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February / March 2013

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Why give?

Throughout its history, Trine University has relied on the kindness and generosity of faithful alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to support the university′s mission of excellence. Many of you have played a vital role in propelling Trine to the premier institution that it is today. Now, more than ever, philanthropic funding is essential to sustain this important legacy.

The reasons for making a gift to Trine are both personal and diverse. Perhaps you are grateful for your campus experience and want to give something back by paying it forward. Maybe you would like to leave a legacy to benefit future students for generations to come. Possibly you feel passionate about supporting a specific area, such as technology and research, student entrepreneurship and innovation, or a bricks and mortar project. Or, you wish to take advantage of the tax benefits of making a gift.

Whatever your motivation, you′ll find as many ways to make a difference as there are in supporting Trine′s groups, organizations, schools, special departments, athletics and programs. To make an online gift today, visit

If you wish to speak with a member of the development team, please contact or phone 260.665.4114. Thank you for your careful consideration, and passion that you have for Trine University.

Engineering conferences almost here

April will deliver warmer weather and two engineering conferences to Trine.

The first conference, the American Society of Engineering Education 2013 regional conference, is set for April 6. The American Society of Civil Engineering Great Lakes Student Conference is set for April 20.

The theme for the ASEE conference is “Engineering Education Collaboration – An emerging opportunity for strategic partnerships.”

Among topics to be included are global sustainability, women in engineering, energy conversion and conversation, and engineering innovation and competitiveness. For a complete list of topics, go to

Participants may submit papers or posters. Early registration deadline is March 8, registration is March 8-29 and onsite registration will also be offered. For more information about submitting work or registering, go to

For more information, contact conference co-chairmen Thomas Trusty, chair of engineering technology, 260-665-4266 or and Allen Hersel, Ph.D., chemical and bioprocess engineering, 260-665-4252 or

ASCE conference organizers anticipate nearly 500 students from 18 colleges and universities. Organizers are seeking alumni and industry professionals to help judge these contests: concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental, geotechnical, surveying, technical paper and mystery design.

For more information or to get involved, contact or visit

Trine ASCE advisor is TJ Murphy, of the Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, who may be contacted at or 665-4216. Conference chair is Zachary Dean, who may be reached at or 219-730-9273.

Fifth annual Scholarship Golf Classic raises nearly $30k for Trine students

Trine University is focused on the Trine Student Scholarship Fund and hosted the Scholarship Golf Classic to raise money.

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