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Triton College Board of Trustees

Mark R. Stephens, Chairman

Donna L. Peluso, Vice Chairwoman

Diane Viverito, Secretary

Thomas Gary

Vanessa Moritz

Elizabeth Ann Potter

Glenn A. Stam

Jamie Marie DePaolo, Student Trustee

Table of Contents Message from the President....... 1 Student Success......................2-5 Faculty/Staff Recognition.......6-11 Institutional Excellence........12-15 Partnerships/Community......16-21 Innovation...........................22-25 Athletics.............................26-29 Alumni................................30-33 Triton College Foundation....34-37 New Programs....................38-39 Financial Summary................... 40


Message from the President

Triton College is

Triton College has fostered a climate of revitalization this past 2012-2013 academic year. As an institution, we’ve worked diligently to roll out new programs and initiatives to better serve our students, alumni and surrounding communities, at a time when unfortunate state budget cuts have drastically affected many Illinois educational institutions and organizations. Our commitment to student success fuels our passion for helping our students achieve their educational and professional goals.

committed to student success through institutional and academic

We are honored to have the opportunity to offer new programs to our students, as it prepares them to compete in the global workforce. Several new, innovative programs in response to today’s growing industries have been added to Triton’s already comprehensive curriculum, with many others currently in the development phase set to be available to students in the next academic year.

excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong learning environment for our diverse community. Dr. Patricia Granados

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

I’m also proud of the initiative our college community has taken in serving as the oneon-one resources to our students. The TEAM program, standing for Triton Employees as Mentors, pairs college employees with incoming students in need of mentoring to help keep them on path to completing their education. The program has done well in helping our students adapt to our college environment as well as develop a lasting relationship with our faculty and staff who want to see them succeed. Our mission is to continue to seek out even more opportunities to provide our students with a quality education and the resources they need to be successful on our campus. Supporting and serving our communities also remains at the forefront of our mission. Our board of trustees understands the financial struggles our community members face each day, so to provide a little relief the board granted a $2.4 million tax abatement from funds available from our institution’s tax levy reserve. On behalf of the board of trustees, administration, faculty, adjunct faculty, staff and students of Triton College, I welcome you to explore our year of achievements in this annual report that is presented in a clear-cut manner, highlighting our success in black and white.

serve through innovation in our programs and approach to learning.




Success Didn’t Happen Without a Fight Gayle McMullen discovered a fight in her she didn’t know she had. While a student at Triton College pursuing nuclear medicine, McMullen was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011 – shortly after beginning her first semester at Triton. It was a turning point that wasn’t going to keep McMullen from her goals. Staying strong and in good spirits, McMullen underwent 17 cycles of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and countless days of pain and feeling ill, pushing herself to attend class whenever she was up to it. McMullen received her final treatment in April 2012 and is now cancer-free. A year later, she graduated with her associate’s degree, and now, at age 29, McMullen is a nuclear medical technologist for St. Anthony’s Medical Center in Rockford. Ultimately, she would like to help other young patients going through their battles.

“What helped me to overcome my battle with cancer was my education at Triton. Faculty encouraged me and kept me focused on getting my degree.”


FY2013 goals in place to support student success Triton College’s Research and Institutional Effectiveness Department has tracked the progress of the college’s mandatory placement testing to find a large number of incoming students being referred to developmental level courses based on their test results. To address this issue, the college will focus on enhancing placement test preparation so that students have a clear idea of what to expect. This goal is part of the college’s ongoing initiative to increase college readiness. In addition, Triton’s College Success courses, which teach students about time management and study skills – vital for their college success – are being revamped to better align with the college’s at-risk student population.

Providing students with a leg up on their education The new mentoring program, TEAM, or Triton Employees as Mentors, saw the Triton College community come together in support of student success. With employees serving as mentors to incoming students who welcomed the extra support, the program was successful, serving 87 first-year Triton students – exceeding its goal for the first year by 45 percent! The program is specifically for full-time students who are taking two or more developmental education courses in reading, math or writing.

Triton College graduates and the institution reach their goals Approximately 400 graduates walked the Rosemont Theatre stage to receive their degree or certificate at the 47th Annual Triton College Commencement ceremony on May 18, 2013, celebrating the commitment and success of the graduates completing their Triton education. “No matter where your journey takes you, all of you will always be a part of Triton College,” said Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados. While about 400 individuals participated in the ceremony, more than 1,300 students completed their degree or certificate over the academic year.


