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Volume 7, Issue 5 • November/December 2012

A Message from Our Chairman To the Triton College Community: As the holiday season approaches, the spirit of giving fills us all. This was especially true on Wednesday, Nov. 14, when more than 500 friends and supporters of Triton College came together at the Triton College Foundation President’s Reception to honor outgoing Foundation Board President David King. Dave served as Board President for 12 years and his tireless efforts on behalf of Triton brought in well over $500,000 in donations and scholarships during his tenure. The evening was a huge success, raising more than $40,000 for the Foundation and providing an enjoyable evening for all. A special thanks goes to the students and faculty of the Triton Hospitality Program, who provided beverage service, food and prepared all the delicious desserts, as well to our Triton Faculty Jazz Trio – Richard Armandi, Ray Koehler and Steve Magnone – who provided the evening’s musical entertainment. Last but not least, a huge thank you to the following Triton area restaurants for providing the delicious food for the evening: Clavio’s Eatery, The Elmcrest Banquets by Biancalana, Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, Pescatore Palace Restaurant and Banquet Hall and Royal Garden Banquets’ Saranecki Bros. Catering, Inc.

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While he has stepped down as President, I am pleased to tell you that Dave King will remain as a member of the Foundation Board, and Triton is fortunate to have him still working on our behalf. The new Foundation President, Tom Olson, is certainly no stranger to the Triton community. A lifelong Triton district resident, Tom recently retired from his position as Triton’s Executive Director of Marketing after 30 years of service. While Dave is certainly a tough act to follow, I believe Tom is up to the challenge of leading the Foundation to great things in the future. I hope you enjoy this issue of Page One. Inside, you will find many stories of student success and programs and initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to serving the Triton community. You’ll learn about steps we’re taking to help students who come to us less than college ready, cultural heritage events you may be interested in, services we provide for veterans, and much more. 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 In closing, let me wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday season! Best regards, Mark R. Stephens, Chairman, Triton College Board of Trustees

This Issue Speaking of Student Success 2 Letter From Our President


Program Spotlight


Did You Know?


Triton’s Athletics


Holiday Recipe


Dates to Remember


Speaking of Student Success… Putting students to the test for success Triton’s mandatory placement test directs students on the path to completing their degree Triton College has consistently increased opportunity for more and more students to experience success in education through its mandatory placement test. The test, which places students into developmental education classes based on their test scores, instead of placing them into a more advanced course where they’ll be unsuccessful, has seen a significant increase of students who’ve either taken the test or were waived from taking the test since fall 2010 and following the mandatory test implementation in spring 2011. The referrals for the developmental education classes, which allow for students to

develop the skills they need for collegelevel performance, indicates little change from 2011 to 2012. However, the percentages of students referred to developmental courses are considerable and remain a focus in addressing college readiness. “The college continues to explore strategies to increase student success in developmental education through curriculum and policy development,” said Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados. “We are truly committed to embracing and implementing the interventions that will be the most effective for our students.”

Destination Success New Student Orientation Program

Be introduced to all Triton College has to offer with the new-student orientation event, Destination Success. The free orientation gives students the opportunity to become acclimated to the campus by learning about financial aid, campus programs and activities available, as well as allow them to meet campus personnel, speak to a counselor to develop an educational plan and listen to Triton students share their experiences. Upcoming session to be held in the Student Center include: • 10 a.m., Jan. 9 Prior to attending an orientation, students should complete an application for admission into Triton College and complete the college placement tests at least one week before the selected session, unless they are waived from the test. The orientation is free and lasts about four hours. If students haven’t signed up for an orientation session yet, they can register at or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

Access success at Triton’s one-stop registration event Come to Triton College on Saturday, Jan. 12 for Super Saturday, when students can have the convenience and flexibility of taking care of all their registration needs for the spring 2013 semester in one day. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., prospective and current students can take placement exams, complete the orientation process, meet with academic counselors

and register for classes in the Student Center, B-Building. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with financial aid advisors and complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in the same day. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130 or e-mail Spring 2013 semester begins Jan. 23, 2013!

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One-Stop Registration! Jan. 12, 2013 Triton College Student Center 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

20 th Annual President’s Reception More than 500 individuals attended the Triton College Foundation’s 20th Annual President’s Reception on Nov. 14 to honor Triton College Foundation Board President David King. The funds raised from the event will go toward student scholarships and to improve students’ learning environment.

From left to right - Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados, Board of Trustees Chairman Mark R. Stephens, David King, Communications Relations Associate Tom Olson and Foundation Board Vice President Richard Pellegrino.

Letter from Our President Dear Community Members: The fall semester passes quickly as we are busy assisting our students and community members in completing their various pursuits at Triton College. Whether it be educational, social, recreational, or cultural, dedicated faculty and staff are eager to support our “customers” all the way to the successful completion of his or her goals. In fact, increasing completion rates for certificates and degrees is one of our goals. Now, as we approach the end of the semester and year, it’s important to evaluate how we’re all doing.

