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February / March 2013

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Trine adds School of Health Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Trine University is making history with a new school and a first-ever doctorate, and an integral part of this advancement is the new dean and program director.

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New Deans Announced

Dean Craig Laker

Laker named dean of Jannen School of Arts & Sciences

Craig Laker was named dean of the Jannen School of Arts & Sciences on Dec. 11. He had served as interim dean since June 1.

Laker joined Trine in 1999 as an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences and became chairman of the department in 2002. He earned three degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington: a bachelor’s degree in public affairs in 1987, a master’s degree in personnel management and labor relations in 1989 and a master’s degree in criminal justice in 1992.

Laker has also taught at Concordia University, University of Cincinnati and Indiana University.
He has coached the handgun competition and crime scene teams of Trine’s chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association to several regional and national titles. In October, the team set a regional conference record with 54 awards. In 2008, Laker earned ACJA’s Jim Hooker Outstanding Adviser Award.

Dean Karen Hamilton

Hamilton named interim dean of Franks School of Education

Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Franks School of Education, has been promoted to interim dean of the school.

Hamilton joined the Trine staff in 2007 as an assistant professor in the Franks School. In February 2011, she was promoted to associate professor. She earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

She began her career as a high school English teacher and has taught students from middle school age through college graduates. For several years, she worked in Toledo, Ohio, area schools. For 13 years, Hamilton was employed by the University of Toledo in its Student Services Center of the College of Education and Allied Professions.


More than 300 students bring resumes to fifth annual event

More than 300 Trine University students turned out to meet the more than 100 recruiters from regional businesses at the Fifth Annual Trine University Career & Internship Fair on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Trine.

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Summer classes discounted up to 60 percent

Taking classes during the summer might be easier to swallow with a discount of up to 60 percent off at Trine University. That discount for online and seated classes at the main campus in Angola is extended to all students, not just those enrolled at Trine.

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Trine's job placement rate for new grads at 92 percent

Trine University continues to boast a job placement rate higher than 90 percent for recent graduates, vastly higher than the national average of 63.6 percent.

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