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Volume 7, Issue 6 • January 2013

A Message from Our Chairman To the Triton College Community: Let me begin by expressing my hope that your holiday season was a happy and healthy one. On behalf of the Triton College Board of Trustees, I would like to wish you all the best for 2013. As we begin the New Year and welcome back our student body, we are excited about the opportunities we will have to positively impact the lives of our students and the residents of the Triton College community.

Learn to finance your future! Join Triton College’s Financial Aid Department in February to learn what you need to do to begin the financial aid process to finance your education.

The recently approved agreement between Triton College and Dominican University provides another outstanding opportunity for our students. As a new member of our University Center program, the agreement with Dominican University will offer our students, beginning this fall, the chance to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies on our campus, with a 57 percent reduced tuition rate. We welcome Dominican University to Triton College and look forward to a long and beneficial relationship. In continuing our outreach efforts to prospective Triton students, we recently held our annual Early College Awareness program. Area middle school students came to the Triton campus to learn about future career opportunities in horticulture, criminal justice and health careers. We were also pleased to welcome more than 90 local high school students to the annual PATHE (Providing Access to Higher Education) to Success program, which provided these students with important information on applying to colleges, preparing for ACT/SAT exams and information on securing financial aid. Finally, I would like to extend a personal thank you to a true American hero, Capt. Eugene Cernan. The retired U.S. Navy Officer and former NASA astronaut visited our campus to host a large group of area elementary school students, holding them spellbound with tales of his career in space exploration. As the last man to have left his footprints on the surface of the moon, and the man whose name we are honored to have on our Space Center, Capt. Cernan is a truly inspiring man. We are fortunate he took time from his busy schedule to return to his roots here at Triton College. 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 Program Spotlight ..................... 4

Best regards,

Building Renovation Plans ....... 5

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

Triton Athletics........................... 6 Green Business Certification..... 7 Dates to Remember .................. 8

Speaking of Student Success… Triton students commit to finishing their education

Explore Triton College, discover success

Brandon Chatman is putting his best foot forward with his education while a student at Triton College. Chatman spent time in prison for credit card fraud, and upon his release, was hit with a massive amount of debt with loans that were in default.

Triton College boasts an array of programs to begin a student’s journey into higher education. But it can be difficult to decide what area of study is the right choice. Prospective and current students can learn about the various programs available at Triton through the Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities series. Each month a new area of study will be featured, providing students with a tour of the program’s classrooms and labs, the opportunity to meet faculty and learn about the admission and financial aid process to enroll in Triton courses. The first session of the season kicks off on Feb. 20, and will explore the School of Business and Technology: • Architecture • Automotive Technology • Criminal Justice Administration • Engineering Technology • Hospitality Industry Administration • Horticulture • Visual Communications • Fire Science March 13 - School of Health Careers: • Diagnostic Medical Sonography • Nuclear Medicine Technology • Nursing • Continuing Education Certificates in Health Care April 17 - Education Department: • Early Childhood Education • Psychology • Sociology • Social Work • Biology • Chemistry • Triton’s University Transfer Programs • Counseling Department Representatives from Dominican University and Governors State University will also be present during the April session with information about their role with Triton’s University Center. All Discover Triton events begin at 6 p.m. in Room B-130A in the Student Center. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130 or e-mailing

Developed by the Triton College Student Association (TCSA), the Commit to Complete campaign is an answer to President Obama’s Completion Agenda which calls for community colleges nationwide to double the number of graduates by the year 2020. TCSA kicked off the campaign in 2011 by having students pledge to complete their education, while Triton faculty and staff also pledged to help students succeed. Students lined up to sign the Commit to Complete banner at the event, which concluded with a resource fair of the available services and resources on campus.

But gradually he is redeeming himself through his studies at Triton. Today, he boasts a 4.0 GPA after a year and is able to keep up with Triton’s tuition because of its affordability and financial assistance. He shared his inspiring story with a cafeteria filled with Triton students, faculty and staff at the second Commit to Complete rally on Nov. 28 that encouraged students to complete their studies to receive their degree or certificate.

“There are a ton of resources available to help you succeed,” said TCSA President Shakana Polk to the audience. “Triton’s staff, administration and faculty are here today because they support you and want to see you succeed.”

“All of you here have no excuse to not get your education,” he said. “You’ve already made the first step by enrolling in college; but it’s up to you to continue your studies.”

Finance your future with Financial Aid Days Learn how to finance your education with Triton College’s Financial Aid Days in February. At the free community event, individuals can learn everyFinancial Aid thing they need to Days know about the financial aid process. There will be information about grants, scholarships, work-study programs, veteran educational benefits and loans that are available at Triton. Students can also receive assistance in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

Financial Aid Days will run from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in Room B-130B of the Student Center. Students who need assistance with their FAFSA form are asked to bring their 2012 taxes or documentation to support their untaxed income. The event will include light refreshments, and students who complete the FAFSA through Triton will be entered into a raffle. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3155 or at, or visit finaid. Review scholarships at: Scholarships-Complete-Listing.

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Did You Know? Triton College installs electric car charging stations on campus! For the New Year, Triton College has further fueled its quest in becoming an ecofriendly campus by installing electric car charging stations for anyone to use.

Letter from Our President Dear Community Members: Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were joyful. We’re busy preparing for the start of the new semester, as we continue to explore ways to improve what we do for increased student success. The Late Registration and Mandatory Placement Taskforces that I mentioned last month have submitted their recommendations, and the next steps for these two important student success initiatives will be discussed institutionally throughout the spring semester. To ensure that Triton College remains vital in our competitive and rapidly-changing world, it takes hard work and collaboration – we can’t and don’t do it alone. Partnerships with area K-16 institutions continue to strengthen, as we work together to improve college readiness and ultimately completion. With a faculty-to-faculty initiative in math and science, our schools and teachers are working together to prepare students for college and the workplace. Our University Center is expanding with the addition of Dominican University and increased offerings by other universities. Even our students are accepting the challenge and taking responsibility with a Commit to Complete rally, which was held in November. It was inspiring to hear students share their testimonials about education and planning for the future while other students lined up to sign the Commit to Complete banner. (Read more about it in the article within.) I am looking forward to another exciting year at Triton College, with all of us working together for student success! Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have a question, suggestion or concern.

Sincerely, Dr. Patricia Granados, President, Triton College

The charging stations, made possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, is Triton’s latest initiative in supporting sustainability and providing cutting-edge technology on its campus. Five ChargePoint® Level-2 dual charging stations (240 volts) have been installed around campus and are marked with a green designated parking sign. Locations include near the Robert M. Collins Center; the Advanced Technology Building (M Building); the Student Center; the Liberal Arts Building (E Building) and the Industrial Careers Building (T Building).

$2 an hour for the public. Most electric cars take about four hours for a complete charge with a Level-2 charger. To use the electric car charging stations, customers must contact ChargePoint at the number listed on the charging stations to begin a session and/or set up a ChargePoint account, after which customers will receive their ChargePoint card in the mail. Visit for more information.

Electric car charging rates are $1 an hour for Triton students, faculty and staff and

New Triton College Foundation Board President announced With David King stepping down as the Triton College Foundation Board President after 12 years of service, his successor, Tom Olson, is prepared to lead the charge in continuing the Foundation’s mission to contribute to student success through scholarships and new initiatives in 2013.

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Olson, who is a lifelong resident of Melrose Park and a 1977 Triton graduate, currently serves the college as the communications relations associate, after retiring from his previous position as executive director of Marketing at Triton. He’s contributed selflessly to the Foundation and the college for many years. “As a firm believer in higher education and the benefits it provides, I would like Former Triton College Board president, David to increase the partnerships of the Foun- King (left) with new president, Tom Olson. dation and Triton, as well as kick off additional fundraising efforts to help provide added resources for Triton students,” Olson said. Enroll Today! 708.456.0300 or

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Program Spotlight Triton’s Business Management Department modifies program to keep up with the economy