Three ESL students present paper at Springfield conference On March 7, 2013, three Triton College English as a Second Language (ESL) students, Ermelinda Lusha, Julio Zambrano and Agata Borodziuk, co-presented a paper with their former ESL instructors, Wioleta Duch and Kathryn Montalbano, at the 34th Annual Illinois Adult and Continuing Education Association (IACEA) statewide conference in Springfield. The students discussed their experience as participants of the academic navigations and workshops sponsored by the Adult Education Division at Triton College.

Student engagement event celebrates Triton’s nontraditional students Prior to commencement, the Office of the President hosted its first student engagement event to recognize the academic achievements of Triton’s nontraditional students who were graduating in 2013. Two pins were created to acknowledge their success: All graduating nontraditional students with a cumulative GPA of 3 to 3.49 received the “Order of the Trident” pin, and students reaching a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and higher received the “Patricia Granados Virtus” pin.

Scholarship winners set to continue education at four-year institutions Several Triton College students who’ve taken part in the college’s Scholars Program have received scholarships to four-year institutions to continue their education: • Demilade Akinrotimi, of Elmwood Park, received a scholarship and will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. • Louis Alexander, of Oak Park, received the Triton College Scholars Program scholarship for $50,000 to attend Elmhurst College. • Joseph Arreola, of Melrose Park, received a $26,000 scholarship and will attend the Illinois Institute of Technology. • Shannon Evanson, of Forest Park, won the Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic Team Award, in addition to a $3,000 scholarship. She will attend DePaul University. • Timothy Ragin, of Oak Park, will attend the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Scholars Program at Triton College challenges in-district high school students to achieve academically with a rigorous program that includes honor classes and a service learning component.



Providing the Wisdom to Succeed

“Learning philosophy, or any topic, continues well beyond earning a degree.”


Triton philosophy instructor Michael Kazanjian wants his students to excel in the classroom and beyond. By encouraging open dialogue among students and relating philosophical lessons to their social, work and family life, Kazanjian connects students to philosophy in ways they had never considered – really giving students something to think about! Because of Kazanjian’s passion for teaching and collaborating with colleagues on developing new learning opportunities for students, it is no wonder he was named 2013 Adjunct Faculty of the Year. Holding a master’s degree in philosophy from DePaul University, Kazanjian brought his expertise on the subject to Triton 10 years ago as adjunct faculty and continues to break down students’ misconceptions about how philosophy is aloof from the real world; when in fact, he says, “it is the foundation of all the arts and sciences.”


Bill Lesus


Gabriel Guzman

Julianne Murphy

Michael M. Kazanjian

Lesley Gottlinger

Antigone Sharris

Susan Campos

Awards and Professional Recognition BILL LESUS, Career Services: Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. DR. GABRIEL GUZMAN, Science; and DR. JULIANNE MURPHY, Health, Sport & Exercise Science: 2013 Triton College Outstanding Faculty. MICHAEL M. KAZANJIAN, Behavioral Science; and LESLEY GOTTLINGER, Education: 2013 Triton College Outstanding Adjunct Faculty.

Triton College is brimming with well-regarded and knowledgeable faculty, adjunct faculty and staff who contribute to the success of this institution. They serve as ambassadors of the college, often sharing their expertise as presenters at conferences and in publications.

On Feb. 18, 2013, the Triton College Library participated in the 24th NCTE National African-American Read-In with U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis who read an excerpt from his favorite book. The program was covered in the “Elm Leaves” newspaper.

From print to broadcast, our instructors have been featured as sources on a variety of topics in local and national newspapers and magazines, as well as television and online. Several members of our faculty and staff were also invited to speak at educational conferences around the nation within the past year, taking them to Springfield, Orlando, Indianapolis, Ind., Anaheim, Calif., and even right here at home in Chicagoland, representing Triton College as a leader in academic excellence.


We celebrate and acknowledge all of their hard work and passion for student success!

ANTIGONE SHARRIS, Engineering Technology: Recognized as Employee of the Month for May 2013 at Triton College. DR. SUSAN CAMPOS, Nuclear Medicine: Received her doctorate from Capella University, dissertation titled “What’s Stopping Them?: A Study of Teachers’ Use of Formative Feedback with Students Learning in the Clinical Setting.”

LARISSA GARCIA, Library: Represented Triton College as a participant in the Community Leadership Program that expanded a summer reading program for children, working in collaboration with Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and Communityworks. ANTIGONE SHARRIS, Engineering Technology: Voted into the vice chair position of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Chicago chapter. BETH CLIFFEL, Science; MUKESH GEORGE, Radiology; ROBERT GREENWALD, College Readiness; CAROL LYNCH, Nursing; SYLVIA SZTARK, Counseling; LESLIE WESTER, Counseling: Granted tenure.


