Issue No.6          February 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.

Message from the Provost

Mihaela-Tanasescu_250x250.jpgAs 2017 begins, I would like to let everyone know that our continued focus on academic quality is in full swing. I will refer here to our course enhancement, the outcome dashboards, and the teaching excellence award, but there are many more elements to Trident’s focus on quality. To enable students to visualize difficult concepts and procedures, more videos and exercises are now included in our courses. Faculty members curate and integrate digital resources. Most of this material is provided in multimedia with interactive components to foster student engagement and enhance learning and the student experience. We continuously evaluate new pedagogies and learning methodologies.

Another area of continuous focus is making it possible for faculty and administration to quickly assess student needs and engage in improving outcomes. To this end, we continue to improve Trident’s dashboards dedicated to course success, persistence, and graduation. Also, we are pleased to continue our Teaching Excellence Award tradition. Its objective is to provide an opportunity for students to nominate faculty based on their classroom experience. Faculty recipients are awarded based on strong commitment to quality teaching and learning, and the use of effective and innovative practices. Since its inception there have been three faculty members who received the award: Dr. Kenneth Cromer, Dr. Mark Pieffer, and Dr. Robert Touro.

Quality and successful student outcomes are at the core of our work. Thank you to all those who make it possible to continue on this path and please continue to provide us with support and input.


Trident in the Community

Join Trident at any of the following events in your local community: 
  • 2/25 - Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base – Race on the Base Expo  | Contact:

Trident Military Assistance Center

It was a busy holiday season for the Trident Military Assistance Center, as we continued our efforts to support our service members, their families, and our veterans.

On December 9, 2017, the TMAC participated in an Operation Gratitude event held in Cypress, CA. Letters for deployed service members, veterans, new recruiters, and our first responders were collected from our staff, faculty, local community, and our students and alumni throughout the nation.

On December 10-14, TMAC Leader Esmeralda Silva, VP of Strategic Alliances and Outreach Services, and Regional Manager Deena Mullins supported Snowball Express families by providing educational opportunities information which included scholarship options to the families of our fallen heroes.

The TMAC Leadership, Outreach and Partnership team, along with President Travis Allen also shipped holiday packages to deployed soldiers from the 14th HRSC out of Fort Bragg.

In February 2017, the Trident Military Assistance Center will donate $20 per person for the first 25 Trident employees to register for the Race on the Base event at Joint Base Los Alamitos.

Academic Spotlight

Explore Trident University’s Human Resource Management Programs
  • 100% aligned with SHRM guidelines and curriculum
  • Regional accreditation – WASC Senior College and University Commission
  • 100% online
  • HRM course taught by HR practitioners/scholars
  • Programs designed for busy SHRM members who want an advanced degree
Here is a list of the Human Resource Management programs offered at Trident University:
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management (BSHRM)
    • 120 credits
    • Building HR skills course by course
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM)
    • 36 credits
    • Quickly establishing master-level, critical thinking skills
  • Human Resource Management Certificate
    • Learn the tools and techniques to apply a strategic approach to HR through the completion of only four HRM courses.
See the Trident University Catalog for full descriptions of all program course offerings.

Trident in the News

Trident University International Named To Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly® Schools List
Trident University Supports Military Children’s Charity For Second Year
Trident University Honors Military Members and First Responders 
Dean’s List Fall 2016 Session
Class of 2013
“I live in Davenport, Florida with my beautiful wife and three children. I am a graduate of Trident University in Business Administration and a graduate of the Harvard University Business Mentor Program."
Michael McKenna, BSBA 
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Sergio joined Trident University in September 2014. Sergio is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree at Trident University. Sergio is committed to student success and values providing outstanding service to our veterans.
Sergio Marquez, Financial Aid Manager 
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"Prior to teaching, I held corporate marketing management positions at architectural and engineering firms in the Philadelphia area and worked with various companies such as IBM, Merck, AT&T, DuPont, Delta Airlines and other Fortune 500 companies."
Dr. Konya Cipul Weber, Part-time Faculty 
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Career Center Corner

Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who take advantage of others in a variety of ways including employment opportunities. A recent article on outlines such a scam and we wanted to make sure you are aware and cautious.

The Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies screens opportunities provided to the center prior to placing them in the Virtual Career Center (VCC), so you can be assured that the opportunities you find in the Symplicity VCC are legitimate. But none-the-less, we encourage you to be cautious when applying to job opportunities. Please take time to read the information below and remember; if it seems suspicious, then it may well be. The information can be read on

Students Fall Prey to Employment Scam
College students across the country are taking the bait on an employment scam that gives scammers access to their bank accounts, according to an announcement from the FBI.

The scammers send out emails and post advertisements for job openings, typically recruiting students to take on administrative positions. During the hiring process, students are told they need to purchase certain equipment or supplies for the new job, and the “employer” will send a counterfeit check to reimburse them for the materials. After the student deposits the check, they are asked to send a portion of the money from their checking account to a third party.

The FBI included several examples of the email instructions from scammers in its public service announcement.

  • "You will need some materials/software and also a time tracker to commence your training and orientation and also you need the software to get started with work. The funds for the software will be provided for you by the company via check. Make sure you use them as instructed for the software and I will refer you to the vendor you are to purchase them from, okay."
  • "I have forwarded your start-up progress report to the HR Dept. and they will be facilitating your start-up funds with which you will be getting your working equipment from vendors and getting started with training."
  • "Enclosed is your first check. Please cash the check, take $300 out as your pay, and send the rest to the vendor for supplies."

After a student completes all of these steps, the results can be damaging -- they would need to reimburse the bank for the amount of the counterfeit checks, their bank account could be closed, their credit score could drop and they could be vulnerable to identity theft after divulging personal information to the scammers.

The FBI is encouraging students to report suspicious emails to their institution’s IT department and the FBI. The bureau also advises students never to accept a job that asks them to deposit or wire money. (Tate, 2017)

Upcoming Events:

February 8th – Cool Tools #7 11:30 AM/PT
February 22nd – Thriving as a Remote Employee 11:30 AM/PT 
March 29th - Virtual Career Fair 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM/PT


Alumni Community

Trident is excited to offer our Alumni community an exclusive opportunity to obtain their next degree with less out of pocket expense! The Trident Alumni Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate alumni who wish to pursue either the Master of Arts in Education (MAED) or the Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHLS) degree programs. Scholarship recipients receive $300 towards each course!

What are the requirements for the scholarship? Alumni must:

  • Be a Trident University Graduate: 
    • Undergraduate/graduate program graduates advancing to a MSHLS or MAED graduate program 
    • Have academic records verified that they are a Trident Alumni
  • Meet Trident University admission policies
  • Submit a signed TAS Acceptance Form to with the subject line: TAS Scholarship  
    • Submissions must be made a minimum of 3 business days prior to the start of the session

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, download and submit your application today!