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Indiana Tech right-hander Taylor Goshen goes into his windup during the homecoming alumni game.



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Year after year, homecoming festivities deliver fun and smiles for all.

In so many ways, this university strives to prepare students to hit the ground running once they enter the workforce.

Formed in September, the Strategic Plan Task Force is charged with helping develop Tech's vision for the future.




Inside Tech 04 Letter from the President New president Dr. Karl Einolf is eager to build on the momentum created by his predecessors. Across the University

06 Tech Fresh By the Numbers

In this issue, learn about the role our hospitality provider for dining, catering and coffee services—Tech Fresh—plays on our campus.

08 Around the Regions Corporate partnerships create true winwin relationships for the university and the companies it partners with.

09 Tech Happenings

Warrior Athletics

32 New Stadiums Coming Indiana Tech has entered into an option-to-purchase agreement for Fort Wayne's Donald Ross Golf Course with the intent of building softball and track and field stadiums on the back nine.

33 WHAC's Best will be Crowned in Fort Wayne The Parkview Ice House, home ice for Warrior hockey, will host the first-ever Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament in March 2018.

34 Athletes Give Back Warrior athletes not only give their all on the field of play, they strive to be positive role models in the community.

The university's new Tech Talks series was created to raise awareness about the pressing social issues of the day.

Path of a Warrior

10 A Few Words With…

Director of Alumni Relations, Lauren Zuber, takes a look back at her first homecoming at Indiana Tech.

The Warriors' new men's basketball coach, Ted Albert.

12 Faculty Update Engineering professor Michael Biers was named the Fort Wayne region's top teacher for 2017.

13 Tech’s Top Picks Faculty and staff members disclose which emojis they use most.


36 A Sea of Orange

38 Alumni Spotlight Founded by Tech grads Stephen Blevins, Travis Kraick and Aaron Pence, Three Rivers Distilling Company has strong connections to Indiana—and Indiana Tech.


39 Tech in Your Town Meet President Einolf in a community near you during his Building a Century of Excellence Tour.

40 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 With the start of winter here in the Midwest, it's natural to look back and reflect on the calendar year that will soon come to a close. Our traditional undergraduates have completed their first semester final exams, and our evening and online students have completed their fourth class session of the year. These are milestones worth marking, yet they are not simply yesterday’s news. They’re part of our continual efforts to move our university and our students forward into the future. In this issue, you can read more about our work to plan for the future on page 28. The feature on Indiana Tech’s Strategic Plan Task Force details both the process for creating our next strategic plan, and how our entire community is taking part in this initiative. I encourage each of you to share your insights and ideas as the strategic plan develops over the coming months. Today’s students are in the spotlight in our feature on experiential learning and internships on page 20. Every generation of Indiana Tech student has taken part in learning by doing, and today’s students are no exception. Their academic achievements, abilities and the assistance of our faculty and our Career Center are helping them earn internship and career opportunities at some of our country’s best organizations.

Our alumni provide invaluable help to our students as well, in the form of an accomplished network of professionals and the support they provide to our university. It was wonderful to have so many alums here with us on our main campus in late September for Homecoming 2017, which was my first as president of Indiana Tech. On page 14 you’ll find a recap of the weekend’s events, and of the 28th annual TWIST golf tournament, which once again brought together alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university for a day of competition and fellowship in support of student scholarships at Tech. Competitors of multiple generations will be honored this coming spring at our 2018 Indiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Find more details on page 35 and join us May 5 as we induct Gary Cobb ’80, JuJuan Cooley ’05, Dick Duke and the 1988 Indiana Tech baseball team into the athletic hall of fame. In the meantime, I hope to see you here on campus, at one of our regional locations or at an alumni event in a town near you in the coming months. My best wishes to each of you for a happy and prosperous 2018. Sincerely,

Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. President


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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 Development Lauren Zuber Director of Alumni Relations 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 UX/UI Designer 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. Indiana Tech provides learners a professional education; prepares them for active participation, career advancement and leadership in the global 21st century society; and motivates them toward a life of significance and worth.

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By the Numbers Tech Fresh With nearly 550 student residents participating in a university meal plan, as well as some additional commuting students and employees, one would think satisfying all those appetites would be a logistical nightmare. Fortunately, Tech Fresh, Indiana Tech’s hospitality provider for dining, catering and coff ee services, has it all under control. Tech Fresh is a subsidiary of nationally-recognized AVI Food Systems, and has been the


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university’s hospitality provider since 2014. In the kitchen, Tech Fresh culinarians prepare nutritious meals, from scratch, with the freshest ingredients. Outside the kitchen, Tech Fresh team members are focused on hospitality and creating a warm environment that is centered on food and smiles. In this issue’s By the Numbers feature, you can learn even more about Tech Fresh’s role on campus.

It's Kachmann Café manager Heather, the provider of great smiles!

ANDORFER COMMONS CULINARY CENTER In the university’s main dining hall, Tech Fresh prepares a wide variety of fresh soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and entrées daily for students, faculty and staff.

KACHMANN CAFÉ Located in the new Snyder Academic Center, the café serves students, faculty, staff and campus visitors fresh Starbucks coff ee and off ers fl atbread pizzas, soups, salads and sandwiches.

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Around the regions 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 winwin 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.

"I applaud Wabash National recognizing the importance of educating its workforce," said Steve Herendeen, Indiana Tech’s vice president for enrollment management. "Those are the kinds of businesses or corporations we want to engage with. "It can be hard, as an adult, to get into a school mindset when you are juggling all the things that adults have to juggle—mortgages, families, after school programs," Herendeen said. "It makes it much easier when your employer is supporting your ambitions. It makes it even easier when the educational partner is Indiana Tech—a university that, for several years, has been successful in helping busy working adults fulfill their academic goals." In addition to Wabash National, Indiana Tech's partnerships include Indiana Michigan Power, Vectren Corporation, Spartan Motors, NIPSCO and K&K Insurance. See what companies are saying about Indiana Tech employees on our YouTube channel. You can view our Employer and Alumni Success Stories at

Earlier this year, Indiana Tech entered into a substantial agreement with Lafayette, Indiana-based Wabash National Corporation, a diversified industrial manufacturer and North America's leading producer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems. Established in 1985, Wabash National manufactures a diverse range of transportation and industrial equipment at 13 locations in the United States, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The company employs more than 6,500. “This partnership with Indiana Tech is significant, as it demonstrates the value that we place upon their long-term success by removing some of the upfront financial costs associated with pursuing an education,” said Dick Giromini, chief executive officer of Wabash National Corporation, a company that Indiana Tech forged an agreement with over the summer. “Wabash National and Indiana Tech share an understanding of the critical importance of higher education in workforce development. We are confident this new program will help develop the next generation of Wabash National leaders.”


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MUNSTER Munster campus admissions representative Damon Alexander has partnered with Empower Career Coaching to conduct monthly job fairs for students and the community. The fairs are usually held in Munster on the last Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and they feature employers such as Menards, UPS and Hospitality Service Group. “They have drawn more foot traffic on campus each time,” Alexander said. “I see it as a way to help our students find employment and spread the word about Indiana Tech out into the community to get new students.”

LAFAY ETTE Yes, Lafayette! Indiana Tech's Lafayette, Indiana, location will open this coming March at 823 Park East Blvd. The site will have four classrooms, computer labs and three staff members. Instruction will come from adjunct professors around the region.


Ann Marie Rosen, admissions representative at Indiana Tech’s Naperville, Illinois, enrollment center, speaks to a September breakfast gathering of the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce about the partnership between Tech and the chamber.

Indiana Tech’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership program held its immersion weekend in September. Over 60 students — 12 of which were first-time attendees — participated in "Talent Management, Leadership Development and Change in a Global Context." The weekend is comprised of several general sessions addressing the theme plus breakout sessions on topics related to the studies of students who are in various stages of the program. To date, 55 students have earned a Ph.D. from Indiana Tech, while 164 are currently in the program.

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Comments sought for accreditation process

"Tech Talks" Series created to promote learning and dialogue Indiana Tech’s College of General Studies and the Office of Student Affairs are teaming up to present the “Tech Talks” series. This initiative will focus on an annual theme, which will be supported by presentations over the course of the academic year. The purpose of “Tech Talks” is to promote— to our students and community—active awareness about important issues of social justice around the globe. This year’s focus is human trafficking. “We want to address the realities of human trafficking and expose some myths and misconceptions related to this societal blight,” said dean of the College of General Studies, Dr. Joshua Francis. “More importantly, we hope to increase awareness of human trafficking and promote a desire for justice.” A full calendar of events for the first “Tech Talks” series is available at

Check out all the new items at our Tech Treasures store—now online Indiana Tech’s gift shop, Tech Treasures, has new gear including hoodies, crewnecks, long sleeve t-shirts, jogger pants and 1/4-zip pullovers. In addition, we have added other ways you can display your Warrior pride with a new flag, pennant, garden banner or car flag. Remember, if you cannot make it to our store in Andorfer Commons on the Fort Wayne campus, Tech Treasures is available online at http://techtreasures.

