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Awards and Honors First Ph.D. Grads Make History Groundbreaking Celebrates Milestone in Law School Plan CPS Continues Southern Expansion Volume 8, Issue 3 / Summer 2012 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends



Embrace Your Inner Warrior: Homecoming 2012 Extravaganza

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Letter from the President

Greetings, Our main campus may be a little quieter during the summer, but there really is no “down time” in higher education. We recently celebrated with hundreds of our graduates at our annual Commencement ceremony (see Pages 8-11). After allowing ourselves a brief moment of satisfaction, however, we turned our full attention to preparing for the future. One way to look ahead is to share our facilities with youths who may become future students. This summer we’re hosting camps for students interested in electrical engineering and computer science, as well as wrestlers and soccer players. In academic and athletic camps alike, our goal is to teach theories and skills while also showing these youngsters what Indiana Tech has to offer. Aside from the camps, much of the preparation for the future is behind-the-scenes. Our admissions team is working hard to enroll new students in the traditional program for the fall. Our academic leaders are evaluating and revising degree programs and support services to help our students succeed in class and beyond. Our student life team is planning new ways to engage and connect with students to ensure a well-rounded college experience. The most visible step for our future is the construction of a building to house the Indiana Tech Law School. We shared some of the plans with you in the previous issue of Trends, and you can read more about our progress on Pages 20–22. For the College of Professional Studies, the future is always “now.” The accelerated degree program’s undergraduate and graduate courses, both online and in class, run year-round. However, much of the spring was spent preparing for future growth in two new locations: Jeffersonville, Ind., and Northern Kentucky. See Page 23 for more information on these campuses. The best way to learn what’s new and what’s next at Indiana Tech is to drop by for a visit. You’re always welcome, but Homecoming is an especially festive and activity-packed weekend ideal for reconnecting. Take a look at the schedule on Page 28–31 and make your plans to attend. I look forward to seeing you! Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder President

Contents Departments 24 Warrior Athletics 32 Richter’s Notes 33 Alumni Updates 34 In Memoriam 37 Faculty & Staff News Features

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8 Class of 2012: Congratulations and Best Wishes 12 First Ph.D. Grads Make History 13 Two with Tech Ties Earn Prestigious Honors 14 Death Becomes Life’s Work 16 Alumna Marcela Bosch Enjoying Bite of Big Apple 20 Groundbreaking Celebrates Milestone in Law School Plan


23 CPS Continues Southern Expansion 26 Board Says Farewell to Schaefer, Elects New Trustees 27 From the Desk of Mike Peterson 28 Embrace Your Inner Warrior: Homecoming 2012 Extravaganza 33 2012 Warrior Run for One Recap Trends Volume 8, Issue 3. © 2012 Indiana Institute of Technology Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D. President Trends is published three times a year for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Indiana Tech by the university’s Creative Services department and Office of Institutional Advancement.

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29 Students Join Alpha Chi Indiana Tech welcomed 29 new inductees into its chapter of Alpha Chi on Sunday, April 22. Membership for this prestigious academic honor society is by invitation only. The 2012 inductees are: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Allison N. Belcher; St. Charles, Mo. Caleb M. Bertsch; Bluffton, Ind. Laura R. Bertsch; Spencerville, Ind. Michelle L. Brown; Indianapolis, Ind. Derek N. Desjardins; New Haven, Ind. Dana K. Dunbar; Jamestown, Ind.


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Kayla M. Foreman; Decatur, Ind. Melanie L. Forman; Hastings, Mich. Catherine A. Goetz; Fort Wayne, Ind. Amy A. Haaland; Michigan City, Ind. Phyllis E. Hogan; Indianapolis, Ind. Alicia A. Jailor; Antwerp, Ohio Victoria R. Kilps; New Berlin, Wis. Joel A. Kuhn; Fort Wayne, Ind. Brent R. Lumbrezer; Swanton, Ind. Amy R. Parker; Harlan, Ind. Brian P. Parsons; Fort Wayne, Ind. Nathan T. Pratt; Fort Wayne, Ind.


›› Panbhop Ratanavichien; Bangkok, Thailand ›› Aubree V. Reichel; Puyallup, Wash. ›› Flora E. Robinson; Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Travis R. Rolston; Decatur, Ind. ›› Kalie M. Sanders; Greenville, Ohio ›› Erica C. Schwering; Greensburg, Ind. ›› Cheryl L. Shepherd; Warsaw, Ind. ›› Teresa M. Sims; Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Wanda Y. Smith; Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Benjamin W. Swygart; Fort Wayne, Ind. ›› Bailey L. Tom; Monroe, Mich.

Top Graduates Earn Recognition Each year, the university selects Outstanding Graduates to be recognized for their academic accomplishments. The selection of the Outstanding Graduates is determined primarily by direct faculty input. In the traditional day division, outstanding students were chosen in several majors within the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the College of General Studies. In the College of Professional Studies, outstanding graduates were chosen at the undergraduate and graduate level for the Fort Wayne area, Indianapolis area, Elkhart area, and online.

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›› Veronica Jersey (South Whitley, Ind.), Overall College of Business Student ›› Travis Rolston (Decatur, Ind.), Accounting ›› Christina Will (Lawrenceburg, Ind.), Business Administration — Marketing ›› Nathalie Vix (Cincinnati, Ohio), Business Administration — Human Resources ›› John Mallory III (Redford, Mich.), Business Administration — Management ›› Ryan Yocom (Cable, Ohio), Business Administration — Sports Management

›› Bryn Schlatter (Antwerp, Ohio), Overall College of General Studies Student ›› Kalie Sanders (Greenville, Ohio), Criminal Justice ›› Melanie Forman (Hasting, Mich.), Elementary Education ›› Chadd Keller (Decatur, Ind.), Therapeutic Recreation

College of Engineering and Computer Sciences ›› Laura Bertsch (Spencerville, Ind.), Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering and Overall College of Engineering Student

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Michael Nelson (Wheat Ridge, Colo.), Biomedical Engineering Bradley Bowman (Georgetown, Ind.), Computer Engineering Joel Kuhn (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Computer Science Dominick Lee (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Electrical Engineering Panbhop Ratanavichien (Bangkok, Thailand), Energy Engineering Ethan Anderson (Spencerville, Ind.), Information Systems Gregory Brzezinski (Saginaw, Mich.), Mechanical Engineering Daniel Sullivan (Paducah, Ky.), Networking Benjamin Swygart (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Overall School of Computer Sciences Student William Mearns (LaPorte, Ind.), Software Engineering Rasela Moliga (Hammond, Ind.), Web Development

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Denise Garrido (Elkhart, Ind.), Undergraduate — Elkhart Shane Demitruk (Elkhart, Ind.), Graduate — ­ Elkhart Zachary Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Undergraduate — Fort Wayne Staci Beiswanger (South Whitley, Ind.), Graduate — Fort Wayne Michelle Brown (Indianapolis, Ind.), Undergraduate — Indianapolis ›› Martin Acevedo (Indianapolis, Ind.), Graduate — Indianapolis ›› Andrew Shaw (Indianapolis, Ind.), Undergraduate — Online ›› Arthur McManus (Oswego, N.Y.), Graduate — Online

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Athletic Honor Society Debuts with 79 Inductees Indiana Tech has established a campus chapter of the National College Athletic Honor Society, Chi Alpha Sigma, and inducted 79 student-athletes as the first members of the Indiana Sigma chapter of the society. Selection for membership is based on academics, athletics, and character. Inductees must be a junior or senior with a 3.4 or higher GPA, must letter in at least one sport, and must be recommended by a coach. The 79 inaugural members of the Indiana Sigma chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, listed with their sports and hometowns, are: ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Tiffany Aikin; cross country and track; Elkhart, Ind. Rebecca Armstrong; soccer; Sarnia, Ontario, Canada Alexis Bader; soccer; Davison, Mich. Ryan Barker; band; Auburn, Ind. Brandi Beasley; lacrosse; Leander, Texas Allison Belcher; softball; St. Charles, Mo. Keith Briggs; basketball; Kendallville, Ind. Keona Bruen; basketball; Indianapolis, Ind. Mitchell Burton; baseball; Danville, Ind. Callie Busch; softball; Jefferson, Ohio Audrea Castaneda; lacrosse; Libertyville, Ill. Catherine Clouse; golf; Marion, Ind. Yasmine Coleman; basketball; Indianapolis, Ind. Sara Didandeh; basketball; Indianapolis, Ind. Amber Edmundson; softball; Portland, Ind. Ashley Elvey; lacrosse; Holland, Ohio Clea Endres; lacrosse; Fort Wayne, Ind.


