Trine kicks off 2015-16 academic year
Trine University started the new academic year with a kick-off conference for faculty and staff this morning (Aug. 18).
Though the school is poised for yet another record number of new students, which includes growth in the number of international students, Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president encouraged everyone to continue to seek improvement while maintaining a high level of service for Trine students. "Have fun with what we've become but continue to be aggressively looking forward," Brooks told his team.
He also praised everyone for their contributions to students and the success of the university, noting "everybody has an impact on the life a student" and "people make this institution a success."
Among highlights mentioned by Brooks:
~ The new Reiners Residence Hall for 170 students, some of whom have already moved in;
~ Ford Hall, home of the Ketner School of Business;
~ The fact that 97 percent of Trine employees participate in the annual campaign; the national average is 35 percent as reported by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education);
~ More than $25 million in capital investments, including Reiners and Ford halls, and all of which is debt free.
Scott Goplin, vice president of University Marketing and Communications, opened the annual event and named those who marked milestone years of service.
The following individuals were honored.
Amy Alexander – associate professor, Franks School of Education
Mersiha Alic – dean, School of Professional Studies
James Canino – associate professor, Wade Department Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Allen School of Engineering & Technology
Kristin Conley – director, Warsaw Education Center
Linda Conley – assistant professor, Ketner School of Business
Andrea DeLancey – director, Dual Enrollment program
Nandan Garg – assistant professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Allen School of Engineering & Technology
Bob Keller – director, Office of Alumni & Development
Gail Lugo – director, English as a Second Language (ESL) program
Kerry Miller – groundskeeper
Amy Nicholls – instructor and chair, Department of Humanities and Communication, Jannen School Arts & Sciences
Jeremy Rentz – associate professor, Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Allen School Engineering & Technology
Brandon Speith – director, Fort Wayne Regional Campus
Kent Stucky – vice president, Alumni & Development
Cathy Swick – associate professor and chair, Department of Exercise Science, Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
Brian Thomas – assistant professor, Department of Design Engineering Technology, Allen School of Engineering & Technology
Jamie Wozniak – head coach, women’s volleyball, assistant athletic director/senior women's administrator
Tim Carver – assistant professor, Department of Mathematics & Informatics, Jannen School Arts & Sciences
Chad Keefer – assistant professor, Department of Science, Jannen School Arts & Sciences
Jake Kinsey – offensive coordinator/wide receiver coach, football
Kelly McGuire – director, financial aid
Nancy Roberts – assistant to the vice president for Alumni & Development
Randy White – vice president, Student Services
Lynda Crawford – senior staff accountant, employee reimbursement, business office
Camilla Hukill – custodian
Andrea Smith – director of business services, business office
Dan Zimmerman – equipment technician
Michael Biegas – assistant professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology & Social Sciences, Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
Sharon Frasier – custodian
Deborah McHenry – executive director of Student Success & Retention, student and parent advocate
Graydon Rose – custodian
Lorrie Simmons – senior student accounts administrator, business office
Tim Tyler – associate dean, Allen School of Engineering & Technology; professor, Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Allen School
Sean Carroll – professor, electrical engineering, Allen School of Engineering & Technology; associate dean, College of Engineering and Business
Emily K. Chancellor – administrative assistant, Departments of Mathemetics & Informatics, Sciences, Humanities and Communication, Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
Deb Strong – administrative assistant, McKetta Department of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering, Allen School of Engineering & Technology
Ann Benson – associate professor, Department of Science, Jannen School Arts & Sciences