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Trine enrolling Master of Science in Nursing Students

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Following the successful launch of its online RN-to-BSN program last fall, Trine University is enrolling students in a new Master of Science in Nursing degree program.

Classes begin Aug. 23 and will be offered entirely online, allowing nurses to complete the degree at their own schedule and pace. The program is open to registered nurses who have completed a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN).

"We have been very pleased with the positive response to Trine University's BSN program and are looking forward to providing the same quality educational experience to prepare and equip nurse educators and nursing leaders," said Sharon Willey, DNP, director of nursing at Trine University.

"Our country can only reduce our current nursing shortage if we have faculty to train nurses as well as healthcare leaders who can advocate for them," she said. "We are proud and excited that Trine University is taking another step forward to meet a critical healthcare need."

The Master of Science in Nursing at Trine University will offer specializations in Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership. The Nurse Educator specialty prepares students to teach other nurses as well as for more advanced degrees, while the Nurse Leadership specialty equips nurses for top administrative roles.

The overall degree includes seven core courses plus five courses in the chosen specialty.

Trine also will offer certificates in Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership. Courses in the certificate programs will be master's level and can count toward the MSN degree within three years.

The degree program will help meet the critical need for advanced nursing education and leadership skills across the United States.

A survey of 872 nursing schools recently identified a national nurse faculty vacancy rate of 7.9%, or a total of 1,715 faculty vacancies. One-third of the current nursing faculty workforce in baccalaureate and graduate programs is expected to retire by 2025.

For more information or to apply to Trine's Master of Science in Nursing program, visit For more information on nursing certificates or other Trine nursing programs, visit

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  • Shannon Tew of Angola, Indiana, receives the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree awarded by Trine University during the Saturday, May 8, Commencement ceremony on the university's main campus. Following the successful launch of its online RN-to-BSN program in fall 2020, Trine University is enrolling students in a new Master of Science in Nursing degree program. (Photo by Dean Orewiler / Trine University):


Wednesday, May 19, 2021 1:09:00 PM

Two Trine civil engineering graduates receive ASCE honors

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Two members of the Trine University Class of 2021 were honored by the Indiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) during its annual section meeting on Tuesday, May 11.

Quinten Prieur of Constantine, Michigan, and A. Jackson Huckeby of Freeland, Michigan, who will graduate with civil engineering degrees from Trine at the end of the year, received section awards for their contribution and dedication to ASCE during the virtual meeting.

Both graduates have been active members of Trine's student ASCE chapter since their freshman year. Prieur was president of the chapter when he was a sophomore and participated in ASCE's National Student Leadership Conference in Philadelphia.

Huckeby served on the chapter's Executive Board and was active at ASCE conferences. He also served as the official liaison from Trine University to the national ASCE organization, and was part of a student team that participated in ASCE's national sustainability competition in Florida in 2019.

Both have been part of the leadership group that guided Trine's student chapter to be honored in the Top 5% of all ASCE student chapters globally, including the top five in the nation in 2020. Trine's ASCE chapter also finished first and second in competitions at the two most recent Great Lakes Student Chapter conferences.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 3:14:00 PM

Road on Trine campus named in honor of alumni, trustee and supporter Oeder

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Trine University honored alumnus, trustee and longtime supporter Richard Oeder by renaming a roadway near the university's main entrance on Friday, April 30.

Formerly part of West Gale Street, the section of road is now designated Oeder Avenue.

"Just as this avenue runs into the central part of our campus, Richard's leadership as a trustee has been a central part of the growth and success of Trine University over the past 25 years," said Earl D. Brooks II, university president. "We are forever grateful to Richard and his wife Kathy for their generous support for the vision and mission of Trine University, both financially and through many hours of service they have given."

Oeder grew up in Hamilton Township, Ohio. His father, Les, started a concrete block and excavating operation in 1929, building many key attractions in the area, as well as Oeder's Lake, the massive expansion, he, and later Richard, called home. For decades, Richard has allowed civic groups - ranging from firefighters in training to Boy Scouts to senior citizen groups - access to his family's lake and the surrounding camping area.

Richard graduated from Tri-State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Following graduation, he joined Columbia Gas as a junior district plant engineer. During his 33-year career, he held numerous positions, including district plant engineer, general plant supervisor, supervisory plant engineer, motor transportation manager and district plant manager. In 1991, he was promoted to area manager for Springfield, Ohio, operations and retired in 1999.

A member of the Trine University Board of Trustees since 1995, Richard has been involved in many activities on and off the Trine campus, serving on various boards and committees from academic affairs to student life. He currently chairs the Enrollment and Marketing committee and serves on the Executive Committee and Committee on Trustees - also serving as a mentor to new members of the board. He is a past president of the Trine Alumni Association Board of Directors, and in 1995 he received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award.

In 2016, the university honored him during Homecoming weekend with the Pillar of Success award, which recognizes individuals for their achievements and accomplishments, leadership, service, philanthropy, commitment to their community and profession, and to Trine. His wife, Kathy, was honored with the university's Woman of Distinction award in 2019, recognizing the powerful contributions of women in the areas of philanthropy, business and education.

In his community he has volunteered as a leader for Boy Scouts in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to being certified as both an emergency management technician and state firefighter, Richard is a member of Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity; American Society of Civil Engineers; Pioneers Engineers Club; Lebanon, Ohio Chamber of Commerce; Lebanon, Ohio Rotary; Fort Ancient Restored Machinery Club; United States Power Squadron; Grace Community United Presbyterian Church; Farm Bureau; and Ohio State University President's Club. He is also an officer and recruiting captain for Salem-Morrow Fire Department.

In 2012, the Warren County Foundation honored Richard during its annual awards banquet with the George R. Henkle Philanthropy and Community Service Award, stating that Richard "is involved in so many different organizations and groups that benefit Warren County, it's almost impossible to name them all. His whole family has set an example of volunteering that would inspire anybody."

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:35:00 AM

Paying forward: Deputy's encouragement inspires law enforcement career

Inspired by an Allen County Sheriff’s Department deputy who encouraged her during a low point in her life, Allie Curdes will graduate from Trine University on Saturday, May 8, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice. (Photo by Kacie Galloway / Trine University)

When her life was at its lowest point, a sheriff's deputy offered Allie Curdes hope for something better.

As she prepares to graduate from Trine University, she wants to offer that same hope to others.

Curdes, who completed her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in November and will finish her Master of Science in May, has applied for a reserve officer position with the Angola City Police Department.

She previously interned for the department in the fall of 2019 and hopes to eventually get hired as a full-time officer.

"I have good personal and professional connections around Steuben County," she said. "I really like the area as a whole."

Though she grew up in Fort Wayne, Curdes became familiar with the area through her family's summer home on Fish Lake, north of Fremont.

"I know the area and I like to fish," she said, describing Angola in particular as "busy enough where stuff happens, but not too crazy."

Calming presence

Curdes said her life was normal until she was about 10, when grandmother on her father's side passed away and her father started drinking "a lot."

"It was how he coped," she said.

Unfortunately, his drinking spiraled into a battle with alcohol addiction that lasted through Curdes' high school years.

"I would wake up and he would be passed out," she recalled. "He would hit his head and there would be a pool of blood."

One day, when Curdes was 16 and her mother was in Michigan, she discovered her father passed out in the road while doing yard work.

She called 911. An ambulance and Allen County Sheriff's deputy responded, but by the time they arrived her father had regained consciousness and declined treatment.

As the deputy helped the enraged teenager get her father into the house and into bed, he told her, "You don't have to follow in his footsteps. You can carve your own path and live life to the fullest if you choose."

"I was upset and embarrassed," Curdes said. "I couldn't see myself at the time having a career and a life, but what he said stayed with me. His tone of voice calmed the situation down. He was a calming presence when everything else was chaotic."

The memory of that day is what inspired her to be a police officer.

"I want to be that voice for others: to push them forward and keep them from making life-altering decisions," she said.

Thinking critically

She chose Trine University because it was far enough from her parents' house that she felt independent, but close enough that she could go back home if needed. She also liked the size, which she described as "not super small but not super big."

She likes the emphasis Trine's criminal justice professors place on ethics, which she feels is very important due to ongoing controversies regarding law enforcement.

"It's less lecture and more conversation," she said. "Students are forced to critically think about different topics and crises such as domestic violence situations. They place you in the situation and make you think through what you would do."

She also appreciates the experience professors bring in law and law enforcement to their teaching.

"They all have well-rounded careers they can apply to each class," she said.

She has juggled full-time work as a security guard at Pokagon State Park with her classes at Trine. She said support from friends, family and boyfriend has been key in balancing her responsibilities.

"My brain is going all the time with what is coming up next, but it's more rewarding than stressful," she said. "The support keeps pushing me forward. When I have been discouraged, I've looked at the goals I have achieved, and that keeps pushing me forward."

Looking ahead

Her father has been sober since 2018, after dropping to 87 pounds and ending up in the hospital for a week after a fall.

"Over time and through therapy I have been able to forgive him," Curdes said. "We have a pretty good relationship now and it is getting better as time progresses. We are able to keep moving forward."

She hopes in her law enforcement career to work in an area such as crash reconstruction, recovery diving or narcotics. She also would like to train other officers.

"I would like to eventually retire and teach criminal justice to college students, which is why I am completing a master's degree," she said.

For her master's degree capstone project, she is designing a program where police officers would renovate subsidized housing units for minority community members. She got the idea from working for her uncle renovating apartments and performing repairs and maintenance.

"I liked seeing the changes to the apartments as we cleaned them up and fixed them," she said. "If minority community members see police officers working in their communities to better them and fix them, and everyone can see physical changes being made, then trust will begin to form."

She knows that such a program would be difficult to implement, but hopes to share her ideas with other police officers once she is hired.

"Sharing the idea is a starting place to making organizational changes," she said.

Monday, May 3, 2021 9:54:00 AM

Trine Day raises nearly $150K

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The annual Trine Day fundraising effort far exceeded previous efforts, with 573 donors giving more than $148,000 to support scholarships, academics, organizations and athletic teams at Trine University.

This year’s event spanned 1,884 minutes between April 19 and 20, a nod to the university’s founding in 1884. Trine Day also included a friendly competition between supporters of the university’s 36 athletic teams, with the baseball team raising the most funds, followed by wrestling.

“We’re grateful for the many generous supporters — more than double from two years ago — who participated in Trine Day, both by giving and encouraging others to give through social media,” said Maureen Bernath, director of annual giving. “Each dollar invested in the education of Trine University students puts them one step closer to achieving their career and life goals. These investments pay dividends as Trine alumni continue to positively impact our state, nation and world.”

Monday, April 26, 2021 2:16:00 PM

Trine alum hopes air purifier will help return to normalcy

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Build a better mousetrap, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, and the world will beat a path to your door.

Trine alumnus Jim Hoffman is hoping to trap something considerably smaller than a mouse. And while it would be nice if the world beat a path to his door, his main goal is to help life get back to normal.

The 2006 graduate is developing an air purifier designed to kill airborne pathogens, particularly SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

“I’ve been acting as the project manager and lead designer,” he said. “I’ve designed the system as a whole, incorporating UV-C technology, and managing the process of bringing this from concept to completion.”

The purifier, about the size of a flight attendant’s push cart in an airplane, uses a fan to draw in air and push it through an S-shaped chamber coated with UV-reflective material. Air is treated with an ultraviolet bulb before it is pushed back out.

“Essentially, it’s a complete air handling and sterilization system on wheels,” he said.

It is designed to purify the air in a 30-by-30-by-8-foot area, the size of the average elementary school classroom, in less than 15 minutes. Hoffman set 15 minutes as the target since the Centers for Disease Control says an infected person can pass COVID-19 to another person through normal conversation in that amount of time.

The purifier features an on-board UV sensor that lets users know the level of treatment the air is receiving.

“We let people know they are getting the dose they need to be effective,” Hoffman said.

Though air purifiers are a new venture for Hoffman, he’s not new to removing impurities from substances. With an environmental engineering minor in addition to his chemical engineering major, Hoffman has spent most of his career focused on water quality

He started his career volunteering for the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, testing water quality in exhibits. He then worked as quality assurance chemist and later operated an industrial wastewater plant for Abbott Labs. He also worked an application engineer, sizing fluid handling equipment for industrial and municipal applications, specializing in wastewater.