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Ashli Follrod; soccer; Avon, Ind. Kayla Foreman; volleyball; Decatur, Ind. Melanie Forman; volleyball; Fort Wayne, Ind. Megan Garrison; golf; Cutler, Ind. Tressa Garty; soccer; Davison, Mich. Marisol Granados; tennis; Orland, Ind. Ashley Hamilton; volleyball; Middlebury, Ind. Katelynn Hamilton; softball; Jefferson, Ohio Kayla Hartman; volleyball; Fort Wayne, Ind. Daniel Haught; track; Fort Wayne, Ind. Craig Herrmann; baseball; Fort Worth, Texas Jordan Hickman; basketball; Bardstown, Ky. Theodore Hofmann; lacrosse; Fort Wayne, Ind. Jessica James; bowling; Fort Wayne, Ind. Thomas Jarrett; baseball; Mason, Ohio Veronica Jersey; cross country and track; South Whitley, Ind. Courtney Johnson; softball; Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Nicole Johnson; lacrosse; Osceola, Ind. Dylan Johnston; lacrosse; Oshawa, Ontario, Canada Kelvin Jordan; wrestling; Albany, Ga. Justine Jost; soccer; Fort Wayne, Ind. Kaylee Kaminsky; volleyball; Woodridge, Ill. Chadd Keller; track; Decatur, Ind. Victoria Kilps; softball; New Berlin, Wisc. Alexander Kimsey; baseball; Chillicothe, Ohio Rebecca Kurtz; soccer; Farmersville, Ohio Brent Lumbrezer; band and bowling; Swanton, Ohio Ryan Meek; baseball; Arnprior, Ontario, Canada Christopher Miller; lacrosse; Hillsboro, Ore. Joshua Miller; baseball; Delphos, Ohio Heather Muir; basketball; Muncie, Ind. Michael Nelson; cross country and track; Wheat Ridge, Colo. Aaron Newell; soccer; Germantown, Ohio Kyle Nolen; baseball; Waterford, Mich. Travis Northup; tennis; LaGrange, Ind. Kelsea Nova; volleyball; Toledo, Ohio Chelsea Olson; lacrosse; Canton, Mich. Brandon Paletta; baseball; Corinth, Texas Alexandria Polise; volleyball; Jenison, Mich. Alyssa Priebe; lacrosse; Granger, Ind. Nicholas Quick; golf; Portage, Ind. Aubree Reichel; soccer; Alexandria, Va. Kathryn Rettich; soccer; Germantown, Ohio

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Flora Robinson; basketball; Fort Wayne, Ind. Tyler Sailer; baseball; Hicksville, Ohio Kalie Sanders; golf; Greenville, Ohio Haylee Sark; cheer; Fort Wayne, Ind. Bryn Schlatter; basketball; Antwerp, Ohio Erica Schwering; track; Greensburg, Ind. Andrea Sexsmith; softball; Brownstown, Mich. Cameron Simianer-Gustafson; cheer; Frazier Park, Calif. Hilary Snyder; cross country; Michigan Center, Mich. Gabriel Stulp; lacrosse; Rockford, Mich. Suzanne Taylor; volleyball; Petersburg, Mich. Baily Tom; softball; Monroe, Mich. Abigail Torian; track; Cadiz, Ky. Courtney Townsend; basketball; Inkster, Mich. Klaudia Velazquez; volleyball; Pingree Grove, Ill. Bryan Wachtel; baseball; Champaign, Ill. Eric Wald; baseball; Plano, Texas Tyler Watts; baseball; New Haven, Ind. Christina Will; soccer; Lawrenceburg, Ind.

The National College Athlete Honor Society was founded at DePauw University in 1996 and now has chapters at more than 200 colleges and universities in 40 states.

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Award recipents at the annual Honors Luncheon

Luncheon Rewards Achievements The annual Honors Luncheon rewards students for their accomplishments in several areas. The following individuals won awards given by the university: ›› Darius Darling, from Detroit, Mich., was the student winner of the Kekionga Feather Award. This award is given for outstanding service to the student body of Indiana Tech. ›› Melanie Forman, from Hastings, Mich., won the Hayashi Award. The Hayashi Award recognizes a senior athlete who has done the most to promote athletics and academics at Indiana Tech. ›› David Hughes, from New Haven, Ind., won the Outstanding Humanities Student Award. ›› Brent Lumbrezer, from Swanton, Ohio, won the Alumni Association Scholarship.



›› Matthew Hansen, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was named the Volunteer Networker of the Year. ›› John Mallory, from Detroit, Mich., was named Tutor of the Year. ›› Amanda Northup, from LaGrange, Ind., was named Student Ambassador of the Year. ›› Nathan Whetstone, from Fort Wayne, Ind., was named Computer Lab Monitor of the Year. ›› Steve Malloris, associate professor of English, was the staff winner of the Kekionga Feather Award. The Multicultural Club was named Student Organization of the Year. The club was represented by Panbhop Ratanavichien, from Bangkok, Thailand, and Lin Zhu, from Hengshan Town, China, as well as advisor Sarah Rodriguez.

Award recipents at the annual Internship Recognition Breakfast

Intern and Employer of the Year Earn Recognition Gaining career-related experience before graduation is becoming more and more important in today’s job market. In recognition of that, Indiana Tech’s Career Planning and Development Center thanks employers and recognizes successful students at an annual Internship Recognition Breakfast. David Crowe of Eaton Corporation was the keynote alum speaker at this year’s breakfast, and he discussed how his internship at Vera Bradley led to his first full-time job in accounting. He challenged students to think about how they can set themselves apart from other candidates and gave examples of how he answered his toughest interview questions. Janet Boston, executive director of Indiana, attended the event and announced the winners of the Employer

of the Year and Intern of the Year awards. Vera Bradley was named Employer of the Year. The company has mentored several Indiana Tech interns and has participated in Mock Interview Day and other career center events. Twelve students were nominated for Intern of the Year, and the award went to Morgan Delagrange for her internship with Parkview Health. Delagrange is a sophomore from New Haven, Ind., with a major in business administration – human resources. Her supervisor, Jen Veatch said, “Morgan, in a short time, learned the process, assisted to streamline documents, and became a valuable member of our team. We have had multiple interns over the years, and she is certainly one of the

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most energetic, effective and well-rounded individuals we have worked with.” Delagrange received a plaque and a $500 gift card for professional clothing. Three students received an Honorable Mention certificate and a $100 gift card for their outstanding work: ›› David Dalman of Fort Wayne, junior computer science major, web developer intern at Do it Best Corp. ›› Benjamin Swygart of Fort Wayne, senior information systems major, software developer with the Fort Wayne Police Department – Hostage Unit ›› Tressa Garty of Davison, Mich., senior criminal justice major, sexual assault victim advocate at Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center

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Family and friends filled the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum as Indiana Tech celebrated the accomplishments of hundreds of graduates at the university’s 91st Commencement on Saturday, May 19. For the full academic year, from fall 2011 through summer 2012, Indiana Tech will award 865 degrees. About 640 students participated in the ceremony, which honored students from all Indiana Tech locations and online.   Bernardo Quintana, an engineer and business leader, delivered the keynote address and told the graduates, “This is a unique day in your lives: It is both the end of a journey of accomplishment and the start of a journey of discovery.” Quintana is chairman of the board of Empresas ICA, the largest construction company in Mexico and one of the most important in Latin America. He also is chairman of the board of Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte, which operates 13 international airports in Mexico in alliance with Aeroports de Paris. In his speech, Quintana reflected on Indiana Tech’s core values of respect, commitment, integrity, honesty and passion, and encouraged graduates to carry those values with them throughout their lives. He challenged them to make the world a better place and asked them, “What will you do? … Will you give in or will you give back.”

He ended with a thank you to everyone involved in the Commencement ceremony, especially the graduates themselves. “Graduates, thank you in advance for what you will someday accomplish.” After presenting Quintana with an honorary doctorate in civil engineering, university leaders turned their attention to the Faculty of the Year award. Each year a committee of students in traditional programs and the College of Professional Studies chooses the winner from nominations submitted by students. Before announcing Jack Phlipot’s name as the winner, Dr. Doug Perry, vice president for academic affairs, read excerpts from the nominations. “He works for the students instead of the university.” “He kept us late, gave us tons of homework, forced me to use vacation time at work to catch up, but I’ve never laughed so much while learning so much.” “He raises the bar while making you feel proud of accomplishing something.” Phlipot is an associate professor of biomedical engineering and clearly a student favorite much deserving of the award.

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First Ph.D. Grads Make History Commencement is always a momentous day for graduates and their families, but this year’s ceremony was historic for Indiana Tech as the university celebrated the first recipients of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership.

experience in sales and marketing, human resources and management.

designed commercial kitchen equipment for restaurant chains.

In reflecting on her journey toward Ph.D. completion, Little credited the program, the faculty, and the staff for helping her improve her research and writing skills while gaining confidence in her abilities.

Magner enrolled in the Ph.D. program to improve his leadership skills and expand his thinking and found that the online coursework gave him the freedom to work on his degree while still operating his business. However, the program’s opportunities for face-to-face interaction were also valuable.

