Indiana Tech Magazine Fall 2018

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COVER: Hot air balloon rides produced nothing but smiles during Homecoming 2018 weekend.



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THIS PAGE: Junior McKenna Mesclier takes part in a new homecoming tradition—dyeing our wheel water fountain bright orange. A group of traditional undergraduate students joined forces with some shenanigansminded staffers to brighten up the day.




Today’s students joined together with alumni from across the decades to socialize and celebrate all things Indiana Tech.

New branding direction will help Tech stand out in all the right ways and attract future generations of students.

For Indiana Tech's military recruitment team, care and communication are a central part of its mission.




Inside Tech 04 Letter from the President

22 A Welcome Addition

In the face of unthinkable tragedy and sadness, the Indiana Tech community comes together to support one another after the passing of two students.

The Abbott Center undergoes significant interior upgrades and an addition that includes the new Warrior Welcome Center.

Across the University

28 Academic Roundup

06 Scholarships By the Numbers

In this issue, learn how scholarship dollars helped students during the 2017-18 school year—and how you can contribute to future students.

07 Around the Regions Indiana Tech officially opens for business in Lafayette, Indiana, with a grand opening celebration.

08 Tech Happenings A new four-story residence hall, at the northeast corner of Schick and Washington, will be ready for students by the 2019-20 academic year.

10 A Few Words with…

Three new life science degree programs will enable students to choose compelling career paths in medical, allied health, research and related fields. Warrior Athletics

34 Athletic Roundup Former president Donald Andorfer will lead the 21st Warriors class into the Athletics Hall of Fame on May 4, 2019. Path of a Warrior

36 Lauren Zuber Still hyped from bingeing on cotton candy, Lauren thanks all who helped make homecoming a rousing success.

38 Alumni Spotlight

Meet Dan Grigg, our new vice president for institutional advancement and 20-year veteran of development and advancement in higher education.

For Heinz and Nanalee Wegener, faith is the driving force behind their business, their philanthropy, their interactions with others and the joy they put into the world.

12 Faculty Update

39 Tech in Your Town

Tech's Teaching Excellence Center will help all faculty members become stronger in their teaching skills, student engagement techniques and professionalism.

President Einolf took the mound at Louisville Slugger Field prior to an alumni event in Louisville, Kentucky.

13 Tech’s Top Picks In this issue, we ask faculty and staff: "What comfort foods make you feel good when the temperatures start to drop?"



40 In Memoriam Indiana Tech honors its alumni who have passed on.

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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT The pages of Indiana Tech Magazine are typically filled with news and features about the many wonderful people who make up our Warrior family. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged every day in building a bright future for themselves and our community as a whole. Like any community, there are also times that Indiana Tech encounters tragedy and sadness, and must come together to support one another through a difficult time. This fall, we were faced with such a time when we learned of the passing of two of our students, Aaron Porter, Jr. and Te’Shan Godwin. Aaron and Te’Shan lost their lives in an automobile accident that occurred during homecoming weekend. Aaron and Te’Shan were both 20 years old. Aaron was from Marion, Illinois, a gifted athlete who came to Tech to study exercise science and run for our track and field team. Te’Shan, an avid basketball player, came to us from South Bend, Indiana, to study sports management. You can learn more about each of them in the In Memoriam section on page 43. Many members of the Indiana Tech community traveled to Aaron and Te’Shan’s hometowns to attend their memorial services and offer support to their families and friends. We had the opportunity to see and hear firsthand the impact that these two young men had on those around them.


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I hope you will keep Aaron and Te’Shan, and their loved ones, in your hearts and minds as you read through this issue of Indiana Tech Magazine. In it, you will find many examples of the good news and terrific people that helped Aaron and Te’Shan find their way to Indiana Tech, and supported them in their lives and studies here. As we all look ahead to the new year, my sincerest thanks go to each of you for being Warriors, and for all that you do, each day, to support one another. Warm regards,

Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. President

Volume 16, Issue 1 Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. President

Institutional Advancement Dan Grigg Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tracina Smith Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dave Stevens Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Mary Lasits Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Lauren Zuber Director of Alumni Relations Karma Bradley Campaign Coordinator Nikole Spitznaugle Advancement Database Manager Rachel Jones Assistant Director for Alumni and Student Engagement Erin Johnson Grants Manager Megan Drake Administrative Assistant and Gift Processor Marketing Brian Engelhart Vice President for Marketing and Communication Matt Bair Director of Marketing and Communication Julie Farison Creative Director Randy Smith Photographer and Video Producer Sarah Suraci Graphic Designer Joel Kuhn, BS ’12 Web Developer Bethany Lowe UX/UI Developer Jennifer Murphy, Director of Marketing, College of Professional Studies Amber Owens Social Media Manager The magazine is published three times a year for alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech by the university’s Marketing Department and Office of Institutional Advancement. © 2018 Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana Tech online: Please send comments, news and feature story ideas to: Indiana Tech attn: Marketing 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.422.5561 or 800.937.2448, ext. 2250 email: The editors reserve the right to edit articles for length and clarity. Articles may be reproduced with permission and proper attribution. Indiana Tech provides learners a professional education; prepares them for active participation, career advancement and leadership in the global 21st century society; and motivates them toward a life of significance and worth.

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By the Numbers


Scholarships If you have donated money in the past to an Indiana Tech scholarship fund, the creators of Indiana Tech Magazine want you to do us a favor. Give yourself a hand! Pat yourself on the back! Dance a jig, if you feel so inclined. You have earned it. Because of generous support like yours, many Indiana Tech students are able to realize their dreams of beginning a college career, earning a college degree and pursuing lives of significance and worth. In this issue of Indiana Tech Magazine, our By the Numbers feature is dedicated to scholarships, including a breakdown of how generous donor dollars affected Warrior students during the 2017-18 academic year. If your donations helped, feel proud as you read this and accept our heartfelt “thank you!” If you want to learn how you can help the Warrior students of tomorrow, contact Tracina Smith, associate vice president for institutional advancement, at or 260.422.5561, ext. 2421.


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Around the Regions


L AFAYE T T E CE LE B RAT E S GR AND O PE NING On Sept. 13, Indiana Tech celebrated a grand opening of its new location in Lafayette, Indiana. The recently created admissions team had been working from the new location since July. However, on September’s special day, members of the Lafayette and Indiana Tech communities assembled to hear Mayor Tony Roswarski (pictured above with Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf) issue a proclamation which declared the day Indiana Tech Day in Lafayette. “Through our College of Professional Studies, Indiana Tech has had great success in providing educational offerings that fit the needs and schedules of busy working adults,” Einolf said. “We are pleased to bring our career-enhancing degree programs to Lafayette, and we look forward to working with the community’s students and employers for many years to come.” The 4,145-square-foot facility has two classrooms, one of which is also a computer lab. Lafayette is the first new market Indiana Tech has placed classrooms in since 2012, when it opened in the Indiana cities of Evansville and Jeffersonville, and in Fort Wright, Kentucky, which is part of the Cincinnati, Ohio, metro area. Indiana Tech entered the Detroit market in 2015, with an admissions office in Southfield, Michigan, and the Chicago market in 2013, with and admissions office in Oak Brook, Illinois. Since then, the Oak Brook site has closed and two sites in the Chicago suburbs of Naperville and Wilmette have opened. In all, Indiana Tech has 18 regional campuses, including its home in Fort Wayne.

On Sept. 13, the Fort Wayne admissions team hosted an open house on campus for those interested in learning more about the College of Professional Studies program. The after-work event featured faculty representatives from several degree programs, including business administration, cybersecurity, psychology, criminal justice, information systems and information technology. A steady flow of interested prospects, as well as a handful of corporate partners, attended the event to learn more about the university and the degree programs we offer. The Jeffersonville team hosted a similar event on Oct. 25 in its region.

G RE E NWO O D MOVE P R OVIDES G RE AT E R CO N VENIENCE AND VIS IB ILITY Late in summer, the Greenwood admissions team moved to 1499 Windhorst Way. While the new location is just a short distance from their previous spot, the move provides Indiana Tech with increased visibility directly off I-65, as well as a more convenient location for students commuting to and from classes and their workplace. The new location features two classrooms, as well as a computer lab and other workspaces for students.

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Tech Happenings

Ph.D. program welcomes students and alumni during fall immersion weekend In late September, Indiana Tech’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership program welcomed current students to main campus for its fall immersion weekend. Over 70 students joined faculty and staff for workshops, dissertation defenses, keynote presentations by experts in the field of global leadership and networking opportunities. As part of the event, for the first time, the Ph.D. program and Indiana Tech’s alumni relations team co-hosted an alumni social, which brought together Tech Ph.D. grads with current doctoral students. The Ph.D. in Global Leadership program at Indiana Tech will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019.


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University breaks ground on new residence hall and retail space Indiana Tech has begun its newest campus project, the construction of a new residence hall at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Schick Street on the north side of main campus. The four-story, townhouse-style building will have room to house 100 students in two-bedroom suites on the second, third and fourth floors. The first floor will be comprised of three street-level retail spaces; the university is currently in conversation with area retail partners to fill those spaces. The residence hall will enable Indiana Tech to meet rising demand by students for on-campus housing, and will be geared toward sophomore students. The project is scheduled to be ready for occupancy in August 2019.

Warrior Park construction continues on pace New study abroad program will take students to Florence, Italy Working with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Indiana Tech has developed a new program offering students the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy, during the fall 2019 semester. Led by associate professor Steve Malloris, the program will offer students a number of humanities courses along with several options for independent study courses in such areas as mechanical engineering, business and sports management. The program is open to Indiana Tech traditional undergraduates, with students living and studying in Florence from late August through late November 2019. The university is also currently exploring additional study-abroad opportunities for students in other locations around the world.

Construction at Indiana Tech Warrior Park athletic complex continues on schedule after ground was broken on the project in May. Turf has been placed in the softball stadium, while the track will be installed in the track and field complex next spring. Work continues on both facilities, along with an athletic building that will house offices for athletic staff, meeting rooms and practice facilities for the wrestling team. Practices and competition will begin at the softball stadium in March 2019. A special ribboncutting celebration—which will be open to all Warrior alums—is being planned for the facility's opening. Details to come.

