Issue No.12         August 2017

Trident University International provides an exceptional online educational experience for its students – diverse adult learners including current and former members of the military family.
Adhering to the highest standards of academic excellence, faculty and staff foster a learning community where students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills to enhance their lives and advance their careers.


Trident's 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, July 22, 2017 was the best day of the year at Trident. We hosted close to 2,000 family and friends while celebrating 307 graduates at the 2017 Trident Commencement. Over 1,300 more people were able to join us via the livestream broadcast! The ceremony was held at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts which is the premier arts center in Orange County, California.
Beyond the spectacular venue, we were honored to have the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chief of Staff (SEAC), SGT John Wayne Troxell as our keynote speaker. SEAC SFC William "Joe" Gainey (Retired), who was the first to be appointed to the SEAC position, introduced SEAC SGT Troxell. Both SEAC SGT Troxell and SEAC SFC Gainey (Retired) are Trident alumni, so there was a clear understanding of how hard each graduate had worked to attain a Trident degree. The highlight of SEAC SGT Troxell's speech, was a story he told when he was in SEAC SFC Gainey's (Retired) platoon, SEAC SGT Troxell explained that they were on a long run and he was having a difficult time keeping up. SEAC SFC Gainey (Retired) told SEAC SGT Troxell, “You have two choices, keep up, or choose to die right now.”
It made me think how much stronger our society would be if those values were more commonly shared by parents, teachers, and civic leaders. One certainly does not become the most Senior Enlisted person in the Department of Defense without learning to overcome hard things. I would argue success in any profession or cause is directly linked to the individual or team's ability to overcome what is difficult and not to accept excuses or to give up. We hear many stories from our own students about overcoming tough situations to achieve their own educational goals and dreams. Those stories inspire us every day.
The ceremony was a huge success, and while many Trident faculty and staff were exhausted from all the work leading into it, the commitment to help more graduates achieve their educational goals was strengthened and reinforced our purpose, to help our students go further than they thought possible!
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! You are Trident Strong!
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Trident in the Community

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Trident Military Assistance Center is proud to Announce the Military Success Scholarship Pilot Program

Trident University has a long-standing commitment to serve and educate members of the US Armed Services. On behalf of Trident’s Leadership team, we are excited to announce that we are piloting the Military Success Scholarship (MSS) Program, which is for all eligible undergraduate Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services. We believe that this scholarship will help our service members continue to stay enrolled in school. This scholarship is awarded based on students’ academic progress and persistence to complete their undergraduate degree. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Currently serving U.S. Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members
  • Currently enrolled in a Trident undergraduate program
  • Meet Trident admission requirements
  • You must enroll in and successfully complete 16 semester credits (successful completion is defined as receiving a passing grade per the University catalog requirement) in the current military fiscal year (October 2016-September 2017)
    • Courses that receive scholarship must be taken within same military fiscal year
    • When you are enrolled in any course above the fourth course for the military fiscal year (October 2016-September 2017), a $500 scholarship will be applied to tuition of those course(s)
    • This scholarship expires at the end of the current military fiscal year (9/30/17)
    • Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or better
  • You must remain continuously enrolled or have an approved break in enrollment (Leave of Absence). Please note if you go on a Leave of Absence, which runs through new military fiscal year, you will not be eligible for scholarship from previous military fiscal year.
  • The MSS cannot be combined with other Trident University scholarships
Award Amount
  • Scholarships begin with the August 2017 session. Any courses taken prior to August 2017 cannot be awarded the scholarship.
  • Awards at the undergraduate level will be $500 per course
  • Awards will be applied towards any course(s) taken above the fourth course within the current military fiscal year (October 2016-September 2017)

Please contact TMAC if you have questions:

Academic Spotlight

New students begin their degree program with the Trident University Experience (TUX), which is Trident’s introduction to life as an undergraduate student. TUX is designed to teach you more about yourself and your future coursework by including assignments that help you:
  • Analyze your learning style
  • Discover the right career fit
  • Set goals and plan your educational path
  • Develop writing and math skills through interactive preparatory workshops
  • Learn how to accomplish research required by your degree program
At Trident, you will have immediate access to academic excellence. Through our 8-week sessions, we provide monthly start dates so students are able to enroll in and complete the general education courses they need on their own schedule.

You can enroll as a non-degree seeking student and get started on your education today! Should you choose to pursue your degree with Trident University, general education credit earned as a non-degree student may be applied towards your future coursework.