President’s Leadership Academy Triton College President Patricia Granados welcomed 20 Triton employees from various departments into the President’s Leadership Academy Class of 2013. Designed to cultivate leadership skills among faculty and staff, the academy also offers opportunities to engage with other community college professionals, network with fellow colleagues and spark dialogue on ways to collaborate toward institutional success. The yearlong experience encourages participants to think creatively through group and individual projects and presentations, meeting throughout the year to coordinate on projects that will enhance the institution and its mission. “Being a coach, leadership is already inherent in my role,” said Steve Christiansen, Triton’s men’s head basketball coach and academy participant. “This was a good experience for me because I became familiar with other ways to lead, and this has led to much respect and appreciation of my colleagues’ skills and talents.” The 2013 President’s Leadership Academy included GARRY ABEZETIAN, Finance and Business Services; CHERYL ANTONICH, Academic Affairs; SANDRA BERRYHILL, Counseling; RICHARD BROWN, Testing; SHERRY BURLINGAME, Grants Development; LORELEI CARVAJAL, Behavioral Science; STEVE CHRISTIANSEN, Athletics; MARIA CORREA, Technical Services; LARISSA GARCIA, Library; JOHN HANSEN, Police; CYNTHIA HARRIS, Mathematics; MARY JEANS, Professional Development;


VALERIE LORENZO, Child Development Center; NATASHA MORRIS, Surgical Technology; CHED PAGATAKHAN, Hospitality; KENT RANDALL, Speech; LISA SCALESSI, Alumni Relations; MARY ANN TOBIN, Teaching Excellence; ALEX VAZQUEZ, Payroll; and RENEE WRIGHT, English. Several individuals were awarded for their work and growth with the academy:

• LARISSA GARCIA, Leadership Growth

• MARIA CORREA, Peer Leader Award


• CYNTHIA HARRIS, Most Involved

• JOHN HANSEN, Servant Leader Award

Since their participation with the academy, several employees have gone on to take on leadership roles in the workplace and on committees:

• MARIA CORREA became a member of Triton’s College Council, the governing body of the college.

• LARISSA GARCIA represented Triton College as a participant in the Community Leadership Program with Dominican University’s Brennan School of Business, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and Communityworks.

• RICHARD BROWN was promoted to College Relations Associate at Triton.



Serving Up Real-World Success After 38 years of providing the campus and surrounding communities with a one-of-a-kind dining experience, Triton College’s Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) Dining Room underwent some renovations to complement its new identity as Café 64. Encased by glass doors that read the new name, the restaurant continues to provide Triton’s students the opportunity to showcase and practice their culinary talents for diners, gaining invaluable real-world experience toward their education and career aspirations. Overlooking Triton’s lush campus, Café 64 is a hidden treasure that offers a varietal menu of delicacies prepared and served by Triton’s students and faculty.

“Café 64 is where education and fine dining meet; students and faculty work together to cater to guests’ palettes.”


Triton with self-study, new strategic plan In preparation for its Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit by its institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Triton College conducted a self-study that analyzed the college’s current offerings and operations through the lens of HLC’s five criteria for accreditation. To conduct this analysis, the college engaged the entire college community in a comprehensive and participative assessment of the college’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. As an institution dedicated to continuous development and improvement, Triton values the opportunity to address the challenges identified within its self-study.

New additions, new location for Triton’s University Center Triton’s University Center had a big year of change! The resource center, which provides students with the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree without leaving Triton’s campus, moved to its new location on the main floor of the Student Center and welcomed an additional four-year institution to its partnerships.

The institution is currently developing a five-to-seven year strategic plan that will focus on three key strategic goals: increasing college readiness, closing the skills gap, and improving completion rates. Triton will tie its self-study findings, specifically its challenges, to the strategic plan to ensure that the institution continues to improve in these areas.

Dominican University joined National Louis University, Benedictine University, Governors State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Eastern Illinois University in Triton’s University Center – making it an even more valuable resource for students looking to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Focus Area 1: Increase College Readiness

Two degree options were also added: A bachelor’s degree in Special Education from National Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies degree from Dominican University.

Strategic Direction: By 2020, increase by 50 percent the number of students entering college prepared for rigorous college-level work.

Focus Area 2: Improve College Completion Rates Strategic Direction: Build a culture of completion by identifying our best practices and making them scalable. Strategic Direction: Restructure support services with an emphasis on at-risk and low-performing populations and first-year students.

Focus Area 3: Close the Skills Gap Strategic Direction: Mobilize a coalition of sector-based employers in targeted growth industries and local and regional education partners to identify current and projected workforce needs, skills, and credentials in order to assess and align college programming and curriculum with regional and global workforce needs. Strategic Direction: Collaborate across disciplines to design and implement agile, accelerated curriculum development that includes a competency-based approach where appropriate.


