In the midst of the dinners, reunions and sporting events, people bound by a powerful, life-changing experience reconnected at Trine’s 127th annual homecoming celebration Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
Alumni said they enjoyed connecting with old friends and meeting new people. Those connections, they explained, create a sense of unity that spans generations.
Bob Kopp and David Ransbury, both Phi Kappa Thetas from the class of 1961, reunited after 50 years during a reunion at their fraternity. The two hadn’t seen each other in decades, but picked up right where they left off.
David, a Silver Creek, N.Y., native, earned a civil engineering degree and went to work as a city engineer in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Karen, and together they built a life for themselves. They are now retired and spend their winters in Florida.
Bob earned a mechanical engineering degree before serving five years in the U.S. Air Force and working in the private sector. Now, he and his wife, Marge, are retired. They enjoy golfing, yoga and traveling. They recently returned home after spending time in Belgium.
Donald Turnbull, CE ’62, and his wife, Denise, of Ontario, Canada, noted the many changes on campus. When he was a student, they lived in the married student barracks at Commons Park in Angola. They painted their refrigerator to hide rust and cooked on a propane stove. The walls and floors of their humble abode were drafty, especially in the winter, but they said, their love kept them warm.
Denise had fond memories of gathering with other women, and Donald recalled learning to use survey equipment in a field just west of the railroad tracks, where the University Center now stands.
For individual news releases about all the awards and dedications given out this past homecoming, click the story of your choice underneath.
- Trine honors Col. George Higginson
- Trine honors alumnus Tim Adams
- Malefyt (Portis) inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
- Stechschulte inducted into Trine's Athletic Hall of Fame
- Mathew Iacobelli honored with young alumnus award
- John Anderson receives Distinguished Service Award
- Trine dedicates Ryan Skywalk
- Trine dedicates Jack and Sue Shaw Press Box
- Trine dedicates Peerless Cleaners Thunder Deck
- Trine dedicates Rinker-Ross Memorial Foundation Biology Lab
- Melanie Brooks named university's 2011 Woman of Distinction
- Trine names James Bock university's Pillar of Success