Elmwood Park President Peter Silvestri with David King

As we measure student progress through examinations and letter grades, we examine ourselves and the initiatives we have in place to provide the environment our community needs. We’re looking at policies and procedures that present barriers to our students and examining statistics and facts about our district to make sure our students start out right and stay on the path to success. Taskforces are looking at Late Registration and Mandatory Placement. (You can read more about this student success initiative within.) We are committed to equity with an understanding that individual needs must be addressed, and we’ve adopted a Shared Ownership attitude with success for all students as our goal. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have a question, suggestion, or concern. Warmest holiday wishes!


Dr. Patricia Granados pictured with Triton students at the reception.

The Triton College Jazz Band provided live entertainment.

Students and faculty of Triton’s Hospitality program showcased their culinary talents by serving guests at the reception.

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Program Spotlight Explore and celebrate cultures with Continuing Education’s Cultural Heritage Series

Explore another culture or learn about your own with the Triton College School of Continuing Education’s newest courses, Cultural Heritage Series. Partnering with Cantata Adult Life Services in Brookfield, the college is able to offer this special series that celebrates the diverse cultures that make up the surrounding local communities. Cantata’s Amy Selle said the courses provide an opportunity for individuals to challenge their brain and connect with one

another in a classroom setting, thus promoting mental and emotional health. “We believe it can bring communities closer together when cultures learn about each other’s heritages,” she said. The following classes will be available starting spring 2013: Ancient and modern times will be explored in the hands-on Mexican Arts class, where students will create colorful Oaxacan animals, inspired self-portraits, and small murals in the style of the big three Muralists. The class also incorporates Mexican music. Classes will be held at Cantata Adult Life Services. Create a beautiful Venetian mask like the ones worn at the annual Carnival of Venice in the Italian Arts class, while also learning about its influence on Western culture. Study Italian music’s importance in today’s society and create a small mosaic of your own. Classes will be held at Triton College.

Explore Polish influence on aspects of other nearby European cultures and periods in the Polish Arts class, where students will learn to create wycinanki, a popular paper folk craft, and pisanki, an ornate style of decorating Easter eggs. Musically, students will learn about famous Polish composer Frederick Chopin and Polish dance and traditional folk music. Classes will be held at Triton College. To register, contact the School of Continuing Education Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3500.

Criminal Justice students learn how to S.M.I.L.E. and stay P.O.I.S.E.D. when faced with the P.O.W.E.R. Test Teneiger Howard of Bellwood is well on her way to becoming a police officer: She graduated with an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Triton College; passed the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report, or the P.O.W.E.R. Test, to gain entry into the police academy; and is now pursuing her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Plus, because of S.M.I.L.E. – Stress Management in Law Enforcement, a one-of-a-kind course available at Triton – Howard will be able to maintain her physical agility for when she’s called to take the P.O.W.E.R. Test again. “I want to stay in shape to take the next P.O.W.E.R. test and this course practically provides me with a personal trainer,” she said. “It has also really helped me out with understanding and handling the stress that can come with the job.” One of Triton’s newest courses, S.M.I.L.E. has been met with high praises from students for incorporating physical training for the P.O.W.E.R. Test, as well as lessons on nutrition and stress management as it per-

tains to a job in law enforcement. It has been so widely received that Triton’s Criminal Justice Administration Department has developed a supplemental course that will be available in spring 2013.

P.O.I.S.E.D. – Principles of Integrity, Safety and Ethics for Duty – like S.M.I.L.E., will be a 15-week course in which one-half of the semester will be spent learning about ethics, including moral duty and obligation; and the other half will focus on physical agility training, specifically martial arts, to satisfy the fitness components of the P.O.W.E.R. Test. At the conclusion of the course, stu-

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dents will be tested in accordance with the P.O.W.E.R. Test requirements, and upon successfully passing the test, will receive a certification card which can be presented as proof that they have met the P.O.W.E.R. Test standards. “This second course provides for an opportunity to take fitness to the next level, while introducing martial arts to enhance discipline, composure and ethical behavior required for service duty,” said John Augustine, coordinator of Triton’s Criminal Justice Administration program. Both courses are recommended for criminal justice students interested in finding employment immediately following graduation, as well as law enforcement candidates who may have previously failed the P.O.W.E.R. Test and are interested in retesting and/or would like to maintain their bodies to be ready for the next P.O.W.E.R. test. For more information, contact John Augustine at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3323, or e-mail

