Annual Scholarship Gala sets record with $300,000-plus for night
February 11, 2013 - Trine University set a record on Saturday when it raised more than $300,000 at its 10th annual Black and White Scholarship Gala in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center.
“That record means over $300,000 goes directly to our students,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “Ninety-eight percent of Trine students receive some form of institutional scholarship or financial aid, and funds raised at the gala will go a long way toward helping students.”
During the evening, the 365 guests – also a record high – bid on items such as vacation packages and luxury jewelry in a live auction conducted by state Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn). Kruse started the auction with Books and Beyond Scholarships that students with financial need may use for textbooks, computers, school and lab supplies and meals. Trine has more than met a $35,000 matching grant from Metal Technologies Foundation, which translates to at least 140 scholarships at $500 apiece. As in past years, Trine alumnus and trustee Rick L. James, and his wife, Vicki, initiated the matching grant, which was $10,000 more than was offered last year.
Before dinner and between courses, attendees could place bids in a silent auction that featured more than 200 items ranging from getaways to antique pieces to designer handbags.
The evening included wine tasting offered by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Fort Wayne, and appetizers and dinner by Bon Appetit Management Co., the food service provider at Trine.
The Trine University Jazz Band, under the direction of Christopher Lizak, performed throughout the event, and Mike McNamara, a retired communication professor at Trine, was master of ceremonies.
“This was certainly a record-setting event and I’m looking forward to what we’ll accomplish next year,” Brooks said. “I’ve learned to never underestimate the power of Trine’s supporters and friends.”
The gala is Trine’s premiere fundraising event for student scholarships. Next year, the event is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2014.
To browse pictures from the Scholarship Gala, please visit this link.
Fore: Nearly $30k raised for scholarships at fifth annual classic
Jan. 24, 2013 — Trine University alumni and friends from as far away as California and Wisconsin gathered in Longboat Key, Fla., to help raise money for student scholarships. The fifth annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Jan. 24 raised nearly $30,000 for the Trine Student Scholarship Fund.
Premier sponsors for the event included AMI Investment Management, Bon Appetite Management Company, Steve & Wendy LaHood of Sarasota, Fla., Metal Technologies, Inc. and Jim Ingledue Construction, Inc.
The 56 golfers in attendance competed for first and second place. Winning first place with a score of 60, was a team of Kappa Sigmas and Alpha Sigma Phis with Keith Turner, BSME ‘70, Mike Galiyano, MSEE ‘70, Al Haimbach BSBA ‘73, and Darryl Shoff, BSBA ‘70. Second place, with a score of 65 went to the team of Kappa Sigma Steve LaHood, BSBA ’70, Alpha Sigma Phi John Goudy, BSBA ‘70, John Stock, BSBA ‘71’, and Jim Thomas, guest of the team.
Golfers also participated in on course competitions throughout the day. Darryl Shoff won the longest drive contest, while Joe Caccamo, guest of alumnus Kenn Shelton, BSADE ’59, won the longest put, and alumnus John Stock won closest to the pin.
After a day of competition on the links, the LaHoods welcomed guests to the Harborside Clubhouse, where trustees, golfers and spouses gathered for food and fellowship.
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Scholarship Gala passes
Feb. 11, 2012 — Trine University passed the million-dollar mark on the evening of Feb. 11 at its ninth annual Black and White Scholarship Gala, which included dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions.
“In the nine years of this event, we have received over $1 million for student scholarships,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “Ninety-eight percent of our students receive some form of institutional scholarship or financial aid assistance that helps them pay for the classes, textbooks, lab fees, technology and more.”
This year, friends and donors provided approximately a quarter-million dollars for student scholarships, officials reported. In addition to funds raised through auction sales and tickets, generous donors contributed money by providing $114,000 in sponsorships for scholarships. Supporters also gave more than $66,000 to the Books and Beyond Scholarship program.
State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) served as the auctioneer for the live auction. He warmed up bidders by asking them to purchase Books and Beyond scholarships. The MTI Foundation, Inc. challenged people to sponsor Books and Beyond Scholarships, valued at $500 each, for Trine University students. Metal Technologies, Inc., chairman and chief executive officer, university trustee and alumnus Rick James and his wife, Vicki, along with the MTI Foundation, Inc. challenged others to support the program with a $30,000 matching challenge.
Junior mechanical engineering major Brett Steineman of Huntington told the 330-person audience that when selecting a university, he was torn between Trine and another school. Steineman said he selected the other school as his first choice, but changed his decision to Trine because of the scholarship opportunities Trine offered. Now, looking back, Steineman said, Trine would have been his first, and only, choice.
Steineman said it has been easy to become involved in university activities and build relationships all over campus. He also has participated in cooperative education opportunities at Biomet in Warsaw.
Throughout the evening, Steineman interacted with alumni and university supporters who were bidding on the 250 silent auction items, which included things such as unique jewelry, travel packages, arts and collectibles, fine wines, gift certificates and more.
While perusing auction items, people could also sample wine from Biaggi’s or taste hor d’ouerves by Bon Appetit Management Co. that were delicately arranged around stunning ice sculptures. The Trine University Jazz Band, under the direction of Mark Kays, entertained the crowd.
Next year’s scholarship gala will be Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Those who are interested in attending, sponsoring the event, donating auction items or purchasing books and beyond scholarships please contact Gretchen M. Miller.
Please click this link to view the photo slideshow from the 9th annual Black & White Scholarship Gala.
