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A Noteworthy Year! 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Table of Contents Message from the President..............................3 Student Success ..........................................4-11 Faculty/Staff Success..................................12-17 Institutional Success ..................................18-25 Partnerships/Community Service ................26-33 Athletics....................................................34-37 Triton College Foundation .........................38-39 Alumni ......................................................40-43 Financial Summary ....................................44-45


Mark R. Stephens Chairman

Donna L. Peluso Vice Chairwoman

Glover O. Johnson III

Elizabeth Ann Potter

Diane Viverito Secretary

Jay Reyes

Luke Casson

Andrea Senyk Student Trustee

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.


President Mary-Rita Moore

A Message from President Mary-Rita Moore Each and every year at Triton College is special and this year is no exception. Among the many highlights featured in this report, we reflect on several meaningful aspects of our collective work in continuing an institutional focus on the success of our students and fulfillment of our mission. The momentum is building at the college as evidence of progress is gathered for the strategic plan. We have concluded year 2 of our comprehensive strategic plan and I am pleased with the development of a renewed academic planning and program completion process at Triton, in addition to an emphasis on facilitating the transition of students who choose to pursue baccalaureate programs in 4-year colleges and universities. Faculty and staff have engaged in collaboration and partnership with business and community organizations as well as participated in other strategic campus initiatives to actively support students in realizing their educational goals. For this second year of campus renewal, the college celebrated the dedication of the newly renovated East Campus Athletic Complex. These enhanced facilities will serve as important resources for our students, staff and district communities. Upgrades for instructional laboratories and classrooms have been completed, as we are beginning a major renovation for the Student Center Building. These and other campus improvements increase our capacity to foster an effective learning environment. On behalf of the Triton Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students, I invite you to learn more about our college and the positive impact in the lives of those we serve. You will recognize our ongoing commitment to quality education and service to the community. As I complete my first year as the eighth President of Triton College, it certainly has been noteworthy.


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an t w y e h t each, t t al.” s n u o i j s s t ’ e n f o o “They d you into a pr to mold Scholarships, Support Helps Single Mom Take Next Career Step Going back to school to earn her nursing degree was a sacrifice for Lawanda Wheat, but it was one she knew she had to make. She had worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for more than a decade, but she knew she could make an even bigger impact. All that stood in the way was a degree. “Everyone kept telling me how great of a nurse I was,” she recalled. “They said this is your calling, and that I would make a great registered nurse.” To make it happen, the single mother of two boys, ages 16 and 10, had to scale back her work schedule while still acting as the primary breadwinner for her family. “I still don’t know how I did it,” the Oak Park native said. What Lawanda does know, is that Triton College made the process much easier. Triton’s Foundation helped match her with several scholarship opportunities to help her financial situation, including the Kay Langston Scholarship and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Her instructors, counselors and classmates provided support to help her succeed in the classroom. “They don’t just teach, they want to mold you into a professional,” she said. Lawanda earned her associate degree in nursing in spring 2016, and is now working full-time as a registered nurse, making a difference in the lives of the patients she treats every day. She says the work is more challenging, but definitely more rewarding as well.


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Scholar Receives Full Ride Scholarship to Elmhurst College To say Conor Jansen was happy to learn that he was the recipient of the sixth annual Triton College Scholars Program-Elmhurst College Scholarship would be an understatement. “I nearly fainted. I lost my breath, then I called my dad and told him,” Jansen said. Before graduating this spring, the Oak Park resident was a top performer in Triton’s Scholars Program. The rigorous program challenges talented students in pursuit of an Associate of Arts or Sciences degree, with plans to transfer to a competitive four-year college or university. The full-ride scholarship to Elmhurst College will allow Jansen to earn his bachelor’s degree in education. He plans to teach English at the high school or college level. The voracious reader especially enjoys creative writing and analysis of literature. Kurt Vonnegut and Hunter S. Thompson rank among his favorite authors, and he enjoys the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Ezra Pound, among others. “I read a little bit of a lot of different authors,” Jansen says. Perhaps that’s why the Scholars Program suited him so well. The program features small classes devoted to intensive reading, discussion and research skills. Program participants receive a waiver of in-district tuition and access to transfer placement counseling in addition to other benefits.