He currently works as engineering manager for Roman Fountains in Johns Creek, Georgia. The company designs and provides equipment for water features, from small traditional fountains to the large dancing fountains in Las Vegas to splash pads that children can play in.

“I will take a concept from an architect and design the plumbing, size the equipment, and produce installation drawings that take that concept to a reality,” he said. 

The idea to branch into air purification came as the company felt the impact of the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19. With demand for water features uncertain, Roman looked for ways to add products or services without a lot of capital investment.

“This meant looking at the services and products we already provide and trying to reapply them in meaningful ways,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman, who manages the water treatment technology used to purify water in splash pads, thought the UV-C radiation Roman Fountains uses could be applied to air as well as water. The company reached out to Neotech Aqua Solutions, a company they already had a relationship with, to discuss a partnership on an air purifier that utilizes UV-C technology.

“This has been a steep learning curve, becoming educated on all the different technologies out there and their pros and cons,” he said. “Once we identified this as a project we wanted to focus on, we asked the question, ‘How can we design this to be the most effective with respect to SARS-CoV-2?’ ”

Hoffman said the purifier theoretically kills 99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air per pass. A physical filter on the discharge end of the unit boosts that result to 99.99% per pass. Efficacy testing to verify these results is underway.

“Our speed and efficacy of killing coronavirus in a room, in real time, with people present, is unmatched,” he said. “We not only clean the room, but we can keep it clean with students and teachers present.”

Roman Fountains is also testing aspects such as the speed of air and noise coming out of the machine, as well as making sure it doesn’t overheat.

In addition to the room-size purifier, Roman is working on a larger model for warehouse applications and a smaller model for a space like a doctor’s exam room. All are designed to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 within 15 minutes.

“We’ve identified dozens of industries that can use this,” he said, “basically any indoor space that multiple people use at one time.”

Hoffman said the use of this device extends past SARS-CoV-2.

“It will be able to disrupt the spread of any airborne pathogen susceptible to UV, from the seasonal flu to the next pandemic,” he said. “This could be a very useful tool to mitigate risk while a vaccine or other preventative measures are developed.”

He’s hoping the purifier will help businesses, and life in general, get back to normal.

“If we’re able to give that reassurance to customers that a place of business is safe again, we can help them get back on track,” he said.

Monday, April 26, 2021 2:08:00 PM

SDI pledges $1.5 million to Trine engineering expansion

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The Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. has pledged $1.5 million toward Trine University’s engineering facility expansion.

In honor of Steel Dynamics’ generous support, the new 40,000-square-foot expansion will be named the Steel Dynamics Inc. Center for Engineering and Computing.

“The continual growth of our business requires a ready supply of well-trained engineers, and many who have contributed to the success of Steel Dynamics have come from Trine University,” said Mark Millett, president and CEO of Steel Dynamics Inc. “We are pleased to support this expansion in Trine’s facilities and programs, and look forward to the benefit this will provide, not only to SDI, but to industry throughout the region.”

“We are grateful for the SDI Foundation’s history of support, and are eager to see the dividends this new investment in Trine University will pay for the greater Fort Wayne area, the state of Indiana and the Midwest as a whole,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “The partnership of SDI and many other generous supporters is vital as we continue to provide a quality higher education during these challenging times.”

A longtime supporter of Trine University, the Steel Dynamics Foundation Inc. has provided major gifts toward the Steel Dynamics Inc./Keith E. Busse Athletic and Recreation Center and the Thunder Ice Arena. The foundation also has funded a scholarship program at Trine and supports the annual Scholarship Gala.

In addition, Steel Dynamics Inc. provides internships, co-op and employment opportunities to Trine students.

Enrollment in the Allen School of Engineering and Computing has risen 72 percent over the past decade to nearly 1,000 students, with engineering students accounting for more than 40 percent of Trine’s main campus student population. The new expansion to Trine’s facilities will help prepare skilled professionals in critical high-tech areas such as hardware and software development, computer networking, cybersecurity and health informatics.

