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Front cover, left to right: Indiana Tech alumni and staff members Tashara Wright ‘12, human resources coordinator; Kyle Klinker ‘16, recreation and community life coordinator; and Joel Kuhn ‘12, web developer, were part of a contingent of hard working Warriors who volunteered for Habitat for Humanity at its new ReStore facility in Fort Wayne. Students, faculty and staff took part in service projects around the community during the week leading up to the inauguration of Indiana Tech’s ninth president, Dr. Karl Einolf, shown below.



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The Indiana Tech community welcomed its ninth president, Dr. Karl W. Einolf, with open arms during his inauguration.

Students learn how to professionally navigate within it, thanks to our popular Networking 3200 class.




A SUCCESSFUL SEASON Building a "team environment" has made Tech's first collegiate eSports season a rewarding experience.

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22 Academic Roundup

It hasn't taken President Einolf long to recognize that Indiana Tech's community spirit is one that he finds appealing.

Our new "Academic Roundup" feature takes readers inside of each of our colleges to show how we are motivating all learners toward lives of significance and worth.

Across the University

06 Information Technology By the Numbers In this issue, By the Numbers breaks down data provided by our allimportant Information Technology department.

08 Tech Happenings

30 Stay Connected Socially Learn how to stay connected with your friends and your alma mater through Indiana Tech's social media channels. Warrior Athletics

32 Fall Sports Wrap-ups

The Abbott Center will have a welcome center and an all-new look when it reopens this fall.

Men's cross country leads the way with its second WHAC championship as our student-athletes flourish on the field of play and in the classroom.

09 Around the Regions

Path of a Warrior

Indiana Tech faculty and staff in the Indianapolis region came together for a toiletry/clothing drive to support a local shelter.

36 Lauren Zuber To our alumni: thank you for leading by example and helping support our students.

10 A Few Words with‌

38 Making a World of Difference

After spending 30 years at Chicago's Saint Xavier University, Dr. Kathleen Hanold Watland, dean of our College of Business, is happy to be a part of the Tech community.

The generosity of Tech graduate Bob Gill and his wife, Lois, is allowing future generations of Warriors to pursue their educational dreams.

12 Faculty Update

40 Alumni Spotlight

Tech's new vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Thomas E. Kaplan, brings to his role a wealth of higher-ed and private-sector experience.

Five rockstar human resources alums come back to highlight Dr. Jeff Walls' Distinguished Faculty Lecture.

13 Tech’s Top Picks In this issue, we ask faculty and staff, "What television shows do you find binge-worthy?"



42 Mysteries Solved Indiana Tech's wind tunnel helped the United States in its exploration of space.

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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT During my first year here at Indiana Tech, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the idea of community. What makes a true community? How does it form, and what keeps it together, growing in strength and vibrancy? Here at Tech, I’ve found the passion and commitment that our alumni, faculty and staff share for serving our students, for helping them lead lives of significance and success, to be the defining characteristic of our community. There’s also a strong belief here in giving back to the wider communities we serve, the places where we live, learn and work. This issue of Indiana Tech magazine includes many examples of our community’s spirit of service. On page 14, you’ll find a recap of the inauguration events that took place this past December. Though the inauguration ceremony represented my “official” start as president, it was really about the entire Indiana Tech community—a celebration of our past, present and future. Especially meaningful was the week of community service events undertaken by our students, alumni, faculty and staff during inauguration week. My thanks go to everyone who took part in these service opportunities, and for my predecessors, Don Andorfer and Dr. Art Snyder, for joining us in this celebration. New in this issue is a feature highlighting the many terrific things happening as we serve students within each of our colleges, the Academic Roundup. In each issue, we’ll feature news, events, innovations and achievements specific to each college and program, spotlighting our faculty, students and alumni.

Benefiting our students also means exploring new ideas and partnerships in the communities beyond our campuses. On page 8, in this issue’s Tech Happenings feature, you’ll learn about our developing involvement in Fort Wayne’s innovative Electric Works project, which promises to transform the former General Electric campus downtown for office, entrepreneurial, education, retail and residential use. Each year, our biggest and best community event is commencement day. We celebrate and honor students from all walks of life who have come to receive a top-notch education and earn degrees that will have a tremendous impact on the quality of their lives. On page 9, you’ll learn about this year’s commencement speaker, the Rev. Charles Harrison, longtime president of the board of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, an organization that has helped transform Indianapolis neighborhoods through its community-building work. I hope you will join us on May 12 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne for commencement, to cheer on our graduates and hear Rev. Harrison’s inspiring message. Finally, every thriving community maintains strong and open lines of communication. On page 30, you can learn more about Indiana Tech’s variety of social media channels, which are just a few of the many ways we can all share our views, achievements and news about the Tech family. Please take the time to learn more and connect with us today! My thanks to all of you who have welcomed me into the Indiana Tech community this year. Like you, I am proud to be a Warrior! Sincerely,

Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. President


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Institutional Advancement Tracina Smith Acting Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dave Stevens Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lauren Zuber Director of Alumni Relations Nikole Spitznaugle Advancement Database Manager Neal Quandt, MBA ’16 Advancement Services 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 Julie Farison Creative Director Matt Bair Director of Marketing and Communication Lucinda Neff Graphic Designer Sarah Suraci Graphic Designer Joel Kuhn, BS ’12 Web Developer Bethany Lowe UX/UI Developer Jennifer Murphy, Director of Marketing, College of Professional Studies 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:

Indiana Tech student Mackenzie Leson paints rocks during the Love Rocks on-campus community service project. The painted rocks become inspirational tokens for those being served by Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

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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Information Technology As enterprises worldwide have become more and more reliant on technology to execute business functions, it is possible that no other fi eld relies more on technology than higher education. And with this dependence on technology comes the need for a strong information technology department: to make sure electronic communication fl ows seamlessly, to create a


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network infrastructure that works eff ectively and remains impenetrable, and to ensure personal and private data stays secure and out of the hands of cybercriminals. Fortunately, Indiana Tech has a strong IT department in place that is up to the task. Recently, they were able to assemble some fun IT-related By the Numbers data for Indiana Tech Magazine.


No joke: NASA identified the philodendron as one of the best house plants to clean the air in your home. However, some philodendrons can be toxic if eaten, so be sure to keep these plants away from pets and children.













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Tech Happenings Former law school building home to undergraduate classes and new offices The former home of Indiana Tech Law School has become the new home to traditional undergraduate classes, and a range of program offices. The Ph.D. in Global Leadership program is now located in the building, along with the distance education staff, and the psychology and health information technology programs. It is also serving as the temporary home to student financial services, traditional undergraduate admissions and College of Professional Studies admissions during the Abbott Center renovation. As part of the university’s strategic planning process, additional long-term uses for the facility are being developed. Temporarily re-named Indiana Tech West due to its location on the west end of campus, the building will also receive a new permanent name during the strategic planning process.

University joins Fort Wayne’s innovative Electric Works project Indiana Tech has signed a letter of intent to lease space at Electric Works, the mixed-use innovation district being developed at the former General Electric site in downtown Fort Wayne. The LOI includes Tech’s intention to lease 10,000 square feet of space within the project. Working with the Electric Works team, the university is currently developing concepts for the most appropriate use of its space. A redevelopment and reuse of the former General Electric campus, Electric Works includes 39 acres, 18 historic buildings and more than 1.2 million square feet of space for office, retail, educational, residential, hotel and entertainment uses. More information about the project can be found at

Purchase of Donald Ross Golf Club for new home of athletics facilities is complete With a full survey and due diligence completed on the property, Indiana Tech finalized its purchase of Fort Wayne’s Donald Ross Golf Club in March. Tech had entered into an option-to-purchase agreement with the owners of the course in October 2017. The property, now known as Indiana Tech Warrior Park, will serve as the home for new athletic facilities including a softball stadium and track and field complex. The university will also keep the front nine of the golf course as a ninehole course open to Tech athletes, students, alums and the general public. Currently, the development team is finalizing the full site plan and facility designs, with the goal of starting construction this summer.


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Abbott Center renovation to add new campus Welcome Center The Abbott Center on main campus, named in honor of 1969 alum and former Indiana Tech trustee Steve Abbott, is undergoing a renovation that will update its existing spaces and add a new welcome center for prospective students and other campus visitors. Through the years, the Abbott Center—dedicated in 2001— has been home to the president’s office, distance learning, financial aid and the business office, admissions and the registrar’s office. Upon completion of the renovation, the Abbott Center will house the offices for traditional undergraduate admissions, College of Professional Studies admissions and student financial services. The renovation is expected to be complete in September 2018, in time for homecoming Sept. 28-30.

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Rev. Charles Harrison to deliver 2018 commencement address Rev. Charles R. Harrison of Indianapolis will serve as Indiana Tech’s commencement speaker during the university’s annual commencement celebration, to be held on May 12 at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. A native of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Rev. Harrison has spent over 30 years in the ministry, serving as senior pastor of Barnes United Methodist Church in Indianapolis since 1993. He is the president of the board of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition, whose mission is to reduce urban youth violence and address critical issues in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. The Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition has served as a model for communities across the nation, and is known for its “boots-onthe-ground” approach to reducing violence, increasing employment, and enhancing educational opportunity and achievement. In 2016, the Ten Point Coalition was honored with the national FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, given annually to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. In addition to his ministry and his community service with the Ten Point Coalition, Rev. Harrison serves as a chaplain for the Indiana State Police, and on the boards of directors for Metro Ministry and the Board of Ordained Ministry of the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, among others. During his career, he has been honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award, the Distinguished Hoosier Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, the Ecumenical Service Award and numerous other recognitions.

CH ICAG O On Dec. 9, 2017, Indiana Tech held a graduation ceremony for 13 members of the military. What’s special about this event is that none of the celebrants were Indiana Tech graduates. These soldiers were unable to attend their universities’ ceremonies, so Ann Marie Rosen, admissions representative at Indiana Tech’s Naperville, Illinois, enrollment center and secretary for the Military/ Veteran Resource Group in the Chicago area, worked to put the Chicago Recruiting Battalion Commencement together. Indiana Tech supplied the caps, gowns, cake and refreshments for the event. It was presided over by Lt. Col. Derek Keller and the commencement speaker was Duncan McCorquodale, director of admissions for Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies.