Tech West building dedicated in honor of longtime president Archie T. Keene The Tech West building, the former home of the law school, was dedicated in honor of longtime Indiana Tech president Archie T. Keene on Sept. 28. A special dedication ceremony, featuring remarks by current president Dr. Karl Einolf, longtime university supporter and current board of trustees member Rev. Arnie Pierson and members of the Keene family, took place during Homecoming 2018 weekend (see homecoming story on page 14). President Keene was Indiana Tech’s second president and its longest-serving to date, having led the university from 1936 to 1963. The Keene Building is currently undergoing renovations while continuing to host classes, and will be the new home for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences; the Ph.D. program; a corporate training center for corporate partners of the university and their students; and the distance education, information technology, marketing and human resources departments.

At far left: Sara Schneider, great-niece of Indiana Tech's second president, Archie T. Keene, spoke during the Sept. 28 dedication ceremony for the Keene Building.

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A Few Words with...

Dan Grigg WITH A NEW STRATEGIC PLAN BEING IMPLEMENTED AND UNIVERSITY GROWTH ON THE HORIZON, INDIANA TECH NEEDED TO HIT A HOME RUN WHEN IT SET OUT IN FEBRUARY TO FILL ITS VACANT VICE PRESIDENT POSITION FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT. Mission accomplished. On June 20, the university announced Dan G. Grigg — a near 20-year veteran of development and advancement in higher education — as the next leader of its advancement and alumni relations team. “Dan has an impressive track record in raising funds to assist students in reaching their educational goals, and in teaming with alumni and friends of the institutions he’s served to build support and engagement,” said Indiana Tech president Karl W. Einolf. “As we implement our strategic plan with an eye towards our 100th anniversary in 2030, Dan’s experience and abilities will play an important part in our success.” Prior to coming to Indiana Tech, Dan served as vice president of development and alumni relations at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. With nearly five months under his belt in Fort Wayne, Dan sat down with Indiana Tech Magazine to discuss how things are going.


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INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: Dan, for those who don’t know what a vice president for institutional advancement does, can you summarize your role?

INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: Much of your professional career was spent in Texas and most recently in Missouri. What do you think about Fort Wayne?

DAN GRIGG: As the VP for institutional advancement, I am responsible for maintaining and building relationships with alumni and friends of the university as well as reaching out to those individuals and organizations that are not yet connected with the university. Ultimately, my role encompasses promoting and facilitating friend-raising and fundraising to advance Indiana Tech’s mission.

DAN GRIGG: What a wonderful community! I grew up in South Dakota, and Fort Wayne’s culture is quite similar. The people we have met have been so friendly and welcoming. Consequently, I already feel at home here, and I am delighted to be a part of the Fort Wayne community and the Indiana Tech family.

INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: You’ve been with us since July 23. What do you think about Indiana Tech? DAN GRIGG: I am continually impressed with the students, faculty/staff, the leadership and committed alumni. The campus is also impressive with state-of-theart facilities. INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: Although you have not been here long, how are things going? DAN GRIGG: Very well. We have done some restructuring in our department, and I believe the changes strengthen our initiatives. We have been focusing on planning and implementing our goals within the new strategic plan.

INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: Before making the foray into higher education/advancement, you were in corporate marketing and sales. What made you decide to go into higher ed? DAN GRIGG: I met with the VP of the University of North Texas during a transition period in my career. He described a career in advancement and encouraged me to consider a position in his department. It was the best decision I have made in my career because it provided me with opportunities to support students by advancing the missions of various schools. INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: Can you tell us a little about your family? DAN GRIGG: My wife, Dr. Kimberly Grigg, and I have been married for almost 35 years. She is a life-long educator and is currently an adjunct professor at

Indiana Tech within the College of Arts and Sciences. We have one son, Danny, and he is a Texas Christian University graduate with a degree in communications. He is currently living and working in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with our grand-dog, Champ, a 4-year-old Westie. INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: What do you like to do away from the office? DAN GRIGG: My wife and I enjoy traveling, watching football, Netflix and going for walks. In addition, I enjoy jogging and bicycling. We have enjoyed our new home and neighborhood and exploring Fort Wayne. We have also visited several churches in the community. INDIANA TECH MAGAZINE: What success in your career are you are most proud of? DAN GRIGG: I have been blessed to be part of several great schools with effective leadership. I’m especially grateful to have led a building campaign resulting in $14 million raised to improve educational opportunities for students.

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Faculty Update

Sherrill Hamman, associate professor of business administration.

The Teaching Excellence Center (TEC) at Indiana Tech is a recently launched resource created to help all faculty members become stronger in their teaching skills, student engagement techniques and professionalism. Dr. Kathleen Watland, dean of the College of Business, initiated the start-up of Indiana Tech’s first faculty development resource last year and Sherrill Hamman, associate professor of business administration, agreed to lead the way. “Our goal is to provide a collaborative, safe environment where faculty members can learn and hone their teaching skills,” professor Hamman said. “It’s collaborative in that we ask faculty what they want to learn about and then we find the resources to make it happen. Participation is voluntary, but interest is strong.” The TEC’s objectives will be met through a variety of ways, including peer teaching observations, faculty learning communities, workshops, seminars and guest speakers.


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This fall, Dr. Steve Dusseau, professor of industrial and mechanical engineering, and Gail Amstutz, assistant professor of accounting, have hit the ground running by leading a faculty learning community geared to help new faculty members get acclimated to Indiana Tech. This FLC held its first meeting in October and brought in Dr. David Rumsey, assistant professor of electrical engineering and mathematics, to speak about tenure. Human resources director Julie Hendryx will discuss HR issues, benefits and the faculty evaluation process in the group’s next meeting. “We used to hand new faculty members a book and tell them to go teach. Now, we have resources to better prepare them for life at Indiana Tech and to help them engage with the university,” Hamman said. “It’s a wonderful thing.” Another FLC, dedicated to writing, will be started in January by Linda Valley, assistant professor of developmental composition. Also, in January, Dr. Meg Gardinier, associate professor of global leadership, will begin a book club featuring selections focused on faculty improvement.

Dr. Julie Good, associate professor of biology, was named the Van Andel Research Institute’s first Excellence in Graduate Education award winner. The award was created to recognize the superior contribution of teaching, curricular design, innovative assessment and strategic academic planning, and was created for Dr. Good, who, at the time, was the institute’s associate dean.

Dr. Staci Lugar Brettin, associate professor of marketing and management, had “Designing Culture-Based Learning into a Management Course,” published in the fall edition of Business Education Innovation Journal. Her article describes and operationalizes a culture-based instructional design strategy that creates “a platform for students’ voices” in a university introductory management course (Caramela, 2018).

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Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast, associate professor of global leadership, was invited to review the annual publication of the International Leadership Association, Building Leadership Bridges Book Series, and she was invited to Chair Doctoral Program Faculty and Leaders Learning Community (DPFLLC) at the International Leadership Association. In addition, in October she presented "The Craft and Rigor of International Leadership Research: Analyzing Two Authentic Studies" at the International Leadership Association in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In October, the Warrior Faculty Learning Community, comprised of Hamman; Dr. Justin Boyce, professor of psychology; Lisa Brown, associate professor of accounting; Jerome Heaven, associate professor of mathematics; Jack Phlipot, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Beth Robinson, associate professor of recreation therapy, presented at the Lilly Conference on Advancing Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan. Based on its presentation, “Lessons Learned from Participation in a Faculty Learning Community,” the group was invited to send a video of its presentation for inclusion on the FLC website and to write a blog about its presentation content.

For this issue's “Tech’s Top Picks,” Indiana Tech Magazine asked faculty and staff: “What comfort foods make you feel good when the temps start to fall?” Seventeen of 42 responses involved chili of some sort, while a handful of you professed your fall-time love to chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. Here are some other culinary delights that were submitted. “Homemade Chex Mix is my favorite fall comfort food!” Skyler Rowe, CPS Enrollment Assistant “Gluten-free carrot cake muffins and sweet potato brownies!” Linda Valley, Assistant Professor of Composition and Director of the Writing Center “Beef stroganoff.” Julie Good, Associate Professor of Biology

“Grammy’s cabbage rolls.” Christina McGraw, CPS Associate Admissions Representative “Loaded potato soup!” Cindy Price Verduce, Director of the Career Center & Regional Career Services “Jack’s pepperoni pizza is my ultimate comfort food. I could write an essay on why, if needed.” Scott Thum, Director of Financial Aid

“Homemade chicken pot pie is my favorite fall-time food!” Madison Bouwers, First Impressions Coordinator “Chicken paprikash. It’s a Hungarian dish that’s warm, spicy and always means the start of cool weather in my house.” Amanda Ladig, Director of Instructional Design and Technology

“I’m going to have to go with pumpkin spice everything.” Jessica Peña, Financial Analyst/Risk Management “My husband makes a wonderful green vegetable curry dish that is warm, vibrant and comforting.” Tara Lewis, Associate Registrar

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A boisterous orange-clad crowd cheered Indiana Tech's hockey team to a 10-0, season-opening win on Friday, Sept. 28.

WARRIORS WELCOMED Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends came together in Fort Wayne, Sept. 27-29, 2018, for the university’s annual homecoming celebration. Family + Friends day also took place on campus during this time, bringing parents, siblings and friends of today’s students together with alumni from across the decades to socialize and celebrate all things Indiana Tech.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Friday was Spirit Day on campus, with alumni, faculty, staff and students all decked out in their finest orange and black. The attire was fitting, as two special dedication events took place on campus during the day. First up was the rededication of the newly renovated Abbott Center (see page 22). Longtime Tech supporter, former board of trustees member, Alumni Hall of Fame member and building namesake Steve Abbott ’71 was on hand with family members for a ribbon cutting and reception at the updated Abbott Center. The building was expanded during the renovation to include a welcome center for prospective students, parents, community members and other campus visitors, and is now the home of Indiana Tech’s admissions and student financial services teams.

Later that same day, the former law school building on campus was dedicated in honor of Archie T. Keene, Indiana Tech’s longest-tenured president (see page 9). Indiana Tech president Dr. Karl Einolf, longtime university supporter and current board of trustees member Rev. Arnie Pierson and members of the Keene family all spoke at the building dedication. Each noted the tremendous impact that President Keene had on students during his time as president from 1936-1963, and spoke of his leadership in developing Indiana Tech into a premier institution of higher learning. A special commemorative wall with photos, quotes about President Keene and the names of building renovation supporters was unveiled in the building lobby during the event. The Keene Building is currently undergoing renovations while continuing to host classes, and will be the new home for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, Ph.D. program, information technology, marketing and human resources departments.

