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INSIDE THIS ISSUE • First Recipients of Alumni Association Scholarships • Building a Greater Triton College • New Degree Programs Offered at Triton • Triton Celebrates 50th Anniversary


Innovating for the 21st Century

Rendering of proposed renovation of the Learning Resource Center



etter from Director of Alumni Relations


etter from Alumni Association President

Greetings Triton College Alumni,

Dear Triton College Family and Friends,

Fifty is a significant number for Triton College. This year, we are reflecting on 50 years of Triton College history. We are celebrating the 50,000+ alumni that have graduated with degrees and certificates. We are also preparing for over $50 million in facility enhancements to position Triton as a premier academic institution for the next 50 years.

For the past 50 years, Triton College has been a place that many of us have considered a second home. As Triton prepares for the next 50 years, the place that we are all familiar with will be undergoing many changes to better serve students and the community.

In this issue of ALUMNET, we explore what is on the horizon for Triton College. From enhanced facilities and learning environments for our students to additional resources for our community to innovative degree and certificate offerings, Triton is preparing for 50 more years of student success. I hope you enjoy learning about the exciting events occurring on our campus and I invite you to witness the progress firsthand by visiting your alma mater for the duration of our 50th anniversary year. I encourage you to reconnect with Triton so we may celebrate your successes and secure your support of Triton College students both today and in the future.

Campus renovations, new scholarship opportunities, a new mascot and new program offerings are all innovations at Triton that I am happy to share with you in this issue of ALUMNET . I hope you feel the same sense of pride in your alma mater as I feel when learning about the positive impact Triton will have on the next generation of alumni.

To learn more about how to get involved with the Triton College Alumni Association, visit I look forward to connecting with you in support of Triton College and our students!

I encourage all alumni to join us in celebration of the past 50 years at Triton and the 50 years to come. I encourage you to take advantage of this momentous time in Triton’s history to reconnect with your alma mater and your fellow alumni through the Triton College Alumni Association. You all played an important part in shaping Triton’s history as students and graduates, and I hope you will join us to leave your mark on future Triton alumni.

Best Wishes, Lisa Scalessi Director of Alumni Relations

Best Regards, Lorenzo Webber, Class of 2010 Alumni Association President


Questions with Troy the Trojan Troy the Trojan came down from Olympus last September to become the character ambassador for Triton College. Troy spreads the word about all the great opportunities and resources Triton has to offer the community. We sat down with Troy to learn more about the newest member of the Triton family. What do you enjoy most about Triton College? I enjoy the people of Triton College. I enjoy engaging with the friendly students that are dedicated to their education and the passionate faculty and staff that support student success. What is your favorite spot on Triton’s campus? It’s hard to pick just one spot on campus. I like to interact with students in the cafeteria, pick up a book in the library, read on the campus mounds or catch a game on the east side of campus. So far, what have you experienced in celebration of Triton’s 50th anniversary?

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So far, I stopped by Alumni Athletics Day and cheered on the student and alumni athletes. I viewed the new sundial installed on the campus mounds to commemorate the 50th anniversary. It was a sight to see! I plan to attend the Golden Anniversary Alumni Celebration on Feb. 25, 2015 and the 50th Anniversary Gala on April 25, 2015. I hope to see many alumni at both events. What are your favorite books, movies and songs? I’d have to pick a couple classics for my favorite books, the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey” by Homer. My favorite movies are “Remember the Titans” and “Troy”, since it bears my name. My favorite songs are anything that gets me pumped up before Triton events. “We Will Rock You” by Queen and the Rocky theme song are two of my favorites. What do you like to do in your free time? When I have some free time you can find me lifting weights with Triton athletes, dining at Café 64 or buying sweets from the bakery or even catching a show at the Cernan Earth and Space Center.


lumni Legacy Scholarship Promotes Tradition of Triton College Education

Lawanda Wheat, the first recipient of the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, followed the footsteps of her sister toward a Nursing degree at Triton College. Wheat found her calling as a nurse through working with clients with developmental disabilities. “Being able to make a difference every day is very fulfilling,” she said. In order to provide the best care for the developmentally disabled population that she enjoys working with, Wheat decided to pursue an associate’s degree and follow the educational path of her sister, Lena, by enrolling in the nursing program at Triton College. “I chose Triton,” Wheat said, “because it works for me and what I need to accomplish. Triton’s tuition is very affordable, the campus is near my home and I also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships to help me pay for school.” She plans to use the Alumni Legacy Scholarship award toward payments for tuition, books and required uniforms for the nursing program. The Alumni Legacy Scholarship was established in 2014 by the inaugural members of the Triton

Alumni Association Council to honor Triton College alumni, to support the education of immediate relatives of Triton College alumni and to promote a lasting legacy of a Triton education. Students, like Wheat, will benefit from the scholarship opportunity by helping them achieve their educational goals while also promoting the tradition of a Triton College education among the families in our community. The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is awarded each semester to a current Triton College student who meets specific academic criteria and is an immediate relative of a Triton graduate. Wheat plans to complete her degree at Triton in December 2015 and is exploring options to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing through Benedictine University or Aurora University. No matter what healthcare facility I go into in the Chicagoland area, there is either a nurse that is a Triton graduate or someone who has heard of Triton’s nursing program. The name speaks for itself.” Wheat is anticipating the day that she, too, can call herself a Triton College graduate.