Triton College’s Business Management Department wants its students to be at the top of employers’ hiring lists when it comes to having the knowledge and skills relevant to the changing economy. And with the job outlook for the accounting and finance industries expected to grow in coming years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Business Management Department decided to revise its degrees,

certificates and even courses in an effort to better prepare students for the changing market that has begun to rebound from a nationwide recession. “We know that jobs in the three sectors of private, not-for-profit and government businesses, such as bookkeeping, auditing and accounting clerks, tax examiners, budget analysts and loan officers, will be in high demand,” said Dr. William Griffin, coordinator of the Business/Management Department. “And based on data evidence and discussions with our advisory committee for the business department, we knew in order to keep up with the demands of the business workforce, we needed to make changes to our program.” The Applied Science Degree in Accounting has been modified to incorporate a component on financial planning; plus a new certificate, the Financial Services Certificate,

School of Continuing Education introduces Production Technician program Triton College’s School of Continuing Education is providing a new opportunity for students interested in obtaining certification toward becoming a production technician. The new certified course teaches students the core skills and knowledge needed to become production workers in the manufacturing industry, which includes assembling and testing products before they make its way into consumers’ hands. “Our district is filled with industry and manufacturing organizations, where our students can find profitable careers in this progressing industry,” said Colleen Mazzucca-Pesce, assistant dean of the School of Continuing Education. “By offering the Certified Production Technician program, with assistance from our own Engineering Technology program, we look forward to helping students prepare for a job in this sector of advanced manufacturing.” The 64-hour course prepares students to take the four Manufacturing Skill Stan-

dards Council (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification examinations, of which students can earn a certificate for each test they pass as well as earn the full MSCC CPT certification for all four tests. The Certified Production Technician (CPT E01-001) course will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from March 25 to May 15 at Triton College. To register for the course or for more information, call (708) 4560300, Ext. 3500.

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will introduce students to the financial services industry. Two new courses have also been developed: Introduction to Commodity Markets and Personal Finance, which will teach students about personal finance planning, such as purchasing a first home, major consumer purchases and supporting a growing family. The new certificate and courses and revised degrees are currently available. “We’ll continue to develop new courses and certificates to align with the everchanging economy and to better serve our students’ education,” Dr. Griffin said. Learn more about Triton’s Business Management program by contacting Dr. Griffin at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3579, e-mailing or visiting

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cap and gown ✓ Receive high school diploma Make enrolling at Triton College next on your list. With close to 100 degree and certificate programs available, Triton College provides a close-tohome option for students looking to pursue a higher education. More than 15,000 students enroll at Triton each year to take advantage of Triton’s small, accessible classes, qualified faculty and affordability. Registration for summer 2013 courses will open on Monday, Feb. 11! Courses offered are subject to availability. To register, see a counselor in Room B-100 or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

Upcoming renovations at Triton College have sustainability in mind wearing and tearing of the building; plus an efficient, low-energy consumption mechanical system will be installed. Lambrecht said many of the green features will help cut down on the cost of operating and maintaining the building.

Triton College is currently in the design development phase of renovating its Health & Sciences Building (H-Building), which incorporates many sustainable features that will provide students and faculty with an educational environment that will sustain into the future. The building will house such educational programs as Nursing, Surgical Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nuclear Medicine and Ophthalmology, as well as provide classrooms for some biology and chemistry courses.

Youth inspired by Triton engineering workshop

Other features of the building will include surgical technology and dissection labs, a relaxed seating area for students and a computer commons area with Wi-Fi capability.

“We’re really trying to look toward the future with remodeling this building and provide our students with a state-of-the-art learning environment conducive to their education,” Lambrecht said.

It may have been cold outside but the temperature heated up indoors at Triton College during a soldering workshop for youth on Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Snowbotics is an innovative, hands-on workshop open to youth ages 8 to 14 that allows them to learn about and experience engineering technology firsthand by creating their own soldering electronics project in Triton’s fabrication laboratory.

The projected opening date of the building is fall 2014.

