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An ambitious, eight-month renovation has turned this facility into a state-of-the-art learning environment.

Indiana Tech instructors strive to implement educational opportunities where students will learn by doing.

There is a new, positive vibe in Indiana Tech’s School of Education —one that has regional educators looking at the school in a different light.



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Inside Tech 04 Letter from the President

25 Small, but Mighty

With 85 years under our belt, the future looks bright for this forwardthinking university.

Tech’s young cyber defense team won its second straight state title and finished well at regionals.

Across the University

25 Law school receives ABA approval

06 Faculty and Staff Campaign By the Numbers Indiana Tech’s talented and highly dedicated group of faculty and staff contributed to the university in record numbers last year.

08 Around the Regions The latest news from around Indiana Tech — north, south, east and west.

09 Tech Happenings AVI Tech Fresh, the university’s oncampus food provider, has begun using eco-friendly disposable dinnerware that is compostable.

10 A Few Words With… Dr. Justin Boyce, assistant professor of psychology.

12 Faculty Update Dr. Joshua Francis is named dean of Tech’s College of General Studies.

13 Tech’s Top Picks Faculty and staff members share their favorite spring break destinations.

Indiana Tech Law School has received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association.


26 What a Winter for Athletics! Men’s track + Pawlak + Dunmore = Championship glory! Path Of A Warrior

29 Alumni News Learn what’s new with our fellow Warriors and how to stay connected.

30 Forged at Tech Strangers in their homeland of Venezuela, Agustin Salazar (’83) and Tony Carreno (’84) have been the best of friends since meeting at Tech in the early 80s.

33 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.

FRONT COVER The Cunningham Business Center looked much different than it does today, as shown by this late-70s/early-80s archival photo. Back then, Cunningham was simply known as the


Anthony Building. INSIDE FRONT COVER Class is in session inside Indiana Tech’s newly renovated Cunningham Business Center.

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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT Throughout 2015-16, our 85th anniversary year, each issue of Indiana Tech Magazine has included a feature centered on our history. Yet, as a forward-looking institution, it seems fitting that in this final edition of the ‘15-‘16 academic year we include a feature that not only looks back, but ahead as well. On page 14 you’ll find such a story, about the Cunningham Business Center. Built as a high school in 1951, purchased by Indiana Tech in 1962, and reinvented and reopened in January 2016, Cunningham is a place that will serve our students well for years to come. Springtime, in general, is a time for looking ahead, which also occurs on our most wonderful day of the year – commencement day. This is the time that students from across Indiana Tech, of all ages and backgrounds, celebrate one of the most impactful achievements of their lives – earning a college degree. 2016 marks a special occasion for our law school, with our very first class of graduates taking part in commencement. Of course, reaching commencement day requires a serious commitment and substantial amount of work on the part of our students. An important part of our


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work in helping them get there lies in providing ample opportunities for experiential learning – learning by doing! – no matter what their field of study might be. Learn more about our work in this area on page 18. Character, commitment and teamwork are built beyond the classroom and work environments, too. Page 26 features a roundup of Tech’s winter sports. From repeat national champions (men’s indoor track and field) to new national champions (wrestler Mitch Pawlak), scholar-athlete honors and more, Tech athletes in every sport make us all proud to be Warriors. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President

Volume 12, Issue 3. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President Brian Engelhart Vice President of University Relations Institutional Advancement Mary Slafkosky Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dave Stevens Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Tracina Smith Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations Arienne Juliano, MBA ’15 Director of Alumni Relations Lisa Biers, MBA ’15 Annual Fund Director Rose Replogle Office Manager and Gift Processor Neal Quandt, MBA ’16 Advancement Services Manager

Marketing Julie Farison Creative Director Matt Bair Director of Marketing and Communication Lucinda Neff Graphic Designer Sarah Suraci Marketing Specialist Joel Kuhn, BS ’12 Web Developer

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. © 2016 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 the 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 Faculty and Staff Campaign Indiana Tech is fortunate to have a highly dedicated group of faculty and staff serving students in Fort Wayne, at our locations around the Midwest, and online. Their commitment to student learning and success beyond college is evident each day, both inside and outside the classroom.



Warrior family members participated and contributed


in contributions for the university

Each academic year, Indiana Tech faculty and staff raise money for student and campus initiatives. This year, they further demonstrated their commitment to students by giving back in record numbers. More than 90 percent of the Warrior Family participated and contributed over $65,000 for the university. By contrast, other institutions of higher learning commonly see giving by faculty and staff in the 20- to 30-percent range. By comparison to last year, just over 80 percent participated in the Faculty and Staff Campaign, which raised approximately $57,000. Recognizing Indiana Tech’s 85-year history and the reinvention of the Cunningham Center, the theme of this year’s campaign was “Creating History, Building Futures.” Thank you to all who participated in this record-setting achievement!


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Participants and contributions from the Warrior Family


20%-30% Similar institutions of higher learning contributions

$57,000 2015 Contributions given by Warrior contributors

$65,000 2016 Contributions given by Warrior contributors

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CAHIIM accreditation assures students that our health information technology degree program is preparing them well for a career in this field.


Around the Regions HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION Indiana Tech’s HIT program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM is a Chicagobased organization that accredits higher education programs in health informatics and health information management. It is the globally recognized and trusted accreditation organization for health informatics and health information management education programs to ensure the development of a workforce that meets the challenge of an information-intensive environment and its impact on global health. “Indiana Tech began offering an associate degree in health information technology in 2012, and it has become a very popular program in a short amount of time,” said Bonnie Wilkins, health 8

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Ricky Santiago, an associate admissions representative at the Jeffersonville campus, has been busy making a name for himself, and for Indiana Tech, in the Louisville area.

information technology program director. “This recognition from CAHIIM is important to Indiana Tech. It validates that we are producing students who have the professional knowledge and skill to succeed in today’s growing electronic health record (EHR) environment.” B.S. IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AMONG TECH’S UPCOMING DEGREE PROGRAM ADDITIONS Indiana Tech will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in child development this fall at the Fort Wayne campus and online. This degree is for those inspired to become an advocate for children, such as a preschool or child care center director, a social or community services manager or a child protective services worker. Tech will also offer this fall a Bachelor of Science in exercise science. This degree program will prepare students for study in medicine, physical therapy and occupational therapy programs.

Late in 2015, Indiana Tech announced it would offer a Bachelor of Science in special education and an Associate of Science in information technology. WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP & PHILANTHROPY AT INDIANA TECH Indiana Tech hosted its first Women’s Leadership & Philanthropy fundraiser, Girls’ Night Out, on April 16 at Indiana Tech’s Fort Wayne campus. This signature event and fundraiser featured a fashion show hosted by our very own Fashion Marketing and Management students. Guests also enjoyed demonstrations, samples and raffle prizes from local businesses that focused on health, well-being and tranquility. Want to learn more or get involved? Contact Lisa Biers, chair and annual fund director, at or 260.422.5561, ext. 2438.

Santiago was named by the Greater Louisville International Professional (GLIP) association as its Puerto Rico Ambassador. The Ambassador program is one of the most distinctive features of the GLIP initiative. The program assigns one ambassador for each country representing the international communities of the metro Louisville area. Each ambassador serves as the “official go to person” for their country and works to foster relationships with new and established expatriates. There are currently 58 countries represented by GLIP Ambassadors. In addition to his GLIP appointment, Santiago recently spoke about college preparation to members of Louisville’s Teen Circle Mentoring Program, an organization which helps teen girls develop mature identities for healthy relationships at home, school, work and in society. The mission of the program is: To ensure a safe and trusting diverse environment empowering young minority women and girls building basic life skills, to develop confidence and authenticity necessary to reach their full potential. Our passion drives us to do what we do.

