Trine may cap enrollment

Trine University may cap its main campus enrollment next year, after welcoming 2,339 students to classes on main campus, Trine Virtual Campus and the School of Professional Studies this fall.

In August, administrators conservatively reported an expected enrollment increase of 5.2 percent over August 2010 figures; however, enrollment increased by more than 10 percent,w ith incoming students having higher grade-point averages and test scores.

According to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) 2010 Fact Book, over the last five years, Trine has become the fastest growing independent university among the state’s 31 ICI member institutions.

Basketball legend Quinn Buckner speaks at Trine

Indiana University basketball legend and sports analyst Quinn Buckner spoke at Trine University Oct. 3 as part of the school’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Buckner is one of only three people in the history of basketball to win a championship at every level – high school, college, professional and Olympics. Buckner is in his 14th season as an analyst for the Pacers′ cable television games on FSN Indiana. In July 2004, he was named the vice president of communications for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

Trine honors, remembers those who serve

In observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Trine University “Honor and Remember,” a community event that recognized all who serve, on Sept. 10, before the Thunder football team took on Bluffton at Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium.

Christy Stutzman, wife of U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., sang the National Anthem. Members of Trine’s ROTC program presented colors at the beginning of the game.

Local firefighters transported a beam recovered from the wreckage of the World Trade Center attacks onto Shive Field. The 1,400-pound, 10-foot beam is permanently displayed in a memorial at Fire Station No. 2, at the corner of Fifteenth Street and Grandstaff Drive in Auburn.

The Rev. Bill Imler arrived by Bell 47G helicopter to deliver the game ball. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve in naval aviation from 1943 to 1945. The helicopter was provided by university trustee Jack Shaw and was piloted by retired chief warrant officer Brian Riley, who, among many other duties, flew Blackhawk helicopters in Kosovo.

A 30-foot by 60-foot flag that survived the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995, also was displayed.

$30,000 gift encourages academic excellence, community service

Ed Leonard, Ph.D., and his wife, Ginger, committed $30,000 to the Trine University School of Professional Studies for future leaders in the Master of Science in Leadership program.

Leonard is part of the core leadership faculty for the Master of Science in Leadership program at Trine University. He develops and teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, human resources, industrial relations and strategic management.

He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University. A professor emeritus of marketing and management at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Leonard has won multiple awards and has written more than 10 books on the subjects of business, marketing, negotiations and strategic management.