■■ Stacey Little, of Attica, Ind., completed her dissertation on “The Impact of Educational Experience and Cultural “When I started this program I thought Exposure on Business Administration the dissertation was the end, and I was Students at a Community College.” terribly eager to get to that point. Today, ■■ Erik Magner, of Fort Wayne, completI feel that the dissertation is the begined his dissertation on “Attributional ning of research and publications yet Relationship between Servant Leaderto come,” she said. “The program was ship and Global Leadership.” extremely demanding, yet designed for student success. I owe gratitude to The Ph.D. program debuted in August faculty and staff, as well as the adminis2009 and was the first Ph.D. program to tration at Indiana Tech.” be offered in northeast Indiana. Magner has a bachelor’s and master’s Little has a bachelor’s degree in human degree in mechanical engineering as well resources and an MBA. She has been as an MBA. He is founder and president teaching at Ivy Tech Community College of Meister Cook, LLC, a start-up design in Lafayette for seven years and has prior and manufacturing firm for custom-

Indiana Tech celebrated the first recipients of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership: Stacey Little (center left) and Erik Magner (center right) with Kenneth Rauch, director, Global Leadership Program (left) and Yulia Tolstikov-Mast, assistant professor, Ph.D. program (right).



“The immersion weekends held in Fort Wayne provided a personal touch and an opportunity to meet fellow Ph.D. students, faculty and staff who share the same vision of global leadership,” he said. Many scholars will likely follow in the historic footsteps of Little and Magner. The program has attracted students from 16 states and three countries and currently serves more than 110 students.

Two with Tech Ties Earn Prestigious Honors Two members of the Indiana Tech community have received recognition for their outstanding contributions to the region and the state. Steven R. Brody was recognized for a lifetime of achievement and contribution to the state of Indiana with induction into The Indiana Academy. From 1993 to 2008, Brody served as a trustee for Indiana Tech and was the board chair from 1997 through the completion of his tenure. During that period, Indiana Tech experienced extraordinary growth and success: enrollment grew from 1,461 Steven R. Brody to 3,585; the number of annual graduates increased from 249 to 670; 20 new academic programs were added, and the university’s endowment increased from $14.4 million to $34.1 million. Always a supporter of education, he currently serves as board president of The Malpas Trust scholarship fund and as a trustee of the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation. For 20 years Brody held top leadership positions at Lincoln National Corp. After retiring in 2006, he was asked by the mayor of Fort Wayne to lead the city’s Harrison Square project, which includes a baseball stadium, hotel, parking garage, public park, apartments and retail space.

the Greater Fort Wayne area an outstanding region in which to live and work.” McGrade’s commitment to broadening the horizons of her students and of the community in regard to communication and race relations is well known. She serves on the United Way Inclusiveness Cabinet and the programming team for It Is Well With My Soul, a program devoted to unlearning internalized racism. She also organizes Black History Month activities and is involved with a number of other community organizations and events. Choosing to work with students who have been traditionally underrepresented and underserved, McGrade has developed programs devoted to their success and shares her expertise with other educators. Her papers, presentations, and workshops cover best practices for teaching English in a multicultural classroom, teaching developmental reading and writing, and working with students who are considered at risk. She was named Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2010 and recipient of the Leepoxy Award for Faculty Innovation that same year. McGrade was selected for the 40 Under 40 award by a committee composed of past recipients and the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly staff, and honored at a dinner on March 21.

Brody also has held leadership roles in Fort Wayne’s Downtown Improvement District, the Fort Wayne–Allen County Convention and Tourism Authority, and the Capital Improvements Board. Known for his compassion and volunteerism, he is currently board chair for Erin’s House for Grieving Children, a Fort Wayne non-profit organization that helps provide healing to young people who have experienced a devastating loss. Brody was honored with induction into The Indiana Academy at its 42nd annual symposium on April 16 by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc., an association that represents the state’s 31 private, nonprofit institutions of higher education. Dr. Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, received the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly “40 Under 40” award. The annual recognition honors, as the publication states, “men and women under the age of 40 in the 16-county area surrounding Fort Wayne who are helping to shape the future through their business and community involvement. They are leaders today and are sure to be part of the next generation that will make

Dr. Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, receives her Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly “40 Under 40” award.

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LIFE’S Alum Discovers Satisfying Career as Investigator

Popular TV shows like “Bones” and “CSI” may make investigating death seem exciting and glamorous, but medical legal death investigator and Indiana Tech alumnus Billy Brown says real life is much different. “What you see on TV is nothing like what we do,” he said. “We don’t solve cases in 58 minutes.” After having dropped out of high school, Brown earned his GED in October 2000. Empowered by his high school equivalency degree, he became determined to pursue his childhood desire to become a police officer. To fulfill this childhood dream, he began investigating the possibility of earning an associate degree in criminal justice from Indiana Tech in 2006. “I wanted an education, not just a degree,” Brown said. “Indiana Tech’s CPS (College of Professional Studies) program allowed me to work and spend time with my family while getting the education I wanted.” Because he had not experienced a high school graduation, Brown looked forward to celebrating his degree during Indiana Tech’s commencement ceremony in 2009. The moment did not disappoint him. “Professors and staff began clapping and cheering as we walked into the main floor of the Coliseum; it made me feel like a rock star!” Brown commented. “Then we entered the stadium to people standing and cheering, which made that rock star feeling even greater!” After this accomplishment, Brown decided to continue his education and earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a crime analysis specialty in 2011. The types of courses combined with the quality of the faculty helped to equip him for success in his career. “The quality and professionalism of the professors helped in more ways than they could ever know,” Brown explained. “Not many colleges have current active professionals working the fields they are teaching.” While working as a private investigator for Shelton Investigations in Angola, Ind., Brown worked on a case for a family that had lost a loved one to what was ruled a suicide. The family disputed the ruling of the coroner’s report and wanted to investigate the case to see whether there was any evidence of a homicide. Brown was part of a team that


WORK contacted a former police officer who was working as a deputy coroner for Allen County to help them uncover the truth. “The way he looked at the case and reviewed the evidence was mindblowing,” Brown remarked. “He saw things and pointed out items that everyone else overlooked, except for the original coroner, and confirmed it was a suicide.” Brown was curious as to how the deputy coroner was able to see these details, so he asked him where he learned these skills. The deputy coroner explained that he was trained through the Indiana Coroner’s Board to stop thinking like a police officer and to start thinking like a death investigator. From that moment, Brown was intrigued and wanted to know more about working in this field. He soon contacted Jeff Warner, DeKalb County coroner, to see whether there might be a position for him. An opening had recently become available, and Brown was hired, received the necessary training, and has liked investigating deaths ever since. A few years ago, while vacationing with his family in Phoenix, Ariz., Brown spoke to a death investigator for the county and was told of an opening that may become available. After discussions with his wife and children, it was agreed that Brown should apply for this new opportunity. Once the job was posted, he applied and was called a month later for a telephone interview. The interview went very well, and soon Brown was asked to fly to Phoenix for an in-person interview. Within minutes after arriving, he was asked to work in the field. “They basically said, ‘You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?’” Brown explained. “So after three days of ‘assisting’ in cases I was offered the job.” As a medical legal death investigator, Brown investigates all accidental, unattended, and unexplained deaths such as car wrecks, homicides and suicides. He and other investigators go to the scene of the death and investigate why the person died, in order to help the police figure out whether they have a crime or not. They look for signs of trauma such as puncture wounds or signs of illness, talk with family and friends, and review medical records. Brown advises students interested in the field to get as much medical training as possible, have a strong stomach, and don’t believe the hype about criminal investigation and forensic science. “It’s a job like no other,” Brown concluded. “You won’t get rich, but you’ll sleep at night, if you do it for the right reasons.”



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For alumna Marcela Bosch (BSBA, 2011), living in one of the largest cities in the world is nothing new. Bosch grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, which according to World Atlas, is the world’s seventh largest city with a population of almost 19 million. After graduation from Indiana Tech, she moved to the fourth largest city in the world, New York City, to begin working for Ernst & Young. However, she finds the culture of New York City quite different from that of São Paulo. “Life is much more fast-paced in America,” Bosch said. “In Brazil, life is more laid-back, and there is more of a focus on relationships, especially family. Even in business, social interaction and relationships take precedence in Brazil, whereas in America there is a tendency to just get right down to business.” Because of her competitive nature, Bosch has adapted well to the fast-

paced business world in New York City. The hardest part about living in America is being so far away from family. Her parents, her brother, and she are all very close, so not having the opportunity to see them is difficult. Growing up, Bosch attended the SwissBrazilian School of São Paulo, an international school, where she learned to speak German, French, and English, in addition to Portuguese. “I really enjoyed the learning environment at the school,” Bosch commented. She studied there for all but one year of her grade school and high school years. School was nearly a year-round experience with extended breaks in the months of January and July. Since the age of 11, Bosch spent much of her extra-curricular time playing tennis. In the breaks from school, she would train many hours and compete in major tournaments.

