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Deep Roots

Our story is a powerful one. For 130 years, Trine University has been producing graduates who have literally gone out and changed the world for the better through their knowledge, innovation and work. And it's a story that continues to evolve each day.

1884

Trine founded as Tri-State Normal College by the residents of Angola, Ind., and the Commerce Building — now known as Taylor Hall — is constructed as the College’s first facility.

1887

The Administration Building, later known as the Sniff Administration Building and now the recently renovated C.W. Sponsel Administration Center, is completed at a cost of $15,000.

1902

The School of Engineering, recognized today as one of the finest undergraduate schools of engineering in the country, is established.

1906

The school reorganized from Tri-State Normal College and revised the name to Tri-State College, which was known as for more than 100 years. Two years later, the College completed its third facility, the Recitation Building, nowShambaugh Hall.

1922

The “Father of Tri-State,” Littleton M. Sniff, who served as the College’s president since 1885, died in office.

1930

Fire gutted the Administration Building; it was later rebuilt with the third floor removed.

1959

Professor emeritus Alice Parrot, Ph.D., authored and published "The History of Tri-State College 1884-1956."

1960s

The College’s campus experienced massive expansion, with the addition of seven residence halls, the Perry T. Ford Library, Best Hall and Hershey Hall. In 1967 the College changed its athletic nickname from the Tri-State Engineers to the Trojans.

1971

Zollner Golf Course opened on the Tri-State campus, and is one of the most beautiful and popular college golf courses in the country.

1975

Tri-State College gained university status and was renamed Tri-State University.

1984

A century after the College’s founding, professor Elizabeth Orlosky authored and published "From Carriage to Computer, the First 100 Years of Tri-State University."

1990

The University changed the nickname of its athletic teams from the Tri-State Trojans to the Thunder.

1994

The University opened its Fort Wayne, Ind. education center.A few years later, Tri-State opened centers in South Bend and Merrillville as well as an evening program at the main campus in Angola.

1995

For the first time since the early 1900s, Tri-State fielded a football team for intercollegiate play.

1997

The University completed a $5 million renovation of Fawick Hall, offering engineering students state-of-the-art classrooms, labs and computer centers.

1999

Shive Field, Tri-State’s new football field named in honor of trustee Dr. Wayne Shive, was dedicated. Today, the field is arguably the finest Division III artificial turf field in the country.

2000

Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., inaugurated as Tri-State’s 16th president.

2001

Centennial Hall renovated and renamed Forman Hall, with the building’s grand entrance named the Trine Welcome Center.

2002

Tri-State accepted as a new member in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA); the University celebrated its 100th anniversary of excellence in engineering; Witmer Clubhouse renovated and expanded; and the University approved as a graduate degree-granting institution.

2004

Tri-State attained NCAA Division III provisional membership; opened the $650,000 Ketner Sports Complex; expanded the University bookstore; and opened Trine Villas, some of the finest student residence facilities of their kind.

2005

The University graduated its first class of Master of Science in Engineering Technology students, opened Ingledue Villas, and broke ground on the $15.5 million Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center and Center for Technology and Online Resources.

2007

In the most successful homecoming weekend in its history, the University unveiled the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center and Center for Technology and Online Resources, the renovated C.W. Sponsel Administration Center, the University Center, and Moss Street and Kinney Street student apartments.

2008

Tri-State renamed Trine University, in honor of trustees Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine, to better define its mission and direction; construction began on Golf Course Village, four student apartment buildings on Zollner Golf Course.

2009

Trine opened the Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC); began the transformation of Shive Field into the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium; and began renovations on the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts.

2010

Trine opened Fred Zollner Stadium; launched a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering program; and opened the School of Professional Studies site in Logansport, Ind.

2013

Trine completed the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering. The building features state-of-the-art cast metals laboratories, materials science and metallurgy laboratories, alternative energy studies center and bioprocess laboratories. It is also the home of Innovation One. Commencement was in Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium; the first outside ceremony since 1967.

2014

Hundreds joined Trine University the morning of May 2, 2014 to dedicate the new T. Furth Center for Performing Arts. Later that day, the Furth Center officially opened with a performance in Ryan Concert Hall by award-winning writer and country singer Lee Greenwood. That spring, renovation began on Ford Hall, with completion set for August 2015. Trine continued to experience record fundraising and growth under the leadership of Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., who marked his 15th year as president.          

2015

Trine established the College of Engineering and Business, marrying the strengths of the Allen School of Engineering & Technology and the Ketner School of Business, also providing for enhanced collaboration between the two programs.