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Where′s Allison Rodino

June 2010

On June 12 Allison Rodino, BSBA ′08, volunteered to caddy for her friend and golf professional, Maria Hernandez, in the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.

Allison is head golf professional at Christiana Creek Country Club, a private club in Elkhart, Ind. She grew up in Elkhart, and began working at the course as a cart kid when she was 12. She continued working there through college before taking two other jobs at Glendarin Hills and Elcona Country Club. Allison has been in the golf business her entire life, and knew she wanted to pursue a career in this field. That′s why she decided to attend Trine to major in golf management.

"My experience at Trine University prepared me for the golf business world. I learned numerous lessons in my business classes that have prepared me for managing a course," she said. "In five years, I hope to be working in Elkhart where I grew up, doing what I love – working in the golf business."

In September, Allison will marry Patrick Bailey, BSBA ′09, from Trine. They met at freshman orientation, paired together in an ice breaker activity. They started dating two years later, and now will be tying the knot in September.

When she received the call from Maria Hernandez to help her on the bag, she didn′t hesitate. She had caddied for her multiple times in qualifying tournaments, but never for a major event like the State Farm Classic.

Rodino had many exciting moments at the tournament, lunching with tour stars like Meg Mallon and Natalie Gulbis. "I got to rub elbows with many great players—even Nancey Lopez talked with me," she said.

The highlight of the week was on Friday on hole 9. "It was a long par 4 with water on both sides guarding the tee shot. I handed Maria her 3 wood, then she asked for her driver," Rodino said. "She hit the ball into the hazard, but the ball was still on land. She immediately took off her shoes and socks, stood in the water, got her stance, and asked for her wedge. She played an easy shot back into the fairway and we ran ahead to the next shot with shoes in hand. It was an amazing shot decision, and the crowd in the grandstand roared."

"I would definitely caddy again for Maria, but it was a lot more work than most think. The bag alone was 40 pounds, and the average 18–hole course is at least a five–mile walk. It was the most amazing experience I could have asked for. I met so many great people and will never forget those memories—just like many of the memories I had at Trine."

Taking the high road

Spring 2010

At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif., United States Marine Corps 1st Lt. Scott M. Stafford, BSBA ′01, was promoted to the rank of Captain by Lt. Col. Rick Ostermeyer, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465 commanding officer, this spring. Captain Stafford, son of Roger and Suzanne Stafford of Garrett, graduated from Garrett High School in 1997 and Tri–State (Trine) University in 2001. Scott was a four– year member of the Thunder football team, a cheerleading base during the men′s basketball season and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Captain Stafford is a naval aviator who earned his wings of gold in January of 2009. He was chosen to pilot the CH– 53E Super Stallion, the largest helicopter in the U.S. military′s inventory. The primary mission of the CH–53E is the movement of cargo and equipment. It is equipped with three General Electric turboshaft engines, each capable of producing 4,380 hpr. It is designed to carry 32,000 pounds externally, and can be configured to carry as many as 55 passengers or 24 litters. The CH–53E is also capable of aerial refueling for extended range. Captain Stafford will be deployed to Southeast Asia in February aboard a U.S. Navy ship.

As a naval aviator, Captain Stafford is part of an elite group that was formed by the Navy Appropriations Act of 1913 for officers selected to the "Aviation Element." This act provided allowances for officers detailed to duty as "flyers of heavier–than–air–craft." Aviators were and still are sequentially numbered, with the number–one slot going to Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson and issued in January 1914. Captain Stafford′s number of 29,773 was issued in January 2009.

The training is arduous, with rigorous physical and academic training, long hours of studying and a high wash–out rate. Five of the six lunar landings were commanded by naval aviators, along with senators and congressmen who previously have served in the military. It has been said that today′s naval aviators are commissioned officers, but only a small percentage of commissioned officers in the Navy, Marines or Coast Guard are trained and become naval aviators.

Captain Stafford and his wife, Laura, have two daughters, Anna and Ashley, and live near the Marine Corps Air Station in California, where they are stationed.

Trine Travelers

Please submit your photos from around the globe to alumni@trine.edu

After graduating from Tri-State University in 1981, I went to work for Purdue University. I now spend my life making sure the student-athletes' financial aid limit is within NCAA, Big Ten, federal, state and Purdue regulations. But like spring break from Tri-State, I spend every free moment I can find at the beach. Some things never change. This year was extra-special, Santa Claus was on the beach in Clearwater! Sand, Sun and Surf, nothing is better.

Sincerely, Julie Dunn

My name is Chee Beng Ng (Class of 1985 – CE). Forwarded here are two pictures taken in Dubai with my wife, Samantha Ding. The pictures were taken in 2008 while I was working there. Regards, Chee Beng Ng

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