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Speaking of Student Success… Triton celebrates 2013 graduates expressed her appreciation to the graduates. "It's an honor for me to share this exciting moment with you. Each of you have contributed to the campus community in some form or another. No matter where your journey takes you, all of you will always be a part of Triton College." Granados also praised the faculty and staff for helping the graduates reach this important milestone. In addition, Granados acknowledged the graduates' family, friends and loved ones for their support, while sharThe next chapter has begun in the lives of ing various stories of individuals from the the approximate 400 graduates who took part in the 47th Annual Triton College Com- graduating class. mencement ceremony on May 18 at the "Our graduates reflect diversity in many Rosemont Theatre. Many will transfer to ways," Granados said. "Each one serves as an four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s example of educational persistence and posdegree, while others who earned their associ- sesses the commitment of achieving success ate's degree or certificate will enter into the that will make a positive impact on their workforce. lives." Triton staff, faculty and administration, plus Triton College Board of Trustees Vice Chairthe graduates' family and friends, gathered woman Donna Peluso spoke to the graduates at the ceremony to celebrate the graduates on the significance of their accomplishments. for their commitment, dedication and suc"Your hard work and the personal sacrifices cess in completing their educational goals at you've made in reaching this important Triton. plateau are a true reflection of not only your Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados abilities but your commitment."

Shakana Polk, Triton College Student Association (TCSA) president, shared her emotional story of getting back on her feet after being homeless for two years. When Polk began taking classes at Triton, she and her daughter lived in her truck. Polk told the graduates about that difficult period and how her life turned around while a student at Triton. "Being a college student isn't always rainbows and sunshine," Polk said. "I look at those hard times as something I had to go through to get to where I am today. My time at Triton has helped me grow to be a better woman, mother and leader; and I hope my story will inspire you to never give up and continue to fight for what you want."

WGN -TV news anchor’s wife mentors Triton graduate the stage to receive their degrees. The Evanston Township High School graduate made the 20-mile trip south to Triton’s River Grove campus because her local community college did not offer a degree program in nuclear medicine technology. “I loved my classes in the Nuclear Medicine rogram at Triton,” said Ross, who initially plans to work in the field for a couple years, before eventually transferring to a four-year institution to become a radiation therapist. “My instructor Robert Jordan and wife Sharon (center) attend Triton com- was great and I’m just excited to have commencement ceremony in support of graduate Jamie Ross. pleted my degree.” And, as is the case for many of the Triton Class In the moments leading up to the start of the of 2013, Ross reached her educational goals 47th Annual Triton College Commencement with the support of loved ones, including her ceremony, WGN-TV news reporter and anchor mother Lilly and cousin Maxine, who were in Robert Jordan was walking the aisles of the attendance. But the bond Ross developed with Rosemont Theatre, but not with a microphone Sharon Jordan was invaluable toward her sucin hand to cover the event. cess. Jordan was there as a proud supporter of Triton graduate Jamie Ross, who his wife Sharon The two first met when Ross registered to participate in an afterschool program organized has mentored since the sixth grade. by the non-for-profit Family Focus, which offers Ross, of north suburban Evanston, was one of a wide range of family support programs for nearly 400 graduates who took joy in walking children and families. At the time, Jordan was a

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librarian at the middle school in Evanston where Ross attended and they were paired together through the mentorship program sponsored by Jordan’s college sorority. The mentorship was supposed to last until Ross’ high school graduation; however, the two built a relationship that will last a lifetime. “Once the students graduate from high school we’re supposed to let them go, as we start mentoring other students,” Jordan said. “But Jamie meant so much to me and I just couldn’t let her go. I wanted to still help support her to achieve her goals.” Jordan was impressed with Ross’ willingness to strive for excellence and takes a lot of pride in being able to witness her complete this important chapter of her life. “I told Jamie she’s like one of my own and I’m so proud of her,” Jordan said. “She has so much determination and to see her graduate from Triton College is just wonderful.” “I can’t thank Mrs. Jordan enough and words cannot express what she has done for me,” Ross said.

