2011-2012 Annual Report
The 2011-2012 Annual Report for Triton College in River Grove, IL.
ANNUAL REPORT 2011/2012 FACE TO FACE WITH SUCCESS u Jose Torres u Harry McGinnis Read their success stories on Pages 24-25. Giving a Face to Success In this annual report, we put Triton students “face-to-face” with the individuals who’ve contributed to their success and the success of this institution, showing how Triton is committed to helping students reach their dreams. Contents Message from the President ...........................................................1 Student Success...........................................................................2-7 Institutional Excellence ..............................................................8-12 Partnerships/Community Service..............................................13-16 Innovation...............................................................................17-19 Faculty/Staff Recognition .........................................................20-22 Athletics..................................................................................23-25 Triton College Foundation........................................................26-29 Alumni ....................................................................................30-31 Financial Summary........................................................................32 MISSION Triton College is committed to student success through institutional and academic excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong learning environment for our diverse community. VISION Triton College is a model of teaching excellence and student success. We are a community college that embraces the educational, training, and personal development needs of the diverse communities we serve through innovation in our programs and approach to learning. A Message from... Triton College Board of Trustees Dr. Patricia Granados President Looking back on the 2011-2012 academic year, I am reminded of our institution’s focus and commitment to student success. Our engagement in various institutional priorities has allowed us to forge new ground in improving the learning environment and experiences for our students. Through the renovation of several areas across the campus, the incorporation of innovative technology and sustainable practices, and our continued work to improve college readiness, I am proud to say that Triton College is truly moving forward. Mark R. Stephens Chairman Donna L. Peluso Vice Chairwoman Diane Viverito Secretary Our progress as an educational institution in providing the support students need has been possible through the ongoing efforts of our administrators, faculty and staff, as well as through the support of our surrounding communities. The success of our students is at the heart of all we do, sharing ownership in helping our students achieve their dreams. Triton’s dedication to educational and community partnerships continues to grow. Through combined efforts with local villages, universities, communitybased organizations and businesses, we have been able to enhance our students’ learning experiences and effectively connect students to careers in the workplace. We look forward to building more industry partnerships in the coming year and creating greater work and career opportunities that benefit our students. Irene Moskal Del Giudice Thomas Gary Elizabeth Potter Triton students are equally committed to their success. Through initiatives like Commit to Complete, students are encouraged to commit to completing their certificate or degree, addressing U.S. President Barack Obama’s call to action to double the number of community college graduates by 2020. Also, this academic year we’ve seen an unprecedented amount of GED graduates at the college. More than 160 students graduated with their GED upon finishing the college’s GED preparation courses. This shows us that our students understand the value of an education and hold it in the highest regard. On behalf of the board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students of Triton College, I invite you to learn more about our college through the lens of our current students, alumni, and those who have contributed to the success of our institution. Glenn A. Stam Andrew Smith Student Trustee Student Success Providing students with a variety of outlets to succeed is an important part of Triton College’s commitment to student success. The Scholars Program at Triton is an outlet that challenges indistrict high school students to achieve academically and rewards them with free tuition while enrolled at Triton. It’s a rigorous program that accepts a maximum of 60 students annually who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and encourages the students to strive for their best and meet their educational goals. From the small class sizes to curriculum that emphasizes language, analytic and critical thinking, the program creates a close-knit community among the students in an intellectually-demanding environment. Because of the program, more than $150,000 in scholarship monies was allocated in the spring 2012 semester to students of the Scholars Program to continue their studies at a four-year institution. Triton students pledge to complete degree or certificate at rally The Triton College Student Association (TCSA) kicked off its Commit to Complete campaign to a resounding pledge made by hundreds of students in support of completing their degrees or certificates at a student-led rally on Oct. 26 in the Student Center Cafeteria. The Commit to Complete campaign was created to address President Obama’s Completion Agenda, which calls for community colleges to double the number of graduates by 2020. The agenda is in response to the growing number of students not completing their degree- or certificate-related coursework at colleges and universities nationwide. Students made their pledge official by signing a banner recognizing their commitment to complete. A resource fair, including student clubs and organizations, and campus resources to assist students with their academic success, complemented the rally. Student Pledge “I promise to commit myself to completing my degree and/or certificate at Triton College. I understand that there are resources available to assist me in taking the next steps on my educational journey. I pledge to utilize those resources to their fullest extent.” Faculty/Staff Pledge “I promise to support and help students reach their goals with wisdom and guidance. I will engage with and involve you. If you need help, I will provide advice and direction. If you have a question I am unable to answer, I commit to connect you with someone who can.” t STUDENT SUCCESS w 5 4 v STUDENT SUCCESS u Student Success Providing students with a variety of outlets to succeed is an important part of Triton College’s commitment to student success. The Scholars Program at Triton is an outlet that challenges indistrict high school students to achieve academically and rewards them with free tuition while enrolled at Triton. It’s a rigorous program that accepts a maximum of 60 students annually who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and encourages the students to strive for their best and meet their educational goals. From the small class sizes to curriculum that emphasizes language, analytic and critical thinking, the program creates a close-knit community among the students in an intellectually-demanding environment. Because of the program, more than $150,000 in scholarship monies was allocated in the spring 2012 semester to students of the Scholars Program to continue their studies at a four-year institution. t Charmi Triton students pledge to complete degree or certificate at rally Desai For Triton College student Charmi Desai, taking part in the Scholars The Triton College Student Association (TCSA) kicked off its Commit to Complete campaign to a resounding pledge Program at Triton opened her up to a world of possibilities she made by hundreds of students in support of completing or certificates at a student-led rally on Oct. 26 in the didn’ttheir knowdegrees existed to her. Initially, she didn’t know about Triton’s honors chapter Phi Theta Kappa, of which she became the Vice Student Center Cafeteria. President of Fellowship; or a scholarship opportunity to Elmhurst that she received throughCompletion the program, allowing her to calls for The Commit to Complete campaign was created toCollege address President Obama’s Agenda, which further her education. The Scholars Program, she said, put her on number a community colleges to double the number of graduates by 2020. The agenda is in response to the growing of path to success. students not completing their degree- or certificate-related coursework at colleges and universities nationwide. Students made their pledge official by signing a banner recognizing commitment to complete. A resource fair, allowed me to focustheir on achieving my education,” she said. including student clubs and organizations, and campus resources to assist students with their academic success, “If it weren’t for the program, I don’t feel complemented the rally. “The program encouraged me to work hard in my classes and like I would’ve been able to go as far or done as well as I have.” And because of her good academic standing and community service work with Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Desi was recognized with the Star Student Award. Today, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology at Elmhurst College, with aspirations of entering a physician’s assistant program or attending medical school. Student Pledge “I promise to commit myself to completing my degree and/or certificate at Triton College. I understand that there are resources available to assist me in taking the next steps on my educational journey. I pledge to utilize those resources to their fullest extent.” Faculty/Staff Pledge “I promise to support and help students reach their goals with wisdom and guidance. I will engage with and involve you. If you need help, I will provide advice and direction. If you have a question I am unable to answer, I commit to connect you with someone who can.” 5 t STUDENT SUCCESS w Michael Flaherty u The Scholars Program is a demanding curriculum, admits Program Coordinator Dr. Michael Flaherty, but he has found that many of the students who apply for the program are prepared to take on the challenge. Scholars Program students must take 16 credit hours a semester (four additional credits than required for full-time students), which includes two in-depth scholars classes, and participate in a service learning component built into the program, providing students the opportunity to give back to their communities. “It’s a positive program for ambitious students looking to succeed at Triton and then go on to pursue at least a bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Flaherty said. “This program has contributed to many students’ education and career goals and we hope to contribute to many more.” 6 v STUDENT SUCCESS u Student Support Services program surpasses first-year projections Funded by a grant from the Office of Postsecondary Educationâ€™s TRiO program, the Student Support Services (SSS) program has exceeded expectations in its first year with an overwhelming number of students in the program graduating with an associateâ€™s degree or certificate, or transfering to a four-year university. Out of 160 participants, the program, which provides tutoring, mentoring and financial advising to low-income, firstgeneration and disabled students, saw 97.5 percent of students continue their education at Triton from fall 2010 to fall 2011 or graduate and/or transfer to a four-year institution, exceeding original expectations by more than 12 percentage points. In addition, 152 students remained in good academic standing. The program is on track to have 60 percent of its participants graduate with an associateâ€™s degree or certificate, or transfer to a university within four years. Triton students compete at Harvard Model UN Conference In March 2012, four members of the Triton College Model United Nations team represented the school in the largest, most competitive university-level Model UN conference in the world. The Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) Conference in Cambridge, Mass., brought together 3,300 students from 100 colleges and universities in 37 countries. Students Selidji Azogan, Mohammed Bekkour, Romeo Rakistaba and Bobby Zinsou considered their participation a responsibility, rather than a privilege, to represent Triton College alongside the top-ranked colleges and universities in the world. 7 t STUDENT SUCCESS w EMT students receive newly established award honoring Triton student veteran Daniel Johnson dreamed of becoming a paramedic and excelled in his Emergency Management Technology classes at Triton College. Everything he had learned at Triton stayed with Johnson when he enlisted in the Air Force and enabled him to save the life of a severally injured soldier while fighting in Afghanistan. Sadly, two days later, Johnson lost his own life in battle. Johnson’s passion and bravery are recognized with an award given to EMT students who have excelled at the college. Megan Folkerts of Berkeley and Robert Casale of Melrose Park each received the Daniel Johnson EMT-B Excellence Award at the October 2011 meeting of the Triton Board of Trustees, with the families of the award recipients and Daniel Johnson’s family in attendance. The award is sponsored by the Triton College Foundation. Triton College students reach the finish line at commencement More than 1,800 students determined to successfully complete their educational goals graduated with a degree or certificate from Triton College in May. About 400 of those students took part in the college’s 46th Annual Commencement on May 19 at Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, walking across the stage to receive their diplomas, greeted with thundering applause from family and friends. Triton College President Patricia Granados recognized several graduates and their inspiring stories. “Students, beyond today, no matter where you’ve come from or where your journey leads you, you will always be part of Triton College,” she said. “You will possess an extremely valuable gift – a quality education – and I know you will use it well.” Congratulations to the class of 2012! Institutional Excellence The value of an education spoke volumes with Triton College’s GED preparation program this past year. More than 160 students completed Triton’s GED program from fall 2011 through spring 2012 to go on to graduate with their GED – that’s one of the highest totals in the school’s history and almost double from last year’s 87 graduates! It was a monumental celebration for education and the students who made the decision to achieve their GED. Several graduates of the June 21, 2012, GED completion ceremony received scholarships from Triton and/or were inducted into the National Adult Education Honors Society that recognizes the outstanding grades earned by students. From its GED preparation program to English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, Triton’s Adult Education Department offers resources students need to put them in a position to pursue a higher education and/or obtain a job. t Peter Beata Adjunct faculty for the Adult Education Department Peter Beata teaches language arts in Triton’s GED preparation courses. The free classes help put students on track toward passing their GED test. Beata acknowledges that it’s not an easy decision for students to return to school to receive their GED. “They work full-time and have families to take care of that it can be difficult to complete their GED preparation courses to prepare them for the GED test,” he said. “I admire all of these students for having the desire to go for their GED certificate.” With that in mind, Beata provides a positive learning environment try to set up a comfortable atmosphere, where students aren’t afraid to ask questions,” he said. “Though students don’t have to take our preparation courses to take the GED test, many find our courses beneficial in providing the discipline they need to succeed. They also appreciate knowing that there are other people in the same boat.” to help boost the confidence of his students. “I 9 t INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE w Triton College addresses college readiness and retention with mandatory placement testing Triton College has consistently increased opportunity for more and more students to experience success in education through its mandatory placement test. The test, which determines students’ college readiness, has seen a significant increase of students who’ve either taken the test or were waived from taking the test since the mandatory test implementation in fall 2011. The referrals for the developmental education classes, which allow for students to develop the skills they need for college-level performance, indicates little change from 2011 to 2012. However, the percentages of students referred to developmental courses are considerable and remain a focus in addressing college readiness. “The college continues to explore strategies to increase student success in developmental education through curriculum and policy development,” said Triton College President Patricia Granados. “We are truly committed to embracing and implementing the interventions that will be the most effective for our students.” 