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Triton College Welcomes Back Nursing Program Alumni

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, Triton College hosted its first Associate Degree Nursing (RN) alumni reception. Approximately 125 guests including alumni ranging from graduating classes of 1968-2008 had the opportunity to reconnect with their Triton roots.

Triton College President, Dr. Patricia Granados along with Health Careers Dean Susan Collins and Associate Degree Nursing Chairperson Joan Libner each addressed the alumni in attendance. "I'm so proud of our nursing program here at Triton," Granados said during her welcoming remarks. "When I'm out in the community, I often hear from those I speak to about how wonderful our nursing program is. It has a tremendous reputation and you as graduates helped make the program what it is."

In the spirit of the nursing profession, the reception was themed, "Nurturing Yourself for an Evening." The alumni and guests visited demo stations in creative cooking, personal fitness and massage. Triton Hospitality Industry Administration students provided a number of healthy cooking ideas. The nursing alumni received a list of easy fitness exercises from Triton's Health, Sport and Exercise Science Department. Finally, the North Suburban Physicians Group in Niles conducted a computerized spinal examination and massages.

But the night was about the nursing alumni reflecting on their Triton experience. Julie Reggi, a 1977 graduate who resides in Franklin Park, has worked for Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park for 36 years. Reggi has held several positions at the hospital and is now the research testing coordinator in Outpatient Services. "Living in the area, I pass the campus all the time and think about all the hours I spent and all the fun I had at Triton," Reggi said. "I met a lot of terrific people here and I'm grateful for the education I received from the college."

Fran Bender of Oak Park, switched careers at the age of 30 and graduated from the program in 1986. Bender has worked for St. Anthony's Hospital in Chicago for 24 years and moved up in the ranks to become a nurse practitioner after finishing among the top of her graduating class at Loyola University in 2006. "If it hadn't been for Triton, I would have never gotten started towards my career goals," Bender said. "I always tell people that literally it was the most important $1,200 I ever invested in my life."

For further information about Triton's Nursing Alumni Reception or the Triton College Alumni Association, please call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3291.

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