Indiana Tech Magazine: Spring 2015

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Features 16 BRAINPOWER MEETS ELBOW GREASE Engineering students wrap up two impressive examples of Tech’s hands-on educational philosophy.


Coach Doug Edgar’s men’s and women’s track teams have combined for six national titles since 2013.


For these five Indiana Tech employees, their academic experiences here were so good, they couldn’t leave.


When this building re-opens in January, it will be a truly impactful learning facility.

Inside Tech 04 Letter from the President Commencement, the Cunningham Reinvention and our 85th Anniversary Gala: it never slows down here at Tech. Across the University 06 Cunningham by the Numbers Facts and figures about new life for a campus mainstay.

08 Around the Regions

The latest news from around Indiana Tech – north, south, east and west.

09 Tech Happenings

Catch up on events, achievements, grants, awards and more.

13 Tech’s Top Picks Tech page-turners make their recommendations. 14 Truly Inspirational

Take some time to get away – right on campus – at the Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery.

Path Of A Warrior 33 Alumni News


Discover the benefits of being part of Indiana Tech’s Alumni Association.

34 In Memoriam Remembering alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana Tech.

10 A Few Words With ... Brian Lewandowski, assistant professor of software engineering.

12 Pat Williams to Speak


at Commencement Famous for his success in the NBA, Williams is also a top motivational speaker.

12 Faculty Update Professors lead the way in the classroom and earn recognition around the globe.

Front Cover Engineering students (left to right) Zack Doepker, Corey Marbach and Zach Driver, work to fine tune their collaborative senior project – a battery-powered electric kart that


has reached speeds of 75 mph. Inside Front Cover Senior engineering student, Corey Marbach, assesses diagnostics while working on his team’s electric kart, see page 16.

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LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT Spring is always a wonderful season here at Indiana

Looking ahead also means keeping our educational

Tech. Many students on our Fort Wayne campus, at

programs, student services and facilities in the

our regional campuses and online are finishing up

best position to help our students succeed. This

their studies and preparing for the best day of the

issue features one example, among many, of this

year, for them and for all of us: commencement.

commitment, the Cunningham Reinvention. A thorough update and modernization of the Cunningham Center, the Reinvention project will

As this issue of Indiana Tech Magazine goes to press, we are preparing to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2015 at our annual Commencement

enable us to better serve students, faculty, and the community at large for years to come. Read about this project on page 28.

ceremony. This year’s commencement speaker is Mr. Pat Williams. Mr. Williams is an author and speaker perhaps best known for his long career in team

Student success, in and out of the classroom, is also a

management with several NBA teams, including his

prominent theme in this issue. Read about hands-

current role as co-founder and senior vice president

on – and tremendously fun – projects being done by

of the Orlando Magic. We’re excited to welcome

our engineering students on page 16, the continued

him to Tech and look forward to him sharing his

remarkable success of our men’s and women’s track

perspective and life experiences in leadership with

student-athletes on page 20, and several recent alums

our graduates. Learn more about Mr. Williams on

who have come back to work on behalf of today’s

page 12.

students on page 24.

The 2015-16 school year will mark our 85th

With warm temperatures and beautiful spring

anniversary year, and we plans our graduates

weather having returned to Indiana Tech, I hope

commence the next stage of their lives, we here at

to see you on campus soon as well!

Tech also look ahead. 2015-16 will mark our 85th anniversary year, and we plan to celebrate with alums, students and friends of the university during


Homecoming 2015, taking place Sept. 17-20. Mark your calendars for that weekend and for our 85th Anniversary Gala, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 19 and benefit student scholarships here at Tech. Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President


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Volume 11, Issue 2. Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President Brian Engelhart Vice President of University Relations Institutional Advancement Mary Slafkosky Associate V.P. of Institutional Advancement Mary Shankster, MBA ’15 Associate Director of Institutional Advancement 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 Prospect Researcher

Marketing Matt Bair Director of Marketing and Communications Julie Farison Creative Director Lucinda Neff Graphic Designer Sarah Suraci Marketing Specialist Peter Nowak Webmaster 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 Team and Office of Institutional Advancement. © 2015 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 of all ages with career-focused professional education in the areas of business, computer studies, engineering and other professional concentrations; prepares them for active participation in the complex, global society of the 21st century; and motivates them toward a life of significance and worth.

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Year acquired by Indiana Tech



Age of the building

6 Cornerstone of Campus


Classrooms, in various sizes to accommodate 18 to 36 students


Originally built as a high school, the building today known as the Cunningham Center was acquired by Indiana Tech in the 1960s and has been serving students of every description ever since. With a full renovation starting in May 2015 (see story on page 28), here’s a look at Cunningham by the numbers.


By the Numbers

Days per week classes take place in building, both traditional undergraduate and CPS


Faculty offices across three floors


Days required to complete renovation project



Square feet of space in newly renovated building


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Number of students enrolled in College of Business programs, traditional and CPS, 2014-15

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Around the Regions CHICAGO The Chicagoland region is bustling with activity with two new satellite campuses opening soon in the suburbs of Wilmette and Naperville. The Chicagoland staff recently grew by two members and will be adding five more in the near future. GREENWOOD Ryan Ozbun, first sergeant in the Indiana State Army National Guard, was recently hired as a military recruiting specialist at the Greenwood campus. Ryan is available to assist all admissions personnel at all locations in the recruiting of military students and their family members. KENDALLVILLE Admissions representative Carol Platt will represent the College of Professional Studies at the Garrett High School Scholarship Awards, on May 26, and the Steuben Community Expo, on May 29. Carol also makes presentations weekly to HSE/GED classes within DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, and Steuben counties.


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LOUISVILLE The Louisville campus recently signed a national memorandum of understanding (MoU) that grants an employee scholarship with Indiana Tech with both UPS (385,000 employees) and Humana (52,000 employees). These agreements give Tech access to nearly a half million employees nationwide. NORTHERN KENTUCKY More than 200 students were on the Northern Kentucky campus for the Fall 2014 semester. Another sign of growth in Northern Kentucky is the formation of the first criminal justice team. “This is the first time we have had a sizable group of students heading toward the same degree at the same,” said enrollment manager, Lynn Hummel. “That’s exciting because it means we are growing.”

WARSAW The Warsaw campus will be hosting a Business After Hours and Student Graduation Celebration event on June 2. The event will include tours of the facility, refreshments and entertainment, while also celebrating the achievements of the 65 Indiana Tech Warsaw graduates.


Lujano Shares Story of Strength Bob Lujano, world-class Paralympic athlete, appeared on campus in February to share his story of competitive fire and perseverance in the face of adversity. A multiple medal winner in various sports, Bob is featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Murderball.”


