Bolts From the Blue
DID YOU KNOW...
- TSU gives over $8 million annually in institutionally funded scholarships?
- TSU graduates experience a 90 percent employment rate within six months of graduation?
- TSU has over $50 million economic impact in the northeast Indiana?
- TSU's community of students, faculty, and staff injected over $1 million into the local economy in 2006?
- TSU graduates earn jobs with salaries higher than the national average?
Alumni Reunion Successful
GETTIN' DOWN IN DETROIT
Forty-eight TSU alumni, one of the largest crowds ever for a regional reunion, gathered Jan. 31, 2007 for the Detroit Regional Reunion, where they enjoyed a tour of the Roush Automotive Collection. The museum showcased 40 years of motor sports achievements. An alumni reception gave friends a chance to mix and catch up on news. (read more)
Distinguished Speakers Series
HOW TO BE GQ
TSU class of ’49 alumnus William Thourlby brought the magic of image-making to center stage for
TSU and Steuben County as the featured guest in the Distinguished Speaker series Feb. 7. Thourlby’s
initial claim to fame as the model for the Marlboro Man in the 1950s cigarette ads evolved into roles on
TV’s “Hawaii Five-O” and in films like “The Manchurian Candidate.” His
entrepreneurial spirit eventually led him to the position of wardrobe and image consultant for U.S. presidents
and corporate executives. He shared some points from his seminar, “Passport to Power,” which
he conducts across the U.S.
TSU's Petrie Shines
Professor Dennis Petrie of the TSU Department of English and Communication has penned the seventh edition of his
textbook, “The Art of Watching Films,” published by McGraw-Hill in New York. Petrie loved films in his youth, but
could not view many in the remote area of south-central Kentucky where he lived. His collaboration on the textbooks
with the late Joseph Boggs began during Petrie’s college years at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, and
he continues to produce the text alone since Boggs’ death several years ago. The text is widely used, and Petrie has
begun work on the eighth edition. He discussed his book in a Northeast Indiana Public Radio interview on Thursday, Feb. 8.
TSU LAUNCHING MUSIC PROGRAM
TSU will launch a new music program in the fall. A new Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music will teach courses
allowing students to earn a music minor, and coordinate a TSU band program to eventually include a University/Community Concert Band; University
Marching Band; and Pep Band. In celebration of the new music minor, TSU sponsored a concert for small music
lovers, Music for Tiny Tots, on March 4. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic String Trio and Philharmonic Friends created an “instrumental playground” to
give children in preschool through second grade a chance to see, touch, hear and play the instruments. The trio then presented a 30-minute concert
designed for young children.
Scholarship Gala Update
TSU’s Black and White Scholarship Gala broke several records in its fourth year. The event generated
nearly $80,000 for student scholarships, while bringing together a record number of supporters, and boasting
the most profitable live auction ever. TSU alumni and friends enjoyed dinner by Bon Appétit, a wine tasting
event by Biaggi’s of Fort Wayne, Ind., live and silent auctions of gifts donated by benefactors and live
music by the Hillsdale Community College Contemporary Jazz Band. President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. and his wife,
Melanie, hosted the event with TSU Trustees Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine. Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, Rep.
Richard Dodge, R-Pleasant Lake, and TSU Trustees and Alumni Board of Governors members were among the dignitaries.
The TSU Thunder men’s basketball team experienced a phenomenal year, tying for No. 2 seed in MIAA NCAA Division III
most of the season and taking the season down to the wire in a final game with nationally ranked Hope College on Feb. 17.
Even though Hope prevailed, third-seed TSU hosted its first-ever MIAA quarterfinal tournament on Feb. 21, beating No. 7 seed
Kalamazoo College to take on Calvin College in the MIAA semi-finals at Hope College on Feb. 24. TSU’s season ended in
a 66-82 loss to Calvin and a 16-10 season win-loss record.
Governor Daniels Visits TSU
President Brooks welcomed Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to the Governor’s Chamber Luncheon at TSU’s Witmer Clubhouse
Tuesday, Feb. 20. TSU sponsored the luncheon and the Angola Area Chamber of Commerce was host to around 170 businesses and professional
leaders. Governor Daniels elaborated on education issues to be addressed in the next General Assembly session, including proposed
Hoosier Hope Scholarships to keep Indiana college graduates living and working in their home state. After lunch by TSU’s
Bon Appétit, Daniels told the group he enjoys such local visits, and thanked President Brooks and the University
for hosting the event.
Master Plan, Enrollment Updates
GROWTH AT A GLANCE
We have made impressive headway by raising $62 million as we continue to roll toward our Vision for the Future campaign goal
of $90 million by 2009. The result of the fund-raising is visible everywhere. The University Center and Center for Online Technology,
a central social, entertainment, and technology hub, will be dedicated this fall. New apartments are being built, and all students will
soon benefit from $2 million in technological improvements.
As a result of these improvements and efforts by the Office of Admission, TSU expects the largest freshman class in 10 years this fall.
A record number of students, a 96 percent increase, have made deposits for the fall semester at TSU. Applications are up 47 percent and
accepted students have increased by 43 percent. TSU’s presence in over 300 high schools and 200 annual college fairs, improved
athletic recruiting, a visible and competitive scholarship program, and attractive financial aid packages also factor into the increases.
But the job is far from over. Even though record donations have been raised, they only scratch the surface of TSU’s needs, said
officials with the Office of Alumni and Advancement. This year’s projected freshman class brings to the forefront TSU’s need
for even more student housing, they said.
Upcoming 2007 Events Calendar
||TSU SPS Job Fair and College Expo, WWII Museum, Auburn, 10 a.m.
||TSU 47th Regional Science Fair, Hershey Hall, 1-4 p.m.
||Distinguished Speaker series, writer Diane Gentry, Best Hall 229, 7 p.m.
||International Night, Ketner Sports Center, 6 p.m.
||TSU Community Breakfast, Witmer Clubhouse, 7:30 a.m.
||Seattle Area Alumni Luncheon, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, noon (details)
|For more information, click on "News" at tristate.edu