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Activities, Involvement are Keys to Jet Set Student’s Success J. Gustavo Muñoz just may hold the record for flying the most miles of any student in Triton College history. While such records are hard to verify, we can say with certainty that the sky is the limit as far as Mr. Muñoz’s future. Before landing at Triton, the spring 2016 graduate alternated attending schools in Illinois and his native Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico. In fact, he switched between schools in the U.S. and Mexico six times between fourth grade and his senior year at East Leyden High School. All of that travel helped the computer science major gain a unique perspective on education. “As students, we’re all still facing more or less similar challenges. We’re all working toward making a better community, that’s what I liked about Triton,” Gustavo said. While studying at Triton, Gustavo immersed himself in a host of clubs and other extracurricular activities. He served as the student trustee for the Triton College Student Association, participated in the Model Illinois Government and TRIUMPH programs, and served as a student ambassador and Program Board member. “All of this involvement has made me change a lot, compared to who I was in high school. It’s taught me how to better communicate and how to develop professional skills,” he said. Gustavo also earned the Triton Trustee Honors Scholarship and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honors society. Gustavo is currently pursuing a degree from Northeastern Illinois University, and plans to work in the IT field as a web developer.


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NASA Program Provides Out of this World Experience for Triton Grad Xitlali ‘Lali’ Patlan has always been interested in science. As a child, doing things like mixing vinegar and baking soda to create a volcano fascinated her. That fascination eventually led her to Triton College, where she cultivated her interests while earning an Associate of Science degree. In spring 2016, the Melrose Park native attended the prestigious NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program (NCAS), where she worked with NASA engineers and other students at the Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Her goal is to eventually work for NASA as part of the support team that sends the first crew of astronauts to Mars. She credits Triton for putting her on a path that will allow her to realize not only her educational goals, but soon, her career goals as well. “The people who work at Triton have all influenced me, and supported me and cheered me on when I did well,” she said. Lali is currently pursuing a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also currently works part-time as a mentor for Triton’s TRiO Program, which provides academic and support services to low-income and first-generation college students. Lali was able to take advantage of TRiO’s services while she was a student at Triton and now she says she’s happy to have the chance to help others as well.

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Phi Theta Kappa Puts Service, Leadership Skills on Display This was a banner year for Triton’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, as they received national recognition as a Five Star member, the highest distinction possible, for the fourth year in a row. Phi Theta Kappa is an international organization that recognizes excellence among students attending two-year colleges. The organization helps students grow through leadership, service and fellowship components. Phi Theta Kappa Awards and Accomplishments: • Hall of Honor Award — Yolanda Flores (student chapter president) • Chapter Member Award — Araceli Velazquez • Most Distinguished Advisor — Antigone Sharris • Chapter members participated in ‘Adopt-A-Kid’ program and “Feed my starving children” initiative


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2016 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award Winners Full-time Faculty of the Year: Dr. Christina Brophy — Social Sciences Dr. Christina Brophy is a valued member of Triton’s Social Sciences Department. She has taught classes in history, gender studies and great books since coming to Triton in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s from Claremont Graduate University, and a doctorate in history from Boston College. A yearlong Fulbright Fellowship to Ireland facilitated the research of her dissertation, as well as her present work. Brophy recently published her first academic book, Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Adjunct Faculty of the Year: Dr. Timothy Woods — Biological Sciences Dr. Timothy Woods taught Anatomy and Physiology since coming to Triton in 2014. Dr. Woods earned his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine, where he performed research on the plasticity of the somatosensory system. In addition to providing a high quality classroom experience, Dr. Woods helped start the SciMAD Club for students interested in science and medical advanced degrees.


Faculty Achievements Teri Junge, faculty/coordinator, Surgical Technology, published the textbook Practical Pharmacology for the Surgical Technologist (Delmar Cengage Learning, 2016), and published the article Refusal of Blood Transfusion in the journal The Surgical Technologist (July 2015: 301-304).

Risé Sanders-Weir, adjunct faculty, Visual, Performing & Communications Art, produced and directed the documentary "Gadget Girls: STEM Futures," which follows young girls who participated in our Engineering Technology Department’s 2012 summer youth GADgET Program.

Larry Manno, faculty, Chemistry, co-presented “Curriculum is the Key to Faculty-driven Assessment” with Mary Ann Tobin, director of Teaching and Learning, at the 2015 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Ind., on Oct. 26.

Robert S. Tapia, adjunct faculty, Philosophy, has published the biographical novel Rodrigo (iUniverse 2015). The novel is available in print and as an e-book at SKU-001036444/Rodrigo.aspx.