Trident in the News

Trident University International Introduces SAS Joint Certificate in Business Analytics
Dean’s List Spring 2017 Session
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Dr. Simcha Pollard, Vice President of Strategic Analytics & Operations
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Prairie Markussen taught English to Korean high school students for one year,  this experience set the wheels in motion for her to pursue teaching as a career.
Prairie Markussen, Part-time Faculty - University College
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Dr. Mark Woodhull has over 40 years of experience in the government, corporate, and academia sectors.
Dr. Mark Woodhull, Alumni  Class of 2011 / 2006
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The Seven C's of Leadership

by David Byrum
As we sail the seas of the world the waters maybe calm, turbulent, and daunting. Our emotions may be a mix of excitement, anxiety, and drive. The world we are now in is deep, unknown, and changing. The environment is sometimes clear, at other times cloudy, and on occasion stormy.
The parallels to our journey as a leader are uncanny and there is a great deal of literature out there about what makes a great leader. Having worked with Australia’s top leadership teams and by leveraging Human Synergistics’ 40 years’ worth of culture and leadership data, I would like to share with you a few simple tips to guide you on your leadership journey.
The first is Confidence - “Confident leaders know who they are and most importantly what they can and can’t control.”
There will always be barriers that will hinder self-confidence and make you feel like you are not good enough, but a good start is to follow these tips:
  • Believe in your abilities and those of your team
  • Set achievable goals and don’t declare victory too early
  • Never appoint blame or neglect to anticipate setbacks or be overconfident
  • Be responsible for your own actions
Make Connections - “Developing real connections with people is the key to unlocking strong relationships.”
Strong and effective connections are a key for leaders to engage their people and develop a team willing to work together to achieve organizational goals. Some potential actions to support your journey as a leader are:
  • Trust your team and be open with them
  • Be respectful and embrace differences
  • Be accountable
  • Ensure roles are clear
  • Leave your ego at the door
Deliver messages with Clarity - “Never assume your team know what is in your head.”
A common mistake made by leaders is confusing clarity with transparency. Transparency means to be open -- about organizational choices, about the intended impact. However, clarity provides insight and direction into those decisions. There is a subtle but pivotal difference. Great leaders know clarity is the ‘why’ and they are not afraid to share it. To provide clarity as a leader, think about establishing the following:
  • Clear objectives
  • Establish a plan
  • Diagnose and commit to change
  • Understand the issue and set clear priorities
  • Solve problems, make decisions and manage risk
  • Create accountability for self and clarify for others
  • Provide and receive feedback
Challenge yourself - “Challenge yourself, others and the status quo.”
One of the ways great leaders challenge themselves is by looking at the world though a lens of opportunity rather than one of problems. They push themselves beyond their comfort zone, knowing that it is okay to fail. Challenge yourselves to:
  • Move out of your comfort zone – give and ask for feedback
  • Be assertive – not aggressive
  • Ask questions. It is the best way to develop and grow others
  • Step-up and lead as a guide from the side
  • Ask yourself what is going to challenge me? And do it.
Look for creative solutions - “The world is always changing. Creativity comes from exploring that change.”
Leaders need to recognize the world is a dynamic and living thing. Be open to changes and explore possibilities as coming up with a creative solution is a hallmark of effective leadership. Have the passion and conviction to celebrate in the moment. As a leader consider the following:
  • Embrace successes and failures as you can learn from both
  • Identify what would improve the effectiveness of all your stakeholders
  • Explore options that would disrupt your business model
  • Ask yourself what the solution would look like 100 years from now
Show care - “People follow those who genuinely care.”
Leaders care. Before a word is spoken they demonstrate this through body language. Effective leaders know how to be empathetic and acknowledge the distinctions between apathy, empathy, and sympathy. Leaders who care grow, develop, challenge and encourage their teams and themselves. Showing care can be achieved by:
  • Understanding the personal motivations of your team
  • Being a leader, colleague and friend
  • Providing opportunities that grow and challenge
  • Actively listening to and involving others
  • Be open to the unknown by asking questions
Have courage - “Be courageous, despite fear.”Courage is about perseverance not bravery, and it doesn’t always mean you have to be first out of the box, as it also takes courage to be the first to follow. The best way to find your inner courage is to:
  • Be yourself
  • Explore something new
  • Be open, when you are normally closed
  • Seek to be involved and involve others
Effective leaders are naturals when it comes to implementing the Seven C’s. However, they also know to be a great or inspirational leader they must continuously strive to work on themselves. Implementing the Seven C’s means being confident in their own and their team’s abilities, connecting and respecting one another, being clear about why and how they plan to achieve organizational goals, challenging openly, looking for creative solutions, showing they care and having the courage to be themselves. Great leaders know, if they do this they are offering their best to their team and organization.
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Alumni Community

For the second year in a row, Trident University’s Alumni Association hosted an Open House the day before Graduation at Trident’s Campus in Cypress, CA. Trident welcomed over 200 guests to the event, as they came together in celebration of one another’s accomplishments.

Graduation day often goes by too quickly, and the Open House allowed Graduates who traveled far and wide to attend Commencement, the opportunity to celebrate with their Trident family one additional day. With smiles on everyone’s faces, Graduates migrated between informational booths set up by each department; visited the faculty meet and greet area, took pictures in the photo booth, played games, entered raffles, had their face painted, enjoyed appetizers and cake and even took a campus tour.

Graduates most importantly enjoyed meeting with the individuals who supported them throughout their academic journey. After years of speaking to one another via email, phone and webcam; had the opportunity to meet face to face and revel in their accomplished. There really is nothing better.

The University looks forward to making the Graduation Open House an annual tradition that all future Graduates can enjoy. If you attended this year’s Open House and have feedback or recommendations, please email