University Center dedicated to
Rick and Vicki James

Trine University officials dedicated its award-winning University Center to Rick and Vicki James, a couple who have been instrumental in the school’s advancements in the last decade.

“Just as this building has become a central focal point of our transforming campus, Rick and Vicki have become a central part of the continued success of the vision of this premier institution,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., during a dedication ceremony May 4.

Together, they have spearheaded multiple efforts on campus, including, most notably, the Books and Beyond Scholarship Program, which assists deserving students demonstrating financial need, the Metal Technologies Inc. Health and Fitness Center, Trine’s internationally recognized cast metals program and the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts.

“Much of their philanthropy is anonymous and takes place behind the scenes,” Brooks said. “They have agreed to lend their name to this University Center as an encouragement for others to support Trine’s mission and continue Trine’s march of excellence.”

Rick James graduated from Tri-State University in 1977 with a degree in business administration. He has served as chairman and CEO for Metal Technologies for the past 13 years. He was president and chief executive for Auburn Foundry for nine years, and served the company in various other positions, including vice president for sales, sales manager and production manager, for 12 years prior to that time. He now serves on the university’s board of trustees.

Vicki James has been an active member of the Black and White Scholarship Gala committee, which has raised over $1 million for student scholarships in the past decade. She is active in her church, where she leads a successful Bible study and mentors children through confirmation.

The Jameses are looking forward to the university’s continued progress. In the past decade, Trine completed a $90 million campaign with $75 million invested in facility improvements, now the university is looking toward its next capital campaign, which aims to increase its endowment, which focuses on student scholarships, professional development, academic program and university sustainability and growth.

Peoria, Ariz., Trine entering into agreement
to bring engineering programs to the West Valley

The city of Peoria, Ariz., and Trine University have entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement to explore the development of a branch campus in Peoria. This campus will offer bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering, as well as a variety of other programs that are in line with Peoria’s 2010 Higher Education Feasibility Study, and Economic Development Implementation Strategy (EDIS).

University recruitment has been a top priority of the City Council since the EDIS was adopted in 2010.

“We are very happy to enter into these negotiations with Trine. Our EDIS stipulated that university recruitment should focus on STEM programs, and Trine’s robust engineering program offers a perfect complement to other recent innovation developments in Peoria, namely the location of Maxwell Technologies and the establishment of our BioInspire medical device incubator,” said Scott Whyte, director of Economic Development Services.

The purpose of the ENA is to provide both parties with an opportunity to determine the project’s parameters including the site plan, the program roll-out, student enrollment targets, as well as identify partners to the project. The results of the negotiations will be determined over the next few months.

“We are very pleased to explore the possibilities in Peoria. Trine’s engineering program is the culmination of more than a century of experience, and this is an exciting opportunity for us to invest in educational advances in yet another community to provide educational resources for students that will, in turn, meet the needs of the region in terms of workforce development, technical training and access to private, nonprofit higher education,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., president of Trine University.

Founded in 1884 in Angola, Indiana, Trine University offers more than 35 degree programs on its main campus, as well as online and at regional campuses and education centers throughout Indiana and Michigan. The university has become the fastest-growing private university in Indiana over the last five years, with a 68 percent increase in enrollment. U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review have ranked Trine among the Midwest’s Best Colleges every year since 2008.

The university’s job-placement rates are above the national average. Of the university’s 2011 graduating class, 91 percent of graduates found meaningful employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of commencement.

Trine is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and its education, engineering and business programs are nationally recognized and accredited.

“Trine’s multiple achievements can be attributed to numerous advancements, including the leadership’s vision and constant quest for creativity and innovation in our academic programming,” Brooks said. “We believe our successes will lead to economic prosperity, growth and progress in Peoria.”

Trine, Huntington universities to offer classes
at Parkview as part of life science consortium

The Life Science Education and Research Consortium of Northeast Indiana is forging ahead, with  two of the five partner schools already moving forward this fall.

The consortium, which was announced in September 2011, would utilize existing space on Parkview Hospital’s Randallia campus, near downtown Fort Wayne, and serve as a regional initiative to align and leverage education, applied research, business incubation and economic development resources focusing on life sciences and health care. The consortium is committed to generating a world-class center with a focus on rehabilitation, senior care and behavioral health.

While other schools are anticipating a 2013 launch, Huntington University and Trine University will begin their first programs in August.

“We are pleased to see the aggressive manner with which Huntington and Trine are moving forward with this initiative and to see that classes will begin in August,” said Steven Brody, project coordinator for the consortium. “We know that residents of northeast Indiana will benefit exponentially from their quality programming, innovative approaches and history of excellence.”

Huntington will start its Master of Arts in counseling and its adult bachelor’s degree programs in human resource management and not-for-profit leadership on Aug. 27. The adult RN to BSN degree program will begin Aug. 28. A TESOL/ESL certificate program will launch later this year. By the fall of 2013, the university also hopes to open a master’s and doctoral-level program in occupational therapy.

“Huntington University is proud to be a part of this joint venture. We firmly believe that by collaborating together our institutions will be stronger, our students’ learning experiences and opportunities will be richer, and our neighborhood, city and region will be more vibrant,” said G. Blair Dowden, Ph.D., president of Huntington University.

Trine will offer new programming that affords students opportunities to pursue bachelor’s degrees in healthcare management, emergency management, biomedical engineering and engineering technology and master’s degrees in leadership in biomedical regulatory affairs, leadership in non-profit management and leadership in healthcare systems studies. The university also plans to launch a doctoral program in physical therapy, its first doctorate program, and a biomechanics and movement sciences research center.

“We are excited, not only to be a part of the consortium, but to give people opportunities to earn meaningful degrees that will enhance their futures and the economic vitality of the community,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “Universities play a vital role in training quality professionals who will take leadership roles in the healthcare, biomedical and engineering industries. Their leadership will lead to greater regional industrial diversity, job growth and socioeconomic improvements in the area.”

Fort Wayne Community Schools, Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast and the University of Saint Francis are also partners in initiative. The schools signed a memorandum of understanding and Parkview has been working with individual institutions. Huntington and Trine will locate their programs in the main hospital building.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Steven Brody at

‘Support’ your fellow civil engineers

Get your concrete canoes ready – for the first time, Trine University will host the American Society of Civil Engineering’s student conference April 18–20, 2013.

Nearly 500 students, faculty and industry professionals from throughout the region will be involved in the event.

To help make the 2013 conference possible, Trine students are seeking sponsors to provide financial support and volunteers to help judge competitions such as concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental, geotechnical, surveying, technical paper and mystery design.

This is an excellent opportunity for your company to showcase their commitment and support to the next generation of civil engineers and Trine University and to market your company to a large number of future engineers.

For more information or to get involved, contact civil engineering professor TJ Murphy at

Trustees form Education One LLC

Following recent state legislative action, which grated authority to private universities to authorize charter schools, the Trine University board of trustees recently formed Education One LLC.

Education One LLC, on behalf of the university’s board of trustees, will consider charter applications from organizers who wish to start a charter school. Charter applications must meet state guidelines and other specific criteria including stem related curriculum, virtual/seated methods of content delivery, demonstrated success in previously established programs and high levels of student achievement where performance exceeds state averages.

Lynn Brooks, president of Rieke Packaging Systems in Auburn and Trine University board member, is one of the founding members of Education One’s board of managers.

“Forming Education One allows organizers to present educational alternatives for families,” Brooks said. “Trine University is committed to education, and we are excited about the opportunity to offer additional resources to parents and their children looking to the future.”

In April, 2012, Education One LLC, on behalf of the university′s board of trustees, received a charter application from Indiana Cyber, to be based in Schererville, Indiana. The application was approved and a statewide launch of a virtual charter school is underway, enrolling students for fall 2012. Visit

Charter applications must meet state guidelines and other specific criteria including stem related curriculum, virtual/seated methods of content delivery, demonstrated success in previously established programs and high levels of student achievement where performance exceeds state averages.

For more information, contact Trine University senior vice president Michael Bock at (260) 665-4102 or

Trine commits $8 million
to economic growth, education

Trine University will invest more than $8 million in education and economic growth, officials announced in a press conference on Friday, May 4, on the school’s main campus in Angola.

In the past year, Trine has acquired over $3.5 million in laboratory equipment and an over $5 million in commitments to support this initiative.

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Hastert encourages Trine graduates
to 'do extraordinary things'

"Life expects ordinary people to do extraordinary things," former U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert told nearly 500 graduates in his address at Trine University's 127th annual commencement ceremony May 5 in Hershey Hall.

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