Lawanda Wheat


lmhurst Resident First to Receive Elmhurst College/Triton Alumni Council Scholarship Ken Hoch of Elmhurst is the first recipient of the newly established Elmhurst College/Triton Alumni Council Scholarship that will help him continue his education toward an advanced degree. Hoch is a two-time graduate of Triton College. He completed his associate’s degree in Business Management in 2010 and a second associate’s degree in general studies in 2013 at Triton. He is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Elmhurst College in one of today’s most in-demand fields, Cyber Security, which is part of Elmhurst’s Accelerated Degree-Completion program offered through Elmhurst’s School for Professional Studies.

Ken Hoch

The scholarship opportunity, he said, alleviates some of the financial pressures that often come with the cost of higher education, allowing him to focus more on his studies. “The scholarship offers me the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong educational goals, while putting me on the path toward

future success,” he said. “After graduation, I hope to launch my career in the Chicago area, ideally, working for an IT company or the Department of Homeland Security… Once I’m established in my profession, I plan to become more involved in the community.” Elmhurst College and Triton College’s Alumni Council worked together to establish this scholarship as part of a statewide initiative to help community college students continue their education. The scholarship awards two outstanding Triton College alumni – one per term, in the fall and spring – who are enrolled in one of Elmhurst’s accelerated degree-completion programs with $3,500 toward their tuition at Elmhurst. Both institutions look forward to providing students with this new scholarship opportunity that encourages them to further their education.

For more information about the Alumni Legacy Scholarship or the Elmhurst College/Triton Alumni Council Scholarship, call the Triton College Alumni Relations Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3382, or visit alumnet Newsletter • Fall 2014 • Page 3


uilding a Greater Triton College

Triton College is on its way to making campus improvements that would not only support economic development in the district but also prepare Triton’s students for a competitive job market. Following Board approval of $53 million worth of bonds, the Triton College Board of Trustees and administration presented a Bond Revenue Campus Renewal Projects public meeting on Oct. 7 to present proposed campus renovations the institution plans to pursue. More than 100 individuals attended the meeting held in the Robert M. Collins Center Auditorium, sharing suggestions on what projects should take precedence over others. Economic development is the common theme of many of Triton’s new proposals. Training students for the jobs of tomorrow is the prime objective. Some of the proposed renovation plans include modernizing the Child Development Center with an integrated childcare program and a lab school teaching environment for Triton students. In addition, Triton is proposing to update the Student Center, modernize Triton’s on-campus greenhouses, improve academic and athletics facilities on the east campus and construct a demonstration kitchen and bistro lab for Triton’s hospitality students.

Through the selling of the bonds, Triton College intends to modernize its campus, which would address the needs of its students and prepare them for a highly competitive world economy, as well as create many new exciting job creation opportunities for the residents of the west suburban area. The new dollars will position Triton as a leader in the economic development of the district. During this past summer, through a series of public community presentations throughout the Triton district, Triton College presented the proposal to rebuild its campus. At these meetings, the citizens of the district were invited to offer their suggestions. At the Sept. 23 Triton College Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved the bonds to fund multiple proposed projects that would be constructed within three years of the approval date. The Board of Trustees will announce which renovation projects the college will proceed with at the Dec. 19 Board of Trustees public meeting.


Fitness Center

Demonstration Kitchen and Mixology Lab

Exterior of the Industrial Careers Building

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Exterior of the Learning Resource Center

Student Collaborative Learning Area


Baseball Field

Student Center Cafeteria


he Future of Education at Triton College Triton College is consistently adding and improving its curriculum and programs to reflect the ever-evolving economy, presenting new certificate and degree programs in areas of study that are growing and innovative to the area, and even the state. • Triton will introduce a new Environmental Science Degree in spring 2015 to allow students to explore the relationship between organisms and their environment, with a particular emphasis on the impacts that humans place on their environment. • Students can get a sharper focus on their career with the new Eye Care Assistant Certificate program. The program will prepare students for work in an entry-level position in ophthalmic technology. • As the population of people continues to grow and age, the job demand for occupational therapy assistants, which includes the responsibility of treating patients with injuries or disabilities through therapy, is expected to grow with it. Triton’s Health Careers Department is planning to offer an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program tentatively in spring 2016 to prepare students for a career in a booming market. • The college is also looking to add new academic programs focused on renewable energy. With the installation of solar panels on the Cernan Earth and Space Center, the college hopes to bring more examples of renewable energy to campus to provide students with a hands-on, practical learning experience.


