Trine receives $1 million gift for new sports facility

Trine University is planning a $13 million sports complex, the MTI Center. (Trine University)
Trine University is planning a $13 million sports complex, the MTI Center. (Trine University)

ANGOLA, Ind. (WANE) Trine University has received a $1 million gift from a Tulsa, Oklahoma, couple to be used for the construction of a new sports facility.

Larry and Judy Reiners pledged $1 million toward Trine’s new MTI Center, a $13.3 million facility that will feature three basketball courts, a fitness center, pro shop, bowling alley, esports arena, banquet room and bar, outdoor patio, offices and a training room. It is set to open in January 2018.

“As the beneficiary of a Trine University education, it gives me great pleasure to support Trine as it expands its offerings to its students and to the community,” said Larry Reiners. “We look forward to the addition of the MTI Center to Trine’s main campus, and the benefits it will offer to generations of Trine students to come.”

Larry Reiners, second from right, and Judy Reiners, right, sit with their daughter Kristin Gurley, second from left, and grandson Austin Gurley during the dedication of the Larry and Judy Reiners Residence Hall on the Trine University campus in 2015. The Reiners, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pledged $1 million to Trine University for its new MTI Center, set to open in January 2018. (Trine University)
Larry Reiners, second from right, and Judy Reiners, right, sit with their daughter Kristin Gurley, second from left, and grandson Austin Gurley during the dedication of the Larry and Judy Reiners Residence Hall on the Trine University campus in 2015. The Reiners, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, pledged $1 million to Trine University for its new MTI Center, set to open in January 2018. (Trine University)

Larry Reiners earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Tri-State College, now Trine University, in 1965. He worked nearly four decades 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, Trine said.

He joined the university’s 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.

“There are many testaments on the Trine University campus to the generosity of Larry and Judy Reiners, and we appreciate their continued support as the university expands its programs to better serve our students,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “We are excited that construction has begun on the MTI Center and are looking forward to all that this new building with offer to our students and to the community.”

The Reiners’ gifts are part of Trine’s Invest in Excellence campaign, a $125 million fundraising plan. The university has raised more than $83 million.

Trine University's E-Gaming school will learn in a new facility in the MTI Center. (Trine University)
Trine University’s E-Gaming school will learn in a new facility in the MTI Center. (Trine University)