Federal Judge Joins Law School Darius Darling Leads the Indiana Tech Anointing Gospel Choir Kaylee Swanson Finds Big Success in Minor League Baseball Volume 9, Issue 2 / Spring 2013 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends
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Letter from the President
Hello again! In recent months I have spent a lot of time thinking and talking about the idea of “significance.” Our mission statement includes a promise to motivate our students “toward a life of significance and worth.” Also, each January I give a presentation to our faculty and staff entitled “State of Our Success and Significance.” In my mind significance isn’t measured by numbers. We may define our success by our enrollment totals, the number of campuses we operate, or even the size of our endowment. But significance is more ethereal; it’s about the quality of the work we do for our students and the value of what they accomplish. In this issue of Trends, you’ll read a collection of profiles about current and recent students who are well on their way to fulfilling their dreams. Darius Darling, Stedmon Bates, and Kaylee Swanson are traveling different paths, but I hope they share a belief that we have served them well in shaping their futures of “significance and worth.” You’ll also read about this year’s Commencement speaker, John Zeglis. I look forward to this celebration each year, and I’m very eager to hear his advice to this year’s graduates. As always, I hope you’ll visit us soon to see our progress for yourself. This year’s homecoming includes a very special event, the dedication of Indiana Tech Law School, but you don’t have to wait until September. You’re part of the Warrior family, and you’re always welcome! Sincerely,
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 Federal Judge Joins Law School Faculty 7 CPS Reaches Out to Students Everywhere 8 Stedmon Bates Well On the Way to IT Success 10 Darius Darling: Making His Way Through Music & Ministry
14 Alumna Kaylee Swanson Scores Major Success in the Minor Leagues 17 Engineering Alum Shares Secrets of Success
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Students Serve the Community In addition to forming a bridge between current students and alumni, Indiana Tech’s Student Ambassadors also help connect the university to the Fort Wayne community. One of their frequent activities is volunteering at Community Harvest Food Bank to provide food to families in need. (From left) Ashley Benvenuti, Stephanie Perez, and Amanda Dicks were part of a group lending a hand in early December.
Events celebrate Black History Month Indiana Tech’s celebration of Black History Month got off to a strong start with T. Leon Williams, director of the Multicultural Center at Elon University, performing “A Conversation with King.” In the performance he pondered what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have to say today by going in and out of character of King. Following Williams’ presentation, he joined students, staff and faculty in a campus march reminiscent of civil rights marches in the 1960s. Marchers carried signs featuring encouraging and uplifting words across campus and stopped in Abbott Center and Cunningham Business Center to sign large puzzle pieces for a “Black History Month Wall of Celebration and Respect.” Additional Black History Month events included a step show and clinic, a local barber offering a traditional barbershop experience on campus, a showing of the movie “Good Hair,” and the annual African-American Read-In.
AT&T grant supports career preparation Indiana Tech was one of two organizations receiving contributions from AT&T in February. Indiana Tech received $15,000 for its Career Readiness Program, and the Fort Wayne Urban League received $10,000 for its Standard-Based Academic Assistance (SAA) and National Achievers Society (NULITES) projects. The Career Readiness Program will assist college seniors and new graduates in the development of core competencies of workforce readiness skills and leadership knowledge, which will be demonstrated to employers via certification. In addition, the Career Center will seek partnerships with the Northeast Indiana Human Resources Association (NIHRA) Workforce Readiness Committee to disseminate information and coach students in skills development. Through interactive seminars and workshops, students will gain knowledge of and practice skills they will need throughout their careers. “AT&T is committed to the communities we serve,” said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. “Contributing to the success of the future leaders of our world is the best investment any company can make.”
Graduation ceremony will feature former AT&T executive John D. Zeglis, retired chairman and CEO of AT&T wireless services, will be the keynote speaker at Indiana Tech’s 2013 Commencement. He was president of AT&T before AT&T Wireless was spun-off John D. Zeglis as a public company in 2000. Zeglis is also the founder and principal owner of the Fort Wayne’s NBA D-League team, the Mad Ants. “John Zeglis has a long track record of business and leadership success, and I am very much looking forward to hearing him share his insights with our graduates,” said President Arthur Snyder. Zeglis earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois and his law degree at Harvard Law School. He won a Knox Memorial Fellowship for a year of postgraduate study in law and economics in Europe. He began his career as an associate with the law firm of Sidley & Austin, where
he later became partner. He joined AT&T in 1984 as corporate vice president—law. He rose to president of AT&T in 1997. He served as CEO of AT&T wireless from 1999 to 2004. Zeglis is a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities, and he has been awarded honorary Doctor of Law degrees by George Washington University and Valparaiso University. He serves on several non-profit boards including Culver Educational Foundation; the Marshall County Community Foundation; the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of Mishawaka, Indiana; the St. Joseph Hospital of Plymouth, Indiana; Howard University; Manchester University; Valparaiso University; the Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Illinois; the United Way of Marshall County; Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana; and the Lake Maxinkuckee Gift of Warmth Film Festival. He also is a director of the Helmerich and Payne Corporation of Tulsa, Okla.; State Farm Mutual Insurance Company, Bloomington, Ill.; Telstra, Inc. of Australia; and The Duchossois Group of Companies.
