Alumni regional event update

In late August, over 100 alumni and friends met at Victory Field in Indianapolis to watch an Indians baseball game. The event was hosted by alumni Angie Bidlack ’03, Eric Brown ’85, Scott Brown ’80, Jim Bullard ’72, Bill DuBois ’66, Joe Lamirand ’61, Ed Moss ’49, Katie Sullivan ’96 and Alex Zembala ’09.

Alumni gathered for dinner events in Washington D.C., Richmond, Va., and Durham, N.C., in September.  The alumni who helped make these events successful were Barney Gorin ’86  and Don Ellison ’48 in Washington,  Jim Mott ’67 in Richmond and Greg Seifert ’87, Amanda Lefeld ’00 and Grey Lefeld ’99 in Durham.

In October, several met at a dinner event in Atlanta, Ga., thanks to the efforts of Bill Lusk ’70 and Neil Mathers ’65. On Oct. 8, many alumni, parents and Thunder fans met in LaGrange, Ga., for a tailgate lunch hosted by Dick Mohler ’58, Leon Staples ’01 and Bruce Triftshauser ’65 at the Highland County Club. Following lunch, the group headed to Callaway Stadium to cheer on the Thunder football team to victory.

If you are interested in hosting a regional event in your area, contact the office of alumni and development at 260.665.4114 or  Visit event website for more event information.

Make an impact today

Consider making a contribution to increase Trine’s alumni giving percentage and show your alumni pride today. Giving participation among alumni, faculty and staff and the Board of Trustees is considered by foundations and corporations as they make funding decisions. So, your gift could directly lead to other gifts for the university.

The alumni giving percentage is one benchmark used to measure how satisfied alumni are with their alma mater.  It measures the number of gifts made by alumni, not the total amount given.  The alumni giving rate is calculated by dividing the number of donors during a given academic year by the number of alumni on record for that year.

As an alumnus or alumna, your gift will have an immediate impact on the value of your degree, as Trine rises in U.S. News & World Report and other important rankings.

Visit or call 260.665.4114 to give to Trine today.

McKetta takes trustee emeritus status

Alumnus and trustee John J. McKetta Jr., Ph.D., is taking emeritus status on the university’s board of trustees. He is the university’s longest-serving board member, having been involved since 1957.

McKetta came to Trine after writing to more than 50 universities, asking for work during the crux of the Great Depression. He heard back only from Tri-State College, which McKetta described as a “little school in Indiana I read about in Popular Mechanics magazine.”

He graduated from TSU with a degree in chemical engineering degree in 1937. He then went on to work for Michigan Alkali Co., serve as the chemical director of C.F. Schneible Co. and earn a doctorate in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.

In 1946, McKetta accepted a teaching job at the University of Texas at Austin. As his career progressed, so did his reputation as an international expert on energy and he served as the energy advisor to five U.S. presidents.

Today, he continues to mentor faculty and students, noting that his “heart is in chemical engineering.”

IRA charitable rollover option ends Dec. 31

If you are at least 70 ½ years of age and own an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you still have time to use the provisions in the reinstated Pension Protection Act that allows individuals to contribute up to $100,000 from their IRA account directly to a non-profit organization, such as Trine University.

Whatever amount you might decide to give in this manner will be counted toward your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year, and since many wait until year end to take the RMD from their accounts now would be a great time to have some or all of this directed to Trine University.  Donating a portion of your IRA will not count against your taxable income for the year.

Gifting a portion from your IRA now may be appropriate if:

  • You use the standard deductions rather than itemizing your deductions on your taxes.
  • You do not need all of your RMD that you are required to take or if by taking the RMD it will move you to a higher tax bracket.
  • You plan to leave some of your assets to Trine from your IRA through your estate.

Certain limitations apply to these non-taxable charitable contributions:

  • Gifts can only be made until Dec. 31, 2011 (unless legislation extends this act).
  • You must be at least 70 1/2 years of age when the transfer is made.
  • Gifts must be made directly from your IRA to Trine University.
  • The gifts must be made outright, and not to create a charitable gift annuity or fund a charitable trust.

To make a gift to Trine from your IRA, call 260.665.4114 or contact a member of the staff today: Here's the link to the staff website

For individual news releases about all the awards and dedications given out this past homecoming, click the story of your choice underneath.