On Friday, Sept. 28, during Homecoming 2018 weekend, the newly renovated Abbott Center, with its addition of the Warrior Welcome Center on its west side, was rededicated during an afternoon ceremony.

The annual President’s Dinner took place Friday night, honoring major Indiana Tech donors for all they do to support Indiana Tech students. Hosted by President Einolf, the celebration took place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Student speaker Cameron Owens shared his experiences at Tech, and spoke of how scholarship support has helped make his college education possible. The event also celebrated the establishment of three new endowed scholarships at Indiana Tech. Warrior alum Ed Paragi ’69 and his wife Karen were recognized

for creating the Paragi Family Engineering Scholarship fund to support students pursuing engineering degrees at Indiana Tech. Indiana Tech business professor Dr. Josh Long was honored for establishing the Raymond and Crystal Long Scholarship, named for his parents (who joined him for the celebration) and supporting students pursuing business degrees at the university. Third, BAE Systems, Inc., represented by current board of trustees member Jeff Benzing, was recognized for establishing the BAE Systems Engineering Scholarship in support of students pursuing engineering degrees.

Warrior alum Ed Paragi ’69, left, and his wife Karen are recognized by President Einolf for establishing the Paragi Family Engineering Scholarship fund to support students pursuing engineering degrees at Indiana Tech.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Saturday’s homecoming events began with a full house at the annual Prayer Service in Wegener Chapel, led by Heinz Wegener, BSEE ’70. Following the service, the Alumni Recognition and Awards Ceremony took place in the Multi-Flex Theater in the Snyder Academic Center. Over 100 Warriors were on hand to honor winners of three special awards: Graduate-of-the-Last-Decade (G.O.L.D.) Davonta Beckham, BSBA ’17; Alumni Volunteer of the Year Anthony Juliano, MBA ’04; and CPS Alumni of the Year Cheri Becker, BSHSM ’94.

Special recognition medallions were also given by President Einolf to nine members of 1968’s 50-year reunion class, and to three members of the 1958 60-year class. Sixty-year alums taking part included Jack Balko, BSRE; Kenneth Reeser, BSRE; and Tom Scalzo, BSEE. Fifty-year alumni represented at the banquet this year included Raymond Broshar, BSCE; Charles Comins, BSCE; James Dougherty, BSEE; Thomas Eviston, BSME; Dean Hagerty, BSCH; Garry Laaker, BSCHE; James Levy, BSAEE; Edward Ray, PE BSAEE; and Dean Scott, PE BSCE.

Above, from left to right: Jack Balko, Kenneth Reeser and Tom Scalzo, all members of the Class of 1958, pose with their 60th reunion medallions.


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Below, Indiana Tech alums Clifford Clarke, left, and James Levy, catch up during Homecoming 2018 Outdoor Movie Night.

Later in the day, Party on the Square welcomed alumni, students, family and friends to Scully Square and Andorfer Commons for festivities including live music, food trucks (including, like last year, Brainfreeze, an ice cream truck owned and operated by Tech alum Bruce Smith, BSEE ’69), volleyball, bowling and games in the rec center, and more. Alumni, students and friends of Tech were also able to take a bus tour of the new Warrior Park athletic complex, visiting the future home of men’s and women’s track and field, softball and wrestling. The complex is scheduled to open for competition in spring 2019.

Saturday evening concluded with two new homecoming events: the alumni social tent and outdoor movie night. Alumni gathered in Scully Square to socialize, share memories, make new friendships and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Later in the evening, the amphitheater near Scully Square was filled with lawn chairs and blankets for an outdoor movie that brought students, families, friends and alums together.

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Warrior athletics were also in full swing, with teams earning victories throughout the weekend. Men’s hockey took the ice on Friday and Saturday against Rochester University, opening their season on Friday with a resounding 10-0 victory, followed by an equally convincing 4-1 win on Saturday. Men’s soccer earned a 1-0 victory over Cornerstone University on Saturday, and the women’s soccer team continued the Warriors’ winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Cornerstone, also on Saturday.


Indiana Tech athletic alumni were also active throughout the weekend. Saturday morning, members of the 2011 women’s lacrosse team were honored during a ceremony and special brunch event, which featured team members receiving championship rings for their NAIA national title that season. Alumni also took part in game action over the weekend, with men’s and women’s soccer alums taking the field Friday evening for their annual alumni soccer games, and baseball and women’s lacrosse alumni competing on Saturday.

A Mike Tish gets rid of the puck during the Warriors' 10-0 season-opening win on Friday, Sept. 28.

C Morgan Krozen, left, defends Emily Swanson during the women's alumni soccer game.

B Michael Mast, left, defends against Israel Vaides in the men's alumni soccer game.

D Madi Jarvis (background) and Bri Schmidt move upfield during the women's alumni lacrosse game.



Thank you to everyone who helped make Homecoming 2018 such a special weekend this year. And, if you were not able to join us, mark your calendar for next fall, Oct. 3 through 5!


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G E From left to right: Cory Miller, Doug Kinder and David Michael look on as President Einolf attempts a putt. F Dr. Jeff Walls shows off a championship swing on a tee shot. G Doug Kinder, left, watches as junior Cecilia Heck of Tech's lady's golf team tees off for him on a feature hole.



H From left to right, Indiana Tech lacrosse almuni Josh Ambrose, Josh Puckett and Kurt Stegelmann follow the putt of teammate Jeff Harter.

The Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament (TWIST) has been going strong for 29 years and the momentum of the tournament is stronger than a pro’s golf swing.


One hundred and forty four players, 24 of them students, hit the course at Chestnut Hills Golf Club to show off their golf game and build connections. Originally created by two Indiana Tech professors to give area employers a chance to network with students and teach them the business side of golf, TWIST has stayed true to its roots. Sponsorships from Michael Kinder & Sons, Mid-American Cleaning Contractors, Elevatus Architecture, Summit Mechanical, Asher Agency, Beckman Lawson, Design Collaborative, Innovative Control Systems, RMD/Patti Insurance, Engineering Resources, Viamedia, Arrow Tru-Line, Carson LLP, Indiana Tech Alumni Board, Three Rivers Distilling, Sweet Aviation, Dixon Golf and Dr. Jeff Walls allowed students to play for free and connect with players from those organizations. Congratulations to all of our winners. We can’t wait to hit the course again next year!

Shane Tirey, Justin Medeiros, Josh Pheils, Evan Hock

Longest putt:

Third place:

Longest drive:

Joshua Haupt, Benny Saydee, Brad Drysdale, Luke Kusisto

Tara Hanna

First place:

Closest to the pin:

Dr. Jeff Walls, Nick Quick, Megan Quick, Tyler Willet

Cam Wirick, Nick Denise, Justin Medeiros, Bryan Bloughy

Second place: Chris Turpchinoff

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New university branding captures the spirit of Warriors past, present and future.


the fall of 2017, Indiana Tech alumni, students, faculty, staff and prospective students took part in a market research study that sought to learn more about their perceptions of the university, as well as its strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. Conducted by higher education research and marketing firm SimpsonScarborough, the study provided valuable insight from the Warrior community and potential students, which helped inform the creation of a new brand and marketing platform. Centered on Indiana Tech’s hands-on model of education, the university’s belief in providing opportunity to students of all ages and walks of life, and its commitment to continuous improvement, the Indiana Tech brand is captured in a simple, yet powerful, idea: Go for IT. “Warrior students and alumni have always known Indiana Tech as a place that helps them go for it,” notes Brian Engelhart, Indiana Tech’s vice president of marketing and communication. “We’re a university where students can create a bright future—where they can see it, try it, test it, build it and reach it. Go for IT captures this perfectly, and helps us reach prospective students, partners and community members with an


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empowering message: check out Indiana Tech and you’ll find a place where our students and faculty are achieving remarkable things every single day, and where you can go for it, too.” Students, faculty and staff gained their first look at the new brand at convocation and in-service events kicking off the new academic year earlier this fall, and have increasingly seen it on and around campus on banners, billboards, videos and more. The university is also creating new recruiting materials and an advertising campaign targeted to prospective students that will launch in January 2019. Alumni and other members of the President’s Circle of university donors got a sneak peek at the campaign with a video shown at the annual President’s Dinner during homecoming in September. “Competition for students among colleges and universities has only gotten more intense in recent years,” says Engelhart. “Go for IT will serve us well, now and in the future, as a way for us to stand out in all the right ways and attract future generations of students. They’ll see what our Warrior community already knows  — that if you’re looking for a place of innovation and energy, where you can turn your dreams into reality, come to Indiana Tech!”





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The bright and spacious new atrium creates the ideal first impression of Indiana Tech for prospective student visitors.


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A WELCOME ADDITION Abbott Center renovation adds a new wow factor prompted by warmth and dynamic color.


pened in 2001, the Abbott Center has been a centerpiece of the Indiana Tech campus ever since. With its beautiful and distinctive clock tower chiming to mark each hour throughout the day, Abbott has become a landmark for students, faculty and staff, campus visitors and the wider Fort Wayne community. Its construction in 2001 was made possible through the generosity of alum Steve Abbott ’71, a longtime supporter of his alma mater who has served on the university’s board of trustees and is a member of the Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame. Through the years, the Abbott Center has served as the home of the president’s office, distance education department, marketing and admissions teams, registrar’s office, financial aid and business office and more. As Indiana Tech has continued to grow, the campus is more frequently hosting prospective students and other campus visitors, and its admissions and student financial services teams have grown to meet the needs of today’s students. With this in mind, the university closed the Abbott Center in January 2018 to undertake a renovation and expansion of the building. The project was completed in September 2018 and is already having a notable impact on the Tech community. Visitors to the building enter through a dramatic, two-story addition — the Warrior Welcome Center. Here, prospective students and other visitors get their first

introduction to Indiana Tech and all that the university has to offer. The spacious addition is designed to host tour groups, to share information about Tech via a high-tech, four-screen video wall and to provide personal meeting spaces for prospective students and Indiana Tech admissions team members. Bob Confer, Indiana Tech’s director of traditional undergraduate admissions, notes, “The new Abbott Center, with the Warrior Welcome Center addition, gives a great first impression of Indiana Tech to any student considering our university. In fact, we’ve added a new team member to focus on exactly that — Madison Bouwers, our team’s director of first impressions. The new Welcome Center is one of the most impressive facilities of its kind on any college campus. When students, their families and other visitors come here, meet Madison and our ad-

missions team, we’re off to a great start with them.” The newly renovated Abbott Center is also the home of Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies Fort Wayne admissions team, giving the university’s current and potential adult and online students an equally impressive introduction to the school. The building also serves as a one-stop shop for current students seeking assistance with financial aid, billing and business office needs, offered through the university’s Student Financial Services department. The Abbott Center was rededicated during a special event that was part of this year’s homecoming weekend, with Steve Abbott, Warrior alumni, students, faculty and staff in attendance. It is sure to provide a welcoming space to campus visitors of every description for years to come.