Newly Tenured Faculty Congratulations to all faculty members who were granted tenure. These incredibly dedicated and talented individuals play a crucial role in supporting Triton College students reach their personal and academic goals.

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Triton College Receives Grant to Expand Financial Literacy Programs Triton received a $25,000 grant over a two-year period that will be used to expand and strengthen programs designed to increase students’ money management skills. The award came as a result of Triton’s partnership with Achieving the Dream, Inc. (ATD), a community college reform organization. “Triton is very excited and honored to have received this grant. We understand that providing tools to students, especially low-income students, to help them better understand and manage their finances is key in helping them complete their educational goals. With the help of this grant, we will be able to expand and enhance our financial literacy offerings to many more students,” said Shelley Tiwari, director of Data Analytics for Student Success and Triton College’s Achieving the Dream project director. The grant, funded by OneMain Holdings, Inc. and administered by Achieving the Dream, recognizes that students’ ability to manage their money, including financial aid, plays a significant role in their ability to persist and complete their studies. Triton College has been a member school of the ATD network since 2009. With the help of ATD, Triton has worked to identify gaps in student achievement and develop strategies to improve student outcomes in areas that are important to a student’s academic progress.

Triton Sergeant’s Heroic Act Saves Man’s Life Triton College Police Department Sgt. Mark Amerazian insists he was just doing his job. Quick to deflect praise, he makes sure to remind that the actions that have others calling him a hero, were actually just a part of a team effort. “We work together as a team, teamwork is all of us accomplishing a goal,” Amerazian says of himself and other first responders. In April 2016, while on foot patrol in the Triton College cafeteria, he saw a man fall off his chair, having what appeared to be a seizure. Amerazian quickly rushed to the man’s aid, and found that he was not breathing and had gone into cardiac arrest. Taking control of the situation, he ordered a nearby public safety officer to bring him an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), a device used to restart the heart of cardiac arrest patients. Using the AED and performing CPR, Amerazian was able to revive the patient. When the man slipped back into cardiac arrest Amerazian revived him a second time, then a third time. Paramedics soon arrived and transported the man to a local hospital. More than two months after their first encounter, the patient returned to Triton College to thank the man who saved him. “It was amazing, he was there, he was doing good,” Amerazian recalled of the reunion. “He told me if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here today.” Sgt. Amerazian was honored for his heroic actions by the Triton College Board of Trustees during their June 2016 monthly board meeting.



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Hi-Tech Facilities, Innovative Programs Combine in New Health and Sciences Building Triton College opened the new Health and Sciences Facility on campus in September 2015, which combines cutting-edge technology and high-quality instruction to allow Triton graduates to succeed in the competitive health and science fields. • Houses programs including Nursing, Surgical Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine and Ophthalmology • Features surgical technology and dissection lab • Contains top-of-the-line equipment including virtual dissection table, nuclear medicine gamma camera and optical coherence tomography • Common area features modern design, comfortable atmosphere


Past and Present Triton Stars Gather to Celebrate New Athletic Complex The Triton College campus has a whole new look, thanks to the recent completion of renovations to the school’s East Campus Athletic Complex. The upgrades were on display during the Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony of the complex in late April. Triton College athletes and coaches, community leaders and some of Triton’s sports legends were on hand for the event, which paid tribute to the hard work of the many people who helped bring some of the finest athletic facilities in the area to Triton College. • New synthetic turf baseball and softball fields with upgraded lighting and seating • Multi-purpose field ready to host football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse and other events • Eight-lane running track open for public use • Partnership opportunities with schools and organizations to host tournaments and events


Out of this World, in Your Neighborhood The Cernan Earth and Space Center has been synonymous with Triton College since the 1960’s. Named after Bellwood native and former astronaut Eugene Cernan, the Cernan Center now shines even more brightly on Triton’s campus thanks to recent upgrades to the facility. Community members gathered at the Cernan Center in late May to celebrate the completion of the upgrades. The occasion was marked by a ceremonial rocket launch, signifying the limitless educational opportunities the new Cernan Center provides for Triton students and community members. • Super MediaGlobe II projection system for 44-foot diameter fulldome planetarium • Educational programs cover astronomy and space exploration, history, culture and music • Planetarium upgraded with new carpet, seating and acoustics • Solar panels installed outside of Cernan Center building


