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University News

Spring 2011

Distinguished Speaker series continues

Trine University welcomed two additional distinguished speakers — an award-winning athlete and a world-renowned archaeologist — on its main campus during the spring semester.

Michael Cremo, Ph.D., an international authority on human antiquity and best-selling author of “Forbidden Archaeology,” gave a lecture in March. For more than 27 years, Cremo has been “digging up” documented, credible findings that tell a completely different story from Darwinian evolution. For the past decade, Cremo has been lecturing extensively on “Forbidden Archaeology,” which has been translated into 26 languages, and its sequel, “Human Devolution,” at academic institutions around the globe. He said his critique of human evolution has generated considerable controversy.

Cremo is a member of the World Archeological Congress and the European Association of Archeologists. He also is a research associate of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, specializing in the history and philosophy of science.

In addition, former Indiana University and NBA basketball star Kent Benson discussed the “ABCs of Success and Excellence” March 28 as part of the series. Benson was part of the Hoosier’s last undefeated team in 1976, when IU captured the NCAA champion title. He was named the NCAA Most Outstanding Player and to the U.S. Olympic team in 1976. He was the No. 1 draft pick for the 1977 NCAA draft. He went on to play 11 years with the NBA in Milwaukee, Detroit, Utah and Cleveland.

After a stellar basketball career, Benson now works as a consultant and has become involved with numerous Christian, charitable and civic organizations and is an avid hunter and fisherman. He currently is working on a book, which is based on his talk. He hopes to release it sometime in the near future.

If you want to access archived distinguished speaker information, the following web page has video (or audio) coverage of past distinguished speaker′s.

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18 April 2011

Trine, Grace College enter educational partnership

Thanks to an agreement signed between Grace College and Trine University, beginning in fall 2011, Trine will offer several engineering degrees on the Grace campus, allowing students opportunities to reap the benefits of both a Grace education according to its mission and values, as well as specialized, on-campus training in engineering through Trine University.

Administrators from both schools met on the Grace campus on Monday, April 18, to sign the agreement. This model will allow students at Grace to graduate with a degree from Trine University. In addition to other programming, Trine will offer a Bachelor of Engineering with concentrations in mechanical, civil and biomedical engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, a Master of Science in Leadership, and an online master’s degree in engineering.

“This is an opportunity for people who would have considered coming to Grace if we had offered engineering,” said Grace president Ronald Manahan, Th.D. “They can come to Grace, live here on campus for all four years and get the Grace experience with the Trine degree in engineering. Through this agreement, we are able to expand our offerings.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Grace College. Trine’s engineering program is the culmination of more than a century of experience, and this is an exciting opportunity for us to reach out to yet another community to provide educational resources for students, that will in turn help local industry,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., president of Trine University. “The biomedical corridor in northeast Indiana is the largest in the world, and we are excited to work together to bring as much talent as possible to this area to better support the needs of one of the fastest growing business sectors in Indiana today.”

Because students in this program will receive a Trine degree rather than one from Grace, it is unlikely that most students will be able to complete the Trine engineering degrees in accordance with Grace’s Reimagine program, which allows students to graduate in three years.

Both schools are independent colleges, and while Grace has traditionally held a more liberal arts focus, Trine has a long history in engineering.

“On Trine’s side, it extends the reach of their campus by using the very thing they specialize in, while Grace is now able to offer students additional programs,” said Manahan.

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Spring 2011

Japanese student raises funds for earthquake-rocked homeland

Trine University junior Mai Yokozuka of Tochigi, Japan, is raising funds for American Red Cross relief efforts in her home country following March’s devastating earthquake.

“I talked with my family this morning for the first time since the earthquake,” Yokozuka said nearly a week after the earthquake. “They e-mailed me following the quake, but it was the first time I heard their voice. My mom went to the supermarket, but there was no food. My sister went to the gas station, but there was no gasoline.”

Yokozuka is a student at Hakough University in Japan and is studying English at Trine for one year through the schools’ exchange program. She will return to Hakough at the end of the school year for one more year of classes. When she graduates, she plans to teach middle school English in Saitama prefecture in Japan. 

Her family’s home is in Tochigi prefecture, which is a relatively short distance south of Sendai prefecture, the epicenter of the quake.  While her hometown shook violently, very little was damaged.

“Pictures from other parts of the country were just devastating,” Yokozuka said.

She said gasoline, food and water remain in short supply, though. Yokozuka added that people in her hometown are also worried about radiation leakage from nuclear reactor explosions in nearby Fukashima.

After hearing of all the damage, she attempted to send a care package to her family, but the U.S. Post Office said it was undeliverable. When Mai heard the news, she decided she wanted to do something to help not just her family, but as many people as possible.

A postal worker recommended that she work through the Red Cross. Yokozuka wasted no time and immediately contacted Emily Boerman, Trine’s director of international services.

“I was very impressed with Mai’s initiative to come to me and say, ‘I want to do this,’” Boerman said. “Our goal is to raise $2,000 with the hope of each student donating $1.”

All money raised will be sent to the American Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. To donate, contact Boerman at 260.665.4833 or e-mail boermane@trine.edu. Donation boxes are set up in Trine’s Whitney Commons in the University Center and Centennial Station in Forman Hall.

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7 April 2011

Trine’s Logansport regional education center welcomes new director

Trine University is welcoming a new director to its fastest-growing regional education center in Logansport.

Tami McMahan of Logansport recently was named the director of the Trine regional education center, which opened in June after the university reached an agreement with city officials to occupy a city-owned building. Logansport Mayor Michael Fincher said Trine’s campus already is beginning to enhance his city’s economic development possibilities by developing a trained workforce for local industry.

Fincher, along with the Logansport Economic Development Foundation, was instrumental in bringing Trine University to the Logansport community.

“Education is so important, and I am thrilled that Trine University agreed to come to Logansport and provide resources to this community,” Fincher said. “Making educational resources available locally always has been a goal of mine, and I am so happy that we have found a way to make that happen.”

McMahan has worked as the director for a new adult education center, named CLEAR (Cass & Logan Educational Attatainment Resource). In less than six months, she grew the program to include 134 students. Since then, 15 students have graduated from the program, and 57 people currently are on a waiting list to get into the program.

“She has had remarkable success with CLEAR, and we believe she will be a tremendous asset to the Logansport branch campus,” said Trine University senior vice president Michael Bock. “Tami knows the community and has a proven track record of helping people further their education and preparing them to enter the workforce.”

McMahan plans to continue to network with area business, government and economic development leaders to bring more students into the classroom. Because of her work with CLEAR and encouraging adults to pursue post-secondary degrees, she already has an established relationship with Ivy Tech Community College. She hopes to build on the relationship to transition students from the school’s associate degree program to Trine’s bachelor’s program. She also plans to help expand Trine’s master’s degree program in Logansport.

“This is the first time someone in Logansport could earn a master’s degree in their own city, and that would be a huge benefit for the community,” McMahan said.

For more information about Trine University, Logansport, contact McMahan at mcmahant@trine.edu.

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