Alumni to receive awards

We will honor several alumni at our annual Homecoming Celebration Dinner on Oct. 5.

Rick James, BSBA ’77, will receive the Distinguished Service Award, which is given each year to an alumnus/ae who has performed outstanding service to society in his or her profession, personal achievement or community; and who has manifest interest in Trine University and has supported it by contributions of time, talent, and money; by recruitment of students; or by placement of graduates.

Greg Ilko, BSAE ’94, will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is given to an alumnus/ae each year who has attained a high level of achievement in his or her profession, is well thought of in his or her community, and who upholds the ideals of Trine University.

Casey Pierce, BSDET ’07, will receive the Distinguished Service Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to an alumnus/ae who is 40 years of age or younger, who has performed outstanding service to society in his or her profession, personal achievement or community; and who has manifest interest in Trine University and has supported it by contributions of time, talent, and money; by recruitment of students; or by placement of graduates.

Nicholas Wellman, BSPEED ’00, who played football, and Amy Hockman Schneider, BSCE ’98, who played tennis, will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Be sure to watch out for their stories in the next issue of the Tbolt.

Be part of TASR

Want to give back to the university that gave us so many opportunities? Giving doesn’t have to be monetary. You can also give your time and talent. That’s where the Thunder Alumni Student Recruitment (TASR) Program comes in. TASR connects our admission staff with well–informed, enthusiastic alumni volunteers to help with student recruitment.

During the college search process, students and parents wants to know about career opportunities and job placement. There is no better way to share these opportunities than to tell your story.

If you are interested in learning about the TASR program, please contact Sam Hartman, admission alumni liaison in the office of admission at 260.665.4100 or

Video of TASR program and how to get involved

Regional Reconnect

We hosted over 70 alumni and friends at Victory Field in Indianapolis on Aug. 7. Alumni from the classes of 1961 to 2012 and current students enjoyed dinner in the Left Field Picnic Area before moving to their seats and watching the game. Though the Indianapolis Indians were not victorious, alumni said it was great to network, catch up with old friends and meet some new.

The South Bend Silver Hawks welcomed us to Coveleski Stadium on Aug. 11. More than 40 alumni and friends from the classes of 1958 to 2011 enjoyed eating dinner in the picnic garden and watching the game.

Thank you for helping these events be successful. We are looking forward to hosting an alumni event in your region. Stay tuned for upcoming dates and locations.

Fall Phonathon

Mark your calendars for the fall Phonathon, which will be Sept. 9–27. The Phonathon helps keep alumni and friends connected to Trine. Student callers will verify addresses and e–mails so we can keep you aware of upcoming events and updates.

Phonathon gifts will be directed to the Trine Fund, which supports many facets of campus including student scholarships, laboratory equipment, facility improvements, faculty development and more. With your generosity, we hope break our spring record and raise over $150,000.

Head out on the highway

Alumni, students, parents and friends have taken their support to the streets. This year, Indiana residents have shown even more Trine support, with BMV plate sales increasing by over 20 percent. Thank you for your generosity and support!

If you have not renewed your plate this year, please consider investing in a Trine University plate. You can change your current plate or renew it online through the state’s website. Did you know part of this purchase is tax–deductible? Funds raised through the plate program support the Trine Fund for student scholarships. For more information, including the tax deductible benefit, please visit

APAI partners with Trine

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana is pleased to partner with Trine University to promote asphalt pavement construction.

Our association’s 18–member board of directors is pleased with the participation of golfers and sponsors for this year’s inaugural event in Angola. The APAI event attracted over 50 golfers and 24 event sponsors from throughout the state. By partnering with Trine, we generated over $9,000 that our scholarship committee will use to fund civil engineering scholarships at Trine this fall. Students selected for scholarships will have had coursework in construction materials, specifically asphalt, and expressed interest in careers in the Indiana asphalt pavement industry.

Last July, our association worked with Trine to “nest” a new scholarship fundraiser for our member contractors and suppliers within the existing civil engineering golf event. The vision comes from APAI Past President Bob McCormick, an active Trine alum and retired past president of Rieth–Riley Construction Co. in Goshen. McCormick was inducted into the APAI Hall of Fame in 2011, one of 10 such individuals in the state.

All successful scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the APAI Winter Conference in Indianapolis on Dec. 13 as guests of the association. The APAI Winter Conference is the industry’s premier educational and networking event, with attendance approaching 500 individuals from both government and private industry. The Trine students will be featured prominently at our annual Hall of Fame Induction and Scholarship Dinner that evening, along with other APAI scholarship winners from other Indiana universities.

Additionally, we provided industry speakers for Trine student organizations, arranged asphalt plant and lab tours, and launched an equipment donation program for our member firms to donate used asphalt material test equipment to update the materials teaching lab on campus for Will Lindquist, Ph.D. In the future, the association will help students arrange summer internships and full–time employment with our 65 member firms.

We would also like to thank Ray Stuckey and Bill Barry, Ph.D., for allowing us to participate in the civil engineering event. We especially thank APAI members Thane Knox of E & B Paving and Dudley Bonte of Rieth Riley Construction for their support of this endeavor. In particular we would like to acknowledge Kerri Dowell of the Trine administrative staff for her invaluable and tireless assistance in coordinating event logistics.

Annual alumni & friends golf outing success

More than 230 golfers and dedicated businesses, alumni and friends raised approximately $60,000 for deserving students during Trine University′s 22nd annual Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Outing on Aug. 3 at Zollner Golf Course.

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