Renovating with a focus on sustainability Triton College is currently in the design development phase of renovating its Health & Sciences Building (H Building) that will be conducive to students’ education and include sustainable concepts expected to lessen the cost of operating and maintaining the building. The building will house such educational programs as nursing, surgical technology, diagnostic medical sonography, nuclear medicine and ophthalmology, as well as provide classrooms for some biology and chemistry courses. The building will include an efficient, low-energy consumption mechanical system; a cistern to collect roof water that will be reused in the washrooms; and a green roof with granite chips that will reflect the sun back into the atmosphere, thus decreasing the wear and tear on the building. Other features include surgical technology and dissection labs, a relaxed seating area and a computer commons area with Wi-Fi capability. Funds for the project were approved by the Illinois Community College Board, which provided 75 percent of the monies for the renovation, while Triton College budgeted for the remaining percentage. The projected opening date of the building is fall 2015.

Triton College named #4 safest college campus in Illinois by Triton College’s highly experienced campus police dedicated to the safety of the campus and its students, faculty and staff have garnered Triton the recognition of being named the fourth safest college campus in Illinois by, one of Internet’s leading websites for college information, released its 2013 list of the safest U.S. colleges and universities based on campus crime statistics, as reported by 450 colleges and universities nationwide.

Triton College Board of Trustees approves tax abatement of $2.4 million Triton College’s Board of Trustees approved a tax abatement that provided relief to households within the college’s district during struggling economical times. During the March 19 board meeting, the board of trustees approved a $2.4 million tax abatement from funds available from the college’s 2012 Tax Levy reserve. The abatement – which is rare for an educational institution, let alone a community college – provided a refund of approximately $24 to property owners with homes valued at $300,000 and more. The refund was reflected as a reduction on taxpayers’ second installment of their property tax bill issued fall 2013. The board of trustees views this abatement as a fiscally responsible position which recognizes the support of the taxpayers to provide the highest quality education to the residents of the Triton district.

Two new trustee members added to the board Vanessa Moritz and Triton College student Jamie Marie DePaolo both took their oaths to become the two newest additions of the Triton College Board of Trustees. Both women, elected April 2013, joined the collective commitment to ensure the fulfillment of Triton’s mission as an institution serving not only the campus community but also Triton’s district. Moritz and DePaolo, who serves as the student trustee, will be involved in Triton’s various policies as well as other daily operations and management. Moritz of Forest Park and DePaolo of Northlake join board members Chairman Mark R. Stephens, Vice Chairwoman Donna L. Peluso, Secretary Diane Viverito, Glenn A. Stam, Elizabeth Potter and Thomas Gary.




Engineered For Success Several years ago, Nick Lynch left his district community college because he was unhappy with the institution’s lack of resources available through their engineering program. Still wanting to study engineering technology, he had heard positive things about Triton College’s program and immediately enrolled; and ever since he’s been on the fast track of success. Aside from the program providing Lynch with practical experience, he also obtained a job through one of many partnerships the college shares with manufacturing companies in the area. Lynch began as an intern and was hired full-time designing and building casino games. As a student and an employee, he’s been able to apply what he’s learned in the classroom to his job and vice versa. In the workplace, he’s a rising star, and he envisions himself having a long successful career there.

“Triton College didn’t just prepare me for a job; it prepared me with a future.”



New Mechatronics degree at Triton College in development phase With the assistance of a more than $522,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Triton College will offer a new degree and certificate in a fascinating sector of advanced manufacturing, called Mechatronics.

Triton College honors the village of Hillside Triton College celebrated the partnership it shares with the village of Hillside during Hillside Honor Day on April 30, 2013, held on Triton’s campus. Triton College Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Stephens honored the village: “We would not be here if it wasn’t for Hillside and we look forward to continuing to work with the village.”

Mechatronics, a coined term combining “mechanics” and “electronics,” is a part of many everyday items, including computer hard drives, washing machines, coffee makers and medical devices. The term is used to describe electronics that control mechanical systems.

Several Hillside officials, led by Mayor Joseph Tamburino, were in attendance, including village trustees Lytton Anderson, Carol Bibly, John Kramer and Marvin Watson, along with representatives from the fire and police departments.

The grant Triton College received is a portion of more than $12.9 million awarded by the Department of Labor through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program to expand William Rainey Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program to 20 other community colleges throughout Illinois, including Triton. Harper College’s program attempts to address the some-600,000 employee shortage nationwide in the advanced manufacturing sector by offering industryendorsed skills certificates and paid internships with local manufacturing partners.

