Trine Students Learn Practical Steps and Lessons from Alumni Entrepreneurs and IN State Planner

From Randy Plank October 18, 2012 - retrieved and adapted from

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Trine University hosted a workshop seminar for students interested in how to make and execute a business plan.

Twenty eight students from a variety of majors attended the interactive workshop to learn from a panel of successful entrepreneurs with experience in starting and growing their own various businesses.

The undergraduate brothers of Kappa Sigma organized the workshop under the guidance of Kappa Sigma Faculty Advisor and Professor Dr. Marek Kolar of Trine University’s Ketner School of Business. The workshop panel was comprised of Trine University and Kappa Sigma Alumni David Ballinger, Mitch Rhoads, Keith Turner, and Roy Meyer, all successful business professionals, along with Wes Shie of the Indiana State Small Business Development Center.

The panel shared practical guidance and experience with students who have an interest to start their own business. This was the first in a series of workshops planned by Kappa Sigma at Trine University. The undergraduate and alumni brothers see the workshops as a productive joint project thatĀ gives useful value to students by sharing lessons from the school of hard knocks to augment the classroom education provided by Trine University.

Acacia chapter returns after 33 years

Trine University’s newest fraternity, Acacia, reopened its chapter this year and members have been in the holiday spirit.

The chapter was closed in 1979 for unknown reasons, but has recently initiated its second pledge class. The first pledges went through a ceremony in January.

While the chapter is new, the brothers (their website lists 16 members) have been busy. Recently, the brothers conducted a toy drive to support the pediatric center at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. In total, toys worth more than $3,000 were given to children this holiday season.

For more information about Acacia, contact Andrew Hadden, venerable dean, at