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A Message from Our Chairman To the Triton College Community: I hope that this writing finds you enjoying the start of summer (finally!). This will be a very busy summer at Triton College as phase two of our west campus parking lot re-pavement program continues. This phase will be completed this fall, with phase three encompassing the western-most parking lot as well as the access roads connecting our north and south lots beginning in the spring of 2015 with completion in the fall of that year. We are also making excellent progress on the $16 million renovation of our Health & Science building, with a scheduled reopening of the building in the summer of 2015. Now let me share with you exciting news that the Board formally announced at our June 17 meeting. We plan to embark on a campus-wide rehabilitation project over the next three years to renovate and modernize your Triton College. This $50 million rehabilitation project will be funded by the sale of bonds that will be retired over a 20-year period of time, utilizing normal operating funds. I would like to stress that we will not be relying on an increase in your property taxes to pay off the bonds. As you will recall from my January/February letter to you, we have been able to build our reserve fund balance over the last 20 years from $4.6 million to $34.9 million while at the same time completing more than $22 million worth of renovations and upgrades to the campus. The same sound fiscal management that we have exercised over this period of time will allow us to complete our currently proposed comprehensive campus rehabilitation without having to rely on increasing your property taxes. On the side, you will find a calendar of dates for our district-wide public information meetings on this project as well as the Board meeting dates at which time we will take the formal action required to put the plan in motion. I hope to see you at these meetings to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you may have. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Triton College this year, I am excited to say that we will be putting the College in a position to provide you with an outstanding educational institution for the next 50 years. If you have any thoughts on how Triton College can better serve you, I would like to hear them. Please feel free to contact me through the Office of the President at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201, or email me at Best regards,

BOND ISSUE MEETINGS Public Information Sessions • Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Proviso Math and Science Academy, Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road (Roosevelt Road and First Avenue), Forest Park • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Riverside Brookfield High School, The Little Theatre, 160 Ridgewood Road (First Avenue and Ridgewood Road), Riverside • Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., East Leyden High School, Auditorium, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park • Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park Resolution to Conduct the Public Hearing and Issue Bonds Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Triton College Board of Trustees Public Hearing on Bond Issue Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at special meeting of the Triton College Board of Trustees Board of Trustees Vote to Sell Bonds Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at regular meeting of the Triton College Board of Trustees

This Issue Speaking of Student Success . . . . . . 2

Mark R. Stephens

Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Chairman, Triton College Board of Trustees

Awarding Excellence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Program Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Dates to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Speaking of Student Success… Victory for Triton graduates Being a hairstylist for 30 years wasn’t cutting it for Cynthia Lovett – especially when her true passion was cooking. The Melrose Park native began taking a couple of hospitality classes at Triton College to learn how to make new dishes she could prepare at home. “I did one class and liked it, so I took another and another,” said the Cynthia Lovett stands with her family at Triton College’s 56-year-old mother of four commencement. daughters. “And then, after a while I thought I may as well go for my degree in hospitality… This was my opportunity to do something for me.” And she achieved just that joining more than 400 other Triton College graduates at the 48th annual commencement ceremony on May 17 at Rosemont Theatre. Like many of the other graduates, Lovett was applauded for her achievement of completing her education by friends and family and the Triton College community in attendance. Graduates crossed the stage to accept their diploma and/or certificate, which represented the reward of those long nights of studying, the anguish of not understanding the homework and the struggle of getting to class on time, every time. It was their redemption for persevering through it all and a symbol of the quality education they received at Triton to prepare them for their future.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL TRITON’S GRADUATES Triton College celebrates all of its graduates, as well as students who have shown their commitment toward completing their studies. Here are some photos from other celebrations held on campus.

Graduates of Triton College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) studies show off their certificates at their completion ceremony. Triton’s 2014 ESL program graduated 91 graduates from 27 different countries, speaking 15 different languages.

