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A Message from Our Chairman To the Triton College Community: With the November election fast approaching, I hope you will take the time to exercise one of our most important and valuable rights: the right to vote. In a free democratic society, the right to vote is obviously crucial. Please be sure your voice is heard on Election Day by voting for the candidates of your choice. I hope to see you at the Triton College Foundation President’s Reception on Nov. 14. Besides being a fun evening, it’s a great way to support Triton College and our students. At the reception, we’ll be recognizing Mr. David King, who has served the college for many years as the Foundation Board President. Dave’s commitment to Triton College has resulted in the generation of funds for scholarships and programs at Triton College. You will find more information in this newsletter on how you can participate in this enjoyable and worthwhile event. The college’s next accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission will be in October of 2013. To prepare for this, the college is in the midst of a self-assessment that is being accomplished collaboratively and with the mindset of analyzing the great things we do to help our students succeed and the things we need to do even better. And while times change, requiring our direction, methods, and strategies to change too, our overall goal remains the same – being the community college you need Triton College to be. I hope you enjoy this issue of Page One; it contains many stories of student success and programs and initiatives that demonstrate our commitment to serving our community, which is what we at Triton are all about. I look forward to hearing from you about how Triton College can serve you. If you have any ideas for celebrating our year-long 50th Anniversary in 2014-2015, let me know. Please feel free to contact me via the Triton College Office of the President at 708-456-0300, Ext. 3201 or e-mail

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

You’re invited! Join the Triton College Foundation for the 20th Annual President’s Reception on Nov. 14, honoring David King!

20th Annual President’s Reception

November 14

This Issue Speaking of Student Success 2 Letter From Our President


Did You Know?


Program Spotlight


Triton’s entertainment


Financial Aid Advice


Dates to Remember


Speaking of Student Success… Triton employees step up to give students a leg up The program, Triton Employees as Mentors, was developed to address the needs of fulltime students who are taking two or more developmental education courses in reading, math, or writing. According to Jackie Werner, Program Coordinator and Student Success Strategist, the program is currently serving 87 first-year Triton students – exceeding its goal for the first year by 45 percent.

When Jocelyn Sanchez of Elmwood Park initially enrolled at Triton College, she didn’t know that she would have her own personal “coach” in Director of Admissions Izabela Zurawska to accompany her on her educational journey while participating in the new TEAM mentoring program.

Sanchez admits that, at first, she didn’t know where the college library was located or that on-campus tutors were available. But with Zurawska’s guidance, it wasn’t long before she became acclimated to the campus. “The program has provided me with a helping hand so that I can get adapted to Triton without feeling overwhelmed,” Sanchez said.

TEAM students have welcomed the extra support from their mentors, including motivation to keep up with their classes. “It’s important that Triton employees provide our students – new and returning – with the information and guidance they need to be successful,” Zurawska said. “This program provides that through one-on-one interaction.” Werner is encouraged by the program’s strong start and is already thinking about next steps. “Our hope is that this program will expand into the spring semester. We also intend to create a link with our district high schools and inform counselors about the program and how their Triton-bound students can benefit.”

Recognizing our partners in education The successful partnership between Triton College and Oak Park and River Forest (OPRF) High School aimed at improving college readiness was highlighted at Triton’s annual Salute to Partnerships reception. The Aug. 7 event welcomed staff and faculty from area K-12 institutions and fouryear partner universities to acknowledge the positive outcomes of collaborating on student success. Triton Dean of Enrollment Services Dr. Amanda Turner and Philip Prale, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for OPRF High School, presented results from a joint project in which Triton’s mandatory placement test was administered to 200 OPRF high school students

to measure their college readiness. “Conducting this test with our juniors allowed us to see how effective our educational program is so that we can work on targeting what’s needed to prepare our students for college-level coursework,” Prale said. Dr. Turner said the college is eager to embark on similar projects with other local schools. “We want students to be successful and have the foundation to be successful at the next level.” Another inspiring partnership bloomed from Triton’s Horticulture Department and Club and Franklin Park School District 84. Triton students and staff taught 880 elementary school students how to grow

tomato and green pepper plants. Cards and posters sent to the Horticulture Department by the children expressed their appreciation. “It’s nice to see how excited kids get for something as simple as planting,” said Horticulture Faculty Gary Antonich.