Business Honor Society Inducts New Members Tech Performing Arts Gets A Boost From Auer Foundation

Cyber Warriors Win State After winning the state Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on Feb. 7, Indiana Tech’s Cyber Warriors ended their season at the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in late March. The squad was comprised of Turner England (Captain), Michael Contino, Eliott Stidd, Carson White, Matt Kowal, Tyler Schmidtke and Ian Springer. Each team’s goal during a competition is to create, manage and protect a network infrastructure. Teams build a mock production business infrastructure and then must defend it from professional hackers who are given the challenge to take down each team’s system and breach their security.

In March, Indiana Tech received a $25,000 grant from the Fort Wayne-based Edward D. and lone Auer Foundation, in support of the university’s performing arts series.

Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration includes students, faculty, staff and alumni. The chapter, which was founded in 2012, inducted 45 new members at the annual induction ceremony on April 7, 2015.

Tech Named Top School In January, Indiana Tech was named a Top School by Military Advanced Education magazine in its 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities. This guide serves as a tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities.

Tech’s Inaugural Law Team Competes The inaugural Indiana Tech Law School Moot Court teams competed in the fifth annual Billings, Exum and Frye National Moot Court Competition in March. The teams were comprised of Robyn Clark, David Felts, Aaron Heifner, Justin McKinzie, Kyle Noone and Amanda Wolschleger.

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A Few Words With...


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can be found in my den wading through code in a language that I’ve probably never used before. I like talking with creative and technical people, trying dream up new ideas, products and services. I try to hit at least a few concerts a year, and I will always call it Deer Creek.

Why did you choose to get into education? In all honesty, it was pure dumb luck. I joined Tech in 2005 as a developer, disguised as a webmaster, and the software engineering degree program started down the hall in 2006. After a couple of years working for our IT department and a few adjunct teaching opportunities for the degree’s project classes, I was finishing up my master’s when a position became available. I transitioned from staff to faculty and I have been loving every moment since. Until the stars aligned and I saw an opportunity to help others who wanted to learn to develop software, I had never really considered a career in education. I am glad, however, that it considered me.

What excites you about software engineering and your field? From a software-creation perspective, it is really gratifying to, essentially, make something from nothing. To create intangible assets that add value, solve business problems in innovative ways with data integration, “Frankenstein” together something new from spare parts of old code and go through an entire development lifecycle with minimal overhead – those types of accomplishments are rewarding to me. Software development can be the ultimate expression of sweat equity. From an academic perspective, I enjoy watching the transition that takes place during a student’s academic career. I see the incoming freshmen show up with raw potential and a desire to learn. Then I watch them as they constantly refine and refactor their methods and optimize their code and themselves. Four years later, they walk in commencement with both the confidence and ability to conquer the world.

Being that computer technology is so crucial to our everyday lives and will be for years to come, your job must be extremely gratifying – that you are prepping students and launching them into a

field that should provide them with successful and stable careers. Can you talk about that, please? There is nothing better than when a student gets that first internship or job offer. Seeing them walk in the lab during that first week of a new position is a proud moment for everyone. Their win is everyone’s win as they follow in the footsteps of the classes before them, and continue setting the bar high for the classes to follow. They all grow up so fast, and I’ve had the privilege of working with several “generations” along the way. Software engineering students are given the education experience one-two punch through their project classes and intern opportunities. Their learning extends far beyond the classroom, and that is reflected in their body of work throughout college as well as their careers after graduation.

Why did you choose Indiana Tech for your education? Did the instruction you received at the school prepare you well for your career? Having started at Indiana Tech after a decadelong absence from the Fort Wayne area, I was actually unfamiliar with the university. Just looking at the tremendous growth over the past 10 years I have been here, I don’t think that’s possible anymore. Indiana Tech gave me the opportunity to finish my degree while still working full time. That was, as they say, clutch. There was very little chance that I could have gone back to college full time in the traditional setting at that point in my life, and the College of Professional Studies gave me the opportunity to take care of unfinished business.

What do you do in your spare time? I build software. Seriously. My house is normally inhabited by myself, my wife, our two daughters, their friends and a rotating cast of nieces and nephews. Free time doesn’t start until about 10 p.m. After that, I

I’ve been coerced into a few years of intramural floor hockey with some students who obviously have no concept of the difference in healing time between a 20-year-old and an almost 40-year-old.

What would students be surprised to know about you? Very little. Because of the nature of the degree program, I have the same students throughout their academic journey. There are many times that they know me better than anyone else because we spend so much time together in the SE lab. They know my story, philosophy, expectations and what advice I would give before they even ask, which is normally followed by, ‘that’s what I thought you’d say.’ Many I stay in contact with long after they have left the realm of academia. Good students become great colleagues, and many remain great friends.

What is your favorite restaurant in the region? There are so many choices in the Fort. You would think I’d be more of a gourmet, but I swear the minute the wife and kids head out of town to visit the in-laws, I head to Penn Station for a cheesesteak. I’m also a frequent flyer of Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons and Starbucks and may or may not have a slight coffee addiction. Seriously, has that meeting in the Zollner coffee room wrapped up yet?

If you could not be a professor, what would you do? What would be your “dream job” within your field of study? It may sound cliché, but I am already living the dream. The only thing that would come close would be leading a similar team in a production environment, instead of simulating one in the software engineering lab. Although, in the degree program, we have the ability to work on a diverse set of projects with a constant influx of new faces, which keeps things interesting.

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Pat Williams will be Indiana Tech’s commencement speaker Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, will be the speaker for Indiana Tech’s commencement at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, May 16, at 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Williams was GM for Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia – his 1983 76ers were NBA champions. Mr. Williams’ draft picks include Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal and he has traded for Julius Erving and Moses Malone. In 2012, Mr. Williams received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In addition to his role with the Magic, Mr. Williams is a respected motivational speaker, having addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits. He has written more than 90 books, including February’s release “21 Great Leaders: Learn Their Lessons, Improve Your Influence.”

In February 2011, Mr. Williams was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After chemotherapy treatments and a bone marrow transplant, during which doctors injected him with almost 5 million of his own stem cells, his recovery has been remarkable. While multiple myeloma is incurable, Mr. Williams’ doctors have told him that they are unable to detect the disease in his body. Since then, he has joined the Board of Directors for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Mr. Williams was integral in bringing the NBA to Orlando in 1987, and he helped the Magic reach the NBA finals in 1995 and 2009 as its general manager. Prior to joining the Magic,

Mr. Williams and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations. They range in age from 26 to 40. The Williams have 12 grandchildren.

