levels; and must have demonstrated a sincere desire to assist students beyond the general expectations of the project guidelines.
2016 Art Quinn Recipient – Susan Hupp
For over 16 years, this year’s Art Quinn Memorial Award recipient has dedicated her life and work to supporting students through TRIO programming. Whether it’s acting as president for an ASPIRE region, mentoring newcomers to ASPIRE, or stepping in to volunteer whenever asked, this person has shown an unwavering commitment not only TRIO’s mission but to her regional and statewide programs and colleagues, creating a strong support network for TRIO programs and students across the region.
However, while this person’s commitment to TRIO is great, it pales in comparison to the dedication and support given to students. On a typical weekday night, you will find this individual staying well past closing time, working tirelessly to help students bridge those final gaps, connect with tutors, or find the strength to attend classes another day. This tireless commitment shows in the loyalty and faith this recipient’s students have in this person and the immense gratitude they expel while leaving their office.
This person is the true embodiment of servant leadership and lives the heart and soul of TRIO. Truly an invaluable member of the ASPIRE region. The recipient of this year’s Art Quinn Memorial Award is Susan Hupp.