Community takes a step toward helping veterans

Triton’s plans to develop the degree and certificate include hiring faculty specialists, working with industry specialists for curriculum development, creating stackable certificates that bridge skills as needed and creating an associate’s degree with transferrable credits.

Triton College hosted a community event to recognize the service of our brave men and women veterans as well as raise awareness concerning veteran hunger and homelessness. A Step for Vets walk and donation drive took place on April 27, 2013, on Triton’s campus. More than 250 individuals participated in the fundraiser that raised more than $2,000 in donations that went to support Hines VA Hospital’s outreach to homeless veterans. “Through the collaborative efforts of our faith-based organizations, community service agencies and local businesses, it is our desire to bring together individuals and groups with a passion to give back and serve our heroes,” said Dr. Quincy Martin III, associate vice president of Student Affairs. “We are here to help our veterans.”

Chinese Delegation visits Triton’s campus About 20 administrators and educators from China visited the Triton College campus on Jan. 29, 2013, to learn about the Illinois community college structure. Members of the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education Delegation for Higher Vocational School Administration learned about Triton’s institutional data, course design plan and the career guidance and training the college provides to students. The group concluded their visit with a tour of the campus by Triton’s students.

Triton College welcomes U.S. Bank to campus Triton College students, faculty and staff no longer have to leave campus to find a fullservice bank. That’s because U.S. Bank opened a new branch in the Student Center at Triton College. The bank includes a full service on-site branch able to provide financial services from checking accounts, savings, loans, mortgages, investments and more. 19


Volunteers join in Triton College’s efforts to make a difference

Triton builds, maintains partnerships through events

More than 140 volunteers, many students and staff at Triton College, took to the district communities to make a difference on Oct. 27, 2012.

Triton College hosted two winter events to build and maintain strong relationships with legislators and local businesses.

Triton’s CommunityON (Organizations Network) group, composed of a network of organizations serving youth and seniors with a community-centered focus, participated in the nation’s largest day of service with Make a Difference Day. The group invited community members and area organizations to join in its community-wide efforts to make an impact at various locations.

On Jan. 28, 2013, area legislators were engaged at a breakfast highlighting success stories from Triton alumni, titled “Inspiring Voices,” held on campus. At which time, attendees were also informed of new initiatives at the college, including Triton’s goals for serving the community and future opportunities for collaboration.

Service projects included sorting donations at Aspire on Broadway Resale Shop (Melrose Park), providing company to senior citizens at Belmont Village and Accolade Adult Day Services (both at Oak Park) and Concord Place (Northlake), painting at Burton Park (Maywood) and West Cook YMCA (Oak Park), and cleaning up at Thatcher Woods.

The following month, on Feb. 20, more than 100 chamber members representing 17 area districts attended Triton College’s Multi-Chamber of Commerce AfterHours event that had a “go green” theme. Those who attended learned about green practices that could impact their businesses as well as their communities from guest speaker Anthony Santarelli, director of program development for the Illinois Green Business Association. The communities that were represented at the event included Bellwood, Bensenville, Brookfield, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Schiller Park, Harwood Heights, Hillside, LaGrange Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Mont Clare/Elmwood Park, Northlake, Oak Park, River Forest, River Grove, Riverside, Rosemont and Westchester.

Community Advisory Committee welcomes new members The Community Advisory Committee added three new committee members: Mike McGuigan, General Manager of Double Tree-Hilton in Rosemont; Dr. Phylistine Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Bellwood School District 88; and Cindy Vitek, Riverside Elementary School Teacher. The Triton College Community Advisory Committee (CAC) was formed in spring 2008 for the purpose of assisting the college in its outreach to the community by facilitating feedback and recommending initiatives that yield better outcomes for the college’s district. The new members join 20 individuals who serve and/or reside in Triton’s district.




A Pattern of Success While a college student pursuing computer science, Khallai Taylor couldn’t help but notice she was a minority in her class – both as a female and as an African-American. She wanted to change this by teaching the next generation of computer science graduates. New to Triton College’s computer science faculty, Taylor has already dived in: She developed Scratch Camp for youth ages 8 to 14, exposing them to Scratch, a visual programming language able to create computer animations and games. Plus, she hosted the 2013 Tapestry Workshop at Triton, attracting computer science educators from across the nation to discuss ways on engaging and encouraging middle and high school students, particularly females, to pursue computer science. She has hope for the future, as she aims to draw a more diverse group of students to Triton’s computer science program.

“If people only see one image, they will associate it with all of their experiences. I am giving them a multitude of images.”