New Demonstration Kitchen Helps Hospitality Students Create Recipe for Success Aspiring chefs are now honing their craft with some of the finest training equipment available in Triton’s newly renovated Hospitality Demonstration Kitchen and Bistro. The new facility opened in spring 2016, and features a USB-programmable combination oven that can heat and steam at the same time, induction burners and a top-notch espresso machine. With equipment that rivals the most modern kitchens, students who complete Triton’s highly regarded Hospitality Industry Administration Program will be able to hold their own in this highly competitive field. • Hospitality industry is currently ranked as the number two employer in the United States • Triton offers specialty programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and restaurant/hotel management • Participants gain experience working in student-run dining room and retail bake shop


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Middle Schoolers Kick, Build and Analyze Their Way Through Annual STEM Fair The best compliment Triton’s Dean of Arts and Sciences Kevin Li received about this year’s STEM Fair came in an email from a middle school teacher days after the event. It explained how playground chatter was still dominated by students raving about how much they enjoyed their experience at Triton. “We definitely knew we achieved our objective,” Li said. That objective, of course, was to spark the interest of middle school students in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. About 180 students from 12 middle schools located throughout Triton’s district attended the annual STEM Fair this spring. Highlights of the busy day included a bridge building competition in which students tapped into architectural and engineering principles. “We learned how to be able to create structures using only a limited amount of resources,” said Jacob Spyt, a sixth grader at Rhodes Elementary School in River Grove. New to this year’s fair was the STEM in Soccer station, which helped students understand Newton’s second law of motion. Joyfully and at times competitively kicking balls into the goal proved an effective tool in demonstrating the formula of mass times acceleration. “We saw how much force goes into kicking a soccer ball, that taught us a lot about physics,” said Lesly Salguero, an eighth grader at Northlake Middle School. Li credits Triton’s faculty members for organizing the fair year after year, which helps Triton build and maintain solid relationships with schools in the area. “The fact that our whole faculty team – full-time and part-time – came and volunteered for the whole event to really cultivate the interest in the students is just amazing,” Li said. 27

Pilot Program Takes Flight Thanks to a new partnership between Triton College and the Transportation Security Administration, dozens of Triton students are starting careers in which they’ll help keep airports and travelers safe. Through the partnership, TSA officials recruited students to apply to become transportation security officers. So far, 20 Triton students have been hired, and about 30 more are currently going through the hiring process. In their role, the new hires perform screenings on passengers and employees, and check luggage at airport checkpoints. On May 13, representatives from Triton’s Criminal Justice Administration Department and the TSA held a ceremony at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to recognize the partnership. “This is a partnership that the TSA hopes to continue on a long-term basis, not only with Triton College, but they want to use this as a pilot program for colleges all over the country, specifically community colleges,” said Triton College Criminal Justice Administration Department coordinator Gregory Catena. Triton Criminal Justice Administration student Joel Zesati, Northlake, was hired by the TSA through the partnership. “The TSA has a wide range of jobs available, it’s just a matter of your willingness to commit to it.” Zesati said. “I do see it as something I could make a long-term career.”

Triton Receives Second Straight Business/Industry Partnership Award For the second year in a row, Triton College has been awarded the Illinois Community College Trustee Association’s “Business/Industry Partnership Award.” Triton’s School of Continuing Education received the award during the ICCTA’s annual awards luncheon in Springfield in June 2016, which recognized the school’s successful workforce-training alliance with Navistar International Corporation. • Provided over 3,000 hours of training to more than 700 Navistar employees • Provided training for welders, carpenters and sheet metal workers • Recently developed a 1,000 hour, 14-month training program customized to meet Navistar’s global workforce demands


“We’re workin g really hard to make sustainability something tha t everyone doe s on campus.” Sustainability Center Leads the Way Toward a Greener Campus and Community Triton College Sustainability Center coordinator Adrian Fisher gets around town. Literally, she usually does so on foot or bicycle. Figuratively, she connects Triton students, faculty and staff from across campus with community groups while leading the effort to educate the campus community and general public on environmental issues. “Everything I do is collaborative,” said Fisher, who oversaw the launch of the Sustainability Center in 2011, thanks in part to a grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network. “We’re working really hard to make sustainability something that everybody does on campus.” Recently, the Sustainability Center has collaborated on the Melrose Park Active Transportation Plan and the Pace Bus Student Survey, which led to the altering of several bus schedules to better serve the community’s needs. Through the efforts of the Sustainability Center, new bicycle racks have popped up throughout Triton’s campus, as well as improved walking and bike paths. Ongoing projects include the ‘Tree Campus USA Initiative’, ‘Greening the Campus’ Committee and the ‘Bike2Campus Coalition’. The Sustainability Center also sponsors several on campus events throughout the year. Recent events included the ‘Paris Climate Talks,’ which featured a discussion about the 2015 COP 21 conference, and the ‘Green Drinks Series,’ which educated community members about Smart Grid technology. “We are trying to enable people to be active energy managers,” Fisher said.