G RE E NWO O D Indiana Tech has entered into a corporate partnership with Tempur Sealy International that will help its employees pursue their educational goals. Tempur Sealy opened its 600,000-squarefoot manufacturing and distribution center in Plainfield, Indiana, in 2015. The corporate partnership launched in February with 10 Tempur Sealy employees taking classes at the Greenwood campus. More and more, Indiana Tech representatives are working to form and nurture partnerships with corporations in our different regions. The structure of these agreements creates a true win-win situation for our university and the corporations it partners with. It allows employees of participating companies to take Indiana Tech classes at a reduced tuition, which helps companies enrich the lives of their employees while improving their workforce. Indiana Tech benefits because it gets a new pool of potential students to work with.

Kevin Davis-Smith, assistant dean of the College of Professional Studies, has created a “faculty wall” at the Indianapolis campus comprised of photos of 30 faculty members who serve students at the site. Davis-Smith implemented the project to better connect faculty members with their students and promote the years of professional experience they bring to the classroom. In addition, he hopes it will assist admissions representatives with their recruiting efforts. Davis-Smith is working with the marketing department to develop a complementary website, as well.

INDIANAP OLIS As part of President Einolf’s inauguration celebration, Dr. Einolf requested that Indiana Tech faculty, staff and students commemorate the event by giving back to their respective communities in some fashion. The Fishers, Greenwood and Pyramids campuses responded by pooling together for the Indianapolis Cares toiletry and clothing drive to help stock central Indiana shelters. Faculty, staff and students from the three Indianapolis-area campuses were asked to donate personal hygiene and oral care items, and winter weather clothing. The drive collected enough items to create 45 “care packages” for men and women, which were donated to a downtown shelter.

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KATE WATLAND FOR 30 YEARS, DR. KATHLEEN HANOLD WATLAND SHOWCASED HER PASSION FOR MANAGEMENT EDUCATION AND EMPLOYEE AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY GRAHAM SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT IN CHICAGO. Then, late in 2016, Dr. Watland made a significant life choice that involved neither retirement nor slowing down. Instead, she needed a new challenge, and, as fate would have it, Indiana Tech needed a dean for its College of Business. She applied for and earned the job, and on July 1, 2017, after so many years of Windy City hustle and bustle, Dr. Watland began another stage of her career.

Indiana Tech Magazine: As you prepare to celebrate your firstyear anniversary at Indiana Tech, what have been some of the highlights of your year? Dr. Watland: There have been so many: the sense of community at Dr. Einolf's inauguration was wonderful. Also, working with our faculty to facilitate the first Tech Mini Conference was fantastic. Their generosity in sharing their talent for this event was inspiring. And, of course, the launch of our first Undergraduate Student Advisory Board was big. We now have 13 amazing students helping guide the direction of the College of Business! Indiana Tech Magazine: What are some of the opportunities you see for our College of Business? Dr. Watland: The College of Business was already engaged in a number of great initiatives when I arrived, so we are hoping to continue to expand these. For example, we hope for increased connections with our board of


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advisors. Our board is comprised of business community members with a great deal of expertise. We want to utilize their expertise as much as possible to benefit our students and our programs. We want to expand connections with our valued alums, and create additional opportunities for student engagement including mentoring and coaching opportunities, project work with businesses, and student research and leadership opportunities in the community. Indiana Tech Magazine: Your entire career has been a life committed to higher education. What led you to this path? Dr. Watland: My Dad, Mark J. Hanold, and my own experiences. Dad passed away on April 1 at age 97, but he always kept learning and advised everyone to get as much education as possible. For as long as I can remember, he kept a dictionary next to his chair because he loved to learn new words. Last year, he subscribed to Barron's print and online journal and started investing. He would

Dr. Watland meets with the College of Business' Student Advisory Board, a group of 13 students who were chosen to help guide the direction of the college.

research companies before making stock trades. He showed me the value of lifelong learning and was a wonderful role model. In my work, I see lives transformed through education and achieving a college degree. This transformation is amazing. The age of the student does not matter; I see this transformation in all students. Earning that degree brings such value to their lives—not necessarily for the content taught but for the confidence the degree builds. Through earning that degree, students gain a passion for lifelong learning and a focus on their quality of life. I am so grateful to be in higher education. There is no place I would rather be. Indiana Tech Magazine: What do you miss most about Chicago? Dr. Watland: Pizza! And, my colleagues and students at Saint Xavier. Similar to Indiana Tech, at Saint Xavier I was fortunate to work with talented and dedicated professionals. I am so happy to continue to maintain my friendships there.

Indiana Tech Magazine: What has been your most pleasant surprise about your new home city, Fort Wayne? Dr. Watland: The people of Fort Wayne could simply not be more inclusive or welcoming. To everyone. I so admire that. Indiana Tech Magazine: How have you and your husband adjusted to Fort Wayne? Dr. Watland: Given both of us have started new positions, and moved from a home we had for 23 years, we are extremely busy. We love it here, but have not explored as much as we hope to. Recently we have become fascinated with the deer near our home. We love watching them. Indiana Tech Magazine: Early in your time at Indiana Tech, you disclosed how taking improvisation classes helped you professionally. What did you get from improv and how did it help you?

Dr. Watland: Improv training teaches us the value of innovating with and leveraging the resources you have in the moment. It is noncompetitive—everyone supports everyone to be their best. All ideas have value. It also teaches us that moments are dynamic, changing and connected, so collaboration is central. In the workplace, being agile, willing to work collaboratively and supportively with the resources you have is essential to success. Indiana Tech Magazine: You have spent much of your career helping students develop professionally. What are the top three attributes you feel one needs to be a top-notch leader? Dr. Watland: In terms of attributes, I would begin with kind, collaborative and optimistic. Digging a bit deeper, I engage my students with a model I have worked on over the years. Rather than looking at attributes, I believe good leadership is reliant on everyday behaviors and the choices we make.

Indiana Tech Magazine: Rumor has it that you are extremely catcompassionate. Can you explain what that means? Dr. Watland: Truthfully, I am allanimal compassionate. I believe animals have a great value on this earth, both as members of our ecosystem and also by adding incredible value to our lives. In the Chicago area, I was a member of a trap and release program with my family. We had our yard certified as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. I tend to be a rescuer wherever I am, and I have the strays to prove it! Indiana Tech Magazine: Dean Watland is in the middle of a week-long vacation. What is she doing to unwind and detach from work? Dr. Watland: Likely on a beach reading, or in the water kayaking, possibly hiking or taking long walks exploring a new place.

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Faculty Update Indiana Tech has named Thomas E. Kaplan, Ph.D. as its vice president for academic affairs Dr. Kaplan was chosen for the post after a nationwide search for Indiana Tech’s next academic leader, which began in August 2017. Dr. Kaplan will officially begin his duties as vice president for academic affairs on May 14. He currently serves as dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, a post he has held since 2015. Prior to his role as dean at Wittenberg, Dr. Kaplan served as the Ness Chair in Entrepreneurship and associate professor in Wittenberg’s department of business from 2009 to 2012, and as chair of the department of business from 2012 to 2015. “I’m very pleased to welcome Dr. Tom Kaplan as our new vice president for academic affairs,” commented Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf. “I believe strongly that he is the right leader to help us in our work to serve our students and to continually enhance our academic programs. Dr. Kaplan will play a vital role in our efforts to provide innovative, high-quality academic opportunities and to implement our emerging strategic plan as we build a century of excellence together.” During his time at Wittenberg, Dr. Kaplan received Wittenberg’s Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and co-founded Wittenberg’s M.S. in Analytics program. Prior to his time there, he held faculty positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1997 to 2002, and at Mary Baldwin University from 2002 to 2006. “I’m honored to be selected as vice president for academic affairs at Indiana Tech,” Kaplan said. “I’ve been highly impressed by the level of commitment that the faculty and staff have towards serving the students here. They are an outstanding team, and I look forward to joining their efforts and helping build on this important work.”


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Dr. Kaplan earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio Northern University, an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Ph.D. in Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. While engaged in Ph.D. studies at Virginia Commonwealth, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant and program manager, and was the co-founder of the Virginia Family Business Forum, for which he served as manager of operations from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 1997, he served as research fellow at Kennesaw State University’s Family Enterprise Center. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Kaplan has served in leadership roles in the private sector, including work as director of operations for Bondstone Ventures and director of strategic planning for Hauser Homes, Inc. He worked as a strategic business consultant with Family Business Consulting Group from 1997 to 2004, and has continued work as an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, organizational management and innovation management since that time. Indiana Tech’s search for its new vice president for academic affairs was facilitated by higher education executive search firm RH Perry & Associates. Dr. Kaplan was chosen by the university’s leadership and search committee from an initial field of 49 applicants.

On Nov. 9, 2017, beloved assistant professor of intensive English, Gloria Chen, passed away. Gloria had been at the university since 2013 and touched many lives during her time here. Gloria’s impact on the Indiana Tech community was celebrated on March 7, 2018, when Room 154 in the Snyder Academic Center was dedicated as the Gloria Chen International Classroom during a ceremony which included members of her family and faculty, staff and students from Tech. Indiana Tech’s Board of Directors posthumously awarded her the rank of associate professor, a promotion that had been in process since the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

Tim Allwein, Special Assistant to the President for Quality and University Accreditation and associate professor of business, led a team of Higher Learning Commission peer reviewers on a comprehensive quality review of Northwood University of Midland, Michigan. He also conducted a strategy forum for AQIP institutions in Oak Brook, Illinois, in November.

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In this “Tech’s Top Picks,” we asked, “What televisions shows do you find binge-worthy?” Alicia Wireman, assistant professor of communication, presented her dissertation, "International Students and Faculty in Complex Classroom Environments: Exploring the Need for Global Leadership," at the International Leadership Association in Brussels, Belgium.

Thank you to Dr. Einolf and his wife Maria, for recommending “Big Little Lies.” It’s an American drama series on HBO created and written by David E. Kelley. The sevenepisode first season is based on the novel by Liane Moriarty and was directed by JeanMarc Vallée. I was so obsessed with the first episode that I ended up watching all of the episodes in two weekends! “Big Little Lies” is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. It’s definitely a must-watch! Robin Seaton, Admissions Representative

Indiana Tech’s interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Community (FLC) team of Justin Boyce, Lisa Brown, Sherrill Hamman, Jerome Heaven, Jack Phlipot and Beth Robinson spoke at the Lilly Conference in Traverse City, Michigan, in October.

My husband and I just finished binging “The Crown” on Netflix. The acting is amazing and I love the sets, costumes and the history of the show.

Stephen Vanchhawng became Indiana Tech’s first director of institutional research in February. This position was created to provide coordination and oversight of our university’s data, reporting and surveys. Vanchhawng was formerly the director of international education at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.