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During her junior year of high school, Bosch chose involvement with a student exchange program that brought her to Lincoln, Neb., at age 16. She quickly discovered that her years of training and playing in tennis tournaments in Brazil gave her a competitive advantage over most of her American opponents. She finished with an undefeated regular season while playing on the high school tennis team in Lincoln. Bosch then advanced to the semi-finals of the semi-state before she was eliminated from the Nebraska high school tennis tournament. Colleges and universities in America began to take notice of this brilliant tennis star. “It was from this experience that I realized that schools in the States offered scholarships for playing tennis,” Bosch said. This became an exciting opportunity for her to explore. Bosch returned to Brazil for her senior year of high school during which she

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received various scholarship offers from colleges in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Indiana. Since it was cost-prohibitive to travel and visit the schools in America, Bosch and her family investigated and researched the colleges online. After extensive research, Bosch felt that Indiana Tech would offer her the best learning environment in addition to having good possibilities for job opportunities after graduation with Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati in close proximity to Fort Wayne. Bosch said, “I was attracted to the smaller class sizes and to the fact that Indiana Tech was located in the heart of an actual city. Some of the other schools seemed to be located in the middle of nowhere.”

petitive in the classroom, graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning an Outstanding Graduate of 2011 award. Some of the classes and activities that made the most significant impact on her development and preparing her for her career were:

As it turned out, the smaller class size was one of the reasons that Bosch said she had such an excellent experience at Tech. “All of the professors were very approachable and willing to offer assistance when needed,” she remarked. These close interactions allowed her to build a particularly strong bond with business professor, Dr. Jeff Walls. He became a mentor to Bosch, in addition to being an excellent teacher, who provided much sound advice and practical help. “Dr. Walls really deserves much credit and thanks for my success both in the classroom as well as my success in being offered a position with such a prestigious company as Ernst & Young.”

Two additional professors from Indiana Tech that provided her with opportunities to expand her horizons and helped her to explore and better understand other cultures were Dr. Susan McGrade and Steve Malloris. Under their guidance and leadership, Bosch traveled to Canada for a Shakespeare class and enjoyed an incredible educational experience in Barcelona, Spain. These learning adventures increased her global awareness and heightened her intellect.

Playing tennis added to her fulfillment as a student at Indiana Tech. Her high level of ability and her dedication to being the best helped Bosch to achieve the status of No. 1 women’s player on the team. “One of my favorite memories was winning the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) NAIA women’s singles tournament against very tough competition,” she said. “I had to survive two hard-fought threeset matches to claim victory.” In addition to classes and tennis, Bosch also worked in the Career Center. This was a very positive experience for her, and she continues to stay in contact with the director of the Career Center, Cindy Verduce. Bosch was not only competitive on the tennis court, she also was very com18

■■ A Dr. Walls class that improved her communication and project management skills through working with a team to develop a presentation about a company ■■ Instruction about e-commerce ■■ Case studies from Professor Edward Ruppel’s courses

Her education, competitiveness, and diverse cultural and linguistic background in addition to strong recommendations, enabled her to become a top prospect for Ernst & Young. All new recruits begin as a staff one in the Business Advisor Program. This is a three-year program in which new employees work in the Financial Services Office but rotate projects in various areas in order to gain experience and determine what they enjoy and where they excel. These areas include: ■■ Risk management and risk factors ■■ Compliance ■■ Fraud investigation ■■ Performance improvement ■■ Internal audits ■■ IT risk and assurance TRENDS

The first project to which Bosch was assigned focused on compliance and fraud investigation at a large insurance organization. Then she worked on a risk management project for a banking institution. Currently, she is working at the client location of a large banking and credit card company on a bank compliance project. “I’ve really enjoyed the process,” she said. “At this point, I most enjoy projects related to risk assessment.” Moving from one project to another brings excitement, because each project is like starting a new job. Bosch gets enthused about the challenge of learning new things with each project. It can provide some difficulties, too. She commented, “Just when you get comfortable with the process and with your team, you have to move onto a new issue at a new company with a different team of people.” Along with the new team and company also come new expectations and differing personalities to which one must adapt. The positive side of this is that Bosch is becoming adept at many different areas while being exposed to many different people, places, and processes. Bosch is very happy at Ernst & Young as she has developed a lot of good friendships. She and her co-workers spend time together outside of work for dinner, happy hour activities, and more. “It’s a lot of fun, especially being right in the heart of Times Square,” Bosch said. “Even the partners go out with us many times.” She also enjoys the team-oriented work environment where everyone learns from each other. “Even though it is a competitive atmosphere, everyone is still willing to help.” Another aspect of the company that Bosch sees as a real plus is the diversity of backgrounds of many of the employees. And just like her days at Tech when the professors made themselves available, the partners of Ernst & Young also have an open door policy, making them very approachable. The company is very flexible with schedules for personal issues that arise as long as things are communicated properly and in a timely manner. Living in the big city of New York has been an exciting experience, too. “It is a wonderful place to live and work where

I have the opportunity to meet lots of new people,” Bosch said. “I love meeting people from varying backgrounds who speak different languages, too.” Her time in the Big Apple has been positive as she enjoys the beauty of the buildings, Central Park, and many different places to eat. The people have been very open and friendly, too. However, the rent is very expensive, the crowds can become overwhelming, and she puts in long hours in this competitive world. But the toughest part of living in New York City remains the great distance between her and her family. Staying busy, working in a challenging environment, meeting new people, and having many options for entertainment certainly help, but nothing can replace the empty spot she has for her mom, dad, and brother back in Brazil. After her three years in the Business Advisor Program are complete, Bosch would like to spend time traveling within the Ernst & Young family by working in one of their offices in Europe or some other country. Eventually, she would like to return to her home country to help the Ernst & Young office in Brazil grow and expand. “I really like Ernst & Young as a company, and I enjoy the work that I do with them. It would be perfect to continue working for Ernst & Young while being able to live back closer to my family.”

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Bosch is in the process of studying for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Exam – Level 1. If her past performance and success are any indication, she will pass with flying colors. And the goals of this Warrior grad will always be attainable through her intelligence, drive, determination, and engaging personality.

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Groundbreaking Celebrates Milestone in Law School Plan The university celebrated its progress toward opening northeast Indiana’s first law school with a ceremonial groundbreaking at the construction site on May 18. “Although today’s celebration focuses on bricks and mortar, what’s going to happen here in this building will have a much greater significance for law students, law students of the future and for Indiana Tech … more important than the physical structure itself,” said Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “What happens inside this building will be far more significant than how it looks. Indiana Tech Law School will cast off the limitations of long-entrenched teaching practices and embrace the best methods of contemporary law education.”

“This is a huge milestone in the history of this great university,” Snyder said. The crowd gathered for the groundbreaking included the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, current students, future students, and community members. Honorable William C. Lee, senior U.S. district judge for the northern district of Indiana, and Indiana State Sen. David Long were on hand to participate in the ceremonial shoveling. “What a wonderful turnout,” Robert Wagner, chairman of the Board, noted in his remarks. “I think it’s indicative of the enthusiasm that our community has for what’s happening here on this campus.”

The university’s decision to open a law school in 2013 was announced in May 2011. In January 2012, after con- Wagner spoke from the perspective of not only a trustee sidering several possible locations for the Indiana Tech but also a practicing attorney and commented on how Law School, the university announced plans to build the Indiana Tech Law School has progressed. the 70,000-square-foot facility on the west side of the Fort Wayne campus in the area bounded by Washing“As the concept unfolded, as we had discussions, as we ton Boulevard, Comparet Street, Maumee Avenue, and had people providing their input… the concept began University Street. The building will house classrooms, to make a lot of sense, not just for Indiana Tech, but faculty offices, the law library, a trial courtroom, and for our community here and for lawyers as a whole,” legal clinics. he said.



The Indiana Tech Law School will be based on collaborative and experiential learning to better prepare graduates for law practice or other careers. The curriculum will place a heavy emphasis on practical experience, and the on-campus location will facilitate the establishment of legal clinics to serve the Indiana Tech community. “Soon our doors will open and lives will be changed,” said Peter C. Alexander, dean of Indiana Tech Law School. “Today is a fitting first step in preparing students for success in law, leadership, and life.”