Child Development — An Early Start in Education for Young Students For generations, Triton College’s Child Development Center has started young children from throughout the area on the path to becoming lifelong learners. Currently, the program serves about 60 families, including toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students. The program fosters growth in all areas of child development and instills a love of learning in a welcoming environment. “It’s really rewarding when the parents come back and when the students themselves come back,” says Program Director Cindy Mentone. “They’ll tell us that their children are getting into good colleges and they know it stems from the base they received here.” The footprint of the program is evident throughout the communities served by Triton College. Last winter, children enrolled in the program created decorations for Triton’s tree at the Brookfield Zoo’s ‘Holiday Magic’ display. In April 2016, families celebrated the ‘Week of the Young Child’ at Triton, which featured an art exhibit displaying the artwork of children inspired by ‘Master Artists’ including Vincent Van Gogh. The program culminates with the Kindergarten graduation each spring, where students are sent off to continue their educational journey. The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and has received the ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality ranking. 31

, it was g in it c x e y r e v “It was e actually ’v I e im t t s ir the f won a race.” New Fitness Day a Hit with Local Families Avery Hovey had no idea how fleet of foot she would be until she hit the track during Triton College’s first ever Fun Family Fitness Day event in early June. The speedy 8-year-old from Melrose Park was the first to cross the finish line during the event’s quarter mile Fun Run, in which participants scampered around the new outdoor track that surrounds the East Campus Athletic Complex’s multi-purpose field. “It was very exciting, it was the first time I’ve actually won a race,” Avery said. Actually, everyone who participated in Fun Family Fitness Day was a winner, which also included a ‘STEM in Soccer’ event that showed children how sports and science overlap, as well as a Zumba class, healthy snacks and other activities. Dr. Julianne Murphy, who serves as the department chair of Triton’s Health, Sport and Exercise Science Department, helped organize Fun Family Fitness Day. For her, it was a way to inspire families to live a healthy lifestyle. “We wanted them to know that they could come to our campus to work out, to use our outdoor walking track, and to learn more about health and fitness,” Dr. Murphy said.


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Trojan Athletic Teams Achieve Incredible Success The 2015-2016 athletic season was one of the most memorable in the history of Triton College. Highlights included the men’s basketball team’s run all the way to the national championship game as well as several team and individual awards along the way. Men’s Basketball: • 34-3 overall record (most wins in program history) • National tournament runners-up (second place), North Central College Conference (N4C) champions, Region IV tournament champions • Eric Gillespie — NJCAA All-American • Head Coach Steve Christiansen, N4C Coach of the Year, NJCAA Region IV District 3 Coach of the Year sen istian r h C Steve


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Women’s Basketball: • 23-10 overall record • 18 game improvement over previous season • District championship game appearance • Head Coach Kellee Robertson, N4C Coach of the Year Softball: • 31-26 overall record • Third Place, Region IV tournament • Head Coach Christina Christopher, N4C Coach of the Year Christin a Christ opher

Baseball: • 38-19 Overall Record • N4C Champions, Region IV tournament champions • Head Coach Harry Torgerson, N4C Coach of the Year • Pitcher Will Kincanon, selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 MLB Draft

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The 23rd Annual Triton College Foundation President’s Reception, the Foundation’s biggest and most elegant event of the year, was held on Nov. 18, 2015. Loyal supporters Westchester Village President Sam D. Pulia and Village of Hillside Mayor Joseph T. Tamburino were recognized for their commitment and contributions to the Foundation which serves students, alumni and area communities by raising funds to put toward scholarships, new programs and services to ensure students have the resources they need to be successful at Triton. The annual Foundation President’s Reception, held on Triton’s campus, featured the culinary talents of Triton’s Hospitality students and local restaurants, the college’s new Bistro, entertainment by alumnus/faculty member Bill O’Connell and his trio, as well as a silent auction and commemorative program book. On June 15, the Triton College Foundation hosted its 19th Annual Golf Outing at the beautiful White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville, Ill. The Foundation was honored to have the support of several generous sponsors and more than 250 golfers who shared in the success of the annual summer spectacular. More than $100,000 was raised from these events to support a wide range of needs at Triton College that can truly change the lives of our students. Thanks to our donors more than $175,500 was awarded for Foundation scholarships.




