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The Grand Finale

8 May 2010

In its 125th year, Trine will celebrate a unique moment in history with a legendary commencement speaker—Indiana basketball icon Bob Knight. Ceremonies will be Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in Hershey Hall. Knight will be presented with an honorary doctor of public service degree during the ceremony in recognition of his lifelong commitment to improving the lives of young people.

Trine will graduate 380 such young people, well prepared to succeed, lead and serve. Among them will be Adam Shiltz, DET major and entrepreneurship minor, who was accepted into the Robert Orr Fellowship program through the efforts of the Trine Office of Career Services. He was subsequently contacted by Jesubi, a company participating in the fellowship program, and offered a job in Indianapolis.

“The Orr Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students searching for their first salaried, full-time position following graduation,” Shiltz said. “Each year, a new group of talented graduates is selected from thousands of applicants and placed with a host company. Host companies are some of Indiana’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial companies. Fellows serve two-year commitments, during which host companies engage them in innovative projects while allowing them the opportunity to work closely with company executives. Fellows work with their host companies to determine a position that highlights their strengths and passions in order to promote personal growth.

“On finalist day of the fellowship, I interviewed with Jesubi first, and they called me back in January about working for them. They are a young, exciting company based on the north side of Indianapolis. They sell software that helps systemize the art of inside sales. I will be a director of business solutions, selling Jesubi software. There is nothing really like it on the market, and we are showing companies that our product will make an extremely positive investment for their future.

“Finally, just a little on how it feels to be young, educated and moving into a career. Talk about mixed emotions! I love everything about academia and have such a passion for learning new things, that I will definitely miss it. But I have an opportunity to step into a company where I can instantly see my impact on every sale I make, while helping my small company grow. Not many entry-level graduates can say they have that much responsibility. It is going to be a tough job, with long hours and some dead ends, but my four years here have taught me how to persevere, get the job done, and have fun doing it. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Go to our commencement Web site for more info.

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