lumni Show Pride in Triton at Family Picnic

It was a warm and wonderful day for fun and reconnecting at Triton College’s Alumni Family Picnic on June 14 in the Botanical Gardens. More than 150 people came out to the event that celebrates Triton’s alumni as ambassadors of the institution while providing an opportunity for alums to stay connected to Triton and each other. “The Alumni Family Picnic is a great opportunity to showcase our growing campus and our growing Alumni Association,” said Alumni Relations Director Lisa Scalessi. “Our alumni and their families are part of the legacy of Triton College, so we welcome every opportunity to recognize and reconnect with them on our campus.” The family-friendly event included a scavenger hunt, face painting, bingo, and a bags tournament, in addition, to a stilt walker who entertained families with juggling and balloon animals. Carolina Castaneda attended the event with her two young children and friend. Castaneda recently graduated with an associate degree in Management. “I like that Triton always has events like this going on,” she said. “You never know who you’re going to network with at these events. Plus, I like that it keeps you connected to the college.” “It’s always great to have our alumni back on our campus,” said Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados. “A lot of our alumni have been curious to know about our renovation plans that they see happening on our campus. They like coming back and seeing how our campus is growing.” Triton College 2014 graduate Sheila Harris, for one, is proud to see the campus grow. “I’ve watched Triton grow and get better and better as time goes by,” she said. “It’s wonderful that they offer great events like this that shows that.” Julie A. Andrews and her daughter Fanita Tipper make up two-thirds of three generations of Triton graduates. The mother and daughter attended the “inspirational affair” to show their support of the college, of which they credit for receiving a quality education toward their prospering careers in nursing. “When my daughter received her degree and was part of clincals with Loyola graduates, her knowledge in the field surpassed the Loyola graduates,” Andrews said. “I learned a lot about nursing from Triton, and the teachers here want you to be successful,” Tipper added. “And my daughter also received a wonderful education here. It’s a top-notch school.” alumnet Newsletter • Fall 2014 • Page 5


riton College Ushers in its 50th Year with Decadent Cake, Sundial Dedication

It was a joyous and celebratory occasion on Aug. 28, when the Triton College community, as well as community residents, area partners and dignitaries from within Triton’s district, came out to help Triton kick off its 50th anniversary celebration.

at Triton College. And we’re very proud, not only of where we’ve been, but where we’re going.”

The college celebrates 50 years of providing excellence in education, which will be recognized with more events coming in 2015.

Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados reflected on Triton’s past and shared her expectations for the future of the college. “Just like the very first day, back in 1964, when Triton College was established, Triton continues to be committed to that mission of being focused on student success and serving our community to ensure that we are developing a strong workforce that helps our communities have strong economic development,” she said. “We’re very proud of our journey as a community college… We’re excited to share this wonderful institution with the community for the next 50 and beyond years.”

“This is a very special day as we kick off the 50th anniversary celebration here at Triton,” said Triton College Board Chairman Mark Stephens to the audience of more than 300 people. “Over the course of 50 years, thousands of people have benefited from the work that we do here

The sundial dedication was followed by cake and cupcakes prepared by Triton’s Hospitality faculty and students in the Student Center Cafeteria. There, an array of Triton memorabilia, donated by the Triton College community and community residents, was displayed for all to see.

Alumni Athletics Day

opportunity to come back and play women’s basketball on Triton’s court. “I think this is a great event to see old team members and play the game I love,” she said.

The event took place at Triton College’s newly remodeled Commons Area, outside in the center of campus, where Triton’s new sundial, commemorating the milestone, was dedicated. The college held day and evening time ceremonies to accommodate students’ and community residents’ schedules.

Triton invited back its former student athletes and coaches for the first-ever Alumni Athletics Day on Sept. 20. The day challenged current and former Triton student athletes to go head-tohead in basketball, softball and soccer games. “The purpose of Alumni Athletics Day is to celebrate Triton’s 50-year history of athletic competition by bringing together generations of alumni athletes to engage in friendly competition against our current student athletes,” said Lisa Scalessi, director of Triton’s Alumni Relations. “It was an opportunity to honor the past and also celebrate the future with the introduction of Triton’s new mascot, Troy. We hope to make this a new tradition.” Triton alum Gricella “Gi-Gi” Bueso, who graduated in 2012, enjoyed the

Breann Schuh, 2009 graduate, learned about the event from her former women’s softball coach. “It’s great to see the girls from my team again. We can’t always get together because some of us live apart from one another,” she said. “I’m ready to just have fun.” Being on campus, Charles Hudson reminisced about his time at the college. “Triton still has a beautiful campus, lots of good people. It feels like home here,” said the 2004 graduate, who was pumped to play against the current players of Triton’s men’s basketball team. “I’m ready to go and have fun, but at the end of the day, I’m trying to win.”

