Ten Selected for Induction into Triton’s Alumni Wall of Fame

Layout 1The Triton College Alumni Council has selected 10 individuals to be inducted into its Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame for 2018. These inductees exemplify the success of our Triton College alumni and will be prominently added to our memorial wall on the first floor of the Triton College Student Center located in Building B.

 Members of the community are invited to join us as we support and celebrate the achievements of our alumni as they are officially inducted during a ceremony on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 6 p.m. in Room B-204/210 of the Student Center (B Building), with a reception to follow.  Please RSVP your event attendance to Jenelle Madrigal at 708-456-0300, ext. 3205 or atjenellemadrigal@triton.edu by February 15th, 2018.

The honorees are:

Mr. Kevin Bor, Chicago, IL
Detective, City of Chicago Police Department

 Mr. John Carpino, Willow Springs, IL
Village President, Village of Willow Springs

 Mr. Miguel Curl, Chicago, IL
Coordinator of School Age Program, YMCA Chicago

 Ms. Phyllis Duncan, Maywood, IL
Founder, Mothers of Murdered Sons and Women’s Community
Leadership Council of Illinois

 Mr. Frank Fagiano, Elmwood Park, IL
Chief of Police, Elmwood Park Police Department

Ms. Brenda Farlow, Northlake, IL
Lieutenant, Northlake Fire Protection District

 Mr. Barrett Pedersen, Franklin Park, IL
Mayor, Village of Franklin Park

Mr. Donovan Pepper, Oak Park, IL
National Director of Local Government Relations, Walgreens Co.

Ms. Shavon Wesley, Forest Park, IL
Site Acquisition Specialist, Velocitel

Ms. Deborah Winkleblack, Hoffman Estates, IL
Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Claire’s Stores

 The Alumni Wall of Fame was established to honor the notable individuals who have walked Triton’s halls throughout the college’s history. In recognizing the academic, personal and professional accomplishments of Triton’s distinguished alumni, current students and the campus community will be inspired by their accomplishments to strive for excellence.

 The Alumni Association is an organization dedicated to encourage lifelong connections between alumni and Triton College through programs and initiatives that serve alumni and fosters the ongoing success of Triton College.

 For more information on becoming a member of the Alumni Association or the upcoming Wall of Fame induction ceremony, visithttp://www.triton.edu/Alumni_Association/  or contact Jenelle Madrigal at jenellemadrigal@triton.edu or (708) 456-0300 Ext. 3205.

 Photo Cutline:  Top (L-R), Barrett Pedersen, Shavon Wesley, John Carpino. Middle (L-R), Miguel Curl, Brenda Farlow, Donovan Pepper, Deborah Winkleblack. Bottom (L-R), Kevin Bor, Phyllis Duncan, Frank Fagiano.

 *Pictures of individual honorees are available by request.
Please contact stephenbutera@triton.edu.

Triton to Lead Discussion of Immigration Challenges During February Events

Layout 1Feb. 13; Faculty Panel Discussion at 1-2:30 p.m., in Room A-321 in the Triton College Library.

Feb. 14; Film Screening and panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m.in Room I-109 of the Triton College Cernan Earth and Space Center.

Community members are invited to help advance the ongoing discussion of immigration-related issues and challenges during a pair of upcoming events hosted by the Triton College Library, in partnership with East and West Leyden High Schools’ One Book, One Leyden program.

 First, an interdisciplinary panel of faculty members will share a wide range of perspectives on the topics of immigration, refugees and volunteerism during Community and belonging: The plight of modern refugees. The panel discussion of these important and timely issues is inspired by themes of Warren St. John’s book Outcast United.

 Community and belonging will take place Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1-2:30 p.m., in Room A-321 in the Triton College Library.

 The following evening, the discussion continues following a special screening of the documentary, The Other Side of Immigration, a powerful film that invites viewers to examine issues pertaining to immigration/emigration from a variety of angles, some of which are not often seen or discussed in the United States.

 Following the film presentation, there will be a conversation about the film as well as other immigration-related topics. As part of the discussion, Seth McLellan, film and media professor at Triton, will talk about the genre of documentary film and its relation to fiction.