“Beyond today, no matter where you’ve come from or where your journey leads you, you will always be part of Triton College,” said Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados to the graduates. “You will continue the legacy of success achieved by the students who have come before you. You are role models for the students who will follow in your footsteps. I am so proud of each of you and wish you all the best.” Triton College Student Association President Jamian Griggs also addressed the audience. “This is not the end, but a new beginning,” he said. “A new chapter we’ve begun. A transition to a different tomorrow. Our time here at Triton will forever become a true testament of our resilience that we can achieve… Nothing can stand in our way.”

Triton College President Patricia Granados recognized the hard work and adversity of Triton’s nontraditional students during a special student engagement event.

Graduate Zack Sawyer felt uplifted about the fact that he completed his education. “I can’t wait to take the next step in my educational plans and that is to transfer (to a four-year institution),” he said. “I still plan on coming back to Triton to visit my instructors. I’m graduating because of them.” TCSA President Jamian Griggs speaks to the graduates at commencement.

Architecture graduate Darryl Wash of Maywood pursued his education at Triton to find a better job and to set a positive example for his family. “Most of all, I wanted to show myself that it’s never too late to fulfill your dreams,” he said. “This is a big accomplishment for me, my family and my community.” Congratulations Class of 2014!

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Triton College students who performed exemplarily well on their studies received an honors pin at a reception recognizing their achievements.

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Did You Know? Triton College completed its swimming pool renovation with safety and ADA regulations. New features of the pool include a new liner, mechanical systems, piping, a state-of-theart audio system, sound attenuation panels and an eye-catching design sporting the Triton College logo. Also, a new, more sustainable filtration system was installed to filter safe and clean water into the pool, while still saving on water and energy. Triton College’s School of Continuing Education offers aquatic classes for ages as Triton College has completed the renovation young as 5 to learn how to swim, as well as of its swimming pool, just in time for water exercising classes for adults. summer courses! Visit for class information. Aquatic classes have reconvened in its newly For more information, call (708) 456-0300, renovated swimming pool that is compliant Ext. 3130.

Kickoff Cake Cutting & Sundial Dedication The Triton College 50th Anniversary

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 Two Ceremony Times: Noon and 6 p.m.


We hope you and your family will be able to join us when Triton College will kick off its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with a cake-cutting ceremony and sundial dedication. Celebrate the many accomplishments of Triton throughout our history! Admission is open to the public at no cost. For more information, contact Susan Page at or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201.

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Two Triton students win national ad campaign As part of the competition, the team of Scavone and Johnson were challenged to create an ad campaign for Fifth-Third Bank that targeted the 17- to 19-year-old demographic. That’s how Vladimir was created. “Vladimir Jenkins is both Russian and black and he (serves) as a reminder to youth to not waste their money on pointless things but instead save it,” Johnson said. “Leo Burnett is known for being a developer of famous characters, such as Tony the Tiger (left to right) Triton College students Brandon Scavone and and the Keebler Elves, and a few of us on the Jakeel Johnson win a national ad campaign that includes team had a background in character work, so the opportunity to interview for a job with the advertising we came up with this character,” Scavone said. agency Leo Burnett. “Vladimir’s catchphrase is ‘Don’t do that!’. We thought that this idea would be funny, as his Watch how you spend your money, or character is zany and random, and we felt it Vladimir Jenkins may pop out at you and would give kids something to talk about,” yell, “Don’t do that!” Johnson added. “We also had the idea to start It’s the creation of this character and catch- a social media campaign with the hashtag phrase used for an ad campaign that was a #Dontdothat, allowing Twitter users to post winner for Triton College students Brandon mistakes their friends make (with their Scavone and Jakeel Johnson. The two mass finances).” communications students took part in a Both students enjoyed the professional opporcreative boot camp held at Columbia tunity and see a bright future in advertising. College that included the opportunity to compete in a national ad campaign compe- “Advertising is basically trying to relate with a tition composed of more than 100 students person, or group of people, through something that has a positive impact on lives that I from colleges and universities around the see myself doing in the future,” Johnson said. world. They won, with their six-person team, the opportunity to interview for a job with “Very few professional jobs let you stretch the the prestigious advertising agency Leo creative muscle like this one does,” Scavone Burnett. added.

Meet Triton’s new student trustee … Alexis Gonzalez Triton College student Alexis Gonzalez was sworn-in during the April 15 board meeting to serve as the newly elected student trustee. Having grown up in Triton’s district, Gonzalez is a proud member of the Triton College community. At one time considered a shy, timid student, she credits Triton for making her the strong, confident leader she is today as she pursues her associate’s degree in science at the institution. Aside from her new role as student trustee, Gonzalez also serves as the president of the Triton College Program Board and is a mentor in the Peer Mentoring Collaborative Program on campus. She is excited to give back to the school that she says has given so much to her, she said, adding that she believes every student should be supported and encouraged to achieve their goals, overcome their fears and become lifelong learners. In her spare time, Gonzalez enjoys various outdoor activities, such as camping, hunting and mountain climbing, which she discovered while visiting the Colorado Rocky Mountains and Colorado State University campus in 2013. As a student ambassador for the Urban Agriculture Camp, she is a strong advocate for “greening” the campus and the world around her. She is excited to see and be a part of the transformation Triton College is undergoing to make the campus a greener, more sustainable campus. Following her May 2015 graduation, she intends to transfer to Colorado State University.

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Triton students win third place at national Ethics Bowl

Adjunct Ethics Faculty Daniele Manni (center) stands with the Triton College Ethics Bowl team.

Triton College’s Ethics Bowl team may be new to campus, but they’re already creating waves in regional and national competitions. Adjunct Faculty Daniele Manni, who teaches ethics at Triton, developed the team in fall 2013 to encourage Triton students from a variety of program backgrounds to participate in the challenge of discussing ethical issues and arguing their position in competitions. “A lot of people compare this to a debate team, but an ethics bowl is different in that you don’t have to convince the judges of your standpoint,” Manni said. “The competitions are judged by which team expressed the best skill in providing reasoning for the given topics. It’s much more of an academic endeavor than a debate team challenge.” Their five-person team competed in the Ethics Bowl Competition for two-year colleges hosted by Harper College, the Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl in Chicago, and the 2014 APPET Two-Year College Ethics Bowl National Championship at Harper, where they took third place. The team meets for practice every week, discussing various relevant topics from an ethical standpoint, such as to eat or not to eat certain animal meats; self-driving cars; the Google Glass, the new wearable, voiceactivated technology introduced by Google; and the controversy surrounding the burial of one of the bombers of the Boston Marathon race in April 2013. “The Ethics Bowl isn’t limited to a specific major. It’s about real-world issues,” said Daniel Reyes, who graduated from Triton in May with a degree in history. “I like that it provides me with a deeper understanding of issues and other majors.” The Ethics Bowl team will kick off again in the fall. For more information or to join the team, contact Daniele Manni at

Changing the world, one scholarship at a time

Karolina Stus (center, back) stands with some of the Triton College GADgET girls and mentors during the 2013 summer camp. Triton College student Karolina Stus dreams of changing the world. Though she admits it sounds a little cliché, she is actually already contributing to a changing world as a young woman pursuing engi-

neering – a male-dominated field. Stus of Elmwood Park is studying to be an engineer at Triton and was recently awarded for her endeavors with a scholarship through the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation, part of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA). The youngest of six siblings and a first-generation college student, Stus is excited for the bit of financial relief and looks forward to completing her studies at Triton and hopefully transferring to ITT to continue her education. A role model, Stus has served as a mentor for Triton’s GADgET summer camp, which exposes young women, ages 12 to 16, to engineering through hands-on activities and women working in the professional field. She is eager to continue inspiring girls interested in engineering. “I want to break traditional boundaries and come up with ways to create innovative products that help people make tasks easier,” she said. “I will be looking for every opportunity to further my education and embrace not only the end result, but the journey in the process… I know there is so much learning ahead of me.”

Fun for all at Fall Family Fun Fest From the biggest to the smallest, the shortest and the tallest, every person is invited to partake in the non-stop fun at Triton College’s annual Fall Family Fun Fest on Sept. 27. Families can enjoy games, activities and exhibits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Triton’s Botanical Gardens on campus. Food and beverages will be sold by Triton’s Hospitality Program. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3220, or visit

New scholarship opportunities at Triton The Triton College Alumni Association has developed two new scholarship opportunities to benefit students in pursuing their education at Triton and beyond. • In tandem with the Triton College Foundation, the Alumni Legacy Scholarship is for current Triton students who are immediate relatives of a Triton College graduate. The scholarship amount is up to $250 per semester for tuition, books and fees, and requires the completion of a service in support of alumni activities. Applications are due June 1 for the following fall semester and October 1 for the following spring semester. • The Elmhurst College Triton Alumni Council Scholarship is for Triton alumni who are continuing their education through the School of Professional Studies at Elmhurst College. The scholarship amount is $3,500 awarded annually through Elmhurst College. Applications are due July 15 for fall semester enrollment at Elmhurst College and Dec. 1 for the spring semester enrollment at Elmhurst. For requirements and how to apply, visit For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at or at For more scholarships offered at Triton, visit or or contact the Triton College Foundation at

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Two outstanding Triton College faculty win outstanding state awards ciation (ICCTA) as the 2014 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Member; and Gilbert was presented with the 2014 Outstanding Educator Award by the Illinois Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Society, an award of which she was nominated for by her students. Romberger of Oak Park has been teaching chemistry to students at Triton for the past 38 years with the thrill of “guiding students to discovery.” “What an honor,” she said of the statewide recognition, of Triton College Adjunct Faculty Mary Romberger teaches middle which she was nominated for by her peers. school students about atoms during Triton College’s Early “I was in disbelief when I found out.” College Awareness Program (ECAP) held on campus in the fall. Romberger’s contributions to Triton over Chemistry and accounting are not easy the years have been monumental: She’s subjects for students, but for Triton College co-authored manuals used in the chemAdjunct Chemistry Faculty Mary Romberger istry labs. She’s been instrumental in and Accounting Faculty Julie Gilbert, it is a providing input for laboratory renovachallenge worth seeing through to watch tions. And she’s contributed to Triton’s their students achieve success. annual STEM Fair and Early College Awareness Program (ECAP) that provides This passion and commitment to teaching was recognized: Romberger was selected by her with the opportunity to teach youth the Illinois Community College Trustee Asso- and pique their interest about science.

Gilbert, also of Oak Park, teaches financial, managerial, cost and basic accounting courses at Triton, where she’s worked since August 2006. She spearheaded Triton’s Accounting Club in 2007 and created the Homework Connection program, providing students with one-on-one homework help from knowledgeable faculty. They both look forward to joining in the celebration of Triton’s 50th anniversary this year.

Triton faculty Julie Gilbert sits down with a student to go over homework at Homework Connection.

Awarding excellence at Triton Six Triton College employees were recently awarded with the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards for showing a stellar commitment and contribution to their students and colleagues. The 2014 honorees are: • Jim Coates, Facilities Engineering Technology Adjunct Faculty

• Paul Jensen, Dean of Continuing Education • Peggy Murnighan, Business Faculty • BriAnne Nichols, Director of Student Support Services • Mary Ann Olson, Education Faculty • Pat Zinga, Associate Dean of Financial Aid

“Triton College and the administration value the efforts of our dedicated faculty and staff to ensuring our students are reaching levels of success. We recognize these individuals for their contribution to student success and our institutional mission,” said Dr. Patricia Granados, Triton College President. “We are pleased to celebrate their achievements.”

Triton College holds community meetings on proposed facility enhancements Triton College will hold several community meetings to discuss plans to enhance its facilities. As an institution that is half-century old, Triton has identified a number of projects to update its facilities and highlight Triton as the cutting-edge provider of higher education in the district. The community is invited to attend an informational meeting to hear about plans for facility renovations and how the projects will be funded at no increased cost to taxpayers within the district, as well as share their thoughts on how the college can best serve its community. Informational meetings open to the public are scheduled as follows: 6 Enroll Today! 708.456.0300 or

• Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Proviso Math and Science Academy, Auditorium, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road (Roosevelt Road and First Avenue), Forest Park • Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Riverside Brookfield High School, The Little Theatre, 160 Ridgewood Road (First Avenue and Ridgewood Road), Riverside • Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7 to 9:30 p.m., East Leyden High School, Auditorium, 3400 Rose St., Franklin Park • Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room, 834 Lake St., Oak Park For more information, contact the Triton College Office of the President at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201, or email

Program Spotlight Top industries for gainful employment with an associate’s degree John Shanahan of Forest Park thought he had a long career ahead of him in the printing industry. But after 18 years, his future came to a screeching halt when he was laid-off. Shanahan had a hard time finding work in, what he calls, “a dying trade;” but he knew he had to think of his future. “It was a very tough adjustment” he said about returning to school in his 40s, “but I wanted to be able to take care of myself and my family and do something meaningful.” Shanahan graduated from Triton College in May with a degree in nuclear medicine – a fast-growing health care field with an expected job growth rate of 20.2 percent from 2012-2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website. He’s currently doing clinical work at the University of Chicago Medicine. Aside from health care, the U.S. Bureau reports two other growing occupational groups for individuals with an associate’s degree. Here are the associate degree programs Triton offers to help you prepare for careers in these industries! #1 – Health Care Jobs in the health care industry are expected to nearly double the overall growth projected for occupations from 2012-2022, which is 10.8

Heath Care support occupations Heath Care practitioners and technical occupations Life, physical and social science occupations Architecture and engineering occupations Total all occupations

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Source: Employment Projections, Occupational employment and job opening data, projected 2012-2022, and worker characteristics, 2012 (Number in thousands), U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics website,

percent. And an associate’s degree can equal a median wage of $60,000 to $70,000 in particular fields, such as nuclear medicine, nursing and diagnostic medical sonography. Programs offered at Triton: Nuclear Medicine, Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Ophthalmic Technology and Radiologic Technology #2 – Life, Physical and Social Sciences As we become more concerned about sustaining the Earth for future generations to enjoy, careers are sprouting up as technicians in chemical (with a projected job growth of 9.4 percent from 2012-2022), geological and petroleum (15.1 percent), environmental (18.8 percent) and nuclear sciences (14.9 percent). Salary median is reported as $41,130. Programs offered at Triton: Biological

Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology and Geology #3 – Architecture & Engineering While some architecture and engineering careers require at least a bachelor’s degree, there are many technician jobs that require at least an associate’s. Those include environmental engineer technicians (with an 18.4 percent projected growth rate), drafters (12.7 percent), electrical drafters (9.6 percent) and mechanical engineer technicians (4.7 percent). Salary median is upward of $50,000. Programs offered at Triton: Architecture, Facilities Engineering Technology, Building Information Modeling, Engineering/Mechanical Design Technology and Independent Building Contractor For the full data of employment projections for 2012-2022, visit

Two registration events, one BIG convenience!

FINANCE YOUR FUTURE Triton College is doubling up its efforts to provide students with the convenience of registering for classes in one day with two events. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. on July 10, Finance Your Future at Triton College will educate students on several options for financing their education, while giving them the opportunity to register for classes, including taking the mandatory placement exams, touring the campus, completing Triton’s orientation program and meeting with academic counselors and financial aid advisors to learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

SUPER SATURDAY The following month, students still have a chance to take advantage of conveniently registering for classes in one day during the Super Saturday registration event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 16. Super Saturday puts students on path to quickly register and be prepared for the start of the fall 2014 semester. Both events will be held in the Student Center, B Building. Visit for more information, or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130, or email The fall 2014 semester begins Aug. 25. Financial assistance is available! Enroll Today! 708.456.0300 or



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