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Volume 7, Issue 7 • February 2013

A Message from Our Chairman

Summer is right around the corner!

To the Triton College Community:

Register now for summer 2013 classes to ensure you get the best selection. Classes begin May 28, 2013!

Triton College was honored to host a number of our area leaders at our annual Legislative Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 28. We were pleased to welcome U.S. Congressman Danny Davis; Illinois State Senators Don Harmon, Kimberly Lightford, and John Mulroe; Illinois State Representatives Camille Lilly, Chris Welch, Michael McAuliffe, Kathleen Willis and Luis Arroyo; and Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough for a discussion on Triton’s role in our communities and, specifically, how Triton can do more to serve the needs of at-risk students in the district. We presented to our guests an outline of an initiative we are developing to address this ever-growing issue. While our administration has yet to finalize the concept into a plan of action, we look forward to having this accomplished prior to the end of the calendar year. We will then invite our feeder high school officials to the Triton campus to present our plan to them and, most importantly, receive their feedback on our idea. We are hopeful that, working together, we can implement a plan that will have a significant positive impact throughout the Triton College district. In furtherance of our efforts to make Triton College work for our communities, we regularly make our facilities available to our district educational partners at both the high school and elementary school levels at a reduced or no cost. In the recent past, we have provided opportunities for our partners at Elmwood Park High School, Leyden High School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, Ridgewood High School, Elementary School District 89 (serving Melrose Park, Maywood and Broadview), and Elementary School District 81 (serving Schiller Park and Franklin Park). Inside on Page 2, you will find a heartwarming item featuring some thank you notes we received from District 81 students after we approved the use of Triton’s swimming pool for their swim team practices. I am confident these notes will make you smile, as they did for me. I hope you enjoy this issue of Page One, and I look forward to hearing how Triton College can serve you. Please feel free to contact me through the Triton College Office of the President at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3201 or e-mail me at

This Issue Speaking of Student Success.... 2 Letter From Our President........ 3 Did You Know? .......................... 3 Step For Vets Walk ................... 4

Best regards,

Program Spotlight ..................... 5

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

Triton Alumni News................... 6 Annual Conference ................... 7 Dates to Remember .................. 8

Speaking of Student Success… Connecting students to their homework to successfully complete their classes with the idea of Homework Connection. Homework Connection gives students the opportunity to study with the class instructor in attendance for help. “It was a way to connect students with their homework, on-campus resources, other students studying the same subject and myself,” she said. “Our students work hard and have busy lives outside of the classroom that it’s important to make the resources they need to succeed accessible to them.” Triton faculty Julie Gilbert sits down with a student to go over homework at Homework Connection.

Sometimes by simply providing students with the resources they need is vital in helping them achieve their goals. Accounting faculty member Julie Gilbert did exactly that. She saw a need to provide her students with additional homework assistance, beyond what they were getting from the classroom, and came up

The sessions are held in a relaxed, casual atmosphere to encourage brainstorming and dialogue. “We’ve received a really good response from students,” Gilbert said, as well as from other instructors who’ve begun something similar with their classes. “I have students who’ve said they might have dropped out of the class without these sessions to put them on the right path. I’m always looking for ways to motivate Triton’s students.”

Chinese Delegation visits Triton’s campus ministration learned about Triton’s institutional data, course design plan and the career guidance and training the college provides to students. Coordinated by the 21st Century Institute in Oak Brook, the delegation visited several other colleges in Illinois during their 10-day visit, including Elgin Community College and the ITT Technical Institute in Oak Brook. Lihui Wu, vice president of Zhejiang Medical College of the Zhejiang Province, listened intently to Triton’s curriculum plan, Dean of Student Services Corey Williams as explained by Dr. Mary Ann Tobin, di(center) stands with members of the Chinese Delegation that visited the campus. rector of the Center for Teaching Excellence. “I thought the process of the About 20 administrators and educators curriculum design is very carefully carried from China visited the Triton College camout,” Wu said. “Triton gets a lot of peopus to learn about the Illinois community ple involved with the process.” college structure. Members of the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Education Dele- The group concluded their visit with a tour of the campus by Triton’s students. gation for Higher Vocational School Ad2 Enroll Today! 708.456.0300 or

You’re welcome, District 81! Triton College was thrilled to receive “Thank you” cards created by children of Schiller Park School District 81 for the use of the college’s pool for swim practice. Happy swimming!

