The TSU Board of Trustees approved recommendations in July on a range of improvements geared toward increased student enrollment and enhanced athletics at TSU. New student apartments and a revision to the master plan in regard to athletics will begin to change the face of the university yet this fall.
TSU welcomed the largest fall class in 10 years in August, when 496 new students joined the Thunder family. The new University Center and Center for Technology and Online Resources has opened, and along with it the new Whitney Commons, where our students enjoy exceptional fare in extraordinary new surroundings.
Twenty-three students from the countries of Japan, China, Korea, and Saudi Arabia joined the TSU community this fall. Gail Lugo has been hired as the director and an instructor for the universityís English Language Center.
Farewell to a Friend
The Department of Alumni and Development bid our good friend goodbye on Aug. 3, when Bob Remington departed TSU after an exceptionally successful career as a fundraiser. Remington made his final adieus at the Alumni and Friends Golf Outing.
Another New Face
Dr. Robert Hamill is TSUís new Vice President of Finance/General Consul, bringing with him experience garnered from a variety of teaching and administrative roles with private institutions.
SPS Surges Ahead
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has formally approved the offering of a master of science degree for criminal justice majors and a bachelor of science degree in emergency management at TSU Fort Wayne.
Development on the Move
Ray Stuckey has been promoted to vice president for university development after Bob Remington’s retirement. He had been TSU’s director of development and planned giving.
Arts and Science, Education and Business Open House, beginning at 8:30 a.m., Forman Hall. Prospective students in these TSU schools can take advantage of tours, panels, meetings with university officials, lunch, and a sporting event.
TSU Holiday Extravaganza. Songs by Angola High School choir, tree lighting ceremony, gift collection for the needy.
Holiday Frenzy Open House, beginning at 9 a.m., Forman Hall. Prospective students in all four TSU schools of study can explore education, sports, housing, and social options through activities across the campus.
- About 90 percent of TSU graduates have full-time jobs within six months of graduating, at starting salaries ranking among the highest in every major category in the nation.
- TSU students and employees injected over $4.3 million into the economy of their surrounding community from March 2006-February 2007.
- U.S. News & World Reportís ďAmericaís Best CollegesĒ lists TSU 34th among Midwestern baccalaureate colleges in the 2008 edition.
- TSU faculty members hold advanced degrees from institutions such as Princeton, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Virginia Polytechnic, and MIT.
Linking Alumni and Students
TSU alumni and supporters united to raise scholarships for deserving students by teeing off in the 17th Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Outing on Zollner Golf Course on Friday, Aug. 3, bolstering the Annual Fund for Scholarships more than any of the previous outings. This yearís event surpassed the Office of Alumni and Development goal of $50,000 by nearly $5,000, raising close to $13,000 more than last yearís event.
A Warm Homecoming
TSUís Homecoming weekend Oct. 4-6 attracted hundreds of alumni and friends to campus to view new buildings, enjoy class reunions, receive alumni awards, and watch a victorious Thunder football game. Ribbon cuttings for the University Center and Center for Technology and Online Resources and C.W. Sponsel Administration Center. Moss Street, and Kinney Street student apartments opened the doors of those new facilities to the public, showcasing part of $26 million spent on upgrades so far through the Vision for the Future capital campaign.
The Department of Brand and Integrated Marketing, the Office of Alumni and Development, and the TSU executive offices moved into the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center in September. We appreciate the organization and efficiency with which our operations staff handled the exodus of these offices from Shambaugh Hall, and their courteous help as we adjusted to our new environment.
After three years of provisional status, Tri-State University became a full active member of the NCAA Division III on Sept. 1. The Thunder is now eligible for all NCAA Division III championships and national rankings. Tri-State has been a full member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association since 2004-05, when the Thunder became a provisional NCAA member.
TSUís Thunder football team delighted fans by opening its season with two wins, first over Manchester College on the Spartansí home field, and then against Defiance College at home. After a loss to non-conference foe Franklin College, the Thunder bounced back over Homecoming weekend to defeat Kalamazoo College.
Thunder Varsity Club
Tri-State University is committed to a high-quality athletic program, which benefits student-athletes and our entire university community. The Thunder Varsity Club is the primary means through which we raise funds for the Tri-State University Athletic Department.
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