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University News

February 2011

Communities approach Trine about Economic development partnerships

Eight communities have contacted Trine University regarding potential economic development partnerships. Trine remains committed to economic growth and innovation and continues to move forward with aggressive plans for implementation and the creation of jobs in northeast Indiana, university officials said this week.

The university presented a $28 million economic development plan to Steuben County commissioners in December 2010. The university withdrew its proposal Jan. 24, when the university and commissioners could not agree on the memorandum of understanding.

While Steuben County officials continue to assess the plan, university administrators have started meeting with other interested communities about the proposal.

"Considering our timeline and the need for job creation in northeast Indiana, we cannot wait for our elected officials to make a decision. Jobs in this region are needed now, and if we wait, we will watch yet another opportunity pass us by," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. president of Trine University. "The university has been contacted by eight different communities as far away as Whitley County in Indiana and the City of Sturgis in Michigan. As we meet with other communities and those directly involved in Economic Development, there is a level of excitement and eagerness to proceed."

The plan, which includes a dollar–for–dollar match up to $14 million by the university, continues to be of interest to communities throughout the region and a number of existing businesses, new businesses and entrepreneurs. "As of today we have six letters of intent from various companies interested in a partnership with Trine University. We continue to talk with interested parties focused on business expansion, research and development and job creation," said Mike Bock, the university′s senior vice president.

"There is tremendous opportunity associated with the full implementation of this plan. Additional grant opportunities and various sources of funding from the federal government are already being explored to further enhance the programs being discussed," Bock said. "Partnerships are being considered and evaluated on a weekly basis with other higher education providers as well as private investors." For further information contact Bock at bockm@trine.edu.

21–25 February 2011

Trine celebrates MLK during Black History Week

Trine University is exploring "True Value" during its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, Feb. 21–25, which is Black History Week at the school.  The event features the World Champion Gold Medalist Voices of Unity Youth Choir, a step dance team from North Side High School, a Soul Food Fest and keynote speaker David Taylor.

David Taylor

Taylor is a graduate of Ball State University and is a licensed mental health therapist, life coach, entrepreneur and aspiring author who specializes in working with juvenile delinquents, college students and young adults.

Taylor will speak Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Fabiani Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

"In keeping with the theme of the week, ′Why does Dr. King′s life still matter?′ I will speak about the concepts of personal value, self–worth, life purpose and life vision," Taylor said.

Taylor previously served as the keynote speaker for Ball State University′s Martin Luther King Jr. program for high school students. He also spoke at Black Issues Conferences at Indiana University–Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and Ball State. He earned the Governor′s Award for Tomorrow′s Leaders in 2007. He and his wife live in Orlando, Fla., where he works as the clinical coordinator for the Henry and Rilla White Youth Foundation.

Before Taylor′s presentation, the Voices of Unity Youth Choir, a youth choral group based in Fort Wayne that won two gold medals at the sixth World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China, in July 2010, will be performing.

As part of the celebration, the students and community also enjoyed a Soul Food Fest. Trine University′s partner in food service, Bon Appetit Management Company, serve traditional recipes created by African Americans. Potato and corn salad, mustard greens, ham bone, Shelby County corn on a stick, grits and hoppin′ john, okra gumbo, macaroni and cheese, Mississippi catfish fry, and hush puppies, country ribs, Creole chicken and banana bread pudding with rum sauce were served.

Fort Wayne′s North Side High School′s Step Team also performed as part of an informal gathering, resembling a jam session.

The celebration is sponsored by Trine′s office of student life, the office of student success and retention and Trine′s multicultural student organization. For more information about the celebration, contact Deborah McHenry at mchenryd@trine.edu or 260.665.4509.

February 2011

Mark Souder joins Trine staff

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Souder joined the staff of Trine University′s School of Professional Studies in February, and he is working to incorporate his vast political experiences into new classes and curriculum.

Souder has been active in politics since 1968 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until 2010. To be successful, he felt that he needed to develop a global understanding of business, markets, leadership, politics and people.

"I felt that many of my most effective teachers had real–world experience to blend with academic instruction," Souder said. "The courses I teach will include examples from current public debates and my own experiences to illustrate the principles being studied. It should make for an engaging classroom experience."