For more information about Triton College’s 50th anniversary, visit alumnet Newsletter • Fall 2014 • Page 6


The Triton College 50th Anniversary

Golden Anniversary Alumni Celebration Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, 6:30-9 p.m. Triton College Student Center

The first graduating class of Triton College will be recognized and honored during this semi-formal reception that will include the unveiling of the Triton College Alumni Wall of Fame, featuring select Triton College graduates and displays of historical videos and memorabilia. All Triton College alumni are invited to join us for this special event. There is no cost to attend. Contributions to the Triton College Foundation are gratefully appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, please call the Alumni Relations Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3382 or email

Foundation Kicks Off

Good to Gold!

Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign In recognition of Triton College’s milestone 50th anniversary, the Triton College Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization) recently launched a new and exciting fundraising campaign – The Triton College Foundation Good to Gold! Million Dollar Campaign. Current/former students, alumni and community members, you’re invited to etch your forever mark in Triton’s history by participating in this extreme initiative.

Triton College’s 50th Anniversary


Saturday, April 25, 2015 Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL Triton College is pleased to host a special gala to culminate the yearlong celebration of the institution’s 50th anniversary. The gala will recognize the history and accomplishments of Triton College as well as notable individuals who’ve contributed to the success of the institution. Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Triton College Foundation which supports student scholarships. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201, or visit Interact with us on Facebook at!

We’ll Reserve One for You! In honor of our 50th anniversary celebration, Triton College commemorative lapel pins have been ordered in a limited quantity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge to community members. Celebrate with us, show your Triton pride and wear your pin with honor to help us promote our golden anniversary celebration.

The Good to Gold! campaign will consist of the Foundation offering a thousand $1000 packages available for purchase with proceeds funding scholarships and benefiting the students of Triton College – the ultimate beneficiaries. Each package includes: one engraved paver brick around the 50th Anniversary Sundial; an exclusive anniversary sponsor ad (gold) in the Foundation President’s Reception ad book and in the Triton College 50th Anniversary Black Tie Gala ad book; slide recognition at each event; an exclusive anniversary sponsorship at the Triton College Foundation golf outing; recognition on the TC Foundation website and college publications; and more. Here’s your chance to congratulate a graduate, commend a friend, recognize a family member, memorialize a loved one, acknowledge Triton’s milestone celebration or engrave a name in history – all in support of an extremely worthy cause. Be one of a thousand that’ll raise a million – join in our bigger than big Good to Gold! crusade! For exclusive details, please call the Triton College Foundation at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3758, or send an email to

If you’re interested in receiving this unique Triton collectible that helps us promote our historical celebration, please call Tom Olson, communication relations associate, at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3460 or send an e-mail to We’re grateful for the quality exposure and recognition we’ll get on your behalf when you wear the pin proudly!

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UPCOMING EVENTS 25TH ART KRAFT MEMORIAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, 9 a.m. Triton College, River Grove, IL Robert M. Collins Gymnasium, Triton College On Dec. 13, Triton College will pay tribute to former Triton wrestling coach, Art Kraft, who passed away on Nov. 29, 1985, with the 25th annual Art Kraft Wrestling Tournament. This has become one of the most prestigious events in the country. It has attracted teams and individuals from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and, of course, Illinois. Visit for more information.

GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI CELEBRATION Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, 6:30–9 p.m. Triton College Student Center (B Building) Join us for a cocktail reception to honor 50 years of student success at Triton College. The event will recognize and honor the first graduating class of Triton College. The program for the evening will also include the unveiling of the Triton College Alumni Wall of Fame, featuring select Triton College graduates. Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment will be provided, with a cash bar available. Memorabilia and a special video presentation will be displayed, capturing the rich history of Triton. Admission to the event is free. Donations to the Triton College Foundation are welcome. To RSVP for the event, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3382 or email

50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA Saturday, April 25, 2015, 6 p.m. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9291 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL Triton College is pleased to host a special 50th Anniversary Gala to culminate the yearlong celebration of the institution’s 50th Anniversary. The gala will recognize the history and accomplishments of Triton College as well as notable individuals who’ve contributed to the success of the institution. Event tickets are $100 per person. Event sponsorship packages will also be available. Proceeds will benefit the Triton College Foundation which supports student scholarships. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201.

ALUMNI FAMILY PICNIC Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Triton College Botanical Gardens Join us for a family fun event of food, drinks, music, games and a chance to reconnect with fellow Triton College alumni and your alma mater. For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3382 or email Visit for more information about upcoming alumni events.

Triton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.

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