About Commencement Speaker:
John Zeglis, retired chairman and CEO of AT&T When: 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013 Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum More information: www.IndianaTech.edu/graduation
Faculty & staff make powerful investment The faculty and staff of Indiana Tech definitely put their money where their mouth is during the annual faculty and staff fundraising campaign. This year was another record-breaking year as these dedicated employees increased the total amount of their giving by almost 11.5 percent over last year’s total. And once again, the participation rate of full-time employees was quite impressive at more than 93 percent.
Pa r ti c i pati o n R ate Tota l I n v e s te d
Each year during the annual faculty and staff fundraising campaign, the employees of Indiana Tech are asked to give back a portion of their paycheck to help this great university continue to expand and meet the needs of the growing student population. This year’s theme was “Giving Today, Building for Tomorrow.” With the increase in students that Indiana Tech serves, it is important for the university to invest in new
facilities on the Fort Wayne campus and expanded facilities and new locations for the College of Professional Studies. No one understands these needs more than the faculty and staff. As is evidenced by the amount of money invested and the percentage of employees investing, it is clear that the faculty and staff believe in the students and the mission of Indiana Tech.
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Federal Judge Joins Law School Faculty U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith Klaswick Fitzgerald, who will retire from the federal bench this summer, will join the full-time Indiana Tech Law School faculty.
itzgerald, a native of Elmora, Penn., currently sits as a bankruptcy judge in Pittsburgh, Penn., and she also holds court in the District of Delaware and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Indiana Tech is very excited to have Judge Fitzgerald become a part of our community,” Law School Dean Peter C. Alexander said. “She is an excellent jurist whom I’ve known, worked with, and respected for many years.” Fitzgerald was named to the bankruptcy court in 1987, following an impressive term as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for western Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. The judge is no stranger to the classroom. She has served as a lecturer on the national, state and local levels for the National Conferences of Bankruptcy Judges, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and many other – Judge Fitzgerald organizations. She also has taught bankruptcy and commercial law courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and conducted classes at the Duquesne University School of Law, both in Pittsburgh, and at the University of Miami. Alexander notes that “the judge is very comfortable in the classroom, and our students will benefit from her years of experience training lawyers and law students.”
I am devoted to finding ways to bridge the gap between the theory of law and how it plays out in the real world.
Fitzgerald is an accomplished scholar as well. She and Alexander co-edited a monograph for the American Bankruptcy Institute on bankruptcy for family law attorneys and she co-wrote a reference book with Ramona
Arena Baker entitled “Bankruptcy and Divorce.” She co-edits a national bankruptcy publication, Rutter Group Practice Guide in Bankruptcy, and has just completed a term as an associate editor of The American Bankruptcy Law Journal, a publication of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, an organization for which she served as president. Her accomplishments have been recognized in her election to the American Law Institute and to the American College of Bankruptcy. Fitzgerald sees becoming a full-time academic as “the next exciting chapter” in her distinguished career. She added, “I have always appreciated how difficult it is for students to learn to think and act like lawyers and for professionals to stay current in their practice areas. I am devoted to finding ways to bridge the gap between the theory of the law and how it plays out in the real world. A primary mission of Indiana Tech Law School is to teach students to comprehend legal theory through clinics, practicums, and in-class assignments — something right in line with what I believe is fundamental to legal education. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity and look forward to meeting the inaugural class.” Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder shares Alexander’s enthusiasm regarding Fitzgerald’s addition to the law faculty. “Judge Fitzgerald has the ideal experience set for our law school,” Snyder said. “As a federal jurist, she brings an important understanding vital to educating the next generation of lawyers.” Three others are also joining the Law School faculty: James Berles earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and his law degree from South
Above, progress continues on the Law Schoolâ€™s new facility. The spacious lobby features a grand stairway atrium. Below, workers continue making progress in the moot courtroom, which will be used for teaching purposes as well as some real court proceedings.
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Muncie attorney Eric C. Welch displays the plaque he received to commemorate his endowment of the first scholarship for the Indiana Tech Law School. He chose to support the new law program 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.”
Texas College of Law. He currently serves as a law clerk to senior U.S. District Judge William Lee in Fort Wayne, Ind., and he was formerly a magazine editor for the oil and gas industry.
Adam Lamparello earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, his law degree from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, and a Master of Laws degree from New York University. He currently teaches criminal law at Morris County College in Randolph, N.J., and has taught legal research and writing at the Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law, and Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Ga. Charles MacLean is a former county attorney in Minnesota who currently teaches legal research and writing at the Duncan School of Law at Lincoln Memorial University in Knoxville, Tenn. MacLean earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. “Each of our new colleagues brings a wealth of lawyering skills experience with them, and our students will benefit from their knowledge and insights,” Alexander said.
Law school faculty members will begin their official duties in July of 2013. The law school opens its doors to its charter class in August of 2013.