Tech’s cafeteria begins using biodegradable dinnerware On Feb. 17, Indiana Tech’s Sustainability Committee, in partnership with AVI Tech Fresh, the university’s on-campus food provider, announced it will begin using eco-friendly disposable dinnerware. Now, disposable cutlery used in Tech dining areas is made from polylactic acid (PLA), also known as “corn plastic.” PLA is a non-petroleum-based resin made from corn, and it is completely compostable in commercial compost facilities. By comparison, the extraction and processing of petroleum to make traditional plastic cutlery releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These processes also pose threats to nearby waterways and local air quality. New disposable plates and bowls are made from bagasse. Bagasse is the fibrous matter that remains after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juice. Bagasse products are made with less energy and water than their paper counterparts, and typically biodegrade in 30-90 days, depending on the conditions.

Synthetic turf to be installed at Warrior Athletic Field this summer Indiana Tech’s board of trustees have approved the installation of a new synthetic turf field to replace the natural grass field at the 11-year-old Warrior Athletic Field, home of the Warriors’ men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs. The $1 million project will break ground after commencement in May. The new field will not only benefit the athletic department, but the university community as a whole, including the physical education department, the intramural program and club sports. Construction is expected to be completed in early August before fall sports teams begin their preseason camps.

Tech Happenings Alpha Chi event focuses on young learners Indiana Tech’s Alpha Chi Chapter hosts an annual service event to share its students’ passion for learning and scholarship with the Fort Wayne community. This year, the group hosted a collaborative learning event for the Fort Wayne Boys & Girls Club called Transcending Boundaries. Student leaders from Alpha Chi and other campus organizations designed learning stations in the Academic Center for young learners (kindergarten through sixth grade) to “transcend” traditional learning through participating in active learning activities in the disciplines of science, art, business and criminal justice. These student leaders and organizations were integral in the design and implementation of this event: » Ashlee Reid » Haley Toliver » Eli Shultz » Adam Lehn » Amanda Dicks » Michael Winans » Carson White » Nathan Wilz » Jon Mueller » American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) » Delta Alpha Nu Sorority » Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity » Society of Women Engineers (SWE) » Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) » Anime Manga Club » Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Alpha Chi is a coeducational academic honor society. Since 1922 its purpose has been to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. The Alpha Chi Advisors for Tech’s undergraduate students are Dr. David Rumsey and Dr. Staci Lugar Brettin.


Indiana Tech is proud to help launch Start Fort Wayne Tuesday, Jan 26, was a rousing beginning for Start Fort Wayne, a new not-for-profit whose mission is to build a thriving and active entrepreneur community in the Fort Wayne region. Indiana Tech is proud to be a lead partner in launching Start Fort Wayne, and Executive Director of the Center for Creative Collaboration, Mark Richter, is a member of the Start Fort Wayne Board. Start Fort Wayne announced its Atrium project, a brand new, world-class, coworking and entrepreneur space in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne. Atrium is located at 111 W. Berry, on the second floor above Hoch Associates, across from the PNC building. Atrium will be a memberbased co-working space, with month-tomonth plans for every budget and need. Atrium is expected to be ready for users this summer.

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A few words with...


very intriguing or understanding how people’s


business seemed to surface through dreams.

perceptions of an object or situation could be different depending on their past experiences or even how unconscious wishes or unfinished

Indiana Tech: Being that mental health issues are so important in everyday life, it must be gratifying to be preparing students for careers of substance and importance. Boyce: As I say quite often to my students, “Psychology is life.” You can use its principles, concepts, constructs and research literally in every part of your daily existence. You certainly

Indiana Tech: Why did you choose to get

don’t have to become a psychologist to use

into education?

what you have learned in class. Psychology is very useful in all human relationships –

Boyce: While growing up, I certainly never

with your co-workers, your supervisor, your

thought I would become an educator. But, my

significant other and your neighbors. And, of

mother was a reading specialist, and taught

course, if you pursue psychology professionally,

reading to elementary-school-aged kids. She,

it is extremely satisfying to see the people you

consequently, came to believe that all three

work with blossom from a place of darkness to

of her children should become teachers, as

a place of light. My favorite experience is to see

well. She strongly – and I stress strongly –

a client with limited insight or understanding of

encouraged us to go in that direction. While

a problem suddenly have an “a-ha” otherwise

I was working on my doctoral degree in the

known as gaining insight—that moment of

mid 1990s, several of my professors indicated

understanding and clarity about their problems

to me that they thought that I had natural

that puts them on the road to overcoming their

teaching ability; they encouraged me to

life barriers.

try higher educational teaching as part of my career goal. Since 2000, I have taught

Indiana Tech: What would you like to share

either full-time or at least part-time, having

about your background?

educated people training at the doctoral level, master’s level or undergraduate level.

Boyce: Over the course of educational pursuits, I was blessed with some really good professors

Indiana Tech: What fascinates you most about

like Dr. Agatha Nelson and Dr. Patricia Todman-

psychology? Why did you choose this field?

Rhymer in my undergraduate studies who really inspired me to consider pursuing a master’s


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Boyce: I certainly did not know anything about

degree and Dr. Annette Shuck who told me I

psychology when I started college. But as part

had the “stuff ” needed to be successful in a

of my general education requirements, I had

doctoral program. And of course Dr. Cynthia

to take Introduction to Psychology Parts I and

Kalodner, who chaired my doctoral dissertation

II. My instructor was actually a guy trained as

and really pushed me to be the best. She was

a social worker who had the uncanny ability to

the one who finally convinced me that I should

really make the material interesting and “real,”

consider higher educational teaching. If it were

and, my gosh, it stuck. I really found the idea

not for these women, I may never have gone

of considering how the human mind worked

beyond an undergraduate degree or entered

into a classroom as an educator. I have worked in higher education and direct care for the bulk of my career. I am a Virgin Islander, born in St. Thomas, USVI, so I am both American and Caribbean in my personal identity. As such, I love good, well-seasoned food, and I love to laugh out loud and have fun. But, I also have a strong work ethic and value being productive and giving back to others. Indiana Tech: What do you do in your spare time? Boyce: I love to travel. I have been through Europe, the continental United States and parts of the Caribbean. My short-list of places to visit include China, Japan and Africa, but, I am happiest sitting on a white sand beach people-

watching and taking in the sounds of the waves. It’s the closest thing to heaven for me. I also like to play pool, I am an avid gardener and I even planted corn one year (they were smaller than the ones found at the supermarket, but just as delicious). I love to cook and feed people too. Finally, I really love my wife and sons and enjoy spending time with them playing cards, traveling or hanging out at a pool or on the beach. Indiana Tech: What would students be surprised to know about you? Boyce: I keep up with the latest R&B artists such as Rihanna and Beyoncé, and I do appreciate rap music with my favorite rap artist being Eminem (although I don’t always agree with

some of his word choices). I do really appreciate the message his music is attempting to convey to society in a real raw and gritty way. Indiana Tech: If you could not be a professor, what kind of career would you have pursued? Boyce: If I were not a professor, my equally favorite thing to do is to be a direct care provider. As I suggested earlier, seeing a client experience an “a-ha” moment when he or she gains insight into the problem or issue plaguing them is priceless and more worthwhile than any money in the bank you could receive for your efforts. And, if I were 30 years younger, I would go pursue cinematography so that I could become a movie or television director.

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Faculty Update Dr. Joshua Francis is tapped to lead Tech’s College of General Studies

On Jan. 27, Dr. Joshua Francis was named dean of Indiana Tech’s College of General Studies. Francis, who joined Indiana Tech on Jan. 5, 2015, as director of teacher preparation for its School of Education, had been serving as dean in an interim role since August 2015. “I am honored that the faculty, the search committee and the members of the cabinet felt that I was the strongest candidate for the position and have asked me to continue leading the College of General Studies,” Francis said. “Having served as the interim dean for the past six months, I have gained a deeper appreciation for the amazing group of individuals that I have the pleasure of leading and working with in the coming years.” “Dr. Francis is a highly approachable and engaging person who will bring a thoughtful, proactive approach to his position as dean of the College of General Studies,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs John Shannon. “I look forward to his many contributions to the growth and development of academic programs at Indiana Tech, and I am very pleased to add him to our academic leadership team.”


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As interim dean, Francis worked hard to make sure he was the clear choice for the position. Now that he has it, don’t expect him to lay off the gas pedal.