While the entire Abbott Center underwent significant interior changes, the west side of the facility took on a whole new look with the addition of the Warrior Welcome Center.

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For Indiana Tech's military recruitment team, care and communication are a central part of its mission.

hen it comes to taking care of military personnel and veterans, Indiana Tech goes the extra mile. Often, it’s a literal extra mile. Ryan Ozbun, assistant director of military and Veteran services, and his fellow recruiters regularly jump behind the wheel and hit the road to discuss Indiana Tech’s benefits with potential students. They drive all over Indiana and beyond. “We travel to wherever that student is,” Ozbun said. “We don’t just send them links and information and tell them to complete this and that. We build a relationship with those students. We want them to know: You’re not in this alone.” It’s that caring connection that has earned Indiana Tech its reputation as one of the most military- and veteran-friendly institutions of higher education in the country. Some students attend Indiana Tech’s Fort Wayne campus or other sites around Indiana and Kentucky, but many are studying online from various locales around the country and the world. Dusty Beam, 36, has been in the U.S. Army for 18 years and is currently stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His only experience in Fort Wayne came when his children urged him to walk at graduation after earning his bachelor’s degree. He remains enrolled at Indiana Tech, working on dual master’s degrees. Beam has taken courses at three other universities but says none compare to Indiana Tech for its support and personal touch. “Indiana Tech is, hands-down, the easiest to work with,” Beam said. “The only thing I have to do is study and do the school work. Everything else is done for me, and that’s awesome. I get help with what courses to take. They’ve helped when I had to drop courses. I lost a book and they helped.” Another current student, Aubrey Rachels, joined the Indiana Tech staff as VA certifying official and military retention coordinator. A member of the National Guard, Rachels, 22, grew up in Fort Wayne and attended North Side High School. When she was exploring where to continue her education while being part of the guard, Indiana Tech


Indiana Tech's military recruiting staff, from left to right: Ryan Ozbun, assistant director of military and veteran services; Aubrey Rachels, VA certifying official and military retention coordinator; Aaron Slatton, military recruiting specialist; and Steven Spangler, CPS military recruiter.

proved to be the most interested in making it happen, she said. “I reached out to a few other schools in the area, and no one reached back to me within a week,” Rachels said. “Ryan, of course, called me back within the day. He helped me last year, even when I wasn’t working for Indiana Tech. Their availability is something I can’t stress enough.” Ozbun concurred. The goal of his department, in line with Indiana Tech’s overall philosophy, is to remain by each student’s side whenever needed. “We don’t just recruit them and hand them off to enrollment,” Ozbun said. “We stay with them from the day they sign up to the day they graduate, and even after that.” By the end of the 2017-18 school year, about 650 Indiana Tech students were part of the military or veterans of the military, said Aaron Slatton, College of Professional Studies (CPS) military recruiter. Ozbun, Slatton and Steve Spangler all work to connect with military personnel and veterans who are pursuing higher education. Slatton points to the CPS program as a major drawing point for many of those potential students who have everyday responsibilities with their military duty. The CPS program allows students to take accelerated classes which can be completed in five weeks. “It’s been a great program,” Slatton said. “It’s worked out for me, working here and doing the CPS program for my master’s. You have one class, once a week, on campus or online, and you can handle other stuff, especially if you have a full-time job.” Indiana Tech alum Aaron Pence, who serves as the public affairs officer for the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard, points to the accelerated program as a major drawing point. “We require our senior enlisted to have at least an associate degree and so it’s great for men and women in their late 20s to 30s who don’t have an associate degree already,” Pence said. “They’re getting ready to go to the next rank, which requires it, and Indiana Tech understands that need.” Pence is also one of the owners of Three Rivers Distilling Co., and an active proponent of Indiana Tech for those in the military seeking to continue their educa-

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Former and current Warriors proudly display the Indiana Tech flag at the 122nd Fighter Wing base in Fort Wayne. From left to right: 1st Lt Aaron Pence (BSOL ’13, MBA ’16), TSgt Sean Mangan (BSOL ’17), TSgt Joshua Lewis (BS Web Dev ’11, AS Graphic Comm ’11) and MSgt Larry Cobb (current student).


On Oct. 1, Indiana Tech recruiting specialist Aaron Slatton was named one of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association’s (TIAA) Difference Maker 100 Honorees. TIAA recognized 100 individuals working in the nonprofit sector who have made significant contributions in their communities and throughout the world. As an award recipient, Slatton earned a $10,000 donation to the nonprofit organization of his choice. He chose Indiana Tech as his nonprofit organization, with the hopes of creating a space for veterans on campus. “When I was hired a couple of years ago, I told my supervisor I would like a dedicated space on campus where veterans and military personnel could come for information, comradery or just to decompress throughout their school day,” Slatton said. “It is an honor to have been selected for this recognition and I am hopeful we can build the kind of space my military brothers and sisters deserve.”


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tion at any age. “I’ve probably been involved with getting at least 10 people going to Indiana Tech,” Pence said. “They realize they can do that in five-week class sessions. I’ve seen a big spike in Indiana Tech graduates in the 122nd Fighter Wing.” Sam Sommer, 28, an Army sergeant, was recently stationed in Fort Wayne after three years in Chicago. A Norwell High School alum, he heard an advertisement for Indiana Tech on the radio, contacted the school and was soon talking with Ozbun. “He’s awesome,” Sommer said. “He drove up here and sat down and talked with me about how everything works, helped me with tuition assistance and everything. I’d never gone to school before, so I had to learn how to do this.” Sommer also found his military experience over the last nine years translated into 33 credit hours. “When they told me I qualified for 33 credits and I didn’t need to take electives, I thought, is this real?”

Sommer said. Sommer has taken CPS courses on the Indiana Tech campus and online, and finds both are manageable ways to work toward a degree. Another benefit of the online courses is the ability to enroll from anywhere. “One guy in one of my classes was stationed in Afghanistan,” Rachels said. “They are very understanding when it comes to soldiers and things like that, where you are overseas.” Beam recalls how user-friendly Indiana Tech online courses were for him. He originally began study at Indiana Tech while stationed in Indiana, then continued with the school after he was relocated to Missouri. Working through the online program allowed him to continue his educational pursuits while he dealt with other life issues. “I’m a single father and I have a full-time job,” Beam said. “It makes it easier and the feedback for the vast majority of time was really good. If I had a question or


»» 1st Lt Aaron Pence (BSOL ’13, MBA ’16)

»» TSgt Ronald Dornseif (BSOL ’16)

»» MSgt Henry Hatfield (BS Info Sys ’16)

»» TSgt Sean Mangan (BSOL ’17)

»» TSgt Aaron Duff (BSOS ’17)

»» TSgt Joshua Lewis (BS Web Dev ’11, AS Graphic Comm ’11)

»» Capt Alana Minx (BSBA ’06) »» MSgt Seth Tuggle (BSBA ’17)

Ryan Ozbun, assistant director of military and veteran services, works with a potential student.

»» MSgt Larry Cobb (current student)

missed an assignment, always within 24 hours I got a response back. If I had an issue, like my test locked up, it was always taken care of quickly.” Personalized interactions and accelerated courses are two assets that make Indiana Tech attractive to service men and women. Other positives include military scholarships, the Yellow Ribbon program and the deployment policy. The Indiana Tech Military Scholarship is extended to all active and reserve military members, veterans and spouses of those students. The Yellow Ribbon program is run through the VA Chapter 33 Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. VA requirements must be met, but Indiana Tech provides up to $5,000 per academic year to each Yellow Ribbon eligible student. Sommer said he has been able to pay for his courses through military assistance and the Indiana Tech military scholarship, and has incurred almost no outof-pocket expenses. “One of the mistakes when I went to school before I was in the military was racking up debt,” Slatton said. “You don’t need to go $50,000 in debt. You can take advantage of the military scholarship.” The deployment policy allows students to withdraw from class, without financial penalty, if they are deployed to service. They can fully withdraw or take an incomplete for the course and finish it later. Indiana Tech’s willingness to work with those serving and those who have completed their service to the country is evident in the extra mile its employees go to help. Slatton served four years in the Marine Corps and, like his colleagues, he understands the demands of service and continuing education when a person tries to handle both. “We want them to be able to reach out to us at any time,” Slatton said. “We become the main point of contact, whether it’s for financial aid questions or if they have buddies looking to get into school, they pass it on to us. We’re trying to create that community sense. As a veteran, I’m helping those men and women out. We went through boot camp and military and we have that respect for each other.” The road from full-time military service to college student can be a bumpy one, but Indiana Tech’s personal touch helps smooth the ride. “It’s great when you can find a good program that works and understands the military — and actually gives you some benefits for it, with lots of credit for leadership training,” Pence said. “You’re not just starting at square one. They take into account the things the military provides us, and that’s the boost you need.”

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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES In October, Indiana Tech announced three new College of Arts and Sciences degree programs—in biology, health science and forensic science—to begin with the 2019-20 academic year. These life science degree programs will provide students with a complete range of degree choices, enabling them to choose compelling career paths in medical, allied health, research and related fields. Graduates will be prepared to immediately enter the workforce in fields such as medical technology, pharmaceuticals, forensic investigation, industrial and forensic laboratory technology, biotechnology and science education. They will also have a strong foundation with which to pursue a graduate degree. “Indiana Tech listens to what students want, and we determined that there is a real need for these degree programs as they will prepare graduates for an abundance of impactful career paths,” said Dr. Thomas Kaplan, vice president for academic affairs. Kaplan added, “Students may come in with nothing more than a curiosity, a love of science and a desire to make a difference in the world, but these degree programs will reveal a career path; there are just so many options.” Here is a brief summary of each new program:


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FORENSIC SCIENCE Indiana Tech’s forensic science program will prepare students for a variety of laboratory-based and advanced forensic science careers. Coursework, including molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and statistics, will help students become professionals with the knowledge, skills and experience to excel in their chosen career path. Students will be immersed in crime scene investigation and multiple, advanced forensic science content areas including forensic serology, evidentiary DNA analysis, forensic entomology and microbial forensics. They will learn the methods used to help catch criminals in the real world. The forensic science program is being chaired by Dr. Tyler Counsil, who is an experienced criminal justice educator and was a forensic scientist with the Indiana State Police.

