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October / November 2013

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Tell Us: What’s Happening?!

It's that time of year again! We are asking all alumni of Tri-State College, Tri-State University and Trine University to let us and your fellow alumni know about the happenings in your life. In the next issue of Trine magazine, we plan to include Class Notes on births, marriages, promotions, completion of additional education, relocations; anything that you would like to share. Reply to with your announcements!

Trine University Trustees Encourage Alumni to Support Black and White Scholarship Gala by Establishing $30,000 Matching Gift Challenge.

Planning is now underway for the 11th annual Black and White Scholarship Gala, being held on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Last year’s Gala met record-breaking success, raising over $310,000 for student scholarships. This year we are hoping to surpass that amount – but we need your help to do so.

Several Trine University trustees are encouraging alumni to support this year’s Scholarship Gala by establishing a $30,000 matching challenge. The trustees are challenging alumni who did not support the Gala in 2013 to participate. Support of the Gala through sponsorships, auction items, dinner tickets and auction purchases will be matched by this challenge.

All dollars raised directly support student scholarships. Pledged sponsorship support received before November 22 will appear in the invitation. For tax purposes, you may choose to make your pledge payment in 2013 or 2014.

Please contact the office of alumni and development at 260.665.4114 or by emailing if you are interested in supporting the 11th annual Black and White Scholarship Gala or if you have questions regarding the match.

Books and Beyond Scholarship Program

In its sixth year the Books and Beyond Scholarship Program will once again see a matching challenge by The MTI Foundation (Metal Technologies, Inc.), and president Rick James ’77. This year’s matching challenge of $50,000 (100 scholarships) is an increase over previous years.

Every year we have students who struggle with finding the money necessary for textbooks, basic school supplies, project materials, etc. The $500 Books and Beyond Scholarships are funded by individual donors and given to deserving students, who without this additional assistance would face the stress and pressure of trying to do without these basic academic resources or borrowing additional funds and increasing the debt they will carry following graduation.

The Books and Beyond Scholarships assist financially needy students in the following ways:

  • textbooks
  • personal computers/laptops
  • basic school supplies
  • e-textbooks (which can offer savings of 40% - 60% compared to printed books)
  • project materials
  • meals assistance for commuter students
  • tuition gap assistance for students with modest account balances

We invite our alumni and friends to respond generously to this opportunity to help our neediest students succeed in their studies at Trine University. For more information on the Books and Beyond Scholarship Program, please contact the office of alumni and development at 260.665.4114 or

2013 Alumni Award Winners

During halftime of the 2013 homecoming football game, alumni award winners were announced. For more information about each award, and to view a complete list of previous winners, please click here

Outstanding Achievement Alumni Award
Bill Pett, a 1953 mechanical engineering alum, has given years of service to Trine University. Bill has served as a member of the university’s alumni board for the past eight years. He is also active in organizing alumni events in the St. Louis, Mo., area. Bill plans to retire from the alumni board at the end of his current term.

Distinguished Service Young Alumnus
Andrew Hein, a 1998 chemical engineering graduate, is an involved alumnus with the chemical engineering department and a consistent financial supporter of Trine University. Also successful in his career, Andrew was named one of the top 300 global Intellectual Property strategists in the world. A principal at Crown Point transactions, Andrew earned his juris doctor from Georgetown in 2003.

Distinguished Service Alumni Award
Jim Bock, a 1954 mechanical engineering graduate, has been a member of the Trine University Board of Trustees since 2003. He has supported the university through his generous service and financial contributions. The newly dedicated Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering is a living testament to Jim’s dedication and loyalty to Trine University.

Alumni Association board elects officers

During the fall meeting during homecoming weekend, the Alumni Association Board of Directors elected officers. Now leading the board, comprised of 17 alumni, is: President, Richard L. Hoover, 1971 BSAE; vice president, Ned Haylett, 1972 BSME. Scott Brown, ’80 BSCE, will continue to serve as board secretary.

The alumni association aims to promote the interests and general welfare of alumni of Trine University, Tri-State University, Tri-State College and Tri-State Normal College; establish and perpetuate mutually beneficial relations between the University and its alumni; and promote and assist in the formation, operation and perpetuation of alumni chapters or clubs.