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Letter from the President

Hello again! The fall semester is a time of great activity at most universities, but especially so at Indiana Tech. First, in late August, we welcome hundreds of new students who have chosen us for their higher education. Then, less than a month later, we celebrate Homecoming and welcome alumni of all ages who return to share memories of college and reflect on the years that have passed since graduation. When I talk with alumni, they often remark on how much Indiana Tech has changed – both physically and in our academic scope. What fascinates me is that amid all of this change there is a common thread among the new students and the alumni: most chose Indiana Tech because of the career-oriented focus and practical education that prepares them for professional success. Yes, today’s students are interested in a broader range of careers than the students we served decades ago. But, the ultimate goal remains the same: to be successful and contribute to society. As president of Indiana Tech, it’s an honor to help them achieve personal and professional goals. This issue of Trends features elements of the old and the new. We have photos and stories capturing the highlights Warrior Weekend 2012, while other features showcase our new wind turbine, the latest on the law school, and a new location for the College of Professional Studies. You don’t have to wait for Homecoming 2013 to visit us and see our progress for yourself. Feel free to visit anytime. If you do, I hope I get a chance to chat with you for a while.


Dr. Arthur E. Snyder President

Contents Departments 18 Warrior Athletics 21 From the Desk of Mike Peterson 22 Richter’s Notes 23 Alumni Updates 24 In Memoriam 25 Faculty & Staff News Features

2 Tech Happenings


4 Wind Turbine Powers Learning 6 Warrior Weekend Brings Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff Together 14 Indiana Tech Adds Evansville Location 14 Chamber Honors Snyder with CEO Award 15 Who’s Shopping You?


16 Law School Accepting ‘Early Decision’ Applications 20 Warrior Roundup

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Tech Happenings

Total Enrollment Grows 29% Indiana Tech’s growth is continuing this year with a 29% increase in total enrollment. Enrollment for fall 2012 is 7,010 compared to 5,437 in 2011.

tional day students or in the College of Professional Studies. The steady enrollment growth has prompted plans to build a new 60,000-square-foot academic center on the campus. The university expects to break ground for the building in May 2013.

“Students value our focus on providing career-oriented degree programs,” said Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “Our ability to provide those degrees in a variety of formats allows us to meet the needs of learners of all ages and stages.”

The increase in students also has driven growth in the number of faculty and staff at the university.

About 2,000 of Indiana Tech’s students attend classes at the main campus in downtown Fort Wayne, either as tradi-

“We’re growing, and we hope to continue that growth,” Snyder said. “But we’re still small enough that our faculty and staff



can get to know our students and support them as a community. We don’t ever want to grow so large that we forget our commitment to relationship-based education.” In addition to the Fort Wayne campus, Indiana Tech also has locations in Elkhart, Fishers, Greenwood, Huntington, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Kendallville, Louisville, Mishawaka, Munster, Northern Kentucky, Plainfield, and Warsaw as well as extensive online programs.

Indiana Tech Awarded Military Friendly Schools® Title Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Indiana Tech to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. “Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Indiana Tech’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.” This is the second consecutive year that Indiana Tech has earned the Military Friendly designation. “Our military members have made sacrifices for all of us,” Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder said. “We owe them the

opportunity to pursue an education that will support their future success, whether as a civilian or within the armed forces.” The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www., feature the list, interactive tools, and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology is available at methodology.

2 Engineering Programs Earn Accreditation Indiana Tech has earned accreditation from ABET for its bachelor’s degree programs in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. ABET is a non-profit organization, previously known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, which accredits collegiate programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. This is the first time ABET has accredited the biomedical engineering program, which was launched at Indiana Tech in 2005. “This newly acquired accreditation not

only adds additional credibility to the program, but will be a pivotal decisionmaking point for those students desiring to enter into an ABET-accredited biomedical engineering degree program,” program director Jack Phlipot said. The program combines mechanical engineering concepts with biological sciences, and the Bard Life Sciences Laboratory is one of the strengths of the program. “Our students take anatomy and physiology courses in their freshman year and work with human cadavers in the lab,” Phlipot explained. “This type of ‘handson’ learning is invaluable in our quest to better understand the human body – the

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focus of our design engineering education. For the electrical engineering program, this is an accreditation renewal; the program first earned ABET accreditation in 1996. The mechanical engineering program also is accredited by ABET, but it was not due for review yet. ABET accreditation refers to specific degree programs. Indiana Tech, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information on ABET, visit