Did You Know? Triton College was named the fourth safest college campus in Illinois by

Letter from Our President Dear Community Members: I hope you are enjoying the year so far. Mid-term is approaching and spring is right around the corner. As usual, these are busy times at Triton College and I’m happy to share with you progress on some college initiatives. To ensure that we’re meeting the needs of our students and community, the college is engaged in a Strategic Planning process that included a survey out to many constituents – maybe you were one of them! If so, thank you for helping us build our plans for the future. Results of that survey are now being compiled and later this spring we’ll be inviting community members to participate in more in-depth focus groups. One topic important to this community and one that is on everyone’s minds these days is safety. Triton College is committed to providing a safe campus environment. While we can’t control everything, we have taken steps to educate the campus community on proactive measures to mitigate the probability of a crisis. Based on campus crime statistics, Triton was recently named the fourth safest campus in Illinois by, one of the internet’s leading websites for college information. Near and dear to my heart is the topic of student success. The national education agenda set by U.S. President Obama for college completion charges colleges and universities with doubling graduates by 2020. For Triton, that means approximately 5 percent more each year. I am glad to share with you that since 2010, Triton has surpassed each goal set by the federal administration! These are just some of the many activities the college is involved in. I’ll keep you up to date on these and other initiatives in the coming months. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at if you have a question, suggestion or concern. Sincerely, Dr. Patricia Granados, President, Triton College

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, has released its second annual list of the safest colleges and universities in the United States, with Triton placing fourth, compared to last year’s seventh place. The safety ratings are based on campus crime statistics, including aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft/larceny and more, as reported by 450 colleges and universities nationwide. Ratings are calculated using the number and type of campus crime reported during the calendar year.

Triton College’s University Center expands with new degrees and university partnership available through the University Center starting fall 2013. Triton’s University Center is conveniently accessible to students on the first floor of Triton’s Student Center (Room B-111). For more information, visit or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130. Dominican University President Donna Carroll (left) signs a partnership agreement with Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados (right) to join Triton’s University Center.

With the addition of two new degree options and a new partnership with a fouryear university, Triton College’s University Center is expanding to become an even more valuable resource for students to pursue their bachelor’s or master’s degree. Not only has National Louis University added a bachelor’s degree in special education to the offerings of Triton College’s University Center, but Dominican University has recently partnered with Triton to bring Triton’s students and anyone in the community with an associate’s degree the option of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies degree, without leaving Triton’s campus. Dominican joins University Center partners National Louis University, Benedictine University, Governors State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Eastern Illinois University. Both bachelor’s degree options will be

National Louis University President Nivine Megahed (left) and Dr. Patricia Granados (right) join in an agreement to add a bachelor’s degree option to Triton’s University Center.

EIU celebrates anniversary on April 24 Eastern Illinois University is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Bachelor of Arts in general studies program with a celebratory event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, on Triton College’s campus in the University Center in Room B-111 of the Student Center. Alumni of EIU’s Bachelor of Arts in general studies program and current and prospective students of the program are invited to the event. For more information, contact EIU Academic Advisor Jackie Johnson at (217) 549-3347.

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Triton offers scholarship in memory of Maywood teen Dominique Thomas had dreams of becoming an engineer. The Maywood teen fueled her dream in the summer of 2011 by participating in a summer manufacturing camp at Triton College, called GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design Engineering and Technology). The camp, which is partly funded through a grant from Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs (NBT), the foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), gave local girls the opportunity to learn about engineering as a career and gain hands-on experience with building their own inventions. The summer camp returns for its third year, but unfortunately, without Dominique who lost her life in a tragic accident just a few weeks after completing her 2011 camp experience. However, her passion for engineering will live on in a scholarship created by NBT and Triton in her honor. The Dominique’s Dream Scholarship is being offered to full-time female students

who are enrolled in a degree program at Triton College that will lead to a technical career in manufacturing. Triton’s degree in engineering technology qualifies for the scholarship, which will provide up to $1,500 for tuition, fees and books. To apply for the scholarship, visit The application deadline for the fall 2013 semester is March 22, 2013; and applications for the spring 2014 semester are due by Sept. 20, 2013. For more details about the scholarship, contact Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs at (815) 381-1338, or e-mail GADgET camp returns to Triton’s campus July 22-25, 2013. The camp is open to girls between the ages of 12 and 16 for a registration fee. For more information, contact camp coordinator and engineering technology instructor Antigone Sharris at

