Triton College Annual Report 2009/10
Responsive to diverse educational needs, Triton College is committed to a supportive lifelong learning environment empowering individuals personally, professionally and culturally to contribute to a global community.
2 0 0 9 - 2 0 1 0 A N N U A L R E P O RT TRITON COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark R. Stephens, Chairman Donna L. Peluso, Vice Chairwoman Diane Viverito, Secretary Irene Moskal Del Giudice Thomas Gary Jay Reyes Glenn A. Stam On Jan. 26, 2010, Jay Reyes, Riverside resident, Triton alum was appointed and sworn in as a Triton College trustee. Reyes, a licensed attorney and founder of the Riverside Law Group, LLC in downtown Chicago, began his college education at Triton majoring in political science and serving as senator, treasurer and president on the Triton College Student Association. Jay has been a member of several community groups including the Triton College President's Community Advisory Committee, Riverside Township Lions Club, the Illinois League of United Latin American Citizens and the Triton College Foundation Board, to name a few. Trustee Merrill Becker resigned on Dec. 11, 2009, after 22 years of service. Mr. Becker left the board as the longest standing board member at the college. Contents Message from President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Success & Recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-10 Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-13 Master Plan Accomplishments . . . . . . .14-18 Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19-20 Foundation and Alumni Relations . . .21-24 Financial Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25-26 Our Mission, Your Success . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 2 From our master plan to our K-16 partnerships, from board policy to professional development, we do everything at Triton College with the student in mind. Since joining in the national effort focused on student success — Achieving the Dream — in 2009, we’ve strengthened our efforts on critically looking at student learning outcomes to ensure our students complete their education and achieve their goals. During the 2009/2010 academic year, Triton served more than 24,000 students in credit courses and more than 4,000 in noncredit courses. As you look through our annual report, I hope it illustrates the many ways we are committed to serving our students and community. Dr. Patricia Granados President A few highlights of the year were: our student Model Illinois Government was awarded the Outstanding Small Delegation and our student Lorenzo Webber was elected governor; our soccer team had another winning season; several of our faculty were appointed to serve on state boards; the President’s Leadership Academy successfully completed their public relations project; our K-16 partnerships continue to grow stronger as have our business partnerships. In the second year of our Master Plan we upgraded science labs, updated learning spaces, created new collaborative study areas, purchased approximately 100 laptop computers to add to our Laptop Loan Program for students and more professional development opportunities were added for our faculty and staff. The initiatives within our Master Plan all contribute to our goal on student success. Despite the reduction in state funding, I am pleased to inform you we accomplished all the initiatives planned for the 2009/2010 academic year. The past academic year stands out as an exciting year of change. In this, the 10th year of my presidency, I couldn’t be prouder as I review the wonderful things that have been accomplished by people working together for student success. We’ve set the tone for another great year ahead! On behalf of the board of trustees, faculty, administration, staff and students of Triton College, I invite you to turn the pages and experience what Triton is all about. MISSION Responsive to diverse educational needs, Triton College is committed to a supportive lifelong learning environment empowering individuals personally, professionally and culturally to contribute to a global community. VISION Triton College will address the needs of its diverse community and establish a greater presence within its district. Triton College will expand on an environment that fosters a participatory involvement, innovative programs, performance-based standards and provide services that will enhance the learning process. Triton College will support learning and a technology enhanced education as a priority in every policy, program and practice. 3 Success and Recognition student success P H I T H E TA K A P PA H O N O R S O C I E T Y Coca-Cola Gold Scholar Vicky Pappas, a first-year student at Triton College, was awarded the CocaCola Gold Scholar Award. The Coca-Cola Gold Scholar recognition program, administered by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, honors outstanding community college students that demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study and academic leadership and civic growth. Pappas served as the vice president of Fellowship and the vice president of Leadership for the Triton College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, was a member of Triton’s Scholars Program and volunteered as a tutor for biology, chemistry and English. Pappas received a full scholarship and is attending Mount Holyoke College for women in South Hadley, Mass. Phi Theta Kappa Hosts Leadership Conference Phi Theta Kappa, Chi Zeta Chapter, hosted its first Student Leadership Conference titled “Mission I'm Possible.” Over 65 high school and college students came to the conference to develop leadership skills which included discussions on diversity, choices, challenges and consequences. The keynote speaker, Tobias Q. Brown, delivered a motivational speech to inspire the participants. Brown’s publications explore proven academic success strategies for high school and first-year college students and focuses on increasing student recruitment and retention. S TA R S T U D E N T R E C O G N I T I O N AWA R D S Six outstanding students were recognized for their exceptional academic achievements and outstanding contributions outside of the classroom. The Star Student