A Green Revolution: Triton College makes moves toward a more sustainable campus Triton College has shown through various new initiatives introduced within the past fiscal year that it is easy being green. From the college’s campus operations to its educational offerings to its community outreach efforts, Triton has worked diligently and thoughtfully to incorporate sustainability, as the college looks to sustain itself well into the future. Triton further fueled its quest in becoming an eco-friendly campus in 2013 by installing electric car charging stations made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The stations are available for use by students, faculty and staff and the community. Students also got a refreshing taste of Triton’s “go green” efforts with the addition of water bottle filling stations around campus meant to encourage the use of reusable bottles and cut back on waste. Plus, students learned how to incorporate sustainability into their meetings and events with Triton’s first-ever on-campus zero-waste event held on Nov. 15, 2012. Student clubs and organizations were encouraged to cut back on their waste sent to landfills by recycling and composting more during their meetings. New learning opportunities with a sustainability focus for students have included an area of land adopted by the Triton College Sustainability Center from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The portion of wooded land, located adjacent to the college campus, is maintained by the campus community and allows for students and faculty of Triton’s programs to explore and utilize the space for educational purposes. The wooded area is named Adena Woods, after research of the area, compiled by Triton adjunct professor of anthropology and geography Dr. John Tandarich, showed the Native American Adena tribe was known to inhabit the land. Triton has also introduced new program offerings that coincide with the expected career growth in sustainability. Triton was awarded the TAA Career Pathways grant that was awarded to a consortium of 17 Illinois community colleges as part of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN). Using approximately $864,000, between 2011 and 2014, Triton is planning to create stackable certificates and degree programs in Sustainable Landscape Practices and Sustainable Agriculture Technology designed to prepare displaced workers for careers associated with the emerging green economy.


The Sustainable Agriculture Technology degree is a first for Illinois community colleges. The degree prepares students to manage an environmentally sound and sustainable urban food production system, while the Sustainable Landscape Practices degree works to prepare students to design and manage natural environments. The two stackable certificates – Sustainable Agroecology and Sustainable Food Production – enable students to first work toward a certificate and then apply the certificate course work toward an associate’s degree. The Triton College Sustainability Center, a virtual hub on sustainability established in January 2012, continues its mission to educate the campus and surrounding community on how to be more green by hosting the annual Leave No Child Inside Conference, in conjunction with Chicago Wilderness, in January 2013, and the college’s first-ever Green Business Forum in October 2012. The forum invited numerous local businesses on campus to learn how other businesses incorporate sustainable practices into their operations. The center also began a new certification program for Oak Park and River Forest businesses interested in becoming a certified green business recognized by the Illinois Green Business Association.




Success has Always Been the Goal Gewargis Samuel added his name to the list of many elite athletes to succeed at Triton College. Samuel was the catalyst for the Triton men’s soccer team that finished 13-3 in 2012 and earned a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III National Tournament. The Mather High School graduate became the 215th NJCAA All-American in the school’s history by recording 20 points and finishing 11th in the nation in assists with 12 helpers. In addition to the All-American status, Samuel made the All-Tournament team at nationals and was a first team All-Region IV selection. Samuel anticipates the team going even further this year, and looks forward to furthering his own educational pursuits with a bachelor’s degree.

“We had the right mix of chemistry as a team, along with good coaches that gave me the chance to be successful.”


Triton Trojans celebrate team and individual victories • Men’s soccer player BRIAN TAPIA was named National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Division III Player of the Week for matches played Sept. 17-23, 2012. • Triton men’s soccer team won the North Central Community College Conference (N4C), Region IV and District C Championships en route to earning a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. • Head men’s soccer coach PIOTR SLIWA was named Coach of the Year by the N4C and by Triton College. • Men’s soccer player GEWARGIS SAMUEL was named an NJCAA Division III First-Team All-American and Triton College’s Male Athlete of the Year.

• The Lady Trojans raised $1,527 for a special volleyball game in October 2012 to benefit the Side Out Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and awareness. The Lady Trojans raised the fourth highest amount by any Illinois college or university that held an event to benefit the Side Out Foundation. • On Dec. 8, 2012, the wrestling team hosted the 23rd Annual Art Kraft Memorial Tournament with some of Triton’s wrestlers coming out winners: DENZEL KING and NIKKO LIOTTA went 4-0 that day and won their respective weight classes. • Triton Trojans head men’s basketball coach STEVE CHRISTIANSEN earned his 200th career win as the team’s head coach in December 2012. • Triton College hosted the NJCAA Central District Wrestling Tournament for the 10th consecutive year on Feb. 10, 2013. The tournament determined which wrestlers/teams qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Triton wrestlers DENZEL KING, DON MCGREGOR, JOHN MARINO, CHAD KIRKHOVE and MIKE DELEON went onto the national tournament. • Triton College baseball player KEIL CONWAY was named National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Player of the Week for games played April 22-28, 2013. • Triton College baseball team finished Region IV runner-up. • Volleyball player ERIN JAMES was named Triton College’s Female Athlete of the Year.




“Two” a Higher Degree of Success Gabriela Munoz’s wall of achievement continues to grow in her pursuit of higher education. The nontraditional student began filling her wall by completing English as a Second Language classes and GED preparation courses at Triton College, fueling her desire to continue learning. So she earned a certificate and an associate’s degree in accounting, both from Triton. Her commitment to the institution led to job opportunities: She began work-study in Triton’s Adult Education Department, before her current job as instructional aide at Nuevos Horizontes, Triton’s community center in Melrose Park, where she also teaches bilingual computer classes. It didn’t stop there. Munoz earned a second associate’s degree, this time in general studies, and is currently studying healthcare administration at Governors State University, which she plans to complete December 2013 to then pursue her master’s degree.

“Education is the most important tool for a successful life.”


Alumni Office reconnects graduates through new group The Triton College Alumni Association has grown in numbers and reputation. After only a year and half of being established, the Alumni Association has grown from 100 new members to about 1,500 members! 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. The Alumni Association reconnects members back to the college and their fellow alumni with special events and social gatherings. Plus, they are able to stay active with the college by serving as guest speakers, serving as members of advisory committees and/or instructors and investing in education through the Triton College Foundation.

Back home at Alumni Family Picnic Moms and dads, sons and daughters and old friends returned to their alma mater to share a bit of their past with their families. The inaugural Alumni Family Picnic welcomed families on campus for fun and games on June 8, 2013, as Triton graduates reminisced with their family members about their time at Triton. Activities, such as face painting, a bags tournament, bingo, a scavenger hunt, a caricature artist and more, entertained the nearly 150 individuals in attendance. Families were also able to catch a laser show at the Cernan Earth and Space Center.


Triton welcomes back graduates of Fire Science and EMT programs In a room of teachers and their students, workplace pals and even a father-andson legacy, the feeling of camaraderie and family was palpable among the crowd of fire fighters and emergency management specialists at a Triton College alumni reception recognizing alums who studied and work in the field. More than 40 alumni of the college’s Fire Science Technology and EMT programs returned to Triton’s campus on Oct. 25, 2012, to reconnect with one another and the school. Graduates representing the classes of 1976 through 2011 from various area fire departments, including Melrose Park, Franklin Park, Hillside, Northlake, Berkeley, River Grove and LaGrange Park, as well as current students, attended the reception.



FO U Nto DSucceed A T ION Finding the Strength Kris Loving attended a four-year institution and realized it wasn’t for him. The large class sizes, the high tuition cost and the campus atmosphere was more than he had anticipated. He found comfort close to home with Triton College. At Triton, he found guidance and support from faculty and staff as a first-generation student, and also received a bit of financial relief by being awarded the Adreani Scholarship from the Triton College Foundation. Loving graduated from Triton in May 2011 with an associate’s degree in science and a certificate in personal training. Oftentimes, he returns to his alma mater to speak highly of his experience at Triton, including serving as a guest speaker at the Triton College Student Association’s Commit to Complete Rally in November 2012, encouraging students to complete their studies. He is currently working on obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Illinois University through Triton College’s University Center.

“Triton College gave me a second chance at an education and career.”


Foundation Board President David King steps down, new President announced Triton College Foundation Board President David King has led the charge of the Foundation for 12 years, leaving behind a long trail of success in fulfilling the organization’s mission in contributing to student success. King announced he was stepping down from his presidency position at one of the Foundation’s biggest fundraisers that appropriately recognized his service to the mission. The 2012 Foundation President’s Reception held on Triton’s campus honored King for his commitment and contributions to Triton College; and in turn, the November event raised about $29,000 toward scholarships and updating students’ learning environment. At the annual President’s Reception, the new president was announced: Tom Olson, a lifelong resident of Melrose Park and a 1977 Triton graduate. Olson is the college’s communications relations associate, after retiring from his previous position as executive director of Marketing at Triton. He’s contributed selflessly to the Foundation and the college for many years.

Swinging for student success at Foundation Golf Outing

Foundation Board welcomes new members

With every golf swing, participants of the “Sweet 16th” Annual Triton College Foundation Golf Outing on June 20, 2013, showed their support of student scholarships at Triton College. The annual fundraising event at White Pines Golf Course in Bensenville brought together more than 200 golfers for a day of 18 holes that was concluded by an awards dinner and a raffle, raising more than $35,000 for Triton’s students.