New name brings about renovations for Café 64

After recently introducing its new name, Café 64 has undergone some renovations to complement its new moniker and Triton’s HIA (Hospitality Industry Administration) program. Associate Vice President of Facilities John Lambrecht said, “The intention was to create a more welcoming, restaurant-like environment by providing more of a professional look to the entrance and lobby area.” Encased by glass doors that read the new name, the restaurant continues to provide Triton’s students with the opportunity to showcase and practice their culinary talents for diners, gaining invaluable realworld experience toward their education and career goals. Community members

are invited to dine at the location overlooking the campus for a one-of-a-kind dining experience prepared and served by Triton’s students. Café 64 is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and for dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, on the second floor of the Student Center (B Building). Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3267, or e-mail to make reservations. For a sweet treat, stop by the HIA Bakery from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Student Center Cafeteria.

Take the first BIG step toward helping veterans Join Triton College on Saturday, April 27, in taking the first step toward ending veteran hunger and homelessness in area communities by participating in a walk and donation drive to raise awareness and help veterans in need. The free event kicks off at 10 a.m. on Triton’s campus with a Zumba warm-up, live entertainment, children’s activities, refreshments and community resources available in support of helping veterans. Food will also be available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting Hines VA Hospital.

Walk and donation drive The day will continue with an opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and the walk to start immediately after. Community members are welcome to participate in the walk anytime through 2 p.m. Throughout the day, Triton will be collecting non-perishable food items, gently used or new clothing, and personal hygiene supplies, including toothpaste and soap, to donate to Hines VA Hospital’s outreach to homeless veterans. Monetary donations will also be accepted. The event will be held around the mounds on Triton’s west end of campus, but in case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside the Robert M. Collins Center on Triton’s east campus. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3582 or visit

No need to travel far to achieve your dreams… … with Triton College in close reach! Fulfill your educational and career aspirations by registering for summer courses at Triton College. Register for summer 2013 courses in person from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Student Center, on the west side of Triton’s campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Financial assistance is available. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130, to register. Classes begin May 28, 2013! Learn how to access Triton’s new system to register for classes online on page 5.

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Program Spotlight Triton’s Mathematics Department has the formula for career success

It’s simple math! Take a student who understands how to solve algebraic equations, read and compile data and even apply the Pythagorean Theorem, and add to that the opportunity to pursue an associate’s degree in mathematics in a quality program. What does that equal? Well, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it can lead to a promising career with a sizable salary in a growing market. Careers for math majors are on the rise – for such positions as engineer, economist, financial analyst, mathematician, statistician and math teachers – with projected job growth expected anywhere from 14 to 27 percent through 2020. Triton College offers a stellar

It’s a celebration of diversity at Triton! Celebrate the cultures and talents of Triton College’s Adult Education students by attending their annual fair on Wednesday, April 3. The Adult Education Fair: Bridging Cultures showcases the diverse cultures of students at Triton through interactive, educational exhibits that include music, dance, art and food from a variety of countries. The free fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Student Center (B Building). For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3880, or stop by Room A-205.

math program that prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue these competitive jobs with success. The Triton College Mathematics Department does this by continually updating its programs to meet the needs of its students and the changing economy, as it aims to put students on track toward earning their associate’s degree in math and/or succeeding in various other areas of study that require the understanding of math applications. Cynthia Harris, chair of the Mathematics Department, said, “Students in Triton’s district are realizing that taking their mathematics prerequisites at Triton is an economical alternative to taking them at a four-year university. As a result, math enrollment is up 5 percent at Triton.” Understanding the subject of math proves to be a constant struggle for some students from elementary- to college-aged. In 2012, Triton College recorded 70 percent of students who took the college’s mandatory placement test were referred to develop-