Triton Alum Imparts Wisdom from Career That’s Spanned the Globe For Triton College alumnus Dr. Robert Rail, it’s all about perspective. That’s the message that the police veteran who has trained law enforcement personnel in war zones all over the world delivered while speaking to students from Triton’s Criminal Justice Administration Program this spring. His presentation, titled International Police Perspectives with Robert Rail, provided students with insight on how to succeed in various areas of the field of criminal justice. To illustrate his point about perspective, Dr. Rail began his presentation by scribbling drawings on a large piece of paper. The sketches included a glass of water, balloon, candle and a tree, among others. “You look at these things now, they have one meaning. When I leave, we’ll see if they have a different meaning,” he told the group. A balloon with words written on it was illegible when it was empty but became readable as he inflated it. This showed how people’s perceptions change when put under pressure. The candle represented how some people need to experience pain to understand it, while others will simply accept a warning that something is hot. Dr. Rail engaged the group with a mix of personal stories from his career and bits of advice, emphasizing the need to combine education and experience to achieve personal and professional success. His tone alternated between heartfelt sincerity and dry humor throughout the presentation. “Take your enemy, put them at the highest level you can, put them on a pedestal in your mind. If they’re on a pedestal, they’re an easier target,” he quipped as he spoke of the need to respect your opposition during a confrontation. Dr. Rail received a degree in criminal justice from Triton College in 1973. He went on to work for a local police department before serving as a member of the United Nation’s International Police Task Force, specializing in police training. He has received numerous awards for his international police training work and has authored five books on police training and defense tactics.


Triton Retires Jerseys of Former MLB Players Triton College baseball greats Lou Collier and Jeff Reboulet joined some pretty exclusive company when the Athletic Department retired their jersey numbers this spring. Collier’s No. 23 and Reboulet’s No. 4 are now displayed on the outfield wall of Triton’s Symonds-Puckett Field, adding them to a group that includes late MLB Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, former Chicago White Sox standout Lance Johnson, legendary former head coach Bob Symonds and retired Triton faculty member and longtime pitching coach Tom Doyle. Career Accomplishments — Lou Collier • 1993 NJCAA Player of the Year • 1993 NJCAA World Series Appearance • NJCAA First Team All-American and Region IV MVP • Eight Year MLB Career (Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox)

Jeff Reboulet • 1983 NJCAA World Series appearance • 1984 NJCAA All-American & All Region IV Selection • Holds Triton records for highest batting avg., most doubles, hits and runs scored • 12-year MLB career (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals)


ary m m u ial S c n a n i F Summary of Fiscal Year 2016 Triton College’s budgeting model supports fiscal responsibility while remaining true to our vision of teaching excellence and student success. For fiscal year 2016, the college again received a clean, unmodified audit opinion from its external auditing firm. This confirms the accuracy, professional competence and transparency exhibited by Triton’s financial reporting. The college’s financial position continues to remain strong.

REVENUE Local Tax Revenue ICCB Grants Student Tuition and Fees All Other Revenue Total Revenues











All Other Revenue 1%

Student Tuition and Fees 50%

Local Tax Revenue 47%

ICCB Grants 2%




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Total Expenditures

Instruction 33% Institutional Support 27%

Operations and Maintenance 19%

Academic Support 8%

Public Services 3%

Student Services 10%

Awarded for Reporting Excellence The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) recognized Triton College with the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This was the 13th consecutive year Triton was recognized for its CAFR.


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 Email: Website:

Affirmative Action and Title IX Triton College reaffirms its commitment to affirmative action and offers equal employment and educational opportunities, including career and technical education opportunities, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, or any other basis which is protected by law except where such characteristics are bonafide occupational requirements. Grievance procedures are available to interested persons by contacting either of the compliance officers listed below. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to the following persons: STUDENTS Corey M. Williams Dean, Student Services Triton College 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 (708) 456-0300, Ext 3230

EMPLOYEES Joe Klinger AVP, Human Resources Triton College 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3743

SECTION 504 Deborah Kaczmarek Director, Center for Access and Accommodative Services Triton College 2000 Fifth Ave. River Grove, IL 60171 (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3854

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