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Welcome from ASPIRE President

On behalf of the ASPIRE Board, we are so excited to welcome you to the ASPIRE Regional Conference!

I am touched by the conference theme Cascading Impact. The impact that each of you has had on me will leave me forever changed. I pray that these changes will cascade through me to the students I serve, the coworkers I depend on, and the ASPIRE professionals I admire. I know, from experience, that the more you put into ASPIRE, the more you take away. And the dividends are countless! I could not have gotten through this past year and a half without the ASPIRE community.

I am confident that you will find great value at this conference. I am in awe of our amazing conference committee and our fearless conference chairs. Thank you to Krista Bau who worked tirelessly before accepting a job outside of TRIO. To Danielle Schindele who stepped in and stepped up with enthusiasm. To Jennie Thompson for her constant devotion. And to Cara Davis for keeping us running the right direction. Thank you, Theresa Rader, for your mentorship and for being ‘the man in the ring.’ To the rest of the conference committee, you know who you are and you know this could not have been done without you. Thank you!

ASPIRE is a family of individuals striving to make this world a little better for and through the students we serve. We are a collective of innovative minds with open hearts, ready to share our wisdom. I wish we could embrace you physically and not just emotionally. But whatever format we connect in, please know; your ASPIRE colleagues are here for you and your ASPIRE board is working for you.

All my best,



Rachel Lund

ASPIRE Regional President

USU Eastern TRIO Director

Welcome from Conference Co-Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the state of South Dakota it is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 2021 ASPIRE Regional Conference.  Our committees have worked hard to present to you a conference packed with invaluable professional development sessions, networking opportunities and “Cascading Impacts” we will not forget. We ask that you join us in thanking our presenters, the 2021 ASPIRE Board, our special guests, sponsors, exhibitors, and of course-YOU.  Without our amazing colleagues, none of this would be possible.


Our theme “Cascading Impact” encompasses the many ways we strive for growth, success, and achievements for ourselves and our students.  We hope throughout the conference that you will take time to reflect on the impact you make on your students, and greater communities. 


If you need anything during the conference, please let us know! 


It has been a pleasure serving as conference co-chairs for the 2021 ASPIRE Regional Conference.  Thank you for your continued support of ASPIRE, COE and TRIO.  












Jennie Thompson          Danielle Schindele