Dr. Jeffrey Zimmerman, dean of the College of Business, and Dr. Crystal Karn, assistant professor of marketing and management, will present “Collaborative Learning in Collaborative Spaces: Lessons Learned from Planning to Implementation” at UBTech, the National Summit on AV, IT, and Student Success, June 6-8, in Las Vegas. Dr. Joshua Long, associate professor of economics, presented “Update on Monetary Policy Actions for 2015” on Nov. 21, 2015, at the annual State of the Economy Symposium at the University of Detroit-Mercy. He also co-authored an article titled “Building Learning-Centered Economic ‘Bridges Out of Poverty’” for the Business Education Innovation Journal with Dr. Staci Lugar Brettin, assistant professor of marketing and management.

“I want to work with our talented program faculty to continue building and strengthening the programs we currently offer,” Francis said. “I also see several opportunities for our existing programs to move into graduate programming at the master’s and doctoral level. We are already beginning to explore these ideas.” Prior to coming to Indiana Tech, Francis was at Defiance (Ohio) College; he became a professor of education in 2009, the school’s director of assessment in 2013 and its director of education in 2014. “I wasn’t looking to leave Defiance, but when I saw the opportunity at Indiana Tech to grow a program from the ground up, I jumped at it,” Dr. Francis said. “Not too many teacher educators get an opportunity to take a young, small program and help it grow and evolve into what I believe will be a great program. I love it.”

Dr. Lugar Brettin will speak in June on women’s leadership at the State Department-sponsored Study of the United States Institute convention in Washington, D.C. She will also be speaking in July on social entrepreneurship to Study of the United States Institute participants at a joint session for Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame. She has represented Indiana Tech at the event since 2012.

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Dr. Susan McGrade, English professor, will present twice in June at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE): “Integrating Literature and Problem-Based Learning in First-Year Composition” and “An Exploration into the Impact of the National Society of Black Engineers on Student Persistence.” Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast, lead faculty and assistant professor of Indiana Tech’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership Program, published on followership in the Russian Journal of Leadership Education, and presented on teaching scientific integrity in doctoral education at the International Leadership Association’s (ILA) annual conference in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Justin Boyce and Terri Shaw, assistant professors of psychology, and Gloria Chen, assistant professor of intensive English, served as moderators at the 19th annual Fort Wayne Teaching Conference at IPFW on Feb. 26. Amber Arnold, instruction/reference librarian, is the 2016-17 chair of the Indiana Academic Library Association. Dr. Faith Ngunjiri, an adjunct faculty member with the Ph.D. in Global Leadership Program, co-edited a book with bestselling author and internationally recognized speaker and researcher, Dr. Susan Madsen on women as global leaders. Dr. Madsen will be a keynote speaker at the doctoral program’s spring immersion weekend. Dr. Maximo Ortega, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing

engineering, will present his paper “Engaging Students Through Technology, Initial Efforts to Flip a Course” at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) in May. Nina Collins, reference librarian, has served as chapter secretary for the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Indiana Chapter since 2013, and is a 2015 ASIS&T New Leader. She is also a member of the planning committee of the 2016 Open Science Initiative Conference in Fairfax, Virginia. Chris Dickson, associate vice president of student services, was recognized by the Allen County Drug and Alcohol Consortium for “valuable contributions of service and commitment as a prevention partner.” Dickson is chair of the ACDAC’s higher education committee and is on its board of directors. Lisa Biers, annual fund director, hosted a round-table discussion, “Running a DataDriven Annual Fund,” at the 2015 CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) V District Conference in Chicago on Dec. 14, 2015. Kayla M. Crecelius Ritchie, director of fashion marketing and management, collaborated with Ball State University’s director of its fashion merchandising and apparel design programs on an article for the International Journal of Consumer Studies titled “The Effects of Body Image and Self-Esteem on Frequency of Closet Cleaning.”

We asked faculty and staff to share their favorite spring break destinations. Disney World! My best spring break memories are from Disney! Academic Coordinator Courtney Shull

I like to visit unpopular places for vacation on spring break. A few spring breaks back, I traveled to Bulgaria to work with a humanitarian organization that helps the gypsy population. I may not have been lying out on the beach, but the beauty I saw in both the people and the land of Bulgaria was an experience I will never forget. Adjunct faculty member Lauren M. Davis

Dave and I absolutely love spring breaks in Aruba! The temperature is always 80-plus degrees, the gusty tradewinds keep us cool, the sandy beach gives us a place for long walks and the friendly people invite us back year after year. Associate Professor of Business Administration Sherrill Hamman

I would like to visit several of our national parks – Arches, Zion and Yellowstone, to name a few. We went on a family vacation in an RV out west for almost a month and we visited many of our beautiful national parks. I would love to repeat that vacation again! Administrative Assistant Monica Trump

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Begun during the spring of 2015 and completed in January 2016, the Cunningham Reinvention provided a complete renovation of the Cunningham Business Center. Named in honor of the late Joseph and Carlie Cunningham, longtime supporters of Indiana Tech, the Cunningham Business Center was dedicated on Sept. 7, 1952, as Concordia Lutheran High School. It was purchased by Indiana Tech on Dec. 29, 1962, and known as the Anthony Building for many years, until being renamed for the Cunninghams in 1999. On Jan. 15, 2016, Indiana Tech alums, students, faculty and staff, and members of the community got their first look inside the newly reinvented Cunningham at a special opening reception. Numerous attendees among the 200-plus guests that evening recalled not only taking Indiana Tech classes in the building, but high school classes during its time as Concordia High School as well! Since re-opening, Cunningham has been serving students from across the university. It is the home of the College of Business, the Ph.D.

in Global Leadership Program and two departments that are dedicated to serving Tech’s large contingent of College of Professional Studies students: The Warrior Information Network (the WIN) and the Distance Education Team. Cunningham is also the home of the new STAR Bank Enterprise Center, an innovative computer lab and classroom space that serves as the home of the College of Business’ new degree concentrations in financial services and entrepreneurial studies. As its name indicates, the STAR Bank Enterprise Center was made possible in part by the generous support of STAR Bank for the project. Another distinctive addition to the building and to campus is the Abraham and Ellen Smaardyk Center for Advanced Learning Technology, which features digital media production facilities for creating course content for use in

both classroom and online settings. Abraham Smaardyk graduated from Indiana Tech in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and went on to a long and successful career at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago. The classrooms and computer labs found throughout the building have also gotten tremendously positive reviews from students and faculty alike. The second and third floors are home to collaborative classrooms, nicknamed “co-labs”, which are set up to foster collaboration and teamwork on projects. Faculty members and students can share course content and project materials across multiple screens and devices, enabling new and innovative approaches to instruction that match up well with the demands of today’s workplaces.


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Faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Indiana Tech take part in the Cunningham rededication on Jan. 15.


Students take advantage of some of the collaborative technology available in one of Cunningham’s “co-labs.”


Individual alumni, friends of the university, area companies and foundations have contributed just over $2.2 million to date to help make the Cunningham Reinvention a reality, with the campaign scheduled to run through June 2016. Students and the entire Tech community will continue to thank them for their support for the project for years to come.




Gail Amstutz, assistant professor of accounting and finance, teaches in the STAR Bank Enterprise Center.


Without question, the changes to the Cunningham Business Center have created a much more engaging learning environment.


Lisa Brown, assistant professor of accounting, meets with a student in her welcoming new office space.










The building known as the Cunningham Business Center was dedicated on Sept. 7, 1952, as Concordia Lutheran High School

Indiana Tech purchases building on Dec. 29, 1962; it is referred to as the Anthony Building

Building is renamed to the Cunningham Business Center after longtime school supporters Joseph and Carlie Cunningham

Cunningham Business Center renovations begin in May 2015

Renovations are completed in January 2016, and the building is rededicated on Jan. 15, 2016

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When you show older alums of Indiana Tech current pictures of their alma mater, many are surprised by the tremendous changes that have occurred to the landscape at 1600 East Washington Boulevard. When you share with them, however, the kinds of curriculum-stretching learning opportunities that today’s Indiana Tech students are exposed to, it doesn’t really elicit much surprise. That’s because Indiana Tech has always fostered an environment that is conducive to hands-on learning. From its earliest days to now, Indiana Tech has embodied the concept of experiential learning, and has attracted instructors who strive to develop and implement educational opportunities where students will learn by doing.