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Wind Turbine Powers Learning Indiana Tech’s energy engineering took another step forward in early September with the installation of a wind turbine on campus. The wind turbine tower is 120 feet tall, and the blades have a diameter of 26.5 feet making the total height about 134 feet. A turbine of that size is expected to generate between 700 and 1,000 kilowatt hours per month, which is about the amount of energy used by the average household in the United States, said Dr. John Renie, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Indiana Tech offers a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering, and the wind turbine on campus will allow firsthand study of wind power. The operation of the turbine also will have applications in the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering programs. “This an excellent teaching tool for our students,” Renie said. “We’ll have real-time monitoring equipment so that students and others can see how much energy is being produced.” The wind turbine is located on Maumee Avenue, next to the Zollner Engineering Center. A 2010 gift from the Steel Dynamics Foundation will cover the $110,000 cost of the equipment, installation and software for the wind turbine. The power produced by the wind turbine will flow back to the power grid because the university does not have any storage capacity, Renie said, and it will be credited to Indiana Tech’s electric bill. To learn more about the energy engineering program or view real-time monitoring of the wind turbine’s output, please visit

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Alumni, Students, Faculty and Staff

Alumni and friends from across the country converged on the Fort Wayne campus to share

in the activities and events of Warrior Weekend from September 13 to 16. There were people from California, Texas, South Carolina and many states in between. Two alumni arrived via

recreational vehicles – one from Maryland and one from New Jersey (who also brought his wife and their two cats). In addition to alumni and friends, many faculty, staff, and current students joined in the festivities as each person was asked to “Embrace Your Inner Warrior!” There were many opportunities for members of the greater Warrior community to do just that. Some of the highlights included: • The exclusive President’s Club dinner at the Fort Wayne Country Club for those Warriors who contribute a minimum of $1,000 to Indiana Tech during the year • A special TECHnology 101 presentation from Peter Alexander, founding dean of the Indiana Tech Law School • Personalized campus tours provided by Student Ambassadors •

The “Dancing to the Decades” party at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, which featured a live band and free food on the outdoor patio and a special appearance by Elvis himself

• Prayer service hosted by alumnus Heinz Wegener

• The Road Warrior Cruise-in with many cool cars and motorcycles in the middle of campus •

The Annual Alumni Banquet where the class of 1962 was honored for their 50-year reunion in addition to the celebration of this year’s alumni awards winners (see page 11)

• A Greek Revival at JK O’Donnell’s Irish Pub Warrior Weekend came to a close with the 23rd Annual TWIST Golf Outing on Sept. 16 at Chestnut Hills Golf Club. A full field of foursomes enjoyed a perfect day on the course as students, alumni, faculty, staff, and business leaders lived it up with good food, networking, and fun in the sun! And a special thank you goes to 6-year-old Tyler Morris, who sold lemonade on hole 14 during the golf outing. He donated his entire profits ($46) to the TWIST, which supports the Moore/Trask Scholarship and the Indiana Tech Warrior Club. Be sure to get next year’s Homecoming dates on your calendar today: September 12 to 15, 2013.

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G.O.L.D. Alumnus of the Year– Nejith Fernando

Alumnni Volunteer of the Year– Max Baumgardner



CPS Alumna of the Year– Amber Recker

Alumni Hall of Fame– Phillip Monteith

G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumnus of the Year– Nejith Fernando, BSCIS 2005; MBA 2010

Indiana, and the YWCA. She also is one of the founding members of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.

Nejith Fernando came to Indiana Tech from Sri Lanka. Upon graduation, he began working at Superior Essex in Fort Wayne as a senior scheduler. Fernando has been certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt. His career continues at Superior Essex where he has been rewarded for his excellent work with more responsibilities and now serves as a programmer analyst.

Alumni Volunteer of the Year – Max Baumgardner, BSME 1956

Fernando continues to give back to his alma mater in many ways, including involvement with the Career Center and serving as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors. He credits his education and experiences at Indiana Tech with helping him to achieve success in his career and wants to help others achieve their dreams through an excellent education at this great university.

CPS Alumna of the Year– Amber Recker, MBA 2005 Amber Recker has received several significant awards. In 2011 alone, she was honored as one of Northeast Indiana’s Top 40 under 40, was named one of the most influential women in social media for the State of Indiana, and was recognized as one of Northeast Indiana’s top 101 Connectors. Her career has been quite successful, too. Recker currently serves as director of marketing and development for Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana. Her responsibilities include marketing, public relations, fundraising, donor relations, and grant writing. Recker also is very involved with many community organizations. Recently, she was chosen as the first female president of Anthony Wayne Rotary. Because of her affection for and appreciation of her education at Indiana Tech, she has declared her term as Rotary president to be the “Year of the Warrior!” The other volunteer work in which she is involved includes Women United, Young Leaders of Northeast

Max Baumgardner also is a member of the Indiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, where he was inducted for his outstanding efforts as a varsity basketball and baseball player. As a fantastic wood-worker, Baumgardner took on a project to help beautify the Indiana Tech campus. He used wood recovered during the renovation of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center to handcraft several benches and a picnic table which are now displayed under a gazebo next to the Uytengsu Center. Baumgardner is also a consistent donor to the university and helped to establish the Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship. He continues to stay involved because he believes Tech is providing a real service to industry. What he values most about Indiana Tech is that it is a dynamic place where everyone he meets seems dedicated to serving the university and its students. During his career, Baumgardner worked at United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a junior design engineer for three years. He went on to work at General Electric Aircraft Engines in the area of senior design and management for exactly 25 years. He designed, tested, and managed “sales” to Aircraft, Navy and NASA. He also worked at General Motors Locomotive group as a director of engineers for six years, where he was in charge of all engineers for existing and new locomotives. Lastly, he worked for Tri-Counties Community Action Organization as a class instructor for low years, training low income people on starting a business. Baumgardner stays very involved in his community through Alpha Gamma Upsilon Fraternity; Farming Heritage in Franklin Grove, Ill.; Franklin Grove Area Historic Society; organizer of Reading of Declaration of Independence each July 4th; treasurer of their home Presbyterian Volume 9, Issue 1

Church; Whiteside County Barn Tour Committee; Lincoln Highway Association; Nachusa Grasslands Nature Conservatory; and the Model T Club of America.

Alumni Hall of Fame The Alumni Hall of Fame was initiated in 2005 so that each year we may honor an outstanding Indiana Tech graduate who has reached an exceptional level of professional achievement. This award is one of the highest that our university can bestow. Phillip Monteith was the 2012 inductee into the Hall of Fame. Monteith is a native of Jamaica who came to Fort Wayne to study engineering at Indiana Tech. Monteith sings the praises of Indiana Tech and its professors for being so real-world oriented. Having many opportunities to actually put into practice the theories being taught greatly enhanced his educational experience during his time at Tech. He said that he is forever thankful for what Indiana Tech afforded him in his life and would like to see the university continue to grow. After graduating from Indiana Tech in 1962, Monteith moved to Lancaster, Penn., where he began his career as an engineering trainee at RCA. There he used electron ballistics to improve the performance of image orthicons and vidicons for use in early video cameras. After his time at RCA, Monteith went to work for seven and a half years at Remington Shaver as a product development engineer designing and developing electric shavers, hair dryers, and food appliances. He then spent the next two years at Ford Motor Co. as a product development engineer. At Ford, his responsibilities included determining the viability of pre-production vehicles based on emission and fuel mileage prior to entering the regular production line. Monteith finished out the first phase of his working career serving 23 years as principal engineer for EG & G Rotron, where he developed power electronic drives and brushless DC motors. Continued on page 12 Fall 2012


Monteith’s second “career” stems from back in 1963 when he was working at RCA. A friend and co-worker took him to New York for his first drag race. One experience was all it took for Monteith to become hooked on racing. Soon after this first race as a spectator, he moved from fan to driver, continuing to race competitively from 1963 to 1996 in the Super Stock division of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). He won the Long Island Super Stock National in 1969 and the York US 30 Raceway Super Stock National in 1971. Monteith loves the challenge of racing, and he likes the fact that his hobby is separate from his career in electrical engineering. He does, however, use many mechanical engineering skills to make adjustments to his car. In 1996, longtime family friend Peter Biondo took over the driving duties while Monteith continues as crew chief, chief mechanic, vehicle transporter, and partner in Biondo Racing. Both Monteith and his driver are well-known in the drag racing community, and Peter Biondo credits the success in racing to Monteith’s skills and passion. Together Biondo and Monteith have won four Super Stock Nationals. Monteith is truly an accomplished engineer and an outstanding national drag racing champion. He is certainly a Warrior worthy of the high distinction of being inducted into the Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame.

Scholarship Donors Honored at Dinner Indiana Tech showcased the growth in named endowed scholarships and their effective delivery to students at two Homecoming events. The President’s Club dinner on Sept. 13 honored the university’s top donors and celebrated the addition of six new fully endowed scholarships designed with the cooperation of the donors to deliver maximum opportunity to deserving students. A minimum of $20,000 is required to endow a named scholarship. Chief among the new scholarships was an endowment established by the alumni brothers of the Kappa Delta Chapter of Theta Xi fraternity as testimony to the enduring nature of fraternal connections. Blaise J. Alexander of Muncy, Penn., announced a matching dollar commitment to the money raised by his fraternity brothers. Additional new scholarships were:

• The Sengstack Family Leadership Scholarship

• The Ryan Baxter Memorial Scholarship

• The John and Mary Turchick Memorial Scholarship

• The Jack Dierkes Memorial Scholarship

• The Eric C. Welch Law Scholarship

More than 160 students, donors, and staff attended the Indiana Tech Scholarship Luncheon on September 15. The annual event matches scholarship donors with student recipients to celebrate their awards and foster personal engagement. Larry Piekarski, associate vice president for Institutional Advancement, told the luncheon attendees that this academic year’s endowment budget has provided more than $700,000 in financial assistance to more than 250 deserving students. Although most of the named scholarships do include an academic performance requirement, these awards are in addition to other scholarships provided by the university for academics and athletics. For information on establishing a scholarship, contact the Institutional Advancement office at 260.399.2846 or

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Indiana Tech Adds Evansville Location The College of Professional Studies is expanding again with the opening of a new location in Evansville. Indiana Tech has leased temporary space at 5250 Vogel Road in Evansville for an admissions representative who will initially enroll students in online courses. The university plans to move to larger offices with classroom space in spring 2013. “Online degree programs are really in high demand for adults who need to compete in the job market,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of the College of Professional Studies. “Adding classrooms next spring will allow us to provide more flexibility and services for our students in the Evansville area.” Evansville becomes the 15th Indiana Tech location, joining 12 others in Indiana and two in Kentucky. Indiana Tech-Evansville

5250 Vogel Road, Suite B Evansville, Indiana 800.288.1766 ext. 2605 Contact:

Beth Schoenbachler Admissions Representative

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Michael Christman, President and CEO, Fort Wayne Newspapers; Congressman Mike Pence; Arthur Snyder, Indiana Tech President; Mike Landran, President and CEO, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Honors Snyder with CEO Award President Arthur E. Snyder has been named CEO of the Year by the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. The award was announced during the chamber’s annual meeting. The CEO of the Year Award is presented to a CEO in either a large or small business who has shown great leadership, vision, and care for his or her community. “I’m very honored by this recognition,” Snyder said. “But I would not have received this award if not for the accomplishments of the entire Indiana Tech team. I have the pleasure of working with a highly dedicated and talented team throughout all areas of the university.” Snyder is in his 10th year as president. During his years leading the university, Indiana Tech has:

• expanded its academic offerings, which now include a doctoral program

• opened new campus locations in Indiana and Kentucky

• launched online degree programs

• completed a comprehensive fundraising campaign that raised $29 million

• revitalized the main campus in Fort Wayne with improvements that include five new residence halls, a new athletic center, and an energy-efficient renovation of the administration building



• added several men’s and women’s sports to the athletic department

• announced plans to open a law school in 2013

“Indiana Tech’s growth and evolution have always been focused on providing career-oriented education,” Snyder said. “Knowing the chamber shares our concern for workforce and economic development makes receiving this honor from them even more gratifying.” Trends

Trending Guest column by Anthony juliano

WHO’S SHOPPING YOU? managinG your online reputation and make a better impression on employers Ever since the advent of e-commerce, people have engaged in a phenomenon called “stealth shopping.” Stealth shopping occurs when someone is intent on buying a product, but they want to stay under the radar. They know they can shop anonymously without being hassled into making a decision. Often the seller doesn’t even know the buyer exists until he or she appears in the showroom, for example, ready to buy a red Camaro with heated seats, leather interior, and Bluetooth capability. Stealth shopping doesn’t just affect businesses like car dealers, however. Increasingly, people are using stealth shopping to make decisions about other people. One of the areas where this has become most common is job recruiting. When employers want to learn about you, they often go to Google and social networks first—and what they find isn’t always pretty. In fact, a recent study by CareerBuilder indicates that 34 percent of hiring managers who research candidates through social media discovered information that caused a prospective employee to be eliminated from consideration. This can prove especially challenging for college students transitioning into

the workforce. After four years of sharing everything with your friends from descriptions of last night’s date to photos from last weekend’s party, you can end up painting a clear picture of your college years—one that may not reflect very well upon you. So, what can you do if you want to improve the impression you make online? Here are a few tips: 1. Clean it up. The problem isn’t always what we share—it’s what we keep out there that hurts us. Graduation presents a great opportunity to reboot your personal brand by removing anything you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to find. Not sure what should stay and what should go? When it doubt, delete. 2. Be more judicious. While it’s never too late to improve your online appearance, it’s important to remember that once it’s out there, it’s potentially out there forever. You can’t change the past, but you can be more careful about what you share in the future. 3. Ask your friends for their help. It happens: someone takes a photo of you and posts it when you wish they hadn’t. There’s no shame in asking them to delete it. A true friend will honor your request—just be willing to do the same for them.

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4. Consider a different network. Facebook is a great tool for connecting with friends, but it presents a lot of pitfalls from a professional networking standpoint. Sites like LinkedIn are a much safer choice because they’re focused on professional networking. You can’t regret posting a video on your wall when there is no wall and no videos to post. So, does the transition from college into the workforce mean you have to stop being yourself ? Not at all—but being yourself doesn’t require that you share absolutely everything. It’s critical that you carefully consider how you can position yourself consistent with how you want to be seen. After all, at a time when more employers are using the web to shop for job candidates, you ultimately control your message—and that will ultimately determine whether or not you make the sale. Anthony Juliano is the vice president of marketing and social media strategy at Asher Agency, a Fort Wayne marketing strategy firm. He is a 2004 graduate of Indiana Tech’s MBA program and a former adjunct faculty member.

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Law School Accepting ‘Early Decision’ Applications Indiana Tech Law School announced in August that it had created a binding early decision application process for individuals who plan to apply only to the Fort Wayne program. Assistant Dean for Admissions Jessica Anderson explained that the early decision application streamlines the admissions process for many people.

first choice. Once they apply, we will render a decision within three weeks after the application has been completed.” An application is completed once the applicant pays the reduced application fee and completes the online application form, and Indiana Tech receives the Credential Assembly Service Report (CAS Report) from LSAC.

