Greetings, fellow Trine and Tri–State alumni.
You may be aware that there are 15,000 of us around the nation and scattered throughout the world. An immense variety of professionals and leaders, ranging from entry level to captains of major industry, make up our alumni. It is with pride and gratitude that I take this time to detail the incredible support of our institution in time, talent and treasure by these dedicated people over the past several years.
Trine University has been blessed with visionary trustees and university leaders who developed dramatic plans to transform the campus into a premier university to prepare students to compete in the 21st century. For the past six years, these leaders embarked upon a $90 million capital campaign to enhance the campus. As of 2009, this lofty goal has been achieved. Even more amazing is that nearly 42 percent of our alumni have supported the campaign to transform the campus.
If you have not visited campus in the past eight years, you will not believe your eyes. In August 2007, a 73,000–square–foot University Center and Center for Technology and Online Resources was completed. This structure is truly one of the university′s showcases. Wonderful legacies in their time, the Platt, Cameron and Alwood dormitories have made way for new housing in the form of the Trine Campus Villas, Golf Course Apartments, Moss Street Apartments and Widmann Hall. A football field with artificial turf was added in 2008. The newly completed Athletic and Recreation Center is a multi–purpose sports complex with an indoor 200–meter track with space for tennis, basketball and more. Sponsel Administration Center (previously Sniff Hall) was completely restored in 2007. It is obvious that our alumni have contributed mightily of their treasure in support of Trine University.
Our university leaders also deeply believe in financially aiding students, awarding them over $15 million in scholarships and grants this year. Who donated most of these funds? You guessed it — Trine and Tri–State alumni. In addition to donating funds and sponsoring scholarships, alumni have participated extensively in two university–sponsored fundraising events for scholarships. The annual golf outing was held this past August, raising a total of $67,000. Still another event is the annual Scholarship Gala in February. The popular event draws alumni from across the country to Angola to participate. The last gala raised a record $105,000. U.S. News & World Report has cited Trine among leading Midwest universities whose students graduate with the least amount of debt. Thanks to our generous and caring alumni for making such achievement reality.
Trine alumni also contribute generously of their time and talents for the benefit of their alma mater. This past year, numerous alumni have been trained by the university to participate in college fairs to represent Trine to high school students. These volunteers are crucial to a successful recruiting campaign, as Trine admission personnel would be unable to cover the numerous requests for college fair representation without alumni assistance.
Many times, alumni utilize networking or personal contacts to advance the university. An example is the Tri–State alumnus who in 2007 arranged for the university′s candidacy for a U.S. Air Force ROTC program. Trine was approved, and during the fall 2009 semester, five students were accepted as ROTC cadets. The Air Force provides scholarships up to $18,000 per year for each ROTC cadet. Over the next several years, it is estimated the Air Force will provide many thousands in scholarship funds.
Trine and Tri–State alumni have provided immeasurable support to the University. Their faithful and constant contributions of time, talent and treasure have enabled Trine to flourish and confidently prepare for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
— Alumni Board of Governors president –Colonel George Higginson