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University Revives Student Veterans Group Major Opportunity: Alum Josh Judy Volume 7, Issue 2 / Spring 2011 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends

Building a Sisterhood: Delta Alpha Nu

Winning the Gold:

Uytengsu Center Surpasses Expectations

Letter from the President

Greetings, Spring is just around the corner. In fact, there’s already plenty of “green” emerging on campus with the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center earning LEED® Gold Certification (see Page 20) and an interdepartmental team working together to strengthen our commitment to sustainability (see Page 19). This spring could prove to be particularly significant for one former Warrior. We’re all rooting for Josh Judy to excel in spring training and earn a spot in the Cleveland Indians bullpen. He would be the first Indiana Tech athlete to play in the Major Leagues. You can learn more about Josh on Page 12. Spring also brings one of my favorite rites of the academic world, the annual Commencement ceremony. Seeing our graduates celebrate their achievement fills my heart with joy. Those few hours in May define what relationship-based education is all about as everyone in the Indiana Tech community—administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff—shares smiles, handshakes, and hugs with the students that we have watched grow and learn. They say “hope springs eternal,” and my hope is that this year’s graduates evolve into active and engaged alumni whose stories of success will fill future issues of Trends for decades to come. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, President

Contents Departments


Tech Happenings


Richter’s Notes


Alumni News


In Memoriam


Faculty & Staff News




Scholarship Rewards Ivy Tech Grads


Dungy-Poythress to Speak at Tech Commencement


University Revives Student Veterans Group


Let’s Go to Ireland!


Early Start Gives Boost to Those in Need


Students Become the Teachers


Warriors Excel in the Classroom


Major Opportunity: Josh Judy


The Campus Melting Pot


Building a Sisterhood


‘Green Gains Ground’


Winning the Gold: Uytengsu Center Surpasses Expectations

Tech Remembers Two Warriors


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Tech Happenings

ESPN Founder Entertains Packed House A standing-room-only crowd filled the Magee-O’Connor Theater to hear Bill Rasmussen share stories about the founding of ESPN at a University Forum in October. Rasmussen launched ESPN, the world’s first 24-hour cable TV network, in 1979 and has been called “The Father of Cable Sports” by USA Today. He was named to “The Sports 100,” a ranking of the most important people in American sports history by author Brad Herzog. Rasmussen regaled the gathering of about 250 students, staff, faculty and visitors with anecdotes about the early days of ESPN, and how he and his colleagues built one of the world’s most successful networks through a combination of determination and luck. He encouraged students to follow their dreams. “If there’s something you want to do, do it,” he said.



Students Excel in Alumni-Sponsored Contests Sarah Musselman (a senior from Logansport, Ind., majoring in web development) took first place in the EZ RECY Carrier web design contest. The contest, sponsored by Indiana Tech alum Saul Mandell (BSCE 1951), was established to design a web site promoting a new product from Max Industries. Josh Lewis (a senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., majoring in web development) took second place. Rasela Moliga (a junior from Hammond, Ind., majoring in web development) and Emily Heeb (a sophomore from Rockton, Ill., majoring in web design) teamed up for third place. The contest was open to all current Indiana Tech students. The awards were $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place. Alyssa Priebe (a sophomore from Granger, Ind., majoring in business administration) won a marketing plan contest sponsored by Omega Plastic Corporation. Participants were tasked with creating a plan to promote Pound in Edging, a landscaping product with interlocking sections for creating decorative borders. Priebe’s prize was $1,200.

Student Life Keeps Calendar Busy Offering a wide range of campus activities becomes more important each year as the university continues to grow. Student Life has developed a strategy to appeal to a variety of different groups by offering something for everyone over the span of a semester. Some events are designed to make students think, such as Human Chess or the Blue Track Design Competition. Some events allow students to show off their crafty side while painting coffee mugs, making blankets for Project Linus, or creating their own holiday ornament. Events such as Orange Outs and tailgate parties help students show their school spirit. And some events are just plain entertaining, like film festivals and video game competitions. To see upcoming events, view the calendar on our home page at

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Scholarship Rewards Ivy Tech Grads Extending their education further became a little bit easier for Ivy Tech Community College graduates when Indiana Tech established a scholarship for them. Students who complete an associate degree at Ivy Tech with a GPA of 2.5 or higher will be eligible for a merit scholarship equal to a 20% discount on Indiana Tech undergraduate tuition. The Merit Scholarship for Ivy Tech Graduates was effective January 2011, with students who graduated from Ivy Tech in December 2010 or later eligible for the program. “Creating this scholarship rewards students who have proven they can be successful in college, and it encourages them to keep going,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of the College of Professional Studies at Indiana Tech. Indiana Tech offers bachelor’s degree programs in three basic formats: traditional, accelerated, and on4


line. The Merit Scholarship for Ivy Tech Graduates is available to students in all three formats. Indiana Tech also has several articulation agreements in place to ensure that Ivy Tech graduates are awarded as many transfer credits as possible to work toward completing a bachelor’s degree. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, adults who have earned a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $14,000 more per year than those who have earned an associate degree.

Dungy-Poythress to Speak at Tech Commencement Dr. Lauren Dungy-Poythress will deliver the keynote address at Indiana Tech’s 2011 Commencement on May 14. “We are honored to have a leader in the field of medicine accept our invitation to address our graduates,” said Dr. Arthur Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “She is a shining example of the success to be gained through commitment to hard work and strong values.” Dr. Dungy-Poythress, one of the nation’s leading perinatologists, is the medical director of maternal-fetal medicine for Community Health Network of Indianapolis. She has held faculty appointments as associate and/or assistant professor at several university medical programs and serves on many community boards and programs associated with perinatal care. She earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., as well as subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Dungy-Poythress is a well-known motivational speaker who strives to encourage people, particularly young women, to set high goals that they might not consider on their own. She has been recognized by Who's Who in Black Indianapolis in several publications; received a Merit Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Aesculapian Medical Society of Indianapolis; was honored with a key to the city from the mayor of her hometown, Jackson, Mich.; and received special citations from the Governor of Michigan and the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Dungy-Poythress is the younger sister of Tony Dungy, former Indianapolis Colts coach. The Commencement ceremony will honor more than 550 students from Indiana Tech locations throughout the state who have earned an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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University Revives Student Veterans Group Indiana Tech has a long history of providing academic programs and financial benefits that support the needs of veteran and active military students. Now a student group has been revived for academic, social and emotional support. Warrior Vets is for students who are military service members, veterans, and spouses and dependents of either service members or veterans. Guided by the enthusiasm of Indiana Tech alum Dave Barrett, BSEE 1977, this group is well into the forming stage of development. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Barrett was a member of Indiana Tech’s former student veterans’ organization, Tech Vets. He graciously offered his time and talents in helping military and veteran students revive a student group at Indiana Tech. The group was launched with two strong student leaders in Ashley Miller, a freshman majoring in elementary education, and Robert Smart, a freshman majoring in networking. Smart is a veteran and is currently serving in the National Guard on his second deployment to the Middle East. Miller, whose father is in the Army, suggested that the group include dependents of veterans and military service members. The organization hopes to provide peer mentoring and social events for military and veteran students and their families. The group’s first event was a family night in the Andorfer Commons recreation center on November 12. Student veterans, military members and their families were invited to celebrate Veterans Day with free bowling, games, and pizza. The group also gathers for a run/walk on campus at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Warrior Vets is somewhat unusual among student organizations because it involves both traditional day and College of Professional Studies students. Students outside of Fort Wayne or online will have an opportunity to become involved through the Warrior Vets Facebook group. Meeting notes and a continuous dialogue will be posted so that all military students, spouses and dependents may be actively involved in this student group regardless of their location. Students or alumni who are interested in learning more about Warrior Vets can contact Ashley Miller via email to



Student veterans, military members and their families were invited to celebrate Veterans Day with free bowling, games, and pizza in the Andorfer Commons recreation center.

Let’s Go to Ireland! The Indiana Tech Alumni Association would like to invite you to experience “Shades of Ireland” November 9 to 18, 2011 through Collette Vacations. This exciting 10-day trip includes 13 meals, airfare, deluxe accommodations, and spectacular sightseeing through Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, and Cabra Castle. Other highlights will be visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral; touring the new House of Waterford Crystal factory; kissing the Blarney Stone; viewing spectacular ocean scenery, mountains, and lakes; learning how Irish whiskey is made; shopping in little villages; and much more! Staying at some of the most magnificent hotels in Ireland, including a stay on the grounds of Cabra Castle, you’ll feel treated like a king or queen. While there will be many planned tours and sightseeing experiences, you’ll also have plenty of leisure time to explore your own places of interest. Ireland is a beautiful country just waiting for you to explore! For more information about this fantastic trip for alumni and friends, contact Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations, at 800.937.2448 ext. 2418 or By booking this trip with Indiana Tech, you receive a discount, and Tech is rewarded with a portion of the sales, too! Everyone wins with the “luck o’ the Irish”!

Early Start Gives Boost to Those in Need More high school students will be able to take advantage of college courses now that Indiana Tech’s popular Early Start program is free to students who participate in free or reduced lunch programs. The Early Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses. Tuition is typically discounted to $75 per credit ($225 for a 3-credit course) with textbook rental included in tuition. Waiving the tuition completely for students in the free and reduced lunch program will allow more students from low income families to take advantage of Early Start. High schools students enrolled at Indiana Tech through Early Start enjoy several benefits including: ■■ Gaining exposure to the college classroom environment ■■ Getting a head start on college by earning credits that can be applied to an Indiana Tech degree program or transferred to another university

■■ Satisfying one of the requirements for an Indiana Core 40 with Academic Honors high school diploma ■■ Earning a tuition credit up to $3,000 if they enroll in a degree program at Indiana Tech after high school graduation. Early Start students can enroll in any courses offered in the university’s traditional program as long as they meet the prerequisites. The most popular courses for Early Start are freshman level courses such as English Composition I, Introduction to Computer Science, College Algebra, Introduction to Psychology, and Fundamentals of Chemistry. To qualify for the Early Start Program, high school juniors and seniors must have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Eligible students may take up to 9 credits per semester, with a limit of 30 credits total. For more information, visit or call the admissions office at 800.937.2448 ext. 2205.

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Honor Education, a company formed by a family of Indiana Tech students and graduates, was named Innovator of the Year at the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Innovation Awards in November 2010. This story from the program for the 5th Annual Business Weekly Innovation Awards is reprinted with the permission of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

Students Become the Teachers By Linda Lipp Business Weekly

Sean, Jared, Alyssa and Tristan Dugan are working hard to turn a concept their mother dreamed up 10 years ago into a successful, education-oriented software business. Honor Education LLC, a name mom Lisa Dugan also came up with, moved from the Dugan family home in August to a cubicle in the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne. The Dugans also use an Innovation Center conference room to teach the 22 middle school children who have enrolled in their Tech Academy, which launched in September. 8


Sean, 24, and Jared, 23, both graduated from Indiana Tech in the spring with degrees in software engineering. Alyssa, 21, and Tristan, 19, are both seniors at Indiana Tech majoring in elementary education. Like the majority of the children in their Tech Academy classes, the Dugans were home-schooled. The offspring of Steve and Lisa Dugan have been working on computers since they were tots. “I’ve been programming since I was 8,” Sean told Business Weekly in March 2010.

The four began seriously talking about how to combine their interests and talents to create a software business well over a year ago; and both Sean and Jared were able to arrange Indiana Tech internships during the 2009–2010 school year that allowed them to put more time into — and get school credit for — the project. The Dugans also began participating in a program called BizWhiz that they learned of at Indiana Tech. After a year of meetings with business advisers and other students interested in starting businesses, they won a $2,500 grant for approved business expenses and a $6,000 in-kind award for a year’s worth of office space in the Student Venture Lab at the Innovation Center. Alyssa also received a $4,000 internship to work with the siblings’ business. Funding for the program is provided by the Lincoln Financial Foundation, Grabill Bank and the Edward M. & Mary McCrea Wilson Foundation. The Dugans also have begun to bring in a little income of their own from their Tech Academy classes, which they hope to expand. Their younger sister, Michaela, 15, already is pitching in to help teach. But the real meat of the business, its virtual and actual heart and soul, is Forge, a virtual world creation kit that students can use, independently or in school, to turn things like mathematical equations, scientific formulas and other abstract information into tables, graphs and two- or threedimensional dynamic visualizations.

The Dugans also have a second product: a visual version of the programming language Python, which is extensively used in professional scientific computing. The visual version “is a block-based system. Instead of typing code, you can drag and drop blocks to construct your program,” Jared said. “They’re already done for you. You just have to find the blocks you need.” The user-friendly programs also could be marketed to certain people in professions such as advertising and architecture who may not need to create models and simulations very often and don’t need a higher level of programming expertise. The Dugans haven’t yet begun to market or sell their products. “At this point, we just need to finish everything,” Jared said. The company also has a second purpose: to support a school in Bangladesh the family helped found about 11 years ago. The Dugans and the nonprofit they founded to raise funds for the school provide about $1,500 a month to keep it going. The name of the business, Honor Education, came from the family’s experience with the school and the culture there that truly honors and values education. To learn more about Honor Education, visit

Forge also uses a graphics engine that is used to make video games. “We’d like to think of Forge as the Lego for gaming, where it’s constructive entertainment for the next generation,” Tristan said. In one of the classes the Dugans are teaching, students are building their own virtual Egypt. “We’re helping kids to build it in 3D, design temples and pyramids, and then play a character to explore it,” Alyssa said. Volume 7, Issue 2

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Warrior Athletics

Warriors Excel in the Classroom Not only have the athletes at Indiana Tech been getting it done on the field, but they are also excelling in the classroom. Seven Tech teams were honored last year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with Scholar-Team Awards for having a team GPA of at least 3.0, including women’s tennis (3.62), men’s tennis (3.49), volleyball (3.41), women’s soccer (3.26), men’s soccer (3.12), baseball (3.10), and softball (3.03).

NAIA Academic All-American The Warriors also had 14 athletes recognized as NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To qualify, a student must be nominated by each institution’s head coach, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status.



►► Mika Davis, cross country ►► Veronica Jersey, cross country ►► Micky Nelson, cross country ►► John Wainwright, cross country ►► Melanie Forman, volleyball

WHAC All-Academic Team

►► Ashley Hamilton, volleyball

For fall 2010, 29 athletes have been recognized by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for their academic efforts. To receive this honor an athlete must be at least a junior and have a GPA of at least 3.25.

►► Kayla Hartman, volleyball ►► Tais Oliveira, volleyball ►► David Crowe, men’s soccer ►► Joseph Ishraidi, men’s soccer ►► Aaron Newell, men’s soccer

►► Mika Davis, cross country

►► Sam Terman, men’s soccer

►► Veronica Jersey, cross country

►► Tressa Garty, women’s soccer

►► Micky Nelson, cross country

►► Ashley Mejia, women’s soccer

►► Kara Van Horn, cross country ►► John Wainwright, cross country

Tech Earns 5-Star Designation

►► Alyssa Webb, cross country

Indiana Tech has been recognized by the NAIA as a Champions of Character Five Star Institution. The university earned that distinction through commitment to the five core values of the Champions of Character Program: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership. To identify Five Star Institutions, the NAIA uses a scorecard based on character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.

►► Melanie Forman, volleyball ►► Ashley Hamilton, volleyball ►► Kayla Hartman, volleyball ►► Tais Oliveira, volleyball ►► Tricia Stevens, volleyball ►► David Crowe, men’s soccer ►► Josh Haupt, men’s soccer ►► Joseph Ishraidi, men’s soccer ►► Aaron Newell, men’s soccer ►► Anthony Podzius, men’s soccer ►► Stephen Putek, men’s soccer ►► Rob Sanders, men’s soccer

For more information on the Champions of Character program, visit

►► Benny Saydee, men’s soccer ►► Sam Terman, men’s soccer ►► Becky Armstrong, women’s soccer

Johnson, Coleman Score 1,000

►► Ashli Follrod, women’s soccer

Anthony Johnson and Yasmine Coleman recently became the newest members of the 1,000 Point Club for Indiana Tech.

►► Tressa Garty, women’s soccer ►► Ashley Mejia, women’s soccer ►► Alex Bunner, men’s golf ►► Mike Kasperski, men’s golf

Johnson needed just 8 points entering the Warriors’ Feb. 5 game vs. Cornerstone University to reach 1,000 points, and the senior scored nine, going 4-of-7 from the field. He

►► Chris McMahan, men’s golf ►► Nick Quick, men’s golf ►► Kalie Sanders, women’s golf



Anthony Johnson

is a 6’1” senior guard from Andrean High School in Gary, Ind., and a business administration major. Coleman scored a game-high 24 points in a Jan. 29 game vs. University of Northwestern Ohio to reach 1,000 career points. She is a 5’10”junior forward from Pike High School in Indianapolis and a physical education major.

NAIA tournament but were defeated in four sets. The 2010 volleyball team tied the university record for wins in a season with 34.

Baptist Earns Soccer Honor Yasmine Coleman

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Runners Compete at Nationals Five Warriors competed at the NAIA cross country National Championship in Vancouver, Wash., in November. Those runners included three seniors – Mika Davis (Modoc, IN/Union Modoc), John Wainwright (Wolcottville, IN/Lakeland), and Derek Holst (Columbia City, IN/Whitko) and two juniors – Veronica Jersey (South Whitley, IN/Whitko) and Matt Kimbrell (Muncie, IN/Muncie South). For the men, Wainwright finished 76th with a time of 26:19; Kimbrell finished 170th with a time of 27:16; and Holst finished 212th with a time of 27:37. For the women, Davis finished 184th with a time of 19:55; and Jersey finished 216th with a time of 20:16. Jersey was named to the WHAC All-Conference team after running a lifetime best of 18:58 at the WHAC Conference meet.

Volleyball Wins WHAC The Warrior volleyball team won the WHAC Tournament in November, defeating Aquinas College 3–1. The win gave the team an automatic bid for their third consecutive trip to the NAIA National Tournament.

Soccer player Mark Baptist was named to the 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru men’s NAIA All-Mid-East Region team for the second time in as many years following an outstanding 2010 campaign for the junior.

Mark Baptist

The standout defender from Rochford, England, also earned 1st Team All-WHAC for the second consecutive season after anchoring Tech’s defense in 2010. Baptist provided leadership and toughness for the Warrior squad this season as the backbone of one of the conference’s top defenses. He was tied for fourth on the team with two assists this season.

Don’t Miss the Action While there’s nothing like seeing the Warriors live, there is an alternative for fans who just can’t be here. Warrior fans can listen to live game action through webcasts at www.indianatech. edu/webcasts/. The Indiana Tech Sports Network, or ITSN, is a student-run organization that prides itself in producing the highest caliber and engaging broadcasts so listeners feel like they are part of the action at each game. You can listen to live broadcasts from any computer that is capable of running Windows Media Player. The ITSN schedule includes a variety of live Warrior sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse. If you miss a game, you can even relive the event by going to the On Demand section and scrolling through the archives of older events.

The Warriors hosted Malone University in the first round of the

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Major Opportunity Josh Judy hopes to pitch his way to the big leagues this year

Indiana Tech stresses career preparation for all of its students, and Josh Judy hopes his unique career path soon leads him to Cleveland. Judy, a right-handed power pitcher, was added to the Cleveland Indians’ 40man roster in November and attended his second Indians’ spring training this year. A variety of scouting reports and season previews mention Judy among the young arms that have a shot at the Indians’ bullpen this year. “I’ve got a good chance to make it this year,” he says. “Last year (in spring training) I opened a lot of eyes in the front office. This year they can use me a little differently depending on how they want to test me against Major League hitters. I just hope I can succeed and force them to make a decision.” Although Judy was assigned to AAA near the end of spring training, he could still be called up to the majors at some point this season. Judy, a therapeutic recreation major, was drafted as a junior by the Indians in the 34th round of Major League Baseball’s 2007 amateur draft. Although he knew he’d attracted attention from scouts, being picked by Cleveland was unexpected.



“It was really a big surprise,” he says. “My junior season I had some cross-checkers and national scouts looking at me. I pretty much received a letter from every club except Cleveland.” A regional scout for Cleveland had called him about a week before the draft, but Judy hadn’t heard anything from the team after that until draft day. Level-headed and well-grounded, Judy frequently uses the word “special” in describing his journey thus far: speculation that he could make it to the majors this year is “pretty special”; his sophomore and junior years at Tech were also “pretty special”; and the opportunity to represent a school like Tech in the majors is “something special.” And his story is indeed special. As a young athlete, baseball wasn’t even his favorite sport. “My first passion was actually football,” he says with a laugh. “But when I got hurt my senior year of high school, and I realized that wasn’t going to be in the cards for me, I focused on baseball.” Baseball coaches, unfortunately, weren’t exactly focused on him. Indiana Tech was the only college that recruited him. “It was the only place that said: ‘Do you want to come play baseball?’” he explains. “And it was a great experience.”

to that level; most kids shake their head happy to fill whatever role the Indians yes, and you never see them actually work have for him. “I’ll do whatever it takes to on the things that they need to do to get to get to the majors.” the next level, but Josh, he did everything we told him he needed to do to get there, Stegall describes what Judy throws as and now he is doing it, not because of me “electric stuff,” and notes that he has the or his coaches, but because of him!” mentality to go with it. Stegall did make it possible for Judy to get noticed by bringing scouts to campus, a practice that current Tech coach Kip McWilliams continues.

“Josh had a sharp breaking ball (slider) that he threw at around 76 to 79 mph. When you’re throwing breaking pitches close to 80 mph with a fastball at 92 mph, that is considered Major League stuff,” Stegall ex“I always told Josh and our guys that I will plains. “Beyond the obvious attraction to get the scouts out to see you in the fall, it Josh’s physical abilities, he has all the intanis your job to give them a reason to come gibles you want in a young pitcher, things back and see you in the spring,” Stegall you can’t measure. He has drive, intelliexplains. “Of course, Josh had a good day gence on the mound, heart, determination, and scouts continued to randomly show work ethic, competitor, and most of all, up to practices on days Josh was pitching.” the thing I loved the most about Josh, he was fearless on the mound, and he always The Yankees, who had drafted Tech’s Jesse pitched with a chip on his shoulder with Hoover (BSBA 2004) in 2004, actually something to prove every time he went had shown the most interest in Judy after to the mound. I never saw Josh scared of the scouts’ fall 2006 visit. But in spring anyone or anything on the mound.” 2007, with a Yankees scout watching him throw a bullpen session, Judy severely After a few seasons in the minors and a sprained his ankle on the first pitch he recent trip to the Dominican Republic to threw. The injury sidelined him for about play winter ball with a mix of young and three weeks, but Judy was determined to veteran Major League talent, Judy is still get back on the mound as soon as posfearless as he rattles off the names of some sible, even if he wasn’t 100% healed. hitters he’d like to face. Stegall remembers the day Judy got his power back like it was yesterday.

“I would like to face a Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter … the Yankees lineup,” he

“It was our second regional game against Spring Arbor. Spring Arbor was ranked #2 in the country, and they had a guy Randy Stegall, now the head coach at named Adam Hinkle pitching against Embry-Riddle University, was the head Judy. Hinkle was about 6’9” and had decoach of the Warriors then, and Judy gives cent stuff, but not the velocity Josh had,” him credit for making a baseball career Stegall recalls. “The only scout in the more than just a dream. stands was a Cleveland Indians scout. For the first time all spring, Josh’s velocity was “Coach Stegall made it more of a reality back up to 90 to 92, and he topped out at for me … Putting me in front of a lot of 94 mph that day. I believe that is the day Major League scouts,” he says. that got him drafted.” From Stegall’s perspective, Judy is responsible for his own success.

During his career at Tech, Judy was primarily a starter. The Indians’ organization sees him as a relief pitcher.

“He is a once-in-a-coaching-career type of player to coach,” Stegall says. “I love that he “The Indians pretty much felt that with is reaching all his goals. We talked hours what I throw, I was a better fit for the and hours about what it would take to get bullpen,” Judy says, explaining that he is

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Alumn Josh Judy during his days at Tech.

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says, sounding only a bit awestruck by the idea of pitching to legends. “Yeah, I’d be a little nervous in the back of my mind, but it’s still a job where you have to go out and perform.”

If Judy makes it to the Major Leagues it would be good for the status of Tech’s baseball program, but McWilliams is already impressed.

but what type of player he was when he was just a small town kid, not recruited by anyone, looking for an opportunity to play college baseball and learn the game.”

“Josh’s former coaches and teammates are Now that the small town kid is on the This off-season has been busier than most very proud to know such a quality young verge of an opportunity to play in the mafor Judy, preventing him from visiting man and his efforts during and after his jors, he encourages other young athletes Tech as he usually does. He sounds almost career at Indiana Tech,” he says. to work hard for their dreams. disappointed when he explains that he missed Homecoming because his triple-A Stegall, who still talks with Judy frequent- “Never give up,” he says. “In baseball you team, the Columbus Clippers, was playly, echoes McWillams’ pride. can come from nowhere, the smallest coling for a national championship (which lege, the smallest town. As long as you go they won). “Josh is still Josh, humble as can be, mixed out and perform, you’ll get noticed.” with confidence and belief in himself and “He usually comes by and sees some of the his abilities,” Stegall says. “I am so proud guys and throws a bullpen or two every of him, proud to say I coached him, not winter,” McWilliams says. because of what type of player he is now,

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Stats Name: Josh Judy

Bats/Throws: R/R

Birth date: 2/9/1986

Height: 6’4”

Hometown: Morgantown, W.Va.

Weight: 200

Pitching Year Teamw 2007 GCL Indians Mahoning Valley 2008 Lake County Cleveland




Lvl Rk AA

W 1 0 12

L 2 0 1

ERA 0.63 0.00 3.51

G 9 4 35

SV 0 1 1

IP 14 11 74

H 11 7 60

ER 1 0 29

BB 8 3 25

SO 14 7 80

Kinston A+ 2009 Kinston A+ Akron AA 2010 Akron AA Columbus AAA Minor Leagues Totals

0 0 4 0 3 20

0 0 3 0 0 6

1.93 7 0.00 5 3.10 36 9.00 2 2.68 38 2.75 136

0 3 11 0 2 18

14 4 49 2 47 216

12 4 35 6 48 183

3 0 17 2 14 66

1 0 18 0 14 69

17 7 63 2 55 245

What is the 40-Man Roster? Each Major League team has a roster of 40 players: 25 on the active Major League roster and 15 who are essentially reserves, such as players on the disabled list or in the minor leagues. Being named to the Cleveland Indians’ 40-man roster is a significant step in Josh Judy’s career. The move: ›› Protected Judy from being taken by another team in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 Draft ›› Allows the Indians to call him up from the minors at any time throughout the season ›› Starts the clock on free agency. Judy now has three years until he becomes a free agent.



The Campus Melting Pot

International Enrollment Fosters Global Awareness

To paraphrase Walt Disney Co. and the Dalai Lama, it’s a small world and it’s getting smaller. This reality is the driving force behind efforts to increase the international student population at Indiana Tech.

International students comprise about 3% of current enrollment in the university’s traditional program. Administrators would like to see that increase to about 10% and have developed plans to more aggressively recruit international students. “Our mission focuses on preparing students for career success in a global society,” President Arthur Snyder explained. “Increasing our international population brings that global society to our campus, creating opportunities for students from a variety of cultures to learn with each other and learn from each other.”

The university’s strategy for increasing international enrollment includes developing recruitment agency agreements, establishing transfer partnerships with colleges abroad, and arranging exchange agreements with colleges abroad. “With the way the job market is evolving, it is extremely likely that when our graduates enter the workforce they will either work abroad or need to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and clients abroad,” Snyder said. “Fostering a more diverse campus community will help all of our students be more aware of and sensitive to other cultures and customs.” Fostering a diverse campus goes far beyond simply enrolling international students. It also entails being aware of the needs of those students, providing support for them, and encouraging interaction among all students. An interdepartmental committee with members from academics, finance, admissions, and student life has been formed to address the issues. The Multicultural Club, a student organization created by current international students, also has been providing insight and advice on how to welcome additional students.

seems like your teachers and authorities care about how you do and the questions you may have.” Helping students adjust also extends beyond academic support, and that is why staff from admissions and student life are exploring some of the little things that can make a big difference. For example, plans are under way to display clocks in Andorfer Commons set for time zones around the world. Based on a suggestion from the Multicultural Club, they are also considering a display of flags from countries represented by our students. “International students take a lot of pride in their flags. Seeing their flags on campus would really make them feel welcome,” said Sarah Rodriguez, an admissions counselor who works extensively with student recruiting. “Something fairly simply like that can often make a big difference.” She and others are also compiling a list of cultural resources in the community such as religious centers, grocery stores, and restaurants that may help meet the needs of international students. Since food can vary so much from country to country, dietary needs are also a concern for the student life staff.

From an academic perspective, one of the biggest issues is language. International applicants whose native language is not “A lot of students who live on campus miss home cooking even if English must meet minimum requirements on one of three their hometown is only 50 miles away,” said Chris Dickson, English proficiency exams, but may still need additional help to associate vice president—student services. “It’s important that be ready for college level courses taught in English. To accommodate those students, the university is developing an English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Beyond language complications, cultural issues also can have an impact on an international student’s academic success. For example, a student who is used to listening quietly to a professor’s lecture may struggle in a class in which participation is expected and debate is encouraged. The upside is that when international students participate in class discussions they can bring a valuable infusion of different and varied perspectives. Writing styles also can be different, with varying levels of formality or directness. To help alleviate these issues, faculty will be provided with training on communicating their expectations and addressing issues that arise. Current international students, however, already cite helpful faculty as one of the biggest factors in their adjustment to life at Indiana Tech. “One facet that definitely helps is the relationships the teachers have with students,” Ankit Sahay said of adjusting to campus life. “They are always willing to help.” Sahay is a senior from Zambia who is majoring in computer security and investigation. His sentiment is echoed by many students, including Rebecca Armstrong, a junior from Canada majoring in criminal justice. “The people that go to Tech, the teachers and the time they are willing to spend with you, has really helped,” Armstrong said. “It 16


Rebecca Armstrong, a junior from Canada.

we consider our international student’s cultural dietary expectations and needs as part of our goals when increasing the international student population on campus.” Being conscious of the dietary needs and preferences of international students also creates a more varied experience for non-international students, faculty, and staff in the dining hall. Sampling foods from other cultures can bring people together in a fun social environment. The Multicultural Club is even looking into the possibility of offering an occasional cooking class to share their favorite dishes. Adjusting to residence hall life is another concern, beginning with the practical challenge of either travelling with everything you will need or shopping for supplies in a country that is foreign to you. Student life is negotiating with a company called Dorm-In-A-Box to provide students the option of ordering everything they need in advance and having it shipped to their residence hall. “We provide lists of essential and recommended items for all of the students living on campus,” Dickson said. “But Dorm-In-ABox would be a convenient service, especially for international students who can’t just send Mom or Dad over to Walmart when they realize they didn’t pack any hangers.” For any student, international or not, one of Indiana Tech’s strengths is the campus community’s helpful atmosphere. “Being away from home, friends and family is very hard to cope with at the beginning; but once school and soccer started, it became a lot easier to deal with,” said Mark Baptist, a junior from England majoring in business administration. “I like that everyone is really friendly and will do anything to make my stay over here an enjoyable one.”

So, while the world may be getting smaller, Indiana Tech is hoping to make its mark on the world larger through the basic premise of being welcoming and helpful to a more diverse group of students.

“There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware it’s a small world after all.” — Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman “I find that because of modern technological evolution and our global economy, and as a result of the great increase in population, our world has greatly changed: it has become much smaller. However, our perceptions have not evolved at the same pace; we continue to cling to old national demarcations and the old feelings of ‘us’ and ‘them’.” — Dalia Lama “We are moving toward a global economy. One way of approaching that is to pull the covers over your head. Another is to say: It may be more complicated – but that’s the world I am going to live in, I might as well be good at it.” — Phil Condit “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” — Bill Gates “Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talents and greatest ideas.” — Jack Welch “The world is poised on the cusp of an economic and cultural shift as dramatic as that of the Industrial Revolution. (OK, it doesn’t take a genius, or even a politician, to figure out that big changes are afoot when we have a medium that lets someone throw up a virtual storefront on the Web and instantly gain access to the global market.)”

Dorm rooms can have pieces of home for these students from the United Kingdom.

— Steven Levy

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Building a Sisterhood Delta Alpha Nu Spring 2011 Roster Sister KC Wright

Current Office President (sage)

Erica Schwering

Therapeutic Recreation


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Amanda Regan




Keena Knaggs



1st Counselor

Chelsea Scott

Criminal Justice



Stephanie Parker

Business Administration and Accounting


Samantha Solomon

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Da’Shay Johnson

Criminal Justice


Jordan Jamie

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Erica Schwering and her friend KC Wright were hanging out with friends at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house when the idea hit them. “Why are there two fraternities and no sororities?” Schwering recalled wondering. “We said, ‘We should start a sorority.’ “ Schwering, Wright and a few friends—nine women total—began the process of forming Delta Alpha Nu in fall 2009. The sorority had actually been on campus in the early 1990s, but had been inactive several years. “It was a whole team effort,” Schwering explained. “Without all nine of us it wouldn’t have happened.” The group of women contacted alumni to learn whether they would support revival of the sorority; talked with the Student Life office about becoming a recognized student organization; wrote a constitution and bylaws; and recruited advisors, primarily Courtney Robbins, assistant professor of English. “The biggest thing was determining what we want to stand for,” Schwering said. “Academic success is our No. 1 priority. We want to have that great GPA.” Other principles at the core of Delta Alpha Nu are community service and sisterhood. Trends

Current Year Sophomore

Chelcie Barden

Two fraternities, Sigma Pi and Sigma Phi Epsilon, have long had a solid presence at Indiana Tech, and a group of female students decided it was time they had the opportunity for Greek life.


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“Sisterhood is a huge thing,” Schwering explained. “Ten to 20 years from now, we want to be able to say, ‘My best friend from my sorority is still my best friend.’ “ After a couple of members transferred and new pledges joined, the sorority has 10 members this spring, most of them being freshmen and sophomores. Schwering cites the youth of the membership as an advantage in being able to sustain and grow the group, which has no national ties yet. “Right now it’s just local,” she said. “Going national is a really big step, so we’re just trying to get it strong enough.” Five of the members live together in Warrior Row, and eventually they’d like to have a house. “We’re still in our trial year,” Schwering said. “We’re focused on maintaining members, making sure girls we have share our core values, and getting our name out there.” Schwering already has gained valuable experience from Delta Alpha Nu. “I had a mock interview, and I talked a little about it,” she said. “The interviewer thought it was great to have that organization and leadership experience being one of the first members.” This “Nu tradition in sisterhood” seems as strong as its founders.

‘Green’ Gains Ground Committee Furthers Tech’s Commitment to Sustainability As environmental and energy-related issues gain prominence throughout Indiana Tech, members of administration, faculty and staff as well as students have gathered to form a Sustainability Committee. The committee’s mission is to promote awareness of current activities and practices for sustainability at the university. The committee is also working to research, develop, recommend and assist in the execution of future projects. “I believe a sustainability committee is important for all college campuses,” said Angela Schuricht, assistant professor of English. Schuricht and others voiced a personal interest in sustainability and environmental issues as their reason to serve. “Indiana Tech has become a leader in sustainable energy practices, and our committee’s mission is to expand green initiatives across campus with opportunities for students, employees, and the Fort Wayne community to work in balance with our environment,” she said. “I would like to see Indiana Tech continue to pursue responsible ways to enjoy and conserve natural resources,” said Dr. Steve Dusseau, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering. Doris Foss, administrative assistant in academics, is also passionate about making a difference.

■■ offering a Bachelor of Science in Energy Engineering. ■■ receiving LEED® Gold certification for the renovation of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center. ■■ promoting a rigorous, campus-wide recycling program, with receptacles in every building for paper and cardboard, plastic, and aluminum cans as well as accepting a long list of household items and materials. ■■ contracting with MJV Group, the first greencertified building services company in Indiana, for office cleaning. ■■ being a founding member of the Northeast Indiana Sustainable Business Council (NISBC), whose mission “is to advance sustainability practices by the business sector through education and certification in collaboration with nonprofit, business, government and education organizations.” ■■ being co-permittee holder with the city of Fort Wayne through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The City of Fort Wayne and other cities in Allen County have formed the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality (ACPWQ) to provide education, information, and outreach concerning issues impacting and impacted by storm water.

“Serving on the Sustainability Committee means I ■■ taking part in an Independent Colleges of Indiana can take part in something that brings awareness to (ICI) peer audit program, which takes a proactive our university and the community we live in,” Foss approach for universities to meet requirements set said. “I really enjoy working with our students to by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). help them understand what it means to be a part of something that can change the world little by little.” ■■ receiving a $46,884 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) to install new Other committee members include Judy Roy, vice lighting in the Schaefer Center in the main gym president of finance and administration; Justin and indoor track, funded through the U.S. DepartElder, buildings & grounds; Jeffrey Melton, creative ment of Energy and administered in Indiana by the services; and student Kevon Warren, a senior energy Indiana Office of Energy Development. engineering major. The committee plans to present tips on easy, everyday The committee is putting together a section on practices for everyone in sustainability as well as prothe university’s web site,, to mote ways for people to get involved through special promote activities and partnerships the university is events and volunteer opportunities on campus and in already engaged in, including: the community.

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Winning the Gold: Uytengsu Center Surpasses Expectations When you’re dedicated and work really hard to earn silver recognition, you just might surprise yourself and end up with gold. That’s exactly what happened in the certification process for the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center. As the design and construction team planned the renovation of the campus’s stately centerpiece, the aim was to make everything in the design and the construction process as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. The initial objective was to pursue Silver level certification through the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (an organization that monitors sustainable design and construction projects). As design progressed, though, the team began to see that the details they were implementing might actually position the building for the Gold level, and that’s what the final outcome was when the university received the notification from USGBC in December. “We were very pleased to achieve Gold level. That’s a strong acknowledgment that our commitment to doing things right had gone above and beyond what was thought possible for a building originally constructed before Abraham Lincoln was president,” said Dr. Arthur Snyder, Tech president. 20

Original construction of the building was the new fireplace in the Welcome Center completed in 1857. The Uytengsu Center on the first floor. Hardwood floorboards was renovated beginning in 2009 using an and structural members were turned integrated design approach, “green” mainto the mantel, woodwork, and display terials, sustainable construction methods, cases where artifacts from the univerand advanced technologies. The design sity’s history are exhibited. Roofing and by Viridian Architectural Design, Inc. of other materials were recycled through Fort Wayne preserved the exterior brick salvage companies. In all, more than 82% shell of the building, windows, and door of the materials removed were redirected openings but put in a new floor and roof and repurposed. system as well as energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems. “That’s really phenomenal because it includes all the deconstruction,” said arA $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Dechitect Terry Thornsbury, who is a LEED® partment of Energy allowed the universi- Accredited Professional. “Using recycled ty to partner with WaterFurnace Intercontent and avoiding adding to landfills national on installation of an innovative were among our goals, and we were very geothermal heating and cooling system successful. We got the maximum allowas part of the $3.1 million renovation able points in that category from LEED® project. A prototype that uses environfor being able to do that.” mentally-friendly CO2 as the refrigerant will soon be tested with placement in the The LEED® rating system provides the Zollner Engineering Center. The same guidelines and matrix for determining how underground loop system will service environmentally friendly a construction both the Zollner and Uytengsu centers. project is, and not many projects meet the criteria to achieve even the basic level of Initial meetings to discuss potential certification, much less Gold level. In fact, ideas for saving the oldest building on the Uytengsu Center, Thornsbury pointed campus began in January 2009. Conout, was only the second LEED® certified struction began in September 2009 and commercial building in Fort Wayne. was completed in August 2010. During the intricate internal deconstruction and “With the team’s dedication we were able throughout the rebuilding, the work was to raise the bar and achieve more points managed with an eye toward environthan we initially anticipated,” he said. “As an mental stewardship. Old materials were architect, I really feel good knowing that we reused. Bricks from the cellar became were able to save a pre-Civil War building.” Trends

Fast Payback Another project objective was to provide a building that not only would meet, but exceed, the current energy usage design code and standards. The Uytengsu Center has surpassed all estimates in its efficiency.

The project’s mechanical engineer, Mike Lubbehusen of Primary Engineering in Fort Wayne, said, “The center is currently operating at 26% below the modeling done for the building, which is also 66% below the baseline for current minimum code compliance (ASHRAE 90.1 – 2007).” Operating costs in the autumn were averaging just 39 cents per square foot per year; during Indiana’s cold winter months it was still just 41 cents, averaging about $385 per month to operate the 11,806-square-foot building.

geothermal system, the LED lighting, and super-insulating the building. With the water conservation methods and fixtures, the building also has seen a 23% savings in water usage. All these features will result in the upgrades for energy efficiency paying for themselves in less time than predicted. The university had hoped to recoup the cost of the energy efficiency upgrades within 10 years, but the building is so efficient that the upgrades should pay for themselves in only seven to eight years, according to Lubbehusen. The systems will last for decades, offering continued savings of energy and costs. Thornsbury added, “The projected payback term decreases further in the winter months when the closed-loop geothermal system becomes more efficient in this allelectric building.”

“The 2003 CBECS (Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey) “With one of the most modern building performed by the DOE lists an average information/automation systems in the building of this type as operating at bearea we can track the building’s energy tween $1.25 and $1.50 per square foot an- usage on a minute by minute basis,” nually. Even a vacant building is typically Thornsbury said. “If for any reason the 29 cents per square foot according to this building’s energy systems would ever survey,” Lubbehusen explained. start to stray off of trend, we’d be able to immediately address the issue to ensure Thornsbury credits three things for the that we maintain minimal energy usage great reduction in energy usage: the at all times.”

Utilizing the LEED® 2009 version 3 Building Design and Construction Green Building Rating System, the renovation of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center achieved 65 points in 6 different categories: Energy and Atmosphere: 27 points with a high performance building envelope insulation system enhanced commissioning, a closedloop geothermal system, and high efficiency LED lighting; over 43% more efficient than the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Standard Sustainable Sites: 13 points by minimizing the impact on the site and minimizing the heat island effect of the roof Indoor Environmental Quality: 12 points through the use of low VOC products and

Living Laboratory Tracking and reporting the energy usage are also requirements of the government grant. The information is shared online where industry experts can follow the results in order to advance the field of geothermal energy.

Indiana Tech’s energy engineering students and faculty are participating in the research with the mechanical engineers and the design team from WaterFurnace. Thus, in addition to housing the university’s leadership offices and Welcome Center, the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center serves as a living laboratory for the study of sustainability and energy efficiency. “This type of real-world, hands-on education is invaluable for our students,” said Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. “For college students to even be able to see a Gold-standard building is unusual. For our students to have the opportunity to be involved in monitoring it and charting the course for the future of energy engineering is remarkable.”

materials, MERV 13 filtration systems, and user friendly HVAC and lighting controls systems Materials and Resources: 5 points by diverting nearly 80% of the construction waste from the landfill, using recycled content material, and reusing hardwood and brick from the original building Water Efficiency: 4 points by reducing water usage by 23% compared to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards Innovation in Design: 4 points through exemplary performance throughout the rating system, a highly-effective building envelope design and verification system, and employing a LEED® Accredited Professional in the project

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Richter’s Notes

Making Plans for Expansion Success follows success. There are now more than 1,000 students enrolled at our traditional campus in Fort Wayne. In fall 2002, enrollment for full-time, traditional students on the main campus was 540. Mark Richter, That means enrollvice president ment has doubled in of Institutional the span of only eight Advancement years! It is projected that the strong demand for degrees from Indiana Tech will continue, so that by 2015 our enrollment in Fort Wayne will be 1,500 students. With an ever growing number of students who choose to make Indiana Tech their home for four years, planning has started on an addition to campus that will address the academic needs of these students. A new academic center is being planned that will accommodate significant growth in the student body. This new building will be designed to complement the two current academic buildings: Cunningham Business Center and Zollner Engineering Center. A few months ago, Phase I of the planning began with “Campus Conversations.” This was a monthlong effort designed to obtain the advice and suggestions of students, faculty, staff, and alumni regarding the needs of our growing campus. Phase II of the process was completed in January and included a detailed analysis of our current classroom space. We studied classroom capacity and utilization rates in order to get a full understanding of what our future needs will include. We are now starting to work out the basic design and functionality of the new building. Although construction lies several years into the future, I would encourage anyone who might be interested in this project to get in touch and join in the conversation. This will be a major un-


dertaking for your alma mater and gifts from our supporters will be a vital part of this endeavor. With your help, we can turn these plans into reality.

Building Scholarships Indiana Tech has always made financial aid for its students a top priority. Key components are the endowed scholarships that our supporters have set up over the years. Currently, we have more than 125 scholarship funds that generate income each year that is awarded to our students in a variety of forms as financial aid. Recognizing the importance of expanding this effort, our Board of Trustees has made available $1 million that can be used to match gifts that are made to endowed scholarship funds. If creating a scholarship is something you might be interested in, please contact me or any other member of the Institutional Advancement staff, and we can discuss how you can take advantage of this matching gift opportunity. Often, scholarships are named in recognition of the contributor; if you prefer, we will be happy to work with you in naming the scholarship for someone else you would like to honor. We call this matching gift program the Momentum Multiplier. The program is scheduled to end on June 30, 2011, so please don’t delay. Gifts of at least $20,000 that are earmarked for a new scholarship fund will be matched dollar for dollar (so your scholarship fund will have $40,000 in it, if you start at the minimum amount). If you currently have an existing scholarship fund, the minimum gift amount that will be matched is $10,000. Please consider this: Every dollar of income that these funds earn in the future will help Indiana Tech students pursue their degrees. You double your dollars, but the real beneficiaries are our future students.

Needing Income? In these challenging economic times, would receiving income for life be helpful?


Most of us would say “yes” to this question. If you did, I suggest you consider the Indiana Tech Gift Annuity Program. In exchange for your gift, you will receive quarterly payments from the university. The payments are set at a level much higher than current certificate of deposit rates and will continue for the rest of your life. The program is safe and secure. It is administered directly by Indiana Tech and does not involve any outside party, bank, brokerage firm, or insurance company. Your payment amount is fixed at the time you make the gift and will never be lowered. You also are eligible for income tax deductions and benefits. You can support Indiana Tech and augment your financial security at the same time. Smart. If you would like more information, please contact me at mhrichter@ or 800.937.2448, ext. 2346.

Leaving a Gift for Future Students The last item I would like to mention in this column is bequests. Lately, I have noticed an increase in the number of people who have told me that they have included Indiana Tech in their wills or as part of their estate planning. This is quite heartening. To me it means that our alums are increasingly willing to make gifts that will help future students attend Indiana Tech. It shows that they recognize and support the value of an Indiana Tech education. It also means that they see the university as a valued partner in their efforts to help ensure that the blessings of liberty and prosperity will be an inheritance passed on to future generations. Education is a rising tide that lifts all boats!

Alumni Updates ►► Robert Pearson, BSBA 1994, was recently appointed to the

Board of Directors of Crossroads Bank. He is the CEO of Wabash County REMC and also serves on the boards of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Wabash County Hospital, and the United Utility Supply Cooperative in Louisville, Ky.

coordinator for clinical data management at DePuy Orthopaedics. She also was the recipient of the Encore Award from Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. in 2010. ►► Tammy Reid-Benedict, ASACC 2006, recently published her

first children’s book, Little Tales of Ben & Buckett: Helping in Grandma’s Garden. The book is available on

►► Nathan Payne, BSBA 2003, is a quality manager for Atlantic

Tool & Die in Anniston, Ala.

►► Shannon Bender, BAIS 2009, graduated from basic military

training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Bender is an airman 1st class.

►► Debra Dawson, BSBA 2005 and MBA 2009, has been recog-

nized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in administration. Dawson is a data

Tech Remembers Two Warriors Indiana Tech dedicated a memorial in November 2010 in honor of two student-athletes whose sudden deaths shook the university community in 2008. Elizabeth “Liz” Lykowski died Oct.5, 2008 due to a congenital heart defect. She was a senior majoring in human resource management and a defensive specialist on the volleyball team. Lykowski came to Indiana Tech from Whiteford High School in Ottawa Lake, Mich. Jasmin “Jaz” Hubbard died Oct. 17, 2008 due to a chronic undiagnosed heart condition. She was a sophomore criminal justice major and a forward on the junior varsity basketball team. Hubbard came to Indiana Tech from Kenmore High School in Akron, Ohio. More than 100 family and friends gathered around the Abbott Center patio on Nov. 20 for the memorial dedication. “Their presence is still felt here on our campus,” President Arthur Snyder told the crowd. Family members of both students were among those at the ceremony. “Jasmin’s not from this town, but they made her feel like she was family,” Judy Hubbard said of how her daughter fit into the campus community. Lykowski’s father, Joe Lykowski, was similarly moved by the memorial and the feelings expressed by those who knew his daughter. “We’re so thankful they remember her,” he said. “I think that’s the biggest fear, I guess, that they would forget her.”

raphies and etched photos of Lykowski and Hubbard. The memorial was partially funded by the 2009 Class Gift. Several local companies also donated materials or services including: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Michael Kinder and Sons Weigand Construction Precast Specialties Almet Inc. Votaw Electric Dave Baker Agency The Baldus Company Design Collaborative

In addition to the memorial, Lykowski and Hubbard are remembered through scholarships established in their names. Their legacy also lives in the intensive screenings now given to all of Indiana Tech’s student-athletes because both heart conditions are difficult to diagnose in routine physicals.

The lighted concrete monument features plaques with biog-

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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 Michael Peterson at 800.937.2448, ext. 2418.

Shaikh J. Ahmad San Jose, CA BSEE 1960

William F. Fitzgerald, Jr. Fort Wayne, IN BSCE 1949

Gayle E. Lane Chatham, IL BSCE 1952

Joseph D. Sincavage East Stroudsburg, PA BSCE 1959

Zeddie W. Alexander, Jr. Santa Barbara, CA BSEE 1962

James M. Frank Seminole, FL BSME 1951

Griffin L. Lynch, II Chandler, AZ BSME 1960

David M. Snyder Fort Wayne, IN BSCE 1942

Gerald E. Alger Santa Maria, CA BSEE 1960

Richard K. Garibian West Springfield, MA BSEE 1957

Charles D. Lyons Hendersonville, TN BSEE 1950

Ronald T. Wardle Cape Canaveral, FL BSEE 1959

Harry W. Allen Harrison, IL BSME 1957

William A. Graff Norwood, OH BSBA 2001 Mr. Graff was highly honored for his volunteerism, which he always said he could not have done without his education at Indiana Tech. The day of his funeral two city offices closed in his honor, and police lined up to salute his funeral procession.

Robert W. Maine Cerritos, CA BSEE 1961

James C. Pidgeon Cranford, NJ Former Indiana Tech director of admissions

Eugene J. Hart Houston, TX BSEE 1951

Frank J. Racey Fairport, NY BSEE 1968

John A. Whitney Fort Wayne, IN BSRE 1951 Former Indiana Tech professor Known for his intelligence and generosity, Mr. Whitney held a master’s degree, professional engineering license, private pilot’s license and more than 30 patents; was a member of MENSA; and developed NEMA standards. He volunteered his service as a pilot and the use of his plane to help others.

Fred A. Hiraoka Pasadena, CA BSRE 1946

Wayne S. Rial Central, SC BSRE 1954

Michael D. James Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 1999

Patricia J. Richardson Edinburgh, IN ASBA 2003

Aaron H. Kessler Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1997

Mary Lee Richeson New Haven, IN Former Indiana Tech professor

Joseph Klein Bettendorf, IA BSME 1949

Donald L. Rogers Cutten, CA BSRE 1956

Ram Lala Santa Clara, CA BSCHE 1964

Howard C. Saalfrank Dearborn, MI BSME 1957

Harland D. Basta Wichita, KS BSRE 1950 Eldean E. Boettcher Sioux Falls, SD BSAEE 1959 Joseph J. Boniface Randallstown, MD BSCE 1951 Arthur E. Burke Fall River, MA BSME 1950 David C. Buschert South Bend, IN BSCE 1969 Joseph R. Caffiers Rochester, NY BSEE 1959 Charles E. Delaney Stephenville, TX BSRE 1953 John C. Durborow, Jr. Harrisburg, PA BSCE 1952



Leon R. McCurry Avon, IN Former Indiana Tech professor

Mark E. Young Hot Springs, AR BSRE 1953 Frank A. Zawada Williamsport, PA BSRE 1949

Alumni Association Board of Directors Front Row (L to R): Mary Brown, Tamra Dominique, Gene Dominique, Katie Mettler (president), Lori Eifrid Back Row (L to R): Terry Van Daele (secretary), Joe Corona, Jason Crandal (vice president), Amy Thompson, Audra Wilcoxson, Dave Barrett (treasurer), Kim Clapp Not Pictured: Greg Lynch

Faculty & Staff News Career Center Presents at Conference

University Welcomes New Staff Indiana Tech is pleased to announce additions to the university staff:

Two proposals from the Career Planning and Development Center were accepted for the Career Development Professionals of Indiana (CDPI) fall conference, “Priority One: Change, Define, Promote, Innovate: Demonstrating the Relevancy of Career Services.” CDPI is the flagship organization for career center professionals for the state of Indiana. The proposals that were accepted were: “Career Centers and Libraries: Leading Together to Advance Career Information Literacy” by career center director Cindy Verduce and McMillen Library director Connie Scott, and “Campus Employment: There’s No ‘I’ in “Team” by Heather Burgette, career center internship coordinator. The fall 2010 conference focused on collaborations between career services departments and other university partners.

►► Matthew Atkinson, database administrator

Scott Participates in Panel

►► Donna Sark, executive secretary to the president

Connie Scott, McMillen Library director, was one of five participants in a November panel discussion moderated by Dr. Camila A. Alire, immediate past president of the American Library Association. The theme was “Advocating for Cultural Competency.” The occasion was the statewide Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity Program sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

►► Greg Byman, faith services coordinator ►►Joshua Clardy, associate admissions representative,

College of Professional Studies—New Albany ►► Michael Ester, wrestling coach ►► Cynthia Franks, administrative assistant, financial aid ►► Lauren Johns, associate admissions counselor ►► Kyle Richardson, Warrior Information Network representative

►►Amanda Scheerer, distance education specialist ►►Jacki S. Switzer, director of financial aid ►► Ciara Wells, administrative assistant, College of Professional


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Momentum Multiplier Doubles Scholarship Gifts accelerate scholarship funding by doubling donations from alumni and friends. From now through June 30, 2011, Indiana Tech will match scholarship pledges dollar for dollar. To qualify for the program, minimum pledges are: ■■ $20,000 to establish a new scholarship ■■ $10,000 to add to an existing scholarship Indiana Tech is grateful to the many generous donors who have made a difference in the lives of students by establishing scholarship funds. To demonstrate that gratitude and inspire others, the university has created the Momentum Multiplier—a program to

The university has $1 million of matching funds available. For more information, contact Larry Piekarski at 800.937.2448 ext. 2299 or or Rick Wolff at 800.937.2448 ext. 2440 or

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