Indiana Tech is seeking comments from alumni, faculty, staff, students and the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accreditation agency. Indiana Tech will host a visit Jan. 2223, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Indiana Tech has been accredited by HLC since 1962. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public and members of the Indiana Tech community are invited to submit comments regarding the university to the following address: Public Comment on Indiana Tech Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 You may also submit comments on HLC’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

Enrollments rise above 10,000 for first time

Geoffrey Wright selected to coach Indiana Tech eSports

University recognized for its efforts in waste reduction Indiana Tech, led by the university's Sustainability Council, has been recognized by the Allen County Solid Waste Management District with an Excellence in Recycling Award. Indiana Tech won the 3R Award in the Nonprofit Category for implementing new initiatives in dining halls to reduce waste caused by disposables; collecting expired light bulbs, electronics and batteries on campus; and initiating a food composting program.

Geoffrey Wright, a 2016 graduate of Georgia Southern University of Statesboro, Georgia, and a veteran of organized gaming, has been selected to coach Indiana Tech eSports. During his junior year at GSU, Wright joined the Southern Collegiate Gaming Association and started competing at the collegiate level. He also served as president of the organization, running day-to-day activities and organizing fundraisers, viewing parties and charity tournaments. Also, while attending Georgia Southern, Wright formed the GATA eSports team at the university. To follow Indiana Tech's eSports program during its first season, visit

Student enrollments continued to rise at Indiana Tech, with a total enrollment of 10,282 for 2017-18. It marked the first time Indiana Tech’s enrollments topped 10,000, and it is a 2.5 percent increase from 2016-17. Enrollment growth occurred across the university’s programs, including the traditional undergraduate program on the university’s main Fort Wayne campus, which rose this year to 1,710, a 6.4 percent increase over the previous year. Indiana Tech’s total enrollment includes students at the university’s main campus in Fort Wayne and its 14 regional campuses throughout Indiana, Kentucky and the Chicago and Detroit metro areas; as well as online students throughout the Midwest and U.S. Each area experienced growth this year, with online and regional campus enrollments growing 2 percent.

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TED ALBERT INDIANA TECH’S NEW MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH, TED ALBERT, KNOWS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT COACHING AND SUCCESS. The product of Belding, Michigan, which is 41 minutes to the northeast of Grand Rapids, comes from a coaching family. His father was the varsity softball coach at Belding High School and assisted on the school’s baseball and football staff s while his mom coached Belding’s varsity volleyball squad. While a basketball player at Belding, Albert amassed career school records in points (1,421), rebounds (335), steals (115) and blocks (151). He helped Cornerstone’s men’s basketball team win 76 games and the 2010-11 NAIA Division II National Championship while a player at the Grand Rapids university from 2006 through 2011. And, over the past six years as the top assistant under long-time Cornerstone head coach Kim Elders, Albert helped the Golden Eagles win 164 games, including the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championship. During that span, Cornerstone won three WolverineHoosier Athletic Conference regular season titles ('14, '15, '17) and three WHAC Tournament titles ('14, '15, '17).


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trickles down to my team “ What is on my shoulders, so I need to be a consistent example of what I expect from my players.

IT Magazine: From your playing days at Belding to your playing and coaching career at Cornerstone, you have experienced a lot of success. How did that start for you? Ted Albert: I'm fortunate enough to have parents who were very involved in my life. They're the type of parents that gave me the opportunities I needed and, at the same time, made me earn them. Both are coaches, so I grew up in a gym and on a field. IT Magazine: So, essentially, you have been groomed to be a coach from a very young age. Ted Albert: Yeah. To this day, when my dad and I sit down and watch a game together, we watch it from a coach's perspective, evaluating almost every single play and who should've done this or why they did that. Both of them have been successful coaches. They’ve been able to motivate my sister and me, and instill discipline and a competitive spirit into us. At the same time, they allowed us to be kids. IT Magazine: Can the Warrior Nation expect to see Mr. and Mrs. Albert in the stands this season? Ted Albert: Yes, they've always been those supportive parents. When I started playing in college, they stepped away from coaching to be at all of my games. With the success that we had at Cornerstone, we experienced a lot of things as a family that a lot of

families don't get to experience together. That's something that they want to continue. IT Magazine: When did you decide that you wanted to pursue coaching? Ted Albert: I didn't necessarily think that I wanted to be a coach, because I always had my sights set on playing. Like any typical college kid, my focus was on the current season and not the future. When my playing days were over, I took advantage of a great opportunity at Cornerstone. Coach (Kim) Elders has been a great mentor to me; he’s one of the winningest coaches in the history of the NAIA. I’ve also learned from other great players and mentors along the way. I’ve just tried to combine what they do and what’s been successful for them with my own personal beliefs, processes and personality. IT Magazine: What can the Indiana Tech community expect out of Ted Albert-run Warrior basketball teams? Ted Albert: I think that consistency is important within a program. We have the support and the foundation above me. What trickles down to my team is on my shoulders, so I need to be a consistent example of what I expect from my players. Servant leadership is obviously important; if my guys see that I'll do it, they'll be more willing to do it. Taking care of business in the classroom will be a must with my players.

Also, we always talk about the ripple effect and how your actions and your decisions affect a lot more than just yourself. It’s not just your first and last name anymore. You represent Indiana Tech and you represent our program. You have to think twice about your actions. IT Magazine: So now that you’ve had a few months to experience Indiana Tech, what do you think? Ted Albert: I love it here. It's evident that there is a lot of support for athletics. The tightknit community is really nice. I was asking a lot of questions early on and I'm sure that I annoyed some people, but everyone has been really nice and supportive. Outside of the athletics department, just the community involvement itself is something that I really look forward to continuing to build on and our guys to be a part of. IT Magazine: Finally, Ted, what do you think of your new home city? Ted Albert: It has been great. I'm in a basketball state, and that was one thing that attracted me to Indiana, just knowing the history and the importance of basketball in every community. I’ve been out to a lot of the local high schools to introduce myself and Fort Wayne has been receptive. We really want to bring a lot of the Fort Wayne community into our program because it helps build local support.

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Faculty Update

Dr. Jeffrey Walls, professor of business administration, and 11 students attended the 2017 annual Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference. This year, the world’s largest human resources society held its conference in New Orleans.

BIERS HONORED AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR Engineering professor, Michael Biers, has been honored by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly with its Teacher of the Year award, which is sponsored by the Questa Education Foundation. GFWBW's annual Education Awards program recognizes outstanding teachers in northeast Indiana who inspire their students and encourage life-long learning. “Michael is an outstanding engineering instructor for us. His evaluations, completed by students, are consistently among the best. Students love his ability to teach both the theory and the hands-on applications in his courses,” said David Aschliman, dean of Indiana Tech’s College of Engineering. “Believe it or not, Michael takes ‘vacation time’ from his full-time job to teach in the Indiana Tech Engineering Summer Camp. We sincerely appreciate his service to Indiana Tech students.”

Dr. Jeffrey Walls

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Biers has taught electrical engineering courses at Indiana Tech as an adjunct professor for a little more than a decade. He is a senior design engineer at Harris Corporation in Fort Wayne. “Winning this award is quite an honor, but I am just doing what I love to do,” Biers said. “Sharing my expertise with students and helping them move forward in their careers is special to me. I’m happy that Indiana Tech cultivates the type of positive learning environment that allows me to do that.”

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KARN WINS 2017 LEEPOXY AWARD Assistant professor of marketing and management, Dr. Crystal Karn, is the winner of Indiana Tech’s 2017 Leepoxy Award for Teaching Innovation. This award was established in 2008 by community supporter and owner of Leepoxy Plastics, Larry Lee. It is given annually to a full-time faculty member who: » Challenges students to continuously progress to higher levels of thinking


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» Engages students in active learning activities » Connects to students in innovative ways to positively impact their experiences at Indiana Tech “Dr. Karn exemplifies our faculty’s commitment to developing students both academically and professionally,” said Dr. Kathleen Watland, dean of Indiana Tech’s College of Business. “Dr. Karn’s innovative approach to teaching, paired with her focus on assisting students in building their professional networks, supports our mission of preparing students for leadership roles and to live lives of significance and worth.”