Associate Vice President of Facilities John Lambrecht said the building will include a cistern to collect roof water that will be reused as toilet water; a green roof with granite chips that will reflect the sun back into the atmosphere, thus decreasing the

Triton puts the “community” back into community college with new plan With Triton College well into its fourth year of its five-year Master Plan stating its commitment to student success, the college is currently developing a new comprehensive, strategic plan that will be more communityfocused yet still enhance the college’s mission to support student success. Associate Vice President of Strategic Planning Mary-Rita Moore said the development of the new plan, which will take effect following the completion of the Master Plan in 2014, will include the knowledge and opinions of area community leaders in an effort to better serve the college’s surrounding communities.

“Anytime we can understand our stakeholders’ needs helps us to be more informed and prepared to advance,” she said. The plan, which will be developed with the assistance of consulting firm Maher and Maher that has worked with community colleges nationwide, will identify goals of the institution by way of conducting an environmental scan and hosting an external stakeholder and senior staff planning retreat. The November meeting between administrators on campus and representatives from Maher and Maher brought forth information on the expected timeline and organization of the plan.

Register for late-start classes NOW! Prospective students can register for spring 2013 late-start classes 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 main campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Registration is also available by visiting or calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

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Triton Athletics Triton men’s basketball coach reaches career milestone with 200th win Steve Christiansen has something to celebrate in the New Year. Christiansen earned his 200th career win as the men’s basketball team’s head coach, after beating the College of Lake County on Dec. 4. The victory of Christiansen, who has been coaching at Triton since 2004, was also significant because it tied him with Clarence Griffin for second on the Triton all-time coaching wins list. Triton College basketball team pictured with head coach Steve Christiansen

Wrestling team hosts 23rd Annual Art Kraft Memorial Tournament On Dec. 8, the Triton College wrestling team hosted the 23rd Annual Art Kraft Memorial Tournament at the Robert M. Collins Center and some wrestlers came out winners. The Trojans earned their first two individual champions of the season when Denzel King, 125, a freshman from York; and Nikko Liotta, 133, a freshman from Mather, won their respective weight classes. They both went 4-0 for the day.

Triton theater combines talent with Chicago Dramatists in ‘Another Bone’

The Triton College Performing Arts Department is teaming up with the Chicago Dramatists to bring a new development

of work to the Chicago theater scene. “Another Bone” by Cathy Earnest of Chicago Dramatists will be performed with limited showings at Triton. “Another Bone” tells the story of Marie, a widow of 9/11 who wrestles with the past she thought she had put behind her until the bones of her deceased firefighter husband finally comes home five years after the Twin Towers have fallen. The production was a finalist in the O’Neill Theater Center 2012 National Playwrights Conference. As part of the Chicago-area “Emerging

Voices Project,” the production allows for the Triton College theater community to work with Chicago Dramatists’ professional playwrights. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 in the Cox Auditorium (Room J-108) of the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for Triton students, faculty, staff and seniors. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 6932 or visit

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Nationwide, community colleges were challenged to produce 5 million more degrees and certificates by the year 2020. This is Triton College’s proportional share of degrees and certificates to be earned. As you can see, Triton College has surpassed its goal each year since 2010!







Have yet to graduate with your Triton degree or certificate? You can be a future Triton College graduate! Find out how to enroll by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

Triton College and Oak Park-River Forest to green area businesses with new certification program Triton College is teaming up with the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) and Oak Park Development Corporation (OPDC) to offer Oak Park and River Forest businesses the opportunity to receive certification as a green business through a new pilot program that is now available. Triton College Sustainability Coordinator and Project Manager Adrian Fisher said the new program, made possible through a $15,000 CommunityWorks Partnership grant from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, will guide interested businesses toward gaining their green business certification in accordance with IGBA guidelines. The IGBA uses vetted national standards that help ensure truly sustainable business practices. “As an Illinois Green Economy Network institution, we’re committed to helping area businesses and residents move toward more sustainable practices,” Fisher said. “We look forward to partnering with IGBA and OPDC in providing Oak Park and River Forest businesses with a link to this staterecognized certification.”

Green business certification through IGBA includes a customized plan designed to help small and large businesses save money and manage resources while helping make positive changes in their community. During the certification process, sustainability professionals at Triton will be available for consultation, and upon certification, businesses will receive customized marketing materials, including being interviewed for a YouTube video. With Oak Park and River Forest’s implementation of the PlanItGreen Sustainability Plan, many business owners are looking to green their business to comply with the plan, attract a “green” customer base and to cut back on energy costs. Triton is accepting 20 businesses into the pilot program and will coordinate with OPDC to offer information sessions to recruit businesses who either wish to participate in OPDC’s green business practices program, or go the whole route to certification. For more information or to participate in the program, contact Adrian Fisher at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3578 or e-mail

Stepper’s Set In recognition of Black History Month, Triton College’s Black Heritage Council (BHC) will host its Seventh Annual Stepper’s Set from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Feb. 23. Come step the night away to a DJ, while raising funds to support cultural programming at Triton and the Dr. Leslie Ann Roberts Memorial Scholarship, which awards promising African-American students with a scholarship to help pursue a higher education at Triton College. The Chicago-style dance event is open to the community and will take place in the Student Center Cafeteria (B-Building) on Triton’s campus in River Grove. Tickets are $10 in advance for purchase in Room B-120 of the Student Center and $15 at the door. A soul food buffet will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Freida Iverson at, (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3322, or Larry McGhee at, (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3722.

Area youth learn the process to enroll in college at Community Youth Alliance event The Community Youth Alliance hosted their annual PATHE (Providing Access to Higher Education) to Success event for area high school students on Triton College’s campus. About 100 students from Proviso East and West high schools participated in the program that provided them with vital information for researching and applying

for colleges, including the importance of financial aid and ACT/SAT exams. Bonnie Libka, college career counselor for Proviso East, observed her students taking in the information – some even taking notes. “They seem to appreciate the information and are gaining an understanding of what they need to do,” she said. A resource fair composed of area businesses and colleges, including West Cook YMCA, Governors State University, Youth Outreach Services, Benedictine University and Jackson State University, provided students with the opportunity to network and collect information. “This is very informative,” said Proviso East student Alexa Kimble about PATHE. “There’s so much I need to do now that

I didn’t know about.” Mark Jones, a senior at Proviso West, anticipates attending college to study electrical engineering. He was intrigued by Jackson State and Benedictine. “They both seem like really good schools and they have my major,” he said. “Coming to an event like this is really helpful in my college search.”

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Annual District High School Art Competition, Art Gallery of the Fine Arts Building. Reception for the artists and their guests is from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Art Gallery. Cernan Earth and Space Center Public Shows, Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. (except Feb. 23 for the Monthly Skywatch) and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. 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, Financial Aid 101 workshop, 9 to 10 a.m., Nuevos Horizontes, 1708 Main St., Melrose Park. Call (708) 649-2101 for details. Triton College Wrestling Team Central District Tournament, 10 a.m., Robert M. Collins Gymnasium, Triton College, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove Triton College Performing Arts Department presents Another Bone, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Cox Auditorium (Room J-108) of the Fine Arts Building. $10 for general admission and $8 for students, faculty/staff and seniors. See Page 6 for details. National African-American Read-In, Noon to 1 p.m., Triton College Library, located in the A Building Financial Aid Days, Feb. 20, 3 to 7 p.m.; Feb. 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Center. See Page 2 for details. Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, 6 p.m., Room B-130A of the Student Center (B Building). See Page 2 for details. Triton Veterans Networking Group: Bowling Social, 2 to 4 p.m., Brunswick Bowl, 3111 River Road, River Grove. Call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3854, or e-mail for more information. Stepper’s Set, 7 p.m. to midnight, Student Center Cafeteria, located in the B Building. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. See Page 7 for details. My Home is My Brain: Paintings and Drawings by Gabriel Villa, Art Gallery of the Fine Arts Building. Reception for the artist is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the Art Gallery. All events are open free to the public, unless otherwise stated. Follow Triton College on Pinterest

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