Recognition Award was given to Daphane Dayrit, Khadija Smith, Kathleen Houk, Sarah Matticks, Victor Jones and Dante Colloly. Each student had a unique story of how they balanced school, work and their personal life. Daphane Dayrit maintained a full-time job while attending night and weekend classes. Dayrit graduated from Triton College in May 2009 with her associate’s degree in business management. Khadija Smith graduated from Triton’s G.E.D. Program and is enrolled in night classes to fulfill her prerequisite for the Nursing Program. Khadija is currently waiting for her acceptance letter from the Triton College Nursing Program and hopes to continue her higher education once she has completed her degree. At 20 years old, Sarah Matticks is a single mother of one who works full-time while maintaining the discipline to be a fulltime student at Triton to achieve her associate's in education. Matticks plans on attending Elmhurst College after graduating from Triton and continuing on to obtain her four-year degree. Victor Jones, a 62-year-old United States Army veteran, has been working toward his associate's degree in the Basic Addiction Counseling Program. Jones is a counselor for an AIDS program that reaches out to African-American young adults, both male and female. His skills as a community activist are profound. Dante Colloly is a full-time student in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program and has been in many of the college's clubs and committees. Colloly served as president for the Triton College Student Association as well as an active member on both the Technology and Athletic Committee. M I G TA K E S H O M E T O P P R I Z E At the Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation held in Springfield, Feb. 27-28, the Triton College delegation won the award for Outstanding Small Delegation. The MIG simulation provides a forum for students from across the state of Illinois to play different roles within state government. Triton students Lorenzo Webber and Daniel Antonacci were elected as governor and secretary of state respectively. Other members of the delegation included: Christopher Abaasi, head delegate; Ashley Herron, assistant head delegate; Ryan Kennedy, former chief of staff; and Raul Amaro, delegate. 5 OPHTHALMIC STUDENTS VOLUNTEER ONE SIGHT EYE CLINIC AT In October, a group of Triton College students assisted with giving a number of Chicago Public School students a clearer vision towards improving their education. Eight students from Triton's Ophthalmic Technician Program volunteered their time during a regional eye clinic held by the One Sight Foundation. One Sight volunteers work with local charitable partners to provide free vision care and eyewear to those in need throughout North America, Australia and China. "My experience volunteering for a day at the One Sight clinic was wonderful," opthalmic technician student Tom Donko said. "The children gave back to me much more than any help that I was able to provide to them. We weren't only helping the children to see better, we were giving them back their education." S T U D E N T S AT T E N D 2 0 0 9 S O C I E T Y O F DIAGNOSTIC MEDICAL SONOGRAPHY CONFERENCE Nine students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) Program attended the 2009 Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The students competed in the student poster competition and Ultra Jeopardy as part of the student conclave. These students went above and beyond to prepare for the conference. Their efforts are applauded! I L L I N O I S S T AT E L A N D S C A P E D E S I G N CONTEST Jason Faust placed fifth in the Illinois State Landscape Design contest sponsored by the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. Kiola Millan was the recipient of one of two national scholarships from the American Institute of Floral Design. This national scholarship is based on academics, floral design experiences and community service involvement. S T U D E N T C A R E E R D AY S OF PLANET Eight students from Triton attended the Student Career Days of PLANET (Professional Landscape Network) in Atlanta. The students, Csilla Bunda, Andy Gard, Matt Heffernan, Kiola Millan, Scott Morrison, Gustavo Nunez, Jesus Perez and Josh Rodriguez, received special recognition for the fourth place finish of the Landscape Plant Installation Team and Exterior Landscape Design by Csilla Bunda. 6 athletics Softball: The Softball Team ended the 2010 season 3228, this was the first 30-plus win season for the program since 1987. The team had three student-athletes earn All-Conference honors and two were selected for All-Region IV. The team also had six members named to the Region IV All-Star Team. The Lady Trojans continued their commitment to community service by raising a total of $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. The team raised $1,500 by donating $5 for every child that participated in their youth softball camp and the rest during the final regular season home game themed "Swings for Susan." Before the contest, Triton and Moraine Valley took a group photo together as a sign of unity in the battle against breast cancer. Soccer: The men's soccer team won the Region IV Division III championship for the second straight year. The Trojans finished the season second in the conference and eighth in the nation. During the season, the team set a school record by achieving 17 consecutive wins. Head Coach Tom Cholewa was named Region IV Coach of the Year and has led Triton to a 31-8 record in his two seasons. Men's Basketball: Paris Paramore, point guard for the menâ€™s basketball team, received a scholarship to attend Central Michigan University. Central Michigan University is the highest level NCAA Division I conference that a Trojan men's basketball player has received a scholarship from in more than 20 years. Paramore graduated with an associateâ€™s degree in art. 7 faculty and staff recognition O U T S TA N D I N G F A C U LT Y OF THE YEAR Dr. Terry Fencl, Speech and Theatre faculty, was named Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Dr. Fencl has distinguished herself in online education nationally and in learning community work. Fencl teaches people how to teach online through the University of