Designs for the $12.5 million project feature state-of-the-art technology, flexible labs and classrooms, an active learning lab with a maker space to foster creativity, and bright, open spaces for collaboration and conversation, including a new gathering point and cafe available to the entire campus. The new area is intended to become a focal point at the center of campus and a showcase for student work.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 2:16:00 PM

Class of 2020 invited to participate in Trine Commencement

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Class of 2020 invited to participate in Trine Commencement

Trine University is inviting members of the university’s Class of 2020 to participate in its Commencement ceremonies on May 8, university President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., said in an email to graduates and parents today.

Recent easing of COVID-related capacity restrictions and approval from Steuben County officials allowed the university to extend the invitation, Brooks said.

“This is something that we have tried very hard to make happen since last year,” he said. “With Governor Holcomb’s recent actions and the full support of officials from Steuben County, we are now confident that we can hold a safe and healthy event that honors both classes – two classes that were both so significantly affected by the pandemic.”

Current plans call for each 2020 graduate to receive tickets for up to two guests. The event will also be available to an unlimited audience via livestreamed video on the Trine Broadcasting Network.

The university will post updated information on the Commencement ceremony at as it becomes available.

Photo: Grace Floto, a Trine University from Angola, takes a photo of Naomi Gollmer, a member of the Trine University Class of 2020, in her cap and gown on campus during the summer of 2020. Thanks to easing of COVID-related capacity restrictions and approval from Steuben County officials, the university is inviting members of its Class of 2020 to participate in Commencement on May 8.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 1:30:00 PM

Trine graduate, domestic violence survivor to share story for Take Back the Night

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While other Trine University students were spending time out of class having fun with friends or working on homework, Danielle Crosby was suffering abuse at the hands of her then-boyfriend.

"I was working on my degree in criminal justice and psychology, going home and basically getting beat and going to class the next day," she recalled.

Though she had attended Take Back the Night as a freshman, she was unaware of all of the support resources available to students. She never shared her story or her circumstances with anyone on campus.

As her relationship with her abuser, who was not part of the Trine campus, developed during her junior and senior years, he secluded her more from others, even preventing her from participating in Commencement. She said the abuse seemed “normal” for her as society as a whole “never seemed to address this issue.”

“People in crisis aren’t always ready to share their story or even be open for help when offered,” she said.

To help those in crisis, the 2012 graduate will share her story and talk about the dynamics of domestic violence during Trine University’s annual Take Back the Night event on Wednesday, April 14.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the event will be open to Trine students, who will be socially distanced in the MTI Center, with a live video stream on the Trine Broadcasting Network for the public at

Today, Crosby works as a domestic violence victim legal advocate at the Domestic Harmony shelter in Hillsdale, Michigan. She also presents for Younique, raising money for that company’s foundation that supports sexually abused women, and speaks about domestic violence in other settings.

“Domestic violence comes in all shapes and forms, not just physical,” she said. “I want to break the stigma surrounding domestic violence and start to raise awareness. I want more people to speak out about their stories and let other people know that they’re not alone.”

She has authored three books. The first two, “It’s Not Your Fault” and “Rising from the Ashes: Only Human,” describe what Crosby and her children endured and chronicle her growth and healing. Her most recent book, “Survivor Strong,” contains stories of other domestic violence “warriors.”

“My books are intended to help other victims in these situations to know they are not alone,” she said. “They are also intended to help advocates and those who work with domestic violence victims to understated the dynamics and be better able to relate to all of those individuals served.”

All three are small so they can be hidden easily.

“I had to hide self-help books from my abuser,” she said. “I made sure it was small enough to put under a mattress or under a book shelf with no visibility.”

Proceeds from her books go to help survivors of abuse.

Crosby is renovating a Hillsdale store front where individuals can participate in self-defense classes, art therapy and therapeutic drumming, and sells items to benefit victims of abuse. She also posts online blogs and podcasts at, providing messages about domestic violence to the community and offering support and resources for individuals impacted by abuse. 

The Hillsdale Daily News recognized Crosby for her efforts in 2020 as that community’s Person of the Year.

Part of an international effort that dates to the 1970s, Take Back the Night has been a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month recognition on the Trine University campus since 2002. In addition to the annual event, Trine University educates its community throughout the year on topics such as consent and respect.