Law Library Receives Major Donation
The Law School has received an anonymous donation of a significant library collection. The donor, a businessperson who lives out of state, acquired the library collection of a law school that was not able to earn ABA accreditation. The donor stored the collection with the hope that the books and microfiche it contained would be put to good use someday. The exact volume count of the collection is unknown, but Alexander has inspected the collection and he is very impressed. “There are so many books that they are currently being stored in eight tractor-trailers, and the microfiche collection has been stored in a large climate-controlled storage area,” he said. “Everything is in very good condition.” The law school’s associate dean for library affairs, Phebe Poydras, believes that the anonymous donation is a major step for Indiana Tech Law School. “This gift is wonderful, and it helps us get a significant start on building our library collection. We are very appreciative.” The donor does not seek recognition in exchange for the gift. The university intends to acknowledge his generosity in whatever way is acceptable to the law school’s new patron. The donor modestly states, “We are happy that we were able to join with your school and help defer some of your library outlay. We wish you the greatest success.” Poydras has already taken possession of the microfiche and expects that the books will be delivered to Fort Wayne in June.
CPS REACHES OUT TO STUDENTS EVERYWHERE
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The College of Professional Studies
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has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years through a commitment
to making higher education accessible
Satellite Campus Jeffersonville
to students everywhere.
Louisville, KY Evansville
One aspect of this commitment involves establishing satellite campuses in areas that have a demand for higher education. In just the past five years, the university has added CPS classroom locations in Mishawaka, Kendallville, Fishers, Munster, and Jeffersonville in Indiana as well as Louisville and Northern Kentucky. This spring brings another Indiana classroom location in Evansville. A temporary office for admissions opened there in October 2012, but a larger location opened at 900 Tutor Lane in March. Classes at that site will likely begin in Session 1 in July 2013. Another aspect of making higher education available to all relies on the growth of online education. In the span of only eight years, Indiana Tech’s online offerings have grown from just
four courses to two dozen degrees that can be fully completed online. In terms of enrollment, Session 5 this spring is the university’s largest yet with 1,750 students taking at least one online course. While many students may complete their degree online without ever setting foot in an Indiana Tech classroom, our admissions team has learned that those students still want personal attention and service. With that in mind, CPS leadership has begun exploring the benefits of establishing admissions offices focused on online students in areas without Indiana Tech campuses. That exploration combined with a bit of serendipity led to the opening of two such recruitment offices in 2012. The
first was established in the Philadelphia area when Sommer Myers, an admissions representative at the Munster campus, needed to move there for family reasons but really didn’t want to leave the university. The second was established in Boise, Idaho, when Todd Nichols, enrollment manager in Louisville, faced the same situation. A third recruitment office will soon open in Chicago. Wherever the prospective students may be, they now have a new tool for learning about our online courses. In November, the university launched a video demo that shows students how online courses work. The demo gives an overview of things like accessing courses, participating in class discussions, submitting assignments, and taking exams.
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While most students wait until after graduation to start their careers, Stedmon Bates has already made his mark on the information technology field as an undergraduate.
B Bates Well On the Way to IT Success Transfer student’s future wasn’t always so clear. By Lauren Caggiano
ates, 23, transferred from Ivy Tech Northeast, and is currently in his fourth semester at Indiana Tech. Although thriving now, Bates remembers when academic success wasn’t always within reach. Upon graduation from Snider High School in Fort Wayne, he wasn’t sure whether higher education was for him. But attending Ivy Tech opened up a lot of doors for him and prepared him for future success at a four-year institution. He attributes a lot of his growth to the college’s student life department, which really developed him as a person. He assisted with planning campus events, which helped him meet people and develop skills. Now, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in networking at Indiana Tech, he says the course work comes naturally to him. “I went in with the intent of pursuing a major in IT,” he says. “I was always good with computers, so I thought I might as well do something with them.” True to his aspirations, Bates currently works part-time in the university’s IT department, which he says helps him stay “on the edge of computer and networking technologies.” He says the position has exposed him to the “business side” of IT, which is much different from personal use of technology. In his words, “knowing that I work in and love IT, it keeps my interest alive on new technologies.” And struggling through issues and being able to configure or fix a challenge is equally rewarding. Those challenges include working on university laptops and installing software on them. Bates says his academic training has helped him on the job. Specifically, he cites the Netlab, which is an on-campus
computer lab where he interacts with other networking students and has access to networking equipment. Here, he learns valuable information about his field while being around other dedicated individuals within his program. “It would be impossible for me to find other places where I could practice on real networking equipment that the Indiana Tech Netlab provides,” he explains. In between work and school, Bates has found the time for keeping his skills fresh in other ways. For example, he recently competed in the Cisco NetRiders competition, upon the recommendation of a classmate. Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders Competitions are an opportunity for participants to showcase their networking abilities, learn valuable new IT skills, and gain visibility among talent recruiters in the growing IT and networking fields. Competitions are offered for students currently or recently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy. Competition structures, curriculum content, and schedules differ for each region. Bates says the first two rounds were theoretical in nature. He competed in a lab that simulated a real network environment. A points system determined his advancement to the next round. Bates competed against 3,000 students and advanced to the third round, placing 64th out of 96 finalists. This qualifies him as one of the top IT students in the United States and Canada. In hindsight, Bates says he was pleased with his performance and believes it is a sign that he chose the right field.