“One of the many things that excites me about being part of Indiana Tech is its focus not only on rapidly adapting to innovations in higher education, but also in creating an environment where faculty are free to approach instructional design in new ways,” said Dr. Staci Lugar Brettin, who has been assistant professor of marketing and management with Indiana Tech since 2012. With the help of Lugar Brettin and some of Indiana Tech’s many other instructors who buy into the concept of hands-on learning, let’s investigate some of the projects Indiana Tech students have recently been involved with.

TinCaps project members, from left to right: Back row: Tanner Wall, Russell Smascz, Tyler Willette, Daniel Williams, Bayley Coleman, Connor McLaughlin, Michael Limmer (Fort Wayne TinCaps Vice President of Marketing) Front row: Sofia Johantgen, Haley Toliver, Patsy Thompson, Michael Mast

Fort Wayne TinCaps Fan Engagement Collaborative Project On Dec. 16, 2015, eight students from associate professor of sports management Craig Dyer’s Marketing, Promotion & Fundraising in Sports Administration (SM 4200) class had their final. But this wasn’t your traditional nose-down-in-a-booklet final. Instead, it was a presentation to the vice president of marketing of one of the country’s best-run and mostrespected minor league baseball franchises, the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Dyer’s students, Bayley Coleman, Sofia Johantgen, Connor McLaughlin, Russell Smascz, Patsy Thompson, Tanner Wall, Tyler Willette and Dan Williams, and a business administration major who volunteered to take part in the project, Haley Toliver, presented to TinCaps VP Michael Limmer their recommendations for implementing a fan engagement program. It was the result of a multiple-phase project that began during the summer. Indiana Tech sports marketing students volunteered to conduct fan satisfaction surveys to collect data from current attendees of TinCaps games. They also conducted additional research on fan-engagement strategies implemented by other teams across the country. Toliver used her expertise to analyze and summarize the data. Then everyone came together on Dec. 16 to deliver their findings to Limmer.

“I was impressed that they were pretty much on target from the standpoint of how we look at things internally, so they showed that they ‘get it’ and did enough digging to grasp the topic,” Limmer said about the group’s presentation. “The project was pretty ambitious, but I’ve known Staci (Lugar Brettin, who co-advised with Dyer) and Craig for some time now and I knew they could handle it. More so, I knew they would make it impactful for their students and provide some educational and experiential opportunities.” “This project was not the typical research, or casestudy project; it was unique because it provided students the opportunity to apply textbook theory to a current trend in the sport-business industry,” Dyer said. “These opportunities are usually only available to students while completing internship or field experience courses, however, this project was embedded into the learning outcomes for the course. It was the perfect culminating event for my sports marketing students.”

never stops and has been volunteering for projects like this since her sophomore year. “I’ve been lucky to have had numerous professors within the business school who strive to implement hands-on projects and unique learning experiences for their students,” Toliver said. “I never expected that I would have already completed so many relevant projects while attending college. I have a very elaborate portfolio with relevant coursework due to these opportunities I have had while studying at Indiana Tech.”

For Toliver, a senior from Bluffton, Indiana, her invaluable experience with the TinCaps project is what she has come to expect from her professors at Indiana Tech. It also helps that she has a motor that

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“ The learning happens in such an organic way that it almost sneaks up on you.” Shull’s SS 2900 class starts a social movement When the class you are teaching continues to work on a project long after the course has ended, you know you’ve done something right. That’s the kind of experience Courtney Shull had with her Community and Social Movements (SS 2900) class, which began early in November 2015. The assistant professor of psychology and academic coordinator for the College of Professional Studies in the Fort Wayne area, caught lightning in a bottle with an impassioned group that wanted so much more out of the five-week class. “Because it was only a five-week class, the project I had in mind was going to be a poster or other visual presentation of a social movement they believed was needed to better our community,” Shull said. It didn’t take long for her to realize that she had a passionate and high-energy group on her hands that wanted to take this class experience to another level. So, instead of implementing an imagebased project, she suggested the whole class work together to “start” a social movement. The students unanimously agreed, and Shull restructured the class so that her students were going to learn while doing.


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What resulted was Changing Minds, a movement designed to promote awareness about youth violence and to inspire the creation of new resources for vulnerable youth. “To be honest, this wasn’t the cause I proposed. However, we found that many of the movements suggestions, mine included, could be traced back to problems facing our youth,” said Jaimie Ferren, a junior human services major from Woodburn, Indiana. “Once the group started sharing and collaborating I developed a deeper understanding of the effect that violence has on our community, specifically our youth. Every person in that room was invested in this effort. It was contagious. On the day we gave our final presentation, everyone in that room, including our instructor, had tears welling up in their eyes. It meant that much to us. We worked that hard.” “These students made me so proud. They built and administered community surveys, found community contacts to come in and speak, built a Facebook page, created a marketing plan with a video and a logo and started gathering followers. With a little guidance, they created teams, established a plan, and launched a movement,” Shull said. “The students asked for the Facebook page to remain active

because students wanted to stay involved after the class ended. This group went above and beyond what I expected.” For Ferren, her educational experience at Tech had far exceeded her expectations. “The hands-on experiences I’ve had at Indiana Tech have been a bit of a surprise. I didn’t really expect this type of experience when I enrolled in classes,” Ferren said. “The

environment is very natural. The learning happens in such an organic way that it almost sneaks up on you. All of the sudden you have a social movement, or a client treatment plan or a completed grant application in front of you. It’s a powerful way to learn. Not only that, but you have acquired a strong knowledge of the course material along the way. It’s pertinent information that I can take back to my workplace and implement immediately.”

Clark’s drive and Indiana Tech Law School makes intense internship possible Last year, third-year law student Robyn Clark completed an internship that proved to be deeply personal and extremely practical. It was also made possible by her Indiana Tech Law School education. She served nearly two months as a legal intern in the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in South Africa. “This experience taught me how to be a real lawyer,” Clark said of her time in South Africa. “There is a human component to this profession that can only be learned by doing, and that is what I got from this experience. Indiana Tech Law School has done a phenomenal job of preparing me with the legal knowledge that allowed me to help people and succeed in this opportunity.” “These types of opportunities are precisely why Indiana Tech Law School strives to be a national leader in integrated experiential education, so that its students are optimally prepared to assist clients with pressing legal needs directly after they step foot outside of our law school,” said associate dean andré douglas pond cummings. “We are so proud of the extraordinary service that Robyn provided to the citizens of South Africa. She was able to learn experientially at our law school and then put into immediate practice the skills she developed at school with real clients that needed her to help.”

The Brain-Machine Interface Research Project Projects Abroad, based in Sussex, England, is an organization that pairs volunteers of all ages with projects all over the world. In 2011, it created the Human Rights Office in South Africa as an accredited legal clinic to represent impoverished clients in court and assist them with various legal matters. “While there, I was essentially treated as a lawyer. I had my own caseload, I had my own clients and I was responsible for doing the research and the legwork,” Clark said. “I had an attorney supervise me, but I was pretty much allowed to go on my own.” It was an invaluable experience for Clark – one that gave her a view of the law, and the world, that she had never seen.

On Nov. 14, 2015, Luanna Maria Silva de Siqueira won first prize in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the IEEE Central Indiana Section Metro Area Workshop Conference in Indianapolis. The name of her presentation was “Real-Time Control of an Automobile Robot using Noninvasive Motor Imagery EEG Signals from Human Motor Cortex Region.”

