A Homecoming to Remember

Trine University welcomed alumni, parents, friends, and trustees home to campus during its 2012 homecoming festivities.

President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., shared the state of the university Thursday during the 17th annual Touchstone Dinner and Friday during the annual homecoming dinner. "This fall, Trine University will serve nearly 2,500 students, a 92 percent increase from the 1,300 students served in 2000. We are at capacity residentially with 1,100 students. This type of success did not happen by accident or without the hard work of dedicated faculty and staff, donors and friends, trustees and Trine’s students. This success is the result of a total institutional effort dedicated to recruitment, retention, education and preparing young men and women for the future," he said.

During the Touchstone Donor Recognition Dinner, donors were recognized for their outstanding support of Trine University, and two special awards were given as Dr. Jorja Allen was recognized as the Woman of Distinction and Rick L. James was awarded the Pillar of Success.

During homecoming dinner, three alumni received prestigious awards, and members of the 50th reunion were recognized as the guests of honor. Also in attendance were Chuck Skove, celebrating his 75th reunion, and Dr. C.W. Sponsel, celebrating his 81st reunion.

During the weekend, ground was broken for the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Biomed and Innovation, and the Sponsel Mural was dedicated in honor of Drs. C.W. and Juliette Cummins Sponsel.

This entire issue is dedicated to homecoming weekend. Go ahead and grab a cup of coffee and click on to see what exciting things happened during the weekend, and mark your calendars now to return next year, Sept. 27-29.

Enjoy a slideshow from the weekend