ANGOLA, Ind. – Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann toured Trine University during a visit
to Steuben County on Monday.
A focus of Ellspermann's visit was the economy and at Trine she learned about Innovation
One (i1) and other programs that will enhance the region. Trine's i1 is an initiative
to help new and existing businesses and entrepreneurs bring ideas to market. Through
i1, Trine is partnering with area businesses and industries to enhance programs to
better prepare graduates for careers in specific industries, such as plastics engineering
and cast metals.
"We appreciate the opportunity to show Lt. Gov. Ellspermann our campus and the progress
of both the Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering and
the T. Further Center for Performing Arts," said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president.
"We're grateful that she made time to see and learn about what Trine is doing in efforts
to aid the economy."
The Bock Center is being constructed and will be ready in the fall. It will house
i1 and a variety of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. Trine's i1 will involve
students from every area of study as it works with companies and collaborates on projects.
Trine is also in the midst of a $6 million renovation and addition to the T. Furth
Center for Performing Arts (the former Angola Christian Church), located on Maumee
Street west of Darling Street. The Furth Center will provide a prominent place for
the arts in the lives of residents and students expand the cultural resources of Steuben
County and create an environment where artists can thrive. Completion is projected
for December 2013.
Joining Ellspermann and Brooks at Trine were Michael Bock, senior vice president,
and Jack Shaw, vice chair of the Trine University Board of Trustees.
Ellspermann discussed economic development with local leaders and talked with business
leaders about the challenges they face.
"Our challenge in Indiana is to make sure we make this the best place to do business,"
she told The Herald Republican.
Cutline: From left, Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue
Ellspermann, Trine Board of Trustees vice chair Jack Shaw and senior vice president
Michael Bock pose for a photo at Trine. The Trine team led Ellspermann on a tour of
Trine University during Ellspermann's visit to Steuben County on Monday.