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Lifelong Learning

January 2011

Randy White was promoted to vice president for student life

andy White

White has served as dean of student life at Trine since 2005. Prior to that, he worked as a project manager and guest lecturer at Indiana University and was in management at Pokagon State Park for 27 years. He earned his bachelor′s degree from Indiana University and his master′s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

As Trine has grown residentially from 450 to 1,050 students, White has been key in the planning, implementation and success of student life programs, Brooks added.

"As a result of his diligent efforts, we have been able to provide additional opportunities to assist and engage students on campus in a very meaningful and supportive way," Brooks said.

White first became involved with Trine many years ago as an adjunct faculty member in Trine′s Ketner School of Business and (what is now) the School of Professional Studies. He had a desire to help students and to make a difference in their lives.

"From my standpoint, the position I′m in is the best one in the university. I get to work day to day with students," White said. "In my new role, I can now work strategically with the university to continue to provide programming and activities to better serve our students."

For the past five years, White has worked to foster a team environment in the office of student life. As a result, a well–organized residential life program developed, campus safety coverage increased and students are becoming more involved in new activities.

In his new role, White will oversee residence life, campus safety, counseling, student activities, mail services, food service and health and wellness.

"Randy is a tremendous asset to Trine," Brooks said. "His new position will allow him to better serve and reach out to our students in providing the complete institutional experience."

Students receive engineering awards, recognition

February 2011

Several Trine University engineering students received national awards and attention this year.

Seniors Nick Savage and Matt Shergalis will head to Dallas, Texas, March 14 to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo Institute. The two men decided to pursue this national contest after success at local competitions. They were the only two people from Indiana selected to compete. They will design, construct and load test a retaining wall for the competition.

Senior mechanical engineering and mathematics double major Chris Armstrong received a $3,000 Ronald E. Lincoln Memorial Scholarship from the AIST Foundation. The scholarship was established by Chaparral Steel as a tribute to Ronald Lincoln and is awarded to individuals who best exemplify the qualities of leadership and innovation for which Mr. Lincoln was so well known throughout his career.

Seniors Skip Patteuw of Blissfield, Mich., and Jake Lile of Seville, Ohio, received David Laine Memorial Scholarships, valued at $3,000 each, from the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA).

Trine promotes seven faculty members

January 2011

Seven faculty members at Trine University will be promoted this fall, according to David Finley, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs.

"With these promotions, Trine University recognizes the teaching acumen, service activities and scholarly contributions of these individuals," Finley said. "Our quality faculty members truly enrich the living and learning environment on campus."

Mark Kays Music director Mark Kays has been promoted from instructor to an assistant professor. Kays has been with the university since the music program′s inception in 2007. He directs the Marching Thunder, wind ensemble, pep and jazz bands and chamber orchestra. Kays earned his master′s degree from Indiana University.


Christina Zumbrun Christina Zumbrun is being promoted from an instructor to an assistant professor in the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences. After teaching high school mathematics, English as a Second Language and GED classes, she ventured to Trine in 2006. Zumbrun earned her master′s degree in applied mathematics from Purdue University. She currently is pursuing her doctorate degree at Western Michigan University.

Bill Barry William Barry, Ph.D. has been promoted from assistant to associate professor in the Allen School of Engineering and Technology. Before coming to Trine, Barry taught structural engineering courses and advised master′s and doctoral degree candidates at the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. He earned his master′s degree from Stanford University and his doctorate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Karen Hamilton Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., has been promoted from assistant to associate professor in the Franks School of Education. She started her career as a high school English teacher and then moved into higher education. Hamilton earned her doctorate degree from the University of Toledo.


Haseeb Kazi Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., has been promoted from assistant to associate professor in the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences. He has been teaching math in the U.S. and internationally for 13 years. He received his doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2006.


Kathy Pomeroy Kathleen Pomeroy has been promoted from assistant to associate professor. After more than 30 years of teaching in public schools, she joined Trine′s Franks School of Education faculty in 2004. She earned her master′s degree in education from Indiana University.



Sally Simpson Sally Simpson, Ph.D., has been promoted from an associate to full professor. She joined Trine′s Franks School of Education faculty in 1995 following a career as a classroom teacher, district diagnostician, special education teacher, reading specialist and principal in the elementary schools of Glen Ellyn, Ill. Simpson earned her doctorate in reading education from Florida State University.

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