Issue No.17         January 2018

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-Dean.jpgMessage from the Dean 

by Dr. Mickey Shachar, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services
The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) has focused in 2017 on the restructuring of its academic programs to be more competitive and to shorten students’ time to graduation. The main change is that each program would have a no-concentration degree plan with a base of core courses that would encompass the academic and professional skill competencies required in the discipline. Students who wish to specialize will have professional concentrations to choose from. News from and updates to the programs:
Our Homeland Security (HLS) Programs (BSHLS & MSHLS) - under Dr. Rudolph Bustos, have demonstrated wonderful growth that exceeded even our own conservative forecasts! Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM) of natural disasters was developed and incorporated as a specialty concentration under the HLS programs at both levels, to complete and complement the program.
The Health Administration Department - under Dr. Gayl Anglin, has launched the new Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA) degree program, to augment the current Master program, and in 2018 we will see additional launches of BSHA concentrations.
Dr. Rolena Stephenson, Department Chair of Health Sciences, has led the restructuring of the BSHS programs to be competitive and allow graduates of the bachelor concentrations to apply specific credits earned at Trident towards their future master programs (see Trident Catalog for details).
Last, but surely not least is our Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (Ph.D. HS) degree program, headed by Dr. Traci Marin who joined Trident and the College in 2017, bringing with her a wealth of experience in professional academic research in the health field. The Ph.D. program has been revamped to allow able and dedicated students to complete their degree within 4-5 years.
All in all, an amazing academic feat accomplished in the past year, that could only have happened with the continuous pursuit of academic quality and an ongoing educational commitment by our dedicated college team of faculty.
We look forward to see our current students graduate with knowledge and skills for life, and to embrace and lead new students in the coming 2018 year.

Trident in the Community

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Military Experience

Get a Good Hold on the REINS of Your Transition: Part 3 – The Interview
The next concept to take hold of in the REINS (Resume, Education, Interview, Networking, and Service) of transition discussion is the Interview.
I was considering transitioning to retirement a few years ago and felt I was prepared for an interview with a company who flew me out to TN for the interview. I used to teach interview skills to high school students, so I was pretty sure I knew what I was doing.
I really was killing it during the interview and felt the three-member panel eating out of my hands. I was a CSM at the time, and the board panel was a 2LT and 2 retired Army Master Sergeants. The final question of the interview was ‘what is your expected salary?’ I was not prepared for this question.
I told them that my salary was public information, then commenced to insult them by stating that I didn’t want to work for a company that intended to supplement my retirement pay with a half salary to keep me at my current rate, but instead wanted to be paid what I was worth on the open market. Needless to say, my worth on the open market was zero to them at that point, because the position was a set salary range (like most civilian positions), and I knew the range. It was the most humiliating response (for all of us) I could have come up with and I am still embarrassed about it today.
The point of the story is PREPARE and PRACTICE. Research the organization you’re going to interview with, know what they do, how they do it, and know their vision, mission, and values. Be honest in the interview but be prepared. There are several difficult questions to be especially prepared for. “Tell us about yourself?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how do you overcome your weaknesses?” (I actually once had someone I was interviewing argue that they didn’t have ANY weaknesses - we ended the interview there), and “What are your salary expectations?” Be prepared for these and practice them with someone who will be honest with you. There is no magical interview formula, but these key points should help you navigate the waters of the interview. See you next month when we’ll talk about Networking.

Student Experience

New Recognition Program – Trident Triples
by Christina Hoang and Kendra Temple
When a student has a great experience at their college, they often progress into another degree at the same university. Trident University continues to strengthen our community through new initiatives and programs that improve the student experience and recognizes those who have worked hard to achieve accomplishments personally, professionally, and academically.
Our newest recognition program at Trident is called the Trident Triples, which highlights alumni who have earned three degrees or more at Trident. Each January, Trident will identify and reach out to our newest Graduates joining this exclusive group and will work to highlight them in the Alumni section of the website, in our Newsletter, and on our Blog. The Trident Triples are alumni who have:
  •  Gold Level: Completed a degree at each program level
  •  Silver Level: Completed a bachelor and two more masters
Look out for our featured Triple Grad profiles throughout 2018! We hope to have many of you join this exclusive group in the years to come.
Trident Strong!