Silva de Siqueira’s winning presentation was the result of her work on a brainmachine interface research project in Tech’s Human-Machine Interface laboratory, directed by Dr. Jaydip Desai. “Her project entailed acquiring brain signals associated with human hand movements, designing an algorithm to identify repetitive and correlated events on EEG signals from the human motor cortex region of the brain and implementing an algorithm to control a real-time automobile robot using human hand imagination,” said Desai, assistant professor of biomedical engineering.

“I absolutely did help some of the people I worked with,” she said. “There are so many people and it can feel overwhelming because you can’t help everybody, but you do what you can because it really does make a difference. When I first received my cases, they were just letters written on manila folders. It wasn’t until I met my clients at the clinics that they became real to me. It is the human connection with this profession that I have never felt before and look forward to reliving once I start my own journey after law school.”

According to Desai, brain-machine interface technology plays an important role in motor rehabilitation, using the region of the cerebral cortex involved in planning, controlling and executing voluntary movements. This technology will help paralyzed patients replace or restore useful physiological functions by using electrical impulses from the human brain.

Dr. Jaydip Desai and Luanna Maria Silva de Siqueira

The education Robyn Clark received from Indiana Tech Law School helped her change lives as an intern at a legal clinic in South Africa last year.

The annual conference provides participants with unique learning experiences with topics on the cuttingedge of technical innovation today. Each workshop is a springboard to a deeper understanding of technology and its myriad of applications and potential for innovation. The conferences are geared toward practicing engineers, students and retired engineers, and provide an excellent opportunity for networking, knowledge-sharing and professional development.

“I am proud of her,” Desai said. “She used to spend 14 to 18 hours every week to gain research knowledge in the brain-computer interface field, and within three months, she completed her project and presented her research project poster.”

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ONWARD “You have to be passionate, you have to be dedicated, you have to be hard-working, you have to be willing to put in the time and you can’t give up. I don’t have a problem with doing any of that and committing to them fully. I just love it so much.”



Holly Fox BSELED ‘15 First-year kindergarten teacher Forest Park Elementary School Fort Wayne, Indiana

Holly Fox is a face of Indiana Tech’s burgeoning School of Education. So is RJ Waldon, a current student who is relying on Tech’s School of Education to help him start his career as an educator on a solid foundation. Both Fox and Waldon have benefited from a new positive vibe within the School of Education — an energy that is proliferating throughout the program semester by semester. Tech’s education students have always gotten excellent tutelage and invaluable insight from instructors who were once teachers themselves. But, it’s been the implementation of some new philosophies and experiences that has regional education professionals looking differently at Tech’s School of Education. “Within the greater Fort Wayne area, we have a positive image,” said Dr. Joshua Francis, who became Indiana Tech’s director of teacher preparation on Jan. 5, 2015. “We have three principles who sit on our teacher education advisory board and they love working with our program. I think it says a lot when those principals have hired teachers from our program and speak very highly of the work they do in their schools. They think we are moving the program in the right direction and they are excited about helping it grow.”


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“I chose to go into teaching because I wanted to have a positive impact on students’ lives much like my thirdgrade teacher had on mine. It’s a job I take very seriously. You’re not only their teacher, you’re their role model.”

For Fox, the amount of quality field experience she received was critical to her development as a teacher. “During my four years at Indiana Tech, I was able to be a Study Connection tutor and an instructor for Junior Achievement. In addition, I had five field placements at various types of schools and my student teaching was in a public school setting,” she said. “Through all of these placements, I experienced both private and public school environments and a variety of grade levels. This prepared me for a position at any school in any grade.” For Waldon, a senior physical education major from Wabash, Indiana, learning from experienced educators has been key to his growth in the program. “We have professors that spent years as teachers, and they bring wisdom that only a seasoned professional could. Not only do you get wisdom in the classroom, but also when these professors are giving you feedback on lessons that you have taught in your

field experience or during student teaching,” Waldon said. “I credit my professors for giving me the tools and confidence to be an educator.” “All of our faculty members are wellpracticed educators or have retired from the teaching profession, so they bring a lot of experience to the classroom,” Francis said. “Our curriculum focuses on the theory of how and why we do what we do as teachers, but our program also emphasizes the practical knowledge that you need to have about the classroom environment. I think that helps set us apart in this region.” Dr. Francis became the dean of Indiana Tech’s College of General Studies – the home of the School of Education – on Jan. 27, but he will still have a big role in steering the program moving forward. Seeing the School of Education achieve state and national accreditations are immediate priorities. “Lacking those accreditations does not prevent our graduates from getting an Indiana teaching license,

New off erings and initiatives within the School of Education are helping the program grow: • The school revised many of its assessments to give its students better guidance in terms of what the school expects of them and what they need to be learning to be successful teachers. • It added two new high interest licensure areas: Secondary mathematics, which started fall 2015, and special education, which will begin in fall 2016. • It began offering the Educational Excellence Scholarship, a $15,000 award to students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in one of its teacher licensure programs and who meet specified academic criteria. • It revised its curriculum and redeveloped partnerships within the community so that students receive more experience in the field than in the past. Now, students pursuing an education degree are guaranteed field experience every semester.

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“Indiana Tech’s School of Education really prepared me well for my first year of teaching. I had skillful, helpful mentors. I experienced diverse and very meaningful field placements. My student teaching was one of the best experiences of my college years. It prepared me as an educator, a professional and a practitioner.”

but it could create issues in other states that have firmer accreditation requirements for licensure. “We want to get accreditation to eliminate potential hurdles for our students, but we also feel it is important for faculty from other parts of the state and other parts of the country to review our program and say ‘yes, we’ve looked at your data, the assessments you are using and your curriculum, and we believe you are moving your students toward being excellent teachers when they graduate.’ You want validation from your peers that you are doing the right things.” From there, Francis wants the School of Education to work with its K-12 partners and educational representatives within the state to identify opportunities for growth. “There are high-demand teaching roles that are underserved,” Francis said. “If it makes sense for us to add programs that will train teachers to fill those roles, those are opportunities we should look at closely.” Late in 2015, the Blue Ribbon Commission, which was created by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz to improve teacher retention and recruitment within the sate, recommended that school districts do more to help teachers develop professionally.


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“The recommendations included supporting teachers in their pursuit of national board certifications and graduate studies to continue their progress,” said Francis, who was invited by Ritz to be a member of the commission. “If this becomes a need, I can see us adding programs that will help teachers evolve professionally.” At the very least, expect the School of Education to continue strengthening what it does well. “I am just very happy with how things are going,” Francis said. “I have a phenomenal team in the School of Education. There are so many others who want to see this program succeed – our faculty, people in admissions, our students. It’s because of a lot of people working together that the School of Education has been able to move in a positive direction.”

CYBER DEFENSE team Indiana Tech’s cyber defense team, the Cyber Warriors, wrapped up its 2015-16 competitive season with an impressive showing at April’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Midwest regional at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois. The team’s performance was especially impressive, considering the seven-person, youth-laden squad was missing an experienced senior member. “Our team held our own very well,” said the team’s faculty advisor and adjunct professor Matt Hansen. “The Midwest CCDC regional is comprised of the winners of each state in the region (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri) plus a wildcard. Winning our state and beating out RoseHulman is a feat in its own, but being competitive at regional is a whole other level. Each of the teams there are very strong,

heavy-hitting schools in the field of cyber security. Most of those teams had a full eight competitors and most, if not all, had more than one grad student on its team. Such was not the case for us and, still, we did very well.” The Cyber Warriors won Indiana’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for a second straight year on Saturday, March 19, beating out Rose-Hulman and Indiana University-Southeast for the top spot. Members of the statechampion team include captain Ian Springer, Eliott Stidd, Carson White, Matt Kowal, Matt Billeck, Nicholas Simmons and Tony Burkhart. In addition to Hansen, Julie Mansfield, associate professor of computer sciences, is an advisor. Based on simulated real-world scenarios, CCDC is a cyber security competition that tests students’ skills in managing a corporate network that is based on actual infrastructure found in

On March 14, Indiana Tech Law School announced that it has earned provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA). “I’m grateful for the ABA’s work in reviewing our program, and all of the support we have received along the way from our students, faculty and staff, Indiana Tech alums, and the legal community in Fort Wayne and beyond,” said Indiana Tech Law School dean Charles Cercone. “All of us here at the law school are excited about what the future holds for our program.”

industry. The competition pits teams from universities around the state against each other for eight hours, managing information technology systems. During the competition, each team’s system is under constant attack from a team of cyber security professionals actively probing the network and attempting to break into and disrupt each system.

disciplines and combining classroom and self-taught skills of programming, systems administration and cyber security. The Cyber Warriors also compete in other competitions throughout the school year, and in recent years have advanced to the national round of numerous other competitions.

The Cyber Warriors practice up to 12 hours every week, and team members spend as many as 10-20 hours outside of practice, preparing in their individual

“Everyone at Indiana Tech appreciates the hard work that our students, faculty, staff and dean Cercone have done in building our law school,” said Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder. “It’s gratifying that the ABA sees the quality and value of our work to date in creating a truly innovative and eff ective program of legal education.” Indiana Tech Law School was founded in 2012 and welcomed in its first class in 2013. The members of that charter class will graduate with the Class of 2016. A law school seeking accreditation must demonstrate that it is in substantial compliance with all of the ABA Standards for the

Approval of Law Schools. The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) as the accrediting agency for programs that lead to the Juris Doctor degree. Provisional approval entitles Indiana Tech Law School to all the rights of a fully approved law school, and enables its graduates to take the bar exam in any American jurisdiction. A provisionally approved law school may apply for full approval no earlier than two years after receiving provisional approval and must obtain full approval within five years after receiving provisional approval. Indiana Tech Magazine








Women’s Basketball RECORD:

21-11 overall, 16-6 WHAC POSTSEASON:

Lost in WHAC Tournament semifinals HIGHLIGHTS: The Warriors fi nished tied for third in the WHAC. Sophomore guard Haley Cook was named WHAC co-Newcomer of the Year and fi rst-team all-conference after leading the Warriors in scoring with 16.5 points per game. She also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals. She was joined on the fi rst team by junior guard Taylor Seiss (15.3 ppg). Senior forward Taylor Carver was named all-conference honorable mention while forward Kendall Knapke garnered all-freshman team honors. Senior point guard Rayana Villalpando fi nished a solid Tech career with 652 points, 546 rebounds and 530 assists. ACADEMIC HONORS :

Villalpando and junior forward Sarah White each garnered Daktronics-NAIA ScholarAthlete and WHAC All-Academic Team honors.


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FROM COACH JESSIE BIGGS: “We really came together as a team this year and made positive steps in the growth of our program. We return quite a few key pieces from this year’s team and add some good talent for next year. I am excited to see what we can achieve; the future looks bright.”

Men’s Basketball RECORD:

23-10 overall, 17-5 WHAC POSTSEASON:

Lost in first round of the NAIA Division II tournament HIGHLIGHTS: After finishing 1119 in 2014-15 in coach John Peckinpaugh’s first season, the Orange and Black finished third in WHAC play and earned a berth to the national tournament for the first time since 2011-12. Peckinpaugh was named WHAC Coach of the Year. Junior guard Miles Robinson was named WHAC Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-conference after leading the team in scoring with 19.8 ppg. Senior forward Dominique Walls, who transferred in from Ashford, averaged 13.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks


per game, en route to first-team all-conference, all-newcomer team and all-defensive team honors. The Chicago native led the WHAC in both rebounds and blocks, while recording a conference-high 12 double-doubles. ACADEMIC HONORS: Seniors Milos Milidragovic and Tyrece Edwards, and juniors Lavonte Davis and Tanner Watkins, were earned WHAC All-Academic Team honors, while Milidragovic, Davis and Watkins earned Daktronics-NAIA ScholarAthlete honors. FROM COACH JOHN PECKINPAUGH: “I’m pleased with the progress we have made over my fi rst two years here at Indiana Tech. We still have a long way to reach our goals but we took a step in the right direction

The Warriors improved by 13 games in just their second season of existence – an impressive feat considering the high level of competition in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL), which sent four teams to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Championship. Winger Jace Childs finished fourth in the nation in points (62) and tied for seventh in assists (37) while tying for the team-high in goals (25). He was named first-team all-league by the GLCHL while linemate Jarrett Pfeiffer (second team), forward Joe Molfetta (all-freshman team) and defenseman Dylan Grant (all-freshman and alldefensive team) also received awards from the league.


Neither the ACHA or GLCHL have academic awards.


this season.” “I’m very happy with how our season progressed. We started off working to find a good mix both up front and on the back end, and I think we were able to hit our stride in the second half. Finishing the season ranked 21st shows our athletes’ dedication and pride they have for representing Indiana Tech. I’m very excited for


D1 Hockey RECORD:

21-15-2 overall, 7-8-1 GLCHL POSTSEASON:

Lost in the first round of the GLCHL Tournament

the future of our program.”

D3 Hockey RECORD:




HIGHLIGHTS: The Warriors’ D3 squad improved by three games in their second season of competition and rose as high as 13 in the ACHA Division III North Region Rankings.

Wrestling RECORD:

11-5 duals meet record POSTSEASON:

Finished third at the NAIA Wrestling National Championships HIGHLIGHTS: It was a historic year for the Warriors under first-year coach Thomas Pompei as they earned their best finishes ever at the NWCA National Duals (second) and National Championships (third). Junior Mitch Pawlak became the program’s first national champion at 125 pounds while three other individuals placed (LJ Grayson, third at 184, Travis Barroquillo, fourth at 133 and Collin Crume, seventh at 133) as the Warriors finished with four all-Americans, the most ever.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field POSTSEASON:

Finished first at the NAIA Indoor Championships The Warriors won their third-straight indoor national championship, their fourth-straight WHAC championship and were the top-ranked team all season in the USFTCCCA Computer Rankings. Coach Doug Edgar was named Coach of the Year by the WHAC, USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region and NAIA. Two student-athletes were named to WHAC all-conference teams while 23 earned all-American status. The men had two individual national champions (John Hester600m and Harris Edwards III-200m) and 4x400m relay of Hester, John Broaden, DeShawn Woods and HIGHLIGHTS:

Edwards III also won the national title. John Broaden and Alain

Dixon were named Outstanding Performer of the WHAC meet while Broaden, Harris Edwards III and DeShawn Woods shared MVP honors. Edwards III and Dixon were selected as the Track and Field Athletes of the Year in the Great Lakes Region by the USTFCCCA and Gairy Springer was named WHAC Newcomer of the Year. Ten studentathletes were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team.


FROM COACH DOUG EDGAR: “Our men were really the true definition of a team at the indoor championships. We scored 39 of our 105 points in the field events. The guys did an amazing job of battling as they suffered some hiccups on day two, but rebounded for an amazing day three. We are excited to see this group continue to develop during

the outdoor season.”

Women’s Indoor Track and Field POSTSEASON:

Finished third at the NAIA Indoor Championships HIGHLIGHTS: The Warriors won their sixth straight WHAC Championship and Coach Edgar was named the Coach of the Year in the conference as well as in the Great Lakes Region by USTFCCCA. Sarah Dunmore was named Newcomer of the Year by the WHAC and Track Athlete of the Year in the Great Lakes Region. Tia Holmes was named Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year while sharing Most Outstanding Performance at the WHAC meet with Dunmore. Sixteen ladies were named all-Americans and Dunmore was the National Champion in the 60 meters while 17 earned allconference honors.

Six studentathletes were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team.


“Our ladies had an amazing indoor season for as young as they are as a group. We struggled with our fi eld events at the national championship and that was the diff erence between


winning and fi nishing in third place. With only two seniors competing at the indoor championships, the future looks bright. Our ladies will continue to develop during the outdoor season.”

Men’s Bowling POSTSEASON:

Won the WHAC Tournament Title, finished 11th at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships HIGHLIGHTS: After finishing seventh in the regular season, the Warriors won their first-ever WHAC Tournament. Junior Kyle Koss finished third at the Tier I Lehigh Valley Classic on Dec. 29-30, the best finish ever for a Warrior at a Tier I event.

honors along with Burnett. Pasch and Wiser each were selected to the honorable mention squad. Burnett and Ashley Zeabart were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team


FROM COACH: “We’re extremely happy with the progress we’ve made this year and will look to build off of it for the future. Samantha got hot at the right time and she was rewarded with a trip to Wichita. Annalee was out best bowler all year long and we’re excited to see how she continues to grow in the next three years.”

Quinton Burnett, Kyle Koss and Tyler Krepp were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team.


FROM COACH TOM OSBORNE: “We’re extremely happy with the progress we’ve made this year and will look to build off of it for the future. The tournament title was a huge step in the right direction.”


Senior Rayana Villalpando

WOMEN’S Bowling


Senior Dominique Walls



Junior Mitch Pawlak


Senior Harris Edwards III


Junior DeShawn Woods


Sophomore Sarah Dunmore

Finished third at the WHAC Tournament, 13th at the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships HIGHLIGHTS: Senior Samantha Pasch became the fi rst Tech bowler to qualify for the USBC Singles Championships by placing second at the Individual Singles Championships Sectional Qualifi ers on March 11 in Addison, Illinois. On April 18, Samantha competed at the National Singles Championships in Wichita, Kansas against 15 other women. Tech won its second WHAC Jamboree title in school history back on Jan. 9 while Quinisha Burnett won the individual title. Freshman Annalee Sisk was named WHAC Player and Newcomer of the Year, and garnered fi rst-team all-conference

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From the Desk of Arienne Juliano

Do you have a memory, piece of gratitude, update, or experience you’d like to share? Send your thoughts to

Isn’t learning fun? I think we sometimes forget how learning more about each other, and ourselves, affects all of us in so many positive ways. I even find myself signing up for additional classes this fall because I just like to learn! Indiana Tech’s faculty is always learning too. They learn new ways to communicate with our students and prospective students and families. They learn how to communicate with those who might not have the confidence just yet to speak up, and they watch their students go on to lead lives of significance, just like you and the many alums we hear from each day. Our staff are always learning too—many of them seek higher degrees right here at Tech to continue their education and serve our Warrior community with pride and professionalism.


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Some of the best stories of lifelong learning, though, come from you—our alumni. It is always so great to see those updates and stories come in—you are always learning new ways to solve problems, create new ways of thinking, find new career avenues, or even learn from fellow alums whom you work with. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you this fall at Homecoming 2016 and learning all the new things that have been a part of your life since last year. If you haven’t been before, I encourage you to come learn more about our great university. Regardless of where you are now, we all came from Indiana Tech at one point, and we can all learn from each other’s experiences. As we move forward to the future and remember the past, don’t forget to keep sharing what you learn with us, and Go Warriors!

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

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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:

“Indiana Tech helped me narrow down the field that I wanted to go into by providing on-campus opportunities for me to explore my interests.”

Ø Aubree Reichel, BACOMM, ‘13

“My professors pushed me to do better and, I did with their guidance and support. I also currently sit on the Indiana Tech Alumni Board of Directors—my main goal is to make sure that the same quality mentor-ship that I received as a student is never lost. Anything is possible and Indiana Tech can make it possible.”

Ø Jedidiah Bressman, BACOMM, ‘14 “I work as a Production Manager at Boston Whaler, part of the Brunswick Corp. I have a co-worker named Brandon Beck who graduated in 2010 with his MBA and is our Director of Human Resources. Brandon and I are representing Indiana Tech with successful careers over 1,000 miles from where we graduated with our MBA’s. Just thought it was funny that we both ended up here as strangers and found that we have many things in common, including our alma-mater.”

“I retired as President and CEO of Industrial Distribution Group, a provider of indirect supplies and supply chain solutions to global manufactures. Prior to joining Industrial Distribution Group in 1988, I spent 15 years at Ingersoll-Rand where I was Vice President of Sales & Marketing of its Tools Group. My wife Cheryl and I now reside in Charlotte, N.C.”

Ø Charles Lingenfelter, BSME, ‘72

“I’m now working at one of the coolest companies in Fort Wayne, and really, even the country. I don’t think I would be here if it weren’t for some of the amazing professors I was able to learn from at Indiana Tech.”

Ø Caitlin Hobbs, BACOMM, ‘15

“Countless days at work I see myself utilizing the concepts I learned in my statistics, DOE, and lean manufacturing classes! And I love it! I never thought of what life after college would be like, and it is certainly quite the experience! Yes, there are many challenges, but it is definitely super exciting to apply all that Indiana Tech taught me.”

Ø Stephanie Perez Trujillo, BSIME, ‘15

Ø Steve Bagby, MBA, ‘05 “My education at Indiana Tech has helped me be better prepared to think critically, handle diversity, and communicate effectively. The excellent faculty at Indiana Tech challenged me to be better and to think deeper.”

Ø Hannah Stork, BACOMM, ‘09 Indiana Tech Magazine



Tech provides a launching pad for two great careers and one unbreakable friendship Over the past 85 years, Indiana Tech has been a launching pad for many remarkable careers. It has also provided a starting point for many lifelong friendships. Such is the case for Agustin Salazar and Tony Carreno. Strangers in their home country of Venezuela, Agustin and Tony first met at Indiana Tech in the early 1980s after taking advantage of an education program offered by their government. What formed was an unbreakable friendship and the melding of two families that have grown to be as strong as blood. When Agustin and Tony attended Gala 85 with their wives during Homecoming 2015 weekend, nearly 35 years had elapsed since they had been on campus. And, although the Tech landscape had changed dramatically, their fond memories of this university were just as vivid as the days when they were students. “There was a ‘before’ Indiana Tech and an ‘after’ Indiana Tech in my life,” said Agustin, who is a senior service engineer with Komatsu Holding South America’s mining business unit. “Indiana Tech had a very special way to educate us. The hands-on experience was very helpful. Many of the professors at that time were from the industry. They showed us reallife problems and that made a big difference. So, when I went out of school, I already knew how it was in real life. I feel very proud to be an Indiana Tech graduate.” Tony, director of operations with Natural Systems International of Doral, Florida, agreed. “The experience and education I obtained at Indiana Tech helped me adapt myself to different professional and social situations. I got the technical knowledge, which, in time, turned into technical skill, and I gained a capacity to learn about completely different equipment and fields like telecommunication, networking, HVAC, commercial food service equipment, and now, sales and marketing of high-volume consumer products on a domestic and


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international level,” Tony said. “I loved my time at Indiana Tech. I had great professors and really liked Fort Wayne. I had a lot of fun there.” Agustin graduated AGUSTIN & ROSA SALAZAR TONY & BERTA CARRENO in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. Tony soup, chicken and tortilla chips.” Agustin said. graduated a year later with a B.S. in computer “When Tony arrived, he was wearing a black engineering. After their graduations, both men Indiana Tech t-shirt and said ‘here is one for were obligated to return to Venezuela to fulfill you.’ I was very surprised and immediately put it agreements with the government for their on. My sons and my wife were as happy as I was. education. Each had to work in country the We really had a wonderful afternoon.” same amount of time it took to achieve their Today, Agustin and Tony live moments from degree. Tony went to Caracas on the northern each other. The Salazar and Carreno children coast, and Agustin to mining country, hundreds are great friends and their families frequently of miles away to the south. The distance dine together, attend their children’s birthday strained their relationship, but it didn’t kill it. parties and enjoy bonds that are as natural as “There was a four- or five-year span when family ties. Agustin and his wife, Rosa, have we didn’t see each other, but we kept up been married for 35 years. They have three our communication,” Agustin said. “We children and five grandchildren. Tony and his were always in contact; at least once or wife, Berta, have been married for 30 years and twice a year we got in contact by phone or have two children and two grandchildren. mail. Communication became easier once “I think the friendships formed during difficult technology started advancing.” times tend to last forever,” Augustin said. Things changed dramatically in 2001 “Although we had a wonderful time at Tech, we when Tony’s job with the Venezuelan Lancer were young and so far from our families and Corporation shifted to Miami. Augustin friends in Venezuela. Tony and I had a kind of followed suit five years later. With his country Venezuelan brotherhood, and we were able to experiencing political and social unrest, Agustin work through difficult times together.” relocated his family to South Florida. So, when Agustin saw information about last “It was difficult when we lived in Venezuela September’s Gala 85 event, it was a natural to stay connected,” Tony said. “As soon as reaction for him to reach out to his friend. Agustin’s family came to South Florida, we “I called Tony and I said, ‘We’re going to Fort recharged our relationship.” Wayne. We’re going back to Indiana Tech to say It only took a few weeks for the two friends to thank you for everything,’” Agustin said. get caught up. “I’m glad that he let me know about it. I had “I invited Tony to my new home and told him a really great time going back,” Tony said. “In we will have a special lunch with an old recipe I fact, you can count on me being at the next cooked when we were at the school. We called Gala, even if I am in a wheelchair!” it ‘chicken pastel’ and made it with Campbell’s

Remember this? Lloyd Brown and Larry O’Connor did. Indiana Tech’s Play Day photo caught the eye of alums in the last edition of Indiana Tech magazine. Thanks to Lloyd and Larry, we were even able to track down the dunk tank Lloyd mentions below (pictured right). Thanks for reaching out and sharing these special memories!

“I am the person second from right standing on the top step with the headgear. My name is Lloyd Brown and I graduated Tech in 1981. I do remember the Play Day. This picture was taken in my sophomore year (1977-78). The fellow sitting closest to me may be “Regal” Roy Robertson (Roy was a student and a DJ at local radio station). The other fellow is definitely Derrick Lapsley, a student also.” “During my time at Tech on-campus activities were almost nonexistent, so I remember this Play Day. There was a dunk tank out there in the grass area which was probably what we were focused on. I also remember folks being hit in the face with pies. Lastly, a rock band played into the night.”


- Lloyd Brown, BSME ‘81

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

If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Brian Engelhart at 800.937.2448, ext. 2299


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Charles R. Bath Shreveport, LA BSCHE 1956

Lloyd W. Geer Fairfield, PA BSEE 1957

Richard A. Magill Tarpon Springs, FL BSME 1954

Donald Sjaarda Maryville, TN BSEE 1950

John C. Brighton Columbus, IN BSME 1948

Russell David Glass Reedsville, PA BSAEE 1961

Elmer E. Maki Huntertown, IN BSEE 1965

Thomas C. Small Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 1995/MBA 2000

Gilbert E. Buddenbaum, Sr. Clover, SC BSEE 1959

Samuel D. Greco Upper Holland, PA BSME 1948

Floyd L. Malchow Mesa, AZ BSEE 1951

William N. Stanley Carlsbad, NM BSCHE 1950

Joseph A. Byrd Marion, IN BSCE 1999

Wade B. Griffis Jenison, MI BSCH 1972

Eugene C. Miller Raleigh, NC BSAEE 1957

George Suminski Scotch Plains, NJ BSEE 1948

Gerald H. Chaffee Beaver, OH BSMA 1961

John A. Hamilton Arlington Heights, IL BSCE 1963

James E. Miller Galesburg, IL BSRE 1955

Clyde W. Teague, Jr. Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 1994

Richard “Paul” Chevalier Sun City Center, FL BSCE 1949

Todd M. Hammel La Fontaine, IN MSOL 2012

John J. Mutkoski Cheshire, CT BSME 1960

Harry S. Thornburg Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1948

David A. Cobb Broken Arrow, OK BSCE 1961

Ralph L. Handy Dryden, MI BSME 1940

John G. Nolfi Indianapolis, IN BSME 1973

Bernard Tober Oakton, VA BSME 1948

Guy V. Colella Peabody, MA BSCE 1958

Jordan D. Hickman Bardstown, KY BSBA 2013

Robert C. Null Fort Wayne, IN Mechanical Drafting 1959

Russell F. Troester Florissant, MO BSELE 1960

Theodore H. Denning, Jr. Knoxville, TN BSME 1955

Robert M. Hosto Alhambra, IL BSME 1956

Malcolm B. Pearce, Jr. Durham, CT BSME 1951

Mark P. Werner Slidell, LA BSAEE 1957

John “Jack” F. DiGiovanna Morrisville, PA BSME 1974

Homer E. Jackson Madison, AL BSME 1943

Roy E. Prentice Denton, TX BSAEE 1957

Edward J. Weller Sarasota, FL BSME 1950

Dale L. Fadley Gold Canyon, AZ BSEE 1966

Donald J. Kassner Massillon, OH BSME 1954

Edward F. Ruppel Fort Wayne, IN Associate Professor of Business

Carl E. Winsel Richland, WA BSELE 1958

Cornelius J. Fitzgerald, Jr. Dunnellon, FL BSCE 1950

Joseph A. Lewek Carol Stream, IL BSEE 1949

Richard E. Sarber Indianapolis, IN BSME 1956

Harold H. Wolfe Smyrna, GA BSME 1943

John R. Frazier Blythewood, SC BSME 1956

Sheldon D. Loose Winter Haven, FL BSME 1962

John D. Sills Effingham, IL BSCE 1949

Teresa G. Woods Martinsville, IN BSBA 2010

James D. Fullerton Auburn, IN BSRM 1978

Warren J. Lotz Henderson, NC BSME 1953

Herman A. Sinemus Floral City, FL BSCE 1948

Roger D. Wright Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1966

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. Starting with this issue of Indiana Tech magazine, we’ll be sharing photos and related snippets from recent Tech in Your Town gettogethers and events. Be sure to keep an eye on your mailbox and e-mail for invitations to upcoming Tech in Your Town happenings near you. B


Dave Stevens and Brian Engelhart of the Tech team recently visited Seattle-area alums including ‘68 Civil Engineering alum Dean Scott. Here, Dean and Dave are shown at a beautiful spot in Dean’s hometown of La Conner, WA.






From left to right: Dan Lambert, BSME ‘67; Bill McCauley, BSAEE ‘66; Dr. Arthur Snyder; and Arnie Carlson, BSCH ‘69.




‘66 Aerospace Engineering alum Bill McCauley and his wife Carla Confer hosted Tech alums, along with Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder and his wife Camille, at their home in Huntsville, Alabama, on St. Patrick’s Day. Pictured here, left to right: Barbara Talley, Camille Snyder, and Linda Sundstrom. From left to right: Barbara Talley, Camille Snyder and Linda Sundstrom.




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You’re invited to join alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students for a fun-filled weekend! Here are a few highlights: President’s Reception and Dinner Honoring club level donors from 2015-2016. Alumni Reunion and Awards Ceremony Honoring distinguished alumni and recognizing the classes of 1966, 1991 and 2006.

TECH 101 Series Indiana Tech professors bring today’s academics to life in this popular alumni lecture series. New! Alumni Association Casino Night Feeling lucky? Join the Indiana Tech Alumni Association and friends for a night of fun and games that supports the Alumni Scholarship.

A full schedule and registration information will be available soon at We look forward to seeing you there!

Office of Alumni Relations Arienne Juliano • 260.422.5561 x. 2418 / 800.937.2448


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Proud to call downtown Fort Wayne home. It’s been fun using the pages of Indiana Tech Magazine to look back at our history during the celebration of our 85th year as a university. This “then and now” photo shows the incredible transformation our campus has undergone since its move to this location in 1957.



1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803


SAVE THE DATES Aug. 30 Convocation


Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 Homecoming Weekend 2016

Oct. 1 New! Casino Night

Remember this? This photo, in a much larger scale, graces the lobby of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center on the Indiana Tech campus. The man on the left, Indiana Tech’s second president from 1936-63, Archie T. Keene, is quite recognizable. The identity of the man on the right has been debated for several years. We have confirmed that it is not Meredith Willson, the composer of the school song, “Hail I.T.” However, we do not know who it is. Can you help a Warrior out? Send your stories about this photo and other memories of Tech to Arienne Juliano, director of alumni relations, at

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