ThunderBolt - Alumni & Friends Newsletter

August / September 2013

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Thunder athletics depend on alumni

Help propel the Thunder athletics program into the elite of all NCAA Division III institutions, because the future success of the Trine athletic department is dependent on your continued contributions and support of our highly motivated student-athletes.

As we look ahead to our student-athletes in competition, we are facing strong challenges as we compete with other programs in the MIAA and the nation. To continue our aggressive rise, we must push the envelope with facilities and recruiting.

During the next few years, Trine will be addressing four areas that will be the catalyst for our ability to successfully compete at the national level:

  • Continue to upgrade our practice, training and locker room facilities so our student-athletes may compete at the highest level.
  • Continue to build on our outstanding academic success by increasing the resources available to our student-athletes.
  • Meet the rising costs of food and travel for our teams when the Thunder is on the move.
  • Upgrade the technology that our coaches have at their disposal to increase efficiency of game-planning and instruction.

In the near future, we will be looking at new and inventive ways to improve the events that are Trine Thunder Athletics. Thank you for your loyal support and contribution to the success of our student-athletes wearing ‘TRINE’ emblazoned on their chests. We are proud of our athletic history, and together we look forward to the challenge of becoming a NATIONAL POWER in NCAA DIII athletics. Big things are coming.

Young Professionals Network of Steuben County features Trine alumni and staff

Several Tri-State and Trine University alumni were invited to serve as founding members of the newly created Young Professionals Network of Steuben County.

  • Racheal Benner, director of alumni relations and events, Trine University, 2012 BSCRJ
  • Sarah Brown, director of annual giving, Trine University, 1998 BSMGT
  • Jonathan Cress, attorney at law, Cress Law Group, 2002 BSMGT
  • Shawn Floyd, regional sales and marketing coordinator, Univertical, 2009 BSMGT
  • Jamie Norton, director of human resources, Trine University, 2004, BSAC

For more information, find the Young Professionals on Facebook.

Alumni & Friends 23rd Annual Scholarship Golf Outing sets record with more than $85,000 raised for scholarships. [ read more ]

New Cross Country Coach (Portis) Malefyt is alumna

Amanda (Portis) Malefyt, ChE ’04, has been named head coach of the women’s cross country team. She is the only female track athlete in school history to capture a national title by winning the 2003 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 10,000-meter title. [ read more ]

Take your Trine Thunder Pride on the Road

Trine License Plate program

All Indiana residents are encouraged to purchase a Trine University license plate to show your Thunder pride everywhere you go and support the Trine Fund. Plus, you get a $25 tax deduction for each plate.

Every time a plate is purchased, $25 is given to The Trine Fund, which supports student scholarships, Thunder athletics, laboratory equipment, faculty development and special organizations.

It’s easy to order a Trine plate. Visit your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch to make the purchase or when you renew your plate online.

A $15 special recognition plate fee and the annual vehicle registration charge are assessed by the BMV. For all the details, visit, or renew your plate online from the Indiana BMV.

We are grateful for your support!