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13 February 2010

Trine gala shatters scholarship giving record at $162,000

If senior Adam Shiltz′s speech left any doubt about Trine support, the nearly 400 alumni and friends gathered for the seventh annual Black and White Scholarship Gala provided the definitive proof — $162,000 for student scholarships. Donors combined to increase giving by 50 percent over last year, generating the most funds ever raised by the event.

Shiltz, a design engineering technology major, took the podium at the university′s annual scholarship fundraiser in Ketner Sports Center to make some heartfelt comments about the impact of Trine scholarships upon his life. "They say ′At Trine, you can,′ and it′s valid," Shiltz said.

The young man, who played Thunder baseball, taught Junior Achievement at a local high school, established the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Trine and served as a tour guide for visiting students, expressed his gratitude for the experiences provided in part through donor generosity. "Each year, donors give to help. You provide an environment that sparks our interest. An environment that teaches us to go to class and be responsible. I would not be here without a scholarship," he said.

Trine supporters not only broke records for attendance and total funds raised, they created some new benchmarks for the future. Vice President for Alumni & Development Bob Remington took the microphone during a live auction to raise money for textbooks. Seventeen supporters stepped up to provide $500 book scholarships for Trine students, while Trine Trustee Rick James, CEO for Metal Technologies in Auburn, and his wife, Vicki, purchased naming rights to a private suite in the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium for $27,500.

In his welcome speech, Trine University President Earl Brooks II said 95 percent of Trine students annually receive scholarships or financial aid, and that the scholarship gala has provided over $550,000 in scholarships since its inception.

Local and state legislators attended to show their support, including Sen. Dennis Kruse, R–Auburn, a professional auctioneer and Trine trustee, who called a live auction of unusual items such as vacations, a plane ride, jewelry, and a private dinner in the university′s Bateman Dining Room. Rep. Dick Dodge, R–Pleasant Lake, was also among the dignitaries.

Donors enjoyed dinner by Bon Appétit Management Co., wine tasting by Biaggi′s Restaurante Italiano, music by the Trine Jazz Band and a silent auction for gifts from regional donors. Scholarship Gala Committee members Melanie Brooks, Sheri Trine, Beth Beech, Jill Boggs, Sarah Brown, Sherry Fulk, Melanie Harmon, Dareen McClelland, Lorrie Simmons, Diane Stock, Karen Stuckey, Anne Watkins and Judy Weaver were also recognized.

"That Trine alumni and friends increased scholarship funding by 50 percent over last year underscores their deep commitment to higher education and their faith in the direction of Trine University," said President Earl D. Brooks II. "We are grateful for their support and generosity."

Save the date: Next year′s Scholarship Gala will be on Saturday, 12th February, 2011.

15 February 2010

Thundering Generosity!

In recognition of a major gift from the Steel Dynamics Foundation, Trine University′s new field house with indoor track will take the name Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Athletic and Recreation Center in May.

Keith Busse is a Trine trustee and the founder of Steel Dynamics Inc., the nation′s fifth–largest producer of carbon steel products. Busse has earned some of the most prestigious awards given by the iron and steel industries, and the highest civilian award given by the Indiana Governor–the Sagamore of the Wabash.

Busse founded the Fortune 500 company Steel Dynamics in 1993 in Butler, Ind., setting an international record by building the plant in 14 months with only $280 million. The start–up business surpassed any previous steelmaking effort anywhere in the world.

In addition to receiving the top industry and state awards, Busse is a nationally recognized entrepreneur. His philanthropic work includes chairing the National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Open and serving on the board for Junior Achievement and the Community Foundation, all in Fort Wayne; and serving on the board for Northeast Indiana Corporate Council and Regional Economic Development.

A member of the Trine board of trustees since 2003, Busse chairs the Committee on Trustees and also serves on the executive committee. His company provided the steel for the university′s new University Center and for the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium now under construction. He has contributed regularly to the Annual Fund for scholarships, equipment, and campus improvements.

"Once again, Keith has demonstrated his commitment to education and to Trine University," said President Earl D. Brooks II. "Enhancing our athletic facilities strengthens our ability to provide comprehensive services to students."

Swing for Scholarships a great success!

28 January 2010

The day was filled with sunny skies, warm weather and great golf! Alumni and friends teed up to play in the second annual Scholarship Golf Classic at the Ritz–Carlton Members Club in Sarasota, Fla. on Jan. 28. In only its second year, the outing raised over $20,000 for student scholarships. The event sponsor was Bon Appetit Management Co., with AMI Investments, Charter One Bank, Jim Ingledue Construction and Chuck and Rita Nedele graciously adding their support.

The outing fielded 36 golfers and the winning score was carded by Team JICI with Ken Wilson, Jerry McClain, Sonny Christy and Tom Seculoff. The fun–filled day had on–course contests that included long drives for men and women, longest putt made, shortest drive, and closest–to–the-pin shot. Donald Poorman, BSBA ′69, who was celebrating his birthday, said, "We really enjoyed ourselves. I had the best time ever and look forward to playing next year." After golf, guests were treated to dinner at the home of Ralph and Sheri Trine. You won′t want to miss the third annual Scholarship Golf Classic on Jan. 27, 2011, so mark your calendars now!

Upcoming Regional Events

March-July 2010

Attend an upcoming event near you! Connect with alumni and friends and learn about the opportunities available to you from your alma mater, hear what’s happening on campus, and of course, have fun!


  • Chicago, Ill.
    Saturday, March 20
    Museum of Science and Industry

  • Angola, Ind.
    Wednesday, May 5
    Trine University main campus
    Franks Executive Conference Suite located in C.W. Sponsel Administration Center

  • South Bend, Ind.
    Wednesday, June 23
    Studebaker National Museum

  • Indianapolis, Ind.
    Tuesday, July 20
    Victory Field for an Indians Baseball Game

  • Fort Wayne, Ind.
    Monday, July 26
    Parkview Field for a TinCaps Baseball Game

Register online for any of these events at www.trine.edu/alumni or contact browns@trine.edu at 260.665.4316.

Spring Phonathon!

27 March 2010

Beginning on March 27, Trine students will be placing calls to alumni and friends to request support for the annual fund and scholarship drive. Last year, our spring and fall phonathons raised over $225,000!

We ask alumni and friends to take some time to talk with the students and share their stories. The callers will also verify address and e–mail information, update alumni on current campus events, and ask for financial support. The annual fund is an integral part of the university′s student scholarship dollars and operating budget, so we hope when the phone rings, you will answer and consider giving.

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