New faculty and administrators at Triton prepared to educate, guide students New faculty and administrators have joined the Triton College community with the mission of educating, guiding and encouraging students to achieve their utmost potential in the classroom. The new faculty members are Robert Jaimes, Automotive; Kahilla Taylor, Computer Information Systems; Gregory Catena, Criminal Justice; Serpil Caputlu, Developmental Math; Gail Krahenbuhl, 2 Enroll Today! 708.456.0300 or

Developmental Reading; Jennifer Giangrego, Developmental Writing; Amanda LaLuna-Chorak, Early Childhood Education; George Lam, Economics; Cheryl Davis and Mary Mitchell, Nursing; and Divya Sharma, Anatomy and Physiology. New administrators to join Triton include Dr. Peter Farquharson, D.B.A., Director of Programming Services; and TAA Grant – Regional Coordinator Megan Roberts.

Letter from Our President Dear Community Members: “Triton College is a model of teaching excellence and student success.” So begins Triton’s Vision Statement. It continues, “We are a community college that embraces the educational, training, and personal development needs of the diverse communities we serve through innovation in our programs and approach to learning.” When I look at the future of Triton College, that’s what I see – a vision of the community college that you need Triton to be. There is no shortage of input toward our ongoing work in that regard. From a broad view of a new century, to the college’s growth over 50 years, to our challenges and achievements over the past seven years since our last accreditation visit, to our more recent work with Achieving the Dream, we have input that will help fill in the details of our future and build our Strategic Plan.

The 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges developed a report that calls on colleges to Redesign, Reinvent, and Reset. We must Redesign our students’ educational experiences to increase completion rates and college readiness. Triton is redesigning an entire building that will feature collaborative learning spaces. The open learning and simulated health care space being created in our H Building will greatly enhance the learning environment. We must Reinvent institutional roles to meet education and employment needs with strong support structures. Triton’s University Center is one way we help guide our students with clear paths to a baccalaureate degree. Also, strengthening our partnerships with business and industry and other educational institutions are vital as we look to the future. We must Reset the system in support of reclaiming the American Dream. Our focus must remain on student success. As we at Triton College prepare for our accreditation visit in 2013 with a thorough self-study, I reflect a great deal on our past challenges and achievements. As we prepare to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2014, I can’t help but look not only to the past but forward to the next 50 years and what you need Triton College to be. It looks to be an exciting time!

Two popular online college search engines now feature Triton College! Parents and families of prospective college students can now access more complete information about Triton College and determine whether it is the right choice for them via the online college search engines and The websites allow students to search and compare colleges on a variety of criteria, including location, field of study and tuition rates. Several local high schools, including East and West Leyden, Walther Lutheran, Ridgewood, Oak ParkRiver Forest, Riverside-Brookfield and Fenwick, make these search engines available to students and families at no extra cost. Contact your high school counseling team to find out how you can access these search engines.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office whenever you have a suggestion, question, or concern.

Sincerely, Dr. Patricia Granados, President, Triton College

Triton College Foundation invites you to the

Featuring the culinary talents of Triton’s Hospitality students and local restaurants. Triton College Student Center (B Building, West Campus), 2000 Fifth Ave. • River Grove, Illinois

20th Annual

President’s Reception

Tickets: $60 per person Table of Eight: $440 ($55 per person table discount)


Mr. David King President – 2000-2012, Triton College Foundation, Board of Directors

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 Reception begins at 6 p.m.

Did You Know?