Florida Scholarship Golf Classic swings again
Jan. 26, 2012– More alumni and friends are swinging for scholarships for Trine University students. Trine’s fourth annual Scholarship Golf Classic raised nearly $30,000 for the Trine Student Scholarship Fund.
Fourteen golf teams from around the country played a four-person scramble format at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Sarasota, Fla., on Jan. 26.
Premier sponsors included Bon Appetit Management Co., AMI Investment Management, National Network of Digital Schools Management Foundation and Jim Ingledue Construction Inc.
More than 56 golfers took to the course, and the winning score of 60 was carded by a team of Tri-State Kappa Sigmas with Dave Ballinger, BSBA ’70, of Angola, Keith Turner, BSME ’76, of Angola, and Jim Sexton, BSBA ’69, of East Amherst, N.Y.
The second-place team, with a score of 62, was comprised of Kenn Shelton, BSADE ’59, of Venice, Fla., and his guests, Ken Mannino, Rob McCoy and Jack McFaul.
The third-place team, with a score of 64, was comprised of Kappa Sigma Steve LaHood, BSBA ’70, of Sarasota, Fla., Alpha Sigma Phi John Goudy, BSBA ’70, of Angola, John Stock, BSBA ’71, of Angola, and John Smith.
The day also included on-course contests. Turner won closest to the pin, and Sig Ryan, wife of trustee Cliff Ryan, won longest drive.
For information about participating in future university events, contact Gretchen M. Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the Trine University Office of Alumni and Development at (260) 665-4114 or visit http://www.trine.edu/alumni_advancement/alumni_news_events/.
Golf outing raises record-breaking $72,000 for student scholarships
Aug. 5, 2011 – More than 225 people were swinging for scholarships on the rolling fairways of Zollner Golf Course Aug. 5 at Trine University’s 21st annual Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing. Thanks to the support of multiple individuals and businesses, the university raised a record-breaking $72,000 for students. In addition, the event was support by guests who took part in festivities throughout the day, including a dinner and awards program in the evening.
The funds will support the university’s 2011-2012 scholarship program, which will channel $19 million into the university’s academic and need-based aid for students, many of whom graduated from high schools within a two-hour radius of our main campus.
The event was sponsored by Metal Technologies Inc. The company’s chief executive officer, Rick James, is a Tri-State University alumnus, engaged trustee and avid supporter of the university. His company frequently hires Trine graduates and offers a variety of internship and co-op opportunities for students.
Dinner, which was prepared by Bon Appetit Management Co., was sponsored by Rieke Packaging. The company’s president, Lynn A. Brooks, is an active member on Trine’s board of trustees.
Lunch was sponsored by trustee Jerry and Jorja Allen, Chuck and Rita Nedele, and Jerry and Karen Brown in memory of alumnus Ron Rose, who graduated from Tri-State College in 1949.
Other major sponsors included AMI Investment Management and Jim Ingledue Construction Inc.
“Your devotion to our students will pay dividends for a lifetime, in both our communities and businesses,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “I can’t thank you our supporters enough for making educational opportunities available to deserving students.”
The university will host its fourth annual Scholarship Golf Classic in Sarasota, Fla., at the Ritz Carlton Member’s Club on Jan. 26, 2012. For more information about participating, contact Gretchen M. Miller at email@example.com. Save the date for the 22nd annual Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing: Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.
For highlights from the day, check out this photo slideshow.
Record-breaking gala raises over $250,000 for student scholarships
Feb. 11, 2011 -- Trine University raised more than a quarter-million dollars —exceeding last year’s numbers by nearly $100,000 — at its eighth annual Black and White Scholarship Gala Saturday night in the university’s Ketner Sports Center.
“This puts us over $825,000 over the eight years of this event, and that’s all for student scholarships,” Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., told the nearly 350 gala attendees. “Over 95 percent of our students receive some form of institutional scholarship or financial aid assistance, and this year Trine allocated nearly $18 million in student financial assistance.”
Tyson Kaase, a junior social studies education major, told the audience that he has directly benefited from Trine scholarships. While at Trine, Kaase has maintained a 3.7 grade-point average while playing football, working and helping to form the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“I have learned so much in the short three years that I have attended Trine, but I would not be here tonight without the help of scholarships from people such as you,” Kaase said. “None of this would have been possible without the financial assistance that I have received because of the generosity of others.”
Kaase said he spoke on behalf of all students. He said one of his teammates, Cody Nash-Kniffen, told him that “Education is one of the most important investments that I will ever make. … Scholarships provide encouragement to the education process knowing that someone is there helping you along the way.”
After his speech, Kaase mingled with alumni and university supporters who were bidding on the nearly 200 silent auction items, which included things such as jewelry, designer handbags, art, fine wines, gift certificates and more. While perusing auction items, people could also sample wine from Biaggi’s or taste hor d’ouerves that were delicately arranged around stunning ice sculptures. The Trine University Jazz Band, under the direction of Mark Kays, and jazz vocalist Colleen McNabb entertained the crowd with upbeat songs.
State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) served as the auctioneer for the live auction. He warmed up bidders by asking them to purchase textbook scholarships. This year, the Metal Technologies Foundation generously offered a $25,000 challenge grant to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to 50 scholarships valued at $500 each. Metal Technologies chief executive officer Rick James and his wife, Vicki, spearheaded the initiative.
“Donors purchased a total of 69 textbook scholarships, which means that $59,500 will go directly to students who need assistance,” Brooks said. “I am so encouraged by the support our alumni and local community offer our students.”