Triton employees recognized for outstanding service

Letter from Our President Dear Community Members:

College completion remains at the forefront of our priorities here at Triton College. I was privileged to celebrate our 47th annual commencement on May 18, 2013, in addition to the numerous student recognitions over the past several weeks. I truly believe that student success should be acknowledged and celebrated to the fullest! Each event provided a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to share in this excitement. From our first celebration recognizing the academic excellence of our 24-year and older graduates to our Nurse Pinning Ceremony, it was my honor to personally congratulate the students and learn about their educational and personal journeys.

Each year, Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados recognizes outstanding employees who have received five or more service pins throughout their time at Triton College by going above and beyond to serve the institution. On May 8, President Granados opened her office for the Excellence in Service Reception to honor several employees’ involvement in institutional initiatives and Left to Right: Paul Jensen, Karen Pieranunzi, President other college activities. Granados, Jean Dugo, Suzie Maratto The four honorees include Jean Dugo, Admissions Call Center coordinator; Paul Jensen, dean of Continuing Education; Suzie Maratto, Curriculum and Assessment assistant; and Karen Pieranunzi, Financial and Membership coordinator – Cernan Center. “This reception is a small token of my appreciation for their continued work at the college,” Dr. Granados said. “It is a great pleasure to have such dedicated employees.” In addition to the honorees, supervisors were present to provide their support and join in congratulating them on their exceptional commitment to Triton College. “We are truly honored to receive this recognition from the president of the college,” Dean Jensen said. “Taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate contributions that go above and beyond inspires all of us to do our best to help our students.”

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This year’s graduates are a true reflection of the diverse community we serve. I am filled with a great amount of admiration for the Class of 2013 and all Triton students. We wish all of them continued success. Furthermore, I am proud to report that we are well on our way to increasing the number of graduates at our institution in order to meet President Obama's charge to double graduates by 2020. This year, 1,611 certificates and degrees were awarded to Triton students. Our Triton faculty and staff's commitment to student success is helping our students move forward with their academic goals, enter the workforce, and contribute to the success of our community. There is much to be proud of this academic year. As we prepare for the fall season, we have much to look forward to as well. Sincerely, Dr. Patricia Granados, President, Triton College

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Did You Know? Triton College has two new board of trustee members Vanessa Moritz and Triton College student Jamie Marie DePaolo both took their oaths to become the two newest additions of the Triton College Board of Trustees. Both women join the collective commitment to ensure the fulfillment of Triton’s mission as an institution serving not only the campus community but also Triton’s district. Moritz and DePaolo, who serves as the student trustee, will be involved in Triton’s various policies as well as other daily operations and management. Moritz and DePaolo join board members Chairman Mark R. Stephens, Vice Chairwoman Donna L. Peluso, Secretary Diane Viverito, Glenn A. Stam, Elizabeth Potter and Thomas Gary. Moritz, who is a Forest Park resident, was elected to Triton’s board of trustees in April 2013. She is the director of Human

Vanessa Moritz, board of trustee member and Jamie Marie DePaolo, Student Trustee

Resources and village clerk for Forest Park. Prior to that, she worked in residential and commercial property management. Moritz currently serves as Treasurer for the North/Northwest Clerks Association of Cook County and is active in the Municipal Clerks Association of Illinois. She lives with her husband and stepson and enjoys

volunteering for local organizations. DePaolo was elected by her peers in April 2013. The Northlake resident is dedicated to serving the community, having volunteered as a counselor in Bitsy Bees Club for girls and in high school musicals. At Triton, she is president of the Program Board and also serves as a student ambassador and volunteers for many events on campus. An accomplished athlete, artist, actor and musician, DePaolo participated in plays and choir in high school and is now involved in community and Triton musical theater. Today, she is employed at the Triton College Student Life Desk and also for Veterans Park District, where she works with children. She loves to travel and is interested in the fields of business, marketing, venue management, theater and event planning.