it would be impossible for me to find other places where I could practice on real networking equipment that the Indiana Tech Netlab provides
“I was very motivated to do well in the competition. I was having fun going over the different topics that competition covered. Round three of the Cisco competition was very intense, but at the same time it was fun,” he says. No doubt that accomplishment has renewed his dedication to his studies. Bates says knowing the end of his academic career is fast approaching is a major factor. But perhaps the biggest motivator is internal. “Upon transferring to Indiana Tech I stayed motivated because I wanted to prove to myself I could perform well academically,” he says. The youngest of five children, Bates also shared how his upbringing has shaped his life. “Sometimes I think about my childhood and see items and scenarios that I didn’t have because my single mother just couldn’t afford it,” he says. “Going to school and working will propel me into having a better economic future.” Speaking of the future, Bates says his ultimate goal is to become a network consultant and travel around the country to help customers. In the meantime he is busy trying to complete the necessary coursework to graduate in December. He is considering taking on a summer internship with a local company, as well. It’s not all work and no play, however. In his free time, Bates is a member of the campus Cyber Defense Team, enjoys spending time with friends, and playing video games. It doesn’t seem that long ago Bates was unsure about his academic future. He advises others in his shoes to dream big.
“Don’t limit yourself. Think of the broadest, most difficult dream. If you don’t make it you’ll land in a decent spot,” he says.
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making his mark through music & ministry Darius Darling Strives for Meaningful College Years By Steve Penhollow
is the first rehearsal of the spring semester for the Indiana Tech Anointing Gospel Choir, and the director has some choice words for his 12 young singers. “Welcome to 2013 where all is clean,” Darius Darling tells them. “We started a new slate. This is not just a social gathering; this is a ministry. “This has got to stop. It has to stop,” he says, referring to past misbehavior of an unspecified nature. “If we expect to go anywhere with this gift God has given us, we have to cut it out. We have to focus in. People will be dismissed from rehearsals,” Darling promises. A bystander watching this might naturally come to two conclusions: that Darling is a faculty member and that he is one tough cookie. In fact, Darling, 20, is a junior at Indiana Tech studying business administration with a sports management concentration and says he strives to be approachable, not imperious. But he can be tough when he needs to be. In his three years at Indiana Tech, the Detroit-born Darling has made his mark in several ways: as a resident assistant, as the A/V conference intern for the Office of Student Life, and as the founder and director of the Anointing Gospel Choir.
Darling’s effect on his fellow schoolmates was certified last April when he won the Kekionga Feather Award, which is bestowed for outstanding service to the student body of Indiana Tech. The faculty and staff members with whom Darling comes in frequent contact describe him as a leader. “If an outsider walked in (to a rehearsal), he would think Darius is a hired choir director,” says Craig Dyer, assistant professor in sports management. “He’d never guess that Darius is one of (the singers’) peers.” But they also describe him as fun. “Every time I get with him, he laughs and he makes me laugh,” says Connie Scott, director of the McMillen Library. “He’s a fun guy.” For his part, Darling eschews the leader label. “I don’t see myself as a leader,” he says. “I’m a trailblazer. I am going to start something and make sure it’s strong, and then I am going to get off and do something else.” When he was accepted to Indiana Tech, Darling says he had no intention of pursuing music, despite a lifetime spent immersed in gospel. “I had done enough with music in high school,” he says.
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“I was like, ‘OK, I got my training. I’m cool. I’m just going to harvest it now and just do my own thing.’ ” But after he prayed for insight into what his mission at the school should be, he found himself sitting in a classroom where some students were singing. “(T)hey were like, ‘Man, we need a choir on campus. We need something like that.’ And I was just like, ‘Oh God. This is why I’m here?’ I did not want to sign up for this.”
I wanted my college experience to be something that was meaningful, something that was impactful, and — dare I say it — legendary.
The responsibilities of being a gospel choir director extend far beyond the music for Darling. With the music comes the ministry.
“To sing under the anointing is just an amazing experience,” he says. “…and it takes a special person to be able to handle it, because it’s not always just on a Sunday morning or a Wednesday night at a Bible study or at a concert. “It’s a daily walk,” Darling says. “Because when people see you, they have to look at you and understand that you are a minister at all times. That’s the hard part. I think getting up and singing is the easy part.” Darling defines singing under the anointing as “yielding yourself to God to be used by him.”
There are many goals that can be achieved through gospel music, but “at the end of the day, if you’re not saving souls, it’s not about anything,” Darling says. “You’re just out there flapping your gums.” Once he had decided to commit himself to the Anointing Gospel Choir, he did nothing by halfmeasures, according to Andrea Check, director of student life. “He did have a clear vision for what he wanted for the gospel choir and the drive and skill to get that set up,” she says, “and that is unusual for a freshman. He has an amazing — not just work ethic — but kind of like an ethic about what he applies himself to. It’s hard to find even in adult peers.” Darling says he has been singing “since I could talk.” “I, oftentimes, tell people that when I came out, I was singing a little note instead of crying,” he says. Darling sang his first solo in church when he was 8 or 9 (“or maybe it was 6,” he says) and directed a choir in song for the first time when he was 12 or 13. Darling’s father died when he was 3, and he says that life was sometimes tough for himself, his mother, and his four siblings. But he says the only time he ever rebelled against his mom was when he sneaked out at 16 to sing with the
gospel group Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver and the Hallelujah Singers, of which his uncle was a member. His mother subsequently forbade him to sing with the group until he had graduated from high school. “She didn’t want me going out to sing because it took away from my studying and things like that,” he says. Darling followed his mother’s directive to the letter. “I graduated high school, but once I crossed that stage,” he says, “I think that weekend we had an engagement to sing.” Interestingly, it’s his mother who now encourages him when the work of corralling a college choir gets him down. “She was like, ‘Well, you’ve got two choices,’ ” Darling says. “You can give up and let God be mad at you, or you can just keep going and you can be mad at (the singers) every now and then. “I think I’ll just be mad at them every now and then,” he says.