100% Shanika Meeks u There was something missing in Shanika Meeks' life. The 30-yearold has a loving husband and two adorable children, and on top of that, she had a good-paying job. But her job didn't bring her fulfillment. She wanted more, and she knew exactly what she was missing – her GED. Meeks dropped out of high school due to family problems and tried getting her GED through several programs, but constantly found herself dropping out of the programs. It wasn't until quitting her job after consulting with her husband and enrolling in Triton College's GED preparation courses that she was able to accomplish her goal. "My instructors were very helpful and determined in helping me succeed. For the first time, I felt like I was in classes with other people who were on the same level as I was academically," she said. Upon receiving her diploma, Meeks received a scholarship to continue her education at Triton, of which she is currently enrolled at pursuing her degree in accounting. 93% 85% Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 80% 69% 70% 60% 57% 52% 40% 33% 33% 30% 24% 21% 18% 20% 0% % Tested or Waived (all three subjects) % Referred % Referred % Referred Developmental Developmental Developmental Writing Reading Math 10 v INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE u Triton College receives NSF and IGEN grants to build new programs with sustainability in mind In early 2012, Triton College received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program to develop an associate’s degree for Sustainable Agriculture Technology (SAT) – a first for Illinois community colleges. The grant will fund a three-year process of curriculum development and implementation for a program that is scheduled for introduction in 2013 and will reach from high school to higher education. The purpose of the ATE program is to increase nationally the number of trained science technicians to address 21st century workforce needs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career fields. Partnerships with area high schools, local industries, and colleges and universities are important components in developing the program. With the grant, the college plans to host SAT-related workshops with a STEM focus for high school faculty and students. In addition, the college is utilizing the advice and expertise of SAT-related industries and universities currently offering the program. Triton College has already launched a certificate for sustainable landscape practices as a catalyst for its two-year degree. Triton College was also awarded nearly $860,000, a portion of a U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Education grant worth $19.4 million. The grant was coordinated by the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) initiative to create new green job training programs to assist dislocated workers. With the grant, Triton will equip workers with specific skill sets employers are looking for and strengthen technologyenabled learning by allowing students and workers to access free learning materials online. Triton College named HispanicServing Institution and a HispanicServing Agricultural College Community joins in festivities celebrating 30 years of student success at Nuevos Horizontes Nuevos Horizontes, Triton College’s community center in Melrose Park, celebrated its 30th Anniversary on Aug. 13, 2011, with a community street festival and ceremony that recognized the accomplishments of the center and the people who have accessed its programs and services. The ceremony included an awards presentation acknowledging the contributions and support of Village of Melrose Park Mayor Ronald M. Serpico; RSVP volunteers Thomas and Joyce Jurek, who teach English language classes; and Triton College President Patricia Granados, who served as one of five directors. The first director of Nuevos, Sarah Bingaman, also shared her sentiments at the event. In 2011, Triton College was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for an increased Hispanic enrollment that constitutes about 25 percent of the total enrollment. In turn for being named an HSI, later in the year, Triton was certified as a Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) institution by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and out of 71 identified institutions, is one of only two certified HSACUs in Illinois. The certification recognizes Triton as a qualifying HSI that offers accredited degree programs in agriculture-related fields. Triton College launches new website Triton College launched its new website in November 2011, providing easier navigation than ever before. The new website presents information of interest about Triton’s programs, events, students, faculty, organizations and departments that are all committed to student success. Proviso Township Mental Health Commission makes donation to Triton to support program for persons with developmental disabilities The Proviso Township Mental Health Commission donated $20,000 to the college to help fund Triton College’s transitional program that serves designated individuals with a developmental disability, aside from a physical disability. The commission has donated funds to Triton’s program since the 2008-2009 fiscal year. 11 t INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE w Improving Triton’s campus with renovations Several renovation projects on the Triton College campus were completed this past year in an effort to enhance students’ learning environment. • The X-ray equipment of Triton’s Radiology Department was upgraded with new digital technology – produced by AMRAD Medical Equipment of Summit Industries based in Chicago – that mirrors the technology and equipment currently used in doctor’s offices and hospitals’ X-ray rooms. • As part of Triton’s move toward sustainability, the Triton College Library was updated with new, energy-saving lighting and flooring made of 90 percent recycled materials. The lighting is part of a grant funded through the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), as part of the Illinois Community College Targeted Energy Savings (ICCTES) Program. • Triton’s remodeled Testing Center, located in the A-Building, provides more convenience and comfort to test takers to accommodate diverse testing needs across campus. The center can now accommodate up to 70 test-takers at one time, and also sports removable walls and flexible furniture to expand the area during peak times. The availability of the Testing Center was also increased to six days per week. Salute to Success — Serving our veterans Recognized by “G.I. Jobs” magazine in 2011 as a Military-Friendly School®, Triton College has made efforts in addressing the needs of its student veterans by providing resources and services to aid in their transition from the battlefield to the classroom. In late 2011, the college formed a committee charged with bringing together local businesses, organizations and parishes to serve all veterans in the surrounding community. The initiative aligns with President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which calls for interfaith cooperation and programming in service to others. The committee developed on-campus workshops and events to benefit and recognize veterans and their service. They developed a webpage for veterans and hosted career decision-making and resume writing workshops, as well as held a Veterans Day Breakfast and the college’s first-ever Veterans Resource Fair that gave veterans an all-access pass to various resources on Triton’s campus and in the community. As a participant of the President’s Interfaith Challenge, Triton’s campus served as a hub for a firstof-its-kind event bringing together faculty and staff from Triton College and other colleges and universities in the Chicago area, along with representatives from the White House and other federal agencies, to share their progress and plans related to the U.S. President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge. Portions of the meeting were broadcast on the internet to the White House and to schools across the nation. 