“For those who have said that they really want to attend Indiana Tech and do not plan to apply to any other law schools, we can speed up the process and reduce their application costs,” she said. To ease the application burden, the school has developed a process to identify and admit those applicants as quickly as possible.

The early decision also will require the applicant to commit to attend Indiana Tech Law School.

“We want to acknowledge that commitment to us by reducing their paperwork and the cost of applying to law school,” Alexander said.

For applicants who apply during the traditional application season, two deposits will be required. The first deposit is $100 due in April, and the second deposit is $300 due in June.

“If we grant someone admission through the early decision process, that person will have one week within which to withdraw any applications that were sent to any other law school,” Alexander explained. “They will Law School Dean Peter Alexander said the law school also have to pay a single deposit of $300 to secure their has received more than 800 inquiries already from seat in the fall 2013 charter class. Any applicant who acprospective law students, and some of those who have cepts his or her seat through the early decision program expressed interest have made it clear that Indiana Tech is is also representing that they will not submit a later their top choice for law school. application to any other law school.”

The application was available online with the Law School Admission Council ( beginning September 15, 2012, and will remain open until October 31, 2012. A reduced application fee of $25 was required at the time of application. The standard application fee is $50, and the standard application also was available beginning September 15. “Applying through our early decision process will allow us to assess an application within a smaller pool of applicants,” Anderson said. “It is intended only for those applicants for whom Indiana Tech Law School is their 16


Both Anderson and Alexander believe that the early decision process is a win-win for the law school and for prospective law students. “We can use the early decision files to jumpstart our admissions process by admitting strong applicants who intend to attend our law school,” Alexander said, “and it reduces the admissions costs and shortens the timeline for those people who know that they want to attend law school only at Indiana Tech.”

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WARRIOR ATHLETICS Warrior Soccer is a Family Matter for Singstock Siblings Rikki and Tori are reunited on the playing field, they are fulfilling their dream of playing together just as they did in high school. In all my previous positions, this is the first time I have seen three siblings representing their institution in the same sport.”

For the past few years, only one Singstock has attended Indiana Tech: Rikki. A senior on the women’s soccer team, she is about ready to move onto the next phase of her life. But during her last year at Tech, she will have to share the school with her younger brother and sister, John and Tori. Both are in their first year at Indiana Tech and enjoying their time here so far. Besides attending Indiana Tech, they have another thing in common: all three are members of Tech soccer teams.

Rikki has helped lead the team’s resurgence on the field for the past four years. In 2008, the year before her arrival, the Indiana Tech women went 4-13-1. Since stepping foot on campus in 2009, the midfielder has played in every match, and Tech has seen its win total improve in each season. Her steady play and leadership have the Warriors out to a 10-2 start in her senior campaign, one of the best starts in program history.

As we got older I was more focused on gymnastics, and Tori was more focused on soccer.” Rikki and Tori live in the same residence hall on campus and have enjoyed being near each other. “We were always really close. I mean we still get into fights, but we always work it out. It’s like living at home,” Rikki explained. “But Rikki is more of the mom figure,” John added. John is attending Indiana Tech for the criminal justice program, just like older sister Rikki. The program and men’s soccer Head Coach David Bokhart were the two reasons he came to Tech. Having his sisters attend was just a plus.

Younger sister Tori is quickly making a name for herself on campus as well. She was one Tori does credit her sister somewhat for her of the top scorers in the state of Michigan decision to attend Tech. “I came for the socRikki and Tori played together for a year her senior year of high school and has made cer program, they had a physical education in high school and are excited to have the an immediate impact for the Warriors. In program, and my sister being here was part opportunity to share the field again for one her first collegiate game, Tori had a domithe reason,” Tori said. more year. nant performance scoring three times to lead Tech to a victory over crosstown rival “Being able to have my siblings on campus “My sister really encourages me to become a University of Saint Francis to win the Fort means I can always have a brother-sister or better player,” Tori said. “She really helps me Wayne Cup. It was the first time in the fivesister-sister conversation, even though we on the field.” year battle for the Cup that the Warriors had are away from home. Having both of them defeated the Cougars. here, [I am] always looking out for them,” Indiana Tech women’s Head Coach Jim Rikki said. Lipocky is definitely a fan of having both of The Singstock siblings, who attended Souththem on the team. gate Anderson High School in Southgate, “If I’m feeling homesick I can always just walk Mich., have grown up playing other sports over and hang with them,” John said. Tori “It’s always fun to coach sisters because they together as well. echoed the thought. “Knowing my sister is bring their unique connection to our prohere, if I have a problem about anything, is gram,” he said. “Rikki has been instrumental “The age groups were different [in soccer], great.” in reviving our program, and Tori has always but we all did gymnastics together,” Rikki been around us attending games. Now that said. “We all were taught to work together.




Wrestlers Don Heels for Rape Awareness Event Wearing cut-off jean shorts and red high heels, the Indiana Tech wrestling team was ready to Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® one Saturday morning in September. All 33 members of the team, as well as its three coaches, participated in the fifth annual Walk a Mile event, organized by the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau. “We were really proud of our wrestlers to choose to step up to raise money and awareness about sexual assault and gender-based domestic violence,” said Head Coach Mike Ester. “Our guys represented Indiana Tech with true ‘Warrior Pride’ and hopefully set an example for others to follow to help protect women from these horrible crimes. The pain of a mile in high heels pales in comparison to the pain and emotional scars of sexual assault and gender-based violence victims.” The Walk A Mile event has raised more than $452,000 for REACT, the bureau’s rape awareness program, over the past five years. The goal this year was to raise $100,000. “We were honored to be part of the event and thanks to all who supported us!” Ester said. The wrestling team raised $900 for the Women’s Bureau event this year. “Ladies, I don’t know how you do it in those things!” Ester said after the event. “Our feet, calves, and backs are still sore, but we are already looking forward to supporting the cause again next year!” To watch a video of the event, visit Volume 9, Issue 1

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11 Teams Earn Academic Award

Ware Signs Pro Basketball Deal

The NAIA announced the 2011-12 Scholar Team Awards, and 11 Warrior teams earned the honor. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all varsity studentathletes certified as eligible.

Former Indiana Tech men’s basketball player Chris Ware signed a professional contract to play with the Giurgiu Wolves of the Divizia A Romanian basketball league. Divizia A is the top-tier professional basketball league of Romania. Ware earned the deal after showcasing his skills at the EuroCamp Dallas held this past summer.

The 11 Warrior teams that received the award were: ›› Women’s tennis, 3.68 GPA (top GPA in the WHAC) ›› Volleyball, 3.59 GPA ›› Women’s golf, 3.44 GPA ›› Softball, 3.29 GPA ›› Women’s cross country, 3.27 GPA ›› Women’s soccer, 3.21 GPA ›› Wrestling, 3.12 GPA ›› Men’s cross country, 3.11 GPA ›› Women’s basketball, 3.08 GPA ›› Baseball, 3.05 GPA ›› Women’s track & field, 3.03 GPA

During the 2011-12 season, the 6’8” forward helped lead the Warriors to their second straight 20-win season and helped the team make its first NAIA National Tournament appearance since 2008. In his only season playing for Tech, Ware averaged 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. He was third on the team with 285 points scored and ranked second in total rebounds with 214. Ware is the fourth Warrior to sign a profession deal in the past two seasons under Head Coach Al Grushkin, joining James Hicks, Clyde McKinney, and Manny Hendrix.

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Alumni News

From the Desk of Mike Peterson There was so much energy and electricity on the Fort Wayne campus during this year’s Warrior Weekend (Homecoming)! We had a great group of individuals and spouses return from the class of 1962 to celebrate their 50-year reunion. A few had not been back since graduation, and they were certainly impressed with the growth and beauty of the university. It was fun watching these folks enjoy reminiscing with each other, dancing like they were 20-something again, and swapping stories with current students. There were even two gentlemen from the class of 1952 that came back to celebrate 60-years since receiving their degree from this great place! One of the greatest opportunities I have as director of alumni relations is building relationships with a wide-range of graduates who all have such a love and passion for Indiana Tech and the education that was provided to them here. Several of these alumni and their spouses return each year for the celebratory Warrior Weekend. Many have become like family to me, and this year I feel like I added a few more members to the family! Not only is it wonderful to interact with these amazing alumni, but I also have the opportunity of meeting many of the current students both here in Fort Wayne and at some of Indiana Tech’s other locations. Each of you who are a part of this Warrior Community should take great pride in your own accomplishments as well as the accomplishments of the myriad of successful alumni across the country and even across the globe. The quality of students that Indiana Tech continues to attract is evidenced by the intelligent, driven, and caring people that I have the

pleasure of meeting on a regular basis. I have one group of students with whom I work very closely: the Student Ambassadors. This select group of highly talented young people truly represents this university in powerfully positive ways. They work tirelessly to help make Warrior Weekend a fun, smooth, and enjoyable experience for all of our guests. The Student Ambassadors energize me and provide me with much needed assistance during this busy weekend. And these fine students continue to volunteer their time and talents throughout the year to serve both the Warrior Community and the greater Fort Wayne area, too, through various service projects and charity events.

Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations

If I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting you, I hope that you might plan a visit to the Fort Wayne campus. I would be happy to give you a tour and introduce you to some of our students. I, or one of our other staff members, would also be more than willing to bring a piece of Tech on the road to where you live. Feel free to contact me anytime by phone at 260.399.2847 or e-mail at to schedule a visit.

Until next time… Stay savvy, Warriors!

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Richter’s Notes

A New Academic Center Special Issue of Trends A few months ago we published the first “Special Issue” of Trends in Indiana Tech’s history. This landmark edition was exclusively devoted to our new academic center that will be completed in 2015.

Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement

This project is of such importance to the future growth of our Fort Wayne campus that we felt it deserved to be featured in a special issue. I hope you had a chance to read the summaries that were provided directly by the faculty, staff, and students who will be using this amazing facility.

Year-End Appeal We are quickly approaching the end of the calendar year. This marks the time when we send a letter to all of our alumni asking that they consider making a gift to Indiana Tech. I hope you will respond generously when you receive this year’s letter from President Arthur Snyder and Mike Peterson, our director of alumni relations. Your participation also helps in other ways, as well. Many foundations request specific information about alumni support when reviewing Indiana Tech’s grant requests. A higher participation rate can tip the scales in our favor. Please keep this in mind when considering our year-end appeal. Every gift, no matter what the amount, is important.

The building will be the academic centerpiece for campus. Every student at Fort Wayne will take classes in the state-of-the-art classroom wing in this building. All will use the library and its many resources as key foundational pieces for academic success. Our entire campus will partake in events, performances, and presentations in the new multi-flex auditorium and theater.

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All of these capabilities add up to an enhanced academic experience for our growing student body.

For information on how to complete your estate planning to Indiana Tech, please contact me or one of my colleagues in the Institutional Advancement office. My direct line is 260.399.2816.

One Size Does Not Fit All I hope you read the story elsewhere in this issue about our amazing enrollment growth. One of the keys to our success is our ability to deliver education in three different ways: in a traditional semester format in Fort Wayne; in an accelerated format in Fort Wayne and at our satellite campuses; and online to anywhere in the world. We firmly believe that today’s students expect to have choices in how they receive education, and the most successful purveyors of education will be those universities that embrace this philosophy. Your alma mater is one of the top schools in the country at offering choices to its students and allowing its students to mix and match these choices throughout a singular educational experience. Many other schools are now trying to figure out how to provide the kind of scheduling flexibility that Indiana Tech has offered for many years.



Your bequest or other planned gift makes you eligible for membership in the Archie T. Keene Society. This is Indiana Tech’s legacy society and our way of formally recognizing your support of our mission through your estate planning.

Indiana Tech Gift Annuity In exchange for your gift of $25,000, or more, Indiana Tech will pay you an annuity for the rest of your life. Benefits include: • Guaranteed life income • Part of your income tax is free • Capital gains tax savings • Charitable gift income a tax deduction • Estate tax savings • Establishment of a charitable legacy at Indiana Tech These arrangements can pay an annuity to one or two persons. For more information or to receive a proposal, please contact Mark Richter at 260-399-2816 or

Alumni Updates

›› Fancher Wakefield, BSAE 1950, is retired and living in Jensen Beach, Fla. ›› Jack Dodd, BSHSM 1995, is director of human resources for the city of Yuma, Ariz. ›› Jeffrey Grimm, BAIS 2006, is a network operations specialist for Verizon Business in Ashburn, Va. ›› Danielle Campbell, BSCJ 2011, was invited to join the Law Review at Valparaiso University Law School. She also is a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant. ›› Adam Craig, ASBA and BSOL 2012, is an advertising account executive for Our Sunday Visitor Inc., in Huntington, Ind. ›› Brenna Haralson, BSME 2012, is a design engineer for Paragon Medical in Pierceton, Ind. ›› Daniel Sandys, BSIME 2012, is a product process engineer for BAE Systems in Fort Wayne, Ind.

A photo of Jimmy Macy, son of Robert E. Macy, in an Indiana Tech onesie. Robert was a 1949 Civil and Mechanical Engineering graduate. (Photo taken in 1949.)

Alumni Board Chooses 2012 Members The Alumni Association Board of Directors has confirmed its new and returning members for 2012-13.

The following board members were elected to a one-year term, which expires in 2013.

The following board members will be serving the second year of their two-year term, which expires in 2013.

›› Carol Dugan, MSOL 2009 ›› Tony Monteleone, BSBA 2008, MSOL 2009 ›› Carl Smedberg, BSBA 2001

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Dave Barrett, BSEE 1977 Kim Clapp, BSBA 2008, MBA 2011 Terry Van Daele, MBA 2004 Lori Eifrid, BSACC 2007 Greg Lynch, BSCE 1981 Amy Thompson, BSBA 2008, MBA 2007

The following board members were re-elected for a twoyear term, which expires in 2014. ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Board officers for this year are: ›› ›› ›› ››

President: Dave Barrett Vice president: Kim Clapp Secretary: Lori Eifrid Treasurer: Kevin Faus

Terry Van Daele is the Alumni Representative to the Board of Trustees with a three-year term expiring in 2015.

Angela Delagrange, ASBA 2010 Suzie Ebbing, BSBA 2002, MBA 2007 Kevin Faus, BSBA 2007 Nejith Fernando, CIS 2005, MBA 2010 William Hollinger, BSCHE 1963 Thomas Scalzo, BSEE 1961

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Fall 2012


In Memoriam

If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Michael Peterson at 800.937.2448, ext. 2418.

Gregory I. Abraham New Britain, CT BSCE 1953

Curtis B. Joyner, Jr. Anniston, AL BSME 1961

A. Sidney Morton Richmond, VA BSME 1940

Kris A. Aghabekian Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1955

John E. Jundt Dublin, OH BSEE 1953

Raymond A. Pigeon Warners, NY BSCE 1968

Cleveland A. Anderson Former Admissions Representative College of Professional Studies-Munster

William E. Kelley, Jr. Bear Creek, PA BSEE 1959

Leon W. Reynolds Cleveland, OH BSCH 1964

Jack D. Kerstetter West Salem, OH BSCE 1957

Marie A. Roberts Indianapolis, IN BSBA 1995

Charles J. Knarr Oxford, GA BSEE 1965

John C. Rogers Bradenton, FL BSRE 1955

Joseph N. Kosinski East Hampton, CT BSANE 1943

Robert E. Ross Marbletown, NY BSEE 1954

Charles E. Leuenberger Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1934

David J. Taylor Lima, OH BSEE 1960

Leslie E. Lockett Nashville, TN BSCE 1953

Donald D. Wright Maryville, TN BSEE 1952

Harold L. Auer Hunker, PA BSME 1958 Robert W. Berry Burgess, VA BSME 1964 Charles M. Ellis Tucson, AZ BSME 1951 William T. Fortner Danville, CA BSCE 1967 Manuel P. Freitas Foxboro, MA BSEE 1949 Robert J. Hart Bridgeport, WV BSCE 1961 Francis J. Herber Roanoke, IN BSCE 1954 Gilbert W. Hoaglan Wichita, KS BSEE 1951 Robert L. Houck Woodbury, NJ BSEE 1953


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

Robert F. Mathis Kokomo, IN BSANE 1948 Robert E. Metzger Allentown, PA BSME 1949 Vernis Henry Meyer Granger, IA BSME 1954 William A. Miller Dover, OH BSCE 1949


Samuel D. Greco, BSME 1948, has made a gift in memory of his brother, Claudius A. Greco, BSME 1949 Stephen J. Trusik, BSEE 1958, has made a gift to the new academic building in memory of Donald Martin, BSAEE 1959.

Faculty & Staff News Board Chooses New Officers

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The Board of Trustees has selected new officers for the 2012-13 academic year: ›› Chair: Janet C. Chrzan, CPA, a principal of Vision Management Consulting and an independent contractor for Accenture Consulting ›› Vice Chair: Robert A. Wagner, Esq., an attorney with Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams, LLP. ›› Secretary: Gregg C. Sengstack, president and chief operating officer of Franklin Electric Co.

Indiana Tech added seven new full-time faculty members for the 2012-13 academic year: ›› Lisa R. Brown, assistant professor of accounting and finance ›› Kelly Fast, assistant professor of health information technology and director of the health information technology program ›› Les A. Grundman, associate professor of mechanical engineering ›› Dr. Staci R. Lugar Brettin, assistant professor of marketing and management ›› John J. Minnich, assistant professor of accounting ›› Jenifer L. Schutte, assistant professor of psychology ›› Tammy M. Taylor, associate professor of education

Scott Earns Library Honor Connie Scott, director of Indiana Tech’s McMillen Library, earned the 2012 Special Services Award from the Indiana Library Federation. The award recognizes “exceptional contributions or services” that strengthen library services. The award will presented at the 2012 Indiana Library Federation Awards and Honors Reception on Nov. 13.

University Welcomes New Staff The following people have recently joined the Indiana Tech team: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Rebekah R. Allebach, academic resource center specialist, College of Professional Studies-Warsaw Jessie Biggs, head coach, women’s basketball Geneva Burgess, developmental specialist, TRiO Student Support Services Rebecca Daughtery, student life coordinator Holly Dodane, financial aid officer Norma Glass, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Munster Carrie H. Halquist, academic resource center specialist Kirstin L. Hopkins, academic resource center specialist Michael Kamaka, financial aid loan officer Tamara Macon, academic resource center specialist, College of Professional Studies-Munster Judith E. McClure, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Northern Kentucky Mayim Meyers, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Northern Kentucky Tiffany R. Moore, accounts receivable specialist Sommer Myers, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies John Peckinpaugh, assistant coach, men’s basketball Bill Potter, residence life coordinator Amy Richardville, Wellness Center manager Troy Rickman, academic resource center specialist, College of Professional Studies-Indianapolis Crystal Ridgley, associate director for admissions, Law School Natisha Runyan, bookroom clerk Emily Shreeve, head coach, women’s lacrosse Salvador Soto, associate vice president of Institutional Advancement Allison R. Steinke, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Fishers Matarah A. Terrell, academic resource center specialist, College of Professional Studies-Fishers Kourtney Volkmer, head coach, volleyball Ciara Wells, associate admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Fishers Megan N. Whitacre, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Elkhart

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