Issue No.26         October 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

The College of Education faculty continue to support student learning and student success with a series of webinars for students and faculty. Beginning in Spring 2018, a series of webinars focused on the completion of the dissertation were presented and hosted by College of Education faculty. Dr. Wenling Li, Doctoral Studies Director for the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, and Dr. Carey Ford, Doctoral Mentor, provided a webinar titled Important Steps in Using Statistics: An Overview. Dr. Allison Deegan, Doctoral Mentor, and Dr. Cammy Romanuck Murphy, Trident Ed.D. Program Alum, provided two webinars on the dissertation writing process titled Writing the Dissertation: Practical Tips for Success and Writing Strategies for Doctoral Research. These webinars are useful for both current students and dissertation chairs. Recordings can be accessed on the Culture of Research and Education (C.O.R.E.) webpage. In addition, Dr. Heidi Schmidt, Professor of Education, will offer a webinar on impactful student feedback as part of a professional development series for our full time and part time faculty. I want to take a moment to thank my colleagues in the College of Education for their contributions to the success of our students and faculty.

Trident in the Community

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Military Experience

Did You Join the Military for Education…I Did!
by Chaunte Myers, Centurion Military Alliance CEO
I remember the feeling of absolute pride and accomplishment when I received my first associates degree. I received it six years after joining the U.S. Armed Forces and the sense of pride and accomplishment was also met with a mutual feeling of embarrassment that it had taken me so long. You see, I had joined to attain my education, and by education, I 100% mean a bachelors degree.
I’ll never forget the day I attended my first course at a local community college at my first duty assignment. My first stop, after proving to my supervisor I had the intellectual bandwidth to attend college and handle on the job training, was the installation’s education office. I was informed of the available classes that were available to me given my associates degree, so without hesitation, I enrolled. I felt as if I was on top of the world, barely turned 18, had a full-time job and was attending college full time. I felt that I was living the dream.
Crushed Dreams
On September 11th, I awoke from that dream as the military I knew changed overnight. I remember attending classes a week later and not being able to make up work. My heart was crushed and I was unable to comprehend how the institution lacked a support structure for the military student population.
Fast-forward 17 years, during a time of trying to self-teach with video tapes, DVD’s, and online education, I will tell you that both the student and the educational world have come a long way in building bridges. I’m beyond grateful for the current opportunities as well as exceeding my goal of attaining that bachelors degree!
Thankfully, at a young age, I understood the value of education, even with my limited scope of understanding the available degree programs. Through trial and error, and with the assistance of mentors, I’m now pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA). As CEO of Centurion Military Alliance, continuing my higher education journey enhances not only my brand, but raises the profile of that organization’s worthy cause.
Lessons Learned/My Advice:
  •  Enroll in College immediately upon joining the military, regardless of rank
    • Take full advantage of your education benefits
  • Ensure the Educational Institution has a military-affiliated student support structure in place
    • The Military lifestyle requires adaptability – school requires structure
  • Guarantee the institution is identified as a “Participating Institution under the DOD-MOU”
    • This protects you from predatory practices
  • Know the institution’s accreditation type (regional or national)
    • This is critical to ensure you can continue your learning for a lifetime.
Educational Benefits – You’ve Earned Them
It is my sincerest hope that the military service member, spouse, or dependent take full advantage of their educational benefits. We are servant leaders who adhere to strong military disciplines and core values. I encourage you to ensure that you’re taking care of yourself, your families, and your brothers and sisters in uniform by fostering a community of lifelong learners.