HEALTH SCIENCE Indiana Tech’s health science program will prepare students for immediate career placement in a wide range of clinical and allied health care professions that are in high demand across the country. Coursework in anatomy and physiology, combined with courses in health care management, data analysis, psychology and biomedical research will qualify students to work in allied health fields, pharmaceuticals, medical technology and clinical and home health care. The program will also give students a solid foundation so that they may continue schooling to become a dentist, pharmacist or physician assistant, or go on to another health-related graduate degree program. Assistant professor of biology, Dr. Robert Badeau, was hired to chair the program. He came to Fort Wayne from the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut) where he was assistant professor of health sciences. Dr. Badeau’s experience includes 24 peer-reviewed biomedical publications in cardiometabolic pathophysiology, and he is knowledgeable in medical diagnostic imaging, metabolomics and molecular biology. Dr. Badeau’s goal for the program is to equip students with the hard skills to compete for immediate clinical placement or to pursue future graduate training. He feels a focus on inquiry-based training, combined with professional development and internship experiences, will make that happen. In addition, Dr. Badeau’s curriculum was developed to prepare students for the pursuit of certification and/or state licensure that they may need to enter their field after graduation.

BIOLOGY Indiana Tech’s biology program will focus on molecular environmental biology, providing students with skills and experience that can be immediately applied to the workforce or to continued training and graduate-level study. Associate professor of biology, Dr. Julie Good, is the architect of the program. She was hired over the summer from the Van Andel Institute Graduate School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was associate dean in charge of coordinating curriculum and faculty development. Dr. Good earned her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology (virology track) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998. As expected from an Indiana Tech degree program, Dr. Good is building an active learning experience for her future biology majors. “My background is in inquiry-based learning which means students will not memorize. That will not be the focus,” Dr. Good said. “They will solve and do and experience. I embed learning inside of activity—not project- or presentation-based, but get-your-hands dirty in the weeds and then we come back and identify which learning objectives were accomplished.” The molecular environmental biology program includes a variety of biology, chemistry, physics, math and social sciences coursework, supplemented with science communication, leadership and professional development opportunities to produce exceptionally well-rounded students. The combination of instruction and real-world experiences will prepare students to thrive in diverse fields such as research and diagnostic analysis, pharmaceutical communication and sales, biotechnology, public health and public policy, conservation and science writing and communication. The program also features a more rigorous academic track which will prepare students for medical or veterinary school.

Wireman’s Study Abroad class takes on the Big Apple In October, assistant professor of communication, Dr. Alicia Wireman, took her five Humanities 2100-Study Abroad students to New York City. The course gives students the opportunity to travel and study the history and culture of another locale. While there, Dr. Wireman’s class went to: »» the 9/11 Memorial and Museum »» the Empire State Building »» the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and Ellis Island »» the Metropolitan Museum of Art »» the American Museum of Natural History »» various performances, such as Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and Aida at the Metropolitan Opera »» NBC Studios for a private tour of the sets for NBC Nightly News, Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show. The group became familiar with the subway system and used it to travel all over Manhattan. In addition, they ate authentic NYC cuisine, which included Fraunces Tavern, a place George Washington used to frequent, and Juniors, home to the famous NYC cheesecake.

Smolucha shining in Tech’s CJ department In October, junior criminal justice major Katelyn Smolucha and associate professor of criminal justice, Dr. Tyler Counsil, presented at the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS) annual conference in New Albany, Indiana. The presentation, “Genealogical Trends in Solving Cold Cases: An Investigation into the Merits and Concerns with Cold Case Lead Development,” was derived from Smolucha’s article, which she wrote over the summer

and submitted to the IASS’ peer-reviewed journal. It’s currently under review for possible publication. The presentation and manuscript explore the pros and cons of ancestry DNA data-basing with direct-to-consumer DNA products to develop new leads in cases where traditional investigative methods have generated no suspects. Smolucha currently interns at Allen County Corrections in the Case Manager Division and is president of Indiana Tech’s Criminal Justice Society. Recently, she completed an internship with Judge Samuel R. Keirns of the Allen County Superior Court.

McGrade’s Shakespeare class makes annual trip to Stratford In October, professor of English Dr. Susan McGrade took her Humanities 3380-Shakespeare class to Stratford, Ontario, to experience the Stratford Festival, which is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Each season, from April to October, the company presents several classic, contemporary drama and musical productions, with special emphasis on the plays of Shakespeare. And, every year, Dr. McGrade’s class goes to Ontario as an activity built into the course. “As instructors, we understand that Shakespeare’s plays were always meant to be seen and experienced, rather than just read on a sheet of paper,” McGrade said. “In addition, as a school rooted in STEM and business, Tech doesn’t have many traditions surrounding the arts. This course allows students to immerse themselves in theatre and other art forms and reflect on the value the arts adds to our communities and our lives.”

Members of Dr. Susan McGrade’s Humanities 3380-Shakespeare class immerse themselves in the costume warehouse tour at the Stratford Festival. The collection of costumes and props, ranging from swords to fake food and severed heads, is one of the world’s largest. Pictured in the front row (from left to right) are Dr. McGrade, Dametrea Mixon, Casey Smith and LJ Brant, and in the back row are Johan Nowak, Caleb Giovannelli, Peyton Phillips and Taylor Long.

Lombardo continues to help children trapped in sex trade In September, associate professor and chair of Indiana Tech’s Center for Criminal Justice Dominic Lombardo was invited to speak to nearly 200 child case workers during a convention at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. Professor Lombardo was asked to recount his summer trip to Cambodia and Thailand where

he worked with Destiny Rescue, an internationally-recognized Christian non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing children trapped in the sex trade. Lombardo, a former officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, has been asked by Destiny Rescue to provide training to its members during another mission in December.

From left to right, Elianna Duran, Aryeh Wells, Mimory Steadman, Alison Mendez and Jacob Chiarodo at the Empire State Building.

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COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Indiana Tech has created a new certificate program in project management, offering students the ability to quickly gain invaluable project management skills applicable to organizations and industries of every description. of five courses specific to their area of focus: health care administration, human resources management, management and marketing. Each certificate may be earned online, with many of the courses also offered in person at a number of the 18 Indiana Tech campus locations around Indiana,

Students in the program will also be prepared to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam offered by the Project Management Institute, enabling them to earn a highly-sought industry credential upon completing their certificate. Indiana Tech’s project management certificate program is composed of five courses, which focus on topics including project management, quality management, lean manufacturing, operations management, resource planning and leading global projects. The university also now offers students a concentration in project management as part of its MBA program, allowing students to take the project management coursework as a focus area while earning their MBA. Similarly, students who earn the new certificate may then apply their course credits from the five certificate classes towards an MBA if they wish to go on and get their master’s degree. The new project management program is one of five new graduate certificate programs designed by the university to help working professionals enhance their knowledge and skills in key areas of business. As with the project management certificate, each program is made up


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Northern Kentucky, and the Chicago and Detroit metro areas. As with the project management courses, each of the university’s new certificate program classes is also fully credit-bearing, meaning those who complete a certificate program will have earned 15 of the 36 credits required to earn an MBA from Indiana Tech. As credit-bearing courses, they are also eligible for financial aid like other graduate-level classes. “Working with companies and students around our region, we’ve seen significant demand for highquality programs that can provide specific knowledge and key skills for today’s workplace. Companies of every description are looking for team members who can manage critical projects, which our new project management certificate program will enable them to do,” said Dr. Tom Kaplan, Indiana Tech’s vice president for academic affairs. “There’s also tremendous need for qualified professionals in areas like human resources and health care administration. By offering great programs that require just five classes and enabling students to keep going to earn their master’s, our new certificate programs are a great fit for corporate partners and students alike.”

C3 initiatives impact COB student experiences Created to be a learning and networking conduit between Indiana Tech students and the region’s business leaders, the Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) is soaring in its effort to connect Warriors with impactful opportunities this year.

APPLIED ED It is an action-based learning opportunity during which students work with a community partner and experience academic rigor and immediate practical application over a 16-week course. The opportunity culminates in students presenting their work to the community partner. Here are some of the community partners students are working with this semester: àà Indiana Air National Guard: A Tech marketing class is conducting research on how to increase Air National Guard recruiting effectiveness. àà Three Rivers Distillery: The public relations class is designing an earned media strategy for the distillery’s product releases. àà Rugby Indiana: The Indiana Youth Rugby Foundation is working with entrepreneurial planning and growth students to research schools in Indiana and identify what will make it feasible for them to add rugby to their athletic programming. àà Super Shot Inc.: The exploring entrepreneurship class was enlisted to refine Super Shot’s Vaccines for Children campaign marketing efforts.

C3 VENTURES ALUMNI C3 Ventures provides entrepreneurship opportunities and networking for students of all levels and interests. Two of its alumni received grants from Elevate Northeast Indiana’s Farnsworth Fund, which provides up to $1,000 to promising company founders in the region. àà Logan Herald, computer science, C3 intern Logan, along with two other Indiana Tech alumni, created technology that will help acute care patients receive help quickly after a fall. àà Davonta Beckham, MBA student and digital media and content creation graduate assistant for Indiana Tech athletics Davonta is an accomplished artist with a mission: use design and illustration to inspire people everywhere to succeed in life.

SPEAKER SERIES The C3 opens its doors to entrepreneurs, industry experts, business owners and creative community members around Fort Wayne. The goal? To create an environment where students can connect, ask questions, get advice and engage their brains in conversations about career goals and interests. Visiting professionals share stories, successes and heartaches in casual conversations started by two main questions: "What do you do for a living?" and "How did you get there?"

Dusseau shows why she was 2018’s overall outstanding COB graduate

Life has been a whirlwind for Gracie Dusseau since her graduation from Indiana Tech in May. Gracie left Tech as its overall outstanding College of Business graduate for 2018. She immediately took a job as a human resources generalist with Fort Wayne’s Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, which is the nation’s second largest provider of property and casualty insurance to Christian churches and related ministries. Over the summer, she passed the exam that made her a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional. Now she is helping Brotherhood implement social media and other software platforms to broaden her company’s recruitment pipeline. “We needed to develop a more active approach to reaching out and

Summer internship landed Kellam in the lap of luxury For 40 days over the summer, junior fashion marketing and management major Shakirah Kellam earned a chance-of-alifetime internship with Louis Vuitton Seattle Nordstrom in downtown Seattle. Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s most well-known and valuable luxury brands and it didn’t take long for Shakirah to immerse herself in this environment. “I learned so much about luxury retail and how different luxury retail stores are from regular retail stores,” Shakirah said. “I learned to speak, behave and dress impeccably. I was expected to handle celebrity and international clients appropriately. I had to learn all the products and their pros and cons to ensure clients got exactly what they wanted and left the store satisfied.” Shakirah indicated her experience at Indiana Tech prepared her for the high expectations of working at Louis Vuitton. “If it wasn't for my fashion marketing and management courses and my awesome advisor Kayla Crecelius, I don't know if I would have landed an internship with this amazing luxury brand,” she said. “Interning with them was a wonderful experience. I gained so much brand knowledge and met so many amazing people.”

finding the most qualified candidates for positions, instead of just whoever needs a job. We have collaborated with our marketing department to start advertising jobs online. We have also created more of a presence on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn platforms, instead of having a passive Facebook and LinkedIn webpage with no outreach, marketing or job opportunity influence," Gracie said. “So far, this has been successful in getting the word out about Brotherhood and in bringing in more applicants, even amidst the 3.4 percent unemployment rate,” Gracie added. “We also have been able to turn down candidates that do not fit our qualifications just based on what they post on social media—what they post habitually inevitably reveals how professional they are and how well they will fit in our culture. This has

saved our department quite a bit of time and effort.” Gracie links her experience in instructor Tommy Tran’s MBA 5000-Executive Management course to the success she is experiencing early in her professional career. “We had a kinesthetic classroom that taught me to think on my feet and enabled me to handle real-life problems that come up at work all the time, unannounced. No amount of book reading or lecturing can prepare you for the real world if you do not have experiences to go with them,” Gracie said. “The class helped me learn how to create professional relationships, how to network and how to present both myself and my company in an excellent manner.”

Opportunities for Wilkins to continue in regional craft brewery scene As reported in the summer issue of Indiana Tech Magazine, seven Indiana Tech students gained hands-on business experience through a spring internship with Fort Wayne craft brewer, Hop River Brewing Company. For one intern, senior digital and graphic design major Tess Wilkins, the experience hasn’t stopped. After completing her internship, Wilkins continued with the organization, which opened on Feb. 3, to help with marketing strategy, research and design projects. From that relationship, she got the opportunity to design marketing materials for the Northern Indiana Beer Trail project, a collaborative effort between 15 northern Indiana brewers to increase awareness of the regional microbrewery scene. Tess is extremely proud of her internship and the “awesome addition”

she gained for her portfolio. She says it’s a great accomplishment, especially when she considers where her college career started. “Getting my bachelor’s degree was something I wasn’t sure was going to happen for me, but Indiana Tech made it happen. I took a lot of communications classes that really raised my self-esteem and my ability to talk to people in professional settings,” she said. As her confidence grew, specialized teaching led her to think about how the skills she was learning in class would transfer to the professional world. “My course load involved a lot of marketing and advertising classes, which taught me the importance of selling myself to the client,” Tess said. Moving forward, Tess sees herself working in marketing and continuing to work as a freelance designer.

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Victories and opportunities continue for Tech’s NSBE chapter Indiana Tech’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) continued its winning ways on the national stage at the NSBE Fall Regional Conference, Oct. 26-28 in Cleveland. Tech took 23 chapter members to the conference and had Warriors place in every competition they entered: àà Dereon Minter (business major, cybersecurity minor) placed first in the Elevator Pitch competition. àà The team of Cherokee Bodell (biomedical engineering) and Minter placed second in the NSBE Debaters competition. The performance earned the team the right to compete at the March 2019 national convention in Detroit. àà The team of Jordan Collins (mechanical engineering), Arianna Cooper (industrial manufacturing engineering), Ca-Janí Fahie (electrical engineering), Andriana Plange Nyametei (biomedical engineering) and Barthelemy Peter (software engineering) placed third in the Academic Technical Bowl.

Tech grad is Honda’s man of steel In May, the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), awarded the Automotive Excellence Award to Honda Motor Company for their advanced high-strength steel innovations in the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The award was presented at the 17th annual Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) seminar in Livonia, Michigan. Nic Goldsberry, an Indiana Tech graduate and senior body design engineer at Honda, received the award for his GDIS 2017 presentation, titled, “The All-New 2018 Honda Odyssey.” Goldsberry graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Honda designed an all-new chassis for the 2018 Odyssey, based on the platform used in light duty trucks, to maximize maneuverability and steering ease. They employed the Next-Gen Advanced


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At March’s national convention in Pittsburgh, the NSBE debate team of graduate Alexis Morales and Cameron Owens (mechanical engineering) earned national championship honors. Morales also earned second place in the Technical Research competition. Owens also teamed up with Chilinda Cobb (cybersecurity) to win the national debate competition at the 2017 national convention in Kansas City, Missouri. But, as faculty advisor and professor of English, Susan McGrade says, competition isn’t the main purpose of conferences like these. “Our students also attend several really good professional and personal development workshops, as well as a career fair and a graduate student fair,” McGrade said. “I know many students secured several on-site interviews, and at least one student secured an internship with Fiat Chrysler Automotive for the summer.” In all Indiana Tech NSBE members documented more than 200 interactions with employers and organizations and landed 20 interviews for jobs and internships.

Compatibility Engineering body structure in combination with tailor welded hot stamped door rings and a new multi-connection bumper beam to enhance occupant protection. The Odyssey is comprised of 58 percent high-strength steel leading to high rigidity and a lightweight body. “Automotive Excellence Award winners use advanced high-strength steel in applications to provide the best value for consumers while also improving vehicle performance and sustainability,” said Jody Hall, vice president of the automotive market at SMDI. “Steel is driving innovation and Nic and the Honda team are a great example of the capability of these next generation steel grades.” The SMDI Automotive Excellence Award is presented each year at Great Designs in Steel. Individuals or teams from automakers, suppliers or the academic community who embrace innovation and make significant contributions to the advancement of steel in the automotive market are awarded for their innovation.

Twenty-three chapter members of Indiana Tech's National Society of Black Engineers went to October's NSBE Fall Regional Conference in Cleveland.

Indiana Tech grad Nic Goldsberry (middle) receives his Automotive Excellence Award from Jody Hall (left), vice president, automotive market for SMDI, and David Anderson, senior director, automotive market, SMDI. Story and photo used courtesy of the Steel Market Development Institute.

In October, 18 engineering students traveled to Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Kentucky, to view and learn from a facility that is highly regarded for its proficient use of lean practices.


Professor Canales’ IME 4020 class gets lean in Kentucky When you teach lean manufacturing and the ultimate lean manufacturing classroom is a mere 250 miles away, penciling in that field trip is an easy call. In fact, it’s an easy call every academic year for associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering Peggy Canales. Each fall semester, professor Canales takes her IME 4020-Lean Manufacturing class to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, Kentucky, just an hour south of Cincinnati. In early October, she made the trek with 18 engineering students. TMMK is Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant in the world, annually capable of producing 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines. Since 1988, more than 11 million vehicles have rolled off Toyota’s assembly lines in Georgetown, where full-time employment is more than 8,000. The plant covers 1,300 acres while the size of the physical facility is 8.1 million square feet—the equivalent of 169 football fields.

TMMK manufactures America's best-selling car, the Camry, the Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid on two mixed-model assembly lines. The Lexus ES 350 is also manufactured at the plant, on a separate line, as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines. The astronomical output, continual plant growth and overall success of TMMK are the result of efficient manufacturing processes and a culture of participation derived from Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System, which became known as lean manufacturing/lean leadership in the United States. As part of Canales’ course, Ohno’s Toyota Production System document is required reading. “Concepts of visual control systems, mixed-model production, heijunka, jidoka, SMED, producing to takt time, 5S and kaizen are reinforced through observation and presentations provided at the plant,” Canales said. “Getting to see these concepts in practice is very impactful for our students. It helps reinforce the learning objectives for this course.”

When asked to reflect on what they were most impressed by during their trip to Georgetown, Kentucky's Toyota plant, professor Canales' IME 4020-Lean Manufacturing students had two key observations: A "lean culture" was evident. It was apparent that leadership cared about the whole person. They provided a daycare, a fitness center, worker training (including physical preparation through work hardening) and a sense of fellowship through sports teams and community outreach projects. The workers were set up for success and they seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

The synchronization of the entire process, with components arriving just in time from the plastics department or the engine plant, was amazing to watch. There was very little inventory of components along the assembly line with a constant flow of material being delivered to match consumption. Even on major components like the instrument panels, they only maintained about two hours worth of inventory.

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ANDORFER TO LEAD 21ST WARRIORS CLASS INTO THE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME Indiana Tech’s athletics department announced the 2019 class for its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 21st class in school history will feature three individuals, Dr. Donald Andorfer, Alissa McKaig and Rod Waters; and two teams, the 2008 women’s volleyball team and 199495 men’s basketball squad. Dr. Andorfer was a mainstay at Indiana Tech from 1977 through 2003 and spent the last 18 years of his tenure as the seventh president of the university. He reinstated two sports (baseball and men’s soccer) and started two sports (softball and women’s soccer) while the Schaefer Center was built under his presidency. A runner for the cross country and track and field programs from 2007 through 2008, McKaig finished her career with four individual NAIA national championships and was the first individual national champion in Indiana Tech history. Just as McKaig was a pioneer for the cross country and track and field programs on the women’s side, Rod Waters left his mark on the track for the Warrior men. He became the first national champion in program history as he won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2008 NAIA national championships. The 2008 women’s volleyball team started a run of four straight years of qualifying for the NAIA National Championship as Tech went 33-5 during that season, only its fourth year since being reinstated in 2005, and won its first WHAC title. The team started off the year 28-0, the longest win streak in program history and longest in the country, and received its first-ever national ranking.


