are receiving the first of what will be many Thunderbolt
E-Newsletters from Tri-State University to keep you updated
on happenings at your Alma Mater. You can watch for these
easy-to-read messages every other month.
If you know of other alumni who should be receiving these
E-Newsletters but aren’t, please send their e-mail
addresses to email@example.com.
We hope the list will grow until everyone is receiving the
Thunderbolt E-Newsletter every other month beginning with
I write this I also am creating the job description for
the next director of alumni activities. We are hoping this
person will be onboard by our May 7 commencement and the
spring meeting of the Alumni Board of Governors. Of course,
we would love to hire an alum to handle these responsibilities,
but the job comes with some steep requirements. This person
not only will need to travel extensively (over 50 percent
of their time) but also must demonstrate that they have
some clear ideas about how to move our alumni program in
an example, Allen Keen ‘03 and I were in Fort Wayne
recently for the alumni gathering at Science Central. Eight
schools in the immediate region around Fort Wayne encouraged
their alumni to come out and show their colors, too. TSU
was represented by some 47 individuals, many from our Fort
Wayne campus, who wanted to spend a fun evening in a good
environment with their family. We will need to do more of
these. The outstanding response is a clear call for more
family-oriented alumni activities. Our regional dinners
around the United States also have been successful alumni-gathering
projects. We’ve been sponsoring these since we began
the “Vision for the Future” capital campaign
and, so far, alumni in each case have asked for more meetings
like them. The new alumni director will need to return to
those locations. Likewise, our initial success with “the
Executive Club”—our e-letter contact with alumni
who are presidents and CFOs—has met with immediate
success. If you know of someone not on our Executive Club
list, please use the alumnus e-mail address listed above.
As you can see, a new director of alumni activities has
a big job ahead of him or her.
want to thank you personally for responding to our fall
phonathon in October and November. We ended at $160,000
in November, but so many folks responded to the voice-recorded
messages on their home answering device that money continues
to come in, and we soon will be over the $190,000 mark.
Likewise, enrollment applications for fall are already coming
in, and the numbers look promising. Again, alumni have helped
us with getting the right people out to recruiting events
and on-campus visits, all of which have helped tremendously.
upcoming events you might keep in mind are:
Finally, remember your Alma Mater with a gift before May 31,
when our books close on our fiscal year. It has been a good
year so far and you can make it even better. Visit our Alumni
Web site to make your gift online.
- “Race Day” in Indianapolis during the week
of time trials before the Memorial Day Indy 500 (exact
times will be announced) and
- August 5, when we will have an all-day alumni golf
outing at Zollner Golf Course. We always have a big turnout
at this event; it is exciting to think of that many alumni
and friends gathered in one day for a game of golf.
with you soon,
Gala Successful Again
Second Annual Scholarship Gala was a huge success. Approximately
250 TSU alumni and friends raised more than $60,000 through
live and silent auctions and other contributions. The February
12 event, held in the Ketner Sports Complex, topped last
year’s benefit total by at least $13,000. The event
was co-hosted by TSU President Dr. Earl D. Brooks II and
his wife, Melanie, and Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine. For more,
information visit our Alumni
for the Future Campaign Continues Success
more than $40 million already credited to the Vision for
the Future campaign, TSU is continuing on a successful path
to fulfilling its promise to give students state-of-the-art
facilities and amenities along with a great education. The
exterior of C.W. Sponsel Administration Building is almost
complete, and Phase II of the Student Villas is under roof.
On the drawing board is the Student Center and Center for
Technology and Online Resources, a magnificent building
of 100,000 square feet that, when completed, will serve
both as a center for technology and interactive learning,
as well as for dining, entertainment and shopping for both
students and the community-at-large. The research center
also will feature state-of-the-art digital and multiple
media resources and productivity applications, all within
a wireless environment.
Series Hosts Former TSU Professor
Distinguished Speaker Series continues on
April 6 with author and lecturer Duane Dobbert,
a 35-year veteran of the criminal justice profession. A
professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Capella University,
Dobbert is the author of "Halting the Sexual Predators
Among Us: Preventing Attack, Rape, and Lust Homicide".