Site engineering for the construction began in January. The building will be under roof by December and completed by July 2013. Cost is expected to be about $15 million. The law school will enroll 100 students in the charter class in fall 2013. Applications will be available through the Law School Admissions Council in September 2012, and acceptance decisions will begin in November 2012. Additional information about curriculum and the admissions process, as well as a video of the groundbreaking, is available at

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Staff, Faculty Growing Since the introduction of Peter C. Alexander as founding dean, additional staff and faculty have been hired to assist with preparations for the law school opening. ›› Jessica Anderson joined the staff as assistant dean for admissions in March. She has nearly three years of law school admissions experience from the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. ›› Ruth DeWit joined the staff as administrative assistant after 12 years of experience in the legal environment. Most recently, she served as a legal administrator in the Fort Wayne firm of Blume, Connelly, Jordan, Stucky & Lauer, LLP. ›› Several faculty members will begin in July: ——andre douglas pond cummings will join the faculty as associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law. His previous position was at West Virginia University College of Law. His writings focus on race, gender, hiphop culture, investor protection and corporate law. His book, “Coyotes on Wall Street: The Surprising Motivations of Mortgage Meltdown CEOs,” will be published later this year. cumandre douglas mings received his bachelor’s degree pond cummings in sociology from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Howard University. ——Victoria Duke will join the faculty as associate professor of law. Her previous position was at Florida A&M University College of Law. She brings to Indiana Tech more than 15 years of experience in legal academia, 17 years of experience in the practice of law, and 13 years of experience with Victoria Duke

Attorney Establishes Scholarship Muncie attorney Eric C. Welch has endowed the first scholarship for the Indiana Tech Law School. Welch, the owner of Welch & Company, LLC, has pledged $20,000 to the university to establish the endowed fund. The scholarship, which is yet to be named, will be awarded to one or two incoming first-year law students whose LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs indicate that they are capable of suc-


cess in law school, but whose undergraduate careers are noteworthy because of their participation in the full range of undergraduate experiences and not just because of their grades. “The recipients of this scholarship should be students who are truly well-rounded individuals because of their involvement in extra-curricular activities, athletics, community service, and part-time employment,” Welch said.


municipal court knowledge. Duke earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Southwest Texas State University and her J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Duke’s scholarship focuses on the integration of torts law to consumer related issues primarily to address remedies for tortious acts. ——Guadalupe Luna will join the faculty as professor of law. Her previous position was at Northern Illinois University College of Law. She is an internationally recognized scholar whose areas of expertise include agricultural law, immigration law, landlord-tenant law, property, and voting rights. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Luna received both her bachelor’s Guadalupe Luna degree and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota. ——Phebe E. Poydras will join the faculty as associate dean for library affairs and associate professor of law. Her previous position was at Florida A&M University College of Law. She brings with her more than 11 years of law library experience, and she is a certified mediator. Poydras earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Orleans, her J.D. from the Southern University Phebe E. Poydras Law Center, and her master’s degree in library and information science from Louisiana State University. The faculty will focus on writing curriculum requirements, course descriptions and academic policies while staff work to increase awareness of the law school and recruit students.

Welch attended Utah State University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He chose to support the new law program at Indiana Tech because of its unique approach to legal education. “I am very impressed with Indiana Tech Law School’s emphasis on ethics and professionalism and its focus on experiential learning to blend theory and practice.” Peter C. Alexander, dean of the law school, hopes that Welch’s gift is just the

beginning of many endowed scholarships to benefit Indiana Tech Law School students. “We hope that other law firms and attorneys take note of Mr. Welch’s leadership and will create their own endowments for our students.” Welch agrees. “I am proud to take the lead and support Indiana Tech Law School’s dynamic curriculum and innovation, and I hope that other members of our profession will stand with me,” he said.


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The College of Professional Studies has had multiple locations in the northern and central parts of Indiana for more than 20 years, but its two newest sites have enabled Indiana Tech to serve more students in southern Indiana and Kentucky.

“In considering how to accommodate the students who wanted faceto-face rather than online classes, we discovered that our best option was moving from New Albany to Jeffersonville,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of CPS. Indiana Tech–Jeffersonville is less than 10 miles from the previous location in New Albany and will provide space for admissions offices, classrooms, and a computer lab. Classes in Jeffersonville will begin with Session 1 in July. Also this summer, CPS followed the successful October 2011 opening of its Louisville location with the launch of a second Kentucky site in June 2012. The new Northern Kentucky location is about 11,000 square feet and features eight classrooms, a library, a computer lab, a student lounge, and wireless connectivity throughout the facility. Like the Southern Indiana and Louisville locations, admissions representatives will initially enroll students in online classes until demand warrants offering classes at the site. “Our initial response from prospective students in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area has been very positive,” Herendeen said. “I expect we’ll begin using the classroom space by late fall or early in 2013.”

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WARRIOR ATHLETICS Padres Pick Warrior Lefty in Draft Sophomore pitcher Brandon Alger was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Alger was the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Pitcher of the Year in 2012 following a terrific sophomore campaign in which he helped lead the Warriors to their first regular season conference championship since 2007. The 6’3” southpaw started 13 games for Brandon Alger the Warriors this season and posted a record of 8–2 with a 2.37 ERA. His 8 wins were tied for the most in the WHAC, and he allowed the fewest runs in the league while ranking second in strikeouts (80), third in ERA, and fourth in opponents’ batting average (.225). In two seasons with the Warriors, Alger is 13–6 with a 3.01 ERA and is among Indiana Tech’s all-time leaders in strikeouts with 128. Alger is the third player drafted out of Indiana Tech. Josh Judy was selected in the 34th round by the Cleveland Indians in 2007, and Jesse Hoover was chosen in the 5th round by the New York Yankees in 2004.

Track and field yields individual champ, top 10 teams Junior Igor Morales cleared 16’6¾” to win the national championship in men’s pole vault and lead the men’s team to fifth place at nationals, their highest finish ever. The women’s team also fared well at the NAIA National Championships with a ninth place finish.



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Aaron Baker, fourth place in discus David Army, third place in high jump Herb Gary, fourth place in high jump Brandon Reynard, sixth place in 400-meter hurdles Dontaey Paige, third place in 200-meter dash Jordan Foster, Austen Barnes, Reynard, and D’Quan Ruth, third place in 4x400 relay

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Stacia Murray, sixth place in triple jump Zalika Dixon, third place in 400-meter hurdles Adella King, second place in 200-meter dash Jamela Kimbrough, seventh place in 200-meter dash Emaryne Watt, King, Abigail Torian, and Chloe Brooks, second in 4x100 relay ›› Dixon, Brooks, Shayne Armbrister, and King, third in 4x400 relay

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Mitchell Burton, baseball Callie Busch, softball Mark Clements, tennis Amber Edmundson, softball Megan Garrison, golf Marisol Granados, tennis Katelynn Hamilton, softball Daniel Haught, track and field Ken Jarrett, baseball Veronica Jersey, track and field Chadd Keller, track and field Micky Nelson, track and field Brandon Paletta, baseball Nick Quick, golf Tyler Sailer, baseball Kalie Sanders, golf Erica Shwering, track and field Andrea Sexsmith, softball Hilary Snyder, track and field Abigail Torian, track and field Bryan Wachtel, baseball Tyler Watts, baseball


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NAIA Honors Academic Achievements Two dozen Warriors in spring sports were named Daktronics–NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To earn the honor, students must be nominated by a coach, must have at least a 3.5 GPA, and must be at least a junior. The following athletes earned the recognition:

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Board Says Farewell to Schaefer, Elects New Trustees Matinee Musicale; Indiana Renaissance Fair; Minnetrista Cultural Center; ARC, Hoosier Heartland Chapter; American Red Cross, Hoosier Heartland Chapter; Muncie YWCA; Delaware County Council for the Arts; Advisory Council College of Fine Arts, Ball State University; and much more. Board Chairman Robert Wagner said he was saddened when Schaefer told him that she had decided to retire from the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees. “But as I reflected on her Board service, I also thought about how fortunate we have been to have had her remarkable leadership for so long a time period,” he said. Trustees are looking forward to welcoming new members as of July 1:

President Snyder with Patricia Schaefer, trustee emeritus

After 20 years of service to the university, Patricia Schaefer has retired from the Board of Trustees. To honor her commitment to Indiana Tech’s success, the Board voted in May to name her trustee emeritus. “I think everyone in this room recognizes that the past two decades have been years of remarkable change and progress for Indiana Tech,” President Arthur Snyder told university friends, faculty and staff gathered at a dinner the night before Commencement. “Pat has been at the forefront of this change, and the school will be forever grateful for her involvement.” Schaefer joined the Board in 1992, following in the footsteps of her father, Ed Schaefer. Patricia Schaefer was director of the Muncie Public Library from 1959 to 1986. Her other professional experience includes employment with Columbus Public Library, Fort Wayne Fine Arts Foundation, Home Telephone Company, WOWO, and U.S. Rubber Co. She earned an undergraduate degree in music from Northwestern University, a master’s in music from the University of Illinois, and a master’s in library science from the University of Michigan. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary doctorate of library science from Indiana Tech. Schaefer’s extensive civic and professional involvement includes The Nature Conservancy; Wapehani County Girl Scouts U.S.A.; Community Foundation, Muncie and Delaware County; Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University; Muncie 26


■■ Richard J. Schul, BSME 1969, is group vice president-climate technologies for Emerson Electric Corp. in St. Louis. He has 42 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, sales and general management at two Fortune 100 companies. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Indiana Tech, he earned an MBA at University of Dayton. His current civic involvement includes the boards of St. Joseph’s Institute for the Deaf, Boy Scouts of America in Greater St. Louis, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri. ■■ Michael P. Browning is senior vice president-finance and CFO of Parkview Health in Fort Wayne. He is a certified public accountant with an MBA from University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Browning is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. His current civic involvement includes the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne Metropolitan Board of Directors and the Parkview Physicians Group Board.

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■■ Terry Van Daele, MBA 2004, is the new alumni representative to the Board. Van Daele has served on the Alumni Board since 2009 and has been very active with alumni events. He is the general manager for business development at Precision Die Technologies in Fort Wayne.

Alumni News

From the Desk of Mike Peterson Whether you’re a current student, faculty or staff member, an alumnus, or even just a friend of Indiana Tech, you are a member of the Warrior community. This community is made up of people from all walks of life. What connects us is the fact that we are all Warriors! Some of us are quiet or even silent warriors, others of us are outspoken warriors, some of us are free-spirited warriors, while still others of us are cautious and practical warriors. A Warrior is someone who stands up for what he believes in, someone who is willing to fight injustice and has a passion for knowledge and truth. A Warrior has an unwavering determination to achieve goals and reach for dreams. A Warrior has the courage to persevere in the face of difficulties and doubters. A Warrior is someone who looks to protect and serve the people and things most important to him or her.

You are a Warrior! At this year’s Homecoming Weekend, I invite you to “Embrace Your Inner Warrior!” For some this will mean embracing the memories of many long, sometimes sleepless nights spent studying or determined to complete a paper or project. For others it will mean embracing the recent accomplishment of persevering through trials and challenging courses to earn a degree. Still others are currently living out the life of a Warrior student with an inner resoluteness and strength. For all of us, it means coming together for the purpose of celebrating all that unites us as Indiana Tech Warriors! A diverse array of activities has been scheduled to awaken the Warrior within during the Home-

coming Weekend extravaganza. I hope that you will peruse the full schedule inside this issue of Trends and consider joining in the fun September 13–16 in Fort Wayne. There should be something for everyone to enjoy. And the number of Warriors with whom we can network and connect continues to grow. With the graduating class of 2012, we recently added 865 new members to the Alumni Association. Our dues paying members are on the rise, too. There are many benefits of joining and staying engaged with the Indiana Tech Alumni Association including:

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Special Alumni Events Discounts at Tech Treasures Scholarship money Ongoing job search and career planning assistance ›› Discounts on hotels and rental cars

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Whether you’re a current student on our traditional day campus in Fort Wayne, a student in our College of Professional Studies, one of our fine faculty or staff, or one of our incredible alumni, we invite you to Embrace Your Inner Warrior! by joining us in Fort Wayne for Warrior Weekend ’12 and experience Indiana Tech’s Homecoming Extravaganza! This fun-filled, celebratory weekend has something for everyone to enjoy. Registration A discounted Homecoming package can be purchased for just $40 per person if reservations are made by Friday, August 31. The package price increases to $50 per person after August 31. This special package includes all Homecoming events on the campus.* You may also register for events individually. Class of 1962 alumni and one guest are complimentary, but pre-registration is still encouraged for planning purposes. Registrations can be made by credit card on our secure online form at To pay by check, please complete the registration form and return with a check payable to Indiana Tech at Indiana Tech, Attn: Homecoming, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803. *Package does NOT include the Dancing to the Decades Party, but it is FREE with Alumni Association card or Student, Staff, or Faculty ID. (Otherwise, Dancing to the Decades Party is $10 for the buffet.) Also NOT included in the package is the TWIST Golf Outing.

Schedule of Events & Activities Thursday, September 13 President’s Club Dinner (By Invitation Only) This is an annual dinner to honor our distinguished donors who contributed $1,000 or more during the fiscal year. It is an elegant occasion held at the Fort Wayne Country Club featuring a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres followed by a sit-down dinner. The evening concludes with meaningful remarks from Dr. Arthur Snyder and special recognition of individuals who have recently endowed new scholarships.

Friday, September 14 Spirit Day For the first full day of Homecoming, we encourage you to let your “inner” Warrior be seen by sporting your favorite Warrior wear. Let there be a sea of orange and black all across campus! If your Indiana Tech wardrobe needs to be expanded or updated, please visit Tech Treasures on the first floor of Andorfer Commons (across from the McMillen Library.) Alumni receive a special 20% discount on all Tech apparel and gifts. Also, the Alumni Board has exclusive Indiana Tech alumni golf shirts available on campus or by contacting alumni director Mike Peterson at or 260-399-2847. Registration & Reminiscing 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Check in at the Alumni Welcome Center inside the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center to pick up your registration packet or to register for the weekend events and activities. Enjoy light refreshments and reminisce with friends new and old! 50-Year Reunion Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. This is a special luncheon to honor the class of 1962. Please plan to join your fellow alumni as we celebrate their 50-year reunion with them. Lunch will be served in the Seitz Conference Center, located on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Honored 1962 graduates and their guests are complimentary. Price for individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $10 per person. TECHnology 101 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Indiana Tech Law School Dean Peter C. Alexander will share his vision of this new addition to the university. Hear all about this grand venture and the many ways that the law school will positively affect both the campus and the Fort Wayne community. TECHnology 101 will meet in the MageeO’Connor Theater in Andorfer Commons. Guided Campus Tours 3 – 4:30 p.m. So many new places to explore! Join other alumni as our talented Student Ambassadors provide you with a personal tour of the campus. Choose to tour on foot or by golf cart as the students share interesting information about buildings, classes, and campus life. There will be opportunities to view engineering labs, newly constructed residence halls, athletic facilities, and more. If interested, please meet in the first floor lounge of the Zollner Engineering Center by 3 p.m. Dancing to the Decades Party 7 – 11 p.m. This is a party that has something for everyone – from current students to graduates of any decade, from staff and faculty to friends of the university. Meet us at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Fort Wayne dressed in attire from your favorite decade and celebrate with friends, classmates, current students, fellow alumni, and others from the Warrior community. Food buffet on the patio; live band playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and today; dancing and laughing; contests and trivia;

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raffle prizes; and lots of celebrating! This event is FREE with your Alumni Association card or current Indiana Tech student, staff, or faculty ID; otherwise, the cost is just $10 for the buffet. Please register for this event by September 5.

diana Tech baseball players do battle with current Tech players. Watch the fierce competition at the Warrior baseball field. To participate, please contact Coach Kip McWilliams at or 260.422.5561, ext. 2313.

Saturday, September 15

Wine Reception – Hosted by the Indiana Tech Alumni Board 5 – 6:30 p.m. This is a wonderful way to begin the evening as the Warrior community gathers together for fine wine, a variety of fruit and cheeses, and time to relax and unwind with friends, fellow alums, staff, faculty, and Student Ambassadors. Nonalcoholic refreshments also will be served. The wine reception is complimentary and takes place in the alcoves on the second floor of Andorfer Commons.

Prayer Service 8 – 8:30 a.m. This non-denominational gathering will help you start your day in an inspirational way through music, sharing, and prayer. The prayer service meets in the Heinz & Nanalee Wegener Worship Center on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Breakfast with the President 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. The aroma alone of this savory spread of breakfast items including omelets, waffles, fruit, and so much more will tempt you to join us in Andorfer Commons. Enjoy friendly conversations with fellow alumni and share a marvelous morning meal with Indiana Tech president, Dr. Arthur Snyder. Price for an individual meal, if the Homecoming package is not purchased, is $10 per person. Alumni Association Annual Meeting 10 – 11:30 a.m. Come together for the annual meeting to hear special updates and remarks from Dr. Arthur Snyder. Also, highlights from the past year will be shared by the Alumni Board, and an election will be held for new Alumni Board members and officers for 2012–2013. Road Warrior Cruise-In featuring Live Music from Unfinished Business 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stroll through the middle of campus to check out some incredible vehicles parked between Andorfer Commons and the Zollner parking lot and listen to fun music that will keep your toes tapping! Various student organizations will be selling food and drinks on the lawn. If you have a special muscle car, NOS auto, or street rod that you would like to display, please contact alumni director Mike Peterson at or 260.399.2847. Dash plaques will be provided for the first 50 vehicles. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Experience lunch with current students in Andorfer Commons. This meal is complimentary for all alumni and Homecoming guests. Scholarship Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. This is a special invitation only event to honor the generous alumni and friends who have established an endowed scholarship at Indiana Tech. Select current scholarship recipients also will be invited to have the opportunity to meet the scholarship donors and express their gratitude. The luncheon will be held in the Paul Seitz Conference Center on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Alumni Men’s Baseball Game Noon. Every year this ends up being a great game as former In-



Alumni Banquet & Awards Ceremony 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. This is one of the highlights of the weekend as we celebrate the newest inductee into the Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame as well as the G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumnus of the Year, CPS (College of Professional Studies) Alumnus of the Year, and the Alumni Volunteer of the Year. There also will be special recognition for the members of the class of 1962. Prepare your palates for a delicious buffet and enjoy this festive occasion that always includes an impressive number of success stories. The banquet takes place in the Paul Seitz Conference Center on the second floor of Andorfer Commons. Price for an individual meal, if the Homecoming Package is not purchased, is $35 per person. Movie & More on the Lawn 9 p.m. – Midnight. Break out the lawn chairs, beanbags, and blankets for some fun under the stars. Popcorn, cotton candy, and drinks will be provided for your refreshment pleasure during the featured movie on the big screen. Pre-movie activities will include karaoke and dance contests in the outdoor amphitheater. Then sit back and enjoy the film! This event is FREE!