Trine University encourages anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault or rape to reach out to one of the following resources:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:25:00 PM

Ketner School of Business Golf Outing coming April 23

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Trine University will host its fifth annual KSB Golf Outing on Friday, April 23, with a shotgun start of 1 p.m.

Organized by the senior Sport Management Capstone class and Tee it Up Trine, the event supports sport management and golf management students.

On-course games include longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt, with every golfer eligible to compete and win prizes. The $100 registration fee ($400 for a team of four) includes a box lunch, dinner, silent auction and prizes for the top three teams.

Trine students will be available to complete teams that have less than four people.

Sponsorships also are available beginning at only $75, and include opportunities to present a business in front of the Trine and Angola golfing communities. All proceeds from the KSB Open go toward costs for student opportunities including career fairs, networking events and class projects.

To sign up or learn more about the event, visit or contact the Catherine Benson, dean of the Ketner School of Business, at (260) 665-4761 or

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 4:23:00 PM

Donors give more than $1.3 million to Trine's Gala fund

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Trine University from holding its annual Scholarship Gala in person, generous donors have made sure students will not suffer from its absence.

To date, the university has raised more than $1.3 million through the Trine University 2021 Gala Fund, set up to replace funds that normally would have been contributed at the elegant event. The amount includes a $300,000 match for Books and Beyond scholarships from Trine board chair alumnus Dr. Rick L. James and his wife, Dr. Vicki L. James, and The James Foundation.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the many alumni and friends who have supported Trine students during this effort,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “Though we were disappointed that we were unable to gather in person, we all recognize that student need has been even more acute during this pandemic. We are grateful for everyone who has stepped up to help keep a Trine education affordable for our deserving students.”

Since its inception in 2004, the Scholarship Gala has raised millions of dollars for Trine University student scholarships. Scholarship funds are a critical part of allowing students to attend Trine, which awarded more than $36 million in institutional aid in 2019-20.

Books and Beyond Scholarships, a key part of the effort, supports Trine students with unexpected expenses that may not be covered by traditional financial aid, including textbooks, technology or travel expenses.

The university plans to host the Scholarship Gala as an in-person event in 2022.

Friday, March 5, 2021 6:25:00 PM

Gov. Holcomb to deliver address for Trine 2021 Commencement

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Eric Holcomb, 51st governor of the state of Indiana, will deliver the address at Trine University's Commencement on May 8, 2021.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center on Trine’s main campus. Attendance will be limited to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Trine Broadcasting Network will offer a live stream of the event at

“Over the past year, Gov. Holcomb has provided outstanding leadership to the Hoosier state in the midst of unprecedented challenges,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “We look forward to the insights and advice he will share with our graduates as they prepare to positively impact their communities, the nation and the world.”

Commencement will mark Holcomb’s second visit to Trine’s main campus as governor. In 2018, he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university during the Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration Dinner, and presented Brooks the Sagamore of the Wabash at the same event.

In 2016, as lieutenant governor, he spoke as part of Trine University’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Holcomb was elected to his second term in 2020 with the most votes for governor in Indiana history. A lifelong Hoosier, Holcomb is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in southeastern Indiana, where he majored in U.S. history with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era, and served as president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served for six years in the United States Navy as an intelligence officer.

He was a trusted advisor to Gov. Mitch Daniels and Sen. Dan Coats, worked for Congressman John Hostettler and is a former state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He served as the state’s 51st lieutenant governor under Mike Pence and was elected governor in November 2016.

In his first legislative session as governor, he rallied bipartisan support from Indiana lawmakers to expand pre-kindergarten for qualifying Hoosier kids and unveiled Next Level Recovery, a one-stop-shop for information and resources on the state’s comprehensive and community-based effort to fight the opioid crisis.

In his first months as governor, he led the way for the largest long-term infrastructure investment in Indiana’s history with the fully funded 20-year, $60 billion Next Level Roads program.

He has a mission to increase Indiana’s competitiveness in the global economy by “bringing the world to Indiana and taking Indiana to the world.” The governor has met with officials and industry leaders in the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Canada, Israel, India, France, Belgium, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic to showcase Indiana’s assets and build global economic ties.