Triton College honors the Village of Hillside to work with the village. We'll do anything we can to assist Hillside.” College President Dr. Patricia Granados echoed Chairman Stephens’ sentiments on how vital Hillside is to Triton, as there are currently 235 village residents enrolled for the spring semester. “We are honored to celebrate Hillside for what they do as a village,” Granados said. “It’s very important for everyone to know that Triton is committed to our communities. It’s our responsibility to serve you and to serve well.” Several Hillside officials led by Mayor Joseph Tamburino were in attendance, including village trustees Lytton Andersen, Carol Bibly, John Kramer and Marvin Watson, along with representatives from From left to right: Triton College Board of Trustee members Donna Peluso and Diane the fire and police departments. Viverito; Triton President Dr. Patricia Granados; Hillside Mayor Joseph Tamburino; Mark Stephens, board of trustees chairman; and village trustees Marvin Watson, John “Our home Hillside is a part of the great communities that Triton “Jack” Kramer, Lytton “Andy” Andersen and Carol Bibly. College represents,” Tamburino said. “Triton has provided a seceducation for many Triton College hosted residents and village officials from Hillside ond-to-none approach in providing a quality Look out for Triton’s years.” as the community was honored during Triton’s Hillside Honor summer schedule in Day event on April 30. Guests enjoyed refreshments and enterTamburino also shared his own personal experiences on Triton and the mail! tainment, while celebrating the outstanding partnership betying it into how essential the college is for many in today’s econtween the college and the village known as the Metro Gateway. omy. Tamburino took night classes at Triton as part of the G.I. Bill during the mid-70s, before transferring to DePaul University. His The evening presented an opportunity for Hillside residents to learn more about Triton's programs. In addition to academic in- daughter, who currently is a teacher, graduated from Triton before formation being available, deans and department staff were on completing her course work at Elmhurst College. hand. Triton College Board of Trustees Chairman Mark Stephens “Triton has not only been a part of my personal family, but what along with Vice Chairwoman Donna Peluso, Secretary Diane the college does for our citizens, especially during a period where Viverito and trustee-elect Vanessa Moritz represented the board. times have not been the best for many, is invaluable,” Tamburino stated. “Our workforce now has to learn how to be flexible in this Stephens emphasized the importance of honoring the village. changing climate. If they’re in need of retraining or switching ca“We do these salutes to recognize the communities that make reers, where do they turn to? They turn to Triton.” up the Triton district,” he said. “We look forward to continuing 4 Enroll Today! 708.456.0300 or

Program Spotlight Triton looks to the future of employment with new programs Graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher are learning that having a degree doesn’t guarantee a career in their field following graduation. The Illinois job market is becoming increasingly tough, with the state having the second highest unemployment rate in the nation, as of April 2013. Yet, while unemployment is high, jobs in technical fields are going unfilled due to workers not being knowledgeable in the specialized skills employers need. In fall 2013, Triton College adds two new hands-on programs in growing markets eager to hire skillfully trained employees. Mechatronics A new degree and certificate opportunity that incorporates robotics comes to Triton in the fall. Mechatronics is a growing and fascinating sector of advanced manufacturing that is a part of many everyday items, including computer hard drives, washing machines, cof-

fee makers and medical devices. Combining “mechanics” and “electronics,” the term is used to describe electronics that control mechanical systems, such as an electronically programmed car key that when a button is pressed, a signal will automatically open a door.


The program derives from a U.S. Department of Labor grant meant to answer the call of a 600,000 employee shortage nationwide in the field of advanced manufacturing. For more information, contact Engineering Technology instructor Antigone Sharris at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3622, or at

Social Media The School of Continuing Education is offering a Social Media Certificate designed to provide instruction to utilize the growing opportunities available through social media marketing. While the classes are for anyone, Assistant Dean of Continuing Education Colleen Mazzuca-Pesce said entrepreneurs, business owners, promoters and organizations can particularly benefit. “These courses will assist in developing brand awareness and teach them how to utilize the tools effectively to help grow their business,” she said. A variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare, will be introduced as a modern method of marketing one’s services and products. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

