Triton hits the target to engage Criminal Justice Alumni at reception
Triton College alumni of the Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) programs reconnected over laser target practice at the Criminal Justice Alumni Reception on Dec. 1 held on Triton’s campus.
Bringing an innovative and interactive approach to the reception, alumni networked and learned about the progress of Triton’s current CJA program through a tour, presentation and a laser target practice station that highlighted a teaching tool utilized in several firearms-focused courses at the college.
Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados welcomed alumni, which included an alumnus from 1969 – the first graduating criminal justice class at Triton – to 2011 graduates. “We look forward to providing opportunities like this to engage our alumni and hope that you will continue to stay connected with one another and to Triton, as we recognize and commend the successful growth of our Criminal Justice program,” she said.
Antoinette Baldin, the dean of the School of Business and Technology, stated that the CJA program is currently the largest career program at Triton with 1,100 students and is anticipating the continued success of the program. She also invited the alumni in attendance to serve as guest speakers, advisory committee members and in various other capacities as a service to Triton.
Department Coordinator John Augustine provided examples of current successes of the program, including its outreach to local high schools with their forensics camp, the addition of a new faculty member and the upcoming expansion of the program with the development of new certificates.
Alumni of Triton’s CJA program serve the college’s surrounding district in a variety of capacities, including elected officials, police chiefs, crime authors, private investigators and speakers. Notable alumni in attendance included 28th District State Senator John Millner (R-Carol Stream; 1974 Triton graduate); Joseph Kozenczak (1970), former chief of police in Des Plaines and author of The Chicago Killer, which delves into the investigation of Chicago area serial killer John Wayne Gacy; Elmwood Park Chief of Police Frank Fagiano (2000); Tom Braglia (1974), a CJA adjunct faculty member and former Elmwood Park chief of police; and CJA faculty member and 46th District State Representative Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst).
Alumni at the event remarked that they truly enjoyed the evening and looked forward to future opportunities to reconnect with fellow Triton alumni. Many alumni also enjoyed having an opportunity to reflect on the impact a Triton education has had on their lives. Ron Granger, 1969 alumnus, recalled his earliest classes at Triton which were held at West Leyden High School and in a converted apartment on Grand Avenue. He commented on how several people he met while a student had influenced him greatly and how Triton provided a good start to a 32 year career in law enforcement. The successful group of alumni at the Criminal Justice reception is proof that the program will produce many more leaders in law enforcement and the community for years to come.
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