ThunderBolt - Alumni & Friends Newsletter

August / September 2013

{ Navigation: Home > Get Connected with Racheal }

Racheal Benner

Get Connected with Racheal

Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to. ~Author Unknown

Your successes inspire our students on a daily basis

Wow! What a summer – it came and went in the blink of an eye! It seems like just yesterday we welcomed more than 400 new alumni, and now just two short weeks ago, a new freshman class of more than 400 arrived on campus. This is the fourth consecutive year the incoming freshman class has exceeded 400. Great things are happening at Trine University, and we want you to be a part of it!

With enrollment at record highs over the past few years, our alumni are playing an ever-increasing role in the achievements of our students. You might be asking yourself how, and I’ll tell you about one way.

Your success stories are a great inspiration not only for other alumni, but for current students as well. Whenever I get to talk with a current student, I try to share a story of a successful alumnus that relates to the conversation.

For example, the other day I was talking with a chemical engineering senior who recently completed her first industry-based internship (others for her have been in an office setting). She said it was a great opportunity, but industrial processing isn’t something she could see herself doing for the rest of her life. Two days before the conversation with her, I had spoken with a ChE alumnus who had the same feeling about industrial engineering. His story will appear in a future issue of this publication, but he is now a lean consultant, running his own business and has been featured on and’s “Sports Blitz.”

In another conversation, a student said he was discouraged because he had not heard from the many sports organizations he had applied to for entry-level positions. We had a discussion about 2012 alumnus Brandon Ringeisen, who beat out more than 2,000 applicants for a position with the Atlanta Hawks. You might remember Brandon’s story from a past issue of the TBolt.

I invite and encourage you to share your career accomplishments and successes with the Office of Alumni and Development, and be a game changer for our current students and your future fellow alumni. Your stories might be just the motivation they need to succeed.

Racheal Benner, ′12, is excited to meet Trine University alumni. She can be contacted by email at