Darling says he didn’t come to the school to become a “big man on campus.” He came to make the most of what Indiana Tech has to offer. “Everybody does not live the same college experience, and that’s OK,” he says. “But I wanted my college experience to be something that was meaningful, something that was impactful, and – dare I say it – legendary. “I’m not trying to sound conceited or anything,” he says. “I just wanted my college experience to be something more than the average college experience. It’s not often that you get an African-American young man from Detroit that’s doing things, that has a reputation of doing things the right way.” After he graduates, Darling says he plans to return to Detroit, rejoin Dr. Weaver’s group, and “become an athletic director in the Detroit public school system” so that he can help sometimes confused teenage athletes. Darling calls Detroit “one of the greatest cities in America” and says he may run to be its mayor some day.
Darling describes his singers as rambunctious. “There’s a lot of energy within the group,” he says. “Some days, it’s harder to tame that energy and hone that energy and send it where it needs to be sent.”
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Alumna Kaylee Swanson Scores Major Success in the Minor Leagues
Since graduating from Indiana Tech in 2007, Kaylee Swanson has put her business administration and sports marketing education to good use. Her hard work and determination have helped propel her to a successful career in Minor League Baseball.
rowing up in Sandusky, Ohio, Swanson always had a strong interest in sports. She especially enjoyed playing softball and watching the Cleveland Indians play baseball at Jacobs Field (now known as Progressive Field). “It will always be the ‘Jake’ to me,” Swanson said. Despite her passion for sports, Swanson’s early years found her dreaming of becoming an English teacher. It wasn’t until her time at Indiana Tech that she discovered her love of sports could be intertwined with a successful career path. Because of Swanson’s softball abilities, she was recruited to play ball at Indiana Tech. During her time at Tech, the women’s soccer program was seeking additional players to join the team. Swanson jumped at the chance to get involved with another sport. Eventually, Swanson put down her softball glove in favor of her soccer cleats and became a standout player for the Warrior soccer team.
Because of her education and experience, Swanson was able to quickly find a full-time job working as director of game operations for an arena football2 team in Texas. “It’s kind of funny,” Swanson said, “When I was younger, my best friend and I talked about how fun it would be to make a trip to Texas.” While the two friends never ventured off to the Lone Star State together, Swanson found herself starting her career there. “It wasn’t quite what I pictured as a kid, but I did work a lot of hours gaining valuable experience in the sports management field!”
Guided by the encouragement and mentoring of Professor Craig Dyer, Swanson became increasingly interested in sports marketing. Through one of Dyer’s classes, she found herself in an internship with the now defunct Fort Wayne Fusion football team. With the Fusion, Swanson was able to experience many facets of the sports marketing profession from organizing and managing game day operations to group ticket sales to community involvement. This internship also gave her the “real world” experience that made her excited about her future and opened her eyes to the time and hard work that goes into being successful. Another important internship experience which made a lasting impact on Swanson was her position with Indiana Tech’s Career Center. She credits Cindy Verduce, learning support services and career planning & development director, for providing her with valuable lessons that helped her develop as a leader, a marketing professional, and interacting with community business leaders. “I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources available from the Career Center during your time at Indiana Tech,” Swanson said. “It will prove to be invaluable.”
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Work hard and put in the hours. The experience is so important and will help you determine if you really enjoy the job...
Following her season in Texas, Swanson made a brief stop in Kentucky where she continued working in the arena football world. It was during this time that baseball’s Triple-A All-Star Game was played in Kentucky, so Swanson volunteered to help with the event. In 2009 the arena football2 league folded, but Swanson’s work ethic, experience, and connections propelled her to make the career move into the world of baseball. Snatched up by the York Revolution in York, Pa., Swanson began serving as a corporate partnerships associate. During her three years with the organization, Swanson reached or surpassed her sponsorship goals each season and sold more than $250,000 in group sales. She also was instrumental in developing and managing at least seven theme nights during each season. Her success may have rubbed off on the organization as the team won back-to-back league championships in 2010 and 2011. If asked, Swanson will proudly display her two championship rings. While living in York, Swanson volunteered her time as an assistant softball coach at York College of Pennsylvania. She really enjoyed being involved with the softball team and was happy to share her knowledge with the players. Because Swanson began to make a name for herself as a hard-working professional able to achieve great results and with the help of networking through LinkedIn, she was presented with an incredible opportunity in 2011. Major League Baseball was in the process of developing a new league in Australia and needed talented young professionals to assist with improving growth. As Australia is much more known for cricket and rugby, Swanson knew it would be a challenge; but she couldn’t pass up the chance to be involved in this exciting new venture in the land down under. Under Swanson’s leadership as marketing and events coordinator, the Canberra Cavalry baseball team led the league in both attendance and sponsorship sales. “It was tough having only a staff of three working on every aspect of marketing, sales, entertainment, game day operations,” Swanson stated. “In the states, there would’ve been a staff of about 17. It was hard work, but rewarding!”
While the job was fast-paced and required long hours, Swanson said that the general lifestyle in Australia was much more relaxed and free-spirited than in the United States. There appeared to be fewer security issues, too. “I could walk right up to the prime minister of Australia as opposed to the tight security surrounding the president,” Swanson explained. Overall, Swanson had a marvelous experience in Australia, and her continued success prompted the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League (Single-A team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays) to hire her back in the United States as their director of promotions and group sales. In her current role with the Renegades, Swanson trains and manages a team of more than 30 staff during the season, including mascots. She plans, promotes, and executes in-game entertainment and theme nights. She manages a pre-game concert series, pre-game T-ball sessions, and adult birthday packages, all of which she developed in her short time with the organization. Even though she arrived less than two months before the start of the season, Swanson still managed to reach her 2012 sales goals. And to top everything off, the Renegades won the league championship in her first season with the team, so she now is the proud owner of three championship rings. (Her current favorite major league team, the Baltimore Orioles, may want to take note!) Swanson aspires to one day become a general manager of a baseball team. If her early career success is any indication, she is sure to achieve that dream. Her advice to others is to seek out internships even if they are unpaid. “Work hard and put in the hours. The experience is so important and will help you determine if you really enjoy the job,” Swanson said. She also encourages everyone to network as much as possible and don’t give up on people who might say no the first time. This is sage advice from such a young alumna. And even though her impressive achievements have come in the minor leagues, one would do well to heed this advice in order to attain major league success in life.
Engineering Alum Shares Secrets of Success
When Ravi Talwar returned to Indiana Tech in November it was to share his professional and lifelong expertise with students who are much like he was as an undergraduate. Talwar graduated from Indiana Tech in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and later earned a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University. With his wife, Eleanor, at his side, he has worked internationally, run multiple companies as CEO, and built a life and legacy on learned principles. Now living in Carmel, Ind., and working as the president and CEO of Gate City Steel, Talwar met with current Tech students for a
presentation entitled “Your First Job: A Stepping Stone to Success.” Talwar believes it is important to give back in ways that can effect positive change and make an impact on others. Sharing life’s lessons seemed to be a natural way for him to connect with Tech students of today in order to help better prepare them for tomorrow. Talwar told students they had already started on their pathway to success by choosing to attend Indiana Tech. In discussing career preparation and what students should expect in their first job, Talwar outlined basic tools such as listening and organizational skills, a focused approach on assignments, presentation skills, and being a
team player. Too often, he pointed out, we forget the basics and are not prepared for life’s challenges. Talwar also shared his good habits for success which included punctuality, having a work plan, finishing what you start, using analytical skills, being willing to seek help and to help others, and treating people like you would like to be treated. In closing, Talwar gave all of the presentation attendees a “secret weapon for success”: a notebook and pen. He said it is vital to take good notes daily and to review these often so important things aren’t forgotten and appropriate follow-up can occur.
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Built for Speed Track & field teams build reputation with performances at nationals The Warriors capped off one of the most successful seasons in program history at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships with the women taking second place overall, and the men third overall. The team also crowned national champions in two events. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team — Zalika Dixon, Chloe Brooks, Shayne Armbrister, and Kirsten Flake — finished the race in a championships record time of 3:39.423 to defeat defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist by .005 of a second in a thrilling photo finish. Sophomore Shayla France captured the title in the 60-meter hurdles in a school record time of 8.45. Head Coach Doug Edgar said the teams exceeded expectations at the championships.
200-meter dash: John Broaden (21.70, 2nd) Dontaey Paige (22.26, 7th) 400-meter dash: Robert Rose (48.30, 3rd) Dareyus Person (1:47.41, 7th) 600-meter run: Nick Radionoff (1:19.48, 6th) 60-meter hurdles: Robert Rose (8.00, 4th)
4x800-meter relay: Matt Adair, Seth Spangler, Brandon Reynard, Nick Radionoff (7:44.57, 5th) High jump: Herb Gary (7-1.75, 2nd) David Army (6-9.75, 3rd) Long jump: Darryl Marlow (23-5.5, 2nd) Triple jump: Darryl Marlow (48-6.75, 3rd)
4x400-meter relay: Robert Rose, Dareyus Person, Austen Barnes, Harris Edwards III (3:13.00, 3rd)
The Oklahoma Baptist men’s and women’s programs won the team national championships, the fifth straight title for their women’s squad. The Oklahoma Baptist men scored 86.5 points followed Shayla France by Wayland Baptist with 70 and Indiana Tech with 68. The Warrior women finished with 87 points behind Oklahoma Baptist’s 113. In addition to their two national champions, the Warriors took home 39 All-America honors. Indiana Tech will now transition to the outdoor season beginning with the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invite on March 16 and 17 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Men’s All-Americans 60-meter dash: Dontaey Paige (6.84, 5th)
“Almost all athletes ran a lifetime best time and improved on their ranking coming into the championships,” Edgar said. “We had a few mishaps along the way, but the team and athletes showed real heart to recover and support one another.”
