Issue No.22         June 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.

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by Dr. Lisa Mohanty, Dean of University College 
University College launched five new popular programs this year: Associate of Science in Professional Studies, Certificate of Medical Billing, Certificate of Medical Billing and Coding, Certificate of Computerized Accounting, and the Diploma in Computerized Accounting. Funding options are now available so please check with your advisor if you are interested in any of these new programs.
I also wanted to take the time to highlight some outstanding accomplishments by our University College faculty. Alex Gorlovsky was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the Winter 2018 quarter. This award is based on student nominations and course evaluation survey data during the Winter quarter. Mr. Gorlovsky has been teaching at Trident for over six years in the areas of Art History and Trident Student Experience.  Also, George del Hierro was the recipient of the Quarterly Trustee Award in 2018 for exhibiting exemplary service on behalf of Trident University and our students. Mr. del Hierro is a course coordinator and instructor for our business and communications courses in the general education program.
Finally, the academic leadership had the opportunity to attend the WASC- Academic Resources Conference which is sponsored by our accrediting commission in San Francisco, CA. My fellow deans and I were able to attend several sessions on best teaching practices and assessing student learning outcomes. Professional development of our faculty and staff is an integral part of Trident University. Learning is a continuous process which can make us better educators.

Trident in the Community

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Military Experience

Meet the Trident Military Outreach Team – Clifford Milton-Stewart
Clifford Milton-Stewart, known affectionately by his friends as Cliff, is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Strategic Military and Community Relations. He has been with Trident University for a total of four years.
Cliff had a long and prestigious career in the U.S. Marine Corps, which he finished as a Sergeant Major. Upon retirement, Cliff pursued his passion for education and entered the field of higher education with The University of Phoenix. Shortly after, he changed universities and came to work for TUI.
Cliff has a BS in Management from Phoenix University and is currently working on his MS in Divinity. Cliff is an active member of the Marine Corps League, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Team, and he is a Board Member for the Salvation Army in his community. Cliff is also a family man who loves spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren and, when he isn’t doing that, he prefers to be on the golf course working on his game.
Cliff is passionate about getting service members educated and finding ways to motivate. He would love to talk with you. If you have any questions or just want to talk to someone in this area who is passionate about your education, contact Cliff at

Student Experience

Improvements in the Classroom
by Brittney Drake  
Trident University is dedicated to helping our students reach their educational goals. So dedicated in fact, that we offer a scholarship opportunity for the 2018 Military Fiscal Year. The Military Success Scholarship (MSS) was created to encourage academic progress and continuous enrollment for eligible undergraduate Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard members currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services, while also minimizing out of pocket costs.
What does it take to earn MSS? Commitment! Commit to staying on track with your educational plan and maintain a minimum of 2.0 GPA. Beginning October 1, 2017, when you successfully complete four courses (16 semester credits), a $500 scholarship will be applied to your 5th course and beyond through September 30, 2018.
If you are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Benefits, we encourage you to utilize your benefits. There are four remaining sessions until the end of the 2018 fiscal year. We are seeing many students utilize the Military Success Scholarship to date.
We encourage students to control the amount of scholarship support you can receive to reduce the cost of your education and to accelerate your graduation date!

Academic Spotlight

Trident’s first Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Dr. Ken Cromer for the Winter 2015-2016 session. We are pleased to have continued this tradition of this entirely student-driven quarterly award. 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 eight faculty members who received the award:

Trident in the News

Trident University International Professor Publishes Research on Consumer Satisfaction
Trident University’s DBA Program Adds Experienced Management Professional and Researcher
Dean’s List March Fastrac 2018 Session
Trident University Faculty Member Recognized for Educating Business Leaders on Workplace Harassment Issues
Dean’s List February Fastrac 2018 Session
Trident University Faculty Member Publishes Book on Reproductive Rights in the Américas
Dr. Leichter has been a part-time student since 1983, involved with various distance learning models since 1999, including completing his MBA and Ph.D. at a distance. Actually, he completed his doctorate through TUI in 2006, so he is very encouraged to assist other students to achieve their goals. 
Dr. Gordon Leichter, Alumni - Class of 2006 
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Travis Allen became President and Chief Executive Officer of Trident University effective June 16, 2015. Mr. Allen has 18 years’ experience in higher education. Over those 18 years, he worked across and led student finance, student services, admissions, marketing, and general administration. 
Travis Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. Kathy Zientek, Ed.D is from St. Louis, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree in Educational Studies from Lindenwood University. Her graduate degree is in Adult Education and Distance Learning. Following the completion of her graduate degree she began her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership.
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Career Center Corner

The New Way Companies are Using Text as an Avenue of Communication
by Emanuel Sepulveda
In today’s ever-changing digitalized world, texting has become the new way of communicating, whether it’s with your family, friends, colleagues, boss, and even your recruiter.
In the modern-day recruiting world, the recruiters are now texting their prospects, and they are not the only ones. Hiring managers are using texting in the entire hiring process. Texting is being used to conduct reference checks, background checks, and interviews. So, make sure all your references are aware that they might get a text or a phone call from a prospective hiring manager, and that they are themselves familiar with texting responses.
There are real benefits in using text versus email in the recruiting and hiring process:
  1. Text messages are delivered immediately and directly to a device that most of us have with us at all times.
  2. A text can be sent from any location where there is a data connection, and there's no waiting for an email client software to get up and running.
  3. Text messages are typed out on a mobile phone keypad instead of on a full-sized keyboard, which encourages shorter messages that get to the point.
  4. Spam messages and group emails have to some extent diluted the impact of email. Messages sent over email can easily get lost or inadvertently filtered out of the inbox.
The increase of a digital workplace is taking over. Help yourself by forward thinking and become familiar with texting before it becomes the means of communicating, as email once did.

Alumni Community

ALUMNIFIRE - Changing Lives, One Job at a Time
AlumniFire Success Story
Have you utilized Trident’s newest platform, AlumniFire, to network and connect with fellow Students and Alumni?
If the answer is no, you are missing out. Robert Sanchez, class of `18, recently joined our AlumniFire community and landed a job with Booz Allen Hamilton as a result. How did this happen? Fellow Alum, Patrick Scanlon, class of `09 & `16, posted employment opportunities with his organization informing fellow students and alumni that he would be happy to assist them with the application process if interested in working there. Robert, who recently transitioned from the military and was struggling to find a career, took Patrick up on this offer by responding to his AlumniFire post, and just like that, Robert and Patrick are now co-workers representing Trident at Booz Allen Hamilton together. “This was a direct result of networking on AlumniFire and I'm extremely grateful!,” said Robert.
This is the power of AlumniFire and is just one example of how our students and alumni are making valuable connections, opening doors, and finding job leads from members of their Trident community. If you’ve already joined, welcome! If you haven’t, don’t miss this opportunity!
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Refresh my Memory - What is 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.
Our Trident network has enormous potential that’s just waiting to be unlocked. It is our hope that you too will make meaningful connections with your Trident community, just like Patrick Scanlon and Robert Sanchez have.
Together -- Let’s Aspire, Believe & Achieve!