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From left to right: Donald Andorfer, Rod Waters and Alissa McKaig.

The 1994-95 men’s basketball team, coached by legendary Hall of Fame coach Dan Kline, became the first team to qualify for the NAIA national championship since the 1964-65 season and featured a pair of all-Americans in Dale Blassingame and Dwayne Tubbs. The Warriors went 24-6 that season and won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Championship, en route to the national tournament, where they advanced to the second round. The 2019 Indiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Holiday Inn – Purdue Fort Wayne. For more information, please contact Debbie Warren, athletic director, at dpwarren@, or 260.422.556, ext. 2244.


The 2008 women's volleyball team went 33-5.

The 1994-95 men's basketball team went 24-6.

Indiana Tech was recognized by the NAIA in late August as a Five-Star Champions of Character Institution and repeated as a Gold-Level winner. Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points.

KNAPKE HONORED AS LISTON AWARD WINNER Indiana Tech senior Kendall Knapke, of Hoagland, Indiana, was named the winner of the NAIA's prestigious Emil S. Liston award in September. It is the first time in school history that an Indiana Tech student-athlete has garnered the national award. "Our institution is extremely proud of Kendall and humbled by the NAIA's selection of one of our brightest and most talented young women for this prestigious award," said Warren. The Emil S. Liston award, presented by Daktronics, recognizes academic and athletic excellence by junior studentathletes in men's and women's basketball. Named in honor of the NAIA's first executive secretary and a prime mover behind the men's basketball tournament, the Emil Liston Scholarship Award has been presented annually since 1950.

WARRIORS GIVE BACK Tech athletics was well-represented in the 20th Annual DSANI Buddy Walk® in September as nine programs and over 300 student-athletes took part in the downtown Fort Wayne event that raises money and awareness for down syndrome.

ATHLETIC PROGRAM ADDS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Indiana Tech will begin competing collegiately in men’s volleyball beginning the 2019-20 academic year.

Indiana Tech championship golfers, from left to right: freshman Kim Siercks, freshman Victoria Raffle, junior Cecilia Heck, senior Loren Kreider and junior Katie Giant.

WOMEN’S GOLF TEAM FANTASTIC IN THE FALL The Indiana Tech women's golf team capped a tremendous fall season with a first-place finish at WHAC Jamboree #3 with a two-day score of 630 (316-314) at Bluffton (Ohio) Golf Club. The Warriors also won the regular-season WHAC title for the first time since the 2016-17 season.

“We are excited to bring men’s volleyball back to Indiana Tech,” Warren said. “With the growth of the sport in the NAIA and the WHAC, we felt it was a good opportunity to bring a new program into the Warrior family. We believe that men’s volleyball will increase the diversity of our department and our campus as a whole.” Tech sponsored the sport from 1962 through 1973 and competed in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) during that time. The Warriors will be members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC), which began sponsoring men’s volleyball this year. The addition of men’s volleyball now brings the number of sports teams at Tech to 26 (13 men’s, 12 women’s and one co-ed).

Victoria Raffle captured the first individual title of her career with a 156 (77-79) while Cecilia Heck finished in a tie for second with a 157 (77-80). Heck garnered WHAC Golfer of the Year honors and was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Raffle and Siercks.

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FROM THE DESK OF LAUREN ZUBER Homecoming is an easy time to really, fully, love my job. I love bringing people together to celebrate. It has been one of my favorite things to do since I saw my first Martha Stewart Christmas special over 20 years ago, and homecoming is a prime example of all the good that can come from bringing people together to celebrate. Since Homecoming 2018 wrapped up, I’ve received multiple emails from alumni praising the event, our campus, our students, our growth and our Warrior spirit. One alumnus is already working to recruit his three high school-aged grandchildren. Another wanted to make sure I shared his contact information with anyone who asked for it. Another made sure to tell us that even though this was his first homecoming, several decades after his graduation, it would not be his last and it would become a regular tradition. These continued connections are the gifts that collaborative events like homecoming can bring.


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The collaboration is also part of the magic of homecoming. Several years ago, homecoming was combined with the Student Life-led Family and Friends Weekend, starting our campus on a path to the bustling weekend we now have. Alumni Relations, Student Life, Athletics and Admissions all worked together to create the vibrant schedule full of things like hot air balloons, glitter tattoos, pep rallies, ice skating with the men’s hockey team, campus tours, building dedications and awards ceremonies. The rest of the campus community really joined in to support the weekend and enjoy the alumni, families and friends who made our campus complete! Thank you to everyone who made Homecoming magic happen. I can’t wait to see what we can do in 2019! GO WAR RIORS!

Alumni Notes We love to feature updates from our Indiana Tech alumni. Did you get a new job? Were you promoted? Did you retire? Maybe you’re celebrating a special anniversary, a wedding or welcoming a child to your family. We want to celebrate you! Email alumni notes you wish to share to and you can see them featured in the magazine!

Promotions and Appointments

New Jobs

Congratulations to the Indiana Tech alumni who are members of the new Leadership Fort Wayne class:

Congratulations to the new members of the Indiana Tech Alumni Board:

Nate Davidhizar, BSBA 2009 Allen Johnson, MBA 2015 Nick Mehdikhan, BSBA 2012 Ashley Benvenuti, BSBA 2010, MBA 2015 àà Jason Hilty, BSA 1998 àà Patrick Stone, MSE 2015, MBA 2016 àà Natalija Trokic, BSBA 2013

àà Kelly Workman, BSEE 2018, MS 2019 àà TiQuisha Hines, BSOL 2011 àà Scott Drummond, MBA 2010 àà Brent Thorson, BSBA 2

àà Austen Barnes, BS Criminal Justice 2015, Pharmaceutical Sales representative with Eli Lilly and Company àà Desmond Jones, BS Computer Engineering 2015, Design Engineer at United Technologies013

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Keep us connected! Your stories are what make Indiana Tech proud—and we want to hear from you! Share your successes, update your information, learn about the Alumni Association and find ways to connect with your peers, friends and faculty members on our website at You can also email your updates to

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Alumni SPOTLIGHT HEINZ (BSEE 1970) AND NANALEE WEGENER There is one word that perfectly captures the spirit of Heinz and Nanalee Wegener: faith. Faith is the driving force behind their business, their philanthropy, their interactions with others and the joy they put into the world. When you meet Heinz and Nanalee you can immediately feel the intention with which they live their lives, and as you learn more about them it’s impossible not to be in awe of the positive impact they have had by simply deciding to act on their personal faith in Jesus Christ by giving back to the world. Heinz immigrated to the United States from Germany as a child and, by filling his youth with education and athletics, he found his way to Indiana Tech, and to his wife of over 50 years, Nanalee. The Wegeners immersed themselves in the Indiana Tech campus, with Heinz participating in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Nanalee becoming an officer for the Indiana Tech Student Wives Club. Upon graduation in 1970, Heinz started his career with General Electric. Only eight years later his faith moved him forward yet again and he started Wegener Communications, Inc. in his laundry room. Today, Wegener Communications is a multi-million dollar leader in the satellite communications industry. Heinz took a division of the publicly-held Wegener Communications private in 1994, and that has grown into the couple’s current venture, Cross Technologies. With minds full of innovation, hearts full of service and a wish to share their success, faith of another kind — in education and in the future — led the Wegeners to form a scholarship with Indiana Tech in 1998. In the 20 years since its founding, almost 300 Indiana Tech students


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have had their own faith in the future refreshed by receiving funds from the Heinz and Nanalee Wegener Scholarship. The generosity of the Wegeners didn’t stop there. Due to the impact that religious faith has had on their lives, the Wegeners wanted to support Indiana Tech students in their own journeys to and through faith and so the Wegener Worship Center was opened in Andorfer Commons. The non-denominational chapel serves all students whose faith is central to their personal growth and development. They remain involved in the Wegener Worship Center where Heinz leads the always well-attended annual Homecoming Prayer Service, which offers opportunities for those in the Indiana Tech community to come together to share their own faith journeys. They remain committed to supporting the growth of faith services at Indiana Tech and are complimentary of Indiana Tech’s open support of students pursuing their education and their faith at the same time. When asked about how their faith has intersected with their support of Indiana Tech, the Wegeners shared, “Indiana Tech is an amazing university of the highest educational quality. Today it has an amazing faculty and staff, many of whom are men and women of faith in Jesus for their salvation. As a result, students

get an amazing education and have the influence of these men and women of faith to create a foundation on which to build lives of significance and worth. We are blessed and excited to be personally and financially supportive of all that Indiana Tech does to equip these young men and women to provide world-changing impact and leadership in the future!” Indiana Tech is truly lucky to be part of Heinz and Nanalee’s own faith journeys and the hundreds of students and counting who have benefited from their involvement surely feel the same.

Tech In Your Town The Alumni Relations team was thrilled to partner with the College of Professional Studies (CPS) team on two fun and family-friendly events to close out the summer. On Aug. 9, the Alumni Relations team headed to Louisville, Kentucky, to join the local CPS staff and Indiana Tech leadership for a Louisville Bats baseball game. The Bats are the International League Triple-A minor league affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The promotion for the game was “college night,� and Indiana Tech made a strong showing. Over 100 alumni, current students and community partners came together for a pregame party at Louisville Slugger Field before heading out to watch the game. The first pitch was thrown out by none other than Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf. A huge thank you to the Louisville campus staff who led this fantastic night out at the ballgame!

President Einolf threw out the first pitch at the Louisville Bats game on Aug. 9. Afterward, he and his wife, Maria, were all smiles with Bats mascot Buddy the Bat. The appearance was part of an alumni relations event at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky.

Later on Aug. 26, Lauren Zuber, director of alumni relations, and Rachel Jones, assistant director for alumni and student engagement, joined representatives from the Mishawaka campus at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana, for a fun afternoon filled with alumni, students, families, giant anteaters, spider monkeys and more! It was a hot summer day and over 50 folks came out to enjoy a picnic lunch along with everything the Potawatomi Zoo had to offer. We love getting out of the office to meet Warrior alumni where they are and try to do so as often as possible. Check out for upcoming events!

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IN MEMORIAM We have learned of the deaths of the following alumni and friends. If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Dan Grigg at 800.937.2448, ext. 2440.

