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A Message from Our Chairman To the Triton College Community: During this holiday season, the spirit of giving fills us all. In this giving spirit, friends and supporters of Triton College gathered at the Triton College Foundation President’s Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 13. This enjoyable event, held in honor of Dr. Mary Jo Schuler, raised more than $33,000 for the Foundation. Dr. Schuler is a Board member on the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation and a member of Women Leaders in Philanthropy. A strong supporter of Triton College, Dr. Schuler also serves on the Triton College Community Advisory Committee. Thanks to the students and faculty of Triton’s Hospitality program for showcasing their culinary talents, as well as to our Triton Faculty Jazz Trio for providing musical entertainment. Special thank you to the following area restaurants for providing a fabulous spread for the crowd: Clavio’s Eatery, Elmcrest Banquets by Biancalana, Jim & Pete’s, Kervil’s, and Maria’s Mexican Restaurant. See photos and more information about this wonderful event within. The Triton College Foundation supports the college by providing funding for student scholarships and programs. This support helps Triton College serve our students and community despite the financial need created by the state’s funding shortfall in excess of $100 million over the last 15 years. We’ve tightened our belts and are as fiscally prudent as possible, but we can’t ignore repairs that are needed on campus. Projects, like roadway repairs and carpet replacement, are being phased over many years. Some repairs, however, cannot be phased in over a period of years. Such is the case with our swimming pool. Prior to the start of the fall semester, a leak was detected in our swimming pool. The pool had to be shut down and is in need of significant repairs. Thanks to the fantastic job Triton College does to get things done with limited resources, we are able to not only make repairs but also enhance the facility out of our reserves. At a community meeting on Nov. 14, the pool repair and enhancement project was explained to community members present. I’d like to thank the concerned students and community members who took time to attend that meeting and provide their suggestions and input. I appreciated the open dialogue and suggestions of the folks who use the facility. Watch the college website for progress on this project and the return of this amenity to the community next spring. I’m proud to tell you that in spite of the state funding shortfall mentioned above, the Triton College Board of Trustees will again maintain a flat tax levy. There will be no tax increase as the 2013 Tax Levy comes before the Board for approval this month. I hope you enjoy this issue of Page One and the many highlights of student success at Triton College. If you have any ideas of 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 e-mail me at Wishing you a peaceful and joyous holiday season!

Best regards, Mark R. Stephens, Chairman, Triton College Board of Trustees

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This Issue Speaking of Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Letter From Our President . . . . . . . 3 Foundation President’s Reception . . 3 Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Program Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Triton Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 School of Business News . . . . . . . . . . 7 Dates to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Speaking of Success… Triton history professor uses alternative resources for teaching

Dr. Cord Scott

What do comic books have to do with World War II, the Vietnam War or even Operation Iraqi Freedom? More than one might think. “The G.I. Joe comic books – a lot of people aren’t aware that some of those issues are set during the Korean War and others are

set during World War II,” said Triton College adjunct history professor Dr. Cord Scott. “Even Spider-Man (comic books) incorporates war themes.” Teaching at Triton the last five years, Dr. Scott introduces an unlikely reference in his history classes in the form of comic books that have been met with intrigue by many of his students. And, as it turns out, comic books are steeped in history, Dr. Scott said. “There were some comic books made specifically for military training purposes,” he said. “There’s much that can be learned from comic books, which is why I utilize them in my curriculum.” Dr. Scott is an expert on the connection of war-themed comic books to U.S. and foreign wars. His knowledge has led to him being featured on nationally-televised programs and being asked to present at various U.S.

conferences and events. His expertise on the field will be culminated into his upcoming book, “Comics and Conflict: Patriotism and Propaganda from WWII through Operation Iraqi Freedom,” which also served as the theme of his doctorate dissertation in 2011. His book will be released early 2014 on Aside from Dr. Scott’s innovative use of teaching references, students also appreciate his thorough knowledge of the field and energetic, open teaching style, referring to him as “influential,” “the best history professor” and “a real gem” on “I try to relay to students that history is not just about names and dates and that it does have an effect on the future,” he said. “As an adjunct faculty member, my life revolves around semesters, but I truly love what I do.”

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21 st Annual Foundation President’s


The 21st Annual Triton College Foundation President’s Reception was met with success, as the event honored Triton supporter Mary Jo Schuler, board member of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. The Nov. 13 event raised more than $33,000 in support of student scholarships.


