Campus Activities

Every attempt is made in campus activities to integrate students’ formal academic studies with personal experiences that are integral to the total learning experience.

Triton College Student Association

The Triton College Student Association (TCSA) is the umbrella organization for all of the student groups on campus and serves as the student government for the institution. Its purpose is to represent all students enrolled in a credit course at Triton College, approve allocation of Student Services fees, provide input on campus-wide student governance committees, establish the necessary framework for the implementation of activities for students and provide leadership for the student body.

The TCSA is made up of five executive officers and 25 student senators. Officer elections are held in April and Senate elections are held in September. To join a committee, contact the TCSA Office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3383. Meetings are open to the public and are held every Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. in the Senate Chambers, Room B-140 in the Student Center.

Program Board

The Program Board is responsible for programming student activities. The purpose of this organization is twofold: (1) to allow students an opportunity to take on a leadership role in a student activities programming capacity and exercise skill development via program planning; and (2) to provide a comprehensive program of cultural, educational and social activities for the student body of Triton College. The Program Board traditionally schedules a variety of events on campus including talent shows, the annual Corn Roast, Student Success Fest and other special events.

Applications to join the Program Board are available in the Office of Student Life, Room B-120 in the Student Center. For further information, contact the Program Board at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3512.

CampusNet

CampusNet is a committee made up of presidents from all of the student clubs on campus.

The purpose of CampusNet is threefold: (1) to provide a president’s network which acknowledges student leaders and sponsored events from the various student organizations recognized on Triton’s campus; (2) to provide leadership development training to student organization leaders; and (3) to provide a mechanism for recruitment and retention of membership for the student organizations represented.

CampusNet represents all the presidents/delegates of Triton’s clubs and organizations. Meetings are open to all students and are held during the first week of every month throughout the school year. For additional information, contact the Clubs and Organizations office at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3221.

Phi Theta Kappa

In 1918, the presidents of eight junior colleges for women in Missouri met to organize an honor society to recognize academic achievement. Patterned after Phi Beta Kappa, the historic and prestigious honor society for four-year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa’s initial letters (PTK) for the Greek words phrominmon, thuemos and katharotes mean wisdom, aspiration and purity.

The 70-plus years of Phi Theta Kappa history that provides this society with its unique identity, reached its most important milestone in 1929. In this year, the American Association of Junior Colleges (now the American Association of Community Colleges) recognized this organization as the official honor society of America’s two-year colleges.

Today, more than 60,000 students, initiated by more than 1,000 chapters located in all 50 states, U.S. territorial possessions and other world countries, provide an unprecedented growth, no longer limited to a national commitment but of international accord.

On the local level, chapters belong to regions composed of a single state or a group of states. With more than 50 chapters, Illinois represents itself as a single state region. Chi Zeta chapter at Triton College exemplifies the four hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service.

Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered a student must:

  1. be enrolled in an associate’s degree program;
  2. have completed at least 12 hours of course work in courses leading to the associate’s degree;
  3. have established a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

Students who have received an associate’s degree are encouraged to join the alumni PTK organization.

More information concerning Phi Theta Kappa may be found in the student handbook, or from the office of Student Life in Room B-120 or by calling (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3752.

Academic Co-Curricular Activities

The School of Arts and Sciences promotes a variety of student activities that support and extend the academic program. The student paper, The Fifth Avenue Journal, relies upon the work of students from mass communications, visual communications, creative writing and other areas. The Theater department offers four major productions each year. All students are welcome to audition or to work as technicians. Music faculty and students form the award-winning Triton Jazz Band, the Triton Community Concert Band and the Triton College Choir. Concerts and recitals are presented regularly. The Triton College Art Gallery features exhibitions of student, faculty, community and professional artists.

In the social sciences, Triton offers participation in two unique programs, Model Illinois Government (MIG) and Model United Nations (MUN). Students are selected to participate on a competitive basis. MUN gathers students from around the nation and world to simulate the deliberations of the UN for a full week at UN Headquarters in New York. MIG gathers more than 200 students from around Illinois in Springfield to simulate the functioning of the Legislature.

In the sciences, Triton sponsors the Science Lecture Series. Two times each semester, prominent scientists and educators are invited to speak on their research and interests to students, faculty and staff.

Arts and Sciences also sponsors poetry readings and a poetry competition in the English department.

Cernan Earth and Space Center

The Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College is a unique and exciting place for persons of all ages. The facility houses a 100-seat dome theater, a Space Hall with exhibits on space exploration and astronomy, and the Star Store gift shop.

The Cernan Center is equipped to present a variety of innovative multimedia planetarium programs and exciting laser light shows. These programs are presented to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Triton College students (with a current semester I.D.) are admitted to programs at a discount rate.

For more information, call the Cernan Earth and Space Center at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372. For current program information, call (708) 583-3100, or visit the Web site at: www.triton.edu/cernan.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Triton College Athletic department welcomes all interested students to take part in intercollegiate athletics. All students must be full time and meet GPA requirements in order to qualify. The following sports are offered as part of the athletic program:

 

Men’s

Women’s

 

Baseball

Basketball

 

Basketball

Softball

 

Soccer

Soccer

 

Wrestling

Volleyball

 

Track & Field

Track & Field

Triton’s athletic teams are nationally recognized throughout the country. It continues this strong tradition by winning championships, developing All-Americans and placing its student-athletes at four-year universities. As a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (Region IV), Triton gives its athletes the opportunity to challenge the nation’s top athletic programs.

For more information on any of these sports, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3784, or visit the Athletic Office in Room R-202 on the east campus.

Recreational Activities

Swimming Pool and Fitness Center—The Triton College swimming pool is available for class credit or for personal fitness through enrolling in PED 108. The indoor pool is a six-lane, 25-yard pool. The Fitness Center can be used through a class (PED 106◊) and features a full Super Circuit of Universal variable resistance equipment. The Fitness Center also includes high-tech Trotter equipment, stairmasters, treadmills, a recumbent bike and a Concept II rower, backed by an indoor track. These facilities are located in the Robert M. Collins Center.