Issue No.19         March 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.

COE-faculty.jpgMessage from the Dean

I am happy to share the addition of a new Professor, Dr. Heidi Schmidt, to the College of Education faculty. Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and a Master of Science in Educational Administration with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from UW-Madison. Her bachelors degree is a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading and Language Arts from UW-Platteville.
Dr. Schmidt has a successful history of online teaching experience with graduate and doctoral students, and she enhances the instruction in the Master of Arts Education (MAED) program with her prior K-12 practitioner experience. Over her 36-year career she has served in various roles such as a middle school principal, classroom teacher, and district leader. I am excited to support the integration of her real-world experience into the TLC online classroom.
The College of Education continues its mission to develop educators, leaders, and scholars and we welcome Dr. Schmidt to our team.

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Military Experience

Get a Good Hold on the REINS of Your Transition: Part 5 - Service
The final installment of our discussion on a successful transition from the military will focus on service. People join the military for many different reasons (benefits, security, service to nation, etc.), but the one thing we almost always leave with is serving something bigger than ourselves. That culture simply doesn't dissolve because we leave the military. I believe this why so many veterans are disillusioned upon leaving and struggle to find purpose. Purpose is what gets us out of bed each morning and allows us to rest well each evening after a hard day of working or training. Purpose is what has given us the most fulfillment during our military careers, caused us to do things most people would never consider, and provided the one common theme which binds all veterans to a unique tight knit fellowship recognized as the strongest on earth.
Finding purpose post-military is one of the most important aspects of a successful transition and is more easily found than you might think. The first step is realizing the importance of finding purpose and then you're on your way. Service is the best way to find purpose. Service can be done in a number of ways, but most frequently is through either work or volunteering. It would be nice if we could all get out and find a great paying job, with awesome benefits, in the geographical location we desire, with the work schedule we want, that also fulfilled our sense of service… the reality is that those situations are far and away minute. We can generally find a couple of those traits in post-military employment but rarely do we find them all. If you aren't fortunate enough to find your sense of service through employment, DON'T FRET, there is still hope. Volunteering is a fantastic way of giving back and continuing your sense of service to others. There are an inordinate amount of volunteer opportunities out there and range from your children's extra-curricular activities and/or religious organizations to the numerous Veteran Service Organizations.
Regardless of which avenue you chose to fulfill your need for service, the important thing to remember is that it IS important.

Student Experience

Tools to Help Our New Students
by Joseph Chan
Each month, Trident offers new start dates for students to join a variety of high-quality, robust academic programs designed to meet the needs of busy adults.
This past year, Trident has revamped some of the tools to enhance the student experience and cater to the needs of working adults who join our program. For example, the Trident Learning Community (TLC) student portal has been upgraded to provide an improved user experience and easier navigation of resources.
The Trident University Orientation (TUO) provides a detailed overview for students who wish to better acclimate to the online environment, offering an avenue for students to do practice assignments and locate resources essential to their academic success. TUO has a full-time facilitator readily accessible to respond to students and provide any assistance should students have trouble navigating the portal.
The monthly Trident University First Day of Class Webinar, in collaboration with the Marketing Department, allows students to have an overview of Trident University that includes additional preparation. This webinar includes tips for success, Trident's pillars and commit values, Trident's history and heritage, the different colleges and administrators of the university, the Trident difference, along with an open-forum Q & A session to speak directly with faculty and staff members. This is a great opportunity to get acclimated to Trident and jumpstart your academic journey.
Whether you are a recent graduate or a longstanding alumni, Trident University is committed to helping you reach your goals. Interested in pursuing a graduate degree? Reach out to Admissions at to discuss programs, fees, course structures, along with how your desired program can be aligned with your personal and professional goals.

Academic Spotlight

Trident's 4 Academic Colleges
The Glenn R. Jones College of Business degree programs are led by Trident's outstanding faculty. We emphasize critical analysis, finding solutions for practical business issues, and the development of scholarly knowledge in business and organization management.
The College of Education at Trident provides opportunities for you to collaborate with adult learners, leaders, and scholars. If you are committed to improving the education system in these challenging times, our 100% online programs can help you to achieve your goals.
The College of Health and Human Services offers programs for those committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people across the world. Competent and caring professionals are critical in today's health and human services industry.
The College of Information Systems can prepare you to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of information technology. Trident's unparalleled access and compassionate student support can help you to achieve valuable knowledge in this field.