The event is free and the public is invited. This and all
the series’ presentations are funded in part by the
Steuben County Community Foundation. Dobbert also will do
a book-signing and will be available for class sessions
and other campus activities. For more information about
Dobbert, a former TSU professor, visit his Web
basketball players—Brandon O’Leary
(Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Nikki Bergman (Howard, Mich.)—joined
the 1,000 Point Club this year.
Winter sports are winding down. Women’s basketball
ended its regular season Wednesday. The inaugural wrestling
season, supported by Fifth-Third Bank, ended Thursday. Men’s
basketball closed out the regular season Saturday. Indoor
track finishes Saturday. Spring teams are gearing up for
the 2005 season. Baseball opens March 5 at IU Southeast.
Softball opens March 15 at home against Indiana Wesleyan.
Men’s tennis opens February 19 at Kalamazoo College.
Women’s tennis opens February 26 at Calvin College.
Track and field opens April 9 at home against Albion and
Alma colleges. For more visit our Thunder
Athletics Web site.
Technology Center gaining partners
TSU Technology Center was excited last month when RJG Inc.
announced that the center will be RJG’s Indiana Training
Partner for injection molding training. RJG is a Traverse
City, Michigan, company that offers nationally recognized
certified training programs. This will be a nice plus for
the Tech Center, which started as the Plastics Technology
Center before it was gifted to TSU in February 2004. When
it acquired the center, TSU pledged to increase and enhance
existing plastics training opportunities, and this partnership
is part of that plan. For more information, visit www.plasticstechcenter.org.
is in the News–again and again and again
the magazine of the Indiana Chamber, visited the TSU Technology
Center in late fall and interviewed Tech Center executive
director Sharon Sallot. The story about the center’s
entrepreneurial and business development resources appears
in the January/February
2005 issue. Check that out and click on ‘entrepreneurial
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette featured TSU’s Middle
College on the front page of its November 21, 2004, “Perspective”
section. The story focused on the program’s unique
structure and the success it has achieved in less than a
year—going from an initial four students last year
to an enrollment of 44 students from nine different schools
at the beginning of the fall term, 2004.
Indiana Business regularly posts our press releases
and, since June, has featured us on their site more than
a dozen times.
more news, visit the TSU
professor elected president of IAHPERD
Dr. David Anspaugh, professor and chair of the Department
of Health, Physical Education & Sport Science, has been
named president-elect of the Indiana Association of Health,
Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for 2004-2005.
Next year he will serve as president, and in the following
year will serve on the board as past president.
Dr. Anspaugh has served as president of the Southern District
Association of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
He is a former state president of the Tennessee Association
of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In addition
he has been president of the American Association of Health
Education and a board member of the National Association
for the Certification of Health Education Specialist. He
is currently serving as a facilitator for the Michiana Coordinated
School Health Project sponsored by the American Cancer Society
and the Indiana Department of Education.
Dr. Anspaugh is the author of 26 textbooks and manuals,
including the No. 1 best-seller in wellness, "Concepts
in Wellness". He also is published in more than a dozen
professional journals and newspapers.
Among a long list of accomplishments, Dr. Anspaugh developed
a prototype for fitness wellness centers that was adopted
by several universities throughout the country. Besides
IAHPERD, he is active in several professional organizations.
He has served on IAHPERD’s advocacy committee for
wellness since June 2003.
IAHPERD objectives include supporting a comprehensive school
health plan, healthy choices in school lunches and/or breakfasts,
healthy choices in vending machines and safe community recreation
facilities. IAHPERD’s members also are active lobbyists
for health and physical education issues and the organization’s
“It’s an honor to have been elected to this
position,” Anspaugh said. “This professional
association has been active since 1917, and many of its
leaders have been from larger, major institutions. So, it’s
an honor that somebody from a small institution can get
Regional Dinner–Durham, North Carolina
Visit Day, Arts & Sciences Prospects
Night, Pacers vs. Lakers, Conseco Fieldhouse
Annual Putt-Putt Challenge
Bridges and Etiquette Dinner
featuring Dr. Duane Dobbert
Expo Design Day
Visit Day, Engineering Prospects