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Trine honors employees for years of service

Trine University recognized employees for their years of service during its annual fall kickoff program on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Michael Blaz, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Sciences, was honored for 45 years of service to the university. Since joining Trine in 1976, Blaz has earned multiple teaching awards, including the Professor Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017 and the Social Studies Teacher of the Year award from Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly in 2018.

Lucretia Shank, assistant registrar, was honored for 25 years of service, and Kim Bennett, vice president for enrollment management, was honored for 20 years of service.

Five employees were honored for 15 years of service: Kyle Aldrich, director of financial aid; Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics; Matt Land, assistant vice president of athletics; Darryl Webber, Ph.D., chair and professor, Wade Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; and Christina Zumbrun, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics.

The following employees were honored for 10 years of service: Kodi Buell, senior director and instructor of online learning, TrineOnline; Jesse Engle, maintenance; Robyn Hinman, office manager, Office of Student Services; Jeremy Howard, director of student engagement; Brooks Miller, head coach, men’s basketball; Gretchen Miller, vice president for administration and chief of staff; Renee Shipe, director of transfer pathways and evaluations; and Leslie Sidwell, senior programmer analyst, Information Technology.

These employees were honored for five years of service: Sarah Algaradi, assistant director of global partnerships; Logan Beck, director of admission; Justin Bock, assistant professor, Franks School of Education; Samuel Drerup, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Jodi Gardner, senior admission coordinator; Emily Gaskill, assistant director of accountability, Education One; Jeanette Goddard, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Humanities and Communication; Brittney Harvey, assistant coach, softball; Tom Hofman, head coach, women’s hockey; David Jacobs, head coach, men’s soccer; Dave Jarzyna, vice president for marketing and communications; Mahesh Khadka, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Chris Klink, assistant grounds superintendent; Erin Kolar, head coach, men’s and women’s tennis; Drew Lehman, assistant coach, men’s basketball; Amanda Leininger, senior staff accountant; Jeff McGowan, assistant professor, Ketner School of Business; Anna McNabb, housing supervisor, ice operations; Patrick Ridout, assistant director of information services; Abby Salge, director of accessibility services; Sheldon Smith, campus safety; James Tew, senior director of content and communications; Alex Todd, head coach, men’s hockey; Alison Todd, assistant professor, Franks School of Education; Kayla Warren, vice president of finance; Jason Watson, dean of enrollment, TrineOnline; Tricia Widenhoefer, DPT, director of clinical education; Donna Wyse, assistant professor, Department of Psychology and Social Sciences; Godfred Yamoah, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics; and Sarah Zimmer, lecturer, Department of Humanities and Communication.

  • Michael Blaz

    Michael Blaz - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Michael Blaz, Ph.D., chair and professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Sciences, with an award recognizing 45 years of service to the university.

  • Lucretia Shank

    Lucretia Shank - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Lucretia Shank, assistant registrar, with an award recognizing 25 years of service to the university.

  • Kim Bennett

    Kim Bennett - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Kim Bennett, vice president for enrollment management, with an award recognizing 20 years of service to the university.

  • Kyle Aldrich

    Kyle Aldrich - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Kyle Aldrich, director of financial aid, with an award recognizing 15 years of service to the university.

  • Matt Land

    Matt Land - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Matt Land, assistant vice president of athletics, with an award recognizing 15 years of service to the university.

  • Darryl Webber

    Darryl Webber - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Darryl Webber, Ph.D., chair and professor, Wade Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, with an award recognizing 15 years of service to the university.

  • Christina Zumbrun

    Christina Zumbrun - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Christina Zumbrun, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Physics, with an award recognizing 15 years of service to the university.

  • Kodi Buell

    Kodi Buell - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Kodi Buell, senior director and instructor of online learning, TrineOnline, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Jesse Engle

    Jesse Engle - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Jesse Engle, maintenance, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Robyn Hinman

    Robyn Hinman - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Robyn Hinman, office manager, Office of Student Services, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Brooks Miller

    Brooks Miller - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Brooks Miller, head coach, men’s basketball, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Gretchen Miller

    Gretchen Miller - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Gretchen Miller, vice president for administration and chief of staff, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Renee Shipe

    Renee Shipe - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Renee Shipe, director of transfer pathways and evaluations, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Logan Beck

    Logan Beck - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Logan Beck, director of admission, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Leslie Sidwell

    Leslie Sidwell - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Leslie Sidwell, senior programmer analyst, Information Technology, with an award recognizing 10 years of service to the university.

  • Justin Bock

    Justin Bock - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Justin Bock, assistant professor, Franks School of Education, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Samuel Drerup

    Samuel Drerup - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Samuel Drerup, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Jodi Gardner

    Jodi Gardner - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Jodi Gardner, senior admission coordinator, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Emily Gaskill

    Emily Gaskill - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Emily Gaskill, assistant director of accountability, Education One, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Jeanette Goddard

    Jeanette Goddard - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Jeanette Goddard, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Humanities and Communication, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Brittney Harvey

    Brittney Harvey - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Brittney Harvey, assistant coach, softball, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Tom Hofman

    Tom Hofman - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Tom Hofman, head coach, women’s hockey, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Dave Jarzyna

    Dave Jarzyna - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Dave Jarzyna, vice president for marketing and communications, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Mahesh Khadka

    Mahesh Khadka - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Mahesh Khadka, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Chris Klink

    Chris Klink - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Chris Klink, assistant grounds superintendent, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Erin Kolar

    Erin Kolar - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Erin Kolar, head coach, men’s and women’s tennis, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Drew Lehman

    Drew Lehman - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Drew Lehman, assistant coach, men’s basketball, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Amanda Leininger

    Amanda Leininger - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Amanda Leininger, senior staff accountant, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Jeff McGowan

    Jeff McGowan - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Jeff McGowan, assistant professor, Ketner School of Business, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Anna McNabb

    Anna McNabb - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Anna McNabb, housing supervisor, ice operations, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • James Tew

    James Tew - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents James Tew, senior director of content and communications, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Alex and Alison Todd

    Alex and Alison Todd - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Alex Todd, head coach, men’s hockey, and Alison Todd, assistant professor, Franks School of Education, with awards recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Kayla Warren

    Kayla Warren - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Kayla Warren, vice president of finance, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Jason Watson

    Jason Watson - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Jason Watson, dean of enrollment, TrineOnline, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Tricia Widenhoefer

    Tricia Widenhoefer - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Tricia Widenhoefer, DPT, director of clinical education, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Donna Wyse

    Donna Wyse - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Donna Wyse, assistant professor, Department of Psychology and Social Sciences, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.

  • Sarah Zimmer

    Sarah Zimmer - Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., presents Sarah Zimmer, lecturer, Department of Humanities and Communication, with an award recognizing five years of service to the university.