• Colleen Mazzuca-Pesce, a River Grove resident, is assistant dean in the Triton College School of Continuing Education.

• Dr. Quincy Martin III currently serves as the associate vice president of Student Affairs at Triton College and lives in Broadview.

• Chicago resident Michael Mazza is director of Ticket Operations for the Chicago White Sox.

Major sponsors of the event included American Digital, Joe Rizza Automotive and the West Central Municipal Conference. As of June 2013, the Triton College Foundation has a total asset of more than $1 million.


The Triton College Foundation approved the appointments of three new members to its board of directors:

Thanks to our donors, the total dollar amount awarded for Foundation scholarships was $197,206.

NEW PROGRAMS Certificates


Introduction to Commodity Markets

Certificate in Financial Services The certificate program introduces students to the financial services industry and the unique characteristics of the business world.


The course covers the history of commodity markets, methods of trade, market structure and profiles market participants. Commodity exchanges and their role in establishing benchmark prices for crude oil, gold, copper, orange juice and other commodities are also covered.

Certificate in Production Technician The new program from the School of Continuing Education teaches students the core skills and knowledge needed to become production workers in the manufacturing industry, which includes assembling and testing products before they make its way into consumers’ hands.

Standing for Principles of Integrity, Safety and Ethics for Duty, P.O.I.S.E.D. is a 15-week course in which one-half of the semester is spent learning about ethics, including moral duty and obligation; and the other half focuses on physical agility training to satisfy the fitness components of the police academy’s Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report, or the P.O.W.E.R. Test, which is required for entry into the police academy. At the conclusion of the course, students are tested in accordance with the requirements of the P.O.W.E.R. Test; and upon successfully passing the test, students will receive a certification card stating they have met the P.O.W.E.R. Test standards. The course complements its predecessor, S.M.I.L.E. – Stress Management in Law Enforcement, also a 15-week course that incorporates physical training, yet instead focuses on how to manage stress on the job. Cultural Heritage Series This series of courses offered through the School of Continuing Education celebrates and educates on the diverse cultures that make up the college’s surrounding local communities. In partnership with Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield, the classes, so far, have explored the arts, cuisine and traditions of such cultures as Mexican, Polish and Italian.

Personal Finance The course teaches students about personal finance planning, such as purchasing a first home, major consumer purchases, supporting a growing family and preparing financially for retirement. Students develop and implement an integrated, comprehensive plan to meet financial goals and prepare for financial emergencies. Looking to the future with new programs slated 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. The college is preparing to offer several new programs in fall 2013, including a certificate in Social Media; a certificate and degree in Mechatronics, a part of the sector of advanced manufacturing that incorporates robotics; and sustainability, which includes a degree in Sustainable Agriculture Technology, which will be a first for Illinois community colleges. It’s programs like these that prepare Triton’s students to compete in a global workforce.



FINAN C IAL S U M M A R Y Summary of Fiscal Year 2013 Revenue

Other 2%

Local Tax Revenue 40% Student Tuition and Fees 45%

State Grants 13%

Summary of Fiscal Year 2013 Operating Budget

Operations and Maintenance 23%

Instruction 35%

Student Services 9%

Institutional Support 23%

Academic Support 7% Public Services 3%



Successful completion of credits attempted

2010 First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2007

2011 First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2008

2012 First-Time Credential Seekers Beginning Fall 2009




Advancement from remedial to gatekeeper English 50% 53%* courses (within three years) Math 19%

53% 22%

Enrolling in and successful completion of English gatekeeper courses (within three years)


















Enrolling from one semester to the next


Fall to Spring Retention




Fall to Fall Retention




Transfer (no degree)

Fall to Spring Transfer




Fall to Year 2 Transfer










Earning degrees and/or certificates


Goal completion within three years (includes all graduates and transfers)

* Combined reporting this year

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Mark R. Stephens, Chairman; Donna L. Peluso, Vice Chairwoman; Diane Viverito, Secretary; Vanessa Moritz; Elizabeth Ann Potter; Glenn A. Stam; Jamie Marie DePaolo, Student Trustee PRESIDENT Patricia Granados, Ed.D. Triton College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.

Portrait photos credit: Triton College adjunct faculty Jill LoBianco-Bartalis.

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Success in Black and White - Annual Report 2012/13  

Triton College is committed to student success through institutional and academic excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong lea...

Success in Black and White - Annual Report 2012/13  

Triton College is committed to student success through institutional and academic excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong lea...