60-meter dash: Adella King (7.29, 3rd) Katelyn Lewis (7.59, 5th) Shayla France (7.63, 6th) Jewel Thomas (7.68, 8th) 200-meter dash: Adella King (23.29, 2nd) Chloe Brooks (24.37, 4th) Shayla France (24.38, 5th) Zalika Dixon (24.55, 7th) 400-meter dash: Zalika Dixon (54.83, 2nd) Chloe Brooks (55.85, 3rd) Shayne Armbrister (57.84, 8th) 60-meter Hurdles: Shayla France (8.45, 1st)
4x400-meter Relay: Zalika Dixon, Chloe Brooks, Shayne Armbrister, Kirsten Flake (3:39.43, 1st) High Jump: Austina Smith (5-5.0, 5th) Long Jump: Ashley Watley (18-8.5, 4th) Triple Jump: Stacia Murray (38-2.25, 4th) Pole Vault: Jeslyn Zimmerly (11-11.75, 3rd)
Warriors of the Month As part of the Warrior Pride program, each month the athletic department names one male and one female athlete the Warrior of the Month. Athletes can earn recognition for their hard work on the field, excellence in the classroom, or being active in their community. January:
Melvin Brooks – men’s basketball
Kaneisha Bass – women’s basketball
Tanner Martin – wrestling
Rachael Kruse – women’s basketball
Oscar Calderin-Cruzata – men’s soccer
Clea Endres – women’s lacrosse
Melvin Brooks – men’s basketball
Juliaclare Plezbert – softball
Garrett Black – men’s soccer
Natalie Zimmerman – women’s soccer
2 Wrestlers Are All-Americans In just its second year of competition, the Warrior wrestling team finished in 16th place and had two All-Americans at the 2013 NAIA Wrestling National Championships. Leading the way for Tech was the All-American duo of Travis Barroquillo and Kris McKinley. Barroquillo finished in seventh place at 133 pounds to earn his second straight All-America honor, while McKinley grabbed a seventh place finish at 125 pounds to secure his first. Six additional Warriors qualified for the national meet: Sidney Logan at 149 pounds, Adam Fahs at 157 pounds, James Bennett at 165 pounds, Darryl Grayson and Tanner Martin, both 174 pounds, and Logan Rimmer, 285 pounds.
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Tech Earns Five Stars — Again
Bowlers Earn WHAC Honors
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has once again recognized Indiana Tech as a Champions of Character Five Star Award recipient for advancing characterdriven athletics. The award recognizes institutions and conferences that are active in the NAIA’s Champions of Character program which emphasizes the five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Indiana Tech has earned the award every year since the initiative began in 2000-01. The award is given annually to institutions scoring 60 or more total points on the NAIA Champions of Character Scorecard, which gives points for character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions also earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
Senior Jaiden Metzger was named Men’s
Basketball Players Earn Postseason Honors Several members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams garnered post-season recognition from the WHAC: Melvin Brooks: First Team All-Conference
Bowler of the Year by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Metzger capped off his outstanding career with the Warriors as the conference’s top bowler, averaging a 204.81 through the four jamborees. He was the individual champion at WHAC Jamboree I and posted top-5 finishes in the other three. Fellow senior Tony Henry joined Metzger on the men’s First Team All-Conference. Henry finished just behind Metzger on the WHAC leaderboard with a 204.56 average in conference play. Additionally, Henry was named to the WHAC Champions of Character Team. Sophomore Devin Arick was selected to the Honorable Mention All-Conference Team, and Head Coach Larry Secrist was honored Jaiden Metzger with the WHAC Champions of Character Coach award. In women’s bowling, freshman Rachel Atkins earned a First Team All-Conference selection. Atkins’ average of 184.25 was the fifth best in the WHAC this season. The Warriors placed two on the Honorable Mention AllConference Team, sophomore Jenna Shaffer and freshman Emalee Wiser. Senior Alicia Bowman was named to the WHAC Champions of Character Team, and Jessica James and Erin Tigler received WHAC All-Academic Team. To qualify, an athlete must achieve a 3.25 or better GPA and be a junior or above in academic standing.
Antonio Canon: Honorable Mention All-Conference Jordan Hickman: Honorable Mention All-Conference and Champions of Character Team Antonio Landers: All-Newcomer Team Jeff Hoskins: All-Academic Team Rachael Kruse: First Team All-Conference
Ulyssia Richmond: First Team All-Conference Bryn Schlatter: Champions of Character Team and All-Academic Team
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Sabine Filippovica: All-Academic Team
With winter sports winding down and spring sports heating up, there’s a lot going on in Warrior athletics. For the latest news, scores and schedules:
Kendall Guthrie: All-Academic Team The men’s team finished the regular season 21-10 overall, 14-8 in conference. The women’s team finished the regular season 13-17 overall, 11-11 in conference. Both teams ended their season with a loss in the first round of the WHAC tournament.
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From the Desk of Mike Peterson Let’s get engaged! No, I’m not asking you to marry me. This is just an encouragement for you to stay connected and involved with Indiana Tech. There are so many avenues by which you can engage with us: connect and network through our Indiana Tech alumni LinkedIn site, peruse the information and stories on our website at IndianaTech.edu/Alumni, follow us on the Indiana Tech Alumni Facebook page, visit us on campus, attend one of our fun alumni events, share your success stories via e-mail (alumni@ indianatech.edu) or online. Another excellent way to get engaged is to “Embrace Your Mike Peterson, Inner Warrior” by joining us director of alumni on the Fort Wayne campus relations during Homecoming Weekend September 13 to 15, 2013. It is always a festive occasion with many exciting activities for alumni and friends to enjoy. This year will be extra special as we’ll also be celebrating the grand opening of our new Indiana Tech Law School. To make this a more enticing option, it is my pleasure to announce that ALL events and activities during Homecoming Weekend will be FREE, except the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, September 14 ($20/person or $30/couple) and the TWIST Golf Outing on Sunday, September 15 ($80/golfer). To the right is a “First Look” at the schedule for Homecoming 2013. We’ve also arranged some pretty amazing deals on local hotels for you to enjoy during your stay. It would be great to have you here to help us celebrate Homecoming Weekend 2013, so “Embrace Your Inner Warrior” and get these dates on your calendar today! But most importantly, stay engaged in whatever way you are able. If you have ideas or suggestions, please send them my way by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 260-399-2847.
Preliminary 2013 Homecoming Schedule Friday the 13th of September 10 am – 4 pm Registration & Reminiscing 11:30 am – 12:45 pm Reunion Luncheon to honor 10, 25, & 50-year reunion celebrants 1:30 – 2:30 pm Technology 101 featuring Professor John Renie (Energy Engineering/Wind Turbine) 3 – 4:30 pm Guided Campus Tours 7 – 11 pm Dancing to the Decades & Friday the 13th Party! Featuring free food and live band (at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Fort Wayne)
Saturday, September 14 8 – 8:30 am Prayer Service 8:30 am – 9:30 am Breakfast with the President 10 am – Noon Indiana Tech Law School Grand Opening Celebration Noon - 3 pm Road Warrior Cruise-In on the lawn featuring a live band 3 pm Alumni Men’s Baseball Game 4:45 – 5 pm Abbreviated Alumni Association Annual Meeting 5 – 6:30 pm Wine Reception hosted by the Indiana Tech Alumni Board 6:30 – 8:30 pm Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony ($20/person or $30/couple) 9 pm – 1 am Late Night Rec Center featuring Bowling and Poker
Sunday, September 15 Noon shotgun start TWIST Golf Outing at Chestnut Hills Golf Club ($80/golfer)
Until next time... stay savvy, Warriors!
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very day, we strive to motivate our students toward lives of significance and worth. Our success in doing this is tied in great measure to the spirit and loyalty of the people who care for Indiana Tech. People like you.
Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement
I would like to talk with you about our premier donor recognition club at Indiana Tech. The President’s Club was established many years ago to honor our supporters who make annual leadership gifts to the university.
President’s Club members provide the backbone of critical private support that makes Indiana Tech a leader in delivering career-focused education in the areas of business, computer sciences, engineering, and other professional concentrations. Your gifts enable us to prepare our students for active participation in the complex, global society of the 21st century. Today, there are almost 300 members of the President’s Club.
President’s Club Benefits
As vital members of the Indiana Tech community, President’s Club honorees will meet university leaders, be invited to campus and club activities, and will form relationships with students, professors and other members of the Indiana Tech family. President’s Club members enjoy special recognition and invitations to premier university events throughout the year, including the annual President’s Club dinner held in conjunction with Homecoming. Levels of Recognition: The President’s Club has four basic levels of recognition:
The Builders’ Society
$1,000 to $9,999
The Investors’ Society
$10,000 to 24,999
The Innovators’ Society
$25,000 to $49,999
The Leaders’ Society
$50,000 & over
How to Join
You become a member of the President’s Club with a gift (or cumulative giving throughout the year) that totals $1,000 or more. All of your gifts count whether they are “unrestricted” or designated for a specific purpose. Membership in the President’s Club is based on Indiana Tech’s fiscal year which runs from July 1 through June 30. It is prospective, meaning that if you make a gift of $1,000 or more, then you are member of the President’s Club for the entire next fiscal year. New Members
In this issue of Trends, we are adding a new section where we celebrate those special individuals who are new members of the President’s Club. You will find this on page 23. This will be a reoccurring feature in subsequent issues.
A Little Piece of Campus
Each year, a ceramic miniature of a campus building is given to President’s Club members. Seven different models are available and will not be sold. This exclusive gift is only for President’s Club members. It remains available until the current supply runs out. Another special and enduring gift will be created when this happens. More Information
Please get in touch if you have any questions about the President’s Club. I would be happy to talk with you about this, or, for that matter, anything else that’s on your mind. My direct line is 260-399-2816. Thank you for all that you do for Indiana Tech!
›› Richard J. Gibbs, BSEE 1964, is retired. ›› William Weiss, BSME 1966, is a software developer for crosswordstar.com. ›› Donald Bubna, BSAE 1971, is a subject matter expert in structural dynamics for the Department of the Navy at Patuxent River Naval Air Station. ›› Benjamin Fletcher, BSEE 1975, has joined the technology and training division of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions as vice president for U.S. Army business development. ›› Nick Bobay, BSBA 1992 and MBA 2001, was named to lead ITT Exelis’ new Night Vision and Tactical Communications Systems (NVTCS) division. ›› Rick Mitchell, BSBA 1996, has joined KPC Media Group as chief financial officer. ›› Michael Reