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In May, Indiana Tech’s men's track & field and cross country programs were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the NAIA Program of the Year for a second straight year. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year Award is bestowed annually to the most outstanding cross country/ track & field programs across all collegiate levels. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution's finish at their respective championships.


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EDGAR NAMED BEST COACH In March, Indiana Tech’s men’s and women’s track & field coach Doug Edgar was honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the National Coach of the Year for both the men and women. Edgar was the USTFCCCA’s 2016 men’s National Coach of the Year.

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Inside Tech 06 Letter from the President

18 Commencement 2017

New president Dr. Karl Einolf is eager to build on the momentum created by his predecessors.

See a wrap-up of Indiana Tech's biggest day of the year!

24 The Sky is the Limit Across the University

08 Student Life By the Numbers

In this issue, By the Numbers breaks down how Student Life kept the student body engaged and entertained during the 2016-17 school year.

Since its inception in 2010, Tech's online education program has grown by leaps and bounds.

28 Sports Roundup Courtney Dye wins a historic golf title during the Warriors' outstanding spring sports season.


10 Tech Happenings Indiana Tech has launched a virtual tour that allows users from around the world to view the Fort Wayne campus without leaving their seat.

12 Q & A with Dr. Karl Einolf Find out what brought Indiana Tech's ninth president to Fort Wayne and what his favorite movie is.

14 A Few Words With… Dominic Lombardo, Director and Assistant Professor of the Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Program.

16 Pease, Watland Join Tech Rachel Pease is the new vice president for Institutional Advancement; Dr. Kathleen Watland is the new dean of the College of Business.

17 Tech’s Top Picks Faculty and staff members share their favorite podcasts.

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32 Supporting Students One way to do it is through your IRA.

35 Alumni Spotlight Learn what’s new with your fellow Warriors and how to stay connected.

36 A Passion for Improvement Tech alum Ken Skiles has a knack for fostering positive change in companies and people.

37 Tech in Your Town


Indiana Tech’s Institutional Advancement office has a team of dedicated individuals who regularly visit with our alumni all across the country. See where they’ve been.

38 Mysteries Solved Our “Remember this?” feature is becoming a fan-favorite, thanks in part to the mystery-solving prowess of our alumni.

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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT As one of the newest members of the Indiana Tech community, I’ve been learning more each day about our university’s proud history and about the people who have built us into the institution we are today. Our alumni, students, faculty and staff are eager to share their perspective on what makes Indiana Tech so special. The picture below illustrates one vital element of our growth and success — a legacy of effective leadership. In late June, members of the community and alums from around the region welcomed my wife, Maria, and me to the Indiana Tech family at a reception in Fort Wayne. My two predecessors as president, Dr. Art Snyder and Don Andorfer, were there and were gracious enough to help capture the moment with the photo you see here. I’ve kept it close by ever since, as a reminder of their service to Tech, and, as many have noted, of the “big shoes” I now must fill. I look forward to working with each of you to build on the momentum of success left by Presidents Snyder and Andorfer, and all those who came before.

you’ll find more on our first-ever national champion golfer, Courtney Dye, who won the individual NAIA Women’s Golf title at the PGA National course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. As we start our 2017-18 academic year, universities here in the U.S. and around the world continue to evolve at a rapid rate. Technology provides new and innovative ways to deliver education to a wider range of students of all ages, while at the same time giving birth to industries and businesses that require new skills and leadership from welleducated workers. Indiana Tech is well positioned to succeed in this new higher education environment, as seen in the variety of programs we offer, and the ways in which we serve our students. Whether a student learns in person at our main campus or at one of our regional locations, online, or some combination of the two, our degree programs help them pursue meaningful and in-demand careers, in an affordable way. On page 24, you can learn more about one aspect of this, online education, which has greatly expanded opportunities for students here at Tech. Of course, not every educational opportunity can be experienced online. That’s why we’ve worked to offer students an expanding range of organizations and activities to enrich their academic experience. On page 8, you will learn more about the full scope of student life and student organization activities in our regular By the Numbers feature.


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An annual illustration of our success comes each May, at commencement time. Students from all walks of life join us for this special day, the culmination of years of hard work and the support of their families and friends. On page 18 you’ll find our annual commencement recap and photo album.

My thanks to all of you who have helped welcome me to Indiana Tech as I have begun my presidency. I look forward to meeting more of you in the days ahead, including at Homecoming 2017. Join us September 28- October 1 to reconnect with old Warrior friends, and make new friends as you do!

Our students have been achieving success outside of the classroom as well, as this month’s cover demonstrates. Our men’s and women’s track & field teams continue a sustained, remarkable run of success, and this year was no different, with each team taking home national indoor titles and boasting multiple individual event champions. On page 30,


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Institutional Advancement Rachel Pease Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dave Stevens Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tracina Smith Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations Lauren Zuber Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Biers, MBA ’15 Annual Fund Director Neal Quandt, MBA ’16 Advancement Services 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 Webmaster 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. © 2017 Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana Tech online: Please send comments, news and feature story ideas to: Indiana Tech attn: Marketing 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 260.422.5561 or 800.937.2448, ext. 2250 email: The editors reserve the right to edit articles for length and clarity. Articles may be reproduced with permission and proper attribution.

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By the Numbers Student Life The work required to earn an Indiana Tech degree is substantial, from classwork to internships to senior projects, and everything in between. Activities outside the classroom also play an important role in the college experience of our students. Indiana Tech Student Life provides many opportunities for students to get involved, have fun, give back, build lasting connections and more. A look at the numbers for our most recently completed academic year (2016-17) shows there is always something happening at Indiana Tech.


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Indiana Tech Student Life organizes hundreds of events every academic year to keep students entertained and engaged when they are away from the rigors of the classroom.

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Tech Happenings

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eSports team prepares for inaugural league season Last August, Indiana Tech announced it was taking its electronic sports initiative to a new level by launching a varsity eSports program and offering students scholarships to compete in League of Legends and Hearthstone. Since then, eSports director Kyle Klinker has been busy getting the Warriors ready for their first varsity eSports season by recruiting players and hiring the squad's first coach, Geoffrey Wright. Wright, a Georgia Southern University graduate with ample experience in gaming and gaming leadership, was hired in August. In addition, Klinker, Indiana Tech and five other institutions were instrumental in forming the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE), which is comparatively the NCAA of video gaming. NACE will provide structure to collegiate eSports; the organization will develop rules and regulations for academics and transferring students, much like the NCAA or NAIA. It will also develop a league setting for competition and tournaments. To follow Indiana Tech's eSports program during its first season, visit


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In February, Indiana Tech senior computer science major Hannah Dodd was named one of two college students to earn Intern of the Year honors from Indiana INTERNet. Dodd was a full-time intern with the City of Butler, Indiana’s GIS (Geographic Information Systems)/ IT Department during summer 2016, and was one of 68 students nominated for the honor. Internally, Anabell Cordero was Indiana Tech's Intern of the Year for her work at Vera Bradley, while Parkview Health was our intern Company of the Year.

Prospective and past Warriors can tour Tech virtually Indiana Tech has launched an interactive virtual tour that allows visitors from around the world to explore the Fort Wayne, Indiana, campus remotely. The tour is available in three languages (English, Mandarin and Spanish) and is comprised of nine stops highlighting academic centers, student

New on-campus sculpture reflects Tech’s global influence The stainless steel sculpture, “Charting Your Course, Influencing Your World,” was erected on the Fort Wayne campus, just northwest of the Wilfred Uytengsu Sr. Center. The piece, created by artist/ sculptor Greg Todd, reflects Indiana Tech’s global influence. The sculpture is Todd’s second on the campus; his bronze “Seekers of Knowledge” was erected in Scully Square in 2006.

housing and recreational facilities. The virtual tour offers viewers an experience comparable to visiting the university in person. Tour stops include fullframe photos of each location, 360-degree panoramas, and related photos and videos. It can be accessed via desktop, tablet, mobile phone or virtual reality glasses at indianatech. edu/virtual-tour.

Cybersecurity team continues to excel in 2016-17

President Snyder earns several honors prior to departure On May 4, the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees recognized retiring president Dr. Arthur Snyder for his service to Indiana Tech by naming the Snyder Academic Center in his honor. The Snyder Academic Center was built in 2014 and is the home of McMillen Library, the College of General Studies, classrooms and computer labs, the Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery, the Multi-Flex Theater and Kachmann Café. Also announced at the event was the establishment of the Dr. Arthur and Camille Snyder Presidential Scholarship, which was created through the generous contributions of Indiana Tech alumni and friends. The Snyder Scholarship will be awarded each year to a student or students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership and

Tech's second Day of Giving a great success On Thursday, April 27, Indiana Tech held its second Warrior Day of Giving. We invited our alumni and friends to donate to Indiana Tech to inspire all that is good about this world-class institution. During this 24-hour period, the Warrior Nation responded with zeal to help strengthen Indiana Tech’s mission and initiatives and reinforce the university’s commitment to keeping tuition affordable. During the day, just over $55,000 was raised and more than 10,000 social media interactions were recorded. Learn more about Warrior Day of Giving at

community service in the best traditions of Indiana Tech. On June 23, Dr. Snyder was presented with a Sagamore of the Wabash, which is among the highest civilian honors bestowed by Indiana governors. Among those who have received Sagamores are astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians and citizens who have contributed greatly to Indiana’s unique Hoosier heritage. Dr. Snyder was recognized for his military service in the Vietnam conflict; his contributions toward revitalizing Fort Wayne’s East Central neighborhood; and his leadership in sparking unprecedented academic and enrollment growth at the university. The chair of Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees, Janet Chrzan, presented Dr. Snyder with the award on behalf of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.

It was another busy and successful spring for the Indiana Tech Cyber Warriors. In March, Indiana Tech's cybersecurity team won its third straight state championship in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), beating competition that included Purdue University and Indiana University. In April, the Cyber Warriors were one of 15 teams invited to participate in the Second Annual Cyber Defense Competition at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. The team finished eighth. And, finally, the team participated in the National Cyber League tournament, which included more than 2,000 top cybersecurity students from hundreds of schools across the country. Individually, Chandler Dodenhoff, Ethan Anderson, Matt Kowal and Austin Blanton were recognized among the very best competitors during the competition while the team made an impressive 10th-place finish. The NCL was created in May 2011 to provide an ongoing virtual training ground for participants to develop, practice and validate their cybersecurity knowledge and skills using next-generation highfidelity simulation environments.


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Q&A Indiana Tech: What about Indiana Tech made you want to become its next president?

a touching gesture, and I expect to use the book often!

Einolf: I am so impressed by the people in the Indiana Tech community. There is a unified passion for student learning and success, a deep sense of pride for Indiana Tech and a genuine concern for Indiana Tech’s long-term financial sustainability.

Indiana Tech: Tell us about your family.

Indiana Tech: Since you are still new to Indiana Tech, what do you think of the university and its home city, Fort Wayne, Indiana? Einolf: The university — in Fort Wayne and in our other locations — is absolutely beautiful with modern facilities and contemporary technologies. It is exciting living in Fort Wayne at a time when the city is going through an economic upswing and revitalization. Indiana Tech: Have you had any surprises since you have been here? Einolf: When Dr. Snyder left Indiana Tech, he gave me a book of prayers that his predecessor, Don Andorfer, gave him when he started his presidency in 2003. It was


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Einolf: My wife, Maria, is my best friend and has been a great partner in life. We’ve been married for 27 years, and she is excited to move to Fort Wayne. She just retired from a 28-year career as a seventh-grade science teacher. She is Italian and a wonderful cook!

I have two sons, Nicholas (19) and Thomas (17). Nicholas will be a sophomore this year, studying biology at Mount St. Mary’s University. He is a great drummer and has a lot of musical talent. He spent this summer working at a YMCA camp as a lifeguard and sailing instructor. Thomas will be a senior in high school this coming year. Maria and I are letting him finish his senior year in Pennsylvania. Thomas is a talented soccer player, and he is being recruited to play soccer in college. Perhaps he will play at Indiana Tech! Both Nicholas and Thomas are excited about this new stage in our lives and I love when they visit Fort Wayne!

A Indiana Tech: What are a couple of your proudest accomplishments and why?

Einolf: I am proud of the many accomplishments my students have had over the years. I cannot take credit for any of their successes as they all did it themselves, but I’d like to think that I’ve been able to encourage, motivate and inspire students to go beyond what they believed was possible. Indiana Tech: What are your favorite sports/teams? Einolf: Truthfully, I like competition of all kind! From football, soccer, baseball and basketball to the Tour de France, curling and American Ninja Warrior. I grew up outside Pittsburgh, so I am partial to the Black and Gold. But my favorite teams are now all Warriors of Indiana Tech! Indiana Tech: What are your favorite movies, and quotes from them? Einolf: I have two: The Empire Strikes Back (“Do or do not. There is no try!”) and Dead Poet’s Society (“Seize the day, boys!”).

Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf On Dec. 5, 2016, Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees selected Dr. Karl Einolf to be the university’s ninth president. On July 1, 2017, Dr. Einolf officially began his new role and has been off and running ever since. As he began his tenure at Indiana Tech, Dr. Einolf took some time to answer questions for Indiana Tech Magazine.

Indiana Tech: What is your favorite band? Einolf: The Killers

got back from mountain bike riding at Fort Wayne’s Franke Park. What a beautiful gem in the city!

Indiana Tech: What is your favorite song?

Indiana Tech: Favorite vacation destination

Einolf: “Sam’s Town” by The Killers (Abbey Road version)

Einolf: Deer Valley YMCA Camp (

Indiana Tech: What is your favorite book?

Indiana Tech: Beach or mountains

Einolf: The Bible. And there are too many to choose from for second place… “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom is a good one.

Einolf: Mountains Indiana Tech: Can employees expect to see you in the Fitness Center?

Indiana Tech: What is your favorite food? Einolf: Yes! Einolf: Anything my wife, Maria, cooks. And if she’s not cooking, then anything I can get at Chipotle! Indiana Tech: What do you like to do for recreation?

Indiana Tech: Can employees expect to see you at athletic events and other student life offerings? Einolf: Absolutely!

Einolf: I enjoy swimming, biking and running (and probably in that order). I am really excited that Fort Wayne’s new YMCA just opened up one mile from our new house. I also just

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Indiana Tech: You are a Fort Wayne guy, but you spent a large portion of your professional career in Los Angeles. What made you want to become a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department right out of college? Lombardo: I have to admit, growing up watching television shows like Adam 12 and Dragnet had some influence on my decision to want to be a member of the LAPD. In high school, when I started to research the LAPD, I found that they were a leader in law enforcement innovation. The LAPD started and formed what we now know as the SWAT team, team-policing, the DARE Program and several other programs that have been models for police departments world-wide. I was captured by the level of professionalism and the outstanding reputation the LAPD has earned throughout the law enforcement world. Indiana Tech: Why did you choose to get into law enforcement? Lombardo: Historically, law enforcement is the type of occupation that is passed down from one generation to another. I was, and have been, the only family member to ever become a police officer. For me, deciding to become a police officer could be described as a “calling,” much like someone deciding to become a priest or pastor. I completed several internships related to law enforcement while at Ball State University, and, basically, serving the community in that capacity made me feel good and only served as confirmation that I wanted to dedicate my life to public service in the career as a police officer. Indiana Tech: You were a police officer in Los Angeles during two incredibly polarizing events of our time—the riots that resulted from the Rodney King verdict (April 29-May 4, 1992) and the O.J. Simpson murder case (June 12, 1994-Oct. 3, 1995). What was it like to

be an officer in the city during that time? How close were you to these situations?

Lombardo: The Rodney King incident not only had a direct impact on the LAPD but the entire law enforcement world, as well. It changed the response of police departments throughout the country in dealing with issues involving excessive force. Not only was it my department in the world news, it also involved a close friend of mine that was the supervisor at that scene. To stand there in my uniform watching the city that I was sworn to “protect and serve” burn down before my very eyes and knowing at the time there was nothing I could do, was very disheartening and surreal. The O.J. Simpson-related murders and trial was, at the very least, so frustrating. It was felt by all members of the LAPD that we were actually the ones on trial. All those feelings of disappointment, sadness for the two victims and their families and,of course, personal frustration, resurfaced in the recent documentary regarding the O.J. Simpson episode on television. It’s hard to believe that 20 years later a new generation is still being exposed to that sad period in American criminal justice history. Indiana Tech: What brought you to higher education? How did you arrive at Indiana Tech?

of criminal justice. Teaching is a noble and highly rewarding profession, much like police work, in which one is able to directly affect change in the lives of others. I cannot think of a better way to contribute to the betterment of society after making the decision to retire from the LAPD. Indiana Tech is an organization with a welcoming environment, which accommodates and encourages a variety of student learning styles. Our university is a very strong advocate of “hands-on” learning which fits my style perfectly. There is no other university that I have been exposed to that encourages and promotes a problem-solving and critical-thinking approach like Indiana Tech! Indiana Tech: As director of Indiana Tech’s Center for Criminal Justice, what is your mission for this segment of our university? What are your goals for our students? Lombardo: As the director of this program, my goal as an instructor and advisor is to instill a passion within my students while providing them with an educational environment that is encouraging and positive. I hope to provide them with the skills and tools necessary for success and foster the individual talents of each student, giving them the confidence to embrace their dreams in both their careers and their personal lives. I want my students to look back on their time with me and at Indiana Tech and remember me as a teacher and person who genuinely cared for their well-being. I also want my peers to remember me as a professional who was always eager to participate, and a mentor who actively contributed to the growth and development of our Indiana Tech community.

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ACROSS THE UNIVERSITY TECH TAPS WINDY CITY FOR THE NEW DEAN OF ITS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Dr. Kathleen Watland was hired by Indiana Tech as dean of its College of Business. She began her new role at Tech on July 1. Dr. Watland comes to Indiana Tech from Chicago’s Saint Xavier University, where she was associate dean, associate professor and director of the Graham School of Management Graduate Programs for the Chicago Police Department. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and a master's degree from Purdue University. Kate earned her doctorate from Loyola University, Chicago, specializing in employee and training development, organizational development and change management. “I am so very impressed with every member of the Indiana Tech community

– from the students, to the faculty, to the administrators,” Dr. Watland said. “Prior to starting, I had the privilege of meeting a small group of students on a Saturday morning earlier this year. In my brief conversations with them, their intelligence, industriousness and engagement were evident. They described the many positive experiences they have had at Indiana Tech. Similarly, in each of my conversations with faculty, I was impressed with their clear commitment to student success, both in the classroom and beyond.” Dr. Watland’s research interests include leadership development, management education and employee development. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally; her most recent publication, Say “Yes and” to Students Learning Teamwork! Using Improv

RACHEL PEASE CHOSEN TO BE THE UNIVERSITY’S VP OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Rachel Pease joined Indiana Tech as vice president for Institutional Advancement on Aug. 21. She takes over for Brian Engelhart, whose previous role as vice president for University Relations oversaw Tech’s development and marketing communications efforts. Engelhart remains at Indiana Tech in the new role of vice president for Marketing and Communication. Pease comes to Indiana Tech from Dickinson College of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. As senior advancement officer there, she was part of a division that raised more than $11 million per year, and she personally raised more than $1.75 million in new outright and planned gift commitments in an 18-month period. “I view my development work as engaging people in the university’s community in a deep and meaningful way. Donors want to invest in something beyond themselves for the greater 16

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in the College Classroom to Build Teamwork Skills, focuses on building teamwork skills in a management education program. “One of the reasons I accepted the position is because there is a great deal of alignment between my values and those already displayed at Indiana Tech. I do hope to be able to support the faculty and staff in their goals for continuing to serve the students,” Dr. Watland said. “There is so much talent there and I want to help them continue to shine. They are focused on preparing students for leadership roles and to live lives of ‘significance and worth.’ That truly resonates with me and I want to contribute to that.

good,” Pease said about her career. “I believe philanthropy allows us, as people, to be less absorbed with our own problems and more concerned with our neighbors, and it provides us the opportunity to experience true happiness and satisfaction through the act of giving.” Prior to joining Dickinson College, Pease’s positions have included director of Academic Development and interim director of Development at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland; director of Annual Giving and Development Communication at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; and director of the Annual Fund at Shippensburg University. “Rachel has a proven track record of building relationships and generating support for worthwhile causes,” said Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl W. Einolf. “Through engagement with our alumni, corporate partners and friends of our university, she will contribute much to our mission of preparing our students for lives of significance and worth. She will be a dynamic and valuable addition to the Indiana Tech leadership team.”

Tech’s Top Picks BUSINESS AND ENGINEERING ACCREDITATION During the 2016-17 academic year, Indiana Tech’s College of Business and College of Engineering earned critical recognitions from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) — the two foremost accrediting bodies for those respective disciplines. It is the first time the College of Business has been recognized by the IACBE. In addition to complying with the council’s accreditation principles, the IACBE commented that Indiana Tech’s “College of Business has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations.”

“Receiving this honor is very gratifying for our university,” said President Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. “We have quality, dedicated faculty and student-focused staff who are committed to equipping our students with business education that is innovative, current and career-focused. I congratulate everyone in our College of Business for helping make this happen.” The IACBE was founded in 1997 and is nationally recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It is the leader in mission-driven and

outcomes-based programmatic accreditation in business and management education for student-centered colleges, universities, and other higher education institutions throughout the world. On the College of Engineering’s celebration day, it learned that its Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs had been reaccredited by ABET, which will last until Sept. 30, 2022.

“Engineering has been an integral part of Indiana Tech since our founding in 1930,” said Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering. “We are pleased with ABET’s findings, as they validate the tremendous work done by our College of Engineering on behalf of our students. We are achieving our goal of preparing them to find new and better ways to address the STEM challenges of the 21st century.” ABET is the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

In this “Tech’s Top Picks,” we asked you, “What is your favorite podcast?” “The Adventure Zone” is a live-play comedy Dungeons and Dragons podcast that isn’t as nerdy as it sounds. Three brothers and their dad play through a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that has amazing storytelling that is engaging and hilarious. Joel Kuhn Web Developer

“The Memory Palace.” It’s a shortform history podcast, with each episode beautifully written and presented as a story. Instead of recounting names and dates, host Nate DiMeo brings his subjects to life through storytelling and focuses on the humanity of each topic. My favorite example of this is the episode “Distance,” a story about the personal tragedy that led to a world-changing invention. Sarah Suraci Graphic Designer

I am a podcast addict. Matter of fact, that is the name of the app I use to manage my podcasts. I love politics, so I follow with several podcasts. My favorites are “CSPAN Radio Washington Today” and “The Diane Rehm Show.”

“The Judge John Hodgman Podcast” is a comedy podcast hosted by John Hodgman, a humorist who frequently appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and authored a handful of parody trivia books such as “More Information Than You Require.” Two people come onto the show with a genuine dispute and Hodgman teases them about their respective selfishness and myopia for several minutes before finally advising them on how to resolve their disagreement—advice that is consistently thoughtful and perceptive despite Hodgman’s relentless teasing. Matthew Willits Distance Education Specialist

Adam Carolla, host of “The Adam Carolla Show,” can be off-color, condescending and difficult to listen to at times, but his core messages regarding work ethic and family have resonated with me over the past 10 years. Matt Bair Director of Marketing and Communication

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START Saturday, May 13, 2017, was a special day for the nearly 750 graduates who took part in Indiana Tech’s 96th commencement ceremony at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  They were joined by Indiana Tech faculty, staff, alumni and thousands of family and friends, who cheered them on as they received their college degrees.

Happy Warrior Ph.D. graduates recognize loved ones in the crowd at Indiana Tech's biggest celebration of the year.

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Dr. Bernard Harris, a former NASA astronaut, and CEO and managing partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., gave an exhilarating account of ascending into space during his commencement address.

2. Former Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder presides over his final commencement ceremony.

Graduates included those earning doctoral degrees from the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program, law degrees and those earning master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in engineering, computer sciences, business, criminal justice, psychology, education and more. Dr. Bernard Harris, the CEO and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., former NASA astronaut and the first African-American to walk in space, gave this year’s commencement address. Dr. Harris shared his inspiring story of pursuing his dreams of space travel and business success through education, and encouraged Indiana Tech graduates to continue working toward their own goals and dreams. After his address, Dr. Harris was presented with an honorary degree from Indiana Tech by the chair of Tech’s board of trustees, Janet Chrzan. Criminal justice associate professor Kim Spielman was recognized with a special honor during the commencement ceremony: Faculty of the Year award winner. Each year, a committee of students from the traditional undergraduate and College of Professional Studies programs chooses the Faculty of the Year winner from among a slate of nominees offered by students. Award winners exemplify excellence in teaching through in-depth knowledge of their discipline; providing opportunities for growth and learning to students; building strong relationships with students and colleagues; holding high expectations for students; and helping them achieve their fullest potential, among other qualities.


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OUTSTANDING STUDENTS FOR 2017 Every year, Indiana Tech holds its annual Outstanding Student Awards ceremony, including recognition for Outstanding Graduates of the Year from each College, as well as the College of Professional Studies program. Honorees from this year’s ceremony included:

David Barksdale

Courtney Lakes

Heather Stottman

Outstanding Sports Management Graduate

Outstanding College of General Studies Graduate

Outstanding Master of Science in Psychology Graduate

Ashley Benvenuti

Outstanding Communications Graduate

Elizabeth Taylor

Outstanding Master of Science in Business Administration Graduate

Outstanding Humanities Award

Denise Blatnik

Outstanding Master of Science in Engineering Management Graduate

Outstanding College of Professional Studies Undergraduate Graduate – Online

Anabell Cordero Outstanding Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Graduate

Jessica Denbo Outstanding College of Professional Studies Undergraduate Graduate – South Region

Jason Douglas Outstanding Network Engineering Graduate

Kayla Feeney Outstanding Accounting Graduate

Jamie Ferren Outstanding College of Professional Studies Undergraduate Graduate – Fort Wayne

Michelle Findley Outstanding College of Professional Studies Undergraduate Graduate – Central Region

Jackson Huff Outstanding Master of Science in Management Graduate

Fabian Kaufmann Outstanding Management Graduate

Morgan Kroezen Outstanding Marketing Graduate

Oliver Luukkonen

Outstanding College of Professional Studies Undergraduate Graduate – Northwest Region

Ashley Wallace

Emily Mancos

Outstanding Web Development Graduate

Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Graduate

Veronica Weaver

Daniel Mossburg

Carson White

Outstanding Energy Engineering Graduate

Outstanding Pre-Law Graduate

Outstanding School of Computer Sciences Graduate

Alumni Association Scholarship Winner

Outstanding Software Engineering Graduate

Breanna Post

Michael Winans

Andriana Plange Nyamenti

Indiana Tech Student Ambassador of the Year

Outstanding Electrical Engineering Graduate

Kelsey Prevatt

Brianna Woods

Outstanding Fashion Marketing & Management Graduate

Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate

Nolan Pugh

Outstanding Financial Services Graduate

Outstanding Master of Science in Organizational Leadership Graduate

Morgan York

Kerigan Riley Outstanding Digital Graphics Graduate

Kyle Worthy

Outstanding Human Resources Graduate

Ashley Zeabart Outstanding Psychology Graduate

Aaron Seegart

Peer Tutor of the Year Award

College of Engineering, Zollner Lab Monitor of the Year Award

Jessica Zurcher

Wiebke Schlender

Outstanding College of Engineering Graduate

Outstanding College of Business Graduate

Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Graduate

Mitchell Slemmons Outstanding Computer Science Graduate

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Chase Goodson

Breanna Post

Lukas Brant

Kayla Grigg

Jordan Reese

Brandon Burch

Jerret Haas

Jordan Reyes

Anthony Burkhart

Rashaam Hill

Shaly Saylor

Fernando Camargo

Tyler Hoppe

Kristina Scott

Kristin Cave

Jordan Irvin

John Slavik

Lindsey Charbonneau

Karli Jones

Jason Sterrett

Kyle Cobb

Geoffrey Justice

DeMarcus Stid

Haley Cook

Zachery Karp

Malik Stuart

Anabell Cordero

Kendall Knapke

Braden Susnik

Dakota Dawson

Loren Kreider

Matthew Tomey

Joaquin De Leon Del Rosario

Zachary Larson

Samantha Vikstrom

Te’Reia Mackey

Nathan Waits

Brandon DeJonge

Michael Mast

Cierra Warstler

Nicholas Denice

Joseph McGee

Emily Wieland

Hannah Dodd

Jeremiah Wilkinson

Branson Dossen

Rui Neves De Oliveira Lima

Hannah Duschl

Andriana Nyametei

Chad Frost

Anh Pham

Kelly Workman


Tyler Krepp

Cassandra Sarabia

Nicolas Aguirre Bowles

Morgan Kroezen

Wiebke Schlender

Matthew Bandor

Edmund Kubisz

Tori Simper

David Barksdale

Courtney Lakes

Charles Sipe

Aidan Cahill

Adam Lehn

Mitchell Slemmons

Benny Clark

Raquel Manzoni Cuellar

Keith Tatum

Taylor Cooper

Jessica Marin

John Wamhoff

John Crawford

Glen McClain

Tanner Watkins

Alain Dixon

Darby McCracken

Veronica Weaver

Courtney Dye

Margaret McCrory

Jesse Wheeler

Hannah Foltz

Cassandra Mendoza

Sarah White

Brian Gremaux

Zachary Morlock

April Wilson

Fabian Kaufmann

Mikel Oscoz Cob

Brianna Woods

Cody Kellar

Shirrell Richardson

Morgan York

Kyle Koss

Tailer Roscoe

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CATION It’s been a little more than 21 years since Newsweek magazine published “The Internet? Bah!,” a now-infamous commentary which predicted the World Wide Web was going to fail. Less than a year later, the landscape of the Internet dramatically changed from a scientific and governmental research network to a commercial and consumer marketplace. It became obvious to most publiclytraded companies that a public Web presence was no longer optional. It was a necessity.

By 2000, the rapid development in online technologies made the Internet an ideal platform for delivering educational content. Six years later, Indiana Tech would test the waters by launching its first online courses. It was a decision that would change the face of the university forever. “The most obvious by-products

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"The most obvious by-products from the addition of our online education program have been increased enrollment and optimized revenues" from the addition of our online education program have been increased enrollment and optimized revenues,” said former Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder, whose vision was crucial in ushering in this game-changing delivery method for coursework. “Those pluses allowed us to develop additional programs that deliver learning in an expedited fashion, and faculty that are adept at enhanced learning that focuses on the learner and not the teacher. “The plan for our online education program was to reach audiences in career fields that require degree attainment and practical training. Indiana Tech has been successful, but there is much more opportunity to help more learners with current and yet-to-be-developed relevant degree programs.”


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Since its inception, Indiana Tech’s online education program has grown by leaps and bounds. During the 2010-11 academic year, 2,507 students took at least one online class at Indiana Tech. That figure grew 163 percent last year to 6,605 students. Also, last year, 230 distinct undergraduate classes were offered and 1,898 classes were held compared to 131 offered and 599 held in 2010-11. Currently, 24 different undergraduate degrees can be achieved totally online, compared to 15 in 2010-11. “The demand for affordable, convenient and flexible education has spurred the growth of our online education program. We have met that demand while maintaining the academic rigor of traditional classroom instruction. Our online degree programs use the same

curricula and learning outcomes as our face-to-face degree programs,” said Nicole Scott, associate vice president of Student Success. “In addition, graduates of online degree programs develop and hone time management, prioritization, communication and technology skills, all of which are cherished by employers.” Tawnya Curran concurs with Scott’s assessment.“The online format is not any easier than traditional classes. In fact, I think online classes can be harder because they require you to be self-disciplined and to complete your assignments on time every week,” said Curran, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a management concentration.

The sky is the limit for Tech's online education program Students who took at least one online class Academic coordinator for Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies, Courtney Shull, is also an online instructor with the university. She embraces the challenge of online instruction and is continually searching for ways to keep her students engaged in the process. Shull makes weekly video announcements for her students, holds live office hours online and posts additional resources through discussion boards. “I find that the more engagement opportunities I give, the more the students respond,” Shull said. “In fact, one student called me just last week to tell me that he was scared to take online classes, but it’s all his schedule would allow. Now that he is taking the classes and feels a connection to a professor, he feels he is learning

as much as he could in a face-toface classroom.” For the busy Curran, the convenience afforded by Indiana Tech’s online education program was a blessing.

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2016 “[Indiana Tech’s] online courses are very important to me because they offer me the flexibility I need to work a full-time job and still take care of my family. The online format definitely made it easier for me to take courses and finish my degree,” Curran said. “I don't think I would have been able to complete my degree without the flexibility that Indiana Tech has offered me.”


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2016 205

Number of degrees achievable solely online




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Reached the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round in the Bartlesville Bracket, defeating top-seed Oklahoma Wesleyan 18-14 to force the ifnecessary game before falling 14-6




RECORD: 44-14/25-6 WHAC (3rd/12); finished year ranked 20th in NAIA Postseason Top 25 Poll




First-Team All-WHAC: Nick Kocks Second-Team All-WHAC: Dylan Holsclaw NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete: Jeremiah Wilkinson


WHAC All-Academic Team: Wilkinson

NAIA All-Americans: Glen McClain (1B), Matt Bandor (3B), Second-Team

Records set: Terry set program record for a round with a 69 (-3) at WHAC Championships; Holsclaw set 36-hole record with 137 at the Alice Lloyd Invite

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans: Bandor, McClain, Keith Tatum (C), First-Team

NAIA Gold Gloves: McClain and Dante Biagini (SS) First-Team All-WHAC: Cody Kellar (RHP), Charlie Sipe (OF), McClain, Bandor, Tatum Second-Team All-WHAC: Tighe Koehring (DH) and Peyton Newsom (OF) WHAC All-Academic Team: Bandor, David Barksdale, Tanner Brandt, Benny Clark III, Taylor Cooper, Johnny Crawford, Branson Dossen, Brian Gremaux, Kellar, McClain, Robert Nagel, Nick Noe, Zach Reining, Sipe, Jason Sterrett, Tatum NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes: Bandor, Barksdale, Cooper, Crawford, Gremaux, Kellar, Tatum Records set: McClain set the single season hits record with 102 IN PHOTO:

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CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year College Division: McClain


3rd/10; Dathan Terry third individually with program record 210 (-6) over 54 holes


Dathan Terry

12-6/6-1 WHAC (1st/8), first-ever conference championship; finished year ranked fourth in NAIA Postseason Top 10 Poll


Reached the semifinals of the NAIA National Invitational in their first-ever trip, falling to eventual national champion Reinhardt, 14-13



NAIA All-Americans: Will McKinney, First-Team WHAC Coach of the Year: Bryan Seaman (First year as head coach at Tech) WHAC Offensive Player of the Year: McKinney First-Team All-WHAC: Chandler Peterson, Aidan Cahill, McKinney Second-Team All-WHAC: Jace Childs, Brandon Gates, Joey Provost, Lee Raymond, Jordan Reyes WHAC All-Academic Team: Cahill, Reyes NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes: Cahill IN PHOTO:

Jace Childs

Reached the semifinals of the NAIA National Invitational, falling to eventual champion and top-seed SCAD-Savanah, 14-14



NAIA All-Americans: Sam Vikstrom (Second-Team) WHAC Defensive Player of the Year: Vikstrom CoSIDA Academic All-Americans: Vikstrom (First-Team), Kristina Scott (Second-Team) First-Team All-WHAC: Vikstrom, Scott, Mackenzie Barnes, Sabrina Foest Second-Team All-WHAC: Bailey Childs, McKenna Mesclier, Marissa Quinno, Heidi Tremaine WHAC All-Academic Team: Jennifer Banks, Dakota Dawson, Scott, Vikstrom NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes: Dawson, Scott, Vikstrom IN PHOTO:



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Women’s Lacrosse

15-5/10-4 WHAC (3rd/8); finished year ranked fourth in NAIA Postseason Top 10 Poll


1st/10 (fourth-straight conference championship and fourth-straight year of winning regular season and tournament titles); Courtney Dye takes first individually


Dye earns individual medalist honors, first time ever in program history, team finishes 14th/17



NAIA All-Americans: Dye (First-Team), Wiebke Schlender (Third-Team and became program's first four-time All-American) CoSIDA Academic All-Americans: Dye, Schlender CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year At-Large Team College Division: Schlender WHAC Coach of the Year: Kelly Mettert (fourth straight COY honors and sixth overall) First-Team All-WHAC: Dye, Schlender, Cecilia Heck Second-Team All-WHAC: Katie Giant NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete: Jerika Bland, Dye, Breanna Post, Schlender

4-38-1/1-19 WHAC (12th/12)




WHAC All-Academic Team: Hannah Foltz, Maggie McCrory, Cassandra Mendoza, Tori Simper, Kaitlyn Lipinski

WHAC All-Academic Team: Dye, Schlender, Bland, Loren Kreider, Post IN PHOTO: From left to right, head coach Kelly Mettert, Cecilia Heck, assistant coach Rachel George, Katie Giant, Loren Kreider, Courtney Dye

NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes: McCrory, Mendoza, Simper IN PHOTO:

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Warrior athletics excel on a national level Indiana Tech’s athletic program finished sixth in the nation with 632.50 points, tying its highest finish ever in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Learfield Directors' Cup standings. The Learfield Directors' Cup is given annually by the NACDA to the colleges and universities in the United States with the most success in collegiate athletics. Points for the NACDA Directors' Cup are based on order of finish in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics-sponsored championships.

Dye makes history with medalist honors Courtney Dye became the first individual in school history to garner medalist honors at the NAIA National Golf Championship in May. Dye won the final event of her collegiate career with a 222 (+6) at PGA National in Palm Beach Garden, Florida. “My swing and everything felt good this morning,” Dye said after her May 26 championship round. “I thought let’s go out there and have fun. It was my last collegiate tournament round and I was looking to have a fun day. My group was also very competitive. They were a great group of ladies and they put the pressure on me, which was fun, but good. I just had to take it one shot at a time. You go up to those putts and try to visualize every shot and sink the putts.”


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After starting the event with a 72 and a 79, the Williamsburg, Michigan, native saved her best for the final round. She took advantage of picture-perfect weather to card a 71 (-1)—just one of two golfers to break par in any round—and hold off Embry Riddle’s Jessica Williams by one stroke for the individual championship. Three birdies on the back nine spring-boarded her to the top while her final birdie came on hole number seven and gave her a one-stroke lead over Williams with two holes as she held on for her fourth win of the season and the ninth of her career.

Tech teams earn top honor in the WHAC

As a team, the Warriors finished 14th overall with a 54-hole score of 984.

This is the first year the award is named after longtime Siena Heights athletics director Fred Smith for his outstanding contributions to the league. Standings for the award are computed using the highest finish in 12 conference sports (six women and six men) for each school.

Indiana Tech’s athletic program captured the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s Fred Smith All-Sports Trophy for the first time ever with 110 points. It was the most points ever scored by an athletic program, and nine points more than runnerup Davenport, which broke DU's six-year winning steak. The Warriors captured conference titles in men's cross country, men's indoor track & field, men's lacrosse, men's outdoor track & field, women's indoor track & field, and women's golf.

Bryan Seaman spent three years on the men's lacrosse coaching staff before becoming the Warrior's bench boss in May 2016.

Warrior lacrosse coaching tree extends its roots One of the marks of great coaches is the coaches that come after them. Whether the coaches who follow be former players or assistant coaches, people always refer to great coaches and the coaching trees to follow them. For the Indiana Tech men’s lacrosse program and former head coach Terry Nichter, the coaching tree has grown many roots since the program started eight years ago, especially in Fort Wayne. The program held its annual Alumni Game on Sept. 17 at Warrior Athletic Field, where the Alumni Squad scored with eight seconds left in overtime to win 14-13 over the current Warriors, who are led by former Nichter assistant Bryan Seaman. Seaman spent three years with the Orange and Black as a graduate assistant and then as associate head coach. Nichter’s seven-year coaching run ended following Tech’s 2015-16 season. However, he has had a huge

impact on lacrosse within the Summit City in a short amount of time. Several high schools are now coached by Tech alums, including: Josh Ambrose (2013) at Homestead, Brian Nichter (2016) at Bishop Luers, Adam Macciomei (2013) at Bishop Dwenger and Kyle Goehring (2016) at Concordia Lutheran. “One of the reasons I chose Indiana Tech to continue my playing career was that they treated it like a real sport,” Brian Nichter said. “I learned a lot in my four years from Coach [Terry] Nichter and I’ve taken a lot of that knowledge in applying it to my coaching style at Bishop Luers.” “I have a lot of passion for lacrosse,” Nichter added. “Being a part of the team at Tech just added to my passion and I want to use that passion in making Luers into a top program.” Nick Knauf, a 2015 graduate, also enjoys a head coaching position at the high school level at Romeo High School in Romeo, Michigan. “I gained a lot of experience from my time at Tech,” Knauf said. “Having that asset of being a college athlete and learning from Terry [Nichter] has been a huge benefit for me and being able to pass that along to my kids.” Goehring also applies his skills in the collegiate

ranks as an assistant coach with the Indiana Universities club team, where he is working on his master’s degree. “Having really good coaches throughout my career has been a tremendous help,” Goehring said. “Developing my communications skills from my time at Indiana Tech has been essential to my coaching success, while learning the ins and outs of coaching and how to carry myself has been invaluable. In addition, Macciomei joined Seaman’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach, while assistant coach Brent Nichter (2013) is in his fourth season with the Warriors following a spectacular playing career with the Orange and Black. Fellow assistant coach Josh Puckett (2014) will be entering his third season as an assistant. With a great program comes great expectations, something that was not lost on Seaman when he accepted the job. “I feel a huge responsibility to live up to and exceed the great expectations that Terry Nichter and the Tech lacrosse alumni have created over the past few years,” Seaman said. “Warrior lacrosse has a great tradition and I intend to keep that tradition going while growing it to new heights.”

Cornerstone hoops product chosen as Tech’s new men’s bench boss

from 2006 through 2011. During his time in Grand Rapids, he helped CU compile a 164-45 record as the top assistant under legendary head coach Kim Elders. During his time on the bench at Cornerstone, the Golden Eagles won the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championship, finished as the 2017 National Runnerup, won three WHAC regular-season titles (2014, ’15, ’17) and won three WHAC Tournament titles (’14, ’15, ’17). He played on the 2011 national championship team as well.

Ted Albert was selected in May to take over as head coach of Indiana Tech’s men’s basketball team. Albert comes to Indiana Tech after spending 10 years at Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference foe Cornerstone University; he was an assistant coach for the last six years and a player for the Golden Eagles

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Supporting Students Through Your

Indiana Tech is fortunate to have thousands of alumni and friends who give generously to the university each year. Our donors provide needed support for scholarships, facilities, programs and more, making college possible for deserving students and ensuring that Indiana Tech continues to offer strong value and an excellent education to all.

In short, it works like this: once you reach 70 ½, you can make up to $100,000 per year in gifts to a charity-like Indiana Tech-directly from your IRA. Those gifts count toward the required minimum distributions you must take annually from your traditional IRAs, but aren’t included in your adjusted gross income.

It’s clear that this support comes from the passion that our alums have for helping the next generation of Indiana Tech students. In addition, since Indiana Tech is a non-profit institution, many donors find that there are tax advantages to giving to their alma mater.

Of course, there’s no double dipping here; since the gifts aren’t counted in your income, you can’t claim an itemized charitable deduction for them. If you don’t normally itemize deductions on your 1040, this is a tax win. What if you do itemize? The math is tricky, but it’s likely that you will come out ahead doing an IRA charitable rollover instead of taking withdrawals from your traditional IRA, paying income taxes and then making a gift to charity.

One tool for giving that Tech supporters are utilizing more frequently is the IRA charitable rollover. In December 2015, federal legislation was passed, making this IRA rollover option permanent.


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from a traditional or Roth IRA directly to a permissible charity, such as Indiana Tech; and is completed during the applicable tax year.

Is there a limit on the amount that can be given? Yes. An individual taxpayer's total charitable IRA rollover gifts cannot exceed $100,000 per tax year. FACILITIES




What about the required minimum distribution? If you have not already taken your required minimum distribution in a given year, a qualifying rollover gift can count toward satisfying this requirement.

Is an income tax deduction also available? No. The gift would be excluded from income, so providing a deduction in addition to that exclusion would create an inappropriate double tax benefit.

Below are some common questions and answers related to the IRA charitable rollover: How can a charitable IRA rollover help me? A charitable IRA rollover makes it easier to use IRA assets to make charitable gifts during your lifetime.

Why will lifetime IRA gifts be easier? Under current law, withdrawals from traditional IRAs and certain Roth IRAs are taxed as income, even if they are immediately directed to a charity. The donor receives a tax deduction for his or her donation, but various other federal, and sometimes state, tax rules can prevent the deduction from fully offsetting this taxable income. As a result, many donors have chosen not to use IRA assets for lifetime gifts. The charitable IRA rollover eliminates this problem.

What gifts qualify for a charitable IRA rollover? A gift that qualifies, technically termed a “qualified charitable distribution,” is made by a donor age 70 ½ or older; is transferred

Why are Roth IRAs included? Aren't withdrawals from a Roth IRA tax free? Withdrawals from a Roth IRA may be tax free only if the account has been open for longer than five years or if certain other conditions apply. Otherwise, withdrawals are taxed as if they came from a traditional IRA. Therefore, certain Roth IRAs could benefit from a charitable IRA rollover.

Can other retirement plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) accounts, be used? No. However, it may be possible to make a tax-free transfer from such other accounts to an IRA, from which a charitable rollover can then be made.

Who can benefit from using the charitable IRA rollover to make a gift? » Persons with significant assets in an IRA » Persons making gifts that are large, relative to their income. (Because a charitable rollover is not included in taxable income, it does not count against the usual percentage limitations on using charitable deductions) » Persons having so few deductions that they choose not to itemize

Can a rollover gift be used to pay my pledged support to Indiana Tech? Yes. You can honor your gift pledge to Indiana Tech with one or more qualified charitable IRA rollover transfers of up to $100,000 per person, per calendar year. You can direct your IRA provider to transfer your charitable gift to Indiana Tech quarterly, annually or other timing that works for you. Simply have your provider indicate that the transfer is a gift from you.

Is the charitable IRA rollover right for everyone? While this is a great option, other types of gifts may provide you with more tax benefits. As with any gift planning question, always consult with your tax advisor for specific advice about the best approach for you.

Can I still make a gift with an IRA beneficiary designation? Yes! Whether or not you choose to make a charitable IRA rollover gift, you can still designate Indiana Tech as a beneficiary to receive IRA assets after your lifetime. The lifetime charitable IRA rollover is simply another option for donors who would like to see their philanthropy at work helping students now.

If I made a charitable IRA rollover gift in other tax years, can I do this again for the current tax year? Yes. The December 2015 law extended the charitable IRA rollover provision indefinitely — with no expiration date — allowing individuals to make qualifying gifts every tax year.

For more information about giving to Indiana Tech and tools such as the charitable IRA rollover, contact Indiana Tech's Office of Institutional Advancement BY PHONE AT 800.937.2448 ext. 2219 BY E-MAIL AT OR VISIT US ONLINE AT

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A special thank you to alumni Bill Burrows, Jim Fitzgibbons and Gary Hall for aiding my Indiana Tech education by bringing fantastic handbooks, course catalogs, promotional materials and even an Indiana Tech paystub to my office for safe keeping and preservation! It’s wonderful to take a peek into Tech history through your stories.

FROM THE DESK OF LAUREN ZUBER Joining a new community can be tough. When I joined Indiana Tech in January, I must admit I was worried: about fitting in, about catching up, about becoming a Warrior. Now that summer is here and I’m settled in, I’m thrilled to announce that my concerns were unfounded. I’ve joined one of the most welcoming and exciting communities I could imagine. The students, staff and faculty have supported me daily as I acclimate to my role as director of Alumni Relations, and as alumni of Indiana Tech, you have experienced this supportive network, too! I’ve also been able to meet some alumni on campus in Fort Wayne, and at different events. The alumni I’ve met in person, or spoken to on the phone, have been a crucial part of the warm welcome I received. On that welcoming note, I know I’m new here, but I need to ask all of you for help. Will you help me welcome over 1,000 new faces to the Indiana Tech alumni community? On May 13, 2017, another class of students transformed into alumni, and joined our global community of Warriors. Please share your enthusiasm, your stories and your Warrior pride with them.

join; tell them about the $2,000 Alumni Association Scholarship made available to full-time undergraduate student spouses and legal dependents of Alumni Association members. If you’ve made a career switch, tell them about the ongoing career planning and resume help available through Indiana Tech’s Career Center. Tell them they just graduated with a degree that will give them a competitive edge in the modern workforce. Tell them congratulations. Tell them you’re proud to welcome another Warrior to the alumni community.

If you live in Indiana, tell them about the chance to show their Warrior pride with an Indiana Tech license plate. If you’re a voracious reader, tell them about the online professional development book club Alumni Association members can

I look forward to getting to know more of the Warrior community and welcoming alumni from all classes back to campus for Homecoming 2017. Save the date for September 28-30, and watch for more information to come!



SEPTEMBER 28–30 With new activities for the family, along with the old traditions that keep our memories alive, there is something for everyone. A special invitation is extended to our 10-, 25- and 50-year reunion alums (2007, 1992 and 1967), who will be honored at the Alumni Banquet on Friday, Sept. 29.


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

Alumni Notes / SOUNDBITE

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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:

“Thank you for inviting us to participate at Indiana Tech’s 2016 Homecoming. As an alumnus of Indiana Tech, I was able to connect with a few old classmates and talk to some of the others that were there at the same time. Wow! Time flies, and the changes that have been made at Tech are fantastic. I kept looking for reference marks – Kalbfleisch Hall was new when I first arrived in 1964, and it is still there. The other two dorms where I lived have now been replaced. What an improvement.”

Ø Bruce Smith, BSEE ’69

“Of all my academic degrees, Indiana Tech is my most important degree because it was the foundation to build on. Everything else I did afterwards built on that. My law degree and my SJD all built on my degree from Indiana Tech. In fact, the seed of being a patent attorney was planted in a classroom at Indiana Tech.”

Ø J.R (James) Bell, BSME ’67

“If you ever had any question about whether your ‘Remember This’ articles are being read or not, please rest assured that they are! I received a phone call this morning from Danny Less, class of 1962 regarding the photograph in the last issue. We spent a good hour reminiscing about the fraternity, Tech in general and where some of the Brothers’ careers have taken them.”

Ø Vern Jones, BSME ’63 “All in all, my four years at Indiana Tech were years and memories that I will never forget. They shaped who I am today. Connections such as Dr. Jeff Walls, Randy Stegall, Kip McWilliams and, most importantly, Sherrill Hamman, are people who I continue to lean on for advice, support and guidance to this day.”

Ø Eric Sherrill, BSBA ’09

“I received many different kinds of advice from people at Tech. Here, I especially want to mention my advisor, Craig Dyer, and the Career Center staff. It is extremely important to have a good resume, and you should also focus on gaining work experiences in order to figure out what you want to do in the future.”

Ø Wiebke Schlender, BSBA ’17

“Don't let a day go by that you don't work as hard as you can while trying to achieve your goal. If your first plan doesn't seem to be going in the direction you would like, don't stop there. Pick an alternate plan. As the saying goes, ‘never give up.’ Last but not least, learn to say ‘no.’ ”

Ø Don Coulter, BSME ’59, on giving advice to students

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“I love turning things around and embracing change. After all, new opportunities are what helped me to learn what I know today and continue to learn and meet new people.”

Alumni SPOTLIGHT It would be an understatement to say that Ken Skiles, BSBA ’01, has been through it all. His job takes him all over the world, many times traveling 80 to 90 percent of the time. But, Ken isn’t upset about it. He truly has a passion for what he does. He has helped rebuild companies and encouraged people to keep going though very tough times, and he’s very proud of what he’s accomplished. Ken has worked his way up the “food chain” through manufacturing to become plant manager, and has focused his approach on lean manufacturing and efficient manufacturing, something he has a true desire to continuously improve upon through his day-to-day experiences, which he has had plenty of. He’s been 36

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thrown into many manufacturing environments where what needed to be done was not clear and he needed to “figure it out.” Many times, he’s had to start from ground zero to rebuild a company, while inspiring employees to keep moving forward, which is not an easy task. Most of us would face this situation with fear, but for Ken, the fear of change turns into excitement. After all, turnarounds and doing things better are what Ken is all about. “I love turning things around and embracing change. After all, new opportunities are what helped me to learn what I know today and continue to learn and meet new people,” Ken said.

Ken has learned many of the key critical skills that helped him with facing adversity during his time at Indiana Tech, and he hopes what he’s learned can help students today become more prepared for the workforce. “I learned skills that helped form my professionalism, which I have taken to another level with operational excellence. If I had to give advice to young people today, I’d say to use your education to build a structure of experience and excellence. When you face adversities, fall on that experience and training.” The message from Ken is clear: be able to adapt to change, and invest in yourself. “I always relied on the skills and experience I built, starting at Indiana Tech, as my foundation to help me through adversities on the job. And, I always had a goal or vision, which helped me work harder and accomplish more.” Of course, it goes without saying that he’s not done yet—not even close. As he continues to develop his professional skills and experience, he’s also passionate about helping others seek the same rewards he’s been fortunate enough to have. In what spare time he has, Ken and his wife are beginning to volunteer at an orphanage/foster care facility in Charleston, South Carolina, where they try to give a trade or skill to teens before they graduate from high school. The hope is that they learn a skill that will keep them focused on their future, stay employed and, ultimately, lead lives of significance. Professionally, his background continues to open up new doors, and he’ll continue to focus on helping young people. Skiles says he wants to “help them see their passion. They are our future and we need to help them prepare as much as possible.”










Tech in Your Town Did you know that Indiana Tech’s Institutional Advancement office has a team of dedicated individuals who regularly visit with our alumni all across the country? Some of you may have had the opportunity to receive a one-on-one update on all things Tech over coffee, lunch or dinner, or perhaps you’ve taken part in a group event near you. If not, be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox and e-mail for invitations to upcoming Tech in Your Town happenings near you!




In mid-June, Art Hammond returned to Indiana Tech’s main campus for the first time since 1966 when he graduated from Tech with a degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Hammond and his wife, Joyce, stopped by Fort Wayne while on a trip to visit friends and family in the Midwest.


Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Dave Stevens, visits with 1966 electrical engineering alum, Larry Levine, at his home in La Quinta, California, in June. Walt Chrush, a 1965 electrical engineering alum, poses with his Volkswagen Bug that he fully restored. Stevens met Mr. Chrush during a trip to his home in Edmonds, Washington, near Seattle.


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Remember this? Johnny-come-who was that again? Our readers sure enjoy a good photo challenge! You all recalled it, and the mystery seems to be solved (well, somewhat) thanks to those who wrote in, and especially to Ed Hutter, BSEE ’65, with a record number of identifications! Here’s what some of our grads had to say about this very popular hit on the Remember This ticket from our last edition: B


“The picture taken was in front of Hanser Hall, one of the main classroom buildings in the 1960s. It was most likely taken between classes as students caught a smoke or a chat—we had only 10 minutes, as classes were scheduled for 50 minutes. In the foreground, the guy in the Indiana Tech jacket with his back to the camera is George Windsor, BSME ’64, from Ontario, California, and he’s listening to Frank Novack, BSEE ’64. I would bet that Frank was talking about college football as he was a big fan. “The guy looking out the window from either a hallway or a classroom in Hanser Hall is Harvey Drewes, BSCE ’66, from Ohio. Harvey had a unique talent: When anyone in the dorm opened a bottle of whiskey or flavored vodka, Harvey could smell it and he would knock on the door of the room where the bottle was located. I still have my copy of the 1964-1965 IIT Catalog and this photo appears on page 111. Harvey is also on page 35.” Walt Chrush, BSEE ’65

“The picture was taken about 1962. In the background is the main entrance to the main academic building which no longer exists. This was the typical scene between the 10-minute recesses between classes. We would use this time to discuss class or lab assignments, how we did and compare answers on a test just taken or talk about what was going on around campus. It was also time to have a cigarette before the next class if you had the habit.” John Zink, BSEE ’64


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Did they get it right? See for yourself! The photo here shows the most popular responses among many and some we’re still not quite sure on. A

Harvey Drewes, BSCE '66


Robert Stewart, BSME '63


Marvin Cunningham


Tom Minella or George Windsor


Richard LeGrand, BSCE '64


Howard Grayless, BSEE '63


Ray Odaffer, BSCE '63


Ed Bush, BSAE '65 or Frank Novak


Grover Lee?


Vern Jones, BSME '63


Chris Demopoulos, BSEE '63 or Angel Padilla, BSEE '64

“Theta Mu Pi fraternity brothers between classes. Lower left window in basement rented by environmental agency testing streams and lakes water quality in the area. Harvey Rutstein, ’65, worked for them.”

“If you look at the student with the Indiana Tech jacket on, there's a student just over his left shoulder facing away from the camera. I think this student standing there with his hands in his pocket is Marvin Cunningham. Marvin and I served together in the U.S. Navy in 1960 on board the USS Charles H. Roan. Marvin told me when he departed The Roan, he was going to Indiana Tech. Three years later, I bump into Marvin while waiting in line to register for classes. Unfortunately, Marvin passed away at a very young age. I know I didn't add anything of value to solving the question but I felt that I needed to pass along my thoughts. Thank you for taking the time to read this tidbit of history.”

“Most of the people in this photograph are Brothers, myself included, of the Theta Mu Pi, later Sigma Pi fraternity. This photo was used in the 1964-65 Indiana Tech catalog, page 111. I believe it was taken in front of Hanser Hall in late 1962 or early 1963. We would generally get together here or the coffee shop between classes to ‘solve the world’s problems.’ ”

Robert E. Cronan, BSMA ’67

Vern Jones, BSME ’63

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Joe Concannon, BSChE ’65

“The answer to what's going on is probably nothing more than a class change. A similar photo is shown on the third page of the 1960 Kekiongan year book. People often came through this area going and coming from the dorms, Crull Hall, Sihler Hall, etc. The fellow in the light tan jacket in the center of the photo looks like a roommate of mine, Howard Grayless, class of 1963, who I think still lives in the Fort Wayne area.” Robert Ashby, BSAE ’63


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IN MEMORIAM We have learned of the deaths of the following alumni and friends.

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Bernard Abbadie Hialeah, FL BSME 1958

Raymond D. Brooks Harvard, IL BSRE 1942

Bert F. Freeman Holiday, FL BSCE 1973

William M. Alarid Santa Maria, CA BSAEE 1957

Robert E. Callahan Kingsville, MD BSME 1943

Gilman C. Gerard Naugatuck, CT BSEE 1958

Alvin B. Albers Houston, TX BSELE 1960

Candido V. Castro, Jr. Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1953

David Goldberg Burlington, MA BSEE 1948

James O. Anthony Howell, MI BSME 1950

Robert R. Chaapel Longmont, CO BSAEE 1950

Eugene L. Gorsuch Indianapolis, IN BSCE 1957

James C. Aycock Tyler, TX BSME 1959

Aaron D. Conrad Marion, IN BSRM 2009

Jean L. Goulet Manchester, NH BSAEE 1949

Walter G. Bagley Bowman, ND BSCE 1959

Charles David Dow Arlington, TX BSEE 1965

Daniel J. Graney Browns Summit, NC BSCHE 1983

Martin F. Becker Dearborn, MI BSEE 1935

Tony Drost Anderson, IN BSEE 1945

Louis Peter Hartman, Jr. Whitesboro, NY BSME 1962

Francis J. Berger Brighton, MI BSELE 1956

Marshall J. Engstrom Livingston, MT BSEE 1948

James B. Hinson Polkton, NC BSELE 1960

Louis J. Bognar Franklin Lakes, NJ BSELE 1960

Stanley J. Figon Dearborn, MI BSAEE 1959

Homer L. Hodgdon Bethel Park, PA BSME 1961

Paul W. Bond Scottsdale, AZ BSRE 1948

Peter C. Firing Quechee, VT BSME 1948

Frank M. Hoot, III New Oxford, PA BSCE 1950

Richard G. Bowers Huntington Beach, CA BSCE 1949

Harold S. Ford Edenton, NC BSCE 1955

John A. Hopkins Huntsville, AL BSELE 1959

James E. Brock Washington, DC BSCE 1957

Charles F. Fought Frisco, NC BSCE 1948

Mr. Leroy S. Huston, Jr. Rock Hill, SC BSELE 1960

Daniel J. Jermano Arlington, VA BSCE 1957

James D. McCabe Markle, IN BSME 1959

Clarence N. Piccard Boise, ID BSCHE 1960

Adam M. Takamoto Carson, CA BSEE 1964

Ben C. Johnson Grandville, MI MBA/BSMSM 2009

Lawrence V. Mello Largo, FL BSME 1949

Asanga I. Porage Woodstock, MD BSBA 1988

Teresa A. Thomas-Voges Indianapolis, IN BSBA 2002

Jeno Kormendi Stony Brook, NY BSELE 1959

Melvin P. Melton Fairview Heights, IL BSCE 1960

Frank R. Pumarejo Guaynabo, PR BSELE 1958

Edward A. Tieman Fort Wayne, IN BSAEE 1950

Charles J. Kresky Toms River, NJ BSEE 1949

Lee S. Miller Asheville, NC BSRE 1952

Melvin H. Rodenbeck Carmel, IN BSCE 1951

Jaime S. Uscocovich Gulfport, FL BSME 1968

Salvatore La Fornara Whittier, CA BSCE 1951

Bradford Molnar Hallsboro, NC BSEE 1972

Marvin P. Rohfeld Brookings, OR BSELE 1960

Raymond Van Buskirk Moraga, CA BSEE 1949

Harold A. Loechner Rochester, NY BSEE 1953

Edgar W. Moore Santa Ynez, CA BSRE 1950

Howard I. Rothstein Las Vegas, NV BSELE 1959

Phillip A. Vogel Lakeland, FL BSME 1963

Glenn W. Ludwig, Jr. Sanborn, NY BSAEE 1959

Robert D. Murphy Orlando, FL BSME 1944

Charles Semlich Sun City West, AZ BSCE 1959

Halton Williams, Jr. West Bloomfield, MI BSAE 1969

Morres F. Madsen Coos Bay, OR BSME 1957

Frank R. Nagy Orefield, PA BSCE 1975

Lisa M. Smith Glendale, AZ ASBA 2000/BSBA 2010

Sidney Wolin Schuylerville, NY BSELE 1959

Walter J. Maloney Detroit, MI BSEE 1950

Charles E. Newell Marion, IN BSCHE 1969

David C. Springer Angola, IN BSCE 1977

Winston A. Wurgler Sunset Beach, NC BSEE 1960

Chester P. Markot Naples, FL BSME 1949

Robert W. Noad Sacramento, CA BSCE 1960

Henri J. St. Denis Easley, SC BSCE 1962

John R. Youra, Jr. San Clemente, CA BSEE 1956

Robert C. Marshall Chesterfield, MO BSEE 1952

Arthur R. Olsen Wilton, CA BSCE 1959

Blaine D. Standage Reno, NV BSELE 1962

Marco H. Zamboni Wichita, KS BSEE 1953

Linda M. Martin New Whiteland, IN ASBA 2004

Louis Peduto Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1952

Charles A. Stuck Ossian, IN BSRE 1939

Peter J. Zegan Tangerine, FL BSMA 1962

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Remember this? I’m at WITB on Washington and Anthony I’m guessing that none of these folks had fun names like Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap, à la WKRP in Cincinnati, but they were affiliated with radio station WITB 550-AM, which emanated from Indiana Tech during the 1960s. Please help us learn more about WITB. Who is in the photo and what were their roles at the station? How far of a reach into Fort Wayne did the station have? When was this station created? Where was its studio? What kind of music did it play? Indiana Tech’s radio broadcasting history is somewhat of a mystery, so please share your stories and help us fill in the blanks! Contact Lauren Zuber, director of alumni relations, at We’ll let you know what we find out next issue.

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