Some of the highlights during the live auction included alumnus Mitch Rhoads of Angola winning a weeklong stay at a Wyoming ranch for up to six couples for $11,000. University supporters Ralph and Sheri Trine of Angola also won naming rights to a private suite in the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium for $29,000.
“We broke so many records this year,” Brooks said. “In addition to our textbook scholarship success, we had raised $15,000 more in sponsorships and received more auction items than ever before. We are looking forward to next year’s event and can’t wait to see what records we will break next year.”
Next year’s gala will be Saturday, Feb. 11. Those who are interested in attending, sponsoring the event, donating auction items or purchasing textbook scholarships should contact the alumni and development office at (260) 665-4114.
Alumni golf outing big success
Aug. 17, 2010--Trine University’s 20th annual Alumni & Friends Scholarship Golf Outing Aug. 6 at the university’s Zollner Golf Course raised nearly $68,000 for student scholarships, topping last year’s all-time high.
Alumni traveled from the East Coast and other parts of the country to support the university’s financial aid program, which will channel $17 million into academic and need-based grants and scholarships to students this academic year.
Alumni enjoyed a near-perfect day on the meticulous, rolling championship course, some returning to the revitalized campus for the first time in many years. Pete Durocher, who earned a mechanical engineering degree in 1961, traveled from Elmira, N.Y. for his first trip back in nearly 50 years.
The trip was worth it, according to Durocher. “The campus is very impressive. The new facilities are first-rate, and they blend in architecturally with the older buildings which have been upgraded and restored,” he said. He planned a return trip for the 50th reunion of his graduating class during the university’s Homecoming weekend Oct. 7-9.
Golfers competed for prizes throughout the day, wrapping up with a dinner in Witmer Clubhouse. Trustee and alumnus Steve LaHood and his wife, Wendy, sponsored the scholarship golf outing, while alumni Jerry Allen, board of trustees chairman, and his wife, Jorja, and Rieke Packaging were dinner sponsors. Fifth Third Bank and Chuck and Rita Nedele were lunch sponsors. AMI Investment Management, Jim Ingledue Construction Inc. and alumnus Scott Fergusson and his wife, Sheryl, were other sponsors.
“We appreciate the phenomenal support we received for this year’s scholarship event,” said Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II. “Many new players and teams joined our loyal annual supporters, and their generous contributions will put our excellent education within the grasp of more deserving students.”
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The university will host its third annual Scholarship Golf Classic in Sarasota, Fla. at the Ritz Carlton Member’s Club on Jan. 27, 2011, and has scheduled its 21st annual Alumni & Friends Scholarship Golf Outing for Aug. 5 at Zollner Golf Course. For more information, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seventh Annual Black & White Scholarship Gala
Trine gala shatters scholarship giving record at $162,000!!!
If senior Adam Shiltz’s speech left any doubt about Trine support, the nearly 400 alumni and friends gathered for the seventh annual Black and White Scholarship Gala provided the definitive proof--$162,000 for student scholarships. Donors combined to increase giving by 50 percent over last year, generating the most funds ever raised by the event.
Shiltz, a design engineering technology major, took the podium at the university’s annual scholarship fundraiser in Ketner Sports Center to make some heartfelt comments about the impact of Trine scholarships upon his life. “They say ‘At Trine, you can,’ and it’s valid,” Shiltz said.
The young man, who played Thunder baseball, taught Junior Achievement at a local high school, established the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trine and served as a tour guide for visiting students, expressed his gratitude for the experiences provided in part through donor generosity. “Each year, donors give to help. You provide an environment that sparks our interest. An environment that teaches us to go to class and be responsible. I would not be here without a scholarship,” he said.
Trine supporters not only broke records for attendance and total funds raised, they created some new benchmarks for the future. Vice President for University Development Bob Remington took the microphone during a live auction to raise money for textbooks. Seventeen supporters stepped up to provide $500 book scholarships for Trine students, while Trine Trustee Rick James, CEO for Metal Technologies in Auburn, and his wife, Vicki, purchased naming rights to a private suite in the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium for $27,500.
In his welcome speech, Trine University President Earl Brooks II said 95 percent of Trine students annually receive scholarships or financial aid, and that the scholarship gala has provided over $550,000 in scholarships since its inception.
Local and state legislators attended to show their support, including Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, a professional auctioneer and Trine trustee, who called a live auction of unusual items such as vacations, a plane ride, jewelry, and a private dinner in the university’s Bateman Dining Room. Rep. Dick Dodge, R-Pleasant Lake, was also among the dignitaries.
Donors enjoyed dinner by Bon Appétit Management Co., wine tasting by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, music by the Trine Jazz Band and a silent auction for gifts from regional donors. Scholarship Gala Committee members Melanie Brooks, Sheri Trine, Beth Beech, Jill Boggs, Sarah Brown, Sherry Fulk, Melanie Harmon, Dareen McClelland, Lorrie Simmons, Diane Stock, Karen Stuckey, Anne Watkins and Judy Weaver were also recognized.
“That Trine alumni and friends increased scholarship funding by 50 percent over last year underscores their deep commitment to higher education and their faith in the direction of Trine University,” said President Earl D. Brooks II. “We are grateful for their support and generosity.”
Second Annual Scholarship Golf Classic
The day was filled with sunny skies, warm weather and great golf! Alumni and friends teed up to play in the second annual Scholarship Golf Classic at the Ritz–Carlton Members Club in Sarasota, Fla. on Jan. 28.
In only its second year, the outing raised over $20,000 for student scholarships. The event sponsor was Bon Appetit Management Co., with AMI Investments, Charter One Bank, Jim Ingledue Construction and Chuck and Rita Nedele graciously adding their support.
The outing fielded 36 golfers and the winning score was carded by Team JICI with Ken Wilson, Jerry McClain, Sonny Christy and Tom Seculoff. The fun–filled day had on–course contests that included long drives for men and women, longest putt made, shortest drive, and closest–to–the-pin shot.
Donald Poorman, BSBA ′69, who was celebrating his birthday, said, "We really enjoyed ourselves. I had the best time ever and look forward to playing next year." After golf, guests were treated to dinner at the home of Ralph and Sheri Trine.
You won′t want to miss the third annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Jan. 27, 2011, so mark your calendars now!
Trine celebrates 125th during homecoming 2009.
Trine University served up a plateful of activities and events Oct. 2 and 3 for Homecoming weekend in its 125th year—including alumni awards and first looks at a new field house, band, mascot, athletic stadium plan and capital campaign.
After toasting donors at the annual Touchstone Awards Dinner Friday night, the university turned its attention toward particularly accomplished alumni at the Homecoming Awards Breakfast Saturday.
Trine trustee and alumnus Lynn Brooks received Trine’s Distinguished Service Award. Brooks earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tri-State in 1975, and became an Indiana certified public accountant in 1978. He is president and chief executive officer of Rieke Packaging Systems in Auburn.
Donald Jordan, a 1954 civil engineering graduate, earned Trine’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Jordan is an inaugural member of the Touchstone Society for university financial supporters. He is retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, a federal source for science about the Earth, its natural and living resources, natural hazards, and the environment.
Jason Stechschulte, a 2003 civil engineering graduate, was presented the Distinguished Service Young Alumnus Award. Stechschulte works for Marathon Oil Co. in Findlay, Ohio, where he directs the maintenance of the company’s United States pipeline.
Trine University President Earl Brooks II looks on as Richard Gollnick speaks at the dedication of the Richard and Joan Gollnick Track on Saturday of Homecoming weekend.
Alumni then viewed Trine’s new Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC) and its 200-meter Richard and Joan Gollnick indoor track during a dedication ceremony. Gollnick coached track and field and he and his late wife were ardent supporters of the Tri-State track program for 30 years. He was presented with a portrait honoring his work with the track program, and a plaque and picture memorializing the facility as the Richard and Joan Gollnick Track were unveiled.
In receiving his portrait, Gollnick praised donors and Trine President Earl D. Brooks II for their roles in making the track a reality. Former Tri-State track athletes then lined the edge of the track as supporters unveiled the track’s name displayed on the floor.
Brooks also announced a plan for the construction of the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium, with new lockers, offices, weight room and 3,500 seats by July 1, 2010. Brooks said growing athletic programs necessitate the facility. “We have over 500 student-athletes involved in 22 sports next fall when we add field hockey. It is very rewarding to see, and out of this has grown the need for this stadium to serve football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey,” he said.
Brooks also dedicated Elliott Drive, the street to the golf course apartments, in honor of 11th university president Carl H. Elliott. Elliott presided from 1974-1984, and under his leadership, the name changed from Tri-State College to Tri-State University, and elementary education and computer science programs were established. “This is a real honor. I have great pride in this institution, and hope I did indeed contribute something to it,” Elliott said.
Alumni and other fans packed the stands for the homecoming football game against Hope College, where alumni enjoyed a first view of “Storm,” Thunder Athletics’ mascot, and Trine’s marching band in striking new navy-and-gold uniforms. After Trine’s football victory, supporters gathered in the University Center to celebrate the university’s 125 years in higher education.
During the weekend, President Brooks praised the success of the university’s $90 million Vision for the Future capital campaign, the impetus for a massive upgrade of the campus and athletic programs. He also announced the beginning of a $75 million phase two, two-thirds of which will be devoted to the university’s Annual Fund, scholarships and endowment.
Golf Outing raises all-time high for scholarships!
Trine University’s 19th annual Alumni & Friends Scholarship Golf Outing held on August 7, 2009 raised over $67,000 for scholarships, topping the all-time high of $52,000 raised last year.
In all, 236 golfers from 59 teams played the morning and afternoon flights, an increase of 24 percent in number of participants from last year, said Sarah Brown, director of alumni relations and events. Alumni and friends traveled from as far as the East Coast to mingle, renew acquaintances, enjoy a day on the links and support the future of upcoming Trine students.
Claiming the lowest score and first place was the team from Jim Ingledue Construction, comprised of Jim Ingledue, Eric Olson, Ken Wilson and Brian Ray. The team from Glendarin Hills, Jeff Rienche, Matt Funkhouser, Glen Kelly and John Weicht placed second, while the Basketball Stars team of Trine assistant athletic director Rob Harmon, Chad Lacrosse, Rob Held and NBA player Brian Cardinal took third place.
The winner of an inaugural event, a golf ball drop from a helicopter, was Paul Yoder, a 1971 civil engineering graduate. Yoder donated his winnings of over $1,000 back to the university to provide a named scholarship for use in fall 2010.
Trustee Steve LaHood and his wife, Wendy, sponsored the scholarship golf outing, while Fifth Third Bank, Trine board chairman Jerry Allen and Chuck and Rita Nedele were lunch sponsors. AMI Investment Management and Jim Ingledue Construction Inc. were eagle sponsors.
All funds will go to the university’s student scholarship fund to offset the cost of tuition. Trine will devote $12 million to need-based scholarships and grants this year.
“It was outstanding to see the overwhelming amount of support we received for this year’s scholarship fundraiser,” Brown said. “I believe this was a memorable event for the players, with new games on the course, a putting green challenge, a shoot-out for a pool table and the helicopter ball drop. We are grateful to our alumni and friends for their commitment and generosity.”
The university will host the 20th annual Alumni & Friends Scholarship Golf Outing on Aug. 6, 2010.
Trine Scholarship Golf Classic on March 6, 2009
The Scholarship Classic golf outing was held at Miromar Lakes Golf Club, an Arthur Hills' 'Signature' championship golf course in Southwest Florida.
Trine University is proud to announce that the inaugural Scholarship Golf Classic March 5 & 6, 2009 In its first year, attracted nearly forty friends and alumni of the University. Over the two days guests enjoyed socializing with one another while learning more about how the institution is evolving into a premier Midwestern school where enrollment continues to grow. Between the wonderful overnight accommodations, the challenge of Miromar Lakes Golf course, and the fabulous Blue Water Beach Grill dinner, it was an event that has set the precedent for years to come.
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Trine gala generates record $104,000 for students
ANGOLA, Ind.—Chemical engineering major Nicole Dixon made it clear in her speech at the sixth annual Trine University Scholarship Gala Saturday. Without help from the group listening to her in Ketner Sports Center, her engineering degree would have remained a dream.
“Because someone like you can make all the difference in the world, I was able to be a success story. It is no longer a dream for me because someone like you contributed to scholarships and made it a reality,” she told the group of university alumni, friends, and community partners gathered for the Valentine’s Day affair.
Donors responded from the heart, contributing over $104,000 in total support for Trine students, $13,000 more than last year’s $91,000. “The community support has been overwhelming,” said Julie Wert, Annual Fund director for the Office of Alumni & Development.
As part of the evening, Snow Lake resident George Dodd announced the creation of the future Ginger Dodd Endowed Memorial Scholarship, in honor of his late wife. Ginger Dodd served on the Scholarship Gala organizing committee for a number of years and was involved in various other community service projects, George Dodd said. The scholarship will aid a male or female student with a GPA of at least 3.0 or who ranks in the top quarter of the graduating class. The recipient will demonstrate strong leadership capabilities and commitment to and participation in community service.
Local and state officials joined community members in enjoyment of the black-and-white affair. Professional auctioneer Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, called the live auction, while Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Lagrange, Rep. Richard Dodge, R-Pleasant Lake, and Angola Mayor Richard Hickman and their wives greeted constituents.
Dinner by Trine’s Bon Appétit, music by the Trine University Jazz Band, a wine tasting by Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano of Fort Wayne, and silent auctions for packages ranging from the spectacular to the quaint and charming were the evening’s events.
Game wraps up near-perfect Homecoming weekend
Weather in the eighties, new buildings to admire, old friends to meet, and a Thunder football win against ranked Franklin College spelled a nearly perfect Homecoming weekend for alumni and friends visiting the revitalized Trine University campus Friday and Saturday September 26th and 27th.
While the game, complete with skydivers, fireworks, and standing-room crowd, wrapped up the weekend at a fever pitch, plenty happened beforehand to engage the crowd and ignite excitement and pride in the university.
The Friday night Touchstone Dinner honored notable alumni benefactors, including Dr. Robert L. Jannen, a 1950 chemical engineering graduate, and Dr. William Gettig, a 1949 mechanical engineering graduate, with the Pillar of Success Award, the university’s highest distinction. Both chairs emeritus of the board of trustees, the men have benefited the university in innumerable ways. The dinner also was the beginning of a weekend of reconnecting for the class of 1958, who were special guests at the dinner.
Dr. Jannen contributed the new University Center site, improved athletic facilities, and established the Jannen Renaissance Award for annual support of a student and faculty member, among other gestures of support. Among Dr. Gettig’s contributions are the Gettig Scholarship Endowment Fund, the fitness center in the University Center, and the Gettig Carillon in the tower of the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center.
Trine faculty member Dr. Dolores Tichenor earned the 2008 Woman of Distinction Award, which recognizes the contributions of women in the areas of philanthropy, business, and education. Tichenor is assistant vice president of study abroad, director of institutional planning and analysis, and professor of mathematics. She has extended financial support to the university’s endowed scholarships, Annual Fund, Scholarship Gala, Alumni & Friends Golf Outing, and library collections.
The Lilly Endowment Inc. and Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine were recognized as Lifetime Donors for record gifts to the university.
The Homecoming Awards Breakfast Saturday morning recognized alumni elected by the Alumni Board of Governors for outstanding service to community, professional achievement, and supporting university ideals. The class of 1958 presented the University with an endowed scholarship derived from a matching gift initiative lead by Dr. John Pittman and Dr. John Hester. William Lusk and Al Dausman, who graduated with civil engineering degrees in 1970 and 1977, respectively, received Outstanding Achievement Awards. Distinguished Service Awards went to Trine Trustee Mitchel Rhoads, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1966, and James Krzyzewski, who earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1971. Joseph D. Miller and Ruth Wertz, who completed mechanical engineering degrees in 1992 and 2002, respectively, received Distinguished Service Young Alumnus Awards.
Scholar-athletes recognized by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with Four-Year Academic Honor Roll awards were Matt Eby, a football standout who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering this spring, and Amanda Steiner, a tennis player who graduated this spring with a degree in communication.
Inducted into the Trine Hall of Fame for athletic achievement were 2001 graduate Eugueni Ganokhin for volleyball, 2000 men’s golf team members Gary Geszti, Andy Opliger, Andy Lindsay, Rob Klinefelter, and Ben Gilpin, and the 1998 football team, which reached the final four in the 1998 NAIA national semi-finals.
After the breakfast, supporters got the first look at Trine’s new Golf Course Village student apartments, attending a dedication and then touring the freshman honors residence on Zollner Golf Course. A look into the future of campus athletic facilities was provided by Trine President Dr. Earl Brooks at a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the planned Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC). The new center will include a 200-meter indoor track, practice facilities for tennis and baseball, and recreation opportunities for all students.
The Office of Student Life kept student life energetic with a pep rally and bonfire, fireworks display and concert Friday night and the new Tour de Trine tricycle race on Park Avenue Saturday. Students and fans fueled up for the game at a pre-game tailgate lunch in Whitney Commons or at their own tailgate gatherings on the parking lot east of Shive Field.
Alumni and Friends Pole Day
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday May 10, 2008.
Guests enjoyed a perfect day at the track filled with food and fun. Alumni of Tri-State watched as the top eleven positions were set for the 92nd Indianapolis 500. Garage passes seemed to be the highlight of the day as they enjoyed getting autographs and having photos taken with legends like Mario Andretti and Sarah Fisher and up and coming stars Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan. Tickets included entrance to the track, garage passes hospitality area passes, breakfast, lunch and entertainment. Don't miss this one next year!!!
17th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Outing
Tri-State University's 17th annual Alumni and Friends Golf Outing Friday at Zollner Golf Course bolstered the Annual Fund for Scholarships more than any of the previous outings. The fund provides financial aid for deserving TSU students.
This year's event surpassed the Office of Alumni and Development goal of $50,000 by nearly $5,000, raising close to $13,000 more than last year's event. One hundred ninety-two alumni, friends, and community business partners made up the 48 teams in the Florida scramble format tournament.
Hot weather prevailed for the alumni golfers, who traveled from as far as Pennsylvania and California for the outing. Fifth Third Bank sponsored a lunch for golfers, and players in morning and afternoon flights returned to Witmer Clubhouse in the evening for dinner and the awarding of prizes for shots closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt, and other special contests.
The team of Joel Bickel, Jeff Reiniche, Mike Rogers, and John Weicht finished with a score of 53 to win the tournament, while Todd and John Stock, Scott Gruner, and Lance Krebs took second. Sarah Brown, Bob Shearer, Terry Stanley, and Liz Wall placed third.
Frank Hall, BSBA '70, and his wife, Beth, of Hall Bros. Transportation in Orleans, Ind., stepped up as the first-ever overall event sponsors. Rita Nedele, BSASG '73, and her husband, Chuck, sponsored the evening's prime rib dinner.
First ever Tri-State University caribbean cruise
Tri-State University and Holland America made a perfect union for the first ever TSU cruise! Alumni and friends of Tri-State set sail and enjoyed a warm week in the Caribbean where they were able to escape the final snowfalls and blustery days of winter with others in the extended Trine family.
Guests enjoyed seven days of lavish dinners, spectacular shows, desserts that you just had to see in order to believe, relaxing spa services, seminars and all before they even left the ship. This seven day escape featured stops at Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos, the British island of Tortola, Phillipsburg on St. Marteen, and the beautiful private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
Tri-State guests traveled to this idyllic Caribbean region where they experienced world class diving, exquisite wildlife, diverse tropical cultures, spectacular shopping, and many excursions. After all was said and done and we headed back to the States, TSU guests gathered one last time for a farewell reception where they had the opportunity to reminisce as they viewed a rolling slide show of photos from 1884 to 2007.
It will be a long time before those who attended can forget the silky, soft, white sand and the turquoise blue seas. Looking back on the whole experience it seems as if it was a dream, and we thank those of you who spent the week with us for giving us the opportunity to spend this time together.
Tri-State Entertains nearly 50 in Detroit
Despite frigid temperatures, Tri-State had a record turn out for this alumni dinner. Dr. Earl D. Brooks, Dr. David Finley, Dr. Dolores Tichenor, and Julie Wert had the opportunity to entertain nearly 50 guests. This was an exclusive opportunity to tour the private Roush Automotive Collection, featuring concept cars, one-of-a-kind classics, race cars, trophies, team equipment, photographs, and other artifacts, signifying over 40 years of motor sports achievements exclusively with Tri-state. Alumni enjoyed a first-hand look at this spectacular collection that contained educational exhibits of products and processes from Roush as a supplier of technological services to the automotive and aviation industries.
Tri-State escapes to the Bahia
Alumni joined Tri-State University in paradise on October 6, 7, and 8, 2006, as they traveled to "The Bahia," San Diego's original beachfront resort. Guests enjoyed a three day weekend, which included a President's Reception, a cruise aboard the Bahia Belle, a tour of the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, Old Town Trolley Tour, and Alumni Dinner.
Guests had a chance to mingle with Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., president of Trine university, and catch up with former classmates over hors 'devours in the Del Mar room overlooking Mission Bay during the President's Reception. Friday's ride aboard the Bahia Belle, a Mississippi-style sternwheeler, featured music, dancing, and cocktails as it cruised the waters of Mission Bay. Guests had the opportunity to explore the Catamaran Resort Hotel as the boat traveled to the other side of the bay to stop for sightseeing.