Hundreds attend Triton’s A Step for Vets event in support of homeless veterans

Students and staff joined a large number of community members and veterans who took more than a few steps for homeless veterans on April 27, during Triton College's A Step for Vets walk and donation drive. A center stage surrounded by American flags was set up for veterans who offered words of appreciation for those who attended. Eugene Piltaver, a Korean War vet representing Franklin Park American Legion Post 974, led participants in the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced the commencement of walkers, while the Elmwood Community Choir led the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” One participant, Laura Stoyoff, a Triton College staff member who used to serve in the Army Reserve, spoke of the gratitude she has

for this country's soldiers. “I feel that we are in debt to these veterans. This is just one small way that we can give back,” she said. Business student Jon Aceves agreed saying, “Veterans need our support. We need to let the veteran community know we are here to help.” Entertainment and activities went on throughout the day: Children participated in face painting and met Ronald McDonald. Adults and children alike swiveled their hips to Zumba instructor Minerva McLaren and rocked out to music from DJ Max and Chicago music group Bailiff. There were raffles and giveaways, such as Tshirts, coupons for McDonald’s, and free massages from Advanced Physical Medicine in Oak Park. Various booths were set up to promote services for veterans. One of which included Mayslake Ministries' “Coming Home,” a healing two-day retreat program for military veterans and their spouse or significant other at no cost. Vietnam veteran Augie Sisco, who assists in the retreats, says the experience opens the

vets up to others who have had similar experiences. “I definitely get more out of it than I put in. Every vet I meet is like finding a new friend”, Sisco said. Throughout the day, volunteers collected more than $2,000 worth of donations with proceeds benefiting Hines VA Hospital's Homeless Veteran Program. Dr. Quincy Martin III, associate vice president of Student Affairs at Triton, who, along with Triton students and staff, organized the event commented, “A Step for Vets provided an opportunity to demonstrate community support for the many men and women who have courageously risked their lives while serving our country.”

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Triton Athletics Triton Trojans’ spring sports recap The Trojan baseball team finished the campaign 26-23 and were Region IV Division I runners-up. Unfortunately, Triton's bid for their first regional crown since 2009 was derailed by South Suburban College in the Region IV championship. The Trojans had two All-Conference selections led by Keil Conway (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), who topped the team in home runs (9) and RBIs (43). In late April, Conway was named NJCAA National Player of the Week. Oak Park product Andrew Godbold was Triton's second All-Conference selection. Godbold led the Trojans in batting averages (.416) and stolen bases (21). The Triton softball team had their playoff run end in the Region IV quarterfinals. The Lady

Trojans lost two-games-to-nothing in a bestof-three series against South Suburban. One of the highlights of the season came on April 28 when the team hosted their annual “Pitch 4 the Cure” event to raise breast cancer awareness. With the help of their opponent that day, McHenry County College, the

Foundation Board welcomes new members The Triton College Foundation recently approved the appointments of three new members to its board of directors – Colleen Mazzuca-Pesce, Dr. Quincy Martin III and Michael Mazza. Colleen Mazzuca-Pesce, assistant dean in the Triton College School of Continuing Education, began her career in Triton’s Continuing Education Department in 2005 as an office assistant. Colleen Mazzuca-Pesce In her current role, Mazzuca-Pesce, a River Grove resident, provides leadership and management implementation of comprehensive programming working with profit and nonprofit establishments, including Navistar, Alberto-Culver, Follett and the Museum of Science and Industry. Mazzuca-Pesce is a member of Triton’s President’s Leadership Academy, chairperson of Triton’s 50th Anniversary Events Committee, and a Marketing Committee member for Trinity High School's Board of Directors. Dr. Quincy Martin III currently serves as the associate vice president of Student Affairs at Triton College. He has 15 years experience in various roles leading multiple units and functions in student affairs as well as teaching. Dr. Quincy Martin III

