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February / March 2013

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Nick Cocanower

Nick's looking to make an immediate effect in the working world

Nick Cocanower chose to come to Trine University because it offered three things: the opportunity for an engineering degree, hands-on lab experiences and the chance to continue his baseball career. Cocanower, a senior from Elkhart, will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in design engineering technology.

He’s a captain of the baseball team (he is a pitcher), serves as the president of The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience and is a tour guide for the office of admission.

He has completed three internships during his time as a Trine student. The summer of his freshman year, he was a liaison engineer, troubleshooting and solving printing problems at McCoy Miller & Marque Ambulances. During the spring semester of his junior year, he drew 3D CAD parts for customer prints at Triton Metal Products. This past summer, he was a rapid prototype engineer with Valeyo Sylvania, a company that was represented at the recent career fair hosted by Trine University’s Career services.

He credits all of his professors for his successes. He said he appreciates the direct contact and concern professors have for his success, from course work to coordinating competitions with which he has been involved. After graduation, he hopes to take his talents to a company where he can be hands–on and have the freedom to design products.

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Trine junior Paxton Fleming has had ties to the university since before she was born.

Almost alumna Paxton Fleming

Her parents, Shawn and Cynthia, graduated from Tri–State in 1985 and 1986, respectively. Paxton Fleming said she fell in love with campus when she visited with the softball team, and she ultimately chose Trine because of the opportunity to play softball, and because she has a lot of extended family in the area, which helps since she has lived in Nevada.

In addition to being an outstanding student in the classroom, she is heavily involved in campus activities. She serves as a resident assistant, a student ambassador, and a member of Kappa Sigma Alpha, Circle K, Student Government, Thunder Nation, Order of Omega, National Student Leadership Society, and the Honor′s program, Fleming also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also works as a server at Ruby Tuesday and a legal assistant at Cress Law Group.

The forensic science and chemistry double major is also working on a minor in criminal justice. When she first came to Trine, she planned to continue on to medical school, but she changed her career path after some interesting classes and an unforgettable internship at Cress Law Group (Jonathan and Christina Cress are both Tri–State alumni).

After graduation, Fleming said she hopes to attend law school out west, closer to her home. She is studying for the LSAT and learning practical application while working at Cress Law Group.

"I am very nervous and excited at the same time because every day is different in the office ... but I would not be anywhere near this dream/goal if not for Professor [John] Milliken," she said.

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