Academic Spotlight

Earn an Associate of Science Degree in Professional Studies from Trident University!
With our fully online college degree program, you will enjoy convenience and flexibility as you:
    • Prepare for entry-level management positions in business, industry, and the non-profit sector.
    • Use technological tools in the learning process in a professional field of study.
    • Apply existing knowledge from a multidisciplinary context to make optimal real-world decisions.
    • Make decisions in accordance with ethical principles.
    • Interpret quantitative information in a field of study.
    • Recognize diversity, and historic, artistic and literary expressions.
    • Collaborate with dedicated and attentive faculty.
In the online Associate of Science in Professional Studies program, you will become prepared to manage and effect positive change within organizations and systems. The Trident Learning Model emphasizes learning that is structured on case-based approach to ensure your education is well-suited for the real world.
Students entering this program will transfer between 15 and 28 credits from a completed professional certificate, diploma, or from a military occupation or rating. The credits remaining after the General Education and Capstone courses are completed must be satisfied through free electives to bring the total degree credits to 60 Semester Hours. The student’s exact number of free electives required will be determined at the time that the transfer credit evaluation is completed by the Registrar’s Office.

Trident in the News

Trident University International Introduces Associate’s Degree Program
Trident University Information Technology Department Chair Publishes Book Chapter
Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY recently appointed Dr. Whitney as the director and founding chair of a proposed masters-level occupational therapy program, as well as an associate professor of occupational therapy.
Dr. Rondalyn Whitney, Alumni - Class of 2011 
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Dr. Pollard provides leadership and direction for the degree programs, and is responsible for all matters relating to faculty affairs, curriculum development and improvement, and student retention and success in both Colleges.
Dr. Simcha "Stephen" Pollard, VP of Strategic Analytics & Operations
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Dr. Leon Jablow is a retired U.S Navy Officer and current business executive and consultant.He served in the U.S. Navy for more than 20 years as a Surface Warfare Officer and Expeditionary Officer.  
Dr. Leon R. Jablow IV, Part-time Faculty - Glenn R. Jones College of Business
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Career Center Corner

On December 7, 2017 Trident University launched the Corporate and Career Learning Center.
From academic partnerships to training and workforce development solutions, Trident University’s Corporate & Career Learning Center (CCLC) will help you meet your organizational goals.
Our Mission is to provide working professionals customized training and education in support of achieving their educational goals and objectives.
Our Vision is to become a model of excellence by providing best in class access to workforce training and post-secondary education opportunities to corporate partners and their employees.
Trident is committed to working with our partners in a collaborative environment where, together, we can bridge the strategic challenges of your organization. Based on your organizational needs, these educational solutions could be in the form of customized certificates, specialized training, single course offerings, cohorts, and a modularized approach to courses. We also offered tuition saving options and grants.
Contact CCLC@Trident.Edu for more information.

Alumni Community

We are excited to announce the launch of Trident University’s Alumnifire. Alumnifire is a powerful networking platform that will help our community open doors, network and mentor one another from anywhere in the world. It’s free to use and 100% powered by students and alumni like yourself. There’s no need for a new username and password: you can sign up immediately using your LinkedIn or Facebook account. Please join today by clicking here:
Screen Shot 2017-12-27 at 12.09.30 PM.pngWhether you are from the first cohort in 1998, a recent graduate or a current student; you share the experience of learning from a WASC accredited, fully online university, that serves busy adults both military and civilian. Now is our opportunity to open doors and mentor one another through resume review, informational interviews, job leads or by even welcoming a fellow alum to your city. Choose how and how often you want to engage and make yourself available to both give and receive support and advice.
I strongly encourage you to sign up and share Alumnifire with fellow students and alumni. Our network has enormous potential that’s just waiting to be unlocked. Want to learn more about it? Join our webinar: AlumniFire: How To Connect with Your Trident Network, presented by: Kendra Temple on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 11:00am PST.
Together- Let’s Aspire, Believe & Achieve!