Martin has served as a leader of several local, statewide and national organizations. In 2012, he finished his term as president of the Bellwood Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as an active member of the board of directors for the chamber. Martin, a resident of Broadview and also a member of Triton’s President’s Leadership Academy, is an advocate for student success and a strong proponent of promoting diversity initiatives throughout the Triton College community. Michael Mazza, director of Ticket Operations for the Chicago White Sox, began his career with the team in 1987. In 2012, Mazza was recognized as one of “Chicago's Very Own” by WGN-TV and was Michael Mazza solely highlighted in a TV segment as well as display ads for his generosity, continuous dedication and passion for community support. Mazza, a resident of Chicago, has been acknowledged by a number of organizations for his hard work and outstanding commitment toward achieving goals. The Triton College Foundation welcomes the support of these individuals and is grateful for their commitment to our mission and the well-being of the students of Triton College.

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squads raised a combined $550 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.

Community Feedback Triton is seeking comments from the public about the college in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit October 21-23, 2013, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Triton College has been accredited by the commission since 1972. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the commission’s criteria for accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College: Third-Party Comment on Triton College The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by September 23, 2013.

In-district high school students display culinary talents at annual cook-off

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knowledge. It developed into a competition as a way to capture individuals who were interested in the culinary arts and gave them an in-depth experience. Participating students were from East Leyden, West Leyden and Proviso West high schools. The judges observed and critiqued students on everything from safety and appearance to food production and presentation. On the day of the event, students had 60 Young cooks hustled and rustled up grub on May 4, during the Des Plaines Valley Re- minutes to prepare one salad and one engion Culinary Cook-Off for competing high trée with ingredients provided by HIA. Alschool students hosted by Triton's Hospital- though taste and originality were important, how well students followed ity Program (HIA). Chef Ched Pagtakhan, Triton College grad- the given instrucuate and full-time instructor, was the head tions was the most coordinator of this steamy event. “I under- crucial element of the cook-off equastand students may be nervous entering tion. this program. I am here to put them at (Triton College conease,” he said. In the past, this day was administered as a gratulates the team from Proviso West culinary expo for all in-district high school High School, winstudents and included demonstrations on ners of this year’s basic kitchen, baking, restaurant and dincompetition!) ing skills and beverage management

More than 100 four-year colleges and universities across the country will be on Triton’s campus on Sept. 24 for the annual Future Focus College Fair in the Robert M. Collins Center (R Building). Students can explore their educational options at the free fair that runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and allows individuals pursuing a higher education to speak with college and university representatives about admission procedures, program offerings, tuition expenses and financial aid. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130 or visit for a full list of participating colleges and universities.

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. 28. 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

Annual STEM Fair amazes youngsters with hands-on opportunity fend what they found.” Students also learned how to build a bridge with Popsicle sticks, which introduced students to some of the fundamentals of architecture, engineering and construction management.

Triton College's STEM Fair was an interactive day for middle school scientists to engage in various activities that invited them to explore the academic arenas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the science activity, titled “Who Stole the Cookie Dough,” students analyzed a crime scene of cookie crumbs to crack the case and pinpoint the perpetrator through hair samples and powdered footprints. Rich Bodner, Triton College chemistry instructor who has participated in the last three years of the STEM Fair, said, “I love to see kids explore science, and how this exploration encourages them to make decisions. It is exciting to see them engaged and de-

In another room, Triton nursing students educated the youth on different bacteria, correct hand washing and sanitation, and how to take pulse rates. All of the activities were “designed to break down the various careers Triton has to offer,” said Angela Satala, Health Resource Center coordinator. “It encourages them to pursue a higher education at Triton.”

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The day ended with a “Fun with Science” demonstration with Mike Davis, WYCC television host of “City of Science,” leading an auditorium of students in a demonstration called “Elephant Toothpaste,” in which he combined oxygen with hydrogen peroxide. The result was a billowing pile of orange foam that amazed the young science lovers.

Scholarships make affording a college education within reach. The Triton College Foundation offers more than 40 scholarships, ranging from $150 to $1,500 per semester toward tuition, books and fees. Next deadline for scholarships is Sept. 1, 2013! Visit to learn more about the Foundation’s scholarships, or contact the Foundation office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3019 or the Scholarship Office at Ext. 3616.

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