In his 15 years in office, Souder was in the first group to meet Hugo Chavez in Venezuela after he took power. Souder was part of the only group to go to Beslan, Russia, where terrorists burned a school, killing 270 children and teachers. The building was still smoking when Souder arrived. He traveled to Colombia a dozen times. He was one of only a few government officials to get to crawl down into the spider hole in Iraq where Saddam Hussein hid before he was executed.

"But one of the best experiences was going to No. 10 Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister, using the famous door knocker to announce our arrival and then meeting with Tony Blair," Souder said. "My most moving experiences were meeting with wounded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan and in hospitals in Germany as well as in Washington."

While in office, Souder also advocated for business and industry in northeast Indiana and played a significant role in saving the Indiana Air National Guard Base and VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, both in Fort Wayne.  He was named one of the 50 most effective lawmakers by Congressional Quarterly magazine and received the National Manufacturers Award three times.

He received a bachelor′s degree from Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne in 1972 and a Master′s in Business Administration in 1974 from the University of Notre Dame. He also received an honorary doctorate from Trine.

Souder will use his experiences and educational background to develop a new concentration – political leadership and civic engagement – for the school′s Master of Science in Leadership degree. Each course will include examples from current public debate to illustrate the principles being studied. Trine University′s School of Professional Studies also will host a quarterly blog featuring community issues discussed by Souder.

"Mark is bringing a wealth of knowledge to students at Trine. His travels, encounters with world leaders and work in Washington will be of great value and will broaden the horizons of our students," said Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D.

16 February 2011

ITT's Ken Peterman kicks off Distinguished Speaker Series

A defense industry leader, whose work has taken him around the globe, started off Trine University′s Distinguished Speaker Series Feb. 16 on the school′s main campus in Angola.

Ken Peterman

Ken Peterman, president of ITT Defense′s Communications Systems Division in Fort Wayne, gave his lecture "The Importance of Communications (on the battlefield and in one′s career)."

Peterman graduated from Tri–State University (now Trine) in 1979 with a bachelor′s degree in electrical engineering and then went to work for Magnavox Electronic Systems Company as a junior engineer. By age 29, he became the company′s youngest engineering section manager in the company′s history.

After more than 20 years with the company, Peterman was recruited to join Rockwell Collins where he then became the vice president of business development.

In 2007, he joined ITT Defense as president of the $800 million Communication Systems Division in Fort Wayne. Since that time, he has revitalized the product portfolio and expanded the division′s business focus, winning over 19 contracts worth over $270 million in Iraq alone, and the business area′s new product sales have grown to over 50 percent total sales revenue.

"I′ve been to Baghdad multiple times in the past two years doing business with ministries in Iraq as they seek to re–equip their forces with western–style equipment and perform alongside U.S. forces in a coalition manner," Peterman said. "I′ve spent time in Iraq, working with them to equip their newly formed military with modern communications equipment that is interoperable with their allies such as the United States."

Peterman takes pride in his ethical track record. During his talk, he plans to share how ethics, integrity and responsibility are keys to being successful in business.

In addition to the ethics of business, Peterman spoke about how defense equipment is used by soldiers and airmen in battle and the satisfaction of producing products that directly support the young men and women of our Armed Forces.

"One piece of equipment we developed was used in a unique way – a manner the engineers didn′t anticipate – and it helped a pilot come home safely from the skies over a battle in Iraq," Peterman said.

Peterman gave his audience some insight into real–world business practices and challenges.

"It′s important for people like myself, who have experienced a portion of the career journey, to talk to young people so they can have a context for starting their own paths and making informed decisions," Peterman said.

Spring 2011

Trine's enrollment increasing

Trine University′s student population is growing quickly, according to Scott Goplin, the school′s vice president for enrollment management.

In a time when many universities are facing budget cuts and enrollment caps, Trine′s student population is growing. Spring 2011 enrollment has increased more than 5 percent compared to spring 2010, and Trine′s School of Professional Studies, which caters to the needs of adult students, has increased by more than 12 percent in just one year.

Goplin attributes Trine′s growth to a myriad of factors – from updated facilities and increased housing options to the school′s reputation for challenging academic programs and improved student retention.

"This is a truly significant increase," Goplin said. "These numbers tell us that we are retaining our students and Trine has what they want. We will continue to meet our students′ needs and provide them with rigorous and challenging academic program to make sure every student will be a competitive force in the job market."

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