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↓ Phonathon ↓ Skull & Bones ↓ On Location ↓ Scholarship Gala ↓ Golf Classic ↓ Regional Events

Alumni Bolts

Fall 2010


In just two weeks, Trine′s Fall Phonathon fundraiser received pledges totaling $103,000 for the annual fund which supports the university′s highest priorities including financial aid for students, academic support and lab equipment.

The office of alumni and development hired 24 students to call alumni for donations to the annual fund. The continued success of this program is a direct result of the hard–working and dedicated student callers and the kindness of Trine′s supporters.

During the phone drive, callers raise money for the annual fund that provides academic support, lab equipment, other general needs of the campus including facility improvements, and most importantly, student scholarships. Alumni also have the opportunity to ask questions, give suggestions, update contact information and make an annual pledge of support.

Trine University appreciates all of the alumni, friends and families who spent time speaking with students and pledged their support. If someone was unable to reach you by phone, and you would like to donate, please visit www.trine.edu/give or call the office of alumni and development at 260.665.4114. If your company has a matching gift program, please let the university know or visit Trine′s matching gift information page by clicking here .

31 October 2010

Skull and Bones Member Meeting

Trine University Skull and Bones members from the 1960s met in Hong Kong the night of Oct. 31, 2010. The members of the order joined their wives for a banquet at the American Club on Repulse Bay before the business meeting. Two university trustees led an unofficial discussion regarding the state of the university. Members unanimously concurred that the university is showing dramatic improvement, and everyone present was very pleased.

The group also funded the purchase of lapel pins. Any member can receive one free of charge by requesting it by e–mail at skullandbones@gmail.com.

Director #186

Editor′s Note: Skull and Bones is an honorary leadership society that was founded in 1832 at Yale University. The organization was largely secret until John Kerry revealed that Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush were members. He also made the accusation that their father and grandfather, Prescott, was part of a grave–robbing group in 1918 that stole the skull of Geronimo. It was later revealed that John Kerry was also initiated into the order in 1966.

October 2010

On Location

In October, Trine University′s director of development Bob Keller, visited alumnus Charles Wernicke, who turned a hobby into a 25–year endeavor to bring smiles to children′s faces. University development officials make it a priority to visit alumni throughout the year.

Wernicke graduated from Tri–State in 1948, with a bachelor′s degree in electrical engineering. After nearly 40 years of service, he retired from Sunbeam Electrics in 1986. After quitting his day job, he decided to do what he enjoyed most – woodworking. Over the years, Wernicke and his wife, Lois, have crafted thousands of toy cars, trains and trucks for children.

He never profited from the sale of his hand–crafted toys; instead, he donates them to children in need in the Swannanoa and Ashville, N.C., areas through area nonprofit organizations such as Santa′s Pals, Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and local churches. Wernicke makes over 5,000 wheels every year for his toys. He already has started producing trains, cars, and trucks for next year′s holiday season.

"It′s a full–time, year–round passion. Making toys for children in need is a win-win," Wernicke said. "The kids enjoy them, and I am able to keep my mind and body active in the process."

Those who would like a member of the alumni and development staff to visit them "On Location" should contact Nancy Roberts at 260.665.4114 or robertsn@trine.edu.

12 February 2011

Black and White Scholarship Gala

This is the university’s premier event, with great food, wine tasting, excellent silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Trine University jazz band. All the proceeds will go directly to the student scholarship program. Last year, nearly 400 guests attended the grand event and helped raise $165,000!

The gala will be held in the Ketner Sports Center in Hershey Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with Dinner served at 7 p.m.

Sponsor this grand event:

  • 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 2010 or 2011, depending on the year you prefer the tax deduction. Sponsors also will be recognized in the evening′s program. Tickets cost $75 each. Register online by clicking here.

Special Request – purchase a Textbook Scholarship today!

Trine University′s office of alumni and development invites you to purchase a textbook scholarship for a student to use in the fall of 2011. You will see the direct impact this scholarship has on a student′s educational experience at Trine. At the eighth annual Black and White Scholarship Gala on Feb. 12, 2011 you will have a special opportunity. Trustee, alumnus and Metal Technologies chief executive officer, Rick James and his wife, Vicki, are matching, dollar–for–dollar, up to 50 textbooks scholarships.

Textbook scholarships can be purchased prior to the event to insure the challenge match is exceeded by the time the live auction begins at the gala. To purchase one or more of these scholarships at $500 each, please contact Sarah Brown at 260.665.4316 or browns@trine.edu.

27 January 2011

Third Annual Scholarship Golf Classic

Gather with friends to play at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club in Sarasota on Jan. 27, 2011. The Members Club, a Tom Fazio design, has been named one of the best courses in America. Experience this beautiful club and its amenities with us.

The tournament entry fee costs $200, which includes green fees, golf cart, caddy, practice range use, lunch at the clubhouse and dinner at the home of Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine. Registration, lunch and the use of the practice facilities will begin at noon. The format of play is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Trine University Student Scholarship Fund. Bon Appétit Management Co. is sponsoring the event.

Become a Sponsor!

  • Eagle Sponsor – $2,000
    4 tournament entries
    4 exclusive gifts
    Sponsor recognition

  • Birdie Sponsor – $1,500
    4 tournament entries
    Program recognition

  • Golf Ball Sponsor – $1,500
    Company′s logo or sponsor’s name
    will appear on golf balls
    2 tournament entries

  • Beverage Cart Sponsor – $1,000
    2 tournament entries
    Program recognition

  • Lunch Sponsor – $1,000
    2 tournament entries
    Program recognition

  • Proximity Sponsor – $500
    Program recognition

  • Prize Sponsor – $500
    Program recognition


Go to www.trine.edu/golf to register.

If you do not play golf, please join us for dinner. Tickets cost $20 each and are available to order on our website. For questions or additional information, please contact Sarah Brown at 260.665.4316 or browns@trine.edu.

27 January 2011

Regional Event Update

Trine University alumni office hits the road! This spring, the office of alumni and development will be traveling from coast to coast hosting alumni events in areas where we have a large concentration of alumni. Here is our travel itinerary:

Week of Jan. 24 Florida Tampa
Week of Jan. 24   Orlando
Week of Jan. 24   Sarasota
Late February Fort Myers
Late February   West Palm Beach
Late February Texas Houston
March Arizona Phoenix
March California North Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
April Washington Seattle
April North Carolina Raleigh/Charlotte
Washington, D.C.
May Connecticut Bridgeport

If you are interested in helping or willing to host an event, please contact Sarah Brown in the office of alumni and development at browns@trine.edu. Watch your mail for additional information!

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