The Journal Gazette
Monday, August 27, 2018 1:00 am

Education notebook

Trine officer gains national honor

Chloe Cameron | For The Journal Gazette

Doug Stone is committed to protecting students, but he also cracks down on campus mischief.

The part-time security officer at Trine University began working at Trine in January 2014 after moving to Indiana from Alaska a month earlier. Before moving, Stone had been in the Air Force and worked for Alaska Airlines and the Anchorage Police.

Stone is described as kind and dependable.

“He's part-time, but I know that Doug will be there,” Keith Hefner, Trine campus safety director said.

Stone sometimes works 60-hour weeks if needed and has rapport with everyone, Hefner said.

These qualities are among the reasons that when the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators gathered July 23-27 in Orlando, Florida, for its conference, Stone received one of several awards given.

The organization announced this year that Stone, 56, won the national Officer of the Year Award in the non-sworn division. Award nominations came from across the country.

In a video on the organization's website, Stone is described as a “tireless worker who exudes leadership characteristics of the highest caliber” and “never ceases to promote public safety at Trine University.”

Jeffrey Shoemaker, associate director of Trine's campus safety, nominated Stone after being told about the award by a campus safety administrator.

After discussing Stone's reliability and willingness to help at any time, Shoemaker said, “Out of all the people I knew, he was probably the most deserving.”

Stone had considered retirement before moving to Indiana but decided against it.

“I realized I didn't need to be retired. I needed something to keep me busy,” he said.

Stone said campus safety at Trine comprises a director, two associate directors, five full-time officers, five part-time officers, and three reserve officers.

He likes working part-time because it gives him the flexibility to travel with his family.

Stone says he loves working at Trine with students and fellow employees whom he describes the same way others view him – hardworking and kind.

However, because of his love for the students, Stone finds it difficult when he has to reprimand them if they do something wrong.

Along with working part-time at Trine, he also provides transportation for students and faculty for university events and is an Angola schools crossing guard.

But Stone downplays his role and credits the students, the school, and the people he works with.

“It's not my award,” he said. “It really belongs to Trine.”


• Back-to-school nights are planned this week at several Fort Wayne Community schools. Today's hours are 6 to 7 p.m. at Arlington and 7 to 8 p.m. at Northrop. Tuesday's hours are 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Fairfield; 5:45-7:30 p.m. at Towles; 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Northwood; 6 to 7 p.m. at Harris; and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Abbett and Lincoln. Wednesday's hours are 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Franke Park; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harrison Hill; 6 to 7 p.m. at Forest Park; 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Brentwood; 6 to 8 p.m. at Northcrest; 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Shawnee and Snider; and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shambaugh. Thursday's hours are 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Scott; 5 to 7 p.m. at Irwin; 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Haley and Study; 6 to 7 p.m. at South Wayne, Washington Center and Whitney Young; 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Croninger and Glenwood Park; and 6 to 8 p.m. at North Side.


• The Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex at Grace College will have a public opening from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Along with new and renovated labs, classrooms, and offices, the facility will house the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, an education and research center focused on the more than 100 lakes and streams in Kosciusko County. The K21 Health Foundation is investing $200,000 into the center for expanded research.


• More than 20 organizations statewide received funding to help bring “Frankenstein” scholars to their cities for talks about Mary Shelley's novel in celebration of its 200th anniversary.

The grants are part of Indiana Humanities' One State/One Story: Frankenstein initiative. Recipients include Eckhart Public Library in Auburn and, in Fort Wayne, the Purdue University Fort Wayne history department and Science Central.

Ivy Tech

• Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus is introducing six certificate and degree offerings this fall: urban horticulture, mechanical engineering technology, engineering, mechanical design, computer aided design and architectural design. For more information, go to or call 888-489-5463.


Louise Jackson is the new director of the Office of Mission Advancement at Bishop Luers High School.

• Recent Warsaw Community High School graduate Kate Koontz is one of four national finalists in the Intellectual Property Owners Educational Foundation Video Contest. She can win up to $9,500 based on votes at and likes on Facebook, Voting ends Friday.

• Recent Manchester University graduate Alexis Figueroa has accepted an offer for one of eight spots in the post-baccalaureate research program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He will be matched with a research mentor while receiving stipend benefits, Medical College Admission Test prep and career development assistance.

Saint Francis

• Members of the Department of Education's Kappa Delta Pi presented a $470 donation to Krista Layman, director of Kate's Kart. The donation to buy books for children in area hospitals was raised through a Bowling for Books event.

Jonathan Lehman, a partner with Summit Financial Group in Fort Wayne, has been appointed a director on the Student Affairs Committee of the Board.

• Capital University in Ohio is expanding its 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor program by partnering with the University of Saint Francis. Students can earn both undergraduate and law degrees in just six years instead of the standard seven-year timeframe.

They must complete about 100 credit hours in the first three years at their undergraduate institution followed by the J.D. curriculum at Capital University Law School to earn dual degrees.

Students and parents who have a favorite teacher can nominate the individual for Teacher Honor Roll. Send nominations to The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email

To submit an item, send a typed release from the school or organization to Education Notebook, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email at least two weeks before the desired publication date.

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