Sunday, September 16 TWIST Golf Outing Shotgun start at noon. The ever-popular TWIST Golf Outing is back at Chestnut Hills Golf Club this year. Last year was a completely full field, so get your team registered early before we sell out! This is an 18-hole golf scramble. Entry fee is $80 per person, or $320 per foursome. Indiana Tech students can participate for $25 per person (limited student spots available.) Price includes greens fees, golf cart (2 golfers per cart), lunch, sit-down dinner, and more!

For more details, check out the Homecoming page online at homecoming.

Registration Form A discounted $40 Homecoming package, which includes all regular events on campus, is available until Aug. 31. After Aug. 31, the package price is $50. Children under 10 years of age are free.

How to register: There are several ways to register. Choose the one that works best for you. If you choose to mail, fax, or e-mail, please complete the form below and return as indicated.

send by mail: Indiana Tech Alumni Office 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46803 send by fax: 260-420-1453

register by phone: 800.937.2448 ext.2219 register online: e-mail your registration:

Participant Information First Name______________________________________ Middle Initial___________ Last Name_________________________________________________ Maiden Name__________________________________________________________ Spouse/Guest Name_________________________________________ Street Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City__________________________________________________________________ State________________________________ Zip Code______________ E-mail__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Home Phone________________________________ Cell Phone________________________________ Work Phone _________________________________ Graduation Year(s)________________________ Degree(s)________________________________________________________________________________

Event Registration

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□ Homecoming Package—all events ($40/person)................ ______ (increases to $50 after Aug. 31, 2012) Package does NOT include the TWIST XXIII Golf Outing or the ‘Dancing to the Decades Party, however the Dancing Party is free with Tech student, staff or faculty ID or Alumni Association Membership card.

For the following, please check each event you plan to attend, whether purchasing the package or not. Please also fill in the total number of attendees, including yourself, in the column on the right.


Thursday, September 13

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Friday, September 14

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□ President’s Club Dinner (By invitation only).......................................................... ______ □ 50-Year Reunion Luncheon...................................................................................... ______ ($10/person without Homecoming Package)

□ TECHnology 101.......................................................................................................... ______ □ Guided Campus Tours............................................................................................... ______ □ Dancing to the Decades Party.................................................................................. ______

(Free with Tech student, staff or faculty ID; Alumni Association card; otherwise $10/person)

Saturday, September 15

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□ Prayer Service............................................................................................................ ______ □ Breakfast with the President.................................................................................... ______ ($10/person without Homecoming Package) □ Alumni Association Annual Meeting....................................................................... ______ □ Road Warrior Cruise-In featuring Live Music from Unfinished Business ............. ______ □ Lunch in Andorfer Commons................................................................................... ______ □ Scholarship Luncheon (invitation only).................................................................. ______ □ Alumni Men’s Baseball Game................................................................................... ______ □ Wine Reception – Hosted by the Indiana Tech Alumni Board.............................. ______ □ Alumni Banquet & Awards Ceremony..................................................................... ______ ($35/person without Homecoming Package) □ Movie & More on the Lawn....................................................................................... ______

Sunday, September 16

Please total your registration fee(s) for the events in which you will participate and complete the information below:

□ Check payable to Indiana Tech Credit Card: □ MasterCard □ Visa □ Discover □ American Express Card Number:_____________________________________________ Card Validation Number:____________________________________ (Three-digit number on the back of your credit card or four-digit number on the front of the American Express Card.) Expiration Date:___________________________________________ Name As It Appears On Card:_______________________________ Authorization: I hereby certify that I am the above credit card owner and authorize Indiana Tech to charge my card in the amount of $______ Signature:________________________________________________

Thank you for planning to join us for this exciting weekend. We look forward to seeing you on campus in September!

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□ TWIST XXIII Golf Outing............................................................................................. ______ (Entry Fee is $80/person, $25/Indiana Tech student, $320/foursome)

Cut along dotted line or photocopy and return this form to the Alumni office. You can also fax, call, or e-mail us with your registration information.

Richter’s Notes

Momentum Campaign Hits $29 Million! The largest fundraising campaign ever attempted at Indiana Tech is now history. By every measure, the Momentum Campaign has been a great success.

Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement

The final total raised, as of June 30, 2012, is $29 million, which is $10 million more than the original goal of $19 million. This is a remarkable outcome and is made even more noteworthy when one realizes that it occurred during a time period that included the collapse of real estate values, sky-high unemployment rates, and the 2008 stock market crash that occurred 10 days after we publically announced the campaign.

This just shows you how deeply our supporters care about Indiana Tech. It also says a lot about the team that came together to accomplish this goal and never lost sight of the task at hand. I’d like to publically thank everyone who played a role in the success of the Momentum Campaign. There are literally hundreds of people who had a hand in this success, and we are forever grateful for the help and support they provided. As President Arthur Snyder has said, “The success of a capital campaign is a good measure of the overall health of an organization. When a consensus emerges that things are going well, people know that their gifts will be put to good use. This momentum builds as positive changes create even more opportunities. It’s similar to a fly wheel, in that the stored energy quickly multiplies.” The Momentum Campaign has many accomplishments, and I would like to highlight a few of them:

Scholarship Support for our Students ›› Eighteen new endowed scholarship funds have been created. ›› The Scholars Leadership Program was created. This scholarship is awarded to students based upon academic achievement, leadership skills, and community and campus service.

New Engineering Laboratories ›› ›› ›› ››

James and Joan Bard Life Sciences Laboratory Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory Wilfred Uytengsu Computer Science Laboratory Geothermal heating and cooling system installed with designed-in functionality as a living laboratory and demonstration unit for our students



Student Success Grants ›› Three major grants were received that provide tutoring, mentoring, and academic assistance for students. ›› The Lilly Endowment provided a generous grant to expand the services provided by our Career Planning and Development Center.

Academic Resources for Students ›› James and Joan Bard funded an endowment for the biomedical engineering program. ›› The McMillen Foundation provided two generous grants for the library. ›› The American Electric Power Foundation provided a substantial grant to enhance and build the energy engineering program. ›› The Mimi and Ian Rolland Foundation provided a grant for the Education Resource Center. ›› The English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation provided funding for educational improvements.

Student Residences Added ›› Frank and Anne Oropeza Hall ›› Evans-Kimmell Hall ›› Warrior Row A, B, and C

Campus Facilities Built or Renovated ›› ›› ›› ›› ›› ››

Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center Warrior Athletic Center Maximus Patio overlooking the baseball field Gazebo in the center of campus Student Organization Hub added in Andorfer Commons Abbott Center modified to accommodate one-stop student services concept

As the Momentum Campaign concludes, we are all reminded that its success will have a lasting impact on our students. As we said in the campaign brochure, “There’s a force at work at Indiana Tech, a force created by movement toward a common goal. This force is the momentum that will attract the intellectual, creative, and financial capital Indiana Tech needs to forge ahead.” Much has been achieved, but, as always, much more remains to be done. The mission of propelling our students toward lives of worth, meaning, and significance does not end with the completion of a campaign. We give thanks and celebrate the accomplishment, but the work must continue with all the passion and drive we can muster. Our students deserve no less.

Alumni Updates

›› Rodney R. Groce, MBA 2003, is an accountant for the Department of Defense in Indianapolis. He welcomed his first grandchild, Emery Lea Rose Groce, in November 2011. ›› Melissa Helman, BSBA 2004, is a Tastefully Simple consultant.

›› Dean Hagerty, BSCHE 1968, is manager of operations, maintenance and startup at Bechtel National in Frederick, MD.

2012 Warrior Run for One Recap This year’s Warrior Run for One, held on Sunday, April 29, was a fun, festive, and successful event. More than 100 participants made the one-mile trek from downtown Fort Wayne at the intersection of Barr and Wayne Streets to the finish line at the corner of Wayne and Howard. Indiana Tech’s mascot, Maximus the Warrior, helped the runners build excitement prior to the run while Tech’s pep band played upbeat music near the end of the route, inspiring runners to finish strong. Ranging in age from 4 to 79, competitors of all ages and skill levels covered the one-mile distance in varying times. Some raced as fast as their legs and lungs would allow, others enjoyed a more leisurely run with friends or family, and still others walked just to get some exercise. Non-competitive runners were encouraged to wear costumes, and prizes were awarded in several costume categories. Funds raised through the Warrior Run for One benefit the Warrior Club, which supports Indiana Tech athletics, and the Burn Council of Northeast Indiana. The Burn Council exists to help provide support for burn victims and their families during a very difficult time in their lives. Through various means, including youth camps, a family suite in the St. Joseph Burn Center, and burn prevention activities, the Burn Council strives to help with the healing process. To learn more about the Burn Council of Northeast Indiana, visit their website at

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Top Three Male Finishers 1. Nicolas Jubera (5:37.0) 2. Josh Johnson (5:40.1) 3. Shane Peterson (5:47.7)

Top Three Female Finishers 1. Kristen Flake (6:23.0) 2. Taylor Peterson (6:45.9) 3. Ashley Hamilton (6:48.0)

Summer 2012


In Memoriam



Beloved Professor Ben Dow Dies at 90 One of Indiana Tech’s most beloved professors of the past, Benjamin Dow, died at the age of 90 on March 26 at Quail Haven in Pinehurst, N.C. Dow was a 1943 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he was captain of the swimming and diving team. He also earned a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan. Dow was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a design and development engineer at Wright–Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and he was a veteran of World War II. Prior to his days in teaching, Dow worked at the Glen L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Md., as a jet propulsion research engineer.

the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, among other roles. He also invested in student-athletes by coaching golf for 20 years and tennis for 12 years and helping with baseball, water polo, and bowling.

Dow began his teaching career at Indiana Tech in the fall of 1947. He served students well as an instructor, an advisor, a coach, and a department chair during the next 30 years. He and his wife of 67 years, Marjorie (Margie), invited students to their home on many occasions, which helped establish the Dows as favorites among many of Indiana Tech’s alums from 1947 to 1977. Many alumni attribute success in their own careers to Dow’s care and excellent instruction.

Dow was the author of numerous scholarly articles and publications and was a past recipient of awards presented by the Outstanding Educators of America and the Engineers of Distinction. He was a colleague of Dr. Wernher Von Braun, director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and a friend and classmate of Chris Craft, flight director for NASA in Houston. Professor Dow was invited as a front row VIP guest to the launch of Apollo 13 at the Kennedy Space Center. He served the rest of his career as associate chairman of the department of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola, Ind., retiring in 1991.

While at Tech, Dow taught many different classes, served as the department chair of aeronautical engineering from 1955 to 1970 and department chair of aerospace and mechanical engineering from 1970 to 1977. He also served as a Board of Trustees member, curriculum committee chairman, Faculty Senate member, faculty athletic representative for the Mid-Central College Conference, faculty athletic committee chairman, faculty advisor for the Flying Cub, and faculty advisor for the student chapter of

Dow held a professional engineer’s license in Indiana, Michigan and North Carolina, and was a past president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, past president of the Fort Wayne Engineers Club and member of the American Society for Engineering Education, American Association of University Professors, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

At the request of the Dow family, memorial gifts may be made in his honor to the Professor Ben Dow Scholarship Fund, Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803.

The Rev. Dr. Meredith Justin Sprunger died in April in Muncie, Ind. Sprunger taught psychology at Indiana Tech, beginning in 1959. He also served as head of the Department of Psychology and chair of the Division of Liberal Arts. From November 1976 until March 1977 he served as interim president. He did not want the position permanently, according to the book Indiana Tech: The First 75 Years, because he wanted to return to his academic rather than administrative role. He was, however, “an excellent choice (for interim president) because he was well liked by the faculty and students.”

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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.

Gregory I. Abraham New Britain, CT BSCE 1953

Robert J. Gornstein Kailua, HI BSANE 1959

Raymond A. Mickna Washington, IL BSME 1962

Eugene Walker Former ROTC program instructor

Thomas E. Altgilbers Broomall, PA BSEE 1958

Claudius A. Greco Mount Carmel, PA BSME 1949

Fred Fereidoon Nassiri Bowie, MD BSCE 1960

James S. Yurcaba Beaufort, SC BSEE 1969

Calvin W. Belton Tallahassee, FL BSCE 1951

Michael L. Hofmann Trafalgar, IN BSCE 1970

Walter J. Nothaft Stanwood, WA BSME 1956

Joseph R. Bienas Souderton, PA BSELE 1959

Ronald D. Hughes Madison, IN BSEE 1955

Vernon G. Paulson Los Angeles, CA BSEE 1959

John C. Burton Del Mar, CA BSCE 1957

Albert C. Iwen Merrill, WI BSChE 1954

Jack C. Penn Duncan, OK BSEE 1963

Burch W. Cramer Eaton, OH BSEE 1952

Kent A. Lomont Salmon, ID BSChE 1968

Richard D. Pickett Northampton, MA Honorary doctorate of law 1993

Kenneth R. Crowe Boulder, CO BSPHY 1961

Nicholas Markoff Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1947

Charles E. DeLong, Jr. DuBois, PA BSCE 1952

Dale R. Martin Lagrange, IN BSEE 1955

John A. Enea North Platte, NE BSME 1970

George R. Masters Kannapolis, NC BSEE 1948

James A. Finan Kihei, HI BSCE 1950

Frederick G. May, Jr. Kent, WA BSANE 1950

Frank W. Fisher Indianapolis, IN BSEE 1951

John R. McKinney Churubusco, IN BSME 1955

Michael P. Flanigan Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1962

Johann E. Michelsen Ukiah, CA BSEE 1951



Joseph F. Raynock Macungie, PA BSCS 1951 Robert C. Reed Banning, CA BSRE 1952 Eugene E. Reinhard Plainfield, IN BSEE 1951 Romane J. Rickels Defiance, OH BSME 1969 Roger L. Sentman Troy, OH BSEE 1970 Bobbie M. Tanner Bethesda, MD BSCE 1951

Faculty & Staff News

Rumsey, McGrade Complete Ph.D.s ›› Dr. Dave Rumsey, assistant professor of mathematics, defended his dissertation in March. ›› Dr. Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, also defended her dissertation in March. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Presentations Share University Expertise ›› Dr. Ken Rauch, director, Ph.D. in Global Leadership, presented “New Challenges and Old Paradigms – HR Global Perspectives” for the Human Resource Certification Institute in Washington, D.C., in October. ›› Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast, assistant professor, Ph.D. in Global Leadership, gave two presentations in November. She discussed “Leadership in a Global Economy” at the Indiana chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and “Higher Education Leadership and Globalization in the 21st Century” at the Commission for Administrative Leadership for Global Dimensions of Student Development. ›› Tracy Stoller, librarian, presented “Beginning the Job Search Odyssey: Information Literacy and Job Searches” at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference in November. ›› Connie Scott, director of McMillen Library, copresented “Journey to Diversity Competent Organizations and Workplaces for Indiana Librarians and Staff” at the Indiana Library Federation’s Annual Conference in November. ›› Dr. Tim Mirtz, assistant professor of physical education, presented “Balloons and Balance Tubes for

Motor Skill Development,” an elementary physical education methods topic, at the fall 2011 state conference of the Indiana Association of Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. ›› Cindy Verduce, director of learning support services and career planning and development, presented “They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know: Using the Conscious Competence Ladder Model to Engage Students” at the Intern Bridge Career Services National Conference in January. ›› Randy Liechty, assistant professor of mathematics, and Angela Schuricht, assistant professor of English, presented “Strange Bedfellows: Coupling Math and English in Developmental Cohorts” at the the National Association for Developmental Education in February.

Dr. Yulia Tolstikov-Mast

Faculty, Staff Join Area Boards ›› Dr. Doug Perry, vice president for academic affairs, has been elected to the board of directors of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. ›› Connie Scott, director of McMillen Library, became a board member with WFWA PBS Channel 39. ›› Shelly Musolf, controller, has joined the board of directors of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeast Indiana. ›› Cindy Price Verduce, director of learning support services and career planning & development, has been selected as an at-large member of the board of directors for the Career Development Professionals of Indiana (CDPI).

Dr. Doug Perry

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

Jessica Anderson, assistant dean for admissions, Law School Shanbri Cade, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies—Fishers Cori Christenson, academic resource center representative, College of Professional Studies—Louisville Ruth de Wit, administrative assistant, Law School Nicole Henline, cheer coach Lynn Hummel, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Northern Kentucky Lisa Kindred, academic coordinator and assistant professor of business, College of Professional Studies—Elkhart Mary Slafkosky, associate vice president of institutional advancement Gonzalo Vivas, men’s tennis coach Raquel Vescovi, women’s tennis coach Donna Wilson, administrative assistant, College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

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