Illinois and serves as a mentor to faculty who are developing online courses. She helped move one of the college's learning communities to an online format preserving the interdisciplinary mandate and connecting the virtual community of online learners to the classroom community of on-campus learners. Terry has taught at the college for 30 years. JOAN LIBNER APPOINTED T O S E RV E O N ILLINOIS BOARD NURSING OF Joan Libner, Nursing faculty, was appointed by Secretary Brent Adams of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as the representative for associate degree nursing education on the Illinois Board of Nursing. The Illinois Board of Nursing represents nursing practice, nursing education, nursing administration and the general public. Libner will work with other board members to recommend the adoption and revision of rules for the administration of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. C H I L D D E V E L O P M E N T C E N T E R R E C E I V E S F I V E -Y E A R NAEYC A C C R E D I TAT I O N After a comprehensive two-year accreditation process, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) awarded the Triton College Child Development Center with a five-year accreditation. NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood educators. The Child Development Center met all of the program standards (relationships, curriculum, teaching, assessment of child progress, health, teachers, families, community relationships, physical environment and leadership) for the accreditation. 8 N E W F U L L - T I M E F A C U LT Y Emily Kurfirst Reabe joined the college as a counselor with a background in academic counseling, career counseling, and also personal counseling. She has experience as an instructor, counselor, and has held student service positions at other colleges and high schools, most recently at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine. Reabe has a master’s in counseling from Eastern Michigan University and holds the credential of licensed professional counselor. William Griffin has community college experience as a student, instructor, and trustee. Griffin joined Triton as a Business faculty member having most recently taught at Oakton Community College, Carthage College and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Mr. Griffin holds an associate’s degree from the College of Lake County, a bachelor’s degree and MBA from DePaul University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership from National-Louis University. Seth McClellan joined the college to teach in Mass Communications. McClellan holds a Master of Fine Arts in independent film and digital imaging from Governors State University and a bachelor’s degree in acting from the University of Hartford. McClellan also has experience in the media industry and is a filmmaker and award-winning documentarian. N E W LY T E N U R E D F A C U LT Y In February, the Triton College Board of Trustees granted tenure to seven full-time faculty members: Renee Wright, English Department, started at Triton in 2007 and received the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award in May 2009. Michael Erzen, Art Department, began working at Triton as an adjunct in the Visual Performing and Communication Arts Department in fall 2004. Jennifer Smith, Biology, Science Department, started at Triton in the fall of 2007 as a professor of biological sciences. James Gray, Automotive Department, a certified ASE Master Automotive Technician with L1 Advanced Engine Performance certification joined Triton College in 2002 as an adjunct faculty. Margaret Murnighan, Business/Accounting, has been teaching at Triton for the last six years and spent her career working for various multinational corporations in the areas of operations, human resources and international affairs. Jacqueline Mullany, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Administration, has been employed at Triton since 2001 and previously worked for the Cook County criminal justice system. Natasha Morris, Surgical Technology, is now the coordinator for the Surgical Technology Program that started in January 2007. 9 Cheryl Antonich Kevin Kennedy Antigone Sharris Maria Correa Paul Kerwin F I V E P I N R E C O G N I T I O N AWA R D President Granados honored the college's Five Pin Recognition Award winners for their dedication to the college's overall success. The four Triton College employees were: Cheryl Antonich, associate vice president of Academic Affairs; Kevin Kennedy, associate vice president of Business Operations; Antigone Sharris, Engineering faculty; and Maria Correa, manager and technical director of the Performing Arts Center. The president awards the service pins to any college employee, faculty member or alumni for their random acts of effort toward the college – going above and beyond their job duties. These particular members of the college have obtained five or more pins since they have started their career here at Triton and have been recognized for their involvement in college enrollment initiatives, being Triton ambassadors, and organizing and participating in several college activities and functions. EMPLOYEES OF THE SEMESTER This year, two employees were recognized for their contributions to the college which exceeded the typical expectations. The employees recognized were Paul Kerwin, computer systems specialist, and Renee Baxter Wright, English faculty. Paul Kerwin was selected as Triton College’s Fall 2009 Employee of the Semester. Kerwin, a computer systems specialist for the Desktop Computing Solutions Department was chosen because of his innovative ideas, dedication to team goals, exceptional work ethic and problem-solving skills. Renee Baxter Wright was selected as Triton College’s Spring 2010 Employee of the Semester. Wright was nominated by her colleagues for her outstanding commitment to college initiatives and the exceptional support she provides not only to her students – but to coworkers and institutional goals as well. N AT I O N A L I N S T I T U T E O F S T A F F & O R G A N I Z AT I O N D E V E L O P M E N T ( N I S O D ) E X C E L L E N C E AWA R D Faculty member Renee Wright and Dean of Student Services Quincy Martin III were recipients of the National Institute of Staff & Organization Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. Wright received an award for her work with student retention and Martin was recognized for his leadership in student engagement and student retention. Renee Wright Quincy Martin III 10 Partnerships SALUTE TO P A RT N E R S H I P S – K-16 Triton College hosted a Salute to Partnerships in August to recognize the K-16 partnerships. The salute provided a forum for the K-16 partners to celebrate the work that is being done to help students in their educational endeavors. Representatives from universities, high schools and K-8 schools were invited to celebrate the collaboration of the college and local educational institutes to advance student success through programs and services offered by Triton College. The school/college partnership, includes local private and public high schools and Triton College’s University Center that hosts offices for partnering four-year colleges and universities. Local private and public high schools participate in the Scholars Program, Arts Competition, Future Focus College Fair, dual credit opportunities, a variety of career and summer camps, field trips and tours for career exploration. This partnership serves to strengthen the community outreach and touch the lives of its youth. Triton’s University Center offers students the opportunity to continue their higher education pursuits for select bachelor and graduate degree programs without leaving the Triton campus. Currently, five universities have established partnerships with the college; Southern Illinois University Carbondale, National-Louis University, Benedictine University, Governors State University, and Eastern Illinois University. Central to the mission of the K-16 partnership is the principle that promoting learning and helping students of any age will advance their education and ultimately help them to achieve success in a career and to become tomorrow’s leaders. H O S P I T A L I T Y I N D U S T R Y A D M I N I S T R AT I O N (HIA) HIGH SCHOOL COOK-OFF Triton hosted a Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) High School Cook-Off. Six pairs of students from local high schools competed and were given one hour and 15 minutes to cook and prepare the menu items according to the recipes provided. Students were evaluated during the cooking and planning process, as well as on the taste and presentation of the final product. To support the high school students, an HIA student was assigned to each team to assist them with equipment usage, sanitation practices and overall safety. All participating teams received chef jackets. First place winners were from East Leyden High School and each was awarded a $500 scholarship to Triton College, a culinary knife kit, a pastry knife kit and Triton chef jackets as winners of the television style cookoff competition. H I G H S C H O O L A RT COMPETITION Triton College hosted its annual High School Student Art Competition Award Ceremony and Reception in February. Participating schools were East and West Leyden high schools, Ridgewood High School, Elmwood Park High School, Proviso East and West high schools, Guerin Prep, Proviso Math and Science Academy and Riverside| Brookfield High School. Over 650 pieces of art were submitted with more than 210 pieces hung in the art gallery ranging from paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, photography, computer design, graphic design, collage, printmaking and mixed media. Works awarded blue, red and yellow ribbons were on display in Triton’s Art Gallery for the reception. Hospitality Industry Administration students created pastries for the occasion. Triton hosted its annual Science Day for fifth and sixth graders. Seventy students participated from school districts 84, 87 and 401. 12 O U T S TA N D I N G PA RT N E R OF THE Y E A R – U N I T E D PA R C E L S E RV I C E United Parcel Service was recognized as the 2010 Triton College Outstanding Partner of the Year at a lunch ceremony on June 16. UPS’ commitments to supporting the college by sponsorship and their donation of time and services have helped Triton to achieve our mission. UPS has provided many career opportunities for Triton students through the earn-to-learn program. Additionally, UPS has provided scholarships to students who may not have had the opportunity to attend college. UPS has also helped to fund banners that were placed around the community as designed by the President’s Leadership Academy project for community outreach. COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE I M PA I R M E N T S Triton College, the Transition Planning Committee and the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission partnered to bring courses for students 18 or older who are challenged with cognitive impairment. The courses were entry level, nontransferable credit courses designed to develop employable skills that can lead to competitive, entry-level jobs and enhance everyday living skills. Triton received start-up funding for this program from the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission Board of Directors. B RINGING E FFECTIVE A NTI -V IOLENCE S OLUTIONS T OGETHER – WITH R OBOTICS (BEAST) Faculty members Sandra Berryhill and Antigone Sharris worked with students from Proviso Math & Science Academy (PMSA), offering a robotics camp after receiving a grant from the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority. The camp included team building, building robots, a guest speaker on bully prevention, and a visit to the Cernan Space Center. Fifteen student mentors led 27 children for a fun and educational experience under the direction of the Triton faculty. PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE SUMMER CAMP Faculty members Lorette Dodt and JoBeth Halpin held a summer camp for students interested in photography and architecture. Twenty-eight students from eighth grade going into high school participated from many schools within Triton’s district. 