12 v INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE u Triton’s sustainability efforts expand across Triton’s campus and into district communities Sustainable practices have spread across the Triton College campus and its surrounding communities like a wildfire this past year, sparking new initiatives and events to further the college’s mission to inspire and educate on how to live a greener lifestyle. One of the most significant initiatives was the establishment of Triton’s Sustainability Center, which is a virtual resource hub funded by the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) designed to educate the Triton community and beyond on the latest sustainability initiatives and practices. The Sustainability Center has accomplished this through Sustainable Thursdays, a free program with different sustainable topics each session, and various other events with a going-green focus through collaborations with area organizations and educational institutions. The Sustainability Center has also begun a campus-wide recycling program, inspired the installation of LED lighting in the parking lots and planted an experimental prairie garden. Triton has even garnered national attention for its sustainability efforts by being recognized in the “Community College Journal,” October/November 2011 issue. The college has also made strides in offering degrees and certificates with a sustainability focus that has been recognized with a nod from Gov. Pat Quinn. Triton was named a Bronze level recipient of the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact by Gov. Pat Quinn and the Green Governments Coordinating Council for incorporating sustainability into campus operations, academic and research programs, student activities and community outreach. Triton College currently offers an A.A.S. in horticulture at Triton, as well as certificates in floral design, grounds maintenance, landscape design and sustainable landscape practices. “Triton College’s commitment to sustainability is a model for Illinois, and those green practices will help save money and conserve resources,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “Triton students will also benefit from classes that prepare them to enter the green industries that are going to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next century.” Partnerships/ Community Service The Triton College community knows that wellrounded learning doesn’t just come from textbooks but through experiences. That is why developing opportunities for Triton’s students to gain realworld experience, whether through its experienced faculty, updated learning environments and community partnerships, is of grave importance. Triton’s architecture students received an opportunity of a lifetime that gave them a real situation to address through a hands-on project, while also providing a service to the Village of Riverside. Through the partnership, Triton’s architecture students drew up plans for reconstructing the village’s youth center and then formally presented their recommendations to village trustees and building managers during an evening meeting, complete with architectural models and drawings. v PARTNERSHIPS/COMMUNITY v INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE SERVICE u u 14 14 Area youth explore career possibilities, college at inspiring events on Triton’s campus In an effort to get youth thinking about attending college and career choices now, Triton College has hosted a number of events to inspire children to study hard while in middle and high school to prepare them in accomplishing their dreams. t Garret Eakin Garret Eakin, architecture faculty, said the Village of Riverside project was a win-win for all. While students received the experience of researching, designing and presenting their ideas, the Village of Riverside received a look into what their youth center could look like and possibly proceed with plans of developing the site, Eakin said. Students also learned to work together effectively and incorporate sustainability as part of their one-of-a-kind design plans. Design concepts included a building block design, as well as a design that drew on the shape of the river at the given site. WaterBotics & GADgET Camp For two weeks in July, Triton College’s Engineering Technology program provided youth with the opportunity to showcase their creativity and work on projects – related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – during WaterBotics and GADgET, two innovative summer camps. WaterBotics gave youth the opportunity to create a robot made out of Legos® and program it to swim underwater; and GADgET camp, which was featured in the “New York Times,” encouraged young girls to learn about engineering technology through female mentors in the industry and by allowing them to create a “gadget” of their own imagination. “Architecture is a public art, and I can’t think of a better way to teach our students about architecture than through real projects in the community,” Eakin said. PATHE & ECAP Students and teachers from Proviso East and West High Schools and Proviso Mathematics & Science Academy took part in PATHE (Providing Access to Higher Education) to Success, a conference aimed at promoting college readiness and awareness held on Triton’s campus. The annual fall conference is an initiative of the Community Alliance in which Triton College participates. The coalition combines the volunteer efforts of government, educational, community-based and religious institutions within Melrose Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Northlake and Stone Park. Students attended sessions throughout the day on financial aid, college entrance exams and college choices, as well as learned about such fields of study as health and wellness, informational technology and business law. 15 t PARTNERSHIPS/COMMUNITY SERVICE w Mina Rezaeian u Triton student Mina Rezaeian had no idea that one class could teach her so much. As a student in Eakin’s architecture class, Rezaeian enjoyed learning about the architecture industry hands-on with the Village of Riverside project. She added that the class also prepared her for her studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology. “You usually don’t receive the chance to work on projects as big as this at community colleges, so it was great to get the experience,” she said. Students were creative with their thought process, examining various aspects of the proposed area to develop their designs. They participated in the same types of activities as professional architects who are assigned to a project, including a list of requirements from their “clients.” “It was very challenging but a learning experience to make your client happy and also try to make yourself happy with the design,” she said. “The project validated my passion for architecture even more.” A similar program, the annual Early College Awareness Program (ECAP) brought about 150 middle school students to Triton’s campus to explore their college and career options. The program is designed to encourage middle school students to think about how they can prepare for college now, and ultimately, prepare for a career in their field of interest. They learned about Triton’s programs in computer information systems, criminal justice, art, engineering technology, horticulture and biological sciences. STEM Fair & the Des Plaines Valley Region Culinary Cook-Off On April 26, 2012, the Triton community hosted its annual STEM Fair that allowed more than 180 area middle school students to explore highdemand career possibilities in forensics science, healthcare and architecture. With each hands-on activity led by Triton faculty and students, the youth learned the important role higher education plays in obtaining a career in these fields as well as discovered that they can begin their studies close to home at Triton. The following week, the culinary skills of high school students were showcased in Triton’s Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) Department’s 2012 Des Plaines Valley Region Culinary Cook-Off. The competition tasked students with the challenge of creating several dishes within an hour in Triton’s kitchen/classroom lab. 16 v PARTNERSHIPS/COMMUNITY SERVICE u Stories and memories about 9/11 shared during 10-year remembrance ceremony On Sept. 6, 2011, the Triton community and area residents gathered around Circle Drive at the River Grove campus to commemorate the tremendous loss experienced 10 years ago on 9/11. Three thousand American flags representing the number of lives lost on that fateful day waved in the breeze on the campus lawn, as speakers shared their heartfelt feelings and memories. Triton College honors the Village of River Grove and the Village of Riverside Triton College celebrated two community partnerships this past academic