Student Experience

Profiles in Success: John Jenkins
by Daniel Sloan 
"One would think that working for Medicare would involve individuals with some healthcare experience, but I found that is not the case,” stated Trident alumnus John Jenkins. “Most programmatic personnel are accountants, information technology professionals, or MBAs/PMPs. Most had zero experience in healthcare before coming to Medicare. The education I received at Trident helped to make me a better, more versatile employee.”
Navy Reservist John Jenkins found his way to Trident after receiving orders to send him overseas. The goal was to complete his bachelors degree – and find a career path that fit his interests. He’s been able to achieve that and more, finding a role at Medicare that he really enjoys.
Jenkins is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Health Sciences program, and is already well on his way to becoming an expert in his field. He’s a three-time Trident graduate, a “Trident Triple,” completing the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (2014), Master of Science in Health Sciences (2012), and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (2010) programs.
Trident: What is your current professional position? Since you were a student at Trident, have you made moves upward in your career? Or accomplished specific career goals?
John Jenkins: Currently, I manage all future medical care recovery for the Division of Secondary Payer Operations at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Concisely, we ensure that Medicare does not make any future payments for care that should have been covered by another insurance carrier. I joined Medicare directly from my sixth activation as a Naval Reservist. Before my first degree, I was involved with school security, looking for a way to improve my lifestyle. Originally, I expected to go the traditional route of a healthcare administrator for a medium to large healthcare system. However, I found that I really enjoy the work I do at Medicare.
Trident: Do you feel that your time as a student at Trident prepared you for your current professional role?
JJ: The education I received at Trident, coupled with my experience, has made me a much more versatile employee at Medicare. I am regularly asked questions that are outside the scope of my position, simply because others recognize my understanding of healthcare operations or clinical healthcare. When asked operational questions, my experience with Trident frequently gave me knowledge I used to address those situations.
Trident: Who are some of the professors that left a positive impression on you?
JJ: Carey Ford – I had not taken a math course in roughly 25 years. Imagine the concern I had while having to take what is labeled as an advanced statistics course. That course was so straightforward that I had no trouble understanding what was going on.
Sharon Nazarchuk – I had a number of courses with her at each degree level. Each was consistently delivered with great responsiveness to questions
As a rule, I found that the delivery from most of my professors was consistent. There did not seem to be changes in delivery or evaluation.
Trident: What else would you like to share about your experience at Trident?
JJ: Trident offered me the best bang for my buck. I was in a nursing program at my third year. I was beginning to understand that I was not intended for nursing due to my personality. Suddenly, I received another set of orders sending me overseas. I decided that I needed to come back with a degree, so I began searching for programs that I could finish remotely, were regionally accredited, and provided a schedule that I could meet while operating as the senior enlisted for all clinical operations at a 65 bed trauma center in Afghanistan. Trident (then TUI) offered me all of that. Fifty-two credit hours later, and before I left Afghanistan, I could finally say I was a graduate. The combination of schedule and program opportunities fit well with my background.
For example, I had been a firefighter/EMT, peace officer, and Navy Corpsman. Having a bachelors degree in the associated college led to my taking my first master’s (MSHS with a concentration in Emergency Disaster Management) as a matter of personal interest. I do not look at education as a destination, but as a journey, where each accomplishment only lights a section of the path further along. Trident has provided that for me.

Academic Spotlight

Obtain your Master of Arts in Education (MAED) with our 100% online program at Trident University.
Throughout this Education program, as a student you will develop critical analysis and research skills to determine problems and develop solutions within the field of education. Promote collaborative communication and innovative leadership. Use a range of appropriate information and or educational technologies. Lastly, demonstrate ethical and professional behavior as an educator, leader, or scholar.
Students in this Education program are prepared to make positive changes in the field of education with an understanding of current educational practices, educational policies, and factors that impact student success. Graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for ethical and effective leadership careers in the field of education.
For an overview of the Masters in Education (MAED) program visit our website at

Trident in the News

Trident University Names Military Veteran as Career Center Manager
Trident University Names New Leader of its Admissions Department
Trident University and Knott’s Berry Farm Honor Families of Fallen Heroes at Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express Event
Sara Mapuyan is a retired veteran of the U.S. Navy and earned her Bachelors of Environmental Science/MPH at Trident University. She graduated Cum Laude in December 2013. Her courses of study helped her to strengthen her skills in researching information from credible sources. This led to her learning more because she did all that research and reading.
Sara Mapuyan Class of 2011 / 2013 
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James Shiver serves as Manager of the Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies with Trident University. His role involves providing high quality relevant resources and services to assist students and alumni worldwide with career planning, development, and military transition.
James Shiver, Manager, Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies & Class of 2015
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Dr. Wicker has been teaching at numerous colleges and universities since 1999. Currently, he is an adjunct Professor at Trident University. Also, a Tenured Associate Professor in the Bachelor of Applied Technology Program at Brazosport College, his area of expertise in business management. Dr. Wicker has also been a textbook reviewer.
Dr. Don Wicker, Part-time Faculty - Glenn R. Jones College of Business
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Career Center Corner

The 4 Best Features of Trident’s Virtual Career Center
Most of you are already familiar with Trident’s Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies. While the Center does not place students in jobs and cannot guarantee any particular employment, the Center offers many services to our students and alumni, such as job search resources, career advancement and development support, employment information and connection, etc.
Trident’s Virtual Career Center offers all these services and more in an online, virtual format you can use any time of the day or night.
Here are 4 of the best features of Trident’s Virtual Career Center that will help you with your job search and your career development.
1. Jobs
Jobs posted within our system are from companies with whom we partner. They have a heightened interest in our students, graduates, and alumni. Trident University can reach out to these employers after you have applied as a qualified candidate. This may increase the chance of being considered for an interview. Additionally, our portal connects you with millions of jobs through NACE Link – these are 100% fresh jobs posted by employers looking to hire and not jobs scraped from the internet.
2. Events
See a list of upcoming events and register here. Get details on which employers are participating. Trident can promote you to employers that are participating in career fairs listed on our site.
3. Employers
This is an employer directory where you can find detailed information. Listings include their industry, products and services, achievements, awards, competitors, company culture, training, and available positions.
4. Resources
Use the Career Explorer tool to search for popular careers. Or, fill in the search bar with a position name to get skill set, future outlook, industry information, and more. Use the Career Finder to assess your skills and qualifications to help find the best career for you.
Through Trident’s Virtual Career Center, you can conduct job search tasks via the Trident4Career site. Start resume building, networking with employers, webinar participation and find jobs based on your areas of interest!

Alumni Community

Did you know that Trident participates in Military Installation Graduations across the country?
We do and there are FOUR taking place this October and November. If you are a recent or pending graduate living in Kentucky, Texas or North Carolina and meet the eligibility requirements for participation, join us as we come together to celebrate your accomplishment with fellow Trident Graduates in your community!
Every installation has different participation guidelines, but the events are generally open to Active Duty, Retirees, and family members. Reach out to the POC provided below to register or learn more. If you need to purchase regalia, do so here.
Fort Knox, KY
October 12, 2018 at 2:30pm
RSVP by 9/21 to
Eligibility: Contact Ms. Ingle at the email above for eligibility requirements
JBSA San Antonio, TX
November 14, 2018 at 2:00pm
RSVP by 10/1 to
Eligibility: All participants must be enlisted from all branches of service (JBSA only). All participants must be active duty or separated/retired with a degree conferral date between November 1, 2017 - November 12, 2018.
Fort Hood, TX 
November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm
RSVP by 11/1 to
Eligibility: Active duty, family members, retirees, and Fort Hood civilians who have completed or are within 9 semester hours of their degree. 
Fort Bragg, NC
November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm
RSVP by 11/1 here: or
Eligibility: Fort Bragg military, dependent, and retiree members, with their Department of Defense civilians who have completed their degree requirements.
If you would like to learn about other base graduations, keep up to date by reading the Trident Today newsletter monthly. Base graduations generally take place in November, May, and June each year. If you hear about a base graduation and would like to have Trident participate or promote, email details to
*Reminder: Trident hosts one annual commencement ceremony in California every Summer and would love to have you take part. The date has not yet been selected for 2019 but will be published on the Graduation page of our website once confirmed.