Promotions announced


Dareen McClelland

Dareen McClelland, who has served as assistant to the president since 2004, has been promoted to executive assistant to the president.

She will continue to report directly to the president with an expanded role in working with the senior vice president and vice president and general counsel.


Gretchen M. Miller

Director of alumni relations and events, Gretchen M. Miller, has been promoted to assistant to the president. Miller has served in her current position since June 2011, when she came to Trine with over eight years of special event planning, project implementation, economic development and higher education experience. She graduated from Hillsdale College in 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts in marketing and business management.

She is currently pursuing a Master of Art degree in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing at Walden University. Miller is charged with trustee and major donor communications and working with new and ongoing internal and external initiatives. In addition, she will continue to manage various special projects and events including, but not limited to, Touchstone, homecoming,
the annual scholarship golf outing and the Scholarship Gala.


Racheal Benner

Racheal Benner, records and receipts assistant, has been promoted to director of alumni and donor relations. She has been employed by Trine University since 2007. In addition to maintaining current responsibilities of donor relations and acknowledgements, Benner will serve in some areas previously managed by Gretchen Miller.

Her new role will entail alumni relations related to publications, social media, alumni events and communication. Benner will graduate from Trine May 5 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice.


Trine unveils Project Based Learning Center
for Excellence

It was standing–room only in Shambaugh Hall room 109 as Trine University unveiled its new, high–tech Project Based Learning Center for Excellence on April 24. The center was made possible thanks to a $251,000 grant from the Talent Initiative given by the Lilly Endowment Inc. University officials unveiled a plaque naming the room with Ryan Twiss and Leonard Helfrich of the Talent Initiative.

Helfrich said he was pleased with the university′s progress and the "excellent job" using the grant funding. "We view this as an economic development effort," Helfrich said. "We see the per capita income in this area steadily declining, and we′re trying to reverse that. ... And it starts in the classroom."

The center features state–of–the–art video conferencing software, smart boards, digital projection units and furniture specifically designed for collaboration for methods students in the Franks School of Education and northeast Indiana teachers seeking to learn how to implement project–based learning into their classes.

"And this summer, training of practicing teachers will take place in this facility and the methodologies will appear in classrooms across the region to make our current high school students strong in 21st Century Skills and problem–solving capabilities," said Jean Deller, Ph.D., assistant vice president for academics, who played a significant role in acquiring the grant. "This facility will become a place where practicing teachers can be trained and can return for assistance and ideas."

More than 80 teachers applied for 32 spots for project–based learning opportunities in the center this summer, Deller said.

The Talent Initiative seeks to improve northeast Indiana′s success in project–based learning and science, technology, engineering and math.

Trine University leaders collaborated with local public school officials to apply for the grant in December 2010, with the goal of creating a center for students and current teachers to receive project–based learning training. According to the Buck Institute for Education, in project-based learning, students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complete question, problem or challenge. The concept allows for students to collaborate, communicate and think critically, while simultaneously providing them voice and choice.

They are going to make it

As the job market continues to improve, Trine students are taking advantage of multiple opportunities to gain meaningful employment and head to graduate school. The office of career services hosted numerous networking events throughout the year, connecting students with alumni and employers. Students also had the chance to learn the ins and outs of social networking, resume writing and interviewing.

"Relationships and networking are critical," said career services director Linda Bateman. "Employers use their personal networks to help students find jobs. In turn, students are using faculty, career services and alumni contacts to learn more about jobs, identify opportunities and develop career–related relationships."

Multiple companies have already conducted on–campus interviews, resulting in multiple of end–of–semester hires, especially in the engineering and business programs. Many professors report their students are entertaining job offers from different companies.

To get involved with Trine′s initiatives, contact Bateman at or 260.665.4124. Visit for more information.

Dynamic Innovation

Thanks to the efforts of Trine University professor Darryl Webber, Ph.D., the university’s Allen School of Engineering and Technology was gifted software the company values at $1.6 million.

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Trine forms charter school authorizer

Following recent state legislative action, Trine University board of trustees recently formed Education One LLC, a charter school authorizer.

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Maymester and summer courses discounted

In an effort to assist area students with rising educational costs, Trine University will offer more than 100 courses at a 60 percent discounted rate during its summer session and Maymester.

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Criminal justice additions

Beginning this fall, the Trine University School of Professional Studies will offer a new, online forensic psychology concentration for students in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program.

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