Food for Thought: Growing Your Business at the Bicentennial

Last Thursday, Trine hosted two local business owners, Greg Gunthorp and Pete Eshelman. Both were featured in the Indiana Humanities book, Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest. Greg and Pete spoke about their past, and how they grew their businesses.

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Greg pictured with one of his free range pigs.

Greg Gunthorp is the proud owner of Gunthorp farms located in Lagrange, Indiana. Greg is a fourth generation pig farmer. He raises pigs, chickens, and turkeys. Unlike most farms, Greg raises free-range animals. In other words, he raises them in a natural environment. The animals are not housed in cages, or given processed food and antibiotics.

In 1998, Greg’s business was struggling. He recounts selling pigs for cheaper than what his grandfather did during the Great Depression. Greg would finally catch a break when he spoke about sustainable agriculture at a convention in Missouri. After his speech, he met with fellow farmers. One of them told Greg about a friend in Oregon who was delivering pigs to a restaurant in Chicago, but was no longer interested in raising pigs. Greg followed this lead, which led him to contact the person in charge of the kitchen at Charlie Trotter’s. Greg’s business skyrocketed. He now sells some of the finest meats to restaurants across the midwest.

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Pete, and his wife Alice, serving wagyu.

Pete Eshelman is the founder of Joseph Decuis restaurant and emporium. It is nationally recognized for its fine dining experience.

Pete is not your typical farmer. He did not come from a family of farmers. Before moving to Indiana with his wife Alice, Pete played baseball for the Yankees. He later started his own sports insurance business. Joseph Decuis was initially created to entertain clients. Due to its success, the Joseph Decuis restaurant was opened in 2000. Since then, it has expanded to include a farm, a retail store, a cafe, and a bed and breakfast. People can visit the farm to see where and how their food is raised. The farm has also become a great place to host weddings.

Joseph Decuis’ success is mostly due to wagyu, a breed of cattle known for its great taste. Pete traveled across the U.S., and even to Japan to learn more. While in Japan, Pete met Mr. Shogo Takeda. Mr. Takeda is the number one wagyu farmer in Japan. He taught Pete everything there is to know about raising wagyu.  With this knowledge, Pete created one of the best dining experiences in the country.

Both speakers gave fantastic presentations. I was fascinated with their stories. It was interesting to hear how being at the right place at the right time, and having a mentor can impact the success of your business.

Visit Gunthorp Farms and Joseph Decuis to learn more.

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Heather Howard Speaks at Humanities Symposia

 

Earlier this month, Heather Howard spoke at one of the humanities symposia about  Indiana literature. In her presentation, she examines how students can relive history right here at home. Indiana has inspired great novels such as The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and also houses many historical markers. Below is the video of her presentation.

 

April Book Club Sign Up

On April 21st, we will host our next book club meeting. This month’s book is Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe.

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The library is receiving 15 copies of the book. Sign ups are first come first serve. Don’t worry if you miss out. Email Heather or Sarah to get a copy.

Join us at noon on the second floor of the Link for great literary discussion.  Don’t forget to sign up for next month’s book club meeting!

This book club is part of our programming for the Next Indiana Bookshelf and the Indiana Bicentennial.

March Bicentennial Book Club

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Earlier this month, we had our first book club meeting of the year!  Our next meeting will be March 17th. The book club was established to celebrate the State Bicentennial book collection. Each month, we will be reading a different novel. This month’s reading is “Paper Towns” by John Green. If you are interested in joining, contact the librarians at librarians@trine.edu to get your copy of this month’s book!

Upcoming books include:

  • Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
  • Going All the Way
  • The Circus in Winter
  • Dust
  • Home Again
  • Penrod
  • Ashfall

Trine University Receives Hoosier Bicentennial Book Collection

Titles selected to spur conversation

By Catherine E. Porter
marketing and communication ’16

JAN. 11 – The Trine University LINK Sponsel Library was selected to receive the Next Indiana Bookshelf, a collection of 13 titles designed to spark conversation during the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial. In a competitive application process, the LINK was chosen to receive one of 55 sets awarded in 42 counties across the Hoosier state.

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The Next Indiana Bookshelf was created by Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Center
for the Book and is designed to encourage thinking and discussion about the present and future of Indiana. The collection features 12 books including Hoosier classics such as “Raintree County,” the writings of Kurt Vonnegut and the poetry of Etheridge Knight, as well as contemporary books like “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” and “Invincible, Indiana.”

Additionally, the LINK received a poster of “The Indiana Chant,” written for the bicentennial by South Bend, Ind.-based children’s author April Pulley Sayre. Teachers and librarians are encouraged to use the chant for readings and performances in the weeks and months leading up to Statehood Day on Dec. 11, 2016.

“We are making a number of plans for the bicentennial in collaboration with the Department of Humanities and Communication, so we are thrilled to receive the Next Indiana Bookshelf. We hope to use the bookshelf not only in a bicentennial library display, but also in a Next Indiana book club to talk about who Hoosiers are, how Indiana is changing and how we envision our state going into the future,” said Heather Howard, information services librarian at Trine. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to see the books at the LINK in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center, 720 Thunder Drive. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The library will be closed from Jan. 16-18, March 5-13 and March 25-27.

The Next Indiana Bookshelf is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Does the Library Have My Textbook?

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At the beginning of each semester, we are often asked if the library has textbooks for classes here at the University. And we completely get it, textbooks are expensive! Unfortunately, in general, the answer to this is no. To understand why, please read on.

First off, let’s look at the math for this. In the 2015/2016 academic year here on main campus, there were approximately 1,375 courses taught.  Some courses have 1 required textbook, and some courses have 6 or more required texts. Let’s take 3 textbooks as an average:

1,375 x 3 = 4,125 books

Maybe this doesn’t seem like such a bad proposition at first glance, but consider how quickly new editions of texts are published, rendering old “required” texts obsolete at a rapid pace. Also, consider the fact that our physical collection is just over 20,000 books. We aim to keep our collection relevant to the research and teaching goals of each academic department on campus, and doing this means collecting a wide variety of materials that support the subjects being taught, and encouraging our students to look beyond the required texts in their research.

We quite simply do not have the money or space to purchase textbooks for all of these courses.

That’s great, but that still doesn’t help you with the ever increasing cost of textbooks!

HOWEVER…

  • You can check the Course Reserves page to see if your professor has put a copy of the book on reserve here in the library. Keep in mind these books are typically for two hours in-library use
  • It never hurts to search our catalog for the book you need. A librarian or faculty member may have slipped an order in there, in which case, if you’re the first person in the class to find it and check it out, you’re in luck – at least until the book comes due!
  • None of the above working for you? Read this article from U.S. News for some money saving suggestions or this one from Time’s Money column.

If all else fails, there is always the bookstore. If you don’t plan on keeping your books, you can save a few dollars and rent your textbooks through them as well.