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University News

2 October 2009

Lion King Speaks

Dr. Ralph Ketner, a Tri–State accounting alumnus and co–founder of Food Lion, a 1,300–store chain in the mid–Atlantic and southeast United States, kicked off Trine University′s 2009–2010 Distinguished Speaker series on Friday, Oct. 2 in Best Hall room 229. The presentation was part of the university′s Homecoming weekend celebration of 125 years in higher education.

Ketner founded Food Town, later to become Food Lion, in Salisbury, N.C. in 1957. He came to Trine, then Tri–State College and later Tri–State University, to attend school in 1937 at age 17. Orphaned by his parents′ deaths during the Great Depression, he nonetheless possessed what he describes in his book, "Five Fast Pennies," as a different attitude and point of view. "I saw problems as opportunities in disguise. I saw a lemon and made lemonade. I started thinking before starting to work. I never had ambitious goals for myself, but have always done my very best on every job," he writes.

He shared his remarkable ability to make mental mathematical calculations, which he used to cut costs in the grocery business and vault Food Lion to the top. He interspersed the demonstration of mathematics skills with vignettes from his life with one goal in mind, as he states in the book: "To encourage our young people to dream and dream BIG!′

Dr. Ketner is a benefactor of Trine University′s Ketner School of Business, and has made numerous contributions to charities and organizations throughout the country and world. He served as Tri–State University′s commencement speaker in 1982, when he received an honorary doctorate. Now retired, the business mogul keeps an office at Catawba College in Salisbury, where he is a consultant to the business school. The university community enjoyed meeting Dr. Ketner at a reception with refreshments before his presentation in Best Hall room 229.

Trine hosts four guests annually for its Distinguished Speaker series, which is free and open to the public. Accomplished alumni, government officials, business experts, writers and others typically make up the list of invited speakers.

Going, going, gone–to college

14 October 2009

In conjunction with College Go! Week, Trine University hosted over 70 colleges at the Indiana Association for College Admission Counselors’ 27th annual Northeast Indiana Regional College Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the University Center. Learn More Indiana and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education launched College Go! Week Oct. 12-16 as a statewide effort to help more Hoosier students get to college. The initiative aimed to engage every Indiana high school student in specific, practical steps to prepare for college. Trine elevated awareness of the college admission process by offering sessions to students in grades 9-12 and their parents during the fair.

Information sessions covered ACT and SAT tests, what to expect and how to prepare for the application process, and financial aid, including the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA), scholarships, the Stafford federal student loan, the Parent Plus loan and alternative loans to help with the cost of college.

Earlham College, Albion College, Ashford University, Bluffton University, Brown Mackie College, Butler University, Calvin College, Central Michigan University, Defiance College, Goshen College, Grace College, Grand Valley State University, Indiana University, Hanover College, Indiana Wesleyan, Kalamazoo College, Kettering University, Miami University of Ohio, Northern Michigan University, Ohio Northern, Olivet College, Rose-Hulman Technical Institute, School of Advertising Art, Saint Mary of Woods, Universal Technical Institute, University of Findlay and University of Southern Indiana were among the institutions represented.


1 October 2009

Trine University has earned ABET accreditation for its computer engineering program after a visit from the accrediting body in fall 2008, bringing the number of accredited engineering programs to five.

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