mental math courses, as compared to 21 and 33 percent referred to reading and writing developmental courses, respectively. In an effort to improve this percentage, Triton College’s Mathematics Department is working with area high schools to increase dual credit offerings in selected math courses to better prepare them for collegelevel math, including adding a new dual credit course, MAT 102, to be offered in the fall of 2013. Also, a grant team from the department is rewriting the developmental education curriculum to streamline it and offer more alternatives for students while still teaching them real-world applications. The Mathematics Department is also working on identifying the features necessary for ideal math classrooms to provide students with the optimal learning environment. To learn more about Triton’s Mathematics Department, contact Cynthia Harris at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3345 or e-mail or visit

Students can now register for summer 2013 courses on Triton’s new system Triton introduces a new online registering system that not only allows students to register for classes and view and print their semester schedule, but also provides access to updated and important information about the college, links to campus and academic resources, student e-mail, a personal to-do list, Blackboard, WebAdvisor and more. To access the new system to register for summer 2013 classes, visit

Classes begin May 28, 2013!

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Keeping Up With Triton’s Alums Triton alumni share achievements, inspiration at forum and Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees Chairman Mark R. Stephens and Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados are joined by members of the Board of Trustees and area legislators at the Legislative Breakfast.

“This is where everything started for me,” said Gregory Jackson, a 1995 Triton graduate, who now works as the CEO of the Illinois Center for Violence Prevention in Chicago. “The faculty here instilled a passion in me for education and made me aware of the benefits available to me as a veteran… A student needs a quality education, and that’s what I got here at Triton.”

More Triton alums in attendance included Cristian Barrero, an engineer and designer; Joseph Kozenczak, retired chief from the Legislators and several Triton College alumni Des Plaines Police Department and author came together on campus for a morning of of “The Chicago Killer: The Hunt for Serial networking and to hear about future Triton Killer John Wayne Gacy”; Tim McKinney, Triinitiatives at a reception, titled “Inspiring ton’s sports director for WRRG Radio Station Voices,” on Jan. 28. and freelance broadcaster and sportswriter; and Kennedi Strickland-Dixon, director of Community leaders were engaged by the Special Education for a local school district. amazing stories shared by some of Triton’s successful graduates at the reception that “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to was also attended by Triton’s administrators showcase this institution and what we’re

doing to fulfill our mission as a community college,” said Triton College President Patricia Granados. “We are very proud of our alumni and appreciate them returning to their alma mater to share how Triton has helped in leading them to prosperous futures.”

Sharpen your interviewing skills Triton College’s Career Services Center and the Alumni Relations Office are hosting a free workshop to help participants sharpen their job interviewing skills. The workshop is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in Room B-204/210 of Triton’s Student Center (B Building). The workshop is open to alumni and students of Triton, as well as community members. Refreshments will be served. To R.S.V.P., call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3960 or email

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT TRITON COLLEGE Triton College recognized and celebrated the achievements of African-Americans with many educational and social events during Black History Month in February. Coordinated by the college’s Black Heritage Council, along with several other on-campus groups, the Black History Month celebration, titled “A Past of Dignity … A Future of Hope,” educated and motivated students and onlookers to strive for success with a monthlong series of events that addressed topics important to the black community.

Roderick K. Hawkins of the Chicago Urban League served as the keynote speaker of the Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration.

Congressman Danny K. Davis spoke on the importance of literacy and read to an audience during the 24th National African-American Read-In.

Several community activists and leaders joined in a discussion panel on the mass incarceration of AfricanAmericans.


Black Heritage Council On-campus and community resources were featured at the Health/Wellness Fair.

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Jabali Afrika entertained Triton students, staff and faculty with a performance in the Student Center.

Free life-skills workshops at Nuevos Horizontes

Experience never-ending talent and fun with the Triton Troupers Circus Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23; and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Saturday’s 1 p.m. show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired by the Triton College Center for Access and Accommodative Services. Doors open an hour before showtimes.

