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29 January 2011

Alumni basketball players return to campus

A group of alumni basketball players from 1960–1970 returned to campus Saturday, Jan. 29, for the first time in many years.

Don Powers, a 1961 chemical engineering graduate from Albion, Mich., organized the reunion. The group enjoyed a tour of campus, participated in the local alumni basketball pre–game gathering and cheered the Thunder men′s basketball team to a triple overtime victory.

Many returning players still hold individual school records, and several are members of the 1000–point club. While former basketball coach Mark Peterman was not able to join them on campus, he did meet with his players for breakfast and a local radio show.

Standing, from left, are alumni Tony Sands, Bob Livingston, Ed Smaltz, Tom Newport, Dave Ballinger, Ray Lothery, John Nigro, Roy Charleswood, Bill Skadow and Dan Taylor.
Sitting, from left, are alumni Don Powers, Jim Dehaven and Jim Smoots.

Tbolt Trivia!

23 February 2011

Congratulations to Craig Trowbridge, a 1987 electrical engineer graduate, who was selected at random for answering last issue′s trivia question correctly. John McBride serves as our historian emeritus.

In this issue, you will be tested on school naming history.

Can you recall the three nicknames that TSC/TSU/Trine has had over its 126 history?

If you know the three school nicknames, please e–mail tbolt@trine.edu. If you answer corerctly, your name will be entered into a drawing to win Trine gear.

Acacia Reunion

9 October 2010

Sigma Mu Sigma Fraternity and Acacia Fraternity members and Trine alumni reunited Oct. 9, 2010, for the second year at the loft at Timbers Casual Dining in Angola. The dinner was scheduled during Trine′s homecoming weekend. Forty alumni members and their wives attended, and some came from as far away as Oklahoma and New York. Fraternity alumni are hopeful that this will continue to be an annual event, and the next gathering will take place Oct. 1, 2011.

Sigma Mu Sigma was the first fraternity on campus and was installed in March 1921. The chapter closed in 1967 when the transition was made to Acacia Fraternity. The Acacia chapter closed in 1979.

Any Sigma Mu Sigma or Acacia fraternity alumni members who wish to receive information about future activities or reunion dinners should contact varizzi2@yahoo.com or rflang@charter.net.

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