Faculty Update The Indiana Tech Law School rang in 2015 with the announcement of its new dean, Charles P. Cercone. And with nearly a half a year under his belt, Dean Cercone likes what he sees from this young, but emerging, law school. “We have an extremely innovative law school here at Indiana Tech and I am excited about growing it and providing students with what we


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consider to be the most unique legal education experience in the country,” Cercone said. “I am very pleased to be here and honored that Indiana Tech has chosen me to lead this law school.”

at the time of Cercone’s appointment. “His experience and skills will enable us to continue building on the strong foundation we’ve established for our law school.”

Prior to coming to Fort Wayne, Cercone served as dean of faculty at Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a position he had held since 2003. Cercone first joined Cooley Law School in 1996 as professor of law, and had also served as acting dean of students during his tenure there.

That strong foundation is what makes Cercone optimistic about the future of Indiana Tech’s Law School.

“Dean Cercone brings a long and successful track record in strategic planning, curriculum development and support for student success to his role here at Indiana Tech Law School,” Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur Snyder said

“The trend in law education is to provide more practice experience, but what we do at Indiana Tech is provide an integrated experiential experience for students, from the minute they walk in the door until they graduate,” Cercone said. “I see us in five years being nationally recognized as one of the leaders in providing experiential, practice-based legal education for law students.”

For this year’s information systems senior projects, students will be using 3-D printers and proposing how this technology will affect business in the future. While several students are researching ways businesses can integrate this technology into their respective trades, some students’ are taking a more targeted approach. The focuses of those projects include: • Identifying what kinds of problems will result when malware is introduced to 3-D printer files. • Using 3-D printing in the operating room to create replacement “parts” prior to and during an operation. • Applying 3-D printing in crime-scene situations to capture and replicate evidence. • Assessing how a business can mass-distribute its product by providing only 3-D printer files and instructions to its customers. • Building a 3-D scanner to be used with 3-D printers.

Les Grundman, associate professor of mechanical engineering, presented “Initial Results From the Reconfiguration of an Undergraduate Vibrations Class” at the Illinois/ Indiana Sectional conference of the American Society for Engineering Education on March 28. Also, Grundman passed his preliminary examination on March 10 and was promoted to be a Ph.D. candidate. He has been working on his Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue University for the past 3 1/2 years, and expects to complete his research this year and defend his dissertation during the Spring 2016 semester. Dr. Rafa Kasim, an adjunct faculty member in the global leadership program, recently co-authored “Small-Group vs. Competitive Learning in Computer Science Classrooms: A Meta-Analytic Review,” within the volume Innovative Teaching Strategies and New Learning Paradigms in Computer Programming, and “Predictive Analytics,” within the volume Handbook of Research on Organizational Transformations Through Big Data Analytics.

Laurie A. Gray, an adjunct professor in the center for criminal sciences, recently co-authored a book entitled “The ABC’s of Sexual Assault: Anatomy, ‘Bunk’ and the Courtroom” with Michelle Ditton, Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center Chief Nursing Officer. Stacey M. Jenkins, an adjunct professor who teaches criminal justice, psychology and sociology classes, is entering the dissertation phase of her Ph.D. process at Walden University. The 20-year Fort Wayne Police Department veteran is studying forensic psychology, and has presented across the country on crisis intervention, bullying, school safety and gang violence. Dr. Kenneth Rauch, director of the Ph.D. program, recently traveled to China with a group of 11 Ph.D. students. During the tour, the group conducted lectures and provided direction as students initiated a small pilot ethnographic qualitative study. Jaydip Desai, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and leader of the Human-Machine Interface (HMI) laboratory in the department, recently had two papers – one on surgical robotics and one on BrainMachine Interface – accepted for April’s XIII International Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering (ICMBE) in Boston.

Cindy Price Verduce, director of the career center and regional career services, was recently named executive board member for the Anthony Wayne Area Council of The Boy Scouts of America’s Exploring Program. Verduce will be working with area employers to establish new “explorer posts.” Explorer posts educate about a variety of career skills and are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education and leadership experience.

Tech’s Top Picks “Tech’s Top Picks” gives faculty and staff a chance to share their recommendations. For this issue, we asked, “What is your favorite book from the last six months?” Chris Dickson » Associate Vice President, Student Services “Micro” by Michael Crichton Michael Crichton is most familiar for his larger-thanlife dinosaur books. Micro is almost the exact opposite. It touches on a wide variety of topics such as genetically modified food, entomology, toxicology, botany and biochemistry. Add murder and intrigue to unexplored nature and it is a very interesting read. Robin Seaton » Enrollment Manager College of Professional Studies-Plainfield “What On Earth Am I Here For?” by Dr. Rick Warren Living out the purpose you were created for moves you beyond mere survival and success to a life of significance – the life you were meant to live. This book educates, motivates and empowers you to work toward change. Nina Collins » Librarian “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain Our society teaches us that to get anywhere in life, we must take life by the horns and be as outgoing as possible. This book discusses the desirable leadership qualities that are inherent in people who prefer NOT to be the life of the party.

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Opened in September 2014 in the Academic Center and made possible through the generosity of Franco ’62 and Alicia D’Agostino, the Franco D’Agostino Art Gallery has become an important part of Indiana Tech’s work to connect students with the world beyond the university. The gallery features artists who work in a wide range of mediums, with recent exhibits including paintings, photography, illustration, sculpture and mixed-media works. New collections are presented several times per year, with exhibits rotating in every 3-4 months. The D’Agostino Art Gallery is currently featuring an exhibit by American post-pop artist John Ritter, whose work has been seen in publications such as The New Yorker, Time magazine, Oprah, and The New York Times, and featured in exhibits and collections in New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and cities throughout Europe. Ritter gave a presentation about his work and inspiration during the exhibit’s opening night reception in the D’Agostino Gallery in January 2015. The next exhibit in the gallery will feature the works of noted American landscape painter Louis Bonsib (1892-1979). Born in Vincennes, Indiana, Bonsib went on to a highly successful career in advertising, launching the Bonsib Advertising Agency in Fort Wayne in 1924. Throughout his life, he produced paintings and sketches that have become prized additions to private and public art collections alike. The Bonsib exhibit in the D’Agostino Art Gallery will open May 27, 2015. Artwork from top down:

All exhibits in the D’Agostino Art Gallery are free and open to all – students, alumni, faculty and staff, and the public. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Indiana Tech Academic Center; gallery hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

“Arcade Fire” John Ritter archival digital print For: New Yorker Magazine “Dogtown and Z-Boys” John Ritter archival digital print From: Artist’s Personal Collection “Cafe Kim” John Ritter archival digital print on plywood


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THE POWER OF FOCUS Brainpower and elbow grease combine to forge two impactful EXAMPLES OF TECH’S HANDS-ON AND educational philosophy

For nearly 85 years, Indiana Tech has strived to provide students with career-focused, hands-on, experiential education. It is the Warrior way, and it involves more than simply imparting knowledge to our students. Our educational team wants to connect students with the skills, experiences and insight necessary to succeed in work and in life.

As the end of the 2014-15 school year nears, project deadlines are approaching and the engineering department is a whir of activity. Brainpower is meeting elbow grease; a university’s teaching philosophy is meeting student action; and for two teams of Tech engineering students, hull is meeting water and rubber is meeting road.

Indiana Tech’s College of Engineering often provides visible examples of hands-on, experiential education.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boat Project

“We went about the whole project with a very strong

Jacob Morris will graduate from Indiana Tech with

engineering approach. We didn’t just mechanically

a mechanical engineering degree on May 16, but his

piece things together and hope that it would work,”

“All of the engineering degrees finish with a capstone or senior project. It’s one of the best ways students can show that they understand what they have learned in the classroom and can apply it to the job,” said Dave Aschliman, dean of the college of engineering.

leisurely drifting down the river; plenty of bikini tops, shirtless dudes in jean shorts and sunburned backs; the occasional canned beverage being lobbed from raft to raft; and several people who, undoubtedly, woke up with pounding heads the next day. But today’s TRF Raft Race is far different than those of the 70s and 80s, and Morris and his Indiana Tech team have their eyes on the prize – a modestly sized cash prize, to be exact. That is what the team would receive for winning the Speed/Commercial category of the upcoming competition.

“final” final of the 2014-15 academic year will come nearly two months later. On that day – Saturday, July 18, to be specific – the 22-year-old New Ross native

Right Senior Nathan Brunck, left, and junior Zak Katter

and a team of nine that he has guided since before

work on one of two 18-foot fiberglass pontoons that

Christmas, will compete in the Three Rivers Festival

serve as the base of the ASME Boat Project.

Raft Race.

Far right Senior engineering students Zach Rider, left, Zack

Now if you are of a certain age, mention of past Raft

Doepker, right, and not pictured Corey Marbach

Races might conjure up images of ramshackle crafts

have been working on their battery-powered electric kart since they were juniors.


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“We went about the whole project with a very strong engineering approach. We didn’t just mechanically piece things together and hope that it would work.” – jacob morris

Team members Jacob Morris, President

Eddie Cook, sophomore

of ASME, senior

Jordan Corp, junior

Nathan Brunck,

Zak Katter, junior

Co-Vice President

Daniel Kershaw, freshman

of ASME, senior

Charun Lee, junior

Joeb Woodring,

Anthony Malatia, junior

Co-Vice President of ASME, senior

said Morris, who is president of Indiana Tech’s

definitely want to cross the finish line first. We have a

ASME society. “There has been a lot of logic and

great design and a great craft, and we feel optimistic.”

math involved.” After race day, Morris indicated he has an interest The foundation of the Indiana Tech raft is comprised

in designing rollercoasters, automobiles and archery

of two 18-foot, fiberglass pontoons. Rudders extend

bows in the future, and he plans on pursuing a

Emily Mancos, junior

behind the rear of each pontoon, and they are

master’s in Engineering Management. Regardless

Brandon Wurm, junior

linked together so they turn simultaneously. Above,

what career path he chooses, his experience on this

four team members will input power into a single

project is propelling him in a positive direction.

driveshaft using a bicycle-like pedal system. The driveshaft will power a propeller underneath the

“I think the project will be helpful to my future as

Raft Rules from the Three Rivers Festival

craft. Team members will sit across from each other

it has taught me how to see a big picture. It has also

– two on each side of the driveshaft – with each pair

helped me learn how to be a better leader,” Morris

» All rafts must be homemade. » No commercially manufactured hulls allowed

looking inward at the other instead of upriver.

said. “I enjoy design and analysis, especially in areas

on any raft.

“The only things that will be in water are the wetted

» Minimum raft size is 4’ x 8’ and must be able to support the weight of the crew.

» Inner tubes or inflatable devices are not allowed. » All entries must be solely human powered and

of structure, and this project has been full of both of those aspects of engineering.”

area of pontoons, the rudders and the propeller,” Morris said. “We feel this design will cut down on drag significantly.”

The Electric Kart Project When Zach Rider, Corey Marbach and Zack Doepker

self-propelled & make use of poles, oars, paddles, paddle wheels, sails, propellers, flippers, etc. or any

Morris and his crew are hoping to reach speeds of 7

were juniors, their advisor, associate professor of

combination thereof.

to 8 mph during the race, which will begin on the St.

mechanical and energy engineering, John Renie,

Marys River near the intersection of Thieme Drive

suggested that the group resurrect an electric vehicle

and Washington Boulevard. The race will end just

project that was initiated by a previous students.

over a mile away near the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge.

Since then, making this vehicle the best that it can be has become a passion for the three energy


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“That kind of speed doesn’t sound all that fast, but

engineering majors. The group sought out advice

for human power, it’s pretty good,” he said. “We

from Purdue University, which is considered a

regional “think tank” in terms of electric vehicle

“We have our kart decked out to a perfect weight

research and technology. From there, the group

distribution: 50-50 left to right and 47 front, 53

researched and evaluated which components would

rear,” said Rider. “We have the best kart we can

best meet its needs while staying within budget.

put together and we are very proud of what we have accomplished.”

“When we took over the project, we wanted to rebuild the kart to a competitive state,” said Rider,

Originally, the team had planned to compete in

who recently accepted a position at Fort Wayne’s

the May 13 evGrandPrix at Indianapolis Motor

WaterFurnace as a mechanical engineer. “We went

Speedway. Those plans, however, fell through. Now,

to Purdue a couple of times and found out that the

the team is hoping it gets the opportunity – before

battery type and the motor type we were using were

graduation – to compete against the best gas-powered

totally out of date. Other teams were running much

vehicle the Indiana Tech Karting Club has to offer.

more efficient motors and lighter batteries.

Dean Aschliman is trying to make that happen.

“We asked Dean Aschliman for permission to redo

“While it is unfortunate the team is not able to

the kart from the frame up: new wheels, sprockets,

compete in Indianapolis, it is very important to me

controller, motor, batteries, battery management

that we set up our own course that they can run on to

system. When he saw how serious we were about

see what this vehicle can do,” he said.

“Through all the electronics, there is almost as much wiring in this kart as a 1990 car.” – Corey Marbach

this project, he was extremely supportive and basically said, ‘go out and be competitive.’ Now we

Regardless how the team is able to take its kart out

have it up to spec.”

and appropriately “stretch its legs,” all agree, to a man, that this has been a rewarding learning experience.

Up to spec, for this vehicle, could earn its driver a speeding ticket on I-69, depending on which county

“I am just really proud of what we have been able

you were in. The team has gotten this kart up to 75

to accomplish as a team of three people,” Doekper

mph; Rider thinks he can reach 85. In addition, new

said. “Typically, teams on these types of projects are

battery technology has enabled the team to shed

bigger. That made teamwork and organization more

65 pounds off the weight of the kart. The cluster of

important for us. That is my biggest takeaway from

batteries used in the kart weighs a total of 60 pounds.

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By Ben Smith

The rhythm section this cold February day comes from half a dozen basketballs whack-whacking hardwood, a flat drumbeat drifting up from the floor of the Schaefer Center gymnasium here at mid-afternoon. Hoops practice is about to commence. And its sound is the day’s sound, the week’s, the month’s. But listen carefully. There is another sound running beneath it, oddly percussive itself, a shudder at your back that you feel through the soles of your feet at regular intervals. Track practice is commencing, too. And its day is coming. Men and women are straggling in from class by ones and twos, and by ones and twos they begin jogging around the track that runs around the top of Schaefer. Before long, clumps of them are pounding around and around, warming up, chatting, getting ready for what’s ahead.

There’s a lot of it, to say the least. Up here at the top of Schaefer, history runs at every elbow, because the Indiana Tech track teams are the best in the NAIA at what they do. After winning the indoor championships March 5-7, the men have a string of four straight national titles – two indoors and two outdoors. And the women had won the last two outdoor championships, clipping Oklahoma Baptist 102-101 last June.

Doug Edgar does not look like the architect of the best track-and-field program in the NAIA. He looks like one of the architect’s charges. He’s a slight young man who still looks as if he should be competing himself, which indeed he once did. He ran track at Concordia for Brad Peterson and at Anderson University for longtime Ravens coach Larry Maddox, then came to Indiana Tech seven years ago, when the program was just a year old. For the last five years, he’s been the head coach, during which time he’s coached 155 individual and 24 relay AllAmericans, plus coaching the men and women to

That made Indiana Tech the first track program in NAIA history to win back-to-back outdoor titles on both the men’s and women’s side. As both teams get ready for the 2015 outdoor championships May 21-23, they are to NAIA track what Duke is to NCAA basketball, what the New England Patriots are to the National Football League, what the San Antonio Spurs are to the National Basketball Association: The gold standard.

Indiana Tech’s first two national championships

And they’ve accomplished it in just eight years.

“It was exciting to see people become passionate

at the outdoor nationals in 2013. He got his start on the coaching side while still a student at Anderson, returning home every spring to help out with the Concordia teams. Later, he took over the track and cross country programs at Muncie South. By the time he left three years later, the cross country team had won its first regional, and he’d grown the track program from four athletes to 50 and coached it to back-to-back titles for the first time in school history.

about track,” recalls Edgar, who counts among his coaching influences Peterson, legendary

So how they’d do it?

Baylor coach Clyde Hart and Charles Clinton of USA Track and Field. “It’s a sport that in a lot

It all starts with the kid who’s no kid.

of areas gets brushed to the side or isn’t really that important, or maybe is conditioning if the football coach lets you do it.”

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Track for track’s sake, though, was a tricky

plus England. Its geographical footprint stretches

proposition, and remains one. Edgar’s particular

from Washington state to Texas to Alabama to

talent has been forging a true team concept

New Jersey. Sisters Tia and Tyra Cooper hail from

from a sport whose makeup, because of its many

Wilmington, Delaware, and there are six women

disciplines, is largely individual.

on the team from Virginia alone.

“I think we’ve really targeted personalities,” Edgar

“We actually have an athlete that is no longer

says. “When I was an assistant here we just kind

with us whose mom was a club coach in the

of looked at who are the most talented people and

Virginia area,” explains Edgar, whose teams also

let’s get ‘em in, and now it’s a lot more who you

include 21 athletes from northeast Indiana. “So it’s

are as a person and how you’re gonna blend with

kind of a nice connection. Virginia and Indiana

other people.

are kind of similar in talent level, but Virginia is a little bit more sprints oriented while Indiana is a


little bit more distance oriented.” And finding athletes, in Virginia or elsewhere, isn’t as hard as you might think. In track and field, Edgar says, everything is “performancebased,” and so times and performances are readily available. Plus, a standout 100 time is the same in Washington state as it is in Indiana. “It’s not like our basketball team, where if you’re from a small team and you score 40 points a game

The intended benefit to that approach is to force

it’s different than if you’re playing in Fort Wayne

everyone to make everyone else better. Edgar

in the SAC (Summit Athletic Conference),” Edgar

recruits with that in mind, too.

says. “The hard part is getting them to visit the campus from those distances.”

“I think the goal was just being really competitive in each of the event groups,” he says. “A lot of

The easy part is getting them to like what they

schools will (say), if they already have a stud

see when they get there.

100-meter runner or 200-meter runner, it’s just ‘That’s all we need.’ We’ve just always recruited if

“I would say it’s almost easier if they’re not local,”

you’re a great student and a great athlete, let’s bring

Edgar says. “Obviously with a local athlete, a lot

you in and we’ll figure out the pieces as we go.

of people don’t want to stay at home, they want to get away. So we’ve almost had more luck with

“It’s made our sprints groups and now our men’s

people from farther away trying to come in.

jumps groups really competitive. I think that’s kind of built the success. Nobody wants to get

“It’s obviously still a new program, so a lot

left at home for the big meets, everybody wants

of people have never heard of Indiana Tech,

to be part of the relays, and they’re just really

regardless. So it’s still an education for almost

competitive amongst themselves in a good way

anybody we bring in. So it doesn’t really take

and then even in between our two groups. That’s

any extra energy to go out and get someone

been really helpful to us.”

from far away than even somebody right here in Fort Wayne.”

And its appeal is obvious. Indiana Tech’s men’s


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roster contains athletes from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois

Local or otherwise, they all seem drawn to

and Michigan, and its women’s roster is even

Tech by the same things, no matter how diverse

more diverse, featuring athletes from 13 states

their backgrounds.

Shayla France, for instance, is a senior hurdler from Harrison Township, Michigan, who seemed headed for a gymnastics career until a growth spurt forced her and her parents to re-evaluate. Since she was also fast, track became her next best option – although even in high school, she never saw herself running track in college. Then she visited Indiana Tech. “I saw how the program helped other athletes that came in, and I just saw how they were developing and getting them better versus just having them because they were already fast,” says France, who chose Indiana Tech over Tennessee, Grand Valley State and Akron, among others. “I know me, personally, I needed more help like on my form and not so much on my speed … We are really big on team cohesiveness. In practice we don’t let each other slack. If one person’s is slacking, another person is picking them up.” Brianna Woods, a sophomore sprinter out of Huber Heights, Ohio, noticed that right away, too. She was intrigued first of all by the team unity, and second of all by how that unity enabled athletes to improve. “The team really pushes you to do better,” says Woods, who says she’s been fast since she was little and used to race the boys on the sidelines

with them being a growing school academically

“I think at times we struggle a little bit with

at her older sister’s soccer matches. “If you have

and having a lot of positives in that regard, made

complacency,” Edgar says. “Once you win a

something wrong, they will correct you. When

it a good choice for me. Everything just kind of fell

national title, sometimes you forget about all the

I came to practice, they all ran hard and pushed

into place.”

hard work you put in September and October.

each other. I wanted to be part of something that

Getting them to buy in September and October

was bigger than myself and part of something I

Providentially so, for John Broaden. A junior

knew was gonna succeed. And I knew being a part

sprinter from North Central High School in

of this team was gonna help me succeed.”

Indianapolis, he ran track just two seasons there,

“(But) our athletes are aware that everybody in

is always a challenge.

and so Indiana Tech was the only school that

the NAIA is kind of shooting for us right now.

So did John Hester, a football and track standout

offered him a scholarship. But, as with the others,

They started doing national rankings for the first

at Carroll High School who spent a year in junior

what he found made it feel more like a best option

time last year, so everybody gets to see where the

college in Illinois, then came back to Fort Wayne

than an only option.

points stack out every week. And if you’re at the

despite interest from Indiana and Illinois State. “They had a good program, a building program,”

top, obviously everybody says ‘we’re closing in on “It was a great group of guys that came in with me,”

Indiana Tech’ or ‘we’re moving farther away’ or

he says. “So that helped a lot.”

whatever that might be. They’re definitely aware

says Hester, a sophomore middle-distance runner. “They had a young team with talent. That alone,

that other teams are gunning for us and want to be That target on their backs doesn’t hurt, either.

where we’ve grown to be.”

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FULL CIRCLE By Steve Penhollow

When an alumnus takes a job at Indiana Tech, it means so much more than just taking a job. It is as if a torch is passed. It is the end of one journey and the start of another – both journeys featuring some of the same traveling companions.


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Thanks to his job as admissions counselor at Indiana

Kendall Guthrie was an exceptional Portland, Oregon,

Recounting a formula she’d devised as a child for fair

Tech, Zachary Lamb’s life has come full circle in the

high school lacrosse player in the spring of 2010

distribution of Oreos in her household, Guthrie said

best way.

when she received an email from the Indiana Tech

she’s always been good with numbers. Now she’s an

lacrosse coach asking her if she wanted to play for the

accounts receivable analyst at Indiana Tech and a

Lamb, who grew up in the Ann Arbor area, graduated

school. She said she signed and committed without

part-time coach with the lacrosse team.

from Indiana Tech in December 2012 with a

even seeing the campus.

bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. So

Guthrie was an accounts payable analyst when she

when he returns to southeastern Michigan to recruit

Her academic focus, initially, was physical therapy

was an undergrad, so she jokes that the promotion

students, he gets to represent the university he loves

and therapeutic recreation. But those courses of

to accounts receivable meant that she “went from

in the community he grew up loving.

study weren’t challenging enough. She switched to

everybody loving me to everybody hating me.”

business administration, but she said even that wasn’t “I try to bring across the point that I was in their

challenging enough.

shoes not too long ago,” he said, “I was fortunate

Indiana Tech helped Guthrie discover what she wanted to do with her life and then gave her a place

enough to find Indiana Tech when I was in high

“So I went and talked with my advisor,” Guthrie

school and it really turned into an awesome decision.”

recalled, “and he said, ‘How did you like accounting?’

to do it.

And I said, ‘I loved it!’ And he said, ‘That’s probably When an alumnus of Indiana Tech takes a job at

going to be the hardest thing besides switching

Indiana Tech, it means so much more than just taking

to engineering.’”

a job. It is as if a torch is passed. It is the end of one journey and the start of another – both journeys featuring some of the same traveling companions.

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The school has also helped guide Justin Neff along a

Neff admits that the job started as a way to save

This was certainly true of Darius Darling, who

varied educational pathway and, even though he is

some money on tuition, but now he’s passionate

became a larger-than-life figure on the Indiana Tech

fully and happily employed at the school, he is still

about it. Among his tasks is shipping (with the help

campus while working toward a degree in business

working toward an educational destination.

of one assistant) tens of thousands of textbooks


every academic year to Indiana Tech’s College of Neff came into the school as a major in computer

Professional Studies students around the globe.

Darling founded and directed the Indiana Tech

security and investigations.

If someone had told him a few years ago that this is

Anointing Gospel Choir and won the Kekionga

what his life would look like, Neff would have called

Feather Award, which is bestowed for outstanding

that person crazy.

service to the Indiana Tech student body.

“It’s great how things have worked out,” he said.

After graduating in May 2014, Darling spent a

In his junior year, he was offered a full-time job in the university’s bookroom. Accepting the job meant that it would take him

season in the marketing department of the Detroit

longer to earn his degree, but it also meant his tuition

At Indiana Tech, Neff said, “opportunities are

Tigers. Only a few days following the finish of that

would be paid for by the university. “I’m like, ‘That

constantly arriving and you have to go with the

professional baseball stint, he returned to Indiana

sounds like a hell of a good deal,’” he recalled.

flow.” Indiana Tech, Neff said, is a place where effort

Tech and took a position as Student Life Program &

is always rewarded with opportunity.

Conference Events Coordinator.

Neff needed an extra year to earn his undergraduate degree. He will graduate this spring. Having learned

“I’ve been received very well on campus,” he said,

at Indiana Tech that computers should remain a

“and everyone’s excited for me to be back. I just enjoy

mere hobby with him, he plans to continue toward

being able to give quality service and consistency to

a graduate degree in psychology. And continue as

the campus and in our department.”

bookroom coordinator, of course.


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Darling was known as a mentor to students when he

Hunsucker chose Indiana Tech because he was a

“With the individual attention you receive, it’s easy

was a student, so it’s not surprising to learn that he

little wary of some of the more dubious aspects of

to develop in the best person and student that you

also enjoys it as a member of faculty.

the “college experience,” like communal bathrooms.

can be,” Hunsucker said.

He said he “was a little apprehensive about dorm “It’s actually very rewarding for me being able sit and

life initially.”

talk to students on a regular basis,” he said. “Give off a

Having earned his undergraduate degree in management and marketing in 2006 and his master’s

little bit of the knowledge that I do have. It has always

“I was a little, I guess, kind of like a loner my

of science in management in 2012, Hunsucker

been rewarding to me and now to have a position to

freshman year,” he said. “I didn’t really know

has taken it upon himself to remember students’

validate that level of response or that level of respect

anybody. I wasn’t really involved in any activities.

names and help them be the best people they can

from the students really means a lot. My relationship

It was mostly my choice.”

be. In addition to his role as Operations Coordinator,

with the students – they’re already saying, ‘Man, you went off and did all of this and you’re still normal and

Hunsucker also teaches at Indiana Tech in the College But Indiana Tech brought him out of his shell.

of Professional Studies.

He eventually became a resident assistant and now

In Hunsucker’s classes (Foundations of College Math

can still kick it with us.’ I think that right there speaks volumes for me.”

serves as Operations Coordinator for the school.

and Personal Selling) “there are a lot of very new

Of course not many students are as extroverted as

Hunsucker said the size and the philosophy of the

students,” he says.

Darling when they come into Indiana Tech. On the

school helped him thrive.

other side of that scale is Casey Hunsucker.

“So my goal has always to give them a really good “All the instructors and even the President know you

experience,” he says, “help them see that the things

by name,” he said, “so you’re always an individual and

they learn in college really will be applicable in their

never just a statistic filling a seat in the classroom.

everyday lives.”

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Built in the 1950s as a high school and acquired by Indiana Tech in 1963, the Cunningham Center has served Tech students for over 50 years. While updates have helped extend its service through the years, the time has come for a major upgrade, which will start this May once traditional undergraduate classes conclude. Work will continue through the summer and fall, with the newly renovated Cunningham re-opening for classes in January 2016. The result will be a top-flight learning facility for Tech students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large. Technologically savvy classrooms, collaborative spaces for teamwork, computer labs, media production facilities for creating and delivering online course content and more will keep the instruction Tech provides to its students at the leading edge of education for years to come.



Made possible through an estate gift from alumnus


Abraham ’43 and Ellen Smaardyk, the Smaardyk

For today’s college graduates, an entrepreneurial

Center for Advanced Learning Technology will

mindset and skills are more important than ever.

allow Tech students and faculty to create and share

Indiana Tech has found this to be just as true for

course content, as well as access it from sources

engineering students as it is for business students,

around the world. Within the Smaardyk Center,

education students and everyone in between. The

the Advanced Learning Lab will feature a production

new Enterprise Center within Cunningham will

facility where digital and video course content for

be a place where business principles, finance and

each of Tech’s areas of study can be produced by

entrepreneurship are the focus. It will feature an

faculty, staff and students. Traditional students,

advanced computer lab, collaborative learning space,

adult students and online learners alike will see the

and access to financial services and securities trading

benefits in their classes.

data to provide students with the experience and knowledge required to succeed in today’s careers.

Also part of the Smaardyk Center will be the Instructional Media Classroom, which will facilitate


multiple modes of teaching and learning, while


providing the ability to share course content with

The College of Business at Indiana Tech has called

students in remote locations. Students across Indiana

Cunningham Center home since its founding. Alumni

and the world can “tune in” to coursework delivered

from the College of Business, as well as the College of

here, while also accessing classes and instructional

Engineering, the School of Computer Sciences and the

media from locations around the globe.

College of General Studies have earned success in fields of every description, around the world. Many graduates

Classrooms that work for any type of learning

have started businesses of their own, while others

experience will also be found in the new

manage and lead organizations that include small

Cunningham Center. The building will feature

businesses, large corporations, educational institution

an ideal combination of collaborative class space,

and community and government organizations.

classrooms that allow for more traditional lectures and guest speakers and smaller spaces that facilitate

The Cunningham Reinvention will provide

the personal attention Tech is known for.

the College of Business the right platform for business education that will prepare all students –

Computing power is also always at a premium at

undergraduates, adults students learning online

Indiana Tech, and two new 24-hour computer labs

and in the classroom, and MBA and Ph.D. students –

in Cunningham will be put to good use by students

for the careers of today and tomorrow. The updated

across the university, day and night.

space will also be the home of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership Center, the headquarters of Indiana Tech’s program.

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The span of just five years, the Ph.D. program has

all students in our College of Professional Studies.

grown to truly global reach and reputation, enrolling

It will feature the home of call center and online

scholars from around the world and helping further

service representatives, from whom students receive

the knowledge and careers of leaders in a wide range

help with registration, financial aid, course materials

of fields.

and more.




As seen with the new Academic Center, there is

Indiana Tech has seen the rise in importance of

great demand on campus for spaces where the Tech

spaces where students can work, read, collaborate

community can meet and collaborate, and also

on projects and simply connect outside of the

welcome the community at large. The largest meeting

classroom. The main study center will be such a place

space in the new Cunningham will be the Conference

in Cunningham, providing the right combination of

Center, located on the second floor. For use by student

technology, study spaces and welcoming atmosphere

organizations, faculty, staff, community groups and

for all students. Four unique study rooms will also be

business partners, this space will feature state-of-the-

added during the project, and will be among the most

art technology, supporting wide-ranging meeting

unique spaces in the building.

and presentation needs. On the main floor will be a central conference room, also serving students,


faculty, staff and community members.

Indiana Tech’s Distance Learning Center will be the new home of Indiana Tech’s distance education team.


The distance learning group works with faculty from

Faculty members will also find improved facilities

each college at Tech to develop and deliver online

inside the new Cunningham. The main Faculty

classes that combine innovation and flexibility for

Center will provide private gathering space for full

students with the academic rigor found in our in-

time faculty and staff, while the Adjunct Faculty

classroom courses. The Distance Learning Center will

Center will be an on-site workspace for adjunct

help serve students on Tech’s main campus, at our

faculty members, including computer work stations,

satellite locations, online and beyond.

meeting and gathering space.

Going hand-in-hand with distance education is the

All-new faculty offices are designed to encourage

work of the Warrior Information Network, which

faculty-student interaction. The project will provide

will also be headquartered in the new Cunningham

offices for 20 faculty members.

space. The WIN is the one-stop assistance center for


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From the Desk of Arienne Juliano Greetings fellow Warriors! I am honored to join the

marking Tech’s 85th anniversary, to the traditional

Indiana Tech community as your Director of Alumni

offerings of past Homecomings, to new ways of

Relations, and I can’t wait to engage with you in the

connecting. You won’t want to miss it! Be sure

future. With so many exciting things happening

to look for your registration packet in the mail

here on campus and throughout the state, I hope

in the coming months, or visit our website at

you find time to enjoy what our Warrior community

has to offer.

graduation season! I am so proud to be a part of this

communication from the office of alumni relations—

exemplary group of individuals, and excited to have

we’re looking to increase engagement among our

them join the ranks as alumni. There are so many

fellow alums through events during the year, such

success stories and opportunities for our graduates

as family events and networking socials. One of

and it is inspiring to hear those stories in hopes that

our goals is to foster relationships not just between

they return to inspire other Warriors down the road.

your alma mater and you, but also engage with other

Take a moment to congratulate them, and each other,

alums and discover all the opportunities that exist

for what you all have accomplished along the way.

among our extended Warrior family. As we embark on this journey, feel free to connect with me on any ideas you may have for alumni engagement. I’m always a phone call or email away at 260.422.5561, ext. 2418 or

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As we look to the future and embrace the past, I hope that you will continue to connect with Indiana Tech. No matter how large or small your contribution, whether you attend events, volunteer your time, or engage as donors, we welcome you. Celebrate this

Speaking of ways to engage with Indiana Tech, please

time as we welcome a new set of alumni into our

mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend

Warrior community and recall the great memories

2015, Sept. 17 – 20. There are many great events

you had as a graduate.

planned for this year - from the celebratory Gala 85,


This is also a time to celebrate our future alums—it’s

In the coming months, you will see more

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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

Sylvester J. Aman Norton, OH BSME 1959

Norbert G. Dickson Seneca, SC BSCHE 1951

Dian L. Holmen Mililani, HI BSBA 1996

George W. Atkinson Columbia City, IN BSCE 1961

Jesse Durbin, Jr. Carmel, IN BSELE 1960

Paul F. Jettinghoff Newton, NC BSAEE 1948

Orvan H. Baker Alliance, OH BSME 1949

Anthony J. Eiler Dallas, TX BSRE 1951

Paul Johnis Saint Petersburg, FL BSCE 1951

Joseph E. Beebe Burlington, WA BSEE 1966

William C. Farmer, Jr. Duncanville, AL BSEE 1950

William R. Keener Springfield, OH BSME 1949

Norman C. Bolinger Vancouver, WA BSRE 1951

Ronald A. Fulop Westlake Village, CA BSELE 1960

Charles W. Kennison Ocala, FL BSME 1960

Anthony G. Bottone Yuma, AZ BSEE 1965

Roland A. Gagnon Greenwood, IN BSME 1953

Otto S. Kerstner Long Beach, CA BSME 1948

Conrad R. Brault Lyme, CT BSME 1959

Dean H. Garrison, Sr. Big Rapids, MI Professor

Eugene H. Klingler Vassar, MI BSEE 1953

Willie L. Briley Pflugerville, TX BSBA 1997

Gerald E. Goodblood Shawnee, KS BSAEE 1957

Richard A. Krebs Satellite Beach, FL BSCHE 1965

Merton Bushong Allen, TX BSEE 1962

Patricia A. Green Indianapolis, IN BSBA 1999

Basil Kuchta Springfield, NJ BSEE 1971

Ernest Choy Pittsburgh, PA BSEE 1952

John R. Hagerman Chula Vista, CA BSAEE 1943

Charles “Jack” Landers Auburn, IN BSEE 1964

Benjamin Comer Mesa, AZ BSEE 1960

Wesley R. Hall Des Moines, WA BSME 1948

Joseph P. Liegey York, PA BSME 1956

John A. Coryell Cocoa, FL BSEE 1951

Richard C. Hansen Mays Landing, NJ BSEE 1958

Hans L. Loetz Lompoc, CA BSEE 1951

Alfred A. Delisle Manchester, NH BSEE 1959

Lloyd C. Hart Charleston, WV BSCE 1958

Robert H. Machler Philadelphia, PA BSEE 1958

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Robert J. McCoy Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 1998 MBA 2000 Olin D. Miller Nappanee, IN BSEE 1960 Delma O. Monfort Tallahassee, FL BSCE 1948 Arthur M. Monroe Moneta, VA BSCHE 1968 John Bronson Monteith DeLand, FL BSCE 1958 Alton R. Morris New Bern, NC BSELE 1959 John H. Morse Weymouth, MA BSCE 1950 Vello Nolvak Allentown, PA BSCHE 1959 J. Robert O’Brien Indianapolis, IN BSCE 1966 Jerry M. Okamura Honolulu, HI BSEE 1959 Bjorn Oseid Dallas, TX BSEE 1966 John C. Pemberton, Jr. Coppell, TX BSCHE 1966 William C. Pokorny North Canton, OH BSEE 1955

Andrew Rahochik McMinnville, OR BSME 1951

Theodore T. Tanaka Hilo, HI BSCE 1958

James E. Roberts Fairfax, VA BSAEE 1951

James T. Taylor Greenville, TX BSEE 1964

Thomas Ross Orlando, FL BSAEE 1944

Sharron C. Thompson Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 1998

Christina J. Samuel Detroit, MI CJRS4 2014

Joseph F. Tye Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1949

Waldo H. Schock, Jr. Slidell, LA BSAEE 1944

Robert A. Vitt Bellevue, WA BSEE 1957

Arthur C. Schuknecht Jackson, MI BSEE 1949

James W. Webster Carmel, IN BSME 1963

Walter W. Schultz Bellingham, WA BSEE 1960

Richard A. Winebrenner Albion, IN BSCE 1950

John Raymond Seely Inglis, FL BSCH 1962

Paul E. Wingrove Allentown, PA BSME 1968

Homecoming 2015 SEPTEMBER 17-20 Join alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students from our Warrior community as we celebrate Homecoming 2015. A full schedule of events, information for registration, and details on all the weekend’s activities will be available soon at

Lars J. Spinner Randolph, NY BSME 1959 Jacob Spoor Upland, CA BSEE 1962 Gerald M. Stankiewicz Saginaw, MI BSME 1960 Cleo R. Stoller Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA BSEE 1949 Robert J. Sullivan Front Royal, VA BSEE 1962

Please mark your calendars for an evening of dining and dancing with friends and alumni as we celebrate Indiana Tech’s 85th anniversary during homecoming weekend 2015. OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS 260.399.2847 | Indiana Tech Magazine



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