Nuevos Horizontes, Triton College’s community center in Melrose Park, is currently offering free bilingual workshops and presentations for students and non-students in the community to learn skills they can utilize in their everyday life. Workshops include how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, preparation for the naturalization test, how to use social media for educational, work and communication purposes and more. Executive Director of Nuevos Horizontes Dr. Luisa Hernandez said the free workshops will educate community members on resources available to them, as well as provide a connection between technology and their everyday lives. “We want to help residents realize how technology can play an essential role in their lives, particularly with their job search, paying bills and getting their education,” she said. All workshops and events will take place at Nuevos Horizontes, 1708 Main St., Melrose Park. For a list of the upcoming workshops, visit

Tickets are $6 (cash or check only) and available in the Student Life Office or at the door. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3383, or visit http:// RSVP hosts Pancake Breakfast In addition, the RSVP Volunteer Program will host its annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 23, which will include an The Triton Troupers Circus returns to Triton’s opportunity for families to have a day of campus for its 42nd year with fun for the fun at the circus. whole family, with such circus acts as Breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and tightrope walking, trampoline, stunts, cythe circus begins at 1 p.m. Tickets for cling, juggling, the gymwheel, trapeze, breakfast only is $4 in advance and $5 at teeterboard, stilt walking and clowns. the door. A special combination price for The show will take place in the Robert M. breakfast and circus admission is $8 in adCollins Gymnasium, in the R Building, on Trivance and $10 at the door. All proceeds ton’s campus, located at 2000 Fifth Ave. in benefit the RSVP program. Call (708) 456River Grove. 0300, Ext. 3835 for tickets in advance.

Annual conference incites ways to connect youth to nature The outdoors can provide unlimited possibilities for children to learn, play and explore, and many of those ideas were exchanged at the annual Leave No Child Inside Conference on Jan. 12 held on the Triton College campus.

that keep our children indoors – media, technology, video games… What we’re doing here is really important work.”

One seminar, given by representatives of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources The 2013 conference, which was held in con- (IDNR), showcased nontraditional recrejunction with Chicago Wilderness and is the ational activities for children; for instance, only one of its kind nationwide, brought to- camping and archery. “We’ve been very gether more than 150 individuals, including successful in getting children interested in environmental educators, teachers, commu- spending time outdoors doing these activities,” said Jon Woods, youth coordinator of nity partners, students, architects and other IDNR. “You’ll see a lot of amazing things professionals, to network and learn about the educational, economical and health ben- from kids if you get them outside.” efits associated with outdoor education for During lunch, keynote speaker Dr. Andrea youth through presentations by various Faber Taylor, a researcher with the LandChicago-area organizations and businesses. scape and Human Health Laboratory and instructor in Horticulture at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, shared recent research on the benefits of nature-time with children, including how frequent play “We need to build an interest in the environ- among greenspace can lead to less severe ADHD symptoms in children. “Creative play ment with our young people and families,” is important to a child’s development,” she said guest speaker Arnold Randall, general said. “Children are always growing and it’s superintendent of the Forest Preserve District up to us to help them become healthy of Cook County. “But it can be difficult beyoung adults of society.” cause we’re competing with a lot of things The daylong event kicked off with several guest speakers, before attendees were welcome to sit in on their choice of 23 different presentations throughout the day.

Students learn how to arrange flowers as a business at Nuevos Horizontes.

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Dates to Remember... Through April 19

“My Home is My Brain”: Paintings and Drawings by Gabriel Villa, Triton College Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building (J Building). (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3589,

March 4

Annual Artist Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building of the Robert M. Collins Center.

March 7

Interviewing Strategies and Skills Workshop, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Room B-204/210 of the Student Center (B Building) To R.S.V.P., call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3960 or e-mail

March 13 March 21-23

Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, 6 p.m., Room B-130A&B of the Student Center (B Building), Triton’s School of Health Careers will be explored. (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130, Triton Troupers Circus, 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. Saturday, Robert M. Collins Center Gymnasium. Tickets are $6. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3383 or visit

March 23

Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Robert M. Collins Center, Room R-221. Tickets for breakfast only is $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Circus only tickets are $6. A special combination price for breakfast and circus admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3835.

March 26

Job Club Meeting, 11 a.m., Room B-140 of the Student Center (B Building). Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3789.

April 6

Triton College Jazz Spectacular, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center (Room R-218) of Robert M. Collins Center General admission is $7 and $5 for Triton students and senior citizens. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3597, or visit

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