Did You Know? Triton College’s Testing Center offers the DSST and WorkKeys tests! The Triton College Testing Center now offers two tests that can help anyone get a leg up in college and their careers. The nationally-recognized DSST program, or the DANTES Subject Standardized Test program, can help anyone obtain college credit that can put them on quicker track toward earning their degree; and the WorkKeys assessment test helps job seekers obtain the National Career Readiness Certificate, or NCRC, that indicates their level of workplace employability skills to show to employers. Beneficial for veterans seeking higher education, the DSST program is a time and cost effective opportunity for students to use their knowledge acquired outside of the traditional classroom – such as from reading, on-the-job training, independent study and even military training – to receive college credit. The WorkKeys assessment test identifies

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and measures the workplace skill levels of an individual. Upon completing the test, a person will receive the NCRC, giving job seekers an additional credential on their resumes and employment applications as well as assess their need for more training, coaching or tutoring to increase employability. The cost of the DSST program is $80 per test; payable with a credit card (a $15 service fee per test is required at the time of testing). The WorkKeys assessment is free. To make a testing appointment, call the Testing Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3252. All test takers must present a current and valid picture ID such as a driver’s license, passport, or picture student ID card. Expired identification is not acceptable.

• The latest Triton news • A variety of classes available this spring, including courses through the college’s Continuing Education department • The spring 2013 semester calendar • Tuition and financial aid information and more!

Learn more about the DSST program and WorkKeys assessment at and at assess, respectively.

Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship now accepting applications

Students who are undocumented immigrants or don’t qualify for federal student aid may be able to receive financial assistance through the Illinois DREAM Act. The signing of the DREAM Act by Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 1, 2011, creates the Illinois DREAM Fund to make scholarships, college savings and prepaid tuition programs available to undocumented students to afford them the opportunity to receive a college education.

The Triton College spring 2013 class schedule has already hit mailboxes in your community. In the schedule, you’ll find:

Students who meet the following criteria can apply for the DREAM Fund Scholarship: • High school or college minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale); • Have resided with his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) while attending high school in Illinois; and • Have graduated from a high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) in Illinois, after attending an Illinois high school for at least three years. Applications are available at The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2013; applications must be typed. For more information, contact the Triton College Financial Aid Office at (708) 4560300, Ext. 3155 or visit undocumentedstudents.

Triton College wishes everyone a happy holidays! The college campus will be closed for winter break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.

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Triton Athletics Triton Trojans teams celebrate victories, prepare for winter sports season

Triton Trojans Men’s Soccer player Gewargis Samuel was named a NJCAA Division III First-Team All-American.

The winter sports season is underway at Triton College highlighted by the men's basketball team who is ranked 14th in the NJCAA Division II pre-season national poll. The wrestling team looks to build off last season’s seven wrestlers reaching nationals, and the women's basketball team hopes to show improvement for a better season. Fortunately, the fall sports season didn’t conclude without several notable accomplishments: • Men's soccer won the N4C Conference, Region IV and District C Championships en route to earning a trip to the NJCAA

Fall Highlights

Move up the career ladder… by gaining the skills and knowledge employers seek out! With close to 100 degree and certificate programs to choose from, Triton College can prepare you for success in your career. Open, in-person registration for the spring 2013 semester is currently in progress. You can register 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, located on the west side of Triton's main campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. The campus will be closed for winter break from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 23. Financial assistance is available! You can also register at /registernow or by calling (708) 4560300, Ext. 3130.

Families of the Triton College community decorated a holiday tree during Brookfield Zoo’s Community Tree Trim on Nov. 17. Triton’s tree is #21 around Roosevelt Fountain!

The last man to walk on the moon Captain Eugene Cernan visited Triton College on Nov. 15 to speak to youth about his journey to the moon 40 years ago.

Area middle school students explored various career options at Triton’s annual Early College Awareness Program (ECAP) designed to encourage students to think about preparing for college now to work in their desired career.

More than 140 volunteers, including community members and the Triton community, participated in the nation’s largest day of service, Make A Difference Day, on Oct. 27. Volunteers picked up trash, visited senior homes and more at area locations.

Green & Greet Game encourages zero-waste Triton College hosted its first-ever on-campus zero-waste event on Nov. 15 in the Robert M. Collins Center, where student clubs and organizations were encouraged by President Patricia Granados to practice ways to cut back on their waste sent to the

National Tournament. • Head Men's Soccer Coach Piotr Sliwa was named Region IV Coach of the Year. • Multiple athletes from both men's and women's soccer earned all-conference and all-region honors. • Women's volleyball raised $1,527 for The Side-Out Foundation during their Second Dig Pink fundraiser to promote breast cancer awareness. For more information on Triton College Athletics, visit or call Athletic Director Harry McGinnis at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784.

landfill during their meetings and events by recycling and composting more. Afterwards, the clubs and organizations went to cheer on the men’s basketball team with President Granados as they took on Moraine Valley in the gymnasium.

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New Mechatronics degree at Triton College in development phase Led by Harper College and the Illinois Network for Advanced Manufacturing (INAM), the four-year grant is to develop curriculum to meet the training needs for advanced manufacturing Career Pathways that will be shared with other colleges in the consortium.

Lorette Dodt, Interim Dean of Business and Technology, said, “This grant will allow us to serve a new population of students, including students in our Bridge programs for GED and ESL, veterans and dislocated workers. Being able to offer this new degree and certificate to our students is just another example of how Triton is preparing its students for career success in a growing and highly technical industry.” Triton’s plans toward developing the degree and certificate, Dodt said, include hiring faculty specialists and working with industry specialists for curriculum development, creating stackable certificates that bridge skills as needed and creates an associate’s degree with transferrable credits, and creating a timeline for the development of the degree and certificate.

Triton College welcomes U.S. Bank to campus Triton College students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, can now have convenient access to the newest U.S. Bank branch in the area by visiting Triton’s campus in River Grove.

Located in the Student Center (B-Building), next to the Follett Bookstore, a full-service U.S. Bank is now available to serve all your banking needs, including opening a checking and/or savings account, obtaining a loan, refinancing your mortgage and more. Through Dec. 21, stop by the U.S. Bank and take advantage of their grand opening promotions and giveaways, including the chance to win an iPad!* (*No purchase necessary.) Business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (708) 453-0358.

With the holidays approaching, don’t let your house guests go hungry; tantalize their taste buds with this simple dessert recipe from Triton’s Hospitality Industry Administration (HIA) program. Triton’s HIA enables students to get a degree or certificate in culinary arts, baking and pastry, beverage management and hotel/motel and restaurant management. Pecan Crescents (recipe submitted by HIA Coordinator Chef Denise Smith-Gaborit) Ingredients: 1 pound of butter at room temperature (equivalent to 4 sticks) 2 tablespoons of vanilla 2 cups of cake flour 2 cups of bread flour 4 tablespoons of sugar 2 tablespoons of water 2 cups of ground pecans Powdered sugar Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 2. Cream the butter with a mixer until it doubles in volume and is light and fluffy. 3. Add vanilla. 4. Sift flours and sugar together into the mix. 5. Stir in water and ground pecans. 6. Roll dough into a crescent shape and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes. 7. While warm, roll crescents in powdered sugar and serve. Learn how to make this recipe and more by taking a course or receiving your degree or certificate in Triton’s HIA program. For more information, visit or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3624.


With the assistance of a more than $522,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Triton College will be able to offer a new degree and certificate in a fascinating sector of advance manufacturing, called Mechatronics. Mechatronics is a coined term combining “mechanics” and “electronics” and is a part of many everyday items including computer hard drives, washing machines, coffee makers and medical devices. 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 grant Triton College received is a portion of more than $12.9 million awarded by the Department of Labor through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program to expand William Rainey Harper College’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Program to 20 other community colleges throughout Illinois, including Triton. Harper College’s program attempts to address the some-600,000 employee shortage nationwide in the advanced manufacturing sector by offering industry-endorsed skills certificates and paid internships with local manufacturing partners. It is also designed to encourage younger students to consider a career in manufacturing by giving high school students the opportunity to earn college credit through the program.

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Dates to Remember ... Through Dec. 30

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 Dec. 22 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,

Dec. 15

Student Creations Exhibition & Sale, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Nuevos Horizontes, 1708 Main St., Melrose Park, (708) 649-2101.

Dec. 15

Triton Trojans vs. Waubonsee Women’s Basketball, Gymnasium in Robert M. Collins Center, 2 p.m.

Dec. 15

Triton Trojans vs. Carl Sandburg Men’s Basketball, Gymnasium in Robert M. Collins Center, 4 p.m.

Dec. 16

Tempo Preparatory Department Recital, 3:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building of the Robert M. Collins Center,

Dec. 17

Winter Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Building of the Robert M. Collins Center,

Dec. 22

Monthly Skywatch, 7:30 p.m., Cernan Earth and Space Center, Triton College; Admission for the planetarium is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 to 12 and senior citizens ages 55 and older. The outdoor telescope session is free; (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372 or (708) 583-3100,

Jan. 3

Triton Trojans vs. Prairie State Men’s Basketball, Gymnasium in Robert M. Collins Center, 7 p.m.

Jan. 7

Triton Trojans vs. Lake County Women’s Basketball, Gymnasium in Robert M. Collins Center, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 9

Triton Trojans vs. Madison Women’s Basketball, Gymnasium in Robert M. Collins Center, 5 p.m.

Jan. 9

Triton Trojans vs. Madison Men’s Basketball, Gymnasium in Robert M. Collins Center, 7 p.m.

Jan. 12

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