An interdisciplinary Faculty Learning Committee comprised of Dr. Justin Boyce, assistant professor of psychology; Lisa Brown, assistant professor of accounting; Sherrill Hamman, associate professor of business administration; Jerome Heaven, associate professor of mathematics; Jack Phlipot, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Beth Robinson, associate professor of recreation therapy, presented at October’s Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Traverse City, Michigan. The committee presented “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Adding Vigor and Vitality to the Classroom: Research Supported and Practical Solutions to Student Engagement and Active Learning.” Lisa Brown, assistant professor of accounting, presented “Using Empathy and Design Thinking to Redesign Your Class” at the 2017 American Accounting Association Annual Meeting with Dr. Marsha Huber from Youngstown State University and Dr. Cheryl Crespi from Connecticut State University. Dr. Crystal Karn, asssistant professor of marketing and management, presented at the Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching in Bethesda, Md. In addition, Dr. Karn took her financial services students to the Chicago Board of Options Exchange for a day trip this fall. Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast, associate professor of global leadership, was a subject expert at The International Center’s workshop on “Doing Business in Russia.” Dr. Mast has a long-time relationship with the Indianapolis-based organization and contributes to its Leadership Across Cultures training program as an advisor and annual presenter. In addition, Dr. Mast has joined the editorial board of the Baltic Journal of Management (BJM) and the European Journal of International Management (EJIM) as a peer-reviewer.

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MANSFIELD EARNS PROFESSOR EMERITUS STATUS Martin Mansfield, a former professor within Indiana Tech’s School of Computer Sciences, was promoted to professor emeritus during the university’s convocation ceremony on Aug. 28. David Aschliman, dean of Indiana Tech’s College of Engineering and School of Computer Sciences, presented professor Mansfield with a certificate and the professor emeritus stole. Faculty members who are tenured and who have served the university for at least 20 years are eligible for emeritus status upon retirement. Indiana Tech’s Board of Trustees appointed professor Mansfield with this honor, based on recommendations from the dean of the college, the vice president for academic aff airs and the president. Professor Mansfield came to Indiana Tech as an instructor in 1984 and retired from his full-

time position in 2013. During his 30 years of full-time service, he was an active champion for Indiana Tech’s computer science degree, and he was instrumental in building the program and increasing its enrollment. Today, this degree has the largest enrollment in the School of Computer Sciences. During his time at Tech, Mansfield: » Formed a student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, the premier professional organization for the computer sciences. » Brought the Cisco Networking Academy to Indiana Tech. » Led the development of the first template to provide guidance to all tenure-track faculty when applying for tenure during his time as chair of the tenure and promotions committee. » Twice received the university’s Professor of the Year award and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Teacher of the Year award.

In this “Tech’s Top Picks,” we asked you, “What emoji do you use most?” I use the star emoji the most because it’s an authentic and effective means through which I can continually influence and inspire our students’ performance and accomplishments. Having a positive attitude and using positive reinforcement is in my DNA. I love what I do and, for me, it’s by far the most essential ingredient of coaching because there is power in positive influence.

This is the one I use the most. I love a funny story, and I like to reward the person who shares one with me so I'll get another!

Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. President

I use the Elvis emoji a lot. Number 1, because I like Elvis. And, number 2, because if someone is having a bad day in our department, we’ll send the Elvis emoji to them and say, ‘Let’s get up and dance.”

Robin Seaton Enrollment Manager

Lynda McGehee Academic Records Specialist

I use the box emoji every day, literally. I love it! I use it is because I see each day as a chance to put on the gloves and take on the day no matter what is going on around me. It represents another opportunity to positively impact and mold at least one of my students.

I think the smiley face emoji is one of the most versatile. It can be used in different scenarios and, yet, be semiprofessional!

Sharmila Chowdhury Director of International Admissions

Jenita Hurst Academic Coach

This emoji describes most of the things happening in my life!

Amy Trosper Career Center Services Assistant

My most used emoji is the confetti!

Lauren Zuber Director of Alumni Relations


Old school : ) because I’m old and optimistic. Everyone likes a smile.

Scott Thum Director of Financial Aid

Lately it's the wine glass!

Lynn Hummel Admissions Representative

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7 Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech

gathered for a festive Homecoming 2017 weekend in Fort Wayne, Sept. 28-30. Student Affairs also hosted Family + Friends weekend on campus during this time, bringing parents, siblings and friends of today’s students together with alumni from across the decades to socialize and celebrate the Warrior spirit.


he weekend kicked off Thursday evening, Sept. 28, with the annual President’s Dinner, honoring Indiana Tech leadership donors for all they do to support Indiana Tech students. Hosted by Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf, this year’s dinner was held at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in downtown Fort Wayne. The event featured a student speaker, senior Kelly Workman, who shared her experiences as a student at Tech, and also her appreciation for the scholarship support that has helped make her college education possible. Kelly is the recipient of the H. Robert and Lois Gill Scholarship; Indiana Tech alum and trustee Bob Gill, BSELE ’60, was also in attendance to hear Kelly’s words of appreciation. On campus Thursday evening, the Homecoming Pep Rally brought together Warrior students, athletes, alums, family and friends in their best orange and black to kick off the weekend with energy and style.

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Friday, Sept. 29, brought opportunities for socializing, reminiscing and tours of today’s campus. The Registration Social kept the Uytengsu Welcome Center hopping all afternoon, while alums also had the opportunity to see Indiana Tech through the eyes of today’s students by taking guided tours throughout the day. Friday evening, the Alumni Banquet, Recognition and Awards Ceremony took place in the Multi-Flex Theater in the Snyder Academic Center. Nearly 100 Warriors were on hand to honor five special award winners: Graduateof-the-Last-Decade (G.O.L.D.) Ashley Benvenuti, BSBA ’15, MBA ’17; Alumni Volunteer of the Year Kevin Faus, BSBA ’09; and CPS Alumni of the Year Aaron Pence, BSOL ’13, MBA ’16; Travis Kraick, BSA ’17; and Steve Blevins, MBA ’14.

Special recognition medallions were also given by President Einolf to seven members of 1967’s 50-year reunion class, and to three members of the 1957 60-year class. Sixty-year alums taking part included Ralph Haberstock, BSEE; Charles Powell, BSME; and George Weatherford, BSCE. Fifty-year alumni represented at the banquet this year included Jim Convery, BSM; Frank Koehl, BSME; Joseph Litterer, BSEE; Joe Morrow, BSEE; Thomas Sundstrom, BSAE; and Jim Talley, BSAE. Fifty-year alum James Bell, BSME was also scheduled to attend but was unable due to a lastminute conflict.

Education major Kelly Workman offers heartfelt remarks of gratitude for the scholarship support she receives at the annual President’s Dinner.


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Alumni and family members of current students enjoy festivities during homecoming.

President Karl Einolf presented medals to the Classes of 1967 and 1957 in honor of their 50th and 60th reunions, respectively.

Saturday’s homecoming events began with the annual Prayer Service in Wegener Chapel, led by Heinz Wegener, BSEE ’70, followed by breakfast with President Einolf in Andorfer Commons. Later in the day, Party on the Square welcomed alumni, students, family and friends to Scully Square and Andorfer Commons for festivities including live music, food trucks (including Brainfreeze, an ice cream truck owned and operated by Tech alum Bruce Smith, BSEE ’69), volleyball, bowling and games in the rec center, and more.

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President Karl Einolf finds the strike zone with ease as he throws out the ceremonial first pitch to start the Warriors' game vs. Lourdes on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Men’s hockey took the ice on Friday and Saturday against Midland University, opening its season with a pair of convincing victories. The baseball team went one step further, winning three games against Lourdes over the course of a Saturday doubleheader and a game on Sunday. Men’s tennis continued the Warriors’ winning ways, earning a victory over Taylor University on Saturday. Indiana Tech alums also took part in the action over with weekend, with men’s and women’s soccer alums taking the field Friday evening for their annual alumni soccer games, and baseball and men’s lacrosse alumni competing on Saturday. Thank you again to all of the alumni, family, friends, faculty and staff who took part in a terrific homecoming this year!

Former men's and women's soccer players and men's lacrosse players dusted off their equipment and came back for the friendly competition and camaraderie that accompany homecoming alumni games.

Warrior athletics were also in full swing and earning victories throughout the weekend


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TWISTing 28 years in a row

The Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament (TWIST) has been going strong for 28 years and the momentum of the tournament is stronger than a pro’s golf swing. In September, 132 players — 30 of them students — hit the course at Chestnut Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne to show off their golf game and build connections. Originally created by two Indiana Tech professors to give area employers a chance to network with students and teach them the business side of golf, TWIST has stayed true to its roots. Sponsorships from Mid-American Cleaning Contractors,

Inc.; Asher Agency; Carson Boxberger; Summit Mechanical; American Family Insurance: Kevin Faus Agency; Arrow Tru-Line; Design Collaborative; Innovative Control Systems, LLC; Michael Kinder and Sons; STAR Bank; Dr. Jeff Walls; Dixon Golf; Indiana Tech Alumni Board; Three Rivers Distilling Company; and Micropulse Incorporated allowed students to play for free and connect with players from those organizations. Congratulations to all of our winners. We can’t wait to hit the course again next year!


First place:

Longest putt:

Shane Tirey, Justin Medeiros, Taylor Hosington, John Pheils

Sam Cahill

Men's long drive: Second place:

Nick Quick

Dr. Jeff Walls, Richard Walls, Megan Quick, Nick Quick

Women's long drive: Megan Quick

Third place: Tara Hanna, Lauren Tirey, Gordon Murphy, Evan Hock

Closest to the pin: Josh Monesmith, Chip Hall, Taylor Hosington, Jacon Lay

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hat is Indiana Tech’s mission statement — a declaration constructed to be sparing in size, but oh so comprehensive and purposeful in its composition. And, how does a university fulfill such a weighty mission? It strives to immerse its students in hands-on experiential learning opportunities that will position them nicely to hit the ground running once they enter the workforce. This philosophy is not limited to one college at Indiana Tech. It’s not limited to a single degree program. It is, instead, an ideology that is pervasive across all disciplines and departments. “In the short amount of time I’ve been at Indiana Tech, I’ve recognized that our faculty and staff are all-in when it comes to furnishing our students with impactful and hands-on experiential learning opportunities, whether they be part of in-class curriculum or internships outside the university,”


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said President Karl W. Einolf, Ph.D. “That experience is invaluable to our students; it shows them what employers will expect of them and it allows them to contribute immediately once entering the workforce. It is how we fulfill our mission to provide learners with a professional education and to prepare them for the global 21st century society.” The next few pages will give you a glimpse of the Indiana Tech philosophy in motion.

This is Experiential Learning



indy Verduce may not teach in a classroom, but she's passionate about the experiential learning that happens in her department at Indiana Tech. Cindy is the director of Indiana Tech’s Career Center, which works to prepare students and alumni for professional and personal success. Its staff achieves this by advising; organizing programs and activities related to self-assessment; and assisting with career exploration and job search preparation. “Our job is to help create polished professionals who can confidently go into an interview situation and articulate to an employer what they've learned in the classroom,” Verduce said. “Looking for a job is not brain surgery, but one does have to prepare. Hopefully, we can help students be smarter in how they prepare so they can best showcase their skills and abilities in an interview situation.”

Cindy Verduce is the director of Indiana Tech's Career Center.

Verduce’s group implements a wide variety of free services to accomplish its goal, including resume reviews, etiquette dinners, professional dress days, how to tie a tie days, networking events, job fairs and mock interviews. “Learning how to introduce yourself, how to shake hands, how to conduct yourself — that is critical in an interview situation,” Verduce said. “Once we critique a client, they know what they need to do better and they become more confident. Then, when it’s time

to go into a real interview, they're not so worried about being nervous, because they know what to expect." The Career Center’s professional dress days are very popular. “Basically, we tell people, ‘Put on what you're going to wear to the interview and come in.’ We grade them based on a rubric and give them suggestions on how they can improve. Then when they leave, they have a better idea of what is appropriate to wear. Same goes for etiquette. They come in not knowing what they're going to have to do over the course of a meal, but after an etiquette lunch, they have a better idea and they're more confident.” Helping students earn internships is another key role the Career Center takes very seriously. “We work very hard to create internship opportunities for our students because they are extremely important,” Verduce said. “In many cases, graduates will not get the job they want if they do not do some type of internship or experiential learning. The students who do that are the students who are, by far, the most successful students.” Indiana Tech’s Career Center can be reached by phone at 260.422.5561, ext. 2217, or by email at Learn more about the Career Center at

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INDI A N A T ECH EDUC AT ION A ND IN T ERNSHIP H AV E SE A N WOOL DRIDGE P RIMED F OR SUCCE S S Indiana Tech mechanical engineering major Sean Wooldridge with AccuTemp product developer Larry Zepp. Wooldridge created a “laboratory” to conduct accelerated life tests on steamer ovens during his summer internship at AccuTemp.


ean Wooldridge admits that when he began his internship at AccuTemp Products in May, he was a bit intimidated. The 35-year-old mechanical engineering major knew nothing about foodservice equipment — products the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based manufacturing company is known for making — and that was a source of trepidation for Sean. What was AccuTemp going to expect from him and how was his mechanical engineering background going to help him meet the company’s needs?

As it turned out, Sean’s internship proved to be a nourishing and confidence-building experience that left AccuTemp’s vice president of engineering, Dean Stanley, glowing.


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“Sean came to us well-prepared and adapted very quickly, so there wasn’t a honeymoon period or anything,” Stanley said. “He was ready to go and he’s made big contributions to our company.” So, what was Sean’s role at AccuTemp? He was tasked with performing accelerated life tests on 18 steamer ovens, but very quickly, AccuTemp discovered it had someone who could take this project to another level. “Testing these ovens was in the planning stages when Sean started; we hadn’t even decided on which programmable sequencing controller we wanted to order to conduct the tests with,” said product developer Larry Zepp. “Sean found out that he could get the sequencing controller and equipment that would record all the data all in one box, which was a new concept. He used his programming experience to program it and ran probably a mile of wire to get it all up and running.” Sean admits there were plenty of other “little nitty-gritty things” he had to accomplish to make his “testing laboratory” functional. He had to learn how gas lines work and how to install gas manifolds for the steamer units. He had to research what kind of PVC piping he should use when hooking up the

W H AT DO T HE EMP L OY ER S T HINK? “When I think of the Indiana Tech grads we have working here at Fort Wayne Metals, there's a comfort level in the quality of their education because they're good employees, they're great producers for the company and the company's in good hands moving forward.”

“Absolutely we look favorably upon Indiana Tech grads, because we just know the caliber of the student and the person that we're going to get.”

HILLARY JOHNLOZ Hiring Manager, Aptera Software

“I won't look at resumes that don't include internships. Really.”

DEAN STANLEY Vice President of Engineering, AccuTemp

BRIAN DUMFORD Talent Development and Training Manager, Fort Wayne Metals

Indiana Tech prepares its students to be impact players in the workplace. Want to see how? Go to our YouTube channel at and look for the “Employer and Alumni Success Stories” playlist.

Sean developed a programmable sequencing controller that helped him manage and record data from the testing of AccuTemp’s steamer ovens.

steamers. And, most importantly, he needed to have an adequate grasp on electrical circuitry. “Sean was an extremely quick study with electrical,” Zepp said. “He didn't have a lot of experience with electrical, because he's mechanical, right? But all mechanical engineers have to work with voltage and circuits and switches and all that stuff, so he picked up on it fast.” “When Sean came in, he didn’t know anything about steamers or griddles. But, he was able to adapt to and become an expert at testing this equipment,” Stanley said. “He has done some very important work for us.” Sean feels his Indiana Tech education set him up well to succeed at AccuTemp.

“I think with every kind of engineering degree, you have to get within striking distance of as much as possible, and I think Indiana Tech does that well,” Wooldridge said. “Professor Grundman worked at Navistar for several years and he talks in class about different situations he encountered there and how he approached them. And then (dean of the College of Engineering) Dave Aschliman always says, ‘You're only going to use 30 percent of what you've learned here, but you don't know which 30 percent.’ So as a student you will be exposed to a broad range of content here over four years.” Soon, Sean will get an opportunity to showcase his versatile skill set out in the work world as he completes his degree in December.

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acob Byas is a freshman from Davison, Michigan, who finds himself at Indiana Tech for two reasons: to earn a business administration degree in marketing and to play lacrosse for the Warriors. Imagine his delight when academics and his love of sports intersected in his Foundations of Business course during his first semester of college. Byas’ class was tasked by professor Kryste Wallen with bringing a business idea to the table. What resulted was seven teams working to flesh out the seven best ideas. Each team worked on developing company offerings and value propositions along with competitive analyses through individual research. Byas and his business class teammates, Travis Kuhfeldt, Kyle Mikels and Dylan DeMarco, want to develop arm protection for lacrosse goalies that will


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provide added protection while not compromising the goalie’s mobility. “I always try to engage students in the community and expose them to the learning objectives in an interactive manner,” said Wallen, who is the executive director of Fort Wayne’s Blessing in a Backpack and is in her first year of teaching at Tech. “This is sometimes an adjustment as my teaching style is less traditional, requiring students to be active participants in their education.” After Thanksgiving break, each group presented their business ideas and findings in a Shark Tank-like environment comprised of area leaders from various businesses and industries.

From left to right: Freshmen Dylan DeMarco (cybersecurity), Jacob Byas (business administration-marketing), Travis Kuhfeldt (business administrationsports management) and Kyle Mikels (information systems) discuss their class project during a November session of their Foundations of Business course.

Wallen has secured commitments from marketing professionals, sports professionals, banking professionals, not-for-profit leaders and entrepreneurs. “I've really enjoyed the team aspect of working on this project, and Professor Wallen has been awesome,” Byas said. “When you bring a product to market, there is a process involved. It’s not a getrich-quick thing. She is showing us the process required to be successful.”

CEN T ER F OR CRE AT I V E COL L A B OR AT ION Indiana Tech’s Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) is working with the College of Business to continue building its role as a resource for students. The result will be more impactful, real-world learning opportunities that will better prepare our students for the workforce. The C3 will continue to build solid partnerships with businesses, and will work to integrate those partners into the classroom. By bringing industry into the learning environment via subject matter experts, guest speakers and short-term and long-term projects, the C3 is providing a venue for industry to collaborate with faculty on trends, innovations and the latest in industry thought; while students get hands-on learning opportunities, explore career paths and get real-world experience.

"This is a welcomed evolution of the Center for Creative Collaboration's program. By deepening and expanding the C3's work in the classroom, we are helping students explore, evaluate and prepare for their career," said dean of the College of Business, Dr. Kathleen H. Watland. "The culmination of this, we envision, will lead to internships, job placements and a prepared workforce that will ultimately help retain talent in our region and support our regional businesses. It's a win, win, for our students, our university and our region." Launched in August 2014, Indiana Tech's Center for Creative Collaboration strives to put the mission of Indiana Tech into action by building partnerships with community and industry to support students for active participation and career preparation in a global 21st century.

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auren and Triston were part of a six-person team that participated in American Electric Power’s first corporate-wide innovation challenge called Spark Tank. Their team finished second with a proposal called AEP Plus Consumer Resiliency. This initiative aims to install a customer-centric network of energy storage devices to provide them greater resiliency and to potentially lower the cost of service for their neighbors. Each student earned a $2,000 scholarship for their work. You can watch a video that describes their team’s idea at

Eric Patrick » Energy engineering major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at Android Industries, an automotive assembly company based in Fort Wayne

Daniel King Mat thew Torres » Biomedical engineering major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at Zimmer Biomet, a medical device company based in Warsaw, Indiana

Chris McLean » Sports management major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at Capture Sports Agency, a sports and consulting firm based in Fort Wayne

Lauren Ohnesorge » Computer engineering major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at Indiana Michigan Power, Fort Wayne


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Triston Mills » Electrical engineering major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at Indiana Michigan Power, Fort Wayne

LaTonya Wilson » Mechanical engineering major » Will graduates in 2018 » Interned at General Motors Fort Wayne

» Accounting major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at Zimmer Biomet, a medical device company based in Warsaw, Indiana, and Steel Dynamics, a steel producer headquartered in Fort Wayne

DiQuaysha Martin » Criminal justice, pre-law major » Will graduate in December » Interned at Allen County Adult Probation

Anh Pham » Biomedical engineering major » Will graduate in 2018 » Interned at BioPoly, a medical device company based in Fort Wayne


Alex Forsy the »» Current high school student who is taking dual-credit courses at Indiana Tech »» Interned at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia

Professor Craig Dyer’s sports management students have partnered with the Capture Sports Agency CEO, founder and Indiana Tech alum, Chauntiel Smith (2016) to create marketing plans for two spring events: a Sports Careers Workshop and the Women’s Basketball Skills Exposure Camp.


lex, who learned to love electrical engineering through her participation in Indiana Tech’s 2015 and 2016 engineering summer camps, was hired to design a circuit board that will be used on an upcoming mission. The purpose of the board is to ensure that the spacecraft will land safely and autonomously. She has been asked to return next summer to work on another project. Alex hopes to become a full-time Warrior next fall; she plans to major in both electrical engineering and computer engineering, and minor in both computer science and math.

Instead of having students write general narratives for her Introduction to College Writing class, assistant professor of developmental composition, Linda Valley, had them write career story narratives. In “There Is Life After College” by Jeffrey Selingo, the author emphasizes how in the changing landscape of higher ed, internships and career stories are more important than ever in preparing for the interview and the job market. “It was difficult for students to address a potential employer as their audience for this writing, but it helped them to begin putting together the pieces of who they are and what skills they’ve acquired that transfer to a variety of other settings and workplaces,” Valley said.

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Eng a ge Enhance the Student Experience and Significantly Increase Retention


E XCEL Raise Indiana Tech’s Academic Reputation


e x t end Increase Awareness of Indiana Tech


aily life at a thriving and diverse university like Indiana Tech is filled with the important work of providing our students with a top-notch education. The Tech community is focused each day on helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve their goals and lead lives of significance and worth. Equally important to our work in the here-and-now is the university’s ability to look ahead and plan for the future. The years ahead lead into Indiana Tech’s 100th anniversary, in 2030. What will our school be at age 100? Indiana Tech’s Strategic Plan Task Force, formed this September, is charged with helping our community develop a vision for that day and a plan to guide the university’s work in the years ahead. Indiana Tech’s next strategic plan is something that our entire community is taking part in creating. The priorities for this are threefold: Indiana Tech will engage with its students to prepare them for successful careers and lives of significance and worth; it will excel in raising its academic reputation while remaining financially strong; and will extend

its reach by harnessing the power of the Warrior alumni network and promoting Indiana Tech to the broader community. Indiana Tech President Dr. Karl Einolf says of the planning process, “Indiana Tech has proven to be a place that knows how to innovate, seize opportunities and continually improve on behalf of our students. The work of the Strategic Plan Task Force will help our university continue to serve them well in the years ahead. Everyone, truly everyone, has the opportunity to take part in the creation of our strategic plan. I encourage our alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff to share your ideas and insights as we continue building a strong Indiana Tech.” The Strategic Plan Task Force is led by co-chairs Dr. Steve Dusseau of Indiana Tech’s College of Engineering faculty and Ms. Jeri Burkhart of the university’s College of Professional Studies admissions team. It includes a leadership team of seven, and 18 members who were selected through an application and nomination process. Nearly 70 members of the Indiana Tech community either

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It’s been exciting to see such a high level of interest and participation in the strategic planning process. DR. STEVE DUSSEAU

Jeri Burkhart Senior Enrollment Manager, Warsaw

Steve Dusseau Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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applied for or were nominated to serve on the task force. Members include Indiana Tech alumni, students, faculty and staff. Dr. Dusseau commented, “It’s been exciting to see such a high level of interest and participation in the strategic planning process. Having almost 70 applicants and nominees made our selection process challenging, but it was a welcome challenge.” Ms. Burkhart agreed: “We wound up with a great group of people on the task force, but seeing our applicants and nominees, that would have been the case no matter who was selected. For those not serving on the task force, we’ve been engaging them as topic experts in their areas. And we continue to encourage every member of the Indiana Tech community to share their ideas for our future.”

The Strategic Plan Task Force is made up of three sub-teams: Communications, Research and Data Gathering, and Facilities and Infrastructure. During the current academic year, the teams and the task force as a whole will work to develop phase one of the university’s next strategic plan, which will address the next six years of Indiana Tech’s development, 2018-2024. Phase two will then develop the vision for the years 2024 through 2030, our centennial year. The phase one plan will ultimately be presented to the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees for review and approval at its May 2018 board meeting. In parallel to and helping inform the strategic planning process, the university has been conducting market research and a branding study with the assistance of higher education branding

Sh a r e Your Ide a s f or Indi a n a T ech’s F u t ur e Contact Dr. Steve Dusseau, Ms. Jeri Burkhart and marketing firm SimpsonScarborough. Seeking to learn more about Indiana Tech’s position, reputation and opportunities within the higher ed marketplace, SimpsonScarborough has been conducting surveys of prospective students, current students, faculty and staff, and alumni. Results will help guide the messaging and positioning of the university going forward, and add insight to opportunities being considered by the Strategic Plan Task Force. In the end, Dr. Einolf notes, “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Indiana Tech community, whether you’re a student, alum, or part of the faculty and staff team. We want to hear from you. Our future is bright, and you can help us make sure we’re successful far into the future!”

and the entire Strategic Plan Task Force: Learn More about the Process

Indi a n a T ech S t r at egic P l a n Ta sk F orce Co-Chairs Jeri Burkhart, Senior Enrollment Manager, Warsaw Steve Dusseau, Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Leadership Team Tim Allwein, Special Assistant to the President; Faculty, College of Business Jeri Burkhart, Staff, College of Professional Studies Admissions Steve Dusseau, Faculty, College of Engineering Karl Einolf (ex officio), President Susan McGrade, Faculty, College of General Studies Cameron Owens, Student Matt Thibeau, Strategic Planning Consultant

Communication Team Justin Boyce Faculty, College of General Studies

Research & Data Gathering Team Sharmila Chowdhury, Staff, International Admissions Darius Darling, Staff, Student Affairs Sharon Lokuta, Staff, College of Professional Studies Operations Chris Nelson, Faculty, College of Business Jessica Pena, Staff, Finance & Accounting Donald Stafford, Faculty, College of Engineering

Facilities & Infrastructure Team Richard Burns, Staff, Buildings & Grounds Andrea Check, Staff, Student Affairs Jerome Heaven, Faculty, College of Engineering Greg Lynch, Alumnus Jason Mutzfeld, Staff, Information Technology Debbie Warren, Staff, Athletics

Anthony Juliano, Alumnus Eileen Lee, Staff, Career Center Staci Lugar-Brettin, Faculty, College of Business Carol Platt, Staff, College of Professional Studies Admissions Chozie Thorp, Staff, Student Financial Services

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Indiana Tech enters option-to-purchase agreement for Donald Ross Golf Course

From the No. 10 tee box, one can see the great expanse of land that could soon become home to Indiana Tech's softball team and track and field programs.


games to begin at the new stadium during the spring of 2019.

ndiana Tech has entered into an option-to-purchase agreement with Sycamore, Inc. for the Donald Ross Golf Course at 7120 S. Calhoun St. in Fort Wayne. The university is currently performing due diligence on the property to assess its full potential for use as the home of new Indiana Tech athletic facilities, including a new softball stadium and a track and field complex.


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Once its due diligence and site assessment have been satisfactorily completed, Indiana Tech expects it will complete the purchase of the property in the first quarter of 2018. Subject to the schedule of full site planning and any required zoning changes and approvals, the university would then look to begin construction on new facilities during the summer of 2018, likely starting with a softball stadium. This would allow for practices and

Donald Ross Golf Course was built in 1927 and formerly known as Fairview Golf Club. The front nine was designed by the Scottish-born Ross, who is known for laying the foundation for the American golf industry. Ross spent most of his adult life in the United States. At his death in 1948, he left behind a legacy of 413 courses, including such gems as Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, Seminole in Florida and the site of the 1996 U.S. Open, Oakland Hills, outside Detroit. Over 100 U.S. national championships have been played on courses designed by Ross.




Donald Ross Golf Course was built in 1927 as Fairview Golf Club. The course, just south of downtown Fort Wayne, is about 10 minutes from Indiana Tech's main campus.


While a plan for the site has not yet been developed, the university is assessing the use of the current back nine of the golf course, north of Tillman Road and east of Calhoun Street, as the site of a softball stadium and a track and field complex. The 55

Under this approach, the front nine of the golf course, west of Calhoun Street, would remain unchanged. Indiana Tech would operate it as a 9-hole course, which would continue to be open to the public. The university’s men’s and women’s golf teams would also be able to utilize the course as a practice facility, while its management and operation could be overseen by Indiana Tech students as an experiential learning opportunity.

Indiana Tech president Dr. Karl Einolf commented, “We’re excited about the possibilities created by repurposing the Donald Ross Golf Course, and look forward to completing our site assessment. It seems like both a great fit for the needs of our studentathletes, and a positive use of the property for the entire community.”


“We in athletics are excited about the opportunities that purchasing this lovely piece of property would create,” said Indiana Tech Athletic Director Debra Warren. “Having a place for our softball program and our track and field programs to call home, along with additional room to grow, strengthens our athletic program and gives us choices as we plan for the future."

acres of land comprising this portion of the course would also allow enough space for additional athletic facilities in the future.






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Tech to host historic hockey tourney in March In July, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) announced it was adding men’s ice hockey as a varsity sport, becoming the first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference to ever do so. On the same day, the WHAC also announced Indiana Tech will play host to the inaugural conference hockey tournament. Indiana Tech, along with its WHAC hockey rivals from Aquinas College, Lawrence Technological University, Rochester College and University of Michigan-Dearborn will converge on the SportONE/Parkview Ice House in Fort Wayne from Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. “We are very excited and thankful that WHAC athletic directors and administrators decided to move forward with sponsoring hockey and allowing us to host the inaugural tournament. We are looking forward to putting on a good show for the league and its member institutions," said Warriors coach Frank DiCristofaro. "This is significant for the program because, aside from the Big Ten, the WHAC is the only all-sports varsity conference to sponsor hockey in the Midwest. From a program standpoint, it shows how far we have matured in a short amount of time. It also helps recruiting to be able to highlight our overall stability as a program moving forward.”

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Warrior athletes give back to the community Being a student-athlete at Indiana Tech is not only about striving for excellence in the classroom and on the field, it’s also about being a shining example of positivity in our community. Giving back is a priority for Indiana Tech’s Athletic Department. It gives our student-athletes the opportunity to achieve the type of growth, knowledge and leadership skills that one cannot get from a classroom.

Men's basketball at Fort4Fitness

"Giving back to our community in many different ways is important to this university, and I am pleased that our coaches and our athletes are eager to share of themselves and of our many blessings with others," said athletic director Deb Warren. "In addition, we, as an athletic department, are proud to partner all year long with the American Cancer Society to provide awareness and fundraising assistance."

Wrestling team at the Buddy Walk

Women's lacrosse teaching basics of the game

Here are some of the opportunities our student-athletes have participated in since the beginning of the academic year: BASEBALL

» Staffed a Special Olympics bowling event at Pro Bowl West »


» Staffed Fort4Fitness Fall Festival events » Participated in the Coaches vs. Cancer Kids Clinic at IPFW MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

» Two members were featured speakers at a high school cross country camp


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» Participated in the DSANI Buddy Walk SOFTBALL

» Helped spread rock and dirt for Snider High School’s batting cage, softball field and warning track » Donated 35 coloring book and crayon sets to St Jude's Children's Hospital


» Helped with ARC's celebrity basketball game » Facilitated free youth practices WOMEN’S L ACROSSE

» Conducted a single-day children’s lacrosse clinic WRESTLING

» Participated in the DSANI Buddy Walk » Helped set up and staff the YMCA Fall Festival






JUJUAN COOLEY ’05 men’s basketball standout from 2001 to 2005

women’s basketball coach from 1989 to 2004


longtime announcer for Warrior athletics

INDIANA TECH’S 1998 BASEBALL TEAM NAIA World Series runner-up


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FROM THE DESK OF LAUREN ZUBER I’ve got to say, I had never seen so much orange in one place until Homecoming 2017 at Indiana Tech. The Warrior pride was palpable. Alumni, students, faculty and staff all gathered on campus to celebrate our shared legacy. We all shape the legacy of Indiana Tech, every day, through our stewardship and philanthropy, hard work and dedication, but homecoming was extra special. Kicking off the weekend with our “Get Your SWAG On” event was a rush of energy. Andorfer Commons was decked out in orange and alumni and students mingled and celebrated, buzzing about the events to come. As your director of Alumni Relations, these are moments I live for. Having alumni bond with students by combining their stories with the students of today to create celebration and action is my main goal. These connections are what keep the legacy of Indiana Tech alive and at its best. These connections are what keep Warriors going.


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Homecoming is the perfect time to show off our changing and updating campus, and even as alumni marvel at the new buildings and remodeling projects, they see a lot of themselves in our current students. Our student body—and after graduation our alumni—have remained pretty consistent even as campus has changed. Hard work, determination, an eye for the future and a knack for celebration have been core qualities of Warriors for as long as I can remember. As I look toward our future gatherings and celebrations, because Homecoming 2018 will be here before we know it, I hope to hear from you. Send an email, drop by our Alumni Group Facebook page, mail a postcard or give me a call. Share your homecoming memories and favorite moments from any year and let me know what you hope to see in the future. Our legacy needs you, and I can’t wait to celebrate with you again. GO WARRIORS!

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 Indiana Institute of Technology

Alumni Notes / SOUNDBITE 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:

New Jobs Adam Witmer, MBA 2007, Vice President of Audit, Compliance, and Risk Management at First Federal Savings Bank of Angola Sherif Kassem, MBA 2012, Network Management Specialist at PA Office of Attorney General Quentin Holmes, BSBA 2017, Media Assistant at Asher Agency Neekol Flinn, BSBA 2013, Managing Director at InSource HR, LLC Bryce Packard, BSBA 2015, Auto Appraisal Dispatch at American Family Insurance

Promotions and Appointments Nicholas Knauf, BSME 2015, Product Engineer – Gear Train and Automatic Transmissions at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Christian Maslowski, MBA 2004 (job: Greater Greenwood Chamber President and CEO) has been elected chairman of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association for 2017-18

Life Events Neal Quandt, MBA 2016, and his wife Amanda Quandt are expecting their first child, due in winter 2017.

My 1960 class (BSEE) at Indiana Technical College was one of the last to use a slide rule. In the more than five decades since, how amazing it is to see high-tech advances, such as hand-held calculators, personal computers and smart phones. What might today's graduates witness over their half-century of engineering experiences?

Ø Ray Herzog, Class of 1960, BSEE

I have been amazed at the growth Indiana Tech has achieved since I graduated. Tech afforded me a solid education on which to build a successful life! Beginning at Eastman Kodak, I later worked in small manufacturing firms where engineers were responsible for everything product-related. This experience enabled me to later assist small manufacturers in the then-pilot NYS Manufacturing Extension Program, begun at Cornell University. All of which is to say, thank you Tech!

Ø Jay (Bob) Kelchner, Class of 1961, BSME

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Alumni SPOTLIGHT Stephen Blevins Travis Kraick Aaron Pence

Three Rivers Distilling Company founders Aaron Pence, Travis Kraick and Steve Blevins (not pictured) were recently honored as CPS Alumni of the Year.

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BSA 2017 BSOL 2013, MBA 2016

Roughly one and a half miles southwest of Indiana Tech’s main campus, two friends started Three Rivers Distilling Company and brought the past back to life through modern products. Stephen Blevins, MBA 2014, and Travis Kraick, BSA 2017, saw opportunity in bringing the booming craft spirits industry to their hometown. Soon after joining forces, the pair brought fellow airman from the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne, Aaron Pence, BSOL 2013 and MBA 2016, into the team. The trio quickly learned that Three Rivers Distilling Company was not the first distillery in Fort Wayne, but it is the first legal distillery to operate in the area since Prohibition. Pictures of Prohibition Era booze busts

grace the walls of its rehabbed building, along with photos of the building’s former life as a bakery. Blevins, Kraick and Pence enjoy the fact that they’ve brought the old commercial space back to its roots of taking grain and turning it into high-quality finished products, though the process has modernized. Testing at every step of production and a scientific approach to product development have led to a successful product lineup. Three Rivers Distilling Company offers six products to consumers, including two nationally-awarded spirits (Harvester Vodka and Summit City Gin), one Gold medalist and best in state (Early Bourbon) and one regionally recognized Bronze medalist (122 Unaged Corn Whiskey). There isn’t much at Three Rivers Distilling Company that doesn’t have a connection to Indiana. All the organic grains, the barrels for

aging whiskey and the staff have Hoosier roots. And, as indicated earlier, the founders/co-owners have Indiana Tech degrees. Pence has ringing endorsements for his alma mater. He took courses through Tech's College of Professional Studies and pursued his BSOL when he was serving full time at the 122nd Fighter Wing. Being able to balance online and in-person classes with his military career and growing family was critical to his success and led to him being commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and completing his MBA. Now, it's the university's entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit that keeps him, and his Three Rivers Distilling Company colleagues, involved with Indiana Tech. Starting with a "lunch and learn" hosted by the Center for Creative Collaboration, the Three Rivers Distilling Company team has built connections with students and staff. Blevins, Kraick and Pence hope to recruit Indiana Tech students for internships and jobs because they feel confident that the university is producing career-ready and business-savvy talent. The TRDC team is looking forward to building its future on the successful foundation Indiana Tech helped it put in place. The Three Rivers Distilling Company tasting room and tour program will be open to the public in fall 2017. Until then, you can find their products in stores and enjoy a craft cocktail fit for a Warrior.



1.5 oz Three Rivers Distilling Company Summit City Gin


1 oz fresh squeezed orange juice


25 oz Real Grenadine (two parts simple syrup to one part pomegranate juice)


Dash of Absinthe Combine ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain through a fine sieve into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel. In lieu of the traditional “cheers!” we recommend shouting “Go Warriors!”


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MEET PRESIDENT EINOLF IN A COMMUNITY NEAR YOU Alumni and friends of Indiana Tech: our new university president, Dr. Karl W. Einolf, may soon be coming to your community. Indiana Tech is in the planning stages for Dr. Einolf’s Building a Century of Excellence Tour, during which the university’s first-year leader will meet with alumni and friends of Indiana Tech in seven cities within the United States. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served during these events, and Dr. Einolf will discuss his “Engage,


Excel, Extend” vision for the future of Indiana Tech. “I am looking forward to meeting with members of the Indiana Tech family from all over the country and sharing with them how much I love being the president of this university,” said Dr. Einolf. “Indiana Tech has a rich history of excellence and continues to provide exceptional learning and growth opportunities for students worldwide. I am honored and excited to be leading this university toward its 100th year.”

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Robert Molen graduated from Indiana Tech in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He hosted the "Big Bob Molen Radio Show" on Indiana Tech's radio station, WITB, in the early 1970s.

Don't touch that dial In the last issue of Indiana Tech Magazine, we included the photo below, taken from the days of the university’s radio station, WITB 550-AM, and asked our readers to share stories about the radio station’s existence. Boy, did the Warrior Nation come through — with memories and photos!


Row 1 (left to right): Peter Bechmann, Alan Plummer, Dave Martin, Mike Inhat and John Lavens Row 2: Vonne Meussling (faculty advisor), Bob Hockman, Dennis Roberts, Tom Scriven, Rex Grice, Dennis Sensenich, Eric Johnson and Marylou Golding Row 3: Judd VanHouten, Craig Leighty, Jim Gilbert, Paul Knupke and Bill Rose Row 4: Fran Dobbs, Ron Atchison, Tim Geiger and Steve Goldurs


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I joined the radio station (as a freshman) in 1969. My program was the "Buckeye Steve Show," airing from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday nights. We played mainly Top 40 music. Sometimes we would receive records that hadn't been played on the local radio stations, so when we would play them and then hear them later once they became big hits, it made us pretty happy to know we had played it first in Fort Wayne. I became general manager in 1972 and continued until I graduated. Our station was classified a carrier current type of broadcaster. In essence, we were only able to be received by radios plugged in on campus and maybe a few blocks away from campus. The station did have access to broadcast

on speakers mounted on the main classroom building. These speakers were pointed into the open area of the campus towards Washington Boulevard, and when the fraternities were setting up for Greek Week, we would turn on music for them. That is, until the neighbors called and complained.

MIKE IHNAT, BSAE 1970 In the beginning, there were blankets and small plywood walls separating the studio areas but, in general, it was in a fairly open area. In later years, a complete formal walled studio complex was built. I was involved with the station during my four years at Indiana Tech; the first two as DJ "Mike Michaels." I was program director my junior year and station manager my senior year.

RO BE RT W I L ME R , B SEE 1969 While I didn’t work as part of the station team, I was the basketball public address announcer for three years, as well as the campus audiovisual geek. I regularly used the radio station equipment to tape record promos for the basketball games that were played over loudspeakers outdoors around the campus between classes on game days, and to tape-record music to play in the gym before the games. The station had two studios in addition to areas to house the electronics and necessary work benches to repair the vacuum tube-powered electronics. Both of the studios were equipped with RCA model 76 studio mixing consoles and dual RCA model 70D studio phonograph turntables. Each turntable was a floor standing cabinet, about two feet square. Studio 1 also had a large rackmounted Ampex reel-to-reel tape recorder as well as smaller loop tape players to play ads and jingles. Studio 2 had a portable reel-to reel-tape recorder plus the loop tape players, so one could back up the other. Certain of the playback and recording equipment was cross-tied so it could be operated from either studio when the need existed. Most of the programming was “Top 40” music of the mid to late 1960s and sourced primarily from 45 rpm vinyl records with 33 1/3 rpm records and tape recordings used when applicable. The station also broadcast campus news and eventually broadcast Warriors basketball games, although a local Fort Wayne commercial AM broadcast station had broadcast them for years before.

Gary Gardner, BSChem 1969, let us know that WITB was founded in 1966 by a few interested students and started up with makeshift equipment in the basement of Crull Hall. The station moved to Sihler Hall when Crull closed. Gardner was a photographer for the Kekiongan yearbook staff and the photo editor for the Nucleus campus newspaper.

R OB E RT MO LE N, B A PSYCH 1 973 My name is Robert Molen, aka Big Bob Molen from the "Big Bob Molen Radio Show" on WITB. I attended Indiana Tech from 1969 until 1973. Having come from the New York metropolitan area, we had the big radio stations, both AM and FM, to listen to. I always had a fascination with commercial radio announcing, so when the opportunity presented itself to get involved with WITB, I signed up. Many hours of practicing with cueing records on turntables, along with mastering correct pronunciation of words and letters and my timing, made for a lot of enjoyable time. The seasoned staff members were very helpful during my time there. WITB was a low-power common carrier station. That delivery method involved taking the signal, compressing it and interfacing it with the campus electrical system. Therefore, the only people that could receive the signal were those on campus or the immediate vicinity. We had one sponsor, that I can recall, which was

Van’s Lucky Burger. They had a store front in downtown Fort Wayne and we would offer two free hamburgers to the first person who would call 422-4646 (still remember it) with the names of the last two songs I just played. WITB had somewhat of an open music format. As the DJ, you could play pretty much anything that you wanted. WITB would also attempt to broadcast the basketball games from the gym, but the hum from the remote location equipment was so bad, I believe they gave up. We were involved with an occasional special broadcast, one of which was a twohour musical presentation posing the question, “Was Paul McCartney Really Dead?” One of my most memorable events at WITB was when I had been playing the music on the studio monitors very loudly for several songs. The phone rang and I answered, ‘Hello, this is Big Bob Molen, from the Big Bob Molen Radio Show. What can I play for you?’ The response was, “Hello Big Bob Molen, this is dean Don Steiner. Turn the damn music down!’ That was my uh-oh moment.

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Ralph ’57 and Donna Haberstock

Building a Life, Leaving a Legacy Ralph Haberstock ’57 was born to build. “I just love to see how things work,” Haberstock said. It’s no surprise, then, that Ralph also spent hours perusing the pages of Popular Mechanics. It was there that he first saw an ad for Indiana Technical College while a student at the University of Toledo. Finding Toledo’s curriculum uninteresting, Ralph decided one day to drive to Fort Wayne and explore Indiana Tech for himself. Arriving with no appointment but with plenty of spirit, Ralph walked into the old university building downtown on Washington Boulevard and said, “I want to learn about coming to school here.” Right away, Ralph met iconic Indiana Tech President Archie T. Keene, who arranged for an administrator to give Ralph a tour. On this tour, Ralph learned that Tech offered courses in 42

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every engineering discipline available —and even offered a wind tunnel in the basement and a dark room for the camera club. He enrolled on the spot. Ralph’s studies were interrupted when he was drafted to serve in the Army. Chomping at the bit to get back to his education at Indiana Tech, Ralph asked for help from Archie Keene, who wrote a letter that allowed Ralph to be discharged early and come back to finish his education. During his time in Fort Wayne, Ralph attended class during the day and attended dances at the local YWCA in the evening. Although he was not a dancer, he knew this was where to meet girls—and one night he was introduced to his future wife, Donna. The couple married in 1955, two years prior to Ralph’s graduation in 1957. Ralph built a truly successful and impressive engineering career. He worked for Magnavox and was part of a group that designed the first reel-toreel console. He also worked for Gates Radio and rose to the position of CEO of Learjet’s stereo division with over 600 employees. But in his heart, Ralph realized he wanted to build something, and in his late 50s, he once again made a bold

move and changed the course of his life. Enrolling in an accounting program at Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, Ralph relied on Donna to support the family while he went back to school. After his graduation, together they purchased an accounting franchise that they grew together, ultimately serving more than 300 small businesses in the area. Today, Ralph and Donna are happily retired, and they have watched their son follow in his dad’s footsteps and build his own successful business. Even in retirement, the Haberstocks continue to build, but now they are building their legacy. Active at their church, both Ralph and Donna faithfully devote time to leading Bible studies and teaching others. They have also built a legacy at Indiana Tech through their philanthropic plans. By taking the easy step of including Indiana Tech in their will, the Haberstocks have created an endowed scholarship that will provide future business administration students studying entrepreneurship at Indiana Tech with the resources needed to build their own bright future. To learn more about creating a legacy at Indiana Tech, contact Dave Stevens, associate vice president for advancement, at

IN MEMORIAM We have learned of the

John R. Kennedy Waynesburg, PA BSME 1960

Louis J. Bognar Franklin Lakes, NJ BSEE 1960

Dennis E. Belling Soquel, CA BSAE 1958

Inger D. Bouldes Detroit, MI BSGS 2013

Louis Peduto Indianapolis, IN BSME 1952

George (Bob) R. Julian El Dorado Hills, CA BSCE 1958

David E. Craven Downers Grove, IL BSCE 1955

Frank R. Nagy Orefield, PA BSCE 1975

James Richard Brown Cumberland, RI BSAE 1953

Aubrey D. Newman Daleville, VA BSCE 1962

Kenneth Otto Huebschman Harvest, AL BSAE 1958

Phil E. Alexander Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1956

Eddie L. Robinson Lexington, KY BSEE 1959

Dimitris K. Loukidis Racine, WI BSME 1960

Charles J. Kresky Toms River, NJ BSEE 1949

Barry William Baumbaugh Granger, IN BSEE 1976

Donald C. Rush Fort Myers, FL BSCE 1951

Arnold I. Cowan Somers, CT BSME 1958

Lisa M. Smith Glendale, AZ BSBA 2010

Roland J. Boucher Meredith, NH BSAE 1953

Duane J. Cart Markle, IN BSEE 1960

Thomas P. Eulitt Muncie, IN BSCE 1960

William M. Alarid Santa Maria, CA BSAE 1957

Richard E. Deville Louisville, OH BSEE 1948

Bennett L. Kemp Fort Wayne, IN BSAE 1942

Robert E. Schurr Palmetto, FL BSME 1961

Albert Jack Abraham Wheeling, WV BSME 1961

Henry E. Horwitz Wilton, CT BSME 1952

Glen A. Clapper Duncansville, PA BSEE 1957

Lee S. Woodsmall Gladstone, MO BSCE 1950

Robert W. Noad Sacramento, CA BSCE 1960

Don L. Dillard Arkadelphia, AR BSME 1952

Robert H. Clark Cumming, GA BSCE 1952

Anders Thaler Nygaard Fort Worth, TX BSME 1969

Melvin H. Rodenbeck Carmel, IN BSCE 1951

Harry Austin Armstrong Lima, OH BSCE 1951

Elmer J. Parlante Williamsport, PA BSCE 1956

Robert S. Postle Olathe, KS BSAE 1943

Phillip A. Vogel Lakeland, FL BSME 1963

Harold L. Laurila Rittman, OH BSCE 1958

Robert J. Kochanski San Diego, CA BSEE 1968

Clifford K. Bath Berwick, PA BSME 1949

Homer L. Hodgdon Bethel Park, PA BSME 1961

Theodore P. Perna Garland, TX BSEE 1968

Peter J. Chang Hammond, IN BSEE 1957

Aaron David Conrad Marion, IN BSRM 2009

deaths of the following alumni and friends.

If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Rachel Pease at 800.937.2448, ext. 2240.

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SAVE THE DATE Athletic Hall of Fame May 5, 6 p.m. Holiday Inn, 4111 Paul Shaffer Dr., Fort Wayne, IN Commencement May 12, 10:30 a.m. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, IN

Remember this? The College of Engineering wind tunnel When the building that Zollner Engineering Center calls home opened for business in the summer of 1958, so, too, did Indiana Tech's new wind tunnel, the preeminent teaching and testing tool of the time for the university's aeronautical engineering degree program. The wind tunnel and the AE degree program have long since disappeared, but Indiana Tech's desire to learn about its storied past has not. That's where you come in. We want to hear your stories about the wind tunnel. Share with us what you used it for. How long was it in service? Did you use it to record any earth-shattering data? If you can help us fill in the blanks, we'd 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.

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