"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" – Winston Churchill.

With graduation looming right around the corner on May 5th, many Trine University seniors are becoming quite anxious to walk across the stage and into an endless world of possibilities. Most have had this date circled on their calendars since they returned to campus last August and are prepared for what entering a very competitive workforce entails. Some have jobs already lined–up, some are still searching, some have already scheduled their graduate level courses, and some are just uncertain.

Given the current economic climate, Trine University was proud to announce that 91 percent of last year′s graduates reported that they were employed or pursuing a graduate degree within six months of graduation. Our research also discovered that a significant number of majors even experienced a 100 percent placement rate in a variety of industries.

Due to the wonderful support Trine receives from our administration, faculty, alumni and friends, we are confident that the future of the class of 2012 will once again have high success in their endeavors. This issue of the T–Bolt will highlight different stories of alumni that have helped to make successes like these possible. These articles include opportunities provided by Greg Ilko and Trent Newport at CrossRoad Engineers, P.C., who have helped to create internships and hiring students full-time, to Ned Haylett and Burr Oak Tool Inc., working the Trine University Career Fair, along with past stories of alumnus George Smith utilizing the Career Services department to find qualified employees in the 1980s. These alumni have given back through their loyalty to their alma mater and to our current students.

I′m sure all of you have ′paid it forward′ before and have witnessed the multiplier effect of doing a good deed. What better way to ′give′ than providing chances to intern, interview, or work, as these can be a life–changing opportunity to someone. Especially to individuals who are intelligent, exhibit strong character, solid work ethic, and hands–on experience that are exemplified by our Tri–State and Trine alumni.

Thus, your alma mater again asks you to GET CONNECTED. Let us know if you have an internship or job opportunity at your place of employment. Mentor a current student with career or networking advice. Promote our graduates to professional colleagues who may be hiring. Represent your company at the next Career Fair on campus. Connect with the Career Services office on campus: 260.665.4847 or

Until next time, I ask you, your alma mater asks you, ′pay it forward′ – get connected. — GMM

Plug–In Tip: Find the TSC/TSU/Trine University Alumni Group on LinkedIn – this will help you stay plugged–in to upcoming events, happenings, job postings, and discussions.

Gretchen M. Miller is currently working to enhance the ′relations′ in her title as the Director of Alumni Relations and Events at Trine University. Please feel free to contact her at