Sponsorship opportunities and ad book reservations also are available. To purchase tickets in advance or for sponsorship/ad book details, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3758, or send an e-mail to

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Program Spotlight Prepare for a successful career in the digital arts at Triton College Did you know that the photos you take during special occasions or the website you designed for a friend’s business can be more than just casual hobbies? With the right training, your talent can lead to a profitable and intensely satisfying career. Triton’s Visual Communications program provides students with hands-on experiences in graphic design, digital photography and videography. Faculty with real-world experience combine art and technology in the program’s courses so that students gain practical knowledge and skills. Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences Ric Segovia said some students initially enroll in just one course, thinking that it will give them all the knowledge they need. They soon realize that there is much more to learn and their motivation is so high, they begin taking more courses, eventually earning a certificate or degree from Triton, he said. One of the unique benefits of the program

is its focus on learning the business aspects of the digital arts, along with the technical and creative facets. “To educate students about the professional business world, we give students assignments similar to the time and demand constraints they would experience working in the industry,” said Chair of the Visual Communications Department Lorette Dodt, who is currently serving as Interim Dean of Business and Technology. Dodt is also a professional photographer with her own studio. “Plus, in our Portfolio Design and Production course, we help students develop their portfolios for employers.” She added that in the advanced digital photography classes, students take field trips to gain experience shooting on location as well as in a studio. “We try to give our students as much practical experience as possible so that they can be successful in society,” she said.

dents who work as freelancers or start their own business. The program is especially valuable for business owners who would like to gain more productivity without having to hire additional employees. “There are plenty of businesses that may have an employee who takes care of graphic design but could also easily take on website design or photography projects if they knew how,” she said. “Students can learn those additional skills here at Triton.” Triton offers an associate’s degree in digital photography and graphic design and several certificates in its Visual Communications program: Digital Media, Graphic Design, Digital Photography and Layout and Design.

While many students go on to work for large corporations, Dodt said, there are other stu-

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Elmwood Park President Peter Silvestri stops by Triton College

Elmwood Park President Peter Silvestri visits with Triton College students to encourage them to register to vote at the college’s voter registration rally on Sept. 17.

Providing a tighter grasp on the American Dream In its recent report, “Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future,” the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) predicts two-thirds of all American jobs will require a postsecondary certificate or degree by the year 2018. This prediction makes community colleges a valuable option for achieving the American Dream. An overview of this report was introduced by Triton College President Patricia Granados at the college’s Fall Faculty Workshop on Aug. 24 to initiate dialogue and ongoing engagement about redesigning student’s educational experiences; reinventing institutional roles; and resetting the system to create incentives for student and institutional success. Among its first steps in this direction is improvement in college readiness and completion by working with local high schools to provide a clearer understanding of col-

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lege expectations for students. The college has already seen marked improvement from its 2011 implementation of its mandatory placement tests, which places students into developmental education classes based on their test scores, instead of placing them in a course where they’ll be unsuccessful. The college also plans to focus on closing the skills gap to help students become better prepared to join the workforce. “This report challenges us to accomplish our institutional mission to be profoundly different from our current mode of operation and also compel us to adapt creatively in this changing environment,” Granados said. “Throughout the year, the campus community will engage in conversation about what Triton needs to become in the next 50 years to address the challenges of the nation and the communities we serve.”

Join the race for 5K run for veterans! Triton College has teamed up with the Prodigy 2020 Foundation to recruit race participants for the Prodigy 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Melrose Park. The race, which will kick off at 9 a.m. at the corner of Ninth and North avenues (Winston Plaza), will raise funds for scholarships, educational and economical resources for impoverished communities and veteran services. President and Founder of the Prodigy 2020 Foundation Rosalind Abrams said, “Our goal is to attract people who share in our mission and vision of helping individuals to become full participants in society. We invite everyone to join us in this event that supports a great cause.” The day includes a One-Mile Junior Jog for ages 6 to 12 at 9:15 a.m., with an awards presentation, live entertainment and refreshments to cap off the day at the Village Hall of Melrose Park (1000 N. 25th Ave.)

