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Alumnus, Trustee Thomas Dinkel Honored for Community Leadership and Service

December 5, 2014

Dinkel Award Solo

Community Leader: Thomas Dinkel, a 1972 mechanical engineering alumnus, received the 2014 Chapman S. Root Award from the Hospice of the Wabash Valley. (Photo by Jim Avelis/Terre Haute Tribune-Star)

Alumnus and Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Treasurer Thomas T. Dinkel has been honored for his outstanding community leadership, service, and generosity by receiving the Chapman S. Root Award. The honor is presented annually by the Hospice of the Wabash Valley to recognize community leaders.

Dinkel, a 1972 mechanical engineering graduate, is president and chief executive officer of Sycamore Engineering, his family's mechanical and electrical construction company. He has been a part of the business for 48 years.

His many community activities include involvement in the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, and the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, and being a board member for First Financial Bank. He also has been a servant-leader for St. Benedict's Church, involved with St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Sisters of Providence, and assisted Woodrow Wilson Middle School and Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

"When you live and work in a community, I feel that it's your duty to get involved. That's just what you do," stated Dinkel in a news release announcing the 25th Chapman S. Root Award.

Dinkel credits his Catholic upbringing and Rose-Hulman experiences as motivators for his community service. He encourages Sycamore Engineering’s 170 employees to also get involved in the community.

"I try to instill an attitude of volunteerism," he said.

"Tom Dinkel has been a great benefactor to this community, and he has done it in quiet ways," said Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Secretary Greg Gibson, a 1984 civil engineering alumnus who serves as president of the Hospice board. "He is involved with several organizations in town and has always done it in a very unassuming way. The award is for someone who improves the quality of life in the Wabash Valley, and Tom certainly has done that."