year with separate receptions. On Sept. 7, 2011, Triton staff, faculty, students and community members gathered for a community celebration recognizing the Village of River Grove in the college’s Botanical Gardens. Triton College President Patricia Granados and Chairman Mark Stephens presented Village of River Grove President Marilynn J. May with a plaque, honoring the relationship between the college and its hometown. And in the spring, Triton College honored its partnership with the Village of Riverside during a special event on May 2, 2012, held on Triton’s campus. The day recognized Village President Michael Gorman and the Riverside community for providing real-world career experiences to Triton’s students. Triton’s horticulture students had the opportunity to develop their skills by working with the internationally renowned landscape designs of Frederick Law Olmsted found throughout Riverside. And Triton’s architecture class was tasked with proposing a plan to redesign Riverside’s youth center. Guest of honor and Village of Westchester President Sam Pulia recounted his efforts to help in the search and recovery efforts in New York City, then serving as deputy chief of police for the Westchester Police Department. Pulia had a cousin, a New York firefighter, who was among the missing and was later identified as a casualty. Following the Triton College ceremony, attendees were invited to sign a commemorative poster to be displayed in the college center. A free movie showing of “In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11,” along with a panel discussion, took place at the Cernan Earth and Space Center later that evening. 19 t INNOVATION w Innovation The President’s Leadership Academy continues to engage and encourage professional development among full-time employees since the start of the initiative in 2008. The fiscal year 2012 Leadership Academy learned that you don’t have to be in a leadership role to be a leader, as they participated in dialogue and workshops with one another and community college leaders who reinforced messages about what it means and the skills it takes to be a good leader, while upholding Triton’s mission and vision. As a group of 19 participants, they selected two projects to focus on for the 2011-2012 academic year: Creating a wall recognizing the accomplishments of 50 notable Triton graduates for the college’s upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2014 and developing a college prep program for at-risk or high-risk students as a means to improve college readiness. Sujith Zachariah If there is one thing Sujith Zachariah took away from being part of the President’s Leadership Academy, it’s that in order to grow professionally, one must step outside their comfort zone. “It’s u important to get involved on campus and learn about the different areas of the college,” he said. Zachariah, who was promoted from the director of admissions to the now associate dean of enrollment services, does just that by participating in various committees, getting to know his fellow Triton employees and conversing with students to learn how he can best serve them in his position. The President’s Leadership Academy inspired him to be more involved with the college to ensure its success. “I appreciate being able to contribute in helping students transition and by making sure they have the tools they need to be successful,” he said. v PARTNERSHIPS/COMMUNITY SERVICE u v INNOVATION u v INSTITUTIONAL EXCELLENCE u 16 18 18 t Jackie Werner Helping students achieve their educational goals is what Jackie Werner treasured about her job at Triton College as the coordinator for intake services in the Financial Aid Department. Being able to provide students with the muchneeded information to obtain financial aid to afford their education excited Werner, but she was limited in helping students succeed while in the position. Three years following the start of her professional career at Triton, Werner is now the student success strategist for the Division of Academic Success, where she has developed a student-faculty mentoring program to assist students in completing their studies. She credits her time with the President’s Leadership Academy in 2011-2012 for developing her leadership skills. Triton College honors the Village of River Grove and the Village of Riverside Triton College celebrated two community partnerships this past academic year with separate receptions. On Sept. 7, 2011, Triton staff, faculty, students and community members gathered for a community celebration recognizing the Village of River Grove in the college’s Botanical Gardens. Triton College President Patricia Granados and Chairman Mark Stephens presented Village of River Grove President Marilynn J. May with a plaque, honoring the relationship between the college and its hometown. And in the spring, Triton College honored its partnership with the Village of Riverside during a special event on May 2, 2012, held on Triton’s campus. The day recognized Village President Michael Gorman and the Riverside community for providing real-world career experiences to Triton’s students. Triton’s horticulture students had the opportunity to develop their skills by working with the internationally renowned landscape designs of Frederick Law Olmsted found throughout Riverside. And Triton’s architecture class was tasked with proposing a plan to redesign Riverside’s youth center. “The academy reinforced my belief in myself and my professional goals,” she said. “I had the skills, but the academy taught me how to utilize them better, so that I could effectively lead.” 19 t INNOVATION w EMT program trains students to handle real-life emergency situations Emergency Management Technology (EMT) instructor Bill Justiz believes in providing his students with fast-paced, hands-on emergency scenarios to convey the importance and reality of a career as an emergency responder. Students are equipped with radios to dispatch information on the condition of the patient, like that of a real responder, at various locations on campus. The use of dummies as patients and an ambulance simulator in the EMT Department adds to students’ hands-on learning. Sujith Zachariah If there is one thing Sujith Zachariah took away from being part of the President’s Leadership Academy, it’s that in order to grow professionally, one must step outside their comfort zone. “It’s u important to get involved on campus and learn about the different areas of the college,” he said. Zachariah, who was promoted from the director of admissions to the now associate dean of enrollment services, does just that by participating in various committees, getting to know his fellow Triton employees and conversing with students to learn how he can best serve them in his position. The President’s Leadership Academy inspired him to be more involved with the college to ensure its success. “I appreciate being able to contribute in helping students transition and by making sure they have the tools they need to be successful,” he said. iPad pilot puts students on the cutting edge of success Thanks to a state grant, Triton College is one of the first community colleges in the area to provide students with access to iPad2 tablets in the Academic Success Center (ASC). The college recognized a need to equip Triton students with up-to-date technological resources and skills that support the learning process, especially in science, mathematics, and English. The iPads are available for use in the ASC under the direction of speciallytrained ASC staff members during individual tutoring sessions or workshops. Pre-loaded applications on the tablets provide a variety of opportunities to access immediate information, use 3D modeling, and engage in interactive learning – all keys to student success. 20 v INNOVATION u Faculty/Staff Recognition Nothing is more gratifying for Triton College faculty and staff than to see students succeed, whether it’s understanding their homework lesson, graduating with their associate’s degree or certificate or even going on to work their dream career. Triton’s faculty and staff strive to engage students through technological advancements, a hands-on classroom setting and their own real-world career experience that students seem to value. Several Triton instructors were acknowledged for their leadership and dedication in teaching with the Faculty of the Year Award for 2012. The winners include: Adjunct Faculty - Geoff Hiller, Business; Edward Konstanty, Criminal Justice Administration; and Robert Locke, Science Faculty - Julie Gilbert, Accounting; and Peggy Murninghan, Business Management Here’s a look at two of the winners and how they’ve contributed to student success. 