A shuttle service will be available to return race participants to Winston Plaza. To register for the race, visit, where Triton staff, faculty, students and friends of Triton can receive a discount on the registration fee. Donations are also being accepted, and special group rates are available.

Don’t wait! Register for SPRING 2013 classes Students can begin registering for spring 2013 classes now to ensure they’ll get the best selection. Open, in-person registration for the spring 2013 semester is available 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. Students can also register by visiting or calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130. Classes begin Jan. 23. Financial assistance is available!

Visit Triton’s campus for an entertaining night out! From artwork to musical and theater performances to laser shows, Triton College provides a host of reasons to visit its campus. In the Triton College Art Gallery through Nov. 16, the Berwyn Art League will showcase the eclectic mix of their best paintings, photography, drawings and other media created over the past year. A closing reception will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 in the gallery located in the Fine Arts Building (J Building). For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3589 or visit

take place in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert M. Collins Center. For details visit:

disgusted by the piece of art; while Yvan, attempts to see both sides of the story, though unsuccessfully. The production runs Nov. 9-11 and 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the Cox Auditorium (Room J-108) of the Fine Arts Building. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, Triton employees and seniors. For more information, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 6932 or visit

For a night of theater, the Triton College Performing Arts Department begins its season with Yasmina Reza’s ‘Art’, which examines the friendship of Serge, Marc and Yvan. When Serge spends an exorbitant amount of money on a modern painting, Marc is

Triton’s musical performances will include the Triton College Big Band, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6; Triton College Choral Concert, 2 p.m., Dec. 8; Tempo Preparatory Department Recital, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 16; and Winter Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17. All concerts will

The Cernan Earth and Space Center will take audiences on a journey into space with various shows available at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 and 3 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 25. Visit www. for the latest schedule of shows.

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Triton Athletics Congratulations to our men’s soccer team for winning the Region IV Division III Championship for the fifth year in a row!

New name, winner New experiences, fun for families at announced for the Name the HIA Dining Fall Family Fun Fest Room contest Families had a whirlwind of a time at Triton College’s Fourth Annual Fall Family Fun Fest, participating in games and educational activities on Oct. 6 that celebrated the fall season. This year, the festival received about 1,800 people, making it the best attended year.

Submitting the “hip” name Café 64 to recognize the year in which Triton College was founded, student Lauren Quinn of River Grove was awarded first prize in the college’s recent Name the HIA Dining Room contest. She will receive a complimentary dinner and beverage for four people in the newly-named dining venue, along with a $10 gift certificate to the college’s student-run bakery. Sit down to a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience in Triton’s Café 64, which is open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 6 in Room B-204 of the Student Center (BBuilding). Make your reservations today by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3267 or 3387. Triton’s HIA Bakery is also open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays in the Student Center. Enjoy a sweet treat or place a special order at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3700 or 3387.

Saluting Patriotism Triton College was recently named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School® for 2013! Triton ranked in the top 15 percent of more than 12,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for demonstrating a strong interest in recruiting military students by providing the resources and services they need to transition from the battlefield to the classroom.

Senior Training and Assessment Specialist William “Bill” Lesus was awarded the Patriot Award by the U.S. Department of Defense for his support of veterans in his position in Triton’s Career Services Department. Recent events coordinated by Career Services have included an open house and career fair for veterans. To contact Career Services, call (708) 4560300, Ext. 3619.

Keeping up with Triton’s alums

The Triton College Alumni Association is looking for alumni to serve as leaders on the Alumni Association Council. Council

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members will have an opportunity to give back to their alma mater and help direct the future of Triton College’s Alumni Association. For Triton alumni interested in becoming a Council member or know of an alumnus who’d like to join, visit for more information or to nominate Triton College alumni for the Council.

Sustainability Center introduces Triton students’ education to nature

Triton faculty and students participate in Des Plaines River Clean-Up Day.

The Triton College Sustainability Center has opened the door to new learning experiences for students, faculty and community members. The center recently adopted a vast portion of wooded area adjacent to the campus from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County that will be maintained by the campus community and utilized for educational purposes.