Saturday featured a chance to turn back the pages of history and relive San Diego's early days as it became the birthplace of California. In Old Town San Diego, guests experienced early Americana with its distinctive, "West Coast Style" Spanish flavor. On the Old Town Trolley Tours, guests toured the Coronado Islands, Balboa Park, the Gas Lamp District, Old Town, and other attractions.
The San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, which is located aboard the historic USS Midway aircraft carrier, alongside Navy Pier in downtown San Diego, was also one of the stops of Saturday's schedule. The Midway features more than 35 exhibits that bring the magic of naval aviation to life. Rich Dreisbach, ME '66, was able to give Tri-State alumni a special perspective because he served on the aircraft carrier. The four hour tour documented the ships history from WWII to the Desert Storm War.
Saturday night concluded with a specially prepared alumni dinner for Tri-State alumni and friends. Twenty-four were present at the evening's festivities, including special guests, James and Kathy Jelley. Join Trine University on their next getaway as they cruise to the Caribbean on March 4-11, 2007.
This year's Touch the Future Homecoming weekend was the highest attended event in recent Tri-State history. With nearly 350 in attendance, this year's occasion was a complete success. Highlights include the announcement of our new capital campaign goal of $90 million, the election of a new trustee member, Dr. Winston Porter; and the unveiling of a special section in Hershey Hall that highlights the career of long-time Tri-State basketball coach Mark Peterman.
Thursday's Scholarship Reception and Touchstone Dinner were a huge success. At the scholarship reception, students and their scholarship donors had a chance to mingle and meet each other. Over 100 guests were in attendance, showing the importance of our scholarship donors and the appreciation of our students.
At the Touchstone Dinner, 225 guests were welcomed. The plan to increase the capital campaign goal to $90 million was introduced. The announcement of the plan was followed by three check presentations. Steel Dynamics, Inc. of Fort Wayne presented a donation of $250,000. Bon Appétit donated a contribution of $300,000. An estate plan in the amount of $1 million was presented to the University from the late Jana Moak, a Board of Trustee member who passed away in May 2007. All donations will go toward the new University Center and Center for Online Technology and Resources. At the same dinner, it was announced that Tri-State University received a grant for $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant is in support of a project entitled, "Academic, Mentoring, and Financial Support for Upperclass Students in STEM Disciplines," which will award scholarships to undergraduates in engineering, science, math, and technology.
Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine were awarded the Pillar of Success at Thursday's Touchstone Dinner. The couple, who have been long-time supporters of Tri-State, were honored for their years of dedicated service. Through the years, the Trines donated funds for countless projects, including the Trine Welcome Center, Fort Wayne campus décor, and the Trine Guest cottage. A special video was presented in honor of their contributions. The couple's family was in attendance to congratulate them on their award.
Friday, Sept. 22
Friday was scheduled with numerous events, including the Franks School of Education Open house, Ingledue Freshman Honors Villas Dedication, and Homecoming Dinner. At the Homecoming Dinner, 21 alumni from the class of 1956 came to celebrate their 50 year class reunion. Alumni came from as far away as Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, and California to celebrate their past at Tri-State. A total of 311 guests were in attendance at the event, making the dinner the highest attended in Trine history.
Board of Trustees committee meetings were held in the morning with the annual Board of Trustee meeting held at Witmer Clubhouse on Friday afternoon. Several former trustees were in attendance as special guests: Dr. Lee Forman, Mr. Wayne Larson, and Mr. Paul Kahlenbeck. Dr. Winston Porter was appointed as the newest Board of Trustees member. The capital campaign goal was approved and increased to $90 million.
Saturday, Sept. 23
The President's Advisory Council met Saturday morning. The council members, which include John Glenhill, Paul Kahlenbeck, Wayne Larson, Bill Becher, Col. George Higginson, Tim Markley, and Walter Cunningham, were thanked for their input and assistance with strategic planning and accreditation. An update was also given on the University master plan.
Saturday's afternoon events included Allen School of Engineering Open House, the Thunder Games, the McKetta Chemical Engineering Celebration, the Alumni Tailgate Luncheon, and various sporting events. At the 5th Quarter event, alumni got a chance to see each other one more time. Nearly 100 guests were in attendance. Dan Putnam auctioned off both the football and soccer game ball. Those in attendance also got a chance to meet with the new football coach, Matt Land.
Sunday, Sept. 24
The Alumni Board of Governors met on Sunday to discuss new goals for the upcoming year. The board made plans to aggressively assist with the recruitment of new students in collaboration with the Admission Department. In addition, the board plans to raise over $600,000 for the capital campaign. The meeting was adjourned after a presentation on the importance of planned giving benefits.
16th Annual Tri-State Alumni and friends golf outing
The 16th Annual Tri-State Alumni & Friends Golf Outing was touted as a great success. Nearly 200 alumni and friends joined in Tri-State University’s 16th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Outing to raise over $42,000. The funds will be used to benefit the University’s scholarship endeavors.
According to Allen Keen, Director of Annual Giving and Regional Campaigns, this year’s attendance was one of the best in recent years.
"The University was proud to once again host a community-wide event,” said Keen. “The proceeds will benefit students pursuing a college education, which, in turn, brings money back into our community. The golf outing was a huge success and would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of local businesses and industry, as well as Tri-State’s alumni and friends. Their generous contributions will go a long way in ensuring our students with opportunities for lifelong learning. I would like to thank all of you—the sponsors, the community, our supporters, the golfers, and the volunteers—for your generous support of our mission and for investing in the future and in the students of Tri-State."