Trident in the News

Trident University International Names Dr. Pietro “Pete” Savo Recipient of the University’s Teaching Excellence Award
Navy Veteran Joins Trident University’s Strategic Alliances Team
Trident University Graduate Mahmoud Soliman to Present at American Marketing Association’s Winter Conference
Dr. Angolano graduated from Trident in 2011 with a Ph.D. BA in IT Security. She was published in the ACM SIGMIS proceedings in 2008/2012 and co-wrote a chapter in Cyber Security and Global Information Assurance (2009). Dr. Angolano is on a mission to educate students and citizens on how to protect their personal and professional identify.
Dr. Carole Angolano, Alumni - Class of 2011 
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Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Michael Butterfield enlisted in the United States Navy on May, 17th 1995 and retired in May 2017. Throughout his time in the Navy Michael earned Six Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Michael Butterfield, Strategic Alliances & Community Relations Regional Manager
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Dr. Janice Spangenburg began her working career in the Navy where she spent five honorable years on active duty. During that time, Dr. Spangenburg began to appreciate management and leadership studies as well as an academic angle to her portfolio. 
Dr. Janice Spangenburg, Part-time Faculty - Glenn R. Jones College of Business
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Career Center Corner

There Is Something To Be Said For First Impressions  
by Emanuel Sepulveda
We've all heard it before: "You only have one chance to make a first impression," and "The first impression is a lasting impression." These are wise words to live by. Your appearance is a line of communication to others. Before you even have an opportunity to speak, people have noticed your body language and how you are dressed.
Your appearance is the most critical factor in your job search. Moreover, it can help you stand out and give you a leg up over the rest of the other qualified individuals. Here are some ideas that can guide you to dress your best for a job interview, career fair, or networking event.
  • Suit - Dark blue, black or dark gray
  • Shirt - White or light blue, solid colors, no patterns
  • Tie - Wear a good quality tie
  • Shoes - Leather or fabric
  • Belt - To match your shoes
  • Jewelry - Wear a nice watch
  • Hairstyle - Clean cut, neat, and professional
  • Facial hair - Well-groomed cologne or aftershave - use sparingly. No need to announce yourself before you enter the room.
  • Nails - Trimmed and well-groomed
  • Portfolio - A professional-looking black padfolio to take notes and carry your resume.
  • Suit - Dark blue, black or dark gray. Skirt length - your skirt should be knee length.
  • Blouse - Colors that match your suit. A pattern is fine, as long as it's not too busy.
  • Shoes - Leather or fabric, no open toe
  • Jewelry - Wear a conservative watch and limit rings to two per hand. Earrings are fine, as long as they are not too big or distracting.
  • Perfume - Use sparingly and use a light scent.
  • Cosmetics - Use natural-looking colors, and not too heavy.
  • Nails - Trimmed and well-groomed
  • Portfolio - A professional-looking black padfolio to take notes and carry your resume.
A note about suits: a suit for both men and women is almost always appropriate for all types of interviews. Wearing a business suit is not mandatory, but if you are applying for a management level or above position, you should consider it. Buy the best quality business suit you can afford. Make sure it fits, it is neat and pressed, and you are comfortable.

Alumni Community

Since launching Alumnifire to Students and Alumni in January, over 900 members have joined the site and voluntarily offered to support their Trident community. Support comes in the way of informational interviews, resume review, military transition assistance, grad school advice, and more. Take a look at the image below which highlights the number of students and alumni offering each of these services:
A number of members have already found success on the site. Robert Sanchez, MBA Class of 2018, reached out on the Bulletin Board requesting help with his upcoming transition from the military. Within a few days, he had eight comments on his thread from members offering words of advice, resources, and tips. This is the power of Alumnifire.
Last week, Patrick Scanlon, BSBA Class of 2009 & MBA Class of 2016, reached out on Alumnifire posting job opportunities with his employer, Booze Allen Hamilton. He loves working there and wants to see other Trident community members find rewarding employment with them as well. This is the power of Alumnifire.
Another Trident graduate of the BSBA Class of 2017 reached out on Alumnifire asking for help with his Navy LDO package and quickly three different members provided guidance and resources. This is the power of Alumnifire.
These are just a few examples of the ways members are networking and finding support via Trident's new student and alumni service. If you haven't joined yet and would like to lean on your community for support or offer mentorship to others, this is the place for you. Sign-up takes less than a minute, and you are on your way.
Join today and help inspire your Trident community!
Need help joining or understanding Alumnifire? View our "How-To" tutorial video here: