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8 October 2010

Trine honors beloved alumnus

Trine University honored a beloved alumnus at a private memorial service during homecoming on Oct. 8.

Dr. Robert L. Jannen, 83, was born May 3, 1927, and passed away Sept. 14, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. He and his late wife, Dolores, were dedicated supporters of Trine University, a place they connected with and loved for many years.

"There are few individuals in the history of Tri-State and Trine University that have supported their alma mater with as much passion and dedication as Bob and Dolores Jannen. We are forever indebted to the Jannens for their loyalty and generosity. They have contributed to every campus project for the last 50 years," said Trine University president Earl D. Brooks II.

Dr. Jannen was a 1950 graduate and had served as a trustee of the university since 1969 in various capacities, including chairman of the board.

"It is my hope that their success and contributions to Trine University will inspire students from all walks of life to dream and achieve," Brooks said.

Brooks and his wife, Melanie, last visited Dr. Jannen in September. At the time, Dr. Jannen was starting his seventh round of chemotherapy treatments. Brooks said Dr. Jannen was bold in his thinking and a strong–willed and stern man who overcame many obstacles — including polio and the losses of a son, Robert Jr., and his wife of 60 years.

"He inspired us. I very affectionately referred to Bob as a warrior – a person who has shown great vigor and courage. ... He was a man who courageously dealt with great pain – tremendous illness and suffering for several years – with the most positive attitude and outlook on life of anyone we have ever known," Brooks said. "Always positive and looking ahead. ... Dr. Jannen led by example. He was a colleague, but more importantly, he was my friend and yours."

Dr. Jannen delivered the commencement address to Tri–State University graduates June 14, 1975.

"The debt we have to this school and the many retired faculty members ... will never be fully paid," Jannen told the class in his speech. "I also hope you will look back someday and feel your life has been as interesting and rewarding as it has been for some of us Tri–Staters. I hope you will stay close to your college and see its importance to your growth each year. I also hope you will learn to love this school and our great country as much as I do and respect them for the opportunity given to us to do as much with our lives as we choose."

Dr. and Mrs. Jannen were committed to serving others. The couple′s good works, impact, influence, love, caring attitude and memory now will be carried on to many others who have benefitted from their generosity. They gave countless gifts, scholarships and awards such as Jannen Renaissance Awards, an endowment for the Jannen School of Arts & Sciences, the Jannen Baseball Field and they supported every initiative of the institution since his graduation from Tri–State College in 1950.

"Dr. Jannen loved this institution. He loved life, and he loved his family. We will miss Dr. Jannen′s wisdom, his savvy council and most of all his friendship," Brooks said. "We are all much better, fortunate and blessed by having the Jannen family as a part of our lives for so many years."

13 January 2011

Florida Golf Outing

Join us Jan. 27, 2011, in Sarasota, Fla., for the third annual Scholarship Golf Classic.

Gather with friends and fellow alumni to play at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club. The Members Club, a Tom Fazio design, has been named one of the best courses to play in America. Experience this beautiful club and its amenities with us. Visit www.rcmcsarasota.com for more course information.

The tournament entry fee is $200, which includes green fees, golf cart, personal caddy, practice range use, a free gift, lunch at the Members Club and dinner at the home of Drs. Ralph and Sheri Trine.


  • Event Sponsor - $5,000 – 4 tournament entries, 4 exclusive gifts, elite sponsor recognition
  • Dinner Sponsor - $2,500 – 4 tournament entries, 4 exclusive gifts, sponsor recognition (SOLD)
  • Eagle Sponsor - $2,000 – 4 tournament entries, 4 exclusive gifts, sponsor recognition
  • Birdie Sponsor - $1,500 – 4 tournament entries, program recognition
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor - $1,000 – 2 tournament entries, program recognition
  • Golf Ball Sponsor - $1,000 – company′s logo or sponsor′s name will appear on golf balls
  • Lunch Sponsor - $1,000
  • Proximity Sponsor - $500
  • Prize Sponsor - $500

Secure your team by Jan. 13, 2011. Register today by e-mailing Sarah Brown at browns@trine.edu or calling her at 260.665.4316.

Fall 2010

Recruiting Trine Students

Trine University faculty members now are getting a first–hand look at their students′ work – outside the classroom – and seeking advice from professionals to improve their programs.

The university′s Office of Career Services has been actively visiting students at their internships and co–op sites to learn more about the nature of their work. Faculty members want to make sure students are prepared for internship opportunities, both academically and socially. They are working to learn more about specific projects and talking to supervisors, peers and staff about their professional needs.

Trine University has a reputation for providing students who are hands–on problem–solvers with excellent work ethic. Employers seek Trine University students for internships and co–ops because they have either hired Trine University students in the past or because they have a direct connection to the university and its faculty.

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue developing our engineering intern/co–op program to include students from Trine. We want to take advantage of the opportunities to partner with students on senior and masters projects," a Cleveland internship supervisor said.

When recruiting an intern, companies look for evidence of strong communication, technical skills and leadership experience, as well as a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the internship. Employers also try to assess emotional intelligence in a student during the interview process and during the internship.

In the May 12, 2010, NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) publication, Spotlight Online for Employment and Recruiting Professionals, Lisa Kappesser, author of "The Smart New Way to Get Hired: Use Emotional Intelligence to Land the Right Job," advocates that emotional intelligence is essential for good leadership and is often the differentiator between high and low performers.

"I have been motivated to formalize my discussions with our intern. We met today and established a good process for moving the project forward," an Angola internship supervisor wrote.

Faculty collaborative visits are a mutually beneficial practice, said Linda Bateman of Career Services. The employers who get the highest response rate for on–campus interviews and job postings are usually well known to career services staff, faculty and students.

"They have active internship or co–op programs and participate in things such as our lunch–and–learn program and networking events which allow them to interact with students in an informal high–touch way," Bateman said.

Organizations can rely on Career Services as a point of contact to put them in touch with appropriate faculty, student organizations and other campus resources of benefit to them. NACE′s 2009 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey results show that branding the organization on campus to student groups, administrators and faculty was identified by employers as the core function of college recruiting programs, along with identifying talent early with internship and co–op programs. To learn more about recruiting a Trine University intern or co–op student, call career services at 260–665–4847 or e–mail careerservices@trine.edu.

Trine and You

Fall 2010

Have you made a gift to Trine University this year?

Trine needs your support. Did you know that in 2009–2010, your alma mater devoted $16 million – 49 percent of its annual operating budget – to need–based scholarships and grants for students? Donate to the Annual Fund today! Your support will impact:

  • Student Scholarships – More than 90 percent of all Trine University students receive some form of financial assistance to offset tuition.
  • Faculty Development – Dollars raised through the Annual Fund help attract and retain the best instructors
  • Technology Improvements and Enhancements – Annual Fund contributions help innovate our students and allow them to prepare for their future
  • Student Life and the Overall Campus Experience – Gifts made to the Annual Fund a "Home Away from Home" atmosphere by keeping the students engaged and fulfilled while outside of the classroom

Giving to the Annual Fund starts now. If you haven′t participated, please consider making a donation today. Visit www.trine.edu/give to make a gift online. You may also mail in contributions to the Office of Alumni and Development at 1 University Ave., Angola, IN 46703. All gifts, no matter the size, benefit the institution and raises the overall alumni giving percentage.

Annual Scholarship Gala

12 February 2011

Make plans to attend the eighth annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, February 12, 2011. This exciting event offers a wine tasting, silent and live auctions, entertainment by the Trine University Jazz Band, a suburb dinner prepared by Bon Appetit, and much more.

All monies generated from the Gala benefit the Trine student Scholarship Fund. The Gala has raised over $560,000 for student scholarships since 2003!

Sponsor the Event: Donors who contribute and purchase any sponsorship receive special recognition on the invitation and the evening’s program. Contribute at the sponsor level of Silver and above to receive recognition on our web site.

  • Diamond Sponsor – $10,000
  • Platinum Sponsor – $5,000
  • Gold Sponsor – $2,500
  • Silver Sponsor – $1,000
  • Bronze Sponsor – $500
  • Crystal Sponsor – $250

Individual tickets to attend this spectacular event are $75; couples are $150. If you would like to donate an item(s) for the auction, please contact Sarah Brown at browns@trine.edu or phone 260.665.4316. If you would like to register to sponsor the event or attend, please visit www.trine.edu/gala.

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