Tag: Triton College

Triton College Purchases Former Driving Range Property In Melrose Park

Sunday, December 31, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured: The entrance to the former Golfland driving range, which was recently purchased by Triton for $3.6 million. | Flickr/Katherine of Chicago 

A former golf practice range in Melrose Park is now part of Triton College after the college’s Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to purchase the land in November for $3.6 million.

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Triton Touts Over $1M in Grants

Monday, November 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: An geoengineering professional at work. One grant Triton received will fund a scholarship program for students interested in the field. | Menard Oceania 

Since October, Triton College has announced a succession of large grants that will fund initiatives both on and off of the college’s River Grove campus.

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Triton Prof’s Film on Girls in STEM Makes TV Premiere

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Risé Sanders Weir, whose film recently premiered on WTTW. | Photos submitted 

When Oak Park filmmaker Risé Sanders Weir started working on a documentary exploring some of the social obstacles keeping young women from going into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at a similar rate to men, it was 2012 — a different world in terms of gender politics.

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Education Leaders from Guangzhou, China Visit Triton College

Thursday, August 31, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Dr. Sue Campos, the dean of Triton College’s Health Careers and Public Service programs, leads a group of educators from Guangzhou, China on a tour of Triton’s Health and Sciences building on August 29. | Submitted photo

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Artwork of Local Proviso Students Featured in Community Exhibits

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Artwork created by one of numerous Proviso Township High Schools students on display during Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Black History Month Exhibition. | Proviso Township High Schools District 209 

Proviso student artworkMonday, March 13, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

[Proviso Township High Schools District 209] Proviso East and PMSA artists had their work represented in two community art exhibits this past month.

The Triton College Annual High School Show and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s Black History Month exhibition. Triton College, in River Gove, held their reception on Feb. 15. Proviso East had 27 participants, including:

Jala Reid, Cynthia Perra, Amari Johnson, Dominique Wallace, Javonte Dunbar, Kurt Sturgill, Daria Maritnez, Zahory Verdin, Chastity Williams, Jared Charo, Nayelli Mendoza Palomares, Jocelyn Gonzales, Elvin Cortez, Fatima Morales, Brian Barraza, Kevin Stoletto, Jonathan Reyes, Lillian Lopez, Kianna Walker, Gerrund Caffie, Gregorio Velazquez, Andy Miranda, Isabel Saucedo, Keisha Hood, Celeste Loya, Emmy Carpena and Leila Tellez.

PMSA had 10 participants: Elena Buenrostro, Jailene Mireles , Justin Blaylock, Ariadna Perez-Davila, Cynthia Suaste, Nyah Peaches, Lucas Rosa, Melanie Hernandez, Jennifer Orozco and Van Ma.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine hosted an artwork contest with the theme, “Aspire to equality and justice.”

The students who participated in the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Student Art Contest were from Maywood and surrounding areas.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, a reception honoring the exhibiting artists was held at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine where their art was displayed. Many students from Proviso East and PMSA submitted their artwork.

The following Proviso East High School artists participated in the artwork contest:

Kiana Walker, Jay’lan Crout, Gerrund Caffie, Gregorio Velazquez, Malcome Ross, Brian Barraza, LaDashia Fields, Laura Avila, Kennedy Jackson and Nya Mitchell.

Marcia La Porte, Fine Arts and World Languages department chair, stated, “We are all very proud of our students’ hard work and dedication to their own creative process. We appreciate these local opportunities to showcase the finished product.”

La Porte also thanked visual arts instructors at Proviso East High School, who include Allison Hardiman, Daphne Hill, and Felicity Rich. VFP

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Proviso East Grad Eugene Cernan, Last Man to Moonwalk, Dead at 82


Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon, died today at 82. | Photos: nasa.gov and Wikipedia

cernan-oldMonday, January 16, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Eugene Cernan, the 11th, and so far, last man to walk on the Moon, died today at a hospital in Houston. He was 82 years old.

Cernan, who grew up Maywood and Bellwood, and attended Proviso East High School, was an officer in the U.S. Navy, an engineer and a fighter pilot. As an astronaut, he traveled to space three times from 1966 to 1972.

“Cernan concluded his historic space exploration career as commander of the last human mission to the moon in December 1972,” according to an obituary on Nasa’s website. “En route to the moon, the crew captured an iconic photo of the home planet, with an entire hemisphere fully illuminated — a ‘whole Earth’ view showing Africa, the Arabian peninsula and the south polar ice cap. The hugely popular photo was referred to by some as the ‘Blue Marble, a title in use for an ongoing series of NASA Earth imagery.”


“Cernan and crewmate Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt completed three highly successful excursions to the nearby craters and the Taurus-Littrow mountains, making the moon their home for more than three days,” Nasa wrote. “As he left the lunar surface, Cernan said, ‘America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.'”

The Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College was named after the famous astronaut and native son. VFP


Triton Professor to Debut Award-Winning Documentary at Siskel Center on Jan. 21


Badlands National Park in South Dakota, which is the backdrop of Triton College professor Seth McClellan’s award-winning documentary, “Little Wound’s Warriors.” | Below: Seth McCellan || Photos submitted  

seth-mcclellanFriday, January 13, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Filmmaker Seth McClellan remembers the first time he took a trip to Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It was during a winter of his childhood.

“That’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been,” said McClellan, of the park’s jagged terrain, during a recent phone interview.

“It’s stunning,” he said. “The stark, vivid composition is just gorgeous. It was awe-inspiring and it’s always been a lifelong dream for me to return there.”

The park’s terrifying beauty backdrops McClellan’s 2016 documentary, “Little Wound’s Warriors,” which will have its Chicago debut at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center on Jan. 21. Last year, the film won the Best Public Service Award at the 2016 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco — the oldest Native American film festival in the world.

“A big part of what we did with this film is solicit a lot of feedback from our interview subjects and community members, so it wasn’t just another white guy swooping in and creating poverty tourism, essentially,” McClellan said.

The film is about the Lakota Sioux Native Americans who live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is located just south of Badlands, in the park’s shadows. McClellan said that when he visited the national park as a child, his knowledge of the reservation was contoured by the limits of American history.

“Like most Americans, you’re sort of aware of that stuff in the background, but you don’t really appreciate it,” the filmmaker said, of the reservation’s existence. “The big point of the movie is to show what taking these people’s land actually did to them. I wanted to show how the genocide that made America prosperous actually worked out for the victims of it.”

McClellan shot the film over 12 days last winter. He had been drawn to Pine Ridge after a friend of his, Mark Hetzel, who is also the film’s co-producer, told him about an outbreak of suicide among teenage girls that had happened on the reservation the previous winter. Hetzel had been teaching at Little Wound High School, located on the reservation, since 2014.


Between December 2014 and May 2015, nine people between 12 and 24 years old committed suicide at Pine Ridge, according to a New York Times article published at the time. Within that same span of time, more than 100 people within that age range attempted suicide.

“We started asking why this was happening and I got really curious,” said McClellan, who added that, as with many residents of rural, impoverished reservations, the Pine Ridge Lakota suffer from high rates of alcoholism, generational poverty and violence.

“I wanted to know the causes and what makes girls that young do that,” he said. “The most basic conclusion is that it’s all rooted in genocide”

McClellan, a mass communications professor at Triton College, has directed or co-produced other documentaries, including “King in Chicago” (2008) and “Chicago Heights” (2009), that are all oriented in social justice struggles. “Little Wound’s Warriors,” the filmmaker said, follows a well-worn path for him.

“My other films deal with social justice and race, because we have to do a better job of understanding what causes cultural and personal dysfunction like the suicide epidemic at Pine Ridge or the murder epidemic in Chicago,” McClellan said. “We can’t get there without really understanding the context. Where did the narrative go wrong for people?”

McClellan said that, compounded with the generational effects of genocide, the Native Americans of Pine Ridge also suffered from cultural forgetting.

“If you rip people out of their culture and don’t let them have a cultural narrative or personal story — we didn’t just slaughter the Indians, we rounded them up, took all their land, forbade them from speaking their language and from practicing their traditional ceremonies, we even took their kids away from them and put them in Christian schools — if you do all those kinds of things it doesn’t come out well.”

The film, however, is more than the sum of that genocidal history, McClellan said. By the time he had wrapped up shooting, he was hopeful — even a bit jealous.

“I went out there thinking I’d kind of feel sorry for these people and I left feeling envious, because of the kind of culture and tradition they’re reconnecting with,” McClellan said. “On the reservation, the young people are really finding who they are — they’re reconnecting with their language, their heritage and their traditional ceremonies.”

To purchase tickets to the Jan. 21 screening of “Little Big Wound’s Warriors,” click here. VFP

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