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11 November 2009

Donation will enhance Ketner School of Business

A longtime benefactor has made a $500,000 gift to his namesake business school at Trine University.

Dr. Ralph Ketner, a Tri-State College accounting graduate, has donated to the Ketner School of Business (KSB) to fund phase one of a plan to renovate Ford Hall as the future home of KSB and move the Franks School of Education from Ford Hall to Shambaugh Hall, the present KSB site.

Phase one will include internal mechanical and infrastructure updates and remodeling to accommodate the enlarged facility for the KSB, the Rhoads Center for Entrepreneurship, classrooms, offices and new technology, said Trine University President Dr. Earl D. Brooks II. After the two schools exchange locations, Ford Hall’s exterior will be renovated.

“In the past two or three years we have seen a growth in students and an enhancement of our business education, evidenced by the Ketner School’s Association of College Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accreditation this year,” Dr. Brooks said. “With that growth opportunity, the challenge is to work through our entrepreneurship program to link our business and engineering schools. This facility provides space for that growth.”

Dr. Ketner co-founded Food Town, later to become Food Lion, a 1,300-store chain in the mid-Atlantic and southeast United States, in Salisbury, N.C. in 1957. He came to Trine, then Tri-State College, to attend school in 1937 at age 17.

The Ford Hall gift underscores a long history of benevolence between Dr. Ketner and the university. Across the years, Ketner contributed nearly $2 million to endow a chair in the Ketner School of Business, and establish an endowment to provide continual funding for the school. He made another $500,000 gift to create the Ketner Sports Center in Hershey Hall.

“Dr. Ketner has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to Trine University,” Dr. Brooks said. “He is a true philanthropist who has benefitted not only this university, but other schools and many charitable organizations. We are proud of his connection with Trine, and appreciate his dedication to the future of our students.”

2010 Florida Scholarship Golf Classic - Save the date!

28 January 2010

At Trine University, we are truly committed to preparing our students for their lives and careers. You can help our efforts. Join us on Jan. 28, 2010 in Sarasota, Fla. for the second annual Scholarship Golf Classic. Gather with friends and alums to play at the Ritz–Carlton Members Club. The Members Club, designed by Tom Fazio, has been named one of the best American courses. Experience this beautiful club and its amenities with us.

Tournament entry fee is only $200, which includes green fees, golf cart, caddy, lunch, driving range balls and dinner.

    Schedule of Activities:
  • 11 a.m. Practice facilities open
  • Noon Registration and lunch
  • 1 p.m. Shotgun start

Sponsorship levels:

Event Dinner Eagle Birdie Beverage Cart Recognition
$5,000 $2,500 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000 Golf Ball - $1,000
4 tournament entries 4 tournament entries 4 tournament entries 4 tournament entries 2 tournament entries Lunch - $1,000
4 exclusive gifts 4 exclusive gifts 4 exclusive gifts Proxmimity - $500
Elite sponsor recognition Sponsor recognition Sponsor recognition Program Sponsor Program Sponsor Prize - $500

Online Registration and Payment? Click here for a quick, easy, and secure transaction.

Secure your team by Jan. 14, 2010. If you do not play golf, please join us for dinner! For questions or additional information, call Sarah Brown at 260.665.4316, or e-mail browns@trine.edu.

Black and White Scholarship Gala 2010 Preview!

13 February 2010

SAVE THE DATE!!! For the seventh Annual Black & White Scholarship Gala. Enjoy dinner, live and silent auctions, music, and wine tasting (by Biaggi′s Ristorante Italiano) all on campus to benefit student scholarships.


    Sponsorship Levels:
  • Diamond Sponsor: $10,000
  • Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
  • Gold Sponsor: $2,500
  • Silver Sponsor: $1,000
  • Bronze Sponsor: $500
  • Crystal Sponsor: $250

Sponsorships include two reservations to the gala and are payable in 2009 or 2010, depending on the year you prefer your tax deduction. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please visit trine.edu/gala today!

Visit Campus with a guided Tour

Dec 2009

If you plan to visit, now you can reserve a private tour of campus with a member of our Alumni & Development staff.

The staff member will be able to show you the ins and outs of all new construction projects, new student housing, maybe grab a bite to eat in Whitney Commons, and more. To schedule your tour, click here.

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