13 Master Plan Year 2 Accomplishments 14 Highlights of Fiscal Year 2010 Master Plan Accomplishments June 30, 2010, marked the end of the second year of the implementation of Triton’s Master Plan. With our mission and vision as our guide, the college developed seven overarching goals to lead us into the future. For each goal established, objectives and measurable outcomes were identified to serve as guides to achieving the stated goal. Based on expenditure, nearly $4.3 million was spent on the implementation of this year’s Master Plan. As part of Triton’s ongoing assessment of the effectiveness of the Master Plan, the plan will be refocused on student success rather than on increasing enrollment to 30,000 students for fiscal year 2011. The revitalized plan will affirm our commitment to student success. GOAL 1 – ENHANCE SOUND T H E P H Y S I C A L C A M P U S T O P R O M O T E A N D S U P P O RT ENVIRONMENTS BY U P D AT I N G FA C I L I T I E S AND E D U C AT I O N A L C R E AT I N G F L E X I B L E L E A R N I N G S PA C E S T H AT I N C O R P O R AT E S TAT E - O F - T H E A RT I N S T R U C T I O N A L E Q U I P M E N T A N D F U R N I T U R E . The science lab renovations which began in fiscal year 2009 were completed. These renovations provided major upgrades to the organic chemistry and microbiology labs. Learning spaces were updated to incorporate equipment and furniture that would enhance the learning environment. Two learning spaces in the G Building were converted into surgical technology classrooms. Old unattractive shades were replaced with new shades to ensure the optimal use of technology in the classrooms. To create a synthesized approach towards academic support, the Educational Technology Resource Center (ETRC) was relocated to the Academic Success Center (ASC). Program-specific equipment was purchased for: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Engineering Technology, Hospitality, Nuclear Medicine, Respiratory Care, Automotive Technology, Horticulture, Mass Communication, Ophthalmic Technician and Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Equipment was also purchased to upgrade technologies used in the Center for Access and Accommodative Services. Improvements were made to the facilities and equipment that support the Athletic area. The warning track on the softball field was upgraded; the windscreens for baseball and softball were upgraded; to enhance the soccer field, sod was laid; wall padding for the north end of the gymnasium was installed; and a new sound system for the gymnasium was installed. 15 GOAL 2 – DEVELOP NEEDS WITHIN N E W A N D R E V I S E E X I S T I N G E D U C AT I O N A L P R O G R A M S D I S T R I C T. The college curriculum committee approved a new Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) degree in Bakery and Pastry. Extensive revisions were made to the Computer Information Systems curriculum which will be in place for the fall 2010 semester. Thirteen learning communities were implemented during fiscal year 2010. Seventy-four program offerings were added for Corporate Education and Continuing Education Center for Healthcare Professionals (CECHP). Added programs focused on sustainability and green technologies, health courses, technology, career enhancements, horticulture, public safety and quality control. Additionally, 22 new youth programs were added. During fiscal year 2010, a decision was made to purchase a new scheduling software product that will allow for a schedule that will reflect student needs. The class and event scheduling solution purchased is from CollegeNet. To support the implementation of a new scheduling solution for the college, a scheduling policy was developed and will be implemented in fiscal year 2011. A N D S C H E D U L I N G O P P O RT U N I T I E S B A S E D O N C O M M U N I T Y A N D W O R K F O R C E TRITON’S GOAL 3 – DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT AN EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGY PLAN. The redesign of the college’s Web site began in fiscal year 2010 and is scheduled to be complete in fiscal year 2011. Once the redesign is complete, the content of the current site will be converted to the new site. The new site is designed to be student centered. New technologies implemented this fiscal year included: the installation of 51 wireless access points, 30 Internet Protocol (IP) phones and the installation of 24 smart classrooms. Throughout fiscal year 2010 Information Systems continued to review options (identifying the pros and cons of each) that would determine the future of the administrative computer system. A final recommendation is expected in fiscal year 2011. GOAL 4 – ENHANCE TRITON’S V I R T U A L C A M P U S E N V I R O N M E N T. Blackboard (online course system) was managed by a hosting environment. The managed hosting was done by Blackboard off-site and provided guaranteed uninterrupted service for our students. Due to the cost, this support will be dropped during fiscal year 2011. Student and staff portal enhancements and access this year included: Allied Health Admission Intent, online student orientation, editing options for student information, student Google Apps e-mail, student input received via portal survey, addition of veterans logo on Web site and a financial aid social network site. Online support to aid student success was piloted for online tutoring. The Academic Success Center entered into an agreement to use “SmartThinking Online Tutoring Services.” 16 GOAL 5 – DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A COMPREHENSIVE S T R AT E G I C E N R O L L M E N T P L A N T O A C H I E V E T H E O P T I M A L R E C R U I T M E N T, R E T E N T I O N A N D G R A D U AT I O N O F S T U D E N T S . An annual Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Plan has been completed. Recruitment and retention were identified as the two major focus areas of the plan. The five SEM workgroups began addressing logistics on how to accomplish the strategies that were assigned to each workgroup area. The workgroups are now in full operation and working through the details of accomplishing each of their initiatives. The Adult Education (AE) Department was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to create a Pre-Health Careers Academy. Thirty General Education Development (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) students have been recruited and enrolled in the Pre-Health Careers Academy. The academy will prepare students to transition to a variety