Community invited to Trine Homecoming events

Pancake contests, football, a 5k walk/run and country music concert are among homecoming events that are open to the public this weekend at Trine University.

At 11 a.m. Friday, Trine University will unveil its Hall of Innovation on the second floor of the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering. The Hall of Innovation includes plaques honoring 184 Trine University alumni who have, between them, a total of 920 patents.

Saturday morning events begin at 8 a.m. with Thunder Nation Visit Day for prospective students in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. To register or for more information, visit

Registration for the Thunder Color Run 5k and 1 mile Fun Run also begins at 8 a.m. at the Ryan Skywalk of the University Center, with the race starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $10 and includes a T-shirt. To register in advance and for more information, visit

A pancake breakfast, eating and decorating contest begins at 8:30 a.m. on the lawn of the University Center. There also will be live music under the tent on the University Center lawn by Cadillac Ranch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thunder Zone Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the University Center lawn, including inflatables, live music, a petting zoo, cornhole, food, vendors and more.

Trine University football kicks off for homecoming in Zollner Stadium at 1 p.m. The 2-1 Thunder will face Concordia (Ill.) in the last game before beginning their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association conference season. Tickets for the game are $8, free for senior citizens or children under 6.

Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at T. Furth Center for Performing Arts, with doors opening at 7 p.m. A few tickets remain for the concert; for more information, visit