Dante E. Bartolomeo Temple, NH Aeronautical Engineering, 1943 Civil Engineering, 1947 Wendall J. Beane Chemical Engineering, 1952

Ronald J. Champlin Ashtabula, OH Civil Engineering, 1967

Maynard G. Beck Moravian Falls, NC Electronic Engineering, 1965

Thomas Charlton Lima, OH Electrical Engineering, 1942

Ronald R. Black Mountain Top, PA Civil Engineering, 1958

Robert A. Chester Warren, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1957

Alan Bott Golden, CO Mechanical Engineering, 1958

Dwight E. Clark Conyers, GA Mechanical Engineering, 1950

James L. Boyd Winchester, IN Aerospace Engineering, 1968

Victoria Sue Coil Huntington, IN Business Administration, 2014

Elmer J. Briggs Fort Wayne, IN Electrical Engineering, 1957

Paul J. Das Saratoga, CA Mechanical Engineering, 1956

Jeanette M. Brooks Fort Wayne, IN Business Administration, 2004

Bethel H. Davis Mechanical Engineering, 1954

Dale H. Brown Albany, GA Electronic Engineering, 1962 Russell D. Bunner Foristell, MO Electrical Engineering, 1966 Gennaro Cangiano Winchester, VA Electrical Engineering, 1961 Zephirin A. Caouette Glastonbury, CT Mechanical Engineering, 1954 Lynwood G. Carpenter Lehighton, PA Mechanical Engineering, 1963


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Ralph E. Case Kemah, TX Electrical Engineering, 1956

Louis Denardo Bethleham, PA Civil Engineering, 1952 Rolland R. Desautels Toledo, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1957 Leroy I. Dimmick Santa Paula, CA Aeronautical Engineering, 1954 Farrell H. Dobbs Bloomington, IN Electrical Engineering, 1961 Cecil J. Dougherty Fort Wayne, IN Electrical Engineering, 1935

Paul Dray Jupiter, FL Civil Engineering, 1952

Edmund A. Huddleson Clifton, PA Electrical Engineering, 1939

John M. Kilmurry Columbus, OH Electrical Engineering, 1968

Alice Louise Locke Nashua, NH Business Administration, 2000

Edward A. Funnell Crown Point, IN Business Administration, 2005

Edgar J. Huener Toledo, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1949

John P. King Onset, MA Civil Engineering, 1959

Stewart Macleod Electrical Engineering, 1962

Frank Futala Surprise, AZ Electrical Engineering, 1959

Richard D. Hultquist San Jose, CA Electronic Engineering, 1960

Michael J. Kirkpatrick Johnstown, NY Business Administration, 1973

Kenneth D. George Ossian, IN Electrical Engineering, 1952

Stephen Hvozda Fairdale, KY Mechanical Engineering, 1949

Elwood L. Krout York, PA Aeronautical Engineering, 1954

Andrew D. Maharajh Winston-Salem, NC Civil Engineering, 1948 Chemical Engineering, 1948

Arthur W. Gillman Ghent, NY Civil Engineering, 1959

Walter George Jezowski Rome, NY Chemical Engineering, 1953

Samuel Kundert Lima, OH Electrical Engineering, 1943

Frederick G. May Kent, WA Aeronautical Engineering, 1950

Raymond C. Goux Scotia, NY Aeronautical Engineering, 1961

Robert L. Johnson Norris, TN Electrical Engineering, 1966

Carl B. Lafoon Sarasota, FL Electronic Engineering, 1960

Robert O. McCarthy Fort Wayne, IN Physics, 1962 Mathematics, 1962

Richard O. Heiny Phoenix, AZ Civil Engineering, 1961

Robert M. Johnson Stillwater, MN Electrical Engineering, 1957

Stephen Lanik Nanty Glo, PA Civil Engineering, 1958

James R. Hess Sarasota, FL Civil Engineering, 1944

Vernon P. Jones Troy, MI Mechanical Engineering, 1963

Richard L. Lawson Lansdale, PA Mechanical Engineering, 1959

Richard M. Hess Warren, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1948

William R. Jordan Chicago, IL Electrical Engineering, 1948

John L. Le Beau Electrical Engineering, 1949

Thomas E. Hester Fort Wayne, IN Electrical Engineering, 1960

Jasbir S. Kalouria Lorain, OH Civil Engineering, 1961

Bernard E. Heyl Kettering, OH Aeronautical Engineering, 1956

Danny Michael Keating Kokomo, IN Business Administration, 2001

Kenneth R. Hike Fort Wayne, IN Chemical Engineering, 1963

William R. Keener Springfield, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1949

Larry Dean Hilbert Wooster, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1971

Carrol Edward Kelly Kendallville, IN Psychology, 1978

Juan Hector Leal Mechanical Engineering, 1960

Donald J. Madden Muscle Shoals, AL Mechanical Engineering, 1951

Berkeley McKennon Phoenix, AZ Mathematics, 1960 William A. McLeish Indianapolis, IN Mechanical Engineering, 1949 Ronald S. Michaels Deerfield Beach, FL Mechanical Engineering, 1971

Leslie E. LeComte Bloomington, IN Business Administration, 2013

Larry D. Mitchell Fort Wayne, IN Criminal Justice-Criminal Justice Administration 2016

Larry G. Lemert Plymouth, IN Accounting, 1986

George E. Myers South Burlington, VT Electrical Engineering, 1956

Richard W. Liebermann Latrobe, PA Physics, 1960

Herbert W. Orth Albany, NY Electrical Engineering, 1959

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Harry T. Parker Plymouth, IN Business Administration, 2017

Rudolph D. Schalow Auburn, IN Electrical Engineering, 1964

James J. Storck Windsor, NC Civil Engineering, 1962

Roy F. Webler Springfield, MA Electrical Engineering, 1953

Edward Pasko Orlando, FL Electrical Engineering, 1954

Alfred W. Schell Convoy, OH Civil Engineering, 1948

H. Ervin Stratton Hot Springs, AR Electrical Engineering, 1939

Joseph J. Wilkinson Brooklyn, NY Civil Engineering, 1946

Larry L. Pemberton Fort Wayne, IN Electrical Engineering, 1967

Carole L. Seyfrit Radford, VA Sociology, 1975

Delmar C. Stumbaugh Ostrander, OH Aeronautical Engineering, 1947

Robert M. Zoller New Haven, IN Aeronautical Engineering, 1957

Aaron Joseph Porter, Jr. Marion, IL General Studies, 2018

Stephanie Ann Shatzer Albion, IN Criminal Justice-Crime Analysis, 2012

Walter Harry Sullivan Champaign, IL Electrical Engineering, 1950

Paul A. Quevillon Mill Creek, WA Mechanical Engineering, 1963 John Joseph Ray Fort Wayne, IN Radio Engineering, 1948 C. Wayne Roahrig Princeton, WV Electrical Engineering, 1956 Richard Paul Rohyans Peru, IL Civil Engineering, 1960 Kimberly J. Rowe Warsaw, IN Business Administration, 2004 Wilber F. Ruff Frankenmuth, MI Electrical Engineering, 1949 Daniel B. Sachuk Brewyn, PA Mechanical Engineering, 1965


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Kurt Allan Siem San Jose, CA Electrical Engineering, 1967 John Frank Smallwood Dayton, OH Mechanical Engineering, 1950 Dan J. Smith Palos Heights, IL Electrical Engineering, 1949 William Snell New Paris, IN Aeronautical Engineering, 1940 Taylour Leigh Sparks Denver, IN Psychology, 2016 Richard G. Spellman Rosemount, MN Civil Engineering, 1951 Robert E. Spencer Riverview, MI Mechanical Engineering, 1959

George L. Supcoe Clayton, NC Electrical Engineering, 1963 Marion David Thomas New Palestine, IN Business Administration, 2011 Raymond G. Tobin San Diego, CA Aeronautical Engineering, 1948 Charles M. Toy Holland, OH Electrical Engineering, 1949 Reed A. Troxel Poland. NY Civil Engineering, 1949 Judy A. Vandergrift Martinsville, IN Business Administration, 1999 Leo A. Wack Aeronautical Engineering, 1950

IN SPECIAL MEMORY The sadness is especially great when we mourn for those who die so young. The Indiana Tech community grieves with the family and friends of these students.

Aaron Porter, Jr. Aaron Joseph Porter, Jr. was born at Carbondale Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Illinois, on Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. He went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was raised in Marion, Illinois, where he went to Marion High School. Here, he gained the nickname “AP3.” He played four years of football at wide receiver and cornerback and he was a member of the track and field team. He broke records in the 400-meter run and won many medals throughout his track career. He became an Illinois Class 2A 400-meter indoor state champion and won a third-place IHSA all-state title. Aaron graduated from Marion High School in May 2016. He received an academic and athletic scholarship to attend Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne.

Te'Shan Godwin Te’Shan TaRae Godwin, 20, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Te’Shan was born in South Bend, Indiana, on Aug. 25, 1998. Te’Shan could light a room with his smile. Te’Shan loved to make sure everyone around him had a good time. He was always dancing and just enjoying life to the fullest and always having fun. He loved being with family and friends. He was also very talented in basketball. After graduating from John Adams High School in 2017, Te’Shan attended and played basketball for Kellogg Community College. In August of 2018, Te’Shan enrolled and attended Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, where he was studying sports management at the time of his passing.

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SAVE THE DATES Inaugural Softball Home Opener at Warrior Park Thursday, March 21, 2019; 2:45 p.m. Warrior Park, Fort Wayne, IN Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, May 4, 2019; 6 p.m. Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Dr., Fort Wayne, IN Commencement Saturday, May 11, 2019; Graduate Ceremony, 9:30 a.m.; Undergraduate Ceremony, 12:30 p.m. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN For registration information and more, visit

Remember this? Indiana Tech’s cross country team celebrates its 30th season of competition in 2018. The program was founded in 1960 and competed intermittently until 2007 when it was permanently re-established. So, as part of this issue’s “Remember this?” feature, we ask you to share memories of your time running cross country for the orange and black. Do you know any of these guys from the 1965 and 1966 squads? Did you have a sweet pair of running shoes like the mid-’60s dandies shown in the picture? If you have some fond recollections that will help us learn the history of this Warrior team, reach out to Lauren Zuber, director of alumni relations, at We’ll let you know what we receive in the next issue.

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