of health careers. Career Services has received assistance in purchasing software and equipment for students with disabilities to better access computers and technology. Ninety-eight laptop computers were purchased for use throughout campus to expand the Laptop Loan Program. The Council on Diversity Affairs approved the funding of seven projects: Safe Zone/Safe Space Training for students and employees; Incognito Theatrical Presentation (race and identity); Veterans Day Celebration, African-American College Visit Day, Polish-American College Visit Day, the Financial Aid Community Day and Latino College Visit Day. G OAL 6 – E NHANCE THE ONGOING EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF PROCESSES TO PROMOTE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE COLLEGE. Thirty-two academic programs submitted program assessment plans. Seventeen (37 percent) academic programs have submitted assessment reports. The college contracted with the Hanover Research Council to provide high-level research reports. During this fiscal year, Hanover Research Council completed two program demand analyses: Renewable Thermal Energy Technician and Energy Efficiency Technician, and an updated Environmental Scan. The process to develop an institutional effectiveness plan has begun and will continue into fiscal year 2011. G OAL 7 – B UILD INSTITUTION. UPON THE INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK TO PROMOTE A HIGHLY Q U A L I F I E D D I V E R S E W O R K F O R C E T O S U P P O RT T H E M I S S I O N A N D G O A L S O F T H E The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) continues to develop and implement high quality programming for faculty in program assessment, curriculum development and pedagogy. Resources and programs were also made available to all employees to assist with their professional development. The Professional Development Center (PDC) provided training to 2,465 individuals (26 percent soft skills, 12 percent supervisory and management skills, 6 percent technology, 38 percent instructional technology, and 18 percent teaching and learning) in 474 workshops during fiscal year 2010. This represents an increase of 13.4 percent in the number of workshops offered and an increase of 2.5 percent in the attendance figures from fiscal year 2009. A comprehensive New Employee Orientation Program was implemented at the beginning of fiscal year 2010. Fifty percent of all new employees hired have attended the Welcome Session. With the majority of the new hires in fiscal year 2010 being hourly employees, it has been challenging to get hourly employees to attend orientation. 17 Goal 7 (continued) PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY The President’s Leadership Academy completed its third year of delivering professional development programs for staff and faculty. The Leadership Academy, led by President Granados, provides employees from all full-time employee groups an opportunity to explore their leadership potential, learn from community college leaders, interact and exchange ideas with colleagues and gain a more thorough understanding of Triton. The fiscal year 2010 Leadership Academy included: Tonette Baldin, Quincy Martin, Darren Robards, Amanda Turner, Marie-Ange Zicher, John Cadero, Brigitte Oltmanns, Elvis Ortega, Jeff Sargent, Angela Satala, Gloria Biancofiori, Anna De Maine, Elaine Jamison, Leticia Jastrzebski, Kwadwo Antwi-Mensah, Joe Beuchel, Charles Fuller, Sandra Hughes, Dubravka Juraga, Mary Ann Olson and Christy Senese. This year, the President's Leadership Academy chose to implement a project to create a greater awareness of Triton within the community with a banner campaign. The banner campaign was designed to promote Triton College in high traffic areas throughout the communities the college serves. The banner design complements Triton’s Student Success (Achieving the Dream) initiative. Banners were unveiled at a ceremony held on May 20, 2010, at the main entrance of the River Grove campus. River Grove Village President Marilynn May and Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico were on hand for the ceremony as both municipalities worked with the academy to display the banners in their respective villages. Banners are now located at the entrance of Triton College, in River Grove at the intersection of River Road and Grand Avenue, and in Melrose Park at the intersections of North and Fifth, and North and First avenues. This project will continue into next fiscal year with additional banners being displayed in other communities as funds are raised. 18 Community TRITON COLLEGE HONORS THE VILLAGE OF MELROSE PARK AND THE VILLAGE OF FRANKLIN PARK Triton honored the community of Melrose Park at the Melrose Park Honor Day event for its efforts in forging partnerships between businesses and education to meet the diverse educational needs of the community in the beautiful Botanical Gardens on Triton’s main campus. Mayor Ronald Serpico, whose father, Ralph Serpico was one of the original board members for the college, accepted a commemorative plaque on behalf of the village. Triton College hosted residents and village officials from the village of Franklin Park as Triton honored the community in May. Guests enjoyed refreshments and entertainment, while celebrating the outstanding partnership between Triton and the village. The evening presented an opportunity for Franklin Park residents to learn more about Triton’s programs. Several of Franklin Park’s officials, including Mayor Barrett Pedersen, and residents were in attendance. FALL FAMILY FUN FEST After months of preparation, the Fall Family Fun Fest took center stage at the Triton campus on a typical October Saturday. Success was measured in the number of pumpkins, crafts, and food sold and reports from the college’s president, multiple vendors, and the pumpkin patch coordinator. All agreed the Fall Family Fun Fest was a huge success. The event was a major success and did well to educate families on horticultural topics and bring them closer together. The biggest problems were twofold; keeping the rabbits and deer at bay from the bright orange edible globes, and the other was finding more to sell before the day ended. The mechanical milking cow and tree planting