“This area has many species of native plants and a creek that flows into the Des Plaines River that students and faculty of our environmental biology and sustainable landscaping courses will find beneficial for hands-on learning,” said Sustainability Center Coordinator Adrian Fisher. Named Adena Woods, after a Native American tribe known to inhabit the land, the green space was introduced on Sept. 15 when Triton College participated in the forest preserve district Des Plaines River CleanUp Day. Triton students and employees joined in the clean-up efforts. Community members can visit Triton’s campus for lessons on sustainability during its free workshop series, titled Sustainable Thursdays. Nov. 15 – Exclusive presentations from the 23rd Annual Bioneers Conference: Emer-

Get an early start on applying for financial aid! be completed online (; Triton College School Code 001773) or in Triton’s Financial Aid Office. The form requires personal information to determine the student’s eligibility for federal and state grants, Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Work Study.

According to Triton College’s Financial Aid Office, it’s never too early to begin applying for financial aid. In fact, it’s best to start early, said Tasha Coleman, Coordinator of Intake Services in the Financial Aid Office (B-216W), as there is limited funding on certain grants. Here are steps you can take now to find out if you qualify for financial assistance for your college education and how Triton College can help along the way:

Complete the Triton College Financial Aid Data Form. This form is necessary to initiate a financial aid file at Triton. The form can be accessed online at or in the Financial Aid Office. Submit an official copy of your high school/GED transcript. These documents should be turned into the Triton College Admission and Records Office. Students should note that if they haven’t completed an Application for Admission to Triton College, they can do so at

The preferred filing date is March 1, 2013. Gather the appropriate documents needed Coleman notes that once the necessary to apply for financial aid. Several personal documents are reviewed, additional docudocuments will be needed, such as your so- mentation may be requested before financial security number, driver’s license number cial aid applications can be processed. and federal tax information. Having this inLearn more by calling (708) 456-0300, formation readily available will help expedite the process in filling out the necessary Ext. 3155 or e-mailing To learn about educational benefits for forms. veterans at Triton, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for 3651 or 3531. Federal Student Aid) form. The FAFSA can

gence, which was held in California in October, will be shown and discussed. Videos of selected talks will later be made available on the Triton Library Sustainability LibGuide. The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room B-204/210 of Triton’s Student Center. For more information, contact Adrian Fisher at or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3578 about future workshops on sustainability.

Join in the planning for Triton’s 50th Anniversary!

50 1964-2014

The year 2014 marks Triton’s 50th Anniversary and community residents are encouraged to get involved with the planning to make it one of the most memorable events in the area. The college is looking for individuals to share ideas, spread the word and volunteer with activities; in addition to loaning or donating any Triton memorabilia, including t-shirts, photographs or publications, to the college. Interested community members are encouraged to contact the 50th Anniversary Steering Committee at

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Berwyn Art League art display, Triton College Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building, See article on page 5 for details. Discover Triton: Explore Your Opportunities, 6 p.m., B-130A&B of the Student Center; Reservations are recommended by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130 or e-mailing Veterans Day Celebration, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria Triton College Performing Arts Department present ‘Art’, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m., Sundays, Cox Auditorium (Room J-108) of the Fine Arts Building; Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, Triton employees and seniors. See article on page 5 for details. President’s Reception, 6 p.m., Student Center Cafeteria. Visit for more details. Green and Greet Game, 5:30 p.m., Room R-221, Robert M. Collins Center Sustainable Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Room B-204/210 of the Student Center Triton College Annual Book Sale, located in the A-Building; For details, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3478 or visit Destination Success: New Student Orientation, 2 p.m., Student Center (B-Building); Registration required at Destination Success: New Student Orientation, 4 p.m., Student Center (B-Building); Registration required at Destination Success: New Student Orientation, 10 a.m., Student Center (B-Building); Registration required at All events are open free to the public, unless otherwise stated. Follow Triton College on Pinterest

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