21 t FACULTY/STAFF RECOGNITION w t Julie Gilbert Sometimes by simply providing students with the resources they need is vital in helping them achieve their goals. Accounting faculty member Julie Gilbert saw a need to provide additional homework assistance for her students, beyond what they were getting from the classroom. Gilbert started Homework Connection, which gave students the opportunity to study with the class instructor in attendance for help. Robert Locke Robert Locke, science adjunct faculty, is passionate about teaching science that he’s proven through his unfaltering dedication to Triton College for the last 41 years. Locke holds an unprecedented record at the college, teaching future veterinarians, neurosurgeons, dentists and more through his traditional style of teaching. Locke works at developing a curriculum that engages students with hands-on opportunities because he wants to see his students succeed. But, he reminds them, they have to do the work. “There’s a lot of material in my class to learn,” he said. “But I motivate them and help them learn it, giving them every chance to succeed.” While retirement is nigh for the Triton instructor who owns two testing laboratories, teaching Triton’s students, he said, will remain part of his life. “Every u “It was a way to connect students with their homework, on-campus resources, other students studying the same subject and myself,” she said. “Our students work hard and have busy lives outside of the classroom that it’s important to make the resources they need to succeed accessible to them.” The sessions are held in a relaxed, casual atmosphere to encourage brainstorming and dialogue. “We’ve received a really good response from students,” Gilbert said, as well as from other instructors who’ve begun something similar with their classes. “I have students who’ve said they might have dropped out of the class without these sessions to put them on the right path. I’m always looking for ways to motivate Triton’s students.” student is unique and they never cease to amaze me in the classroom,” he said. “Teaching them is a thrill for me.” 22 v FACULTY/STAFF RECOGNITION u AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION • DEBORAH FORD, Center for Accommodative and Access Services; DEBORAH BANESS-KING, Academic Success; JOBETH HALPIN, Architecture; and ANTIGONE SHARRIS, Engineering Technology: National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards • DR. ELIZABETH COLLINS and DR. ALLEN SALZMAN, History: Selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholars program • DR. QUINCY MARTIN III, Student Affairs; LINDSEY WESTLEY, Special Initiatives and Community Relations; ELAINE JAMISON, Computer Systems: Excellence in Service recognition • BILL JUSTIZ, Emergency Medical Technology: Awarded the Davenport Award from Guerin Prep High School and Alumni Association for assisting in establishing the Daniel Johnson EMT award at Triton College • LARISSA K. GARCIA, Library: Interviewed by the ALA Digital Literacy Task Force as part of an environmental scan on current effective practices in digital literacy training in academic, school and public libraries • On Feb. 22, 2012, the Triton College Library participated in the 23rd NCTE National African-American Read-In with 35 students, faculty and staff, which was covered in the “Pioneer Press” and on the “TribLocal Oak Park/River Forest” website APPOINTMENTS • SETH MCCLELLAN, Mass Communications; and DR. WILLIAM M. GRIFFIN, Business: Granted tenure • LORE CARVAJAL, Behavioral Science and Psychology: Selected as a Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s Cross-State Tuning Project Psychology Workgroup member • DEBRA BAKER, Ophthalmic Technology: Elected president of the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs; currently an accreditation site visitor for the Commission • MARIANNA DESMOND, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Serves on the Curriculum Sub-Committee for Advanced Practitioners in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and the Conference Management Committee of the Society • SANDRA HUGHES, Nursing: Certified nurse educator • ALEXIS SAROVICH, Education: Serves on the Everyone Reading Illinois Board (formerly the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association) • AYDEE JANNEY and DR. LISA GINET, Early Childhood Education: Participants in the Erikson Institute’s Early Mathematics Education Community College Partnership Project CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS • DAVID ANDERSON, Computer Information Systems: Presented Post-Secondary End User Security: Addressing the End User Challenge at EDULEARN2012, the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona, Spain • DEBRA KRUKOWSKI and MARIANNA DESMOND, Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Participated on the Educational Committee of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, the national organization of the profession • SANDRA HUGHES and MARY BIELSKI, Nursing: Presenters at the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (NOADN) meeting on the success of the Introduction to Nursing Academics course • DR. WILLIAM M. GRIFFIN, Business: Visited Xi’an, China to participate in the opening of the first American Culture Center for community colleges • DANIELE MANNI, Psychology: Presented a paper titled The Mimesis of the Self: Michael Foucalt’s on the Identity of the Subject in Plato’s Alcibiades at the Collegium Phaenomenologicum in Italy • DR. LISA GINET, Early Childhood Education: Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) annual conference in Atlanta • MICHAEL M. KAZNJIAN, Behavioral Sciences: Presented a paper on philosophy and ethics at the American Sociological Association Conference in Las Vegas and the Michigan Academy of Arts and Letters • LARISSA K. GARCIA, Library: Attended and moderated a portion of the Illinois Association of Colleges and Research Libraries (IACRL) Conference in Oak Brook; co-wrote a paper addressing the new and expanding roles of librarians in teaching digital information literacy, titled From Embedded to Integrated: Digital Information Literacy and New Teaching Models for Academic Librarians DEBORAH BANESS-KING ANTIGONE SHARRIS ELAINE JAMISON BILL JUSTIZ LARISSA K. GARCIA Athletics Self-confidence. Sportsmanship. Strength in character. These are just some of the qualities the coaches, staff and faculty of Triton College’s Athletics Department instill in their students to contribute to their success in their respective sport and in the classroom. And speaking of success, Triton College boasts championship teams in a variety of its sports, which includes men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, men’s baseball and women’s softball. It has been an amazing year for Triton’s Athletics Department and its athletes who’ve won regional titles and have received many awards for their athletic contributions while at Triton. 24 v ATHLETICS u t Jose Torres Triton College student Jose “Shorty” Torres had low grades throughout his high school career and didn’t consider himself to be a great wrestler but loved the sport. With no scholarship prospects and financial issues, attending a four-year university wasn’t an option for Torres but he did envision himself in college. He then discovered Triton, which would become his second chance at life. While pursuing an Associate in Arts degree at Triton, Torres joined the wrestling team, where he found success, winning national titles and All-American honors, and developed a support system of teammates, friends and coaches. “I sometimes wanted to quit wrestling because my family didn’t support me,” he said. “But Triton Athletics: Highlighting the year’s top accomplishments • The Trojan wrestlers concluded the 2011-2012 NJCAA National Tournament in Rochester, Minn., by qualifying seven wrestlers to nationals and earning a fourth-place finish in the Central District, with all seven men winning at least one bout. • The Lady Trojans raised $1,000 during a special volleyball game in October 2011 to benefit breast cancer research. • Sophomore wrestler JOSE TORRES placed fourth in his weight class at nationals and earned All-American honors, ending the season with 40 wins – the most wins in any season by an individual wrestler under head coach Harry McGinnis. • Basketball guard BRYANT ORANGE receives full scholarship to attend Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich.; THIERNO NIANG signs his letter of intent to play basketball at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; and