exhibits gave children a newfound appreciation for horticulture and educated them on the importance of caring for the environment. With weather obviously out of Triton’s control, next year the administration is hoping for a sunnier day, but no amount of clouds could gloom the spirits of excited toddlers, interactive parents, and the glorious memories to be held by all in attendance for years to come! M AY O R S M E E T I N G Mayors presiding within Triton’s district were invited to an annual breakfast at the college. The purpose of the breakfast was to continue conversation about the needs of district residents as well as to inform the village officials about any new initiatives at Triton. The breakfast provided an opportunity for the two parties to discuss past partnerships and develop new ideas for community outreach assistance. A F T E R -H O U R S C H A M B E R OF C O M M E R C E C E L E B R AT I O N On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, Triton College president, Dr. Patricia Granados hosted Triton's annual After-Hours Chamber of Commerce Celebration for members of the Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest Chambers of Commerce. The event helped to strengthen communication and build upon relationships with community businesses and industries. This gathering also provided an opportunity for chamber members to meet and network with other local chambers as well as staff from Triton College. C O M M U N I T Y A D V I S O RY C O M M I T T E E The Community Advisory Committee met quarterly and key agenda items focused on the Achieving the Dream initiative, the President’s Outreach Plan and status reports on the Master Plan. The Community Advisory Committee purpose statement follows: The Triton College Community Advisory Committee will act as a guide to facilitating feedback and recommending initiatives which yield better learning outcomes, a strong workforce, and collaboration with communities and students served by District 504. Through its work the Community Advisory Committee will ensure Triton College remains responsive to its community and fulfills its mission. 20 Foundation and Alumni Relations TRITON COLLEGE HOSTS ALUMNI EVENTS Nursing Alumni Reception: Triton College hosted its first Associate Degree Nursing (RN) alumni reception. Approximately 125 guests including alumni ranging from graduating classes of 1968-2008 had the opportunity to reconnect with their fellow classmates and teachers. In the spirit of the nursing profession, the reception was themed, “Nurturing Yourself for an Evening.” The alumni and guests visited demo stations in creative cooking, personal fitness and massage. Triton Hospitality Industry Administration students provided a number of healthy cooking ideas. The Nursing alumni received a list of easy fitness exercises from Triton's Health, Sport and Exercise Science Department. Finally, the North Suburban Physicians Group in Niles conducted a computerized spinal examination and massages. Employee Alumni Breakfast: The college showed its appreciation for its employee alumni by hosting a ”meet and greet” with President Granados. Employee alumni gathered for breakfast, conversation and camaraderie. The president welcomed and thanked all attendees who have dedicated so much of their time and effort towards the success of the college. “The college boasts 294 employees that are alumni,” said Granados. “You are a reflection of what Triton College is all about, helping individuals move towards their personal and educational goals.” Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) Alumni: Throughout its history, Triton College’s Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) program has produced many success stories to become recognized as one the premier institutions for students seeking a career in any of the HIA fields. On Sept. 30, more than 100 former HIA students had an opportunity to share their achievements as Triton hosted a reception for HIA alumni. The event gave the alumni a chance to reconnect to their Triton roots by reuniting with former classmates and instructors. Also, the reception displayed the best of today’s HIA students with four sampling stations, each with a fine selection of food, pastries and beverages prepared by the students. T R I T O N C O L L E G E A L U M N I D E B O R A H W I N K L E B L A C K E S TA B L I S H E S SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN RETURNING TO COLLEGE Deborah Winkleblack, Triton alumni and now executive director of International Logistics and Trade Compliance for Claire’s Stores, created a scholarship for women returning to college. Winkleblack, who earned her associate’s degree from Triton College continued on to receive her master’s degree in business administration. Triton College provided her the ability to attend college in the evenings and on the weekends and offered a payment plan that did not put her beyond her means. Winkleblack created the scholarship to assist women who need financial assistance to either begin or continue their education. Her success has motivated her to give back to those who are not yet financially independent. This scholarship is also a tribute to her mother, who was a very generous woman. H O S P I TA L I T Y P R O G R A M E X PA N S I O N U N D E R W AY Phase I of the new Hospitality Industry Administration Program Expansion was nearing completion at the end of FY2010. The expansion – begun in FY2009 – included a build-out of new classroom space funded by donors to the Triton College Foundation. Once opened, the new space nearly doubles the area for classroom use alone. The second phase of the expansion includes shifting the room from solely classroom use to a more sophisticated culinary lab that includes a demonstration kitchen area, more expansive seating and a mixology lab for beverage and wine training. 22 T R I T O N C O L L E G E F O U N D AT I O N H O N O R S T R U S T E E M E R R I L L B E C K E R The Triton College Foundation recognized the tenure of Trustee Merrill M. Becker during their 17th Annual President’s Reception March 10. Becker, Triton’s longest-serving trustee, resigned from his position on the Triton College Board of Trustees in December 2009, after 22 years of dedicated service to the community. More than 200 people attended the dinner benefitting the Triton College Foundation, which provides scholarships and educational equipment to Triton students. Attorney Jay Reyes of Riverside was sworn in on Jan. 26 to take Becker’s seat on the board of trustees and expressed his gratitude towards his predecessor. 