The governor has called workforce readiness the defining issue of the decade. To meet Indiana’s rapidly changing workforce needs, he unveiled the Next Level Jobs program to help connect more Hoosiers to high-demand, high-wage careers.

All this is underscored by Holcomb’s commitment to delivering great government service for Hoosier taxpayers. Indiana was ranked first in the nation for government efficiency by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

Holcomb previously served as policy chairman of the Republican Governors Association and in 2018 was named one of ten governors shaping the future of politics by The Hill.

Throughout his career in service, he has earned a reputation of being a consensus builder. He has earned honorary doctoral degrees from Trine University, Anderson University and Ivy Tech. A lifelong basketball fan, Holcomb has shot and made a basket in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

He is a collector of presidential signatures and currently has documents signed by all 45 of our nation’s presidents.

He and his wife, Janet, live with their miniature schnauzer, Henry, in the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis.

Friday, March 5, 2021 6:24:00 PM

Trine prof & alum published in IACTE newsletter, hels develop online teaching standards

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Megan Tolin, '10, assistant professor and director of educational technology and pedagogy in Trine University's Franks School of Education, recently had an article published in the inaugural newsletter for the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE).

She also is serving on a working committee for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to set state standards for an online teaching licensure.

“We are so proud of Prof. Tolin and her service to our education profession,” said Anthony Kline, Ph.D., dean of the Franks School of Education. “Having her expertise and work recognized by IACTE and the Indiana Department of Education reinforces how fortunate we are to have Prof. Tolin on our Franks School of Education team. She continually strives to make our teacher candidates and faculty better.”

Tolin’s article — titled “Can a Worldwide Pandemic be a Catalyst for Change?” — looks at the impact COVID-19 has had and will continue to have on faculty practices.

“While there is potential for faculty to improve upon their pedagogy, especially in relation to their use of technology, it is critical that leaders spend the time and energy to create spaces that foster creativity, provide professional learning opportunities, and model reflective, adaptive practice,” she said.

She said the opportunity to write for IACTE came about when Kline shared that the organization was looking for article proposals.

“I happened to be working on something that fit well, so I sent in my proposal and the committee accepted it for publication,” she said.

With online and blended learning already increasing prior to COVID-19 and then exploding after the pandemic began, the IDOE asked Tolin to serve on a committee charged with updating the standards. She said the department had previously established “virtual educator standards,” but very few programs offered online teaching licensure.

“It was important to provide standards for not only universities to develop programs around, but also to provide school leadership a baseline resource for designing professional development,” she said. “We've really tried to broaden the focus of the standards to serve a variety of needs.”

Tolin said the revised standards cover eight core areas: learning environments; learner engagement; instructional design; assessment and measurement; diverse and equitable Instruction; digital pedagogy; digital citizenship; and professional responsibility. She said the committee is making final edits and hopes to have the standards ready for approval at the March meeting of the Indiana State Board of Education.

Friday, March 5, 2021 6:22:00 PM

Trine MPAS students exceed national pass average for certification

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FORT WAYNE - Trine University's first class of Master of Physician Assistant Students (MPAS) graduates exceeded the national average for passing the physician assistant profession's certification exam.

Ninety-six percent of Trine MPAS graduates who took the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) test passed on the first try. The national average for 2020 was 95% for students taking the exam for the first time and 93% overall.

“For new programs, the pass rate is usually about 3% lower than the national average,” said Paul Cervone, MD, program director for Trine’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. “Exceeding the national average as a new program is a testament to the quality of our curriculum and faculty, as well as the hard work put in by all our graduates.”

The PANCE is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. Students must graduate from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to take the test.

Trine’s first cohort of MPAS students completed their degrees in December, after starting the program in fall 2018.

The Master of Physician Studies program at Trine University is offered through the university’s College of Health Professions, located in Fort Wayne. The College of Health Professions opened in 2014 and also includes the Doctor of Physical Therapy, RN-to-BSN and surgical technology majors, with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program planned to launch in partnership with Turnstone Center in fall 2022.

Photo: Trine University’s first class of Master of Physician Assistant Studies students is pictured following their welcoming ceremony in 2018. The class exceeded the national average for passing the physician assistant profession’s certification exam.

Monday, March 9, 2020 4:28:00 PM