JOSE TORRES receives an academic and athletic scholarship to McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill. • The Triton College Athletics Department named JOSE TORRES as Male Athlete of the Year, and CHRISTINA CHRISTOPHER of the softball team as Female Athlete of the Year. Also, head men’s basketball coach STEVE CHRISTIANSEN was awarded Coach of the Year. • BRYANT ORANGE, JOSE TORRES and men’s soccer player DIMITRIOS FLOROS were named NJCAA Division II First-Team All-Americans. Each player was also named MVP of their respective sport by Triton’s Athletics Department. • STEVE CHRISTIANSEN won 2011-2012 Coach of the Year from the North Central Community College Conference. because of the guidance and support of my coach Harry McGinnis, I continued to wrestle and succeeded. He never quit on me. He was the reason for my success in wrestling and even the books.” Torres also thrived in the classroom, graduating from Triton with a 3.5 GPA. His success led to Torres receiving an athletic and academic scholarship to McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., to pursue his bachelor’s degree – a task he is very proud of, maybe even more so than his wrestling feats. “If you can push yourself through all the hard work, pain and agony to achieve what you want to achieve, then the outcome is your pride and success,” Torres said. 25 t ATHLETICS w Harry McGinnis u Wrestling head coach and Athletics Director Harry McGinnis always saw a fighter in student Jose Torres. He fought to improve his wrestling techniques, as well as his GPA in the classroom. The young wrestler left Triton as the first wrestler during McGinnis’ 23-year tenure to reach the 40-win plateau in a single season and as the 31st All-American McGinnis has coached. “Jose is the complete package,” McGinnis said. “He exemplifies hard work not only on the mat but in the classroom and I’m proud of the fact that he earned an academic and athletic scholarship to attend McKendree. Helping our student-athletes get to the next step is what coaching here at Triton is all about.” As a testament to McGinnis’ commitment to his students, Torres hopes to become a wrestling coach. “I want to be a gym teacher and coach wrestling to help students succeed in sports and life, like my teachers did with me,” Torres said. “My role model is coach McGinnis, and I want to be just like him!” Triton College Foundation The Triton College Foundation is yet another resource that contributes to the success of Triton’s students. The Foundation serves the college’s students, alumni and area communities by raising funds to put toward developing new programs and services, scholarships and updating campus operations and facilities to ensure students have access to the services and resources they need to be successful at Triton. To raise funds for these initiatives, the Foundation holds two major fundraisers throughout the year: the President’s Reception in the fall and the Golf Outing in the summer. Both are met with praise by participants who share in the Foundation’s mission of encouraging higher education. t Mary Ann Lespinasse For Mary Ann Lespinasse, third time’s a charm! The mother of four yearned to get her college degree to serve as an example for her children and to better her life, but she constantly ran into obstacles that kept her from pursuing her dream. From financial issues to family responsibilities, Lespinasse was unable to complete her studies twice. It wasn’t until her third attempt that she received the support she needed as the award recipient of Triton’s Mid-Manager’s Association Union Scholarship from the Triton College Foundation that she was able to pursue an associate’s degree. “It was such a huge financial relief for me,” she said. “And although I could not afford to pay the scholarship back, I thought anyway I could help was only proper, so I volunteered to help out during the golf outing for Triton's Foundation. “I’m so thankful for this scholarship,” she continued. “Now I’ll be able to attend National Louis University to get my bachelor’s.” 27 t TRITON COLLEGE FOUNDATION w 29 t TRITON COLLEGE FOUNDATION w Supporting student success at Foundation’s annual President’s Reception and Golf Outing Geoffrey Obrzut, president and CEO of the Illinois Community College Board; Thomas Olson, executive director of Marketing at Triton College; and Dr. Kathryn Robbins, superintendent of Leyden High School District 212, were honored at the 19th Annual President’s Reception on Nov. 2, 2011. The reception is a major fundraiser for the college’s Foundation, with funds used toward books and student scholarships, in addition to other programs offered at the college. The reception garnered nearly $37,000 to support the Foundation. In the summer, approximately 240 golfers showed their support of student success at the 15th Annual Triton College Foundation Golf Outing on June 20, 2012, at White Pines Golf Course in Bensenville. The fund-raising event brought in more than $45,000 in scholarship funding – one of the highest amounts in the event’s history! Proceeds went toward scholarships and other funding for a broad range of needs at Triton College. 28 v TRITON COLLEGE FOUNDATIONu Triton College Foundation The Triton College Foundation is yet another resource that contributes to the success of Triton’s students. The Foundation serves the college’s students, alumni and area communities by raising funds to put toward developing new programs and services, scholarships and updating campus operations and facilities to ensure students have access to the services and resources they need to be successful at Triton. To raise funds for these initiatives, the Foundation holds two major fundraisers throughout the year: the President’s Reception in the fall and the Golf Outing in the summer. Both are met with praise by participants who share in the Foundation’s mission of encouraging higher education. u David King David King has led the Triton College Foundation for the past 12 years as Board President, establishing relationships with area organizations and companies as well as legislators who support Triton’s mission to cultivate student success. The Forest Park resident understands the value of the college as a Triton graduate who experienced firsthand how Triton can be a stepping stone toward success. “It’s an affordable option for students to receive their higher education,” he said. “The college offers great programs, small class sizes and experienced faculty to help students achieve their goals. “The Foundation complements that with scholarships to put more students on the path to accomplishing their dreams.” King said the Foundation continues to raise the funds needed to support the college and its students, including raising funds for the Culinary Education Center, which will expand the classrooms and labs for Triton’s increasing-popular hospitality program. “Every year, the Foundation is moving forward, and I know that we’ll continue to exceed and excel.” 29 t TRITON COLLEGE FOUNDATION w New scholarships available The Triton College Foundation, which oversees most of Triton College’s scholarships, added three new scholarships to its list that covers a student’s tuition, books and fees. The three new scholarships are: The Kay Langston Scholarship is named in honor of a retired Triton College administrator and is aimed at supporting students in achieving their goals and dreams. The “Women Beginning Again” Scholarship is open to women who are 50 years old and up with the intent of helping women who are beginning a new journey in life by assisting in their exploration of a new career or subject. The Triton College Foundation “President’s Scholarship” is provided by the Triton College Foundation Board of Directors in honor of Triton’s current president, Dr. Patricia Granados. The scholarship is intended to recognize and reward exemplary students with strong leadership qualities and assist students who don’t qualify for federal financial aid, yet college tuition would prove to be a financial burden on the student and/or family. Supporting student success at Foundation’s annual President’s Reception and Golf Outing Geoffrey Obrzut, president and CEO of the Illinois Community College Board; Thomas Olson, executive director of Marketing at Triton College; and Dr. Kathryn Robbins, superintendent of Leyden High School District 212, were honored at the 19th Annual President’s Reception on Nov. 2, 2011. The reception is a major fundraiser for the college’s Foundation, with funds used toward books and student scholarships, in addition to other programs offered at