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A Message from Our Chairman To the Triton College Community: I hope that this writing finds you enjoying the start of summer (finally!). This will be a very busy summer at Triton College as phase two of our west campus parking lot re-pavement program continues. This phase will be completed this fall, with phase three encompassing the western-most parking lot as well as the access roads connecting our north and south lots beginning in the spring of 2015 with completion in the fall of that year. We are also making excellent progress on the $16 million renovation of our Health & Science building, with a scheduled reopening of the building in the summer of 2015. Now let me share with you exciting news that the Board formally announced at our June 17 meeting. We plan to embark on a campus-wide rehabilitation project over the next three years to renovate and modernize your Triton College. This $50 million rehabilitation project will be funded by the sale of bonds that will be retired over a 20-year period of time, utilizing normal operating funds. I would like to stress that we will not be relying on an increase in your property taxes to pay off the bonds. As you will recall from my January/February letter to you, we have been able to build our reserve fund balance over the last 20 years from $4.6 million to $34.9 million while at the same time completing more than $22 million worth of renovations and upgrades to the campus. The same sound fiscal management that we have exercised over this period of time will allow us to complete our currently proposed comprehensive campus rehabilitation without having to rely on increasing your property taxes. On the side, you will find a calendar of dates for our district-wide public information meetings on this project as well as the Board meeting dates at which time we will take the formal action required to put the plan in motion. I hope to see you at these meetings to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Triton College this year, I am excited to say that we will be putting the College in a position to provide you with an outstanding educational institution for the next 50 years. If you have any thoughts on how Triton College can better serve you, I would like to hear them. Please feel free to contact me through the Office of the President at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201, or email me at Best regards, BOND ISSUE MEETINGS Public Information Sessions • Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Proviso Math and Science Academy, Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road (Roosevelt Road and First Avenue), Forest Park • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Riverside Brookfield High School, The Little Theatre, 160 Ridgewood Road (First Avenue and Ridgewood Road), Riverside • Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., East Leyden High School, Auditorium, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park • Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park Resolution to Conduct the Public Hearing and Issue Bonds Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Triton College Board of Trustees Public Hearing on Bond Issue Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at special meeting of the Triton College Board of Trustees Board of Trustees Vote to Sell Bonds Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at regular meeting of the Triton College Board of Trustees This Issue Speaking of Student Success . . . . . . 2 Mark R. Stephens Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Chairman, Triton College Board of Trustees Awarding Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Program Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Dates to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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