The golf outing was held at Tri-State’s own Zollner Golf Course, which featured 18-holes of golf, lunch, dinner, and an award’s program.
Tri-State University would like to thank the following businesses for their support: AMI Investment Management, Jim Ingledue Construction, and Design Collaborative as eagle sponsors. American Sealants, H.E. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, ABZ Realty, Bon Appetit, and Schrader Real Estate & Auction Company (by Richard Williams) contributed as birdie sponsors. Fifth Third Bank sponsored the day’s luncheon. The dinner sponsorship was courtesy of Frank Hall & Hall Bros. Transportation.
The winning team was composed of four alumni. Bob Shearer, Liz Brown, Sarah Brown, and Justin Howard won by one stroke with a score of 55. The Jim Ingledue Construction team finished in second place at the two-flight scramble.
"Due to the increased demand in support and participation, next year’s outing will again consist of a morning and afternoon flight,” added Keen. “Each flight will be limited to 144 golfers, so early registration is advised.”
In addition to the day’s traditional events, the first annual Sig Cup Golf Tournament was played between four teams from the Kappa Sigma and Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. Kappa Sigma Fraternity won the two-day event, which started at the Alumni & Friends event held at Zollner Golf Course and finished at Glendarin Hills Golf Club. A total of $1,000 was raised to go into the winning fraternity’s scholarship fund. Plans are already underway for next year to include additional teams and fraternities.
3rd annual scholarship gala, February 11, 2006
Tri-State University’s third annual scholarship gala was a huge success thanks to the community, friends, alumni, and faculty and staff of Tri-State. Last weekend’s gala set another record with $63,000 raised for student scholarships. This amount tops last year’s record by $3,000.
“We are fortunate to have a supportive community of friends and alumni who participate in this event,” said Melanie Brooks, Tri-State gala co-host. “We are grateful for the generosity of all the local individuals and businesses that provided support for the auction items. The silent and live auctions brought excitement to the event and helped boost the overall scholarship fund. This could not have been possible without the hard work and support of the gala committee, Tri-State students, faculty and staff.”
One highlight of the evening were the four live auctions led by State Senator Dennis Kruse. The live auctions brought in over $10,000 towards institutional scholarships. Also on hand were Kruse’s wife, Kay, and State Representative and Mrs. Dick Dodge.
In addition to the silent and live auctions, attendees sampled wine provided by Visentin Wine and Spirits, and enjoyed the sounds of the Hillsdale College Contemporary Jazz Band, which performed throughout the night. The gala was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Earl D. Brooks II and Drs. Ralph and Sherri Trine.
Each year, Tri-State awards over $7.5 million in institutional scholarships to support students who attend the Angola campus.
Lake Las Vegas Weekend!
Spectacular accommodations, fabulous food, wonderful tours, and alumni representatives from the classes of 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1981 and 1997 doesn't even begin to describe the wonderful weekend Dr. and Mrs. Brooks, Mike Ferrel, Allen Keen, and Julie Wert shared with these special friends of Tri-State University.
The weekend began as you pulled in to the Lake Las Vegas Resort area that sits just above the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Those who arrived after dusk were lucky enough to see a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas lights from above. Guests were then pampered by the MonteLago Village Resort as they stayed in their condominium style suite, enjoyed heated pools, a spectacular Jacuzzi, Mediterranean style shopping, and gaming.
If the accommodations at the MonteLago weren’t enough, guests of Tri-State had the opportunity to embark on a breathtaking helicopter night flight over the Las Vegas strip, a chance to visit and tour one on the biggest engineering feats of all time, the Hoover Dam, golf Reflection Bay Golf Club, which was personally designed by Jack Nicklaus, golf The Falls Golf Club, a masterpiece designed by Tom Weiskopf, and take a luxurious yacht tour of beautiful Lake Las Vegas upon the La Contessa.
At Friday evening’s President’s Reception guests mingled with the President and enjoyed lavish hors d’eouvres. Saturday and Sunday's Tri-State Breakfast Buffets were casual in dress, but the food was nothing short of elegant. Saturday evening’s Alumni Dinner of prime rib, California chicken, sautéed mixed vegetables, corn bread, rosemary and garlic potatoes, decadent chocolate cake and spectacular company was truly an event to remember!.
Homecoming 2005: Truly a “Celebration of Success”
Tri-State University hosted one of the most memorable homecomings in its 121 year history with our “Celebration of Success.” This exciting weekend included the public announcement of the capital campaign. Both Touchstone and Homecoming dinners were kicked off with a Champaign toast where Dr. Brooks proudly announced the success of being over $48 million dollars and on their way to raise $70 million to coincide with the 125th Anniversary of Tri-State University. Events followed throughout the weekend as we held a groundbreaking for the new University Center and Center for Technology and Online Resources. Dedications of the newly renovated Jannen Baseball Field, the newly named Guilford Laboratory and the latest addition to Tri-State Campus Village, the Ingledue Villas and those were just some of the weekend's highlights. Tri-State University also welcomed back the class of 1955 in unprecedented numbers; we celebrated the 90th Birthday of Dr. John J. McKetta Jr. in style with a cake fit for a king, the Tri-State cheerleaders cheered on the football team and we ended the weekend with a well deserved 5th quarter where alumni gathered nostalgia to reconnect and listen to the award winning band.