1 3 T H A N N U A L T R I T O N F O U N D AT I O N G O L F O U T I N G A HUGE SUCCESS On June 24, the White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville hosted the 13th Annual Triton College Foundation Golf Outing under sunny skies and warm temperatures. The event had one of the biggest turnouts in its history and raised more then $44,000. Proceeds from the event were dedicated for scholarships and other funding for a broad range of needs at Triton College. 23 Board of Directors David J. King, Foundation President David King & Associates Rich Pellegrino, Foundation Vice President West Central Municipal Conference Sean Sullivan, Foundation Treasurer Triton College Mary Jane Goldthwaite, Foundation Secretary Fabiola Amezcua, ComEd Al Biancalana, Elmcrest Banquets John F. Cadero Jr., Triton College Luke Casson, Andreou & Casson, Ltd. Michael Castellan, Melrose Park Police Dept. Frank Cerrone, Pan American Bank Ementi Coary, Schaumburg Dr. Patricia Granados, President Triton College David J. Kim, UPS Laurie S. MacDougal, Laurmac Learning Center Roy McCampbell, McCampbell & Associates Sean T. McCarthy, Nicor Gas Jerome F. Mytych, AT&T Illinois Nicholas Pishos, Galewood Funeral Chapels Jay Reyes, Riverside Law Group Bart Smith, Smith & Smith Denise Smith-Gaborit, Triton College Dr. Frank Trocchio, Drs. Delmonico & Trocchio, Ltd. The Triton College Foundation thanks the following donors for their generous contributions. Below is a list of donors whose giving exceeded $1,000. $10,000 and above Westlake Health Foundation $5,000 - $9,999.99 Adreani Foundation AT&T Illinois Bosch Diagnostics Datatel Internal Revenue Service Konica Minolta Business Solutions $1,000 - $4,999.99 All Types Elevators Aria Design Bomark Cleaning Service Borg Warner Transmission Systems John T. Bushman Luke Casson Citizens for Marilyn May Kevin P. Coyle Donald P. and Byrd M. Kelly Foundation Douglas & Judith Cummings David King & Associates Friends of Mark Stephens Harris Bank International Truck and Engine Corp. JETS Illinois Johnson Controls Leyden G.O.P. Committee Quincy Martin III Master Printers Credit Union Arturo Mota Tom Olson Pan American Bank S&D Prime Maintenance Mark R. Stephens Sean Sullivan Deborah Winkleblack World Discount Telecommunications Co. Charter Members The Honorable Donald E. Stephens Mark R. Stephens, Chairman Triton College Board of Trustees The Honorable Ronald M. Serpico, Mayor Village of Melrose Park Foundation Staff Susan B. Kerr, Executive Director Robin Sluzas, Assistant A special thank you to our contributors not listed. It is the smallest gifts that can sometimes have the biggest impact. Triton Foundation Expenditures FY10 Fund-raising ($19,905) 7% Program Services - Grants and Scholarships ($211,255) 79% General and Administrative ($39,902) 14% 24 Financial Summary financial summary As financial support continues to decrease from the state and federal government, the college has been actively seeking out alternative sources of funding. In fiscal year 2010, the college has obtained $1,795,936 in competitive grant funding. $1.6 million of that funding was a grant award that was made available by the American Reinvestment Recovery Act (ARRA) to assist dislocated workers. Total State Funds 17% Total Local Taxes 41% Total Tuition and Fees 39% REVENUES AND O P E R AT I N G B U D G E T Summary of Fiscal Year 2010 Revenue The college wrote over $2.3 million in competitive grants and is awaiting funding decisions from the agencies. A grant for $1.2 million was written for a program called the Pro-Active Recruitment in Science and Math offered through the National Science Foundation. Also, two TRiO Student Support Services applications for a total request of $1,100,000 each over a five year period were submitted. Instruction 42% Institutional Support 21% Auxiliary Services .5% Other 3% Summary of Fiscal Year 2010 Operating Budget Expenditures by Program Student Services 8% Academic Support 8% Public Services 3.5% Operations and Maintenance 17% 26 Our Mission, Your Success Triton College Master Plan FY2011-2013 Volume III The seven overarching goals established for year three of the Master Plan have been modified to fully reflect our student success agenda and three-year targets have been established for the following student success outcomes. The following summarizes our targets: Student Success Benchmarks Successful completion of courses taken Advancement from remedial to credit-bearing courses Enrolling in and successful completion of gatekeeper courses Benchmark 74% 72% English: Attempt Complete Math: Attempt Complete 2013 Target 77% 76% English: Attempt Complete Math: Attempt Complete 48% 39% 50% 40% 20% 15% 29% 20% Enrolling from one semester to the next Fall to Spring Retention: Fall to Fall Retention: 67% Fall to Spring Retention: Fall to Fall Retention: 71% 51% 53% Earning degrees and/or certificates 15% 21% The goals for fiscal year 2011 support Tritonâ€™s commitment to student learning and success. Through excellence in teaching, program offerings, support services, community engagement, professional development and accountability the college will comprise an environment that fosters student success. Through the use of data the college will create a culture of evidence that guides systemic institutional improvement. Triton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602-2504 Telephone: (800) 621-7440 Fax: (312) 263-7462 E-mail: email@example.com Web site: www.ncacihe.org 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 www.triton.edu E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (708) 456-0300 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark R. Stephens, Chairman; Donna L. Peluso, Vice Chairwoman; Diane Viverito, Secretary; Irene Moskal Del Giudice; Thomas Gary; Jay Reyes; Glenn A. Stam; Isiah Brandon, Student Trustee PRESIDENT Patricia Granados, Ed.D. Triton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.