The Foundation President’s Reception honoree Mary Jo Schuler (center) stands with (l to r) Triton College Foundation President Tom Olson, Chairman Mark Stephens, President Dr. Patricia Granados and Ninth District Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri.

Letter from Our President Dear Community Members: As the fall semester comes to an end and the holiday season begins, Triton is working diligently to ensure students successfully complete the term and will have time to relax and enjoy the holidays before the spring term begins in January. This fall, Triton College welcomed the Higher Learning Commission team to its campus. They spent three days with us as part of the process of reaffirmation for accreditation. The visit went well and now we await the final report. The selfassessment was timely as we are in development of our strategic plan. We are in the final stages of development and look forward to sharing it with the community early next year. Speaking of next year—we will begin our celebration of 50 years of serving our community. We hope you will join us at the various events planned beginning in the fall of 2014. For more details, visit the Triton College website. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year!

Mary Jo Schuler holds up her award.

Triton students pose with honoree Mary Jo Schuler.

Triton Hospitality students served and prepared some of the food at the event.

The silent auction raised funds toward student success. Items included one-of-kind autographed sports memorabilia, artwork and trips.

Sincerely, Dr. Patricia Granados, President, Triton College

Miss Illinois 2013 Brittany Smith, former Triton student, with professor Dr. Gabriel Guzman.

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Reminiscing of Triton College

Did You Know?

Here's a throwback photo from 1986.

Rain gardens bring greenery to Student Center parking lot Triton College recently repaved the Student Center parking lot, as part of phase I of the campus-wide, multi-year asphalt pavement replacement project. And as part of the plan, four mini rain gardens were incorporated into the design to allow for runoff of rain water from the parking lots. There are numerous benefits to the rain gardens: It will provide additional volume storage for rain water to reduce the risk of the parking lot flooding. It will filter rain water back into the ground, removing sediment, oils and pollutants, and improving water quality. Plus, when that water is drawn back into the ground, the water will irrigate and nourish the native plants and grasses that make up the rain garden.

Interact with us about Triton College's 50th Anniversary on our Facebook page at And don't forget to save the date for our upcoming events to commemorate the milestone listed on our website,

Triton College Trustee Thomas Gary resigns his position to serve his country board was marked by his concern that Triton serve all the citizens of the district. Personally, I will miss the ability to exchange and debate ideas with Thomas and his thoughtful interaction with all of the board members. I know I speak for the entire board when I say that we will miss Thomas’ presence on the board of trustees.”

After six years of service to the Triton College Board of Trustees, Trustee Thomas S. Gary submitted his letter of resignation to the Triton College Board, effective immediately. In his letter, Gary was appreciative of his time at Triton, learning from his fellow colleagues, the staff and the students. He cited the unforeseen extension of his mobilization in active duty with the United States Navy as his reason for resigning. “Triton College has lost a dedicated board member in Thomas Gary,” said Board Chairman Mark Stephens. “Thomas’ service on the

Vice Chairperson Donna Peluso expressed her appreciation of Trustee Gary: “Thomas showed his dedication to Triton College and the community over his six years of service,” she said. “We are very sorry to see him leave Triton but are extremely proud of him and his service to our country.” Triton College President Patricia Granados echoed the sentiments of the board of trustees. "In his role as trustee, Mr. Gary was committed to ensuring the success of our students. He reflected this commitment through his advocacy of community colleges at the national, state and local levels. I am confident he will continue to be a strong supporter.” Mr. Gary is a Navy veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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You’ve got mail! The Triton College spring 2014 class schedule has already hit mailboxes in your community. In the schedule, you’ll find: • A variety of classes available this spring, including courses through the college’s Continuing Education Department. • The spring 2014 semester calendar. • Tuition and financial aid information and more!

Program Spotlight New Continuing Education course offers firearms training Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once wrote that, “Great power involves great responsibility.” And after the passing of the Illinois law that allows for individuals to carry a concealed weapon, it is with great responsibility that Illinois residents take the initiative to become well-informed, as well as properly trained, to live this constitutional right. Triton College’s School of Continuing Education will offer a new course in December that will provide individuals with the education and training needed to apply for the Concealed Carry License in Illinois. Approved by the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Community College Board, the course fulfills the 16-hour state requirement and will include lessons on basic firearm safety and Illinois state and federal laws regarding the carry of a concealed handgun.

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From the attic to the basement, the housing market is up and down. But the need for real estate brokers and appraisers is consistently increasing. Triton College’s School of Continuing Education prepares individuals for a career in real estate with several certification courses designed to meet the requirements of the Illinois Real Estate License Act. • Real Estate Broker Pre-License course • Managing Broker Pre-License course • Home Inspection • NEW! Real Estate Appraisal License • NEW! National USPAP Update course For more information about each course, check your spring 2014 schedule or you can visit, or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

The course will also include an hour of training at a firing range in Lombard. “Triton has a very strong criminal justice program and a long history of training first responders, which will be leveraged to provide a high quality CCW education for our district residents,” said Paul Jensen, dean of the School of Continuing Education. To enroll, students must have a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which must be shown on the first day of class. The course number is 249. For class dates and times, visit Triton also offers education and training in Basic Security and a 20-hour Firearms handling course. For more information, call Triton’s School of Continuing Education at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

Triton College hosts Sonography Day on Feb. 1 Sonographers, physicians and students can receive the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills with a day full of presentations from experts in various specialized fields during the JoAnne and Marian Mota Sonography Day – named in memory of a former Triton College Diagnostic student and her mother. The event will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The annual event will include information on the latest techniques utilized in sonography today, as well as encourage collaboration with peers to share their knowledge and skills to formulate a better understanding of the topics that they can apply into their everyday practice. Some of this year’s speakers include: Rudy E. Sabbagha, M.D., Medical Director of the Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound Center and Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University School of Medicine Julia Michelak, B.S., RDMS, Sonographer, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Louis Manquen, M.D., Director of the Women’s Center, Advocate -Condell Medical Center Violetta Stoilkovska, RDMS, Sonographer, UIC Maternal Fetal Medicine Lauri Camp, RDMS, Manager/Sonographer, Central DuPage Hospital Triton College faculty will also be speaking. Registration for the free event begins Jan. 2, 2014. Seating is limited. To register online, visit For more information, contact Marija Kosanovic, manager, Center for Health Professionals, at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3773, or e-mail Marianna Desmond, Ed.M, RDMS, RTR, at The event will be held in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert M. Collins Center on Triton College's campus in River Grove.

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Triton Athletics


Track and field program off and running with a new head coach The Triton College Athletics Department has named Nick Schneigert as the head coach for men’s and women’s track and field, after 20 years of not having a team in the sport. The re-launch of the program was announced in July. “Coming to Triton is a wonderful opportunity for me to be a head college track and field coach in the Chicagoland area,” said the 36year-old Schaumburg resident. “I appreciate Triton College having the confidence in me to lead the program.”

This past spring, he was the assistant jumps coach at Geneva High School and was an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Rockford College from 2011 to 2013. Under the guidance of Schneigert, Triton plans to field a team to compete in time for January 2014. Any Triton student enrolled full-time who is interested in participating in track and field can contact head coach Schneigert by e-mail at or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3800.

“I believe we have the right person to breathe air back into our track and field program,” said Triton College Athletic Director Harry McGinnis. “Nick is very energetic and eager to tackle the challenges ahead, and I look forward to developing a quality program with him that Triton can be proud of."

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION YOU CAN KEEP! Pursue a degree or certificate in nearly 100 programs available at Triton College, and give yourself a better chance at finding the career of your dreams in 2014. Registration for the spring 2014 semester is currently open! Open, in-person registration is available from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Student Center (B Building), located on the west side of Triton’s main campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. The campus will be closed from Dec. 23, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2014. You can also register at or by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

Schneigert brings to Triton several years of coaching experience in the youth, high school and college levels. In September 2011, he received his USATF Level 1 coaching certification at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.

Classes begin Jan. 21, 2014. Financial assistance is available!

Triton soccer coach Piotr Sliwa receives honor from Polish American Congress

Soccer has been part of the lifeline of Triton College men’s head coach Piotr Sliwa since the day he was born in his native city of Debica, Poland. Sliwa’s father played professionally in Poland, and it was natural that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and develop a passion for the sport, which would turn into a successful coaching tenure at Triton for the young Chicago resident.

At age 27, Sliwa was recognized for his contributions to the game of soccer as the 2013 recipient of the Sports Award presented by the Illinois Division of the Polish American Congress at its 44th Annual Heritage Banquet on Oct. 20 in Niles. The Polish American Congress of the Illinois Division (PACIL) is a “statewide umbrella” organization, representing at least 1 million Americans of Polish descent and origin. “I’ve won several awards both as a player and as a coach, but this award has to be the biggest,” Sliwa said. “Being Polish American and knowing what the Polish American Congress does for the community, winning this award is something I’ll always be proud of.” Since 2009, Sliwa has coached Triton, first serving as an assistant coach for three seasons before taking over the head reigns in 2012 – the same year he was

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named North Central Community College Conference (N4C), Region IV and Triton College Coach of the Year. This season, Sliwa has guided the Trojans to 10-1-1 record and another N4C conference title. For more information on Triton College athletics, visit or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.

Save a little jingle on your holiday shopping

TRITON COLLEGE wishes everyone a

Happy Holidays! The college campus will be closed for winter break from Dec. 23 through Jan. 1.

Triton College School of Business builds new partnerships with universities Triton College’s School of Business is taking the initiative to develop new partnerships with Chicagoland universities, in hopes of building up its program to one day be able to offer students an on-campus entrepreneurship center. The School of Business, located in Room F-214 of the F Building, is achieving this through the signing of articulation agreements with such institutions as Robert Morris University, National Louis University, Benedictine University, Roosevelt University and more. Articulation agreements allow for credit hours earned at Triton to be transferred and accepted at other institutions. The department is also working with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group to promote the company’s paid internship program to Triton students who are enrolled at a four-year university pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher. The CME Group, headquartered in Chicago, offers internships in the areas of technology, finance and corporate development, clearing, marketing, products and services, global operations and human resources. The internship can also count toward course credit. Students can find out more information about the internship program by e-mailing or visiting “Our mission is to help students, both transfer students and those seeking immediate employment, prepare for the workplace environment,” said Dr. William Griffin, chair of Triton’s School of Business. “The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is

very interested in what we’re doing with our program, and it matches perfectly with our mission to prepare students for success.” In November, the department introduced another initiative to inspire and encourage students to think about academic and career paths that can help prepare them to compete in today’s job market. The new Executive Series will feature inspiring guest speakers working in the business industry who can share their success stories as well as provide tips on how to compete in the global workforce. Dr. Terri Lonier, executive director of DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, served as the first speaker of the series on Nov. 6, speaking on her role with the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and the opportunities that are available for entrepreneurs now and into the future.

Diane Allen of Robert Morris University (right) signs an articulation agreement with Triton's School of Business, with Dr. William Griffin, coordinator of Triton's Business Department, and counselor Dr. Magalene Sudduth.

There’s nothing like seeing the joy on your loved one’s face when they open the perfect gift from you. Just be careful not to let that moment of joy turn into a lifetime of anguish upon seeing the horror of your credit card bill. Take this advice from the students of Triton’s Accounting and Managerial classes and avoid buyer’s remorse for the holidays: • Budget your spending. It may be the most obvious tip, but not many people take advantage of the benefits of setting a budget. The hardest part is sticking to it! • Prior to shopping, make a list of what you intend to buy to avoid impulse purchases. • Compare in-store and online prices at a variety of stores before purchasing an item to get the best deals. • Going green can save you green. Reuse gift bags, use newspaper or magazine pages to wrap gifts, or don’t wrap gifts at all – these are all ways to save money (and the environment) for the season. • Consider giving of your time, instead of purchasing a gift, such as offering babysitting for busy parents or chores for senior citizens. • And you may even want to get a jump on next year’s holiday shopping by taking advantage of the after-Christmas sales. There, you can save on décor for next year’s celebration. You may also want to think about starting a 2014 savings account for the holidays. You can learn how to budget your personal finances with Triton’s Personal Finance (BUS 129) course. The course teaches students how to plan for the purchase of a first home, major consumer purchases and supporting a growing family. For more information, visit or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3579.

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Cernan Earth and Space Center Public Shows. Showtimes are 7:30 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 and 3 p.m. Sundays. Show admission ranges from $8 to $10 for adults and $4 to $5 for children and senior citizens., (708) 583-3100 or (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372. Super Saturday registration event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Student Center. See Page 2 for details. Cernan Earth and Space Center Monthly Skywatch. 7:30 p.m. $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens. The outdoor telescope session is free. (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372 or (708) 583-3100, Classes begin! The events are open free to the public unless otherwise stated.

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