Golf outing raises record-breaking $72,000 for student scholarships

More than 225 people were swinging for scholarships on the rolling fairways of Zollner Golf Course Aug. 5 at Trine University’s 21st annual Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing. Thanks to the support of multiple individuals and businesses, the university raised a record-breaking $72,000 for students. In addition, the event was supported by guests who took part in festivities throughout the day, including a dinner and awards program in the evening.

The funds will be allocatted to the university’s 2011-2012 scholarship program, which will channel $19 million into the university’s academic and need-based aid for students, many of whom graduated from high schools within a two-hour radius of our main campus.

The event was sponsored by Metal Technologies Inc. The company’s chief executive officer, Rick James, is a Tri-State University alumnus, engaged trustee and avid supporter of the university. His company frequently hires Trine graduates and offers a variety of internship and co-op opportunities for students.

Dinner, which was prepared by Bon Appetit Management Co., was sponsored by Rieke Packaging. The company’s president, Lynn A. Brooks, is an active member on Trine’s board of trustees and an alumnus.

Lunch was sponsored by trustee Jerry and Jorja Allen, Chuck and Rita Nedele, and Jerry and Karen Brown in memory of alumnus Ron Rose, who graduated from Tri-State College in 1949.

Other major sponsors included AMI Investment Management and Jim Ingledue Construction Inc.

“Your devotion to our students will pay dividends for a lifetime, in both our communities and businesses,” said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. “I can’t thank our supporters enough for making educational opportunities available to deserving students.”

The university will host its fourth annual Scholarship Golf Classic in Sarasota, Fla., at the Ritz Carlton Member’s Club on Jan. 26, 2012. For more information about participating, contact Gretchen Miller at

Homecoming 2011: Our University, Our Future

Hopefully, you can return to campus for Trine′s annual Homecoming celebration, "Our University, Our Future," from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. Make plans today to attend a full weekend of events and celebrations and reconnect with your classmates and friends. Learn all about homecoming events, reunions, open houses, recognition dinners and more by visiting our homecoming microsite.

Homecoming highlights include:

  • Reunions, tailgates and open houses all weekend.
  • Homecoming dinner, alumni awards and special recognition of the class of 1961 on Friday, Sept. 30.
  • Thunder football vs. Adrian College on Saturday.

For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering during homecoming, please send an e-mail to or call 260.665.4114.

Five alumni to receive awards at homecoming

You won′t want to miss this year′s homecoming when Trine University will recognize five alumni for their outstanding achievements in their careers and communities or athletic successes over homecoming weekend, which will be Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.

Tim Adams, a 1972 mathematics graduate, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award. He currently serves as the acting reliability and maintainability (R&M) technical discipline team lead for the NASA Safety Center (NSC) in Cleveland, Ohio. While at NASA, he has received the Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, Employee of the Year Award from KSC’s Office of the Chief Engineer, JSC’s Commendation Award for Technical Leadership, Silver Snoopy (an astronaut’s personal award) in Technical Risk, and JSC’s Superior Achievement Award in Management.

John Anderson, a 1974 business administration graduate, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, which is given each year to an alumnus who has performed outstanding professional service to society. He is employed by W&A Distribution Services in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Mathew Iacobelli, a 2009 management graduate, will receive a Distinguished Service Young Alumnus Award. He is a production supervisor with Sun–Brite Foods Inc. and lives in Ontario, Canada. He recently became a scholarship donor.

In addition, two alumni will be inducted into the university′s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Amanda M. Portis–Malefyt, a 2004 chemical engineering graduate, will be recognized for her performance in cross country and indoor and outdoor track. She was a two–time national qualifier in cross country and track. She holds four university records and two Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference records in outdoor track. In addition, she was named the university′s chemical engineering student of the year for three consecutive years.

Jason Stechschulte, a 2003 civil engineering major, also will be honored for his performance in football. A two–time All–American football player, he now works for Marathon Oil Corp. in Findlay, Ohio, as an operations center supervisor in the Pipe Line division. He recently joined the Trine University Alumni Association Board.

If you are interested in cheering on your fellow alumni as they receive these prestigious awards, please contact the office of alumni and development at 260.665.4114 or e-mail Gretchen Miller at

Regional Event Recap

Regional Alumni Event

Several Tri–State and Trine alumni gathered with classmates and friends during July′s regionally scheduled dinner events in Amherst N.Y., Horseheads N.Y., and Planiville, Ct.

Many thanks to the following alumni hosts for making these dinner events a success: Rhea Goodrich '63, John Danzer '79, Pete Durocher '61, Michael Geiger '91, Don Kuhn '66, Rich Morin '72, and Brian White '62.

Photo taken at Amherst, N.Y., alumni event.

Your gift may go further than you think

You can make your gift go further, as many companies have matching–gift programs and will match gifts made to nonprofit organizations, including your alma mater. Your company may double or even triple gifts made within the last year, so check today to see if your recent gift is eligible. Ask a representative at your company or visit

If your company does not match gifts, see if your spouse′s company does. Matching gifts are applied as credit toward your lifetime giving.

If you wish to participate in your company′s matching–gift program:

  1. Obtain a form from your human resource or benefits department and return the completed, signed form to: Trine University, Office of Alumni and Development, 1 University Avenue, Angola, IN 46703.
  2. Trine will provide you with a receipt explaining your donation, which can be given to your company.
  3. Submit your matching–gift request online through your company″s website or by phone. When you make your request, let the alumni and development office know so we can apply the proper credit.

Please note that matching gifts are applied toward the same area as the donor′s personal gift, unless company policy dictates otherwise. Company matching–gift policies vary so consult your company′s policy for specific details.

For more information, contact Racheal Benner in the alumni and development office at 260.665.4834 or

Take your support on the road

Trine License Plate

Attention Indiana residents! Take your support on the road and purchase a newly redesigned Trine University license plate when you renew your plates this year.

A portion of the purchase – either made online or at your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles–— goes directly to the Trine Fund and is tax–deductible.

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit