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Thunder Ice Arena A new community resource debuts in Angola

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FROM THE EDITOR Announced in April 2016, the Thunder Ice Arena is the latest addition to the Trine University campus. Built at a cost of $8.5 million, the 46,200-squarefoot, 700-seat facility will serve as the home of Trine University’s new men’s and women’s hockey teams. The men will field NCAA Division III, ACHA Division II and ACHA Division III teams, while the women’s NCAA Division III team will be the only such team in the state of Indiana. The arena’s impact will be felt far beyond the university. In addition to Trine teams, the Thunder Ice Arena will serve the region by hosting a variety of community programs, including youth and adult hockey leagues and learn-to-skate programs. It also will bring parents and visiting teams to the area to enjoy hard-fought contests on the ice. In this special section, you will get a look at the Thunder Ice Arena – many photos of the building itself, as well as information about the community programs, hockey teams and ongoing developments at Trine University. We hope after reading this introduction to the new building that you will take the opportunity to experience northeast Indiana’s latest amenity in person. All photos provided by Trine University. Cameron_75166 1/2V Trine Hockey 9-13-17 #43mw ek pdf - add border ftb

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Several major contributors made ice arena possible Several foundations, corporations and individuals made major contributions toward the Thunder Ice Arena at Trine University. Here is a list of those who made significant gifts to the project: The James Foundation Vicki and Rick James believe that through hard work, dedication and devoted faith they have been abundantly blessed. Sharing those blessings with community and individuals with drive and determination to make themselves better led them to develop The James Foundation. Their personal vision, business experience and the family’s strong faith have guided The James Foundation’s focus on funding and enhancing all levels of educational experiences to

promote good citizenship and leadership through education; community by promoting the arts, the cultural fabric of our communities; and faith by enriching Christian discipleship and leadership in all life experiences. In its infancy, The James Foundation already has affected change in its community through the creation of The James Cultural Plaza, by making donations to worthy organizations across the country and creating early education opportunities for children throughout northeast Indiana, all while maintaining a strong and steadfast faith by supporting organizations such as the YMCA. Dekko Foundation The Dekko Foundation is the legacy of Mr. Chester E. (Chet)

Dekko. Mr. Dekko was born in 1925 in the town of Ada, Minnesota. His development was shaped by the love of a close-knit family and the realities of the Great Depression. Mr. Dekko’s experiences forged in him a dedication to family and a certainty that education, hard work and self-reliance were the keys to a life of independence and choice. In 1981, Mr. Dekko used his proceeds from business to start the Dekko Foundation. Mr. Dekko passed away in 1992, but his vision continues through his foundation. Each investment made is designed to help young people gain skills, and knowledge and character that will prepare them for the kind of life to which Mr. Dekko aspired: one that offers the maximum opportunity for personal independence and choice. Indiana Economic Development Corporation The Indiana Economic Development Corporation approved funding for Trine University’s Thunder Ice Arena and MTI Center following a recommendation by the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority. The Northeast Indiana RDA is responsible for distributing $42 million in funds granted to the 11-county region through Indiana’s Regional Cities Initiative. The purpose of the Regional Cities Initiative funding is to attract and retain talent by providing financial support for projects that will increase economic growth, lead to population growth and enhance the region’s brand identity. Steel Dynamics Foundation Headquartered in Fort

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Wayne, Steel Dynamics, Inc. is the fourth-largest producer of carbon steel in the United States and, through its OmniSource Corporation subsidiary, is also one of the country’s largest metals recyclers. Steel Dynamics operates six steel mills, along with numerous steel coating, metals recycling and fabrication facilities in the eastern half of the nation. The Steel Dynamics Foundation is supported through periodic capital contributions from Steel Dynamics, Inc., but is a separate legal entity. Sweetwater Sound Founded in 1979, Sweetwater is the nation’s leading retailer in instruments and pro audio equipment for musicians, recording studios, broadcast, education and houses of worship. Sweetwater’s customers can be found everywhere music is heard and audio is played, broadcast or recorded, including recording, film and broadcast studios in New York, Nash-

ville, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami; in hundreds of thousands of home recording studios; and in schools and churches nationwide. Sweetwater’s founding and meteoric growth are built on a knowledgeable and experienced staff, outstanding selection and pricing, and above all, an unwavering commitment to customer service excellence in every situation. Parkview Health Parkview Health is a not-forprofit, community-based health system serving a northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio population of more than 820,000. With more than 10,000 employees, it is the region’s largest employer. Its mission is to improve health and inspire people to take steps to improve well-being. It has served northeast Indiana communities since its early beginnings as Fort Wayne City Hospital in 1878. The Parkview Health system was formed in 1995 and its heritage of care and compassion continues

today with nine hospitals and a network of primary care and specialty physicians. Larry and Judy Reiners Larry Reiners earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Tri-State College, now Trine University, in 1965. He spent 38 years in engineering design, project management, construction management, manufacturing management and corporate management with firms active in the chemical, petrochemical, refining, gas processing and other related processing industries. Larry Reiners joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and currently chairs the Academic Affairs and Student Services Board Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. The Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Reiners Residence Hall at Trine University are named in honor of the couple’s commitment and financial support.

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Brooks: Ice arena meets university, community needs

Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D.

Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., says that as recently as five years ago he never would have thought the university would ever add hockey teams or an ice arena.

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“Now that it’s here it seems like it’s even more special,” he said. “The facility is fantastic and to see young kids out on the ice is something that’s really special to me. It gives everybody an opportunity to participate and feel part of it.” Brooks said there wasn’t a specific need or event that provided the genesis for Trine’s hockey program. “I just began learning more about ice needs, ice capacities and some of the things that were going on in Fort Wayne,” he said. He also contacted his counterpart at Adrian College in Michigan, Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking.

“Adrian built a rink several years ago,” he said. “Adrian has only been into this thing five or six years and they were runner-up for the national championship last year in Division III hockey, so they received a lot of notoriety.” As Trine University researched the possibilities over the past three years, a number of potential positives emerged, both for the university and the community at large. “I’m always trying to look at ways to expand not only our recruitment base but what we continue to do to grow regionally,” Brooks said. “I also think part of the role we play as a university is giving back and finding ways to partner with the community. This really had a good community fit, knowing that we could bring youth and youth development programs as well as adult programs and open community skating in addition to what we want to do with intercollegiate teams. “This also will provide a huge economic benefit to the region. This facility has produced to date 12 jobs, and will produce more as we go forward. When I think about the teams that will come to town — they’ll have overnight stays, eat at our restaurants and buy gas.” As planning began at the cabinet level, Brooks said a donor base emerged to strongly support the arena, which will open debt-free thanks to their support.

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“Rick and Vicki James and the James Foundation were the big lead donors to help us with both the ice arena and the MTI Center,” he said. “The city gained an interest, which led to Regional Cities funding, and the Dekko Foundation came along with significant dollars to help support the youth programming. Then Steel Dynamics, Sweetwater and Parkview became huge supporters and the next thing you know we have a donor base that’s very engaged in something that’s very exciting not just for the university but for the community.” “I think donors have confidence in our programming and our efforts to the point they’re willing to invest in us. They feel like we’ve done our homework to make sure that this is a wise investment for our institution as well as them. I can’t imagine at this point anybody who has invested in this facility can’t feel good about the breadth of people it is going to reach.” As the project was announced and has progressed, Brooks and the university have met with an outpouring of community support for the arena. “Wherever I have gone, probably for the last six to eight months and I’m away from campus, people lead with talk about hockey and ice: ‘Hey, I played hockey’ or ‘I’m playing in an adult league’ or ‘I’m looking forward to open skating’ or ‘My friend’s friend already got somebody registered in the youth program,’ ” he said. “It’s just a different dynamic and feel for

us I’d never dreamed of.” Brooks is also excited about the possibilities of a partnership with Turnstone in Fort Wayne to host their sled hockey program for people with physical disabilities. “That’s just another opportunity for us to assist regionally and do something different beyond supporting our student base,” he said. “We’ve had a very special relationship with Turnstone for a long time through our physical therapy program and our students who work there with their clients.” With the arena now open, Brooks said he is looking forward to the variety of programs that will take place there and bring people to visit the Trine campus. “We’re going to open this thing nearly booked,” he said.

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New arena is tip of the iceberg for Trine’s campus transformation

The Depot Mexican Grill was purchased by Trine in 2011.

The Thunder Ice Arena is the latest project completed in a decade-long process that has transformed the 450-acre main campus at Trine University to accommodate and facilitate growth in its student body. It began with the opening of the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center in 2007. The 73,000-square-foot facility serves as the home of Trine’s expanding student and academic services program, and includes the LINK, 320-seat Fabiani Theatre, Whitney Commons dining area, Sponsel Library, bookstore, WEAX radio station and more. The dining commons was expanded by 300 seats in 2015.

Later that year, the C.W. Sponsel Administration Center, originally built in 1887, was restored. In 2008 and 2009, the university turned its attention to student housing and added the Golf Course Village apartments near Trine’s Zollner Golf Course. The fully furnished apartments have central living areas, double room occupancy, 10-foot ceilings, private balconies, climate-controlled bedrooms, and cable and Internet access. The Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center opened in spring 2009. The multipurpose sports complex includes an indoor

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200-meter track, tennis courts, baseball/softball cages, indoor soccer, lacrosse and more. It also hosts the university’s commencement ceremonies and annual events such as the Touchstone Dinner and Scholarship Gala. The next year saw updates and additions to Trine’s athletic facilities. Jannen Field, home of the Thunder baseball team, received a grandstand with seating for 100 fans, restrooms, a full-service concession stand and new sound system. The grandstand also includes an Internet-accessible, 12-seat, air-conditioned press box. Later that year, the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium and Metal Technologies Inc. Health and Fitness Center were completed. The stadium has a capacity of more than 5,000 fans and includes four suites, press box, control room, a spacious hospitality box for supporters and the open-air Thunder Club Thunder deck. The stadium also houses football offices, a weight room, sports medicine area and a large scoreboard. In 2011, Ryan Skywalk, an open–air pedestrian walk, opened across Park Avenue from the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center to the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium. The walk provides ease of access to stadium suites and means of egress. The former Lakeshore Depot at 611 W. Maumee St. was resurrected as The Depot restaurant in 2012. In summer 2014, The Depot transitioned to The Depot Mexican Grill and now features Mexican fare. Trine purchased the depot in late 2011 from Dennis Spidel and Janny O’Connell, a husband-and-wife team who used it for interior design and custom home construction businesses.

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They were vital in the renovation because the university wanted to maintain the architectural integrity and history of the building. Much of the floor, walls and trim are original. Period colors were selected, and light fixtures and décor are intended to make visitors feel as if they’ve caught a glimpse of early 20th-century America. Old pictures and newspapers hanging on the walls also help tell The Depot’s story. The Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering opened in 2013. The $6 million, nearly 25,000-squarefoot facility is home to Trine’s Innovation One (i1), an incubator for technology and business to help spur economic development in the region, and laboratories stocked with state-of-the-art

equipment to support i1 and the Allen School of Engineering & Technology. In the Bock Center’s lower level, the south end is anchored by a cast metals laboratory while the north end has a plastics laboratory to support Trine’s plastics engineering minor, which was offered for the first time in 2013. Other laboratories in the building include rapid prototyping and motion analysis on the upper level, which also has space for i1 offices and the Employment Resource Center. Trine University’s T. Furth Center for Performing Arts opened in May 2014 with a concert by country music star Lee Greenwood. The $8.3 million Furth Center is the region’s premier destination for hosting world-class performing

The interior of the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts.

arts. Trine preserved an Angola landmark, the First Christian Church, while yielding a tastefully appointed venue for university and regional music, drama, dance and celebratory events. This facility houses the university’s music programs and has practice rooms, studios, offices and a music library. Ryan Concert Hall, with seating for 750 guests, provides a prominent place for the arts in the lives of residents and students, expands the cultural resources of the region and creates an environment where artists can thrive.

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Jim and Joan Bock Center for Innovation and Biomedical Engineering.

Besides Greenwood, the Furth Center has hosted concerts by America, Dave Mason, Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad, Herman’s Hermits, Kenny Rogers, the Little River Band, Michael Bolton, Montgomery Gentry, the Oak Ridge Boys, Parmalee, the Guess Who, 38 Special, Three Dog Night and Wynonna. A Sept. 16 concert will feature Amy Grant. The next year, 2015, saw several additions to Trine’s main campus. The SportONE/Parkview Softball Field and the Ben Davis Memorial Press Box opened that April, featuring a new field, dugouts and batting cages along with expanded seating. In addition to stadium seating, the new diamond also boasts a brick wall between the dugouts and home plate and new fencing behind home plate. Additional field drainage was also part of the project. Trine invested more than $6 million to transform its former library into Ford Hall, a contemporary space that reflects a corporate environment for the Ketner School of Business. It opened in August 2015, featuring an abundance of natural light, glass Page 8

interior walls that lend an open feel, technology-enhanced classrooms and gathering spaces with comfortable furniture. The tri-level building houses the Rhoads Center for Entrepreneurship; a trading center with up-to-the-minute information about stocks and other business news; two laboratories dedicated to the golf management program; 15 classrooms; a digitally enhanced lecture hall and faculty offices. Special features include Bean Counters coffee shop and a water wall that spans two levels near an open circular staircase. Also opening that month was the newly constructed Larry and Judy Reiners Residence Hall. Designed to accommodate the growing number of students, the $7.1 million, 170-bed facility overlooking the Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium features rooms for two with a private bath and air conditioning. Students are also able to share an open space and kitchen located on the main level of the building. At the 2015 Homecoming, the university opened the Ryan Tennis Center, featuring two new

courts, seating and a plaza area to allow for tournament officiating, and the Judy A. Morrill Garden Wall, which runs on the north side of Thunder Drive from Darling Street to Fawick Hall and serves as a functional place for students and guests to safely access buildings and classes. In January 2017, the university opened a 26,000-square-foot expansion to the Best Hall, home to the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences. The $6.6 million expansion added seven laboratories, 12 offices, group study spaces and 140 new parking spaces. The university’s new MTI Center will open in January, and Trine recently announced a 170-bed expansion to Reiners Residence Hall will open in August 2018.

Coming up next: MTI Center to open in January Trine University’s next building project, the MTI Center, is scheduled to open in January. The 3,000-set MTI Center will be the new home for Trine’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. It will include three basketball courts, a fitness center, golf pro shop, six-lane bowling alley, esports arena, banquet room and bar, outdoor patio, offices and a training room. It also will include concessions, an alumni suite and the Trine University Athletic Hall of Fame. The center incorporates the Witmer Clubhouse, which was formerly located on the site where the MTI Center stands.

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Meet the coaches

Alex Todd (Head Coach, Men’s NCAA Division III) Alex Todd is head coach of the Trine University men’s hockey team. Todd comes to Trine from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he served as assistant hockey coach for the men’s NCAA Division I hockey team. He previously served as head coach at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, and assistant coach at Utica College in Utica, New York. He also played professional hockey in the West Coast Hockey League and Central Hockey League. He was named Coach of the Year at Castleton State in 2007 and was Eastern College Athletic Conference East Coach of the Year in 2011. As a player, he was named Rookie of the Year for the Fresno Falcons of the West Coast Hockey League in 2002. “I am incredibly honored to be the first men’s hockey coach at Trine University. Since the

moment I arrived in Angola, I have been impressed with not only the campus and infrastructure, but the amazing people who truly make up Trine University,” he said. “The work that Dr. Brooks and the staff, especially Matt Land, have put into creating the environment at Trine — an environment that is primed and ready for hockey — clearly shows their dedication to the success of the hockey program at Trine University. “I believe that my variety of experiences in hockey as a player and a coach will be an excellent fit for Trine. I am eager to begin recruiting and introducing Trine and all it has to offer to hockey players all over North America. I am confident that through the collaborative efforts of the administration, the athletic department and myself, it is only a matter of time until Trine University is synonymous with hockey.”

Tom Hofman is head coach of the Trine University women’s hockey team. Hofman most recently served as the inaugural head coach of the women’s ACHA Division I hockey team at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously he had served as an assistant men’s hockey coach at Davenport and an assistant women’s hockey coach at Grand Valley State University, where his duties included serving as lead recruiter. “I am honored and excited to be a part of the Trine Athletics family, to embrace the mission and rich 132-year history of the university, as well as the greater Angola community,” said Hofman. “I am thankful to Dr. Brooks, Mr. Land and the entire search committee for the incredible opportunity to develop and lead the Trine University women’s hockey program. Their excitement, commitment, vision for academics and facilities were evident during this entire process. I am confident that my past experience in building a program at a private university will bode well in developing a competitive first-year team here. “I am blessed to have my family’s support in this transition, particularly my daughter Ashley, a former player herself and now doctor. Their belief in my career goals has been, and will be, critical to my success in past, present and future roles.”

Tom Hofman (Head Coach, Women’s NCAA Division III)

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Austin Keiser (Assistant Coach, Men’s NCAA Division III) The Trine University men’s ice hockey team named Austin Keiser the program’s first assistant coach in summer 2017. Keiser brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience across multiple levels to the Thunder. He most recently worked as an assistant coach at

Western New England University, his alma mater and an NCAA Division III member. He served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator while working on player/goalie skill development and systems development and implementation. “I am excited to be a part of history with the new hockey program at Trine University,” Keiser said. “I’m looking forward to helping create a winning culture as the program is launched. The support and commitment from the university and the Angola community is something I’m grateful to be part of.” Keiser’s playing experience at goalie included professional experience with the Atlanta Gladiators of the East Coach Hockey League. He made collegiate stops at Western New England University and SUNY Postdam, earning All-Academic

honors at both institutions. While at Western New England, he compiled a .904 save percentage and was named the Rutland Herald Thanksgiving Showcase MVP. While at Postdam, he was a three-time SUNYAC Goalie of the Week. Upon the conclusion of his playing career, Keiser took his goaltending experience into coaching, where he worked with goalies across multiple levels. His experience includes coaching goalies with Pro Crease, Can/Am Hockey and Westminster Prep School.

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Victoria Emhoff (Assistant Coach, Women’s NCAA Division III) Emoff arrives at Trine after most recently having served as the co-head coach of St. Timothy’s Catholic (Maryland) High School girls’ varsity ice hockey for a year. She has also served as a coach for Lake Forest Academies’ summer hockey camp. As a player Emoff was a defenseman at Stevenson University. While there, she served as captain for her final two seasons. During her career, Emoff broke multiple school records including highest plus/minus for a season (+24) and most consecutive games played in a single season (27).

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During her senior season, Stevenson racked up a 23-3-1 record on the way to a Colonial Hockey Conference championship. That season, Emoff was named first-team All-CHC, to the CHC All-Academic Team and to the CHC All-Tournament Team. Emoff’s main duties are recruiting and working with the defense.

Dan Mayes (Head Coach, ACHA Division II) Trine University named Dan Mayes head coach of its American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II men’s hockey team in August 2016. Mayes most recently served as a volunteer assistant at Bowling Green State University. He previously served as head coach for the Little Caesar’s Bantam Major program in Detroit, Michigan, from 2013-15. During that time, he oversaw skill development, tactics and systems, and introduced leadership and sports psychology programs. Mayes also served as an associate coach for the Honeybaked Midget Major/Minor program in Hazel Park, Michigan, where he helped guide the program to two state cham-

pionships, as well as a thirdplace national finish in 2013. His experience also included associate coaching duties at Saint Mary’s Catholic Central in Monroe, Michigan. “I’m honored and excited to be the first coach to lead Trine’s ACHA men’s hockey program,” Mayes said. “Trine University provides a strong commitment to its student-athletes with its academic programs and construction of athletic facilities. I’m looking forward to building a program that will allow our players to take advantage of all the fantastic opportunities available on and off the ice at Trine.” Mayes is a veteran of the ACHA ranks, having competed while attending Eastern Michigan University. Prior to attending EMU, Mayes played for the

Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL from 2000-03. He graduated from Eastern Michigan in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology.

Kevin Cole (Head Coach, ACHA Division III) Trine University named Kevin Cole as head coach of its American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III men’s hockey team in August 2017.

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Cole most recently served as an assistant for the Williston (N.D.) State College’s hockey team as it transitioned to ACHA Division II. With the help of Cole, who worked mainly with the defense and power play, the Tetons culminated their inaugural ACHA season with a trip to the National Tournament. “What drew me to Trine was the family atmosphere of the community and the excitement that surrounds the university and its athletic programs,” Cole said. “I look forward to building a tradition of excellence, similar to other sports at Trine, for the new hockey program.” “Kevin’s recent experience with bringing a team to success in the ACHA is a valuable addition to our coaching staff and it gives him a great foundation for building our ACHA Division III program,” explained Matt Land, assistant vice president of athletics.

Cole graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in human resources and economics in 2006. He last took the ice as a defenseman for the Soo Indians from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, of the Junior A North American Hockey League.

Ian Edwards (Assistant Coach, Men’s ACHA Division II) Ian Edwards is assistant coach for Trine University’s

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ACHA Division II men’s hockey team. He also serves as goalie coach for the entire hockey program. Edwards has been a professional goalie coach since he graduated from the University of New England in 2014. Working in partnership with Jeff Lerg and Future Pro Goaltending, he has conducted clinics and private lessons for goaltenders of all ages. He also has served as a hockey coach, teacher and dorm parent at the Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine. He earned a degree in medical biology from UNE while playing four years of NCAA Division III hockey. He was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Academic Team in 2013 and 2014.

Trine’s ACHA Division II team to compete in the Great Midwest Trine University’s ACHA Division II men’s hockey team will compete in the Great Midwest Hockey League (GMHL). The GMHL is made up of teams from the Great Lakes region, and is one of the top ACHA Division 2 leagues in the country. Besides Trine, conference members include Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Indiana University and Davenport University.

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Many community programs offered at ice arena The Thunder Ice Arena will offer many community programs in addition to serving as the home of Trine University hockey teams. Skating classes will be offered through the Trine University Skating Academy, while hockey leagues will be under the auspices of the Thunder Hockey Association. Below are the programs that initially will be offered. Learn to Skate Sanctioned by Learn to Skate USA, the Learn to Skate classes prepare students to eventually enter USA Hockey or US Figure Skating. The $92 fee includes a $16 membership to Learn to Skate USA, which includes that organization’s badge program, booklet and quarterly magazine. Instructors include members of the Angola Police Department. Classes include but are not limited to Snowplow Sam 1-4, Basic 1-6 and Hockey 1-6. Coaches will help assign children to classes based on skating ability. Students in the Basic 1 class can continue into the hockey classes, but high-level Basic classes will focus more on figure skating. Powerskating Designed for figure skaters

A floor mat with skate sizes allows those who rent ice skates to determine the correct size.

and hockey players who already have a skating foundation, the Powerskating class focuses on breaking down the skating technique in order to increase speed and skate more effectively. The class is a more economical way to receive training in Powerskating than private lessons.

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class will provide an introduction to the sport of synchronized skating, where groups of figure skaters skate together as a team. Youth Leagues Youth leagues will begin Oct. 30 and will include 18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U and 6U teams. Teams will practice twice during the week and play one game on the weekend. All games will be played at the Thunder Ice Arena. Current members of the Steuben County YMCA, DeKalb County YMCA and Kendallville Cole YMCA will receive a discount on league fees. A high school recreation league also will be offered one day per week.

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Special Events International Girls Ice Hockey Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8. The day will include special guests, classes on nutrition, mindset, goal setting and powerskating, and a hockey scrimmage. Trine University’s women’s varsity hockey team will host several of the classes. Hockey for Free events also will be held throughout the school year. Themed open skates, such as a Spooky Skate in October and a Turkey Skate in November, also are planned. The $15 fee will include skating, games, food and beverages.

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Introducing Trine University’s Thunder Ice Arena Announced in April 2016, the 46,200-square-foot Thunder Ice Arena includes about 700 seats around the ice rink and standing room only for about another 500 fans. The total capacity for the arena is 1,500, including the lobby area. It was built at a cost of

$8.5 million. The Thunder Ice Arena opened Sept. 5 to the public. Collegiate teams began practicing on the ice at the end of August. The ice rink surface is made by flooding the concrete with water filtered through a Jet-Ice sys-

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tem. Jet-Ice filters water through a carbon filter, then softens it again through reverse osmosis. “It’s essentially bottled water that we’re putting down,” Senior Vice President Mike Bock said. “It gives us a much better quality ice. It’s very fast.” There is more than 50 miles of pipe running through the floor beneath the ice, which is 1-1/2 inches thick. The refrigeration system for the ice is ammonia-based. There are 66 dasher boards in total around the rink, 46 of which are visible from the stands. The glass for the dasher boards is in a flex track so when a player is checked into the glass or hits the glass, the glass will move with the player, providing added safety. The Thunder Ice Arena rink is fully accessible, one of the few rinks in the Midwest that has been built this way. Dasher board panels come out and can be replaced with Plexiglas panels so that sled hockey players can view the action without being on the ice. The Zamboni in the Thunder Ice Arena is a Model 500. It is a loaner until the Zamboni the university has ordered arrives in January.

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The ice on the Thunder Ice Arena’s rink is 1-1/2 inches thick.

The university has done its best to limit energy consumption. There is a 100-percent heat reclamation system so that any waste heat generated is reused. The ceiling is a highly reflective e-ceiling that brings the cold back to the ice. Gas-fired units in the building are high-efficiency. All the lighting in the building is high-efficiency LED. The arena also includes: • A laser light system that will be used for, among other things, player introductions. • Varsity locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams. Varsity locker rooms are carpeted with a power T in the center and four-flat screen TVs. Coaches will be able to put video of play from the prior period on the flat screen TVs. • Two club locker rooms, four visitor locker rooms and men’s and women’s locker rooms for officials. The visitor locker rooms also will be used for youth and community programs. The

visiting team player entrance is on the south side of the building so players can get off the bus and go right into their locker room. • Training and weight rooms in the area around the rink. Trainers will be provided for games by SportOne. Canadian and U.S. flags both roll down from the ceiling above the ice prior to the game for national anthems. There is a hospitality suite where Trine President Earl D. Brooks ll, Ph.D., will host special guests. That space is climate-controlled, while the temperature around the rink is 55 degrees and the temperature of the ice is approximately 20 degrees. The furniture in the hospitality suite is all made out of recycled hockey sticks. Varsity coach offices are on the second level on either side of the president’s suite overlooking the ice. Club coaches, assistant coaches and youth hockey director Amy Alt have offices in the area off the main lobby.

The pro shop up in the front of the building will sell a full line of wearables specific to Trine hockey. It also will offer skate sharpening. More than 300 pairs of skates are available to rent for the community. The lobby and rink will be available for birthday parties, and the lobby area can be used for study tables for athletes. The rubber floor around the rink and in the lobby can be walked on with skates. The concession stand will include a line of healthy food, including gourmet sandwiches and salads and protein bars, as well as standard fare like popcorn. With ice time scheduled as early as 5 a.m. some days, breakfast sandwiches also will be available. There will be no ticket sales at the door, with tickets available for purchase online only at www.trine. edu. Varsity hockey games will be streamed online and called on the radio.

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Amy Alt (Youth Hockey Program Director) Amy Alt is the youth hockey program director for Trine University, and will oversee youth hockey, learn-to-skate and other programs. She most recently served as the program director and coach for the Herb Brooks Foundation in Blaine, Minnesota. Named for the coach of the U.S.A. hockey “Miracle on Ice” team in the 1980 Olympics, the foundation works to make hockey more accessible to players of all levels and backgrounds. Prior her to her work there, she pioneered and helped build several programs during her time as a player, coach and director in Minnesota and Colorado. Certified as a professional figure skating coach through the Professional Skaters Association and as a hockey coach through USA Hockey, Alt brings 14 years of coaching experience, including three years at the University of Denver. In the short term she hopes to build a strong youth hockey program at a controlled pace, becoming more competitive as the years go on. “My hope is that Trine's hockey program will not only stand out for unparalleled instruction, but also for its positive community and the beginning of a long-standing, top-notch hockey tradition,” she said. Page 18

Amy Alt, Trine University’s youth hockey program director, right, stands with local figure skater Jordyn Gilbert.

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Community response to ice arena has been overwhelming

Angola Mayor Richard Hickman.

Two years ago, the city of Angola set up an outdoor ice skating rink at Commons Park and Mayor Richard Hickman said he was surprised at how much it was used. But even that didn’t compare to the positive response there has been in his city to the announcement that Trine University was going to build an ice arena. “I have been amazed at how many hockey fans that we have here, how many adults who are playing club hockey and how they want to get their kids into club hockey,” he said. “I didn’t realize there was an underlying need and love for hockey

and skating like there is here. The arena has got this whole community talking and I’m excited. “The impact on our community, I think, is going to be huge, and I’m really excited about it, as our community is.” Hickman said he also was amazed when he first heard the university was going to begin hockey programs. “Here they are just out of the clear blue talking about bringing hockey and then when they do they’re talking about how they’re going to have multiple teams,” he said. “Then I got to thinking about all the extra kids the arena will bring who are interested in hockey. The university will probably be able to expand more into Canada for recruiting and more diversity.” He said the arena will put Angola on a level with much larger cities. “I’ve been sitting around as the mayor of a small city looking at bigger communities like Indy, Fort Wayne, Toledo, Louisville — all the things they’re doing to revitalize their downtowns,” Hickman said. “A lot of them have, of course, big basketball teams and baseball fields being put in and I was thinking, ‘What are we going to be able to do to get something like that going?’ And lo and behold Trine comes along and builds the ice arena and I’m thinking, ‘I’ve

got my baseball field!’ ” “It’s going to help our downtown,” he said. “The impact of bringing people in from all over the Midwest is going to really be huge and those people are going to be going to our grocery stores, shopping here, buying gas and just walking around in our different stores downtown. It’s going to really liven up our community, I believe.” The mayor said he’s also excited about the partnership Trine has entered into with the Steuben County YMCA for youth programs and the university’s plan for skating lessons and youth leagues. “People in Fort Wayne have been talking about how they’ve had to go up into Michigan to get ice time and that they’re hoping to be able to get some ice time here,” Hickman said. And unlike Angola’s outdoor arena, Trine’s Thunder Ice Arena can be used regardless of the weather. “It will just be how many hours will they be open and how many people can they jam in there at different hours for skating,” he said. “It’s going to be good for our youth in this community in getting them away from computers and cell phones and getting them out there exercising, as well as adults.” “I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear Trine talking about having to put

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An aerial view of Trine University’s new Thunder Ice Arena.

a second sheet of ice in somewhere just the way things are sounding,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s going to happen, but I wouldn’t be shocked at it either.” Beyond the ice arena, Hickman said the overall growth at Trine will continue to have a huge impact on the city. “Trine is anticipating 5,000 students on campus in 2020. In 1990 the

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whole city of Angola was 5,000, so Trine is going to basically have its own little city the size of our whole city just 30 years ago, with extra activities we probably haven’t even thought of yet,” he said. “Then you throw Olympian Lloy Ball’s sports complex on top of it up north, with the all the kids they’re going to be bringing in with their programs, and we’re thinking about the growth we’re going to have

here. We’re going to be doing some parking studies and seeing what we can do to plan here in the next five years for the growth in parking that’s going to be needed.” As the city plans for growth, Hickman said all that the university is doing is a big plus for Angola. “For a community our size to have what Trine is doing here with the Furth Center, with the MTI Center and with the ice skating arena — we’re just fortunate to have this university in our community being as progressive and aggressive as they are to bring activities to our community,” he said. “Communities our size around the country would kill to have the opportunity to have these types of things.” As far as what the future holds as Angola and the university continue to work together, Hickman said it’s “pretty much unlimited.” “The thing we have to do to have more impact is to be able to find better jobs available up here so that these 900 or however many kids are going to end up graduating every year have an opportunity to stay here in Angola — the entrepreneurs who will come out of Trine with ideas for new businesses, new gadgets and new projects,” he said. “We’ve got to do what we can to be able to keep them here to help this community not just grow, but thrive, to affect not just the students at Trine, but the whole population here.”

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Trine’s NCAA Division III hockey teams will compete in the NCHA

Trine University’s NCAA Division III men’s and women’s hockey teams will compete in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. Trine will compete against in the men’s division against Adrian, Aurora, Concordia (Wisconsin), Finlandia, Lake Forest, Lawrence, Marian, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Northland, St. Scholastica and St. Norbert. Its women’s division opponents will be the same excluding Lawrence and MSOE. The original NCHA was founded in 1980 with six men’s hockey teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2000, athletic directors from five schools formed the women’s hockey conference of the same name, using the men’s conference as a model. The current men’s conference

is also a product of the “Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association,” which was formed in 1998. Charter members included teams from Benedictine University in Illinois, The University of Findlay in Ohio; and Marian University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Northland College in Wisconsin. In 2013, the MCHA merged with the men’s and women’s NCHA conferences, resulting in the current association. The conference trophies that Trine will compete for reflect this history. In the women’s conference, teams compete in the Slaats Cup Playoffs, the winner of which earns automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament. This trophy is named after Lake Forest Director of Athletics Jackie Slaats who was crucial in the formation

of the women’s NCHA. The winner of the regular season championship is awarded the Kronschnabel Trophy, named after the former NCHA Commissioner and Supervisor of Officials Bill Kronschnabel. Top teams in the men’s conference play for the Harris Cup, along with automatic qualification to the national tournament, during the NCHA tournament. The trophy is named after MSOE Director of Athletics Dan Harris, who served as the first president of the MCHA. The regular season champion earns the Peters Cup, which served as the men’s playoff trophy for the original NCHA. The cup is named after Bob Peters, the long-time coach of NCHA charter member Bemidji State. Trine will be the first Indiana university to be a part of the NCHA. This summer Don Olson was named the commissioner of both the men’s and women’s conferences. NCHA Men’s Conference Adrian Aurora Concordia (Wisconsin) Finlandia Lake Forest Lawrence Marian Milwaukee School of Engineering Northland St. Scholastica St. Norbert Trine NCHA Women’s Conference Adrian Aurora Concordia (Wisconsin) Finlandia Lake Forest Marian Northland St. Scholastica St. Norbert Trine

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Men’s ACHA Division II Schedule Sep. 15 Sep. 22 Sep. 23 Sep. 29 Sep. 30 Oct. 13 Oct. 6 Oct. 7 Oct. 13 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 26 Nov. 3 Nov. 4 Nov. 10 Nov. 11 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Dec. 1 Dec. 2 Jan. 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 21 Jan. 26 Jan. 27 Feb. 2 Feb. 3 Feb. 9 Feb. 10 Feb. 16 Feb. 17

@ Bowling Green State University Akron University Akron University Ferris State University* Ferris State University* Central Michigan University @ Cleveland State Cleveland State @ Grand Valley State University* Grand Valley State University* Adrian College @ Eastern Michigan University Dayton University Bowling Green State University @ Michigan State University* Michigan State University* Indiana University Indiana University* @ Oakland University Oakland University @ University of Toledo University of Toledo @ Adrian College @ University of Michigan* University of Michigan* @ Davenport University* Davenport University* @ Robert Morris University @ Robert Morris University @ Indiana University @ Indiana University

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TBA 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBA 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 7:45 p.m. 7:00 p.m. TBA 7:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:50 p.m. 5:00 p.m. TBA TBA 9:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Schedules subject to change

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Men’s ACHA Division III Schedule Sep. 23

Western Michigan

3:00 p.m.

Sep. 29

@ Purdue

8:30 p.m.

Sep. 30

Purdue

3:00 p.m.

Oct. 6

University of Michigan - Flint

7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7

University of Michigan - Flint

4:00 p.m.

Oct. 13

Central Michigan University

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 14

@ Central Michigan University

4:30 p.m.

Oct. 20

@ Finlandia University

TBA

Oct. 21

@ Finlandia University

TBA

Oct. 27

@ Notre Dame University

TBA

Oct. 29

Ball State University

Nov. 19

Adrian College

Dec. 1

Xavier University

Dec. 8

@ Ball State University

TBA

Dec. 9

Ball State University

4:00 p.m.

Jan. 19

Finlandia University

9:30 p.m.

Jan. 20

Finlandia University

4:00 p.m.

Jan. 27

@ Western Michigan University

TBA

Jan. 28

Western Michigan University

2:00 p.m.

Feb. 2

@ Michigan State University

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 3

Michigan State University

9:00 p.m.

Feb. 10

IPFW

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 10

IPFW

2:00 p.m.

Feb. 16

Washtenaw Community College

9:30 p.m.

Feb. 17

Washtenaw Community College

8:00 p.m.

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2:00 p.m. 12:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Schedules subject to change

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Women’s NCAA Division III Schedule Oct. 28

@ Grand Valley State University

6:30 p.m.

Nov. 3

Finlandia University*

7:00 p.m.

Nov. 4

Finlandia University*

2:00 p.m.

Nov. 10

Adrian College *

7:00 p.m.

Nov. 11

@ Adrian College *

3:00 p.m.

Nov. 17

@ Marian University (Wis.)*

8:00 p.m.

Nov. 18

@ Marian University (Wis.) *

3:00 p.m.

Dec. 1

@ Lake Forest College*

8:00 p.m.

Dec. 2

@ Lake Forest College*

3:00 p.m.

Dec. 8

Aurora University

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 5

Chatham University

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 6

Chatham University

2:00 p.m.

Jan. 12

@ Wilkes University

6:00 p.m.

Jan. 13

@ Wilkes University

4:00 p.m.

Jan. 14

@ King's College (Pa.)

2:00 p.m.

Jan. 19

Aurora University *

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 20

Aurora University *

2:00 p.m.

Jan. 26

@ Northland College*

8:00 p.m.

Jan. 27

@ Northland College *

3:00 p.m.

Feb. 2

St. Norbert College *

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 3

St. Norbert College *

2:00 p.m.

Feb. 9

@ College of St. Scholastica *

8:00 p.m.

Feb. 10

@ College of St. Scholastica *

3:00 p.m.

Feb. 16

@ Concordia University (Wis.) *

8:00 p.m.

Feb. 17

@ Concordia University (Wis.) *

4:00 p.m.

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Schedules subject to change

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Men’s NCAA Division III Schedule Oct. 27

University of Wisconsin-Stout

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 28

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

4:00 p.m.

Nov. 3

@ Marian University (Wis.) *

7:00 p.m.

Nov. 4

@ Lawrence University *

5:00 p.m.

Nov. 10

@ St. Norbert College *

7:00 p.m.

Nov. 11

@ Finlandia University *

5:00 p.m.

Nov. 17

Adrian College *

7:00 p.m.

Nov. 18

@ Adrian College *

7:05 p.m.

Nov. 25

@ Adrian College

7:05 p.m.

Dec. 1

Northland College *

7:00 p.m.

Dec. 2

College of St. Scholastica *

4:00 p.m.

Dec. 15

Chatham University

7:00 p.m.

Dec. 16

Chatham University

4:00 p.m.

Jan. 5

@ King's College (Pa.)

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 6

@ King's College (Pa.)

3:00 p.m.

Jan. 12

Aurora University *

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 13

Lake Forest College *

4:00 p.m.

Jan. 19

@ Concordia University (Wis.) *

8:00 p.m.

Jan. 20

@ Milwaukee School of Engineering *

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 26

Finlandia University *

7:00 p.m.

Jan. 27

St. Norbert College *

4:00 p.m.

Feb. 3

@ Lake Forest College *

8:00 p.m.

Feb. 4

@ Aurora University *

3:00 p.m.

Feb. 9

Concordia University (Wis.) *

7:00 p.m.

Feb. 10

Milwaukee School of Engineering *

4:00 p.m.

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