the college. The reception garnered nearly $37,000 to support the Foundation. In the summer, approximately 240 golfers showed their support of student success at the 15th Annual Triton College Foundation Golf Outing on June 20, 2012, at White Pines Golf Course in Bensenville. The fund-raising event brought in more than $45,000 in scholarship funding – one of the highest amounts in the event’s history! Proceeds went toward scholarships and other funding for a broad range of needs at Triton College. Oak Park-River Forest community honors Triton College Triton College was honored for providing a quality education to the community at a private reception at the Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park on Feb. 2, 2012. Oak Park-River Forest businesswoman and former Triton staffer Dr. Mary Jo Schuler presented a scholarship donation of $5,000 to Triton College President Patricia Granados to benefit OPRF transfer students who enroll at the college. Nearly 100 guests turned out for the event that included representatives from government, social service agencies, local businesses and noted village residents. Alumni The Triton College Alumni Association is growing in numbers and reputation. After only a year of being established, the Alumni Association has already welcomed more than 100 new members, with expectations of having more than 1,000 new members by the end of the spring 2013 semester. Growing the Alumni Association is of great importance to Triton College, as alumni are Triton’s greatest advocates and ambassadors of the college’s mission of lifelong learning and student success. Alumni Association members have enjoyed attending social events connecting them to their alma mater. Plus, they’ve appreciated opportunities to stay active with the college by returning as guest speakers, serving as members of advisory committees and/or instructors and investing in education through the Triton College Foundation. Triton College hosts alumni events NURSING ALUMNI RECEPTION WITH BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY: The academic partnership between Triton College and Benedictine University was celebrated at an Aug. 10, 2011, dinner reception on the River Grove campus, recognizing the continuing success and education of alumni of both institutions who hold a bachelor’s degree and advanced degrees in nursing. Triton College and Benedictine University afford students the opportunity to continue their higher education pursuits for select bachelor and graduate degree programs with courses offered in Triton’s University Center. CRIMINAL JUSTICE ALUMNI RECEPTION: Triton College alumni of the Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) programs reconnected over laser target practice at the Criminal Justice Alumni Reception on Dec. 1, 2011, held on Triton’s campus. Bringing an innovative and interactive approach to the reception, alumni networked and learned about the progress of Triton’s current CJA program through a tour, presentation and a laser target practice station that highlighted a teaching tool utilized in several firearmsfocused courses at the college. Triton’s CJA program is the largest criminal justice program available in the state. Notable alumni in attendance included 28th District State Senator John Millner (R-Carol Stream; 1974 Triton graduate); Joseph Kozenczak (1970), former chief of police in Des Plaines and author of “The Chicago Killer,” which delves into the investigation of Chicago-area serial killer John Wayne Gacy; Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano (2000); Tom Braglia (1974), a CJA adjunct faculty member and former Elmwood Park chief of police; and CJA faculty member and 46th District State Representative Dennis Reboletti (RElmhurst). ALLIED HEALTH ALUMNI RECEPTION: Graduates of Triton College’s Allied Health Careers program joined faculty and fellow alumni at a first-ever alumni reception for the program on April 12, 2012, on Triton’s campus in River Grove. Triton College President Patricia Granados welcomed about 80 alumni who graduated from 1973 to 2011, representing the Allied Health degree and certification programs in ophthalmic technology, diagnostic medical sonography, nursing, radiologic technology, surgical technology and nuclear medicine technology. MORE ALUMNI EVENTS INCLUDED: • Employee Alumni Breakfast • Alumni Social at Doc Ryan’s Bar and Grill in Forest Park 31 t ALUMNI w t Zee Bhimani When Triton College student Zee Bhimani was pursuing culinary arts and restaurant management degrees in Triton’s Hospitality Industry Administration program, he searched for an affordable source for chef uniforms he needed for class. In the process, he discovered a profitable market and hasn’t looked back since. Bhimani, assisted by a friend, began selling chef uniforms at reasonable prices. Bhimani developed, Zee’s Apparel, LLC, which offers custom screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. The business has received praise from customers for their products’ affordability and quality. He’s even provided his products to Triton. “Working in my family’s restaurants growing up, I became very passionate about food, marketing, sales and graphic design,” Bhimani said, “and I figured out how to tie all of it into this business. Lisa Scalessi Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Scalessi is the liaison between Triton College and its more than 50,000 alumni. She develops the means and opportunities for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater through the Alumni Association. u “The Triton College Alumni Association fosters lifelong relationships between alumni and Triton College through programs and initiatives that both serve our graduates and engage alumni in the future success of the college and our current students,” Scalessi said. Triton’s alumni have shown an overwhelming appreciation for having the opportunity to renew their relationship with the college through events and workshops, social media outlets, access to resources on campus and the opportunity to showcase their academic and career success through the college’s publications and website. Plus, they are able to give back to the next generation of students. “As we continue to build our membership, our future plans include establishing an Alumni Association Council that will help direct the future of the association and continuing to develop ways of informing and involving alumni in the future success of Triton,” Scalessi said. “Triton gave me a solid foundation to continue my career in hospitality and allowed me to pursue my passion. Although I have left cooking professionally temporarily, I am active within the industry.” Bhimani intends to expand his business with the intention of turning it into a nationally recognized company. 32 v FINANCIAL SUMMARY u Financial Summary REVENUES AND O P E R AT I N G B U D G E T Summary of Fiscal Year 2012 Revenue Other 2% State Grants 11% Local Tax Revenue 42% Student Tuition and Fees 45% Summary of Fiscal Year 2012 Operating Budget Expenditures by Program Student Services 8% Institutional Support 23% Academic Support 8% Public Services 3.5% Auxiliary Services .5% Operations and Maintenance 22% Instruction 35% Student Success Indicators 2009 First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2006 2010 First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2007 2011 First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2008 Successful completion of credits attempted Advancement from remedial to gatekeeper courses (within 3 years) Enrolling in and successful completion of gatekeeper courses (within 3 years) English Math English Attempt Complete Math Attempt Complete Triton Fall to Spring Retention Fall to Fall Retention Transfer Fall To Spring Transfer Fall to Year 2 Transfer 75% 73% 34% 74% 68% 36% 73% 68% 40% 48% 39% 20% 15% 48% 38% 20% 16% 45% 37% 20% 15% Enrolling from one semester to the next 67% 48% 4% 3% 67% 49% 11% 3% 66% 49% 10% 2% Earning degrees and/or certificates (highest completion) Goal completion within 3 years (includes all graduates and transfers) Total 14% 14% 13% 24% 29% 27% 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.ncacihe.org 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 www.triton.edu E-mail: email@example.com (708) 456-0300 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark R. Stephens, Chairman; Donna L. Peluso, Vice Chairwoman; Diane Viverito, Secretary; Irene Moskal Del Giudice; Thomas Gary; Elizabeth Ann Potter; Glenn A. Stam; Andrew Smith, Student Trustee PRESIDENT Patricia Granados, Ed.D. Triton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.