 Additionally, a group of immigrants from within the Triton College community will share their experiences of changing countries and continents, adjusting to new cultures and leaving their old countries behind. Our guests include immigrants from Lebanon, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Canada, France, Philippines, Indonesia, Poland and others. Community members are invited to share their experiences as an immigrant or a host of immigrants.

 The film screening and panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Room I-109 of the Triton College Cernan Earth and Space Center.

 Both events are free to attend and open to the community.

 For more information, email dubravkajuraga@triton.edu or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3591.

African Drum Ensemble ‘Kaben Kafo’ Performs at Triton – Feb. 8

Layout 1Back by popular demand, Kaben Kafo returns to the Triton campus for a workshop and live performance.

 Kaben Kafo (translation: “Let’s play together” in the Malinke language spoken in West Africa) is a djembe percussion ensemble comprised of some of Chicago’s most studied and gifted djembe and dunun professionals. This concert will feature six musicians led by the Chicago-based djembe virtuoso, Taylor.

 The performance is Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Student Center Cafeteria located in Building B on the west side of the Triton College Campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove. The event is free to attend and open to the community

 For more information, call (708) 437-6915, Ext. 3383 or email studentlife@triton.edu. For more information about Kaben Kafo, visitwww.holygoat.com/kabenkafo.html.

Triton’s LGBT Student Group ‘Common Ground’ Receives OPALGA Founders Award

Common Ground welcom-960x350 Emily-Mason

Triton College’s gay-straight alliance student group, Common Ground, and Oak Park-River Forest High School’s A Place for All received  the 2017 Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) Founders Award at this year’s annual scholarship fundraising gala. The gala took place at the Oak Park Carleton Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Common Ground faculty advisor Dr. Michael Rosanova says he is proud of accomplishments that members of the group have achieved because of the broad range of students that Triton educates.

“The irony is that the vast majority of LGBT support services have concentrated on four-year colleges and large universities rather than two-year community colleges like Triton where the need is greatest and the results are likely to have the greatest impact,” Dr. Rosanova said. “I am glad that OPALGA has chosen to honor the unique contribution and the true significance of Triton’s Common Ground.”

The OPALGA was founded in 1989 in order to encourage institutional change and to promote the community life of both LGBT neighbors and non-LGBT friends and allies in the Oak Park area. The OPALGA Scholarship Program has provided financial support to LGBT youth, LGBT allies, and to the children of LGBT families since 2012. Applicants for the OPALGA scholarship have come from high schools such as Oak Park-River Forest High School, Triton College, other colleges and professional training programs, including educational institutions with no formal support for LGBT students.

Triton College nursing student Emily Mason is among this year’s recipients of an OPALGA scholarship. Mason, a Proviso West Graduate, was selected to receive the scholarship after writing an essay focusing on the struggles she encountered in gaining acceptance from her family as a member of the LGBT community. Mason says the support she received from Triton College, particularly from members of Common Ground, helped her find success and happiness in both her academic and personal life.

“It gave me the opportunity to socialize with more individuals beyond the classroom, and it gave me confidence to help people understand that as individuals, your voice is everything,” Mason said. “There’s no such thing as wrong, so the best thing is to speak out, be verbal, be aware, and be positive in the community.”

Since 1997, OPALGA has awarded the OPAL (Oak Park Area Leadership) award to individuals and organizations that are considered worthy of recognition by OPALGA for their work in the community. In 2017, OPALGA changed the name of the award to the ‘OPALGA Founders Award in memory of Mel Wilson’ in order to honor the work of distinguished architect and LGBT activist Mel Wilson, who passed away earlier this year.

The theme for the Nov. 18 scholarship fundraiser is “Knowledge is Power”. Triton College’s Common Ground and Oak Park-River Forest High School’s A Place for All have served as pioneering gay-straight alliances which provide a safe space for LGBT students and non-LGBT friends to socialize, participate in community service projects, and experience the support and optimism that will help them realize their full potential. This year’s ‘OPALGA Founders Award in memory of Mel Wilson’ recognizes and applauds their empowerment of our youth.

Photo Captions:

1) (L-R) Common Ground faculty advisor Michael Rosanova, director of Student Services Johnny Urbina, Common Ground (formerly Triton Gay Straight Alliance) Tuni Mikli.

2) Triton College student Emily Mason, Bellwood, was chosen to receive an OPALGA scholarship.