“South Pacific.” It's fascinating to see how these islands, animals and people interact and have adapted through the years.

Kristin Conley, admissions representative for the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program, was accepted into Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana’s 2018 Leadership Institute. In addition, she will be attending the National Association for Graduate Enrollment Management conference in New Orleans.

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Trent Grable, Director, Center for Creative Collaboration My current favorite is “The Great British Baking Show” on Netflix, because it is completely charming and no drama. It’s British people in a baking contest, making delicious pies, cakes, breads, etc. I love it! I also love “The Good Wife” on Amazon Prime because it’s the complete opposite: lots of drama and suspense.

“White Collar” and “Call the Midwife,” both viewable on Netflix. Katelyn Dolan, Enrollment Assistant All seasons of “Survivor.” It has been my favorite show since I was a kid. My mom, brother and I used to watch it all the time, and now it’s my husband's and my favorite! Erica Lay, Admissions Counselor “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” hands down. I devoured it. Beautiful costumes and sets and a great peek at late 1950s NYC. I teared up a few times and it is hilarious! I couldn’t stop watching and I can’t wait for more. (Amazon Prime) Lauren Zuber, Director of Alumni Relations I recommend “Miss Fisher’s Mysteries” on Netflix. I’ve watched the whole series twice, and I’m sure I’ll watch them again. They’re fun mysteries set in the 1920s with a feisty, independent female protagonist and brilliant costumes. All of the characters are well-drawn and engaging, and there’s plenty of romantic tension and humor. Rachel Kellogg, Residence Life Coordinator

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President Einolf and his wife, Maria, celebrate with their sons Thomas, left, and Nicholas, on his inauguration day, Dec. 2, 2017.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech filled the Schaefer Center on Dec. 2, 2017, for a true universitywide celebration: the inauguration of Indiana Tech’s ninth president, Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. Honored guests included the university’s board of trustees, prior Indiana Tech presidents Dr. Arthur Snyder and Donald Andorfer, and representatives from institutions of higher learning from around the region and nation.


he inauguration ceremony began with an invocation by the Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, followed by official remarks of welcome for the new president from current Indiana Tech students, alumni, faculty, community and higher education representatives. Janet Chrzan, chair of Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees, then performed the official investiture of Dr. Einolf as university president. During his inaugural address, Dr. Einolf recounted highlights of Indiana Tech’s long and proud history, recognizing the legacy left across the decades by founder John Kalbfleisch, outstanding leaders such as presidents Archie Keene, Donald Andorfer and Arthur Snyder, and dedicated faculty members, students and alumni. He spoke of Indiana Tech’s bright future, noting its 100th anniversary on the horizon in 2030, and highlighting for the entire Indiana Tech community that “we are all building a century of excellence together.”

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Closing the ceremony, Indiana Tech alumnus and current Student Life Programming and Conference Events Coordinator Darius Darling performed the Indiana Tech alma mater, under a new musical arrangement he developed with Dr. Einolf to debut at the event. Beyond the inauguration ceremony itself, the Indiana Tech community celebrated the occasion through a week-long series of community service events performed on behalf of area non-profit organizations. During the week leading up to inauguration, Indiana Tech student, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers worked at a Habitat for Humanity work site; created inspirational tokens and cancer awareness ribbons for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana; made lightweight, durable mats for the homeless as part of the Mats for the Homeless initiative; and made fleece blankets and collected supplies for the Warrior Warmth Project, which was organized by the Indiana Tech Student Leader Scholars group to benefit Ave Maria House.

From left to right, students Alexis Vargo, Brianna Glass and Rashaam Hill show off their creations during the Nov. 28, 2017, Love Rocks on-campus community service project. The painted rocks became inspirational tokens for those being served by Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.


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A 1963 photo from the Kekiongan yearbook shows President Archie Keene and director of public and alumni relations, Lou Kulp, studying Indiana Tech's alma mater. President Einolf and student life programming and conference events coordinator, Darius Darling, recreate that iconic moment, prior to Darling delivering his new arrangement of the song during the inauguration. Indiana Tech online academic coach, Shatease Powers, and alumnus, Anthony Juliano, move plants during their community service shifts at Habitat for Humanity's new Fort Wayne ReStore facility.






Georgetown University


Dr. Dana P. Ward, Alumnae

Mount St. Mary's University


Mary Beth H. Graham, Associate Dean

D. Geoffrey Paddock

Fort Wayne City Councilman and Member

Vanderbilt University


Thomas H. Powell, Ph.D., Alumnus

of the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees

Bridgewater College


David W. Bushman, Ph.D., Alumnus

Representing the City of Fort Wayne

Aquinas College


Dr. Kevin Quinn, President

Manchester University


Dr. Raylene M. Rospond, Vice President

of Undergraduate Business Studies

Dr. Thomas H. Powell

for Academic & Student Affairs

President Emeritus of

University of Saint Francis


Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, President

Mount St. Mary's University

Robert Morris University — Illinois


Mablene Krueger, President

Representing Higher Education

Misericordia University


David B. Rehm, Ph.D., Vice President

Mary Beth H. Graham

of Academic Affairs

Holy Cross College

Justin George Watson, Ph.D., Provost


Associate Dean, Bolte School of Business, Mount St. Mary's University Representing Mount St. Mary's University Dr. David Wantz President, Independent Colleges of Indiana Representing Indiana Higher Education Kevin Faus

Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, was on hand to help celebrate Dr. Einolf's inauguration.

Benvenuti, Human Resources Manager at Superior Aluminum Alloys; Mike Torres, Vice President of Compensation and Benefits at STAR Bank; and Morgan York, Human Resources Coordinator at SIRVA Worldwide Relocation and Moving. A special feature on the panel and the alumni who took part can be found in the Alumni Spotlight on page 40.

Alumni Representative to the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees Representing Indiana Tech Alumni Dr. Susan E. McGrade Professor of English, President of the Indiana Tech Faculty Senate Representing Indiana Tech Faculty Kelly M. Workman Senior Elementary Education Major Representing Traditional Undergraduate Students Cameron C. Owens Mechanical Engineering Student, Resident Assistant and Member of the Indiana Tech Strategic Planning Task Force Representing Residential Students and Strategic Plan Jason M. Villarreal Master of Business Administration Major Representing College of Professional Studies Students

Also featured during inauguration week events was Indiana Tech’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Business professor Dr. Jeff Walls presented “Talent Attraction and Retention in the 21st Century: Critical HR Challenges and Opportunities,” which featured a panel discussion of Indiana Tech alumni and human resources professionals including Baily Beiswanger, Human Resources Manager at Micropulse; Ashley

Thank you again to all of the alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff who took part in volunteer efforts during inauguration week, and to all who joined us for the inauguration ceremony. For those who were unable to attend, or those who wish to relive this special event, the inauguration ceremony can be viewed on Indiana Tech’s YouTube channel, at www., in the University Events playlist.

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ndiana Tech prides itself on delivering a hands-on education that prepares students for success in today’s modern world. The

university’s Networking 3200: Wireless & Mobile Communication course is no exception.

FIRST THINGS FIRST NET3200 students begin with a review of wireless networks and how they function. Essentially these networks use radio waves to connect devices, such as computers, to the internet, storage and applications. Wireless LANs are common at businesses, schools and public places such as coffee shops, hotels and airports. The benefits of wireless networks are vast: increased mobility, convenience and cost-savings due to a lack of wires. Next is an exploration of signal strength, something easily seen on cell phones. Tech’s network engineering students investigate potential threats to connection. Old plaster walls with lath inside, chain-link fences, steel doors and old microwaves are just a few examples of objects that could block the waveform and decrease signal through modification. Additionally, too many people in one area can inhibit connection. When designing a network, one must take these factors into consideration.

This wireless network engineering course explores the fundamentals of wireless LANs (local area networks) and WANs (wide area networks), and focuses on their design, planning, “What students learn is how something as simple as closing a implementation, operation, security, best practices door, putting up cubicles in places where they didn't used to and troubleshooting. Multiple types of wireless be and so on, can affect a network that you're responsible for networks are discussed and explored. designing,” professor Mansfield said. “With a wired network, at least you can follow the wire. With wireless, there are so We sat down with Tech’s resident wireless experts, many things that can get in the way.” professor Mansfield and assistant professor of information technology, Don Stafford, to learn Science and mathematics come into play, as well. more about the class and what has become one of the school’s most popular annual class-culminating “Wireless networking communication uses radio waves. These projects: building an antenna. waves, sine waves, have amplitude (how high and low the wave peak goes) and frequency (how many times the wave cycles per second), just like AM radio (amplitude) and FM radio (frequency),” professor Stafford explained. “When you build an antenna, the physical dimensions of the antenna parts affect how that wave either propagates out or is received in. Good planning and design, along with using the right materials and properly modifying the waveform into what is desirable, gives you a better signal and one that goes further.”

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PUTTING KNOWLEDGE TO WORK Antennas are, in essence, metal rods or dishes that catch radio waves and turn them into signals that are received by a device. Tech students put their knowledge to work by building an antenna from everyday objects such as Pringles cans, umbrellas, green bean cans, pie tins, pipes, Styrofoam, coat hangers, foil and ink pens. A friendly competition ensues to see whose antenna propagates a Wi-Fi signal at the farthest distance from campus. “Recent network engineering graduate, Stedmon Bates, actually built an antenna that I had to take out into the country to test its range. I actually got 1.7 miles from his physical antenna and still had a connection,” professor Mansfield said.

ABOVE: Devin Carroll, left, and Saleh Alswiti, use a spectrum analyzer to detect background wireless signals. RIGHT: Assistant Professor of information technology, Don Stafford, studies an antenna being held by Juwuan Stewart as Abdulrahman Aldeij listens in.


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Construction includes mathematical calculations to determine the length of their metal or PVC pipes. They use the engineering department’s fabrication lab to make accurate cuts and bend the copper wire around their PVC pipes with even spacing. This fine-tuning greatly affects the wireless signal.

“Because they get to do this, they not only have the theory, but they understand it,” professor Mansfield said.

“Not many people get the chance to design and test their own antenna. This gave me valuable experience that has provided lasting value to this day,” said recent Indiana Tech network engineering graduate Elliott Stidd, who Test day begins in the middle of campus in Scully Square where there is power to activate currently works for Cisco Systems. “When I first interviewed (with Cisco), I brought up this project. a wireless access point (WAP). Students set up I remember the interviewer was blown away that their antennas, then walk in various directions with a spectrum analyzer on their smart phones our school offered something like that. Building to test the Wi-Fi signal. It is not uncommon for an antenna is a unique experience and provided students to maintain a connection to the center me with a solid differentiator. In my opinion, NET3200 is one of the best courses offered in of the cemetery on the east side of campus, and to the far edge of the athletic field on the west Tech’s network engineering program.” side of campus.

THE OPPOSITE OF ACCESSIBILITY The flip side to making a network accessible is making it secure. “Three years ago, if you opened your phone to connect to a wireless network, you could see all the available wireless networks. None of them were locked,” professor Mansfield said. “Now, almost all of them are locked, so it is important that people understand they need to secure these things.” As part of the class, students explore open access points through a process known as “war walking” or “war driving.” A few years ago, it was not unusual for students to find many different businesses with unsecured wireless signals. There are fewer now, but every once in a while the students will find a big security flaw, which they share with the businesses. This has sparked an interesting and pertinent discussion about how and when to allow access to a network. Many businesses use free Wi-Fi as a courtesy service to guests. One solution NET3200 students are taught to consider is using directional antennas. “Let's say you put a WAP in the middle of your building — it radiates everywhere, maybe even outside your building. One security step would be keeping the ‘bad guy’ from getting to the signal,” professor Stafford said. “So, when designing your network, you might consider putting directional antennas on the outer walls pointing into your building instead of just putting WAPs everywhere. You manage the connectivity to the people you want to connect.” In addition to physical design, NET3200 students learn how security protocols, such as WEP, WPA and WPA2, and data encryption affect the security of a network. The attention to network security is understandable: over the past 10 years, major corporations like Anthem, Target, Yahoo, Equifax and Sony have had their data breached by cybercriminals.

“If you wanted to compromise a network in the past, you would have to get into the wire to get the data. With the advent of wireless technology, it has become much easier,” professor Mansfield said. “The reality is that hackers can ‘eavesdrop’ through the airwaves to gather personal information from a corporation’s network activities. To be prepared to go into the workforce and protect their future employers, it’s important that our students understand all the ways cybercriminals can compromise a network.”

Anthony Burkhart contemplates a potato chip canister as an appropriate base for his antenna.

Without question, NET3200’s comprehensive, hands-on approach gives graduates a competitive edge. Take it from Stedmon Bates, who also works at Cisco. “The wireless class was great for me personally,” Bates said. “When it really came into play was about six months into my career at Cisco. I had to design and sell a wireless system to a customer as part of my Cisco training. Having the depth of knowledge I gained from the class was really an advantage to me.”

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College name changed to better reflect its growth and future vision Indiana Tech’s College of General Studies has been officially renamed the College of Arts and Sciences. The university’s board of trustees approved the name change at its Sept. 29, 2017, meeting. A committee, consisting of associate professor of psychology, Dr. Justin Boyce; assistant professor of special education, Katie Parrish; associate professor of English, Cortney Robbins; and assistant professor of psychology, Terri Shaw, made the recommendation in May 2017 after researching the name change for nearly a year. “I think the committee made the appropriate recommendation and I am pleased that our board approved the name change,” said Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf. “This will open up a lot of possibilities for our university and strengthen our identity as a comprehensive university. I am excited to

Tech’s Writing Center opens to help all students become more proficient writers Under the direction of assistant professor of composition, Linda Valley, the Indiana Tech Writing Center has opened on the lower level of the Snyder Academic Center. This resource was created to bring a healthy writing culture to Indiana Tech; 22

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see what the future holds for the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana Tech.” One of the most convincing conclusions the committee came to was that the college simply outgrew its name. When Indiana Tech’s College of General Studies was created, it largely emphasized coursework in general education. Since that time, the college has grown and evolved into an academic unit that is home to 17 degree programs. It became apparent that College of General Studies no longer reflected the programming that was being offered or considered for the future. Looking ahead, the name change will also better align with recently introduced degree programs such as Exercise Science and Health Information Management, as well as potential new programs in the health sciences and other scientific fields.

to model how writing conversations unfold; and to assist faculty and students when designing, assessing and completing writing assignments. College of Arts and Sciences students can receive writing assistance through, a service Indiana Tech offers for free to all students. “Because writing is such a vital social practice necessary for academic and professional success, all students—whether they struggle or are proficient as writers—are encouraged to take advantage of this resource. This writing center is not for producing essays, but for producing better writers,” professor Valley said. Not only does Professor Valley want the Writing Center to produce more confident and competent Warrior writers, she hopes it helps motivate students to stay in school and graduate. “The Writing Center was born because, in the past, our students have had limited resources to improve or receive feedback on their writing,” professor Valley said. “Now, we can provide them with tools to improve the quality of their work, which will help them get more out of their courses and their educational experience here at Indiana Tech.”

Fort Wayne churches seek expertise from our CJ department Exercise Science students help Warrior athletes improve Members from Indiana Tech’s Exercise Science program have been working with the university’s athletic training staff to provide fitness and performance testing for some of the Warrior athletic teams. Led by Parkview Sports Medicine assistant athletic trainer, Zach Nagel, four students—sophomores Jimmy Clancy, Ali LeNoue and Tyler Nunez, and senior Jerry Matthews—have conducted body composition testing using the BodPod, submaximal and maximal VO2 testing using the metabolic cart and Wingate testing, which is a 30-second, all-out pedal against 7-10 percent of the athlete's body weight. Work with Indiana Tech’s hockey team has been more in-depth. Testing has been used to help trainers make more objective decisions with return-to-play protocols, and the information gleaned has helped influence individual workouts during the season. “(Assistant professor of exercise science) Joe Warning, Zach Nagel and the Exercise Science department students have done a tremendous job working with our student-athletes to provide cuttingedge feedback on their personal fitness and overall

body chemistry,” said head hockey coach Frank DiCristofaro. “It’s been a big step in the right direction for our program, and we are looking forward to working with this program in the future.” “Being able to participate in the athletic testing and seeing the science up front while getting direct, hands-on time has been immeasurably valuable to my education,” said Clancy. “I am very thankful for the access to technology we have here at Tech and I know going forward it will be a great benefit for me.” Warning, the head of Tech’s Exercise Science program, facilitated similar educational experiences for students and the Michigan State hockey team when he was there pursuing his Ph.D. “It’s a win-win—athletes are able to get valuable information that can help them improve while students get handson learning opportunities,” professor Warning said.

Worrying about an aggressive intruder has not traditionally been among most people’s concerns as they enter their place of worship. However, it’s a threat that has several Fort Wayne-area church leaders reaching out to Indiana Tech’s Dominic Lombardo for guidance. Lombardo, associate professor and director of Indiana Tech’s Center for Criminal Justice, has responded by providing on-site assessments and training to help church leadership plan and prepare for the unthinkable. “Places of worship are seen as safe havens, but, in today’s reality, they are just as vulnerable to activeshooter events as schools and businesses,” professor Lombardo said. “Because of this, church security and emergency preparedness have to be something that religious leaders take into consideration as the day-today operations of their churches are carried out.”

Taylor helps develop diocesan teachers in Fort Wayne-South Bend Four years ago, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend was experiencing a disturbing trend. Too many teachers were leaving the field after just their first or second year. Associate professor of education, Tammy Taylor, and retired University of Saint Francis associate professor of education, Nancy Hankee, noticed this trend, too. That’s when Taylor, Hankee and the diocese collaborated to develop the New Teacher Success program. This program was created to help new teachers develop the skills they need to become successful and proficient in the classroom. All new teachers in the diocese must participate.

“People become teachers because they have a passion for learning and a passion for helping others learn,” professor Taylor said. “It is important to help first-year teachers hold on to that passion through the ups and downs of navigating what it means to be a teacher.” Through the program, new teachers are provided with expert mentoring, timely professional development targeted to the specific needs of new teachers, as well as the opportunity for professional collegiality with fellow new teachers.

English department leads student study-abroad trip to Berlin Professor of English, Dr. Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, Steve Malloris and assistant professor of English, Cortney Robbins, led a group of 20 students on a six-day trip to Berlin over spring break. The group visited several of the city’s historic and cultural sites, including the Holocaust Museum, the Brandenburg Gate and remains of the Berlin Wall. Students were tasked with comparing and contrasting German culture with American culture, taking into consideration the role of religion, art, literature and history in the development of each.

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COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Tech continues to be a launching pad for HR professionals For those wanting to pursue a career in human resources, Dr. Jeffrey Walls and the College of Business have created one of the top professional launching pads in the region. Dr. Walls, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, founded the major, founded Indiana Tech’s Society for Human Resource Management student chapter, received the SHRM Advisor of the Year designation (2011), and is certified at the highest level through SHRM and HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute). He continues to lead the HR major concentration, involving students at the local and national SHRM levels. “We work hard to develop an impactful curriculum and provide enriching activities that will allow our students to hit the ground running once they enter the workforce,” Dr. Walls said. “It’s paying off because we consistently receive positive feedback from companies who hire our graduates. We are making a difference in the lives of our students and that is rewarding.” Indiana Tech’s human resources major was recently reviewed by SHRM and it received the organization’s full endorsement of alignment with its curriculum guidelines through 2021. Not only does Tech’s HR curriculum prepare its students for all SHRM and HRCI certifications, it has the flexibility, through electives available, for students to double major. This adds value to their degrees without having to take additional courses. But the HR program does not rely solely on a robust curriculum to develop excellent graduates.

à The program is connected with Tech’s SHRM Student Chapter, the largest student organization at the university, currently comprised of 76 members. Tech’s SHRM Student Chapter has earned the Superior Merit Award from SHRM every year since 1998. à A Capstone Course for the HR major is BA4820/MBA6610 HR Seminar. Dr. Walls has taken a group of students to the SHRM annual conference every year since 1993. This year’s course will be in Chicago in June. “It provides unmatched learning and networking opportunities for our students, and they earn three credits in the process,” Dr. Walls said. à Senior Jacob Lay is Indiana Tech’s first student to pass the SHRM-CP exam, one of two globally-recognized certification exams offered by SHRM. This was the first year that students were permitted to take the exam and only students of SHRM-endorsed universities could participate. Lay currently has an internship with Android, Inc. à Logan Kroezen was selected into the 2017 Class of the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Fellows program, with an HR internship placement with Parkview Hospital.

Four with Tech ties recognized for being movers and shakers in northeast Indiana In February, Baily Beiswanger (BSBA, 2013; MBA, 2015), Aaron Pence (BSOL, 2011; MBA, 2013), Carl-Phillip Dorissant (MSE, 2009) and Ron Lewis, who is currently in Tech's Ph.D. in Global Leadership program, were recognized as Forty Under 40 award winners by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly magazine. The Forty Under 40 Awards honors 40 individuals, 39 years of age and younger, who go above and beyond at work and in the community to make a difference. Baily, pictured at right, is human resources manager for Micropulse in Columbia City, Indiana. Aaron is vice president of sales and marketing for Three Rivers Distilling Company in Fort Wayne. Carl is a quality manager with Android Industries in Fort Wayne. Ron is a speaker, consultant, educator, facilitator and coach in Fort Wayne. 24

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C3’s Speaker Series introduces students to community professionals and career paths

Sports management students learn and network at Pacers’ career fair Professor Craig Dyer took his sports management students to the 18th Annual Indiana Pacers Sports & Entertainment Career Fair at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The event gave Dyer’s students the opportunity to network with and learn from representatives from the Pacers, the Indiana Fever, IMG Learfield, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Notre Dame, the Columbus Crew, the Louisville Bats, USA Football and the National Basketball Academy. Afterward, the group watched the Pacers fall 111-102 to the Washington Wizards. “I found the career fair to be very beneficial and I enjoyed talking to people from companies that are in my field of study,” said Ossian, Indiana, junior Lucas Hilty. “It was nice to see what kind of jobs are out there and what to look for when I graduate. I also made a handful of connections on LinkedIn, which hopefully will be useful later on.” “It was a well thought out trip,” said Cygnet, Ohio, sophomore Brady Spanfellner. “To learn and see what kind of opportunities there are for sports jobs and what they entail was what the trip was about. It made me see what it takes to get a job in the sports field.”

Since being implemented in January, the Center for Creative Collaboration’s weekly Speaker Series has brought a variety of industry experts to our campus to discuss career paths and how to get where you want to go. C3 director Trent Grable and his team have created an environment where students can connect, ask questions, get advice and engage their brains in conversations about career goals and interests. Each series begins with the same simple questions: “What do you do for a living?” and “How did you get there?” “It's important for students to discover who people are outside of their formal titles and job descriptions. With our Speaker Series, we want to provide an authentic and casual setting where students can get to know the people behind a career,” Grable said. “Each professional has experienced successes and failures that have helped shape and guide his or her career. It's important that our students hear those experiences so they can start developing their skills, competencies and value before even entering into their careers.” Speaker Series guests have included Indiana Hall of Fame and News-Sentinel sportswriter, Reggie Hayes; director of constituent services for congressman Jim Banks, Derek Pillie; Riverfront Fort Wayne program and events manager, Megan Butler; and entrepreneurs Andie Hines, Nick Ladig and Mike Kelly. “I attended one of the C3's Speaker Series events because I wanted a dose of inspiration,” said administrative assistant for the vice president for academic affairs, Jennifer Mahocker. “You don't have to be an entrepreneur or even a student to appreciate that there are highly successful people in our area. Learning some of their skills and secrets is a great opportunity. I appreciate that the C3 is providing this connection for us, and I highly recommend it to anyone on campus.”

Tech grad shares his story at TEDx Fort Wayne event Indiana Tech graduate Davonta Beckham was a presenter at the March 24 TEDx Fort Wayne event. Davonta shared his inspiring story and creative outlook through his talk titled “What If You Could Fly?” He used three of his characters—Idea, Dream and Knox—to tell a story about fresh starts, dreams and self-love. “Presenting at TEDx Fort Wayne was an incredible opportunity for me. It was really special for me to be able to share my story with others. I feel honored to have been selected, and I am hopeful that my presentation made a great impact,” Beckham said. Beckham earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a marketing concentration in 2017. He is an accomplished and enthusiastic artist with a mission: to tell stories that will set people everywhere up for success in life. With the opportunity to work towards his goal while in college, Davonta designed a set of innocent and powerful characters to speak about the truths and challenges that we all face in life. “I went to Indiana Tech’s Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) in January 2016 looking for support to start my art business. I had a set of illustrated characters and the desire to tell stories that would set people everywhere up for success in life,” Beckham said. “With the opportunity to work towards this goal while in college, I founded Art of Beckham—art that supports dreams, happiness and well-being—and use my characters to speak about the truths and challenges that we all face in life.” TEDx programs are local, self-organized events that bring people together to create a TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) - like experience and share ideas worth spreading. TEDx events use video and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection.

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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Work on Fort Wayne Trails wayfinding app helps software engineers find their way In his field, Brian Lewandowski, assistant professor of software engineering, knows the importance of providing hands-on learning opportunities for his students. So, when Kent Castleman and Anthony Juliano came to him with an idea for his Software Engineering Project III class, Brian was all ears. Castleman is the executive director of Fort Wayne Trails, which acts as a community partner and advocate in the development of a connected, multipurpose trail system in Allen County, Indiana. Juliano is vice president and general “The team is doing great with the app development. It has manager of Asher Agency, an Indiana Tech alum, and a been a learning experience not only from a technical standpoint, member of the university’s alumni board. He is also an but also from a client-relations angle,” professor Lewandowski FW Trails board member, so when it was determined said. “Early on in the project, the students lost some valuable that building an app would be a time because they did not adequately communicate with the good thing for local trail users, he stakeholder what was required of them. It taught them to be volunteered his agency to help make more detailed in their requirements gathering, as well as the the not-for-profit’s vision a reality. importance of clear and continuous communication. After Juliano planned to have the Asher the setback, progress picked up and the project goals are being team help FW Trails on the frontachieved at an increased pace. The team looks forward to end design work. However, finding a delivering a completed quality product to the stakeholders at the partner to do the back-end coding for end of the semester and banking the lessons learned for their the app was harder than he expected. future careers.” “We hit a brick wall,” Juliano The app development team consists of senior Nicholas said. “But because of my experience Peterson, junior James Chandler, and sophomores Cory Capaccio, in working with Indiana Tech and Andrew Fisher, Brendan Forish, Caleb Lambert and Adam being very impressed by its software Swanson. Swanson is the project manager. engineering students, I wondered if “Developing this mobile app has been exciting, educational Indiana Tech would take the project and very tense,” Swanson said. “On one hand, we are getting on. Brian Lewandowski was willing valuable experience by working with important clients on and eager to do it. Without him, this projects that will see real-world use. On the other hand, we have would not have happened.” been tasked with creating a fully-functional and well-designed “Students receive the most app that will be used by many in the community. This places a benefit from real-world projects, so having industry lot of responsibility on us to make sure our final product meets stakeholders involved is always exciting,” professor the requirements we were given. A project of this scale can be Lewandowski said. “It gives students both professional challenging at times, but this allows us to learn what works experience and a true sense of accomplishment well and what doesn’t, and it shows us how we can improve that cannot be reproduced by traditional classroom moving forward. activities.” “This is why hands-on learning opportunities are so The initial version of the app will recognize where you important for students: it allows us to use what we’ve learned in are on a trail map as you move, much like the moving class to create real products. Learning about a topic is one thing; dot on GoogleMaps. Later versions will add features putting it to practical use is another. I believe it’s crucial that like pop-up directions that will notify you of upcoming all students have opportunities to apply what they’ve learned turns or intersections. There will also be a feature for outside of class,” Swanson added. “trail-friendly businesses—places where trail users can “I have been so impressed by these Indiana Tech students and stop in to use the restroom or refill a water bottle. Future what they are capable of. My hope is that this project will be iterations could include adding a layer that shows trails something they are proud of and something they can put on sponsors and push notifications regarding trail closings, their resume to help them with their careers,” Castleman said. detours and other trail-related alerts. Launch of the app is targeted for June 2, which is the American Hiking Society’s recognition of National Trails Day. 26

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Students experience engineering in Germany over spring break Associate professor of mechanical engineering, John Renie, and assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Craig Welch, took 16 multi-disciplined engineering students on a 10-day spring break trip through Germany with a focus on engineering.

From left to right, the app development team consists of Anthony Juliano, vice president and general manager of Asher Agency; Brandon Peat, senior digital art director, Asher Agency; Kent Castleman, executive director of Fort Wayne Trails; Brian Lewandowski, assistant professor of software engineering; sophomore Adam Swanson; sophomore Cory Capaccio; sophomore Brendan Forish; junior James Chandler; sophomore Andrew Fisher; senior Nicholas Peterson; and sophomore Caleb Lambert.

The Indiana Tech group toured factories and met with engineers in Munich, Dresden and Berlin. They learned about the social, economical and environmental impacts German industries have on the country and the entire world. In addition, the group visited historic sites, ranging from the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate.

Indiana Tech mechanical engineering student Jasmine Hiss stands with, from left to right, Steven W. Aikman, vice president of global water systems engineering; Jim Volk, director of engineering for new product development; and David Aschliman, dean of Indiana Tech’s College of Engineering.

Founded in Bluffton, Indiana, in 1944, Franklin Electric has grown from a small motor manufacturing company into a leading global provider of systems and components for moving water and fuel. Its scholarship program funds up to two consecutive academic years for eligible students. Each scholarship pays $5,000 per academic year, payable at $2,500 for each completed semester for a total

Indiana Tech’s student chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery has been in existence since 1984. ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. Tech’s current chapter consists of 25 members. During the academic year, Tech’s ACM chapter: à Held its annual ITECS (Indiana Tech Engineering and Computer Science) conference in February. This conference gives those interested in technology careers an opportunity to learn from various speakers and network with local businesses during the career fair portion. à Attended Reflections Projections conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The annual technology-related conference features two job fairs and numerous guest speakers from various fields in computing and technology. Indiana Tech's student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is comprised of 25 members from various engineering disciplines. SME is a student and professional association for educating and advancing the manufacturing industry in North America. During the academic year, Tech’s SME chapter:

Junior ME student earns Franklin Electric scholarship In January, Jasmine Hiss, a junior mechanical engineering student from Columbia City, Indiana, earned an impressive engineering scholarship from Franklin Electric of Fort Wayne.

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scholarship of up to $10,000. This scholarship also includes a paid summer internship position between the recipient’s junior and senior academic years. “Receiving this scholarship has been incredibly amazing and exciting. I can’t express my appreciation enough to Franklin Electric for providing this scholarship,” Jasmine said. “I’ve worked really hard my whole life, but without the amazing teachers, professors and mentors I’ve had, there’s no way I would have received this scholarship. This entire experience has been fantastic, and I can’t thank Franklin Electric and Indiana Tech enough.”

à Toured the Therma-Tru Doors plant in Butler, Indiana. à Toured the Micropulse, Inc. plant in Columbia City, Indiana. à Toured the Hitachi Powdered Metals plant in Greensburg, Indiana. à Hosted industrial speaker and Indiana Tech alum, Kenneth L. Skiles, ASQ-SSBB, who is the director of the Corporate Operational Response (COR) team for the Lincoln Electric Company. à Volunteered at a local homeless shelter.

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“eSports is becoming one of the fastest-growing collegiate team activities in the nation and we want to develop a highly competitive program that brings quality individuals to our community. Elevating this program to the scholarship level allows us to be on the leading edge of collegiate eSports and engages the students in a productive and meaningful activity beyond recreational play.”  — Dr. Daniel Stoker, vice president for student affairs, August 16, 2016 It’s been 22 months since Indiana Tech planted its flag onto the collegiate eSports landscape and a few weeks since the university’s first varsity season ended. Although there have been growing pains along the way, eSports program coordinator, Kyle Klinker, and head coach, Geoff rey Wright, have turned Dr. Stoker’s vision for Indiana Tech eSports into reality. “To be a part of that first recruitment class and to actually get them here on campus, see how they interact with each other, see the development that has taken place since they've gotten to campus has been so exciting and well worth all the effort we have invested,” said Klinker, who has overseen Tech’s eSports program since it originated as a club in 2015. Klinker, who also serves as Indiana Tech’s recreation and community life coordinator, laid the groundwork for the Warriors’ first varsity eSports season. He recruited the first class of scholarship gamers in the history of Indiana Tech. He facilitated the design of the team’s custom-built and state-of-the-art gaming


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arena. He was instrumental in the formation of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), an organization that provides structure to collegiate eSports much like the NCAA or NAIA does for athletics. And, he was responsible for choosing Wright as Tech’s first eSports coach. “Kyle’s knowledge of traditional athletics and desire to meet the interests of our students have been key to the successful launch of our eSports program. He has been involved on the national level with the founding of NACE, and still continues to find ways to engage our gamers on campus. In addition, our club team continues to flourish alongside the varsity teams under his leadership,” Dr. Stoker said. “This experience has been so entertaining. Growing a program from the ground up has been very insightful and very exciting,” said Wright, who was hired in August 2017 to be the Warriors’ coach. “We've had a lot of cool successes this season — we've won scrims we didn't think we could win and we've won tournaments. But, then we've also lost games that we shouldn’t have lost, right? It took time for us to play as a team.” For Wright, who himself just graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2016, creating a team atmosphere was a learning experience for everyone. “Gamers, essentially, learn how to play games by themselves. Coming together as a community and creating a team environment around practice, training and bonding has been a learning experience for all of us, but we’re figuring it out,” Wright said. “At the same time, the support from our players has been overwhelming. They're all extremely dedicated to the quality and growth of the program.”

THIS TEAM HAS BEEN STRONG IN THE CLASSROOM, AS WELL, AS NEARLY 25 PERCENT OF THE SQUAD MADE THE DEAN’S LIST DURING THE FALL 2017 SEMESTER. “Parents have voiced concerns about gaming getting in the way of academics and, frankly, that was a concern with some faculty when we first began talking about eSports,” Stoker said. “However, Geoff rey and Kyle continue to stress the importance of academics and helping the students get the support they need if they begin to struggle.” When the year began, Indiana Tech had 22 scholarship gamers on the roster—16 dedicated to the Warriors’

League of Legends team and the remaining six to its Hearthstone squad. League of Legends is a five-versus-five strategic team game with the goal of destroying your opponents' base. Players face obstacles and complete tasks that make their characters more powerful, as well as acquire goods used to destroy the other team's base. Hearthstone is an online collectible card video game for single players. The goal is to beat the opponent by reducing his or her health to zero using minions and spells.

NEXT YEAR, WRIGHT AND KLINKER ARE LOOKING TO BRING IN 15 SCHOLARSHIP PLAYERS, 10 OF WHICH WILL FILL A TEAM FOR INDIANA TECH ESPORTS’ FORAY INTO THE GAME OVERWATCH. Overwatch is a multiplayer team-based fantasy shooter game involving many characters with different powers. Two teams of six players fight against each other with a variety of weapons, ranging from more realistic handguns and melee weapons to over-the-top futuristic weapons. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time.

2017-18 ROSTER JEFFERSON CARMAN Hearthstone, Leo, Indiana, Business Administration, Junior

TRAVIS MCCAFFERY League of Legends, Chillicothe, Missouri, Computer Science, Freshman

JACOB CHIARODO Hearthstone, Crown Point, Indiana, Computer Engineering, Freshman

KYLE MIKELS Hearthstone, Demotte, Indiana, Information Systems, Freshman

ANTHONY CUGAT League of Legends, Jasper, Indiana, Computer Science, Freshman

JORGE NUNEZ League of Legends, Lake Station, Indiana, Psychology, Freshman

LOGAN FISHER League of Legends, Ponca City, Oklahoma, Sports Management, Freshman

JENNIFER PECK League of Legends, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Biomedical Engineering, Freshman

LUCAS FLANAGAN Hearthstone, Morristown, Indiana, Criminal Justice, Sophomore

EDWARD PUMPHREY League of Legends, Lansing, Illinois, Software Engineering, Junior

KELLY HAYS League of Legends, Glenarden, Maryland, Computer Science, Sophomore

CARSON SANDERSON League of Legends, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cybersecurity, Freshman

ETHAN HOFER-CASSIANNI League of Legends, Lancaster, California, Information Technology, Freshman

ETHAN SMITH League of Legends, Akron, Indiana, Software Engineering, Junior

DANIEL KELLOGG League of Legends, Gas City, Indiana, Cybersecurity, Freshman

AUSTIN SOLIS League of Legends, Crown Point, Indiana, Recreation Therapy, Freshman

ADRIAN MACHUCA League of Legends, Santa Rosa, California, Cybersecurity, Freshman

PHILIP WICKER Hearthstone, Shelbyville, Indiana, Computer Science, Freshman

According to Klinker, he and Wright have already secured some solid recruits for the Overwatch squad, an indicator that Indiana Tech’s eSports program has a bright future. “We have had a good first year,” Stoker said. “Going into the year, we weren’t exactly sure if the interest in the club team would remain alongside the varsity team — but that interest has continued to be solid. This continues to show me that we are meeting the needs of our students with an activity that they have been involved with.” Stoker added, “We have brought gamers out of the shadows — out of their rooms. I see the varsity team eating together daily and wearing their team gear. Any hesitancy I may have had at the beginning of this process has been set aside because of the meaningful engagement and student connection, not to mention the recruitment interest and publicity. eSports continues to be a win-win for Indiana Tech.”

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SOCIAL MEDIA HELPS UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY STAY CONNECTED Social media is one of the main ways that individuals and organizations of every description stay connected with one another. Indiana Tech is no different. The university’s many social media channels help alumni stay in touch with each other and with their alma mater, and enable Tech to share all the latest news and events. Indiana Tech’s lead social media platform is Facebook, with the main university page found under @indianatech. Users can find daily updates on university news, events and student accomplishments here, while also being able to reach out with questions and post their own comments about all things Tech. For alumni, the Indiana Tech Alumni Facebook Group is the place to learn about alumni events, get connected to fellow alums and share memories of your time at the university. Find it at @IndianaTechAlumniGroup, and like, share and invite others to the page to make sure you’re connected to all things alumni. Those who tweet can also receive daily updates from Indiana Tech and share their own updates via Twitter. Follow Tech today @IndianaTech. As with Facebook, Indiana Tech alumni have a dedicated Twitter feed they can follow and share updates with: @IndianaTechAlum.


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The university’s YouTube channel is the central location for great videos about academic programs, students, alumni, events and more. Subscribe to receive all the latest updates, and see all our playlists at IndianaTechFW. Similarly, Indiana Tech’s Instagram feed @indianatech is the place to find terrific photography of students and events from around the university. Fans of Warrior athletics can keep up with all their favorite sports on Facebook and Twitter by following @INTechWarriors on both platforms. Scores, news, events and features on Tech athletes are all found on the athletics social media channels. Many Tech sports also have their own Twitter feed. With a strong emphasis on career-focused degrees, Indiana Tech is also active on LinkedIn, at the university’s main organization page, and via the Career Center LinkedIn group groups/3436144. LinkedIn users can expand their professional networks, find job opportunities and connect with our Career Center team here for help with their career goals. Whether you’re looking for help with an answer to a Tech-related question, seeking to expand your professional network, want to share your latest news or just want to keep up with all things Indiana Tech, take time to like, follow and share our social media channels. We look forward to connecting with you!






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ATHLETIC ROUND-UP Below left: Brennan Cochran, No. 9, controls the ball during a men's soccer contest.

2017 Fall Sports Wrap-ups

Below right: Tori Singstock, No. 27, averts a defending player during a women's soccer matchup.



Record: 11-8-0, 7-4-0 WHAC (5th/12), lost in WHAC Tournament quarterfinals to fourth-seeded University of Northwestern Ohio.

Record: 7-9-2, 4-4-2 WHAC (6th/11), lost in WHAC Tournament quarterfinals to third-seeded Siena Heights.

Awards/Honors: 12 WHAC All-Academic Team selections, 4 WHAC All-Conference selections (Brennan Cochran, Andrew Higgins, Oswaldo Segura Diga, Ruben Leonardo), 8 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 2 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team selections (Ruben Leonardo and Oswaldo Segura Diaz), 3 United Soccer Coaches All-Region Team selections (Andrew Higgins, Oswaldo Segura Diaz and Brennan Cochran), 2 CoSIDA Academic All-America Team selections (Ruben Leonardo and Fabian Kaufmann). Notable: First time in program history that we’ve had individuals selected to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Team of CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.


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Awards/Honors: 14 WHAC All-Academic Team selections, 2 WHAC All-Conference selections (Sydney Lemelin and Tori Singstock), 1 WHAC All-Newcomer Team selection (Kayla Saff ran), 8 NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Records: Tori Singstock tied the program record for career goals (66) with a goal in the 49th minute in the WHAC Tournament against Siena Heights, tying former standout Kara Walker's (2003) record. Singstock finished her career as a four-time All-Conference selection and holds the program record for goals in a season (23 in 2012) as well.

Aubree Eggers prepares to spike the ball during a volleyball match.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Record: 14-21, 5-9 WHAC (4th/5 East Division, 8th/11 overall). Awards/Honors: 5 WHAC All-Academic Team selections, 2 WHAC All-Conference Team selections (Aubree Eggers and Olivia Niekamp), 3 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes.

Kudzanai Karawira leads the Warrior pack during a cross country meet last fall.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY WHAC Meet: 1st/8, repeated as WHAC Champions for second title in program history. NAIA Meet: Finished 12th at the NAIA National Championships, their second-best finish in program history. Awards/Honors: WHAC Coach of the Year (Josh Wolfe), WHAC Newcomer of the Year (Kudzanai Karawira), 3 WHAC All-Academic Team selections, 4 WHAC All-Conference Team selections (Cayce Griffin, Kudzanai Karawira, Alex Rodriguez and Lucas Runyan), 2 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY WHAC Meet: 4th/10. Awards/Honors: 4 WHAC All-Academic Team selections, 1 WHAC All-Conference selection (Megan Theismann), 3 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Sandra Villajos finds her pace during a women's cross country meet.

Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Update In late January, a three-member team of higher education peers visited Indiana Tech on behalf of the Higher Learning Commission as part of the accreditation renewal process for the university. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is Indiana Tech’s main accrediting body. During its visit, the HLC team met with university board members, faculty, staff and students at the main Fort Wayne campus, and at Indiana Tech regional locations as well. The visit team also had the opportunity to meet with alumni and members of the community at a welcome reception on main campus,

allowing members to gather further insight on the value of Indiana Tech to its alums and the wider community. Following its visit, the HLC team prepared a site visit report stating its recommendation that Indiana Tech’s accreditation be reaffirmed. This recommendation will now be voted upon by the HLC’s Institutional Action Council (IAC), which provides the final confirmation of each institution’s accreditation. Indiana Tech anticipates the IAC will vote this spring.

Strategic Plan Task Force Developing Final Plan for Board of Trustees Approval The Indiana Tech Strategic Plan Task Force has continued its work throughout the 2017-18 academic year to develop the plan that will help guide the university’s work through its 100th anniversary in 2030. The task force has conducted surveys and focus groups among students, alumni, faculty and staff as part of its work, and has developed six draft strategic focus areas as the framework for the plan. Draft strategic goals include: » We will enhance our academic quality and reputation. » We will deliver a world-class student experience. » We will create a clear, consistent and recognizable brand. » We will grow the human resources, facilities and technological infrastructure.

» We will grow friend-raising and fundraising competency into an institutional strength. » We will develop a vibrant, inclusive and diverse culture connecting all campuses and locations.

The Indiana Tech Board of Trustees will review and then vote upon the final strategic plan developed by the task force at their May 11, 2018, meeting. For more information about the task force and to offer feedback and ideas for the plan, please visit or e-mail


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29th Annual Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 Noon shotgun start


18 holes


4-person scramble

Chestnut Hills Golf Club One of Fort Wayne’s premier golf courses | 11502 Illinois Road | Fort Wayne, Indiana

TWIST is an Indiana Tech tradition started by former professor Walter Trask and

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current professor Dr. Jeffrey Walls. The


outing began as a networking event

to teach students about the game of golf as well as the business exchange that often happens on the course. Over the years, the tournament has grown significantly. The event aims to involve faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and, of course, students, in a relaxed game of golf. Proceeds from this event benefit the Moore/Trask Scholarship, the Indiana Tech golf team and the Alumni Scholarship Award.

$ $ $

320/foursome 80/person 25/student*

* Indiana Tech students only— limited student spots available at this price.

For more information contact Lauren Zuber Director of Alumni Relations 800.937.2448, ext. 2418

Includes green fees, cart (two golfers per cart), lunch, beverages, dinner and awards. Indiana Tech Magazine




Thank you for that. Thank you for being you. Thank you for bringing your talent, drive and ambition to Indiana Tech and then gifting the world with your Warrior spirit.

Do you realize you've already given something back to your school? It's the example you present every day at work and in your life. We hope that someday enough of our alumni will enjoy the kind of success that will enable them to make donations that will allow us to raise up a new generation of Indiana Tech Warriors to serve and succeed in their communities. But our mission with your educations was to equip you with enough of what you needed so that you could go out and live and work and make and do. To give you the skills that you need to build a life of significance and worth. The life you hoped for, day by day, meeting challenge after challenge and little by little getting to where you want to be. And people see you doing that every day, and at least some of them know Indiana Tech is part of what equips you to participate in your community, advance in your career and lead others. So, you're giving something back to us every day, just by being the Warriors that you are.

Alumni Notes We love to hear from our alums and students—their experiences, good times and the memories that come with it. See what our Warrior Community had to say in this edition of Tech Soundbite:

We want you to know we're rooting for you today and every day as surely as we were back in school when you took a test, turned in a paper, led a classroom discussion or played on one of our sports teams. We strive to support our alumni in their postgraduate lives, whether that comes from ongoing support from our Career Center, scholarships for your dependents who choose to attend Indiana Tech, networking events or opportunities to enjoy each other’s company and that of current students at homecoming. Even with this work, we are looking for new and better ways to thank and involve our wonderful alumni in supporting and guiding our current students and new graduates, so if you would like support we haven’t yet offered, and fun we haven’t yet had, please reach out! GO WAR RIORS!

New Jobs Haifa Al Dandan, BBA 2017, BE 2017, has a new position as a production engineer at Saudi Paper Group.

Promotions and Appointments Kurt Bender, MBA 2009, Ph.D. 2014, has been promoted to director of Engineering IT at Harris Corporation.

Life Events Dan Switalski, BSCE 1973 and baseball athlete, retired from Northwestern Mutual.


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SEPTEMBER 27–29 With new activities for the family, along with the old traditions that keep our memories alive, there is something for everyone. Additional information will be mailed out this summer, including reunion invitations and schedule information. We hope you can join us for the celebration of all things Indiana Tech! INDIANATECH.EDU/HOMECOMING

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 Indiana Tech Alumni Group


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MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE The H. Robert and Lois Gill Scholarship When Bob Gill graduated from Indiana Tech in 1960 with a degree in electronic engineering, he felt ready to take on the world. Little did he know that the success he would achieve would one day allow him and his wife, Lois, to change the world for future generations of Indiana Tech students.


hen Bob Gill made the decision to enroll at Indiana Tech, he had already received extensive training as an electronics technician while serving in the Navy. Upon discharge, he wanted to obtain more electronics education and understand the educational theories behind his work. Choosing Tech because of the accelerated 27-month program with a heavy emphasis on math, physics and electronics, Bob excelled in the classroom and earned top scores in his coursework. While he pursued his educational goals, he also courted and married his high school sweetheart, Lois; worked part time at Magnavox as a technician in order to make ends meet; and became a proud father. Yet, even with all of those responsibilities, Bob graduated from Indiana Tech with high honors in 1960. Upon graduation, Bob devoted his talents to the Magnavox Corporation, first in Fort Wayne and Champaign, Illinois, and, later, in California. Bob held a number of increasingly responsible positions with Magnavox while simultaneously continuing his education and achieving a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue and an MBA from Pepperdine.


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In the 1980s, Bob and Lois moved from sunny California to the beautiful Boulder, Colorado, area where Bob became president of the Ball Corporation’s Industrial Systems Division. There, he created a new worldwide industrial instruments and systems business and continued to develop his gift for recognizing and developing potential in companies and in individuals. Bob has shared that one of the courses he found useful in developing businesses was a psychology course he took at Pepperdine. Using that insight into people and the way they think and work made Bob a very sought-after advisor and leader, with many companies requesting his expertise. In 1996, Bob founded a consulting firm that provides mentoring and direction for high-tech private equity groups and emerging public and private companies. Along the way, Bob became the CEO of five of his client companies, and he continues to serve as a board member and advisor to four high-tech companies. One such company grew from 20 to over 1,000 employees during his tenure, providing a tenfold return for investors. While working incredibly hard to build a successful career, Bob also devoted time and energy to his family and to his community. Bob and Lois spent 58

two strang changed my life in a forever be grateful to


happy years together until her passing in 2015. Their two children and five grandchildren know and love Bob as a devoted father and grandfather. Bob has also been a tireless supporter of the Indiana Tech community, serving as a member of the board of trustees over the last nine years while making Tech a recipient of his philanthropy. Together, Bob and Lois created the H. Robert and Lois Gill Scholarship Fund at Indiana Tech to help future generations of bright Indiana Tech students achieve their educational dreams without the burden of student loans. Kelly Workman, a senior elementary education major, has benefited from the Gills’ generosity during her time at Indiana Tech. In September 2017, she shared these words of thanks and appreciation for the Gills at our annual President’s Dinner: "When I decided to become a Warrior, I knew it would be a financial challenge for me. I found out that even with straight A’s in high school, a decent ACT score, and a resume full of clubs and volunteer experience, I would still have to take out $10,000 in loans per year, a risky reality I would face at any university I chose. Knowing that my goal after college was to become an

elementary educator, I was convinced it would take me years after graduation to pay back the debt. My worries were short lived, and a month or two into my first semester at Tech I received the biggest blessing of my college career. My phone rang, and the person on the other end of the line told me that I had received the H. Robert and Lois Gill Scholarship that would pay for the remaining balance of my education for the next four years. I remember sitting in my coach’s office and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face; it felt like a dream. I called my mom to share the news and she burst into tears, which of course made me do the same. Two strangers had changed my life in a moment and I will forever be grateful to them for their love and generosity." Kelly is one of many students whose lives have been changed thanks to the generosity of Bob and Lois Gill. Bob’s life work is stellar and his resume is impressive — but their legacy of philanthropy is one of their greatest achievements.

Robert Gill's Indiana Tech yearbook photo from 1960

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Alumni SPOTLIGHT Indiana Tech Alumni and HR Superstars Distinguished Faculty Lecture Participants From left to right: Morgan York, Ashley Benvenuti, Mike Torres, Baily Beiswanger and Jessica Rambo

It’s no secret that alumni involvement is one of the keys to Indiana Tech’s success. Thankfully, our faculty and staff look for opportunities to involve our alumni in on-campus activities. During the week leading up to President Einolf’s inauguration, Dr. Jeff Walls turned his Distinguished Faculty Lecture into a panel discussion with some alumni superstars within the human resources field. Each of the participants was recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation as one of the Top 10 Undergraduate Students in the Nation in their respective graduation year, and they haven’t stopped achieving since! We checked in with the panel participants to gain some additional perspective on their participation, and the alumni outlook they brought to the event.

favorite parts of staying in Fort Wayne after graduation. I love coming for recruiting events, speaking with classes about internships and my journey at Indiana Tech. I also love participating in events, such as the mock Interviews, to be able to reach out to students and lend them insight on how important it is to be a successful student and gain experience before jumping into a career after college.” à Morgan York, B.S. Human Resources, Class of 2017, Expected MBA completion August 2018

When you were a student at Indiana Tech, did interacting with alumni in your desired field impact your studies? “Being introduced to alumni of Tech definitely impacted my career and helped me grow personally and professionally. My first internship outside of the Indiana Tech campus introduced me to multiple Tech graduates who had careers in the field of HR and they helped to pave a path for my success in the ‘real world.’" à Baily Beiswanger, B.S. Human Resources, Class of 2013; MBA Class of 2015 Why is it important to you to participate as an alumna in events like Distinguished Faculty Lectures? “I see my participation in alumni events as a chance to give back and help others. When I was a student at Indiana Tech, being involved


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in these lectures allowed me to develop relationships and to learn from leaders in their field. Having this chance to engage with professionals who provided experiences and learning opportunities was something that has been invaluable to me in my career. These type of events that Indiana Tech offered me contributed to a life of success and I believe it is now my chance to offer students this same opportunity.” à Ashley Benvenuti, B.S. Human Resources, Class of 2015; MBA Class of 2017 What do you enjoy most about returning to campus to engage with current students? “Returning to campus and engaging with current students is one of my

What would you say to other alumni who are interested in getting involved with Indiana Tech? “Do it! It would be a rare day that anyone would offer up their time in volunteerism of any form and regret it; even rarer would be not enjoying an opportunity to help someone else grow and achieve things through your time spent lifting them up. Every moment spent at Tech makes an impact on at least one student. Why pass that up?” à Jessica Rambo, B.S. Computer Security and Investigation, Class of 2010; MBA, Class of 2012 Alumnus Mike Torres also participated in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture panel discussion.

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 Tracina Smith at 800.937.2448, ext. 2421.

Dawn E. Bleeke Decatur, IN Accounting, 1988

Lionel N. Hicks Wendell, NC Electrical Engineering, 1952

Joseph E. Morrow Spring Hill, FL Electrical Engineering, 1967

John M. Van Pelt Littleton, CO Aeronautical Engineering, 1950

Laurel E. Castetter Olathe, CO Civil Engineering, 1953

Phillip C. Hunt Tucson, AZ Civil Engineering, 1960

Paul A. Perry Atlanta, GA Mechanical Engineering, 1949

Francis William Weaver Bixby, OK Civil Engineering, 1949

Frank Regis Cechvala Fort Wayne, IN Mathematics, 1966

Stephen J. Ignace Fort Wayne, IN Mechanical Engineering, 1967

Luther M. Rudisill Allen, TX Radio Engineering, 1951

Robert W. Wolfe Sun City Center, FL Civil Engineering, 1959

Keith Lewis Cosner Roanoke, VA Mechanical Engineering, 1955

Kenneth E. Kern Sparta, NC Aeronautical Engineering, 1959

George Sadakne Morristown, TN Chemical Engineering, 1966

John B. Wright Knoxville, TN Aeronautical Engineering, 1955

William Robert Dunkelberger Huntsville, AL Aeronautical Engineering, 1957

Louis Korolis Mount Prospect, IL Aerospace Engineering, 1968

George W. Schumacher Arlington, VA Electronic Engineering, 1958

Thomas J. Folga Huntington Beach, CA Mechanical Engineering, 1967

Alvin A. Lawrence Columbus, OH Aeronautical Engineering, 1949

Alvin Sellens Olathe, KS Electrical Engineering, 1951

William R. Frey Palatine, IL Electrical Engineering, 1966

Ray E. Lowry Lititz, PA Electrical Engineering, 1962

Rudolf K. Stegelmann Goshen, IN Mechanical Engineering, 1960

Robert O. Gavitt Okeechobee, FL Electronic Engineering, 1962

Donnell W. Morrison Morristown, TN Mechanical Engineering, 1952

Kazuo Togashi Fort Wayne, IN Chemical Engineering, 1958

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This — remembered!


For the “Remember this?” feature in the last issue of Indiana Tech Magazine, we included this photo of the wind tunnel that used to be in the Dana Engineering Center (now known as the Zollner Engineering Center) and asked our readers to share stories about the history of this testing tool from our former aeronautical engineering degree program. As usual, our readers came through in sharing memories that help us document the storied history of this university. This time, however, the memories included sadness. We learned of an accident in the wind tunnel at our original Washington Boulevard campus that took the life of aeronautical engineering student Alfred J. Konrad in February 1956. After Mr. Konrad’s tragic death, additional safeguards intended to prevent injuries were implemented in future iterations of the wind tunnel. As a result, Indiana Tech’s aeronautics program went on to serve as a launching pad for several engineering professionals who played important roles during the early days of our country’s space program.

Seeing the picture of the wind tunnel brought back memories of my time in the lab. Not only was I there as an aerospace engineering student, but I also worked in the lab. I was on work-study from 1970 through 1972. I was assigned to the aero and mechanical labs to keep the projects and labs clean and apparatus ready for the various experiments to be done by the students. My one memory working inside the wind tunnel was about the lockout on the entrance to the tunnel. When the door was open (as seen in your photograph), the wind tunnel couldn’t be operated. So, I was especially noisy when I was inside the tunnel doing maintenance so that no one would inadvertently close the door and start the motor. It was sad to me when the aero program ended many years ago. I felt it was one of the best overall engineering programs on the campus. You would be exposed to subjects from almost all the engineering disciplines as part of the program. It helped me in my career. Indiana Tech Magazine: The Dec. 21, 1968, edition of Fort Wayne’s evening newspaper, The News-Sentinel, reported that day’s launch of Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program and the first manned spacecraft to leave the Earth’s orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. Along with the account of the launch was a brief article that indicated that approximately 75 graduates of Indiana Tech were involved in the Apollo 8 program.

H A RV E Y SM I T H , B SA E 1 9 61 I worked in the wind tunnel part time as a student for two years. Shortly after my wife and I arrived at Indiana Tech in the summer of 1959, I was hired by professor Bennett Kemp to fabricate and assemble models and equipment for the new wind tunnel, as I was a licensed aircraft mechanic and could do welding. I also became a wind tunnel student, taking wind tunnel and aircraft design courses under Mr. Siegfried Brunnenkant, an excellent and engaging instructor. At that point, the wind tunnel was still being set up and calibrated with tests to learn about the wind tunnel airflow. As students, we did some of these tests as our classwork. I loved these courses and I threw myself into the work as I was there to learn aerodynamics and how to design airplanes. I still have the reports in my cellar as I never had the heart to throw them out.


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STANLEY P R OZ NY, BSAE 1967 I never did get to design airplanes. Instead, in 1963 after the Apollo Moon Landing program started, I went to work as a design engineer at United Technologies on the Lunar Excursion Module environmental control and the Apollo Spacesuit Backpack. In 1969, I was responsible for 50 design engineers on the Apollo Spacesuit Backpack, which kept the astronauts alive on the moon. Indiana Tech Magazine: When the Dana Engineering Center opened in June 1958, it featured a new wind tunnel that was considered the showpiece of the building. The tunnel was designed by Ben L. Dow, longtime head of Indiana Tech’s Department of Aeronautical Engineering, and professor Kemp. It was powered by a 222 horsepower motor that created wind speeds up to 200 miles per hour.

I spent many “happy” hours in that facility. I understand that the tunnel was built by aero engineering students in the late 1950s under the direction of professor Bennett Kemp. Upon graduation, I went to work for a military aircraft manufacturer as an aerodynamic performance test engineer. We evaluated prototype U.S. Navy fighters’ performance against data received from wind tunnels at Cornell Aerodynamic Labs (now Calspan). My experience with Tech’s wind tunnel allowed me to step in and contribute next to older, more experienced engineers.

MARK PINNE Y, B SAE 1 975 I graduated from the aero department in 1975. During my four years at Tech, we had several class projects using and model testing in the wind tunnel. In my junior year between January and May of 1974, some of our lab work taught us how to calibrate the test section speed, calibrate a three-component balance system, do drag measurements by a pressure survey, determine the aerodynamic characteristics of a wing, determine the drag coefficient of a one-half scale landing gear and obtain the aerodynamic data of a 1/20-scale Longs Racer airplane model. All of these models were Indiana Tech models. During my senior year in March of 1975, a classmate and I tested an R/C aircraft model that I designed and built to obtain its aerodynamic characteristics to compare against later flight testing. We had a hard time convincing the department that the model was strong enough to withstand testing. We used pop-riveted aluminum sheeting construction with carved wood components to satisfy the concerns of the department head. It worked. I remember (early in the 1970s) NASA distributed various small-scale model configurations of the planned space shuttle (at that time I believe the program may have been called the Space Transportation System) to colleges and universities around the country. I believe that some of these were tested in the Indiana Tech wind tunnel. For its size and construction, Indiana Tech’s wind tunnel was a good facility and produced accurate data.

When the Dana Engineering Center opened in June 1958, it featured a new wind tunnel that was considered the showpiece of the building.

This photo appeared with the April 1, 1974, Journal Gazette story mentioned at right. Professor Ben Dow, center, works with students Quinton Pierson, left, and Kerry Eversole.

Indiana Tech Magazine: An article in the April 1, 1974, issue of Fort Wayne’s Journal Gazette newspaper talked about lift and drag testing that was being done on NASA-donated models by Indiana Tech students in the wind tunnel. The models represented NASA’s next vehicle design for space travel: a shuttle craft that launched piggy-back style on a booster, had rocket engines of its own for independent flight and was able to re-enter the atmosphere from orbit and land. Seven years and 11 days after the article appeared, NASA’s first space shuttle, Columbia, launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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SAVE THE DATES Commencement May, 12 10:30 a.m.  Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN Homecoming 2018 September 27 – 29 Indiana Tech Main Campus, Fort Wayne, IN TWIST Golf Outing September 16, Fort Wayne, IN For registration information and more, visit

Remember this? Indiana Tech had a nightclub? Yes, it did, according to this photo from the Sept. 22, 1969, edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Three days prior, The Cove opened—with live music provided by Fort Wayne’s Blue Agony—somewhere on the Indiana Tech campus. We have very little information about The Cove in our archives. So, Warrior Nation, we are asking you to dig deep for us on this one. Where was The Cove located? Who ran the facility? How big was it? How long was it in existence? What memories do you have of “shaking your booty” there? And, who the heck was Blue Agony and why were they so tormented? If you can help us fill in the blanks, we would love to hear from you. Contact Lauren Zuber, director of alumni relations, at We will share our findings in the next issue of Indiana Tech Magazine.