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    Alumni show pride in Triton and its growth at family picnic

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    It was a warm and wonderful day for fun and reconnecting at Triton College’s Alumni Family Picnic on June 14 in the Botanical Gardens. More than 150 people came out to the event that celebrates Triton’s alumni as ambassadors of the institution while providing an opportunity for alums to stay connected to Triton and each other.

    “The Alumni Family Picnic is a great opportunity to showcase our growing campus and our growing Alumni Association,” said Alumni Relations Director Lisa Scalessi. “Our alumni and their families are part of the legacy of Triton College, so we welcome every opportunity to recognize and reconnect with them on our campus.”

    The family-friendly event included a scavenger hunt, face painting, bingo, and a bags tournament, in addition, to a stilt walker who entertained families with juggling and balloon animals.

    Carolina Castaneda attended the event with her two young children and friend. Castaneda recently graduated with an associate degree in Management. “I like that Triton always has events like this going on,” she said. “You never know who you’re going to network with at these events. Plus, I like that it keeps you connected to the college.”

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    “It’s always great to have our alumni back on our campus,” said Triton College President Dr. Patricia Granados. “A lot of our alumni have been curious to know about our renovation plans that they see happening on our campus. They like coming back and seeing how our campus is growing.”

    Triton College 2014 graduate Sheila Harris, for one, is proud to see the campus grow. “I’ve watched Triton grow and get better and better as time goes by,” she said. “It’s wonderful that they offer great events like this that shows that.”

    Julie A. Andrews and her daughter Fanita Tipper make up two-thirds of three generations of Triton graduates. The mother and daughter attended the “inspirational affair” to show their support of the college, of which they credit for receiving a quality education toward their prospering careers in nursing.

    “When my daughter received her degree and was part of clinicals with Loyola graduates, her knowledge in the field surpassed the Loyola graduates,” Andrews said.

    “I learned a lot about nursing from Triton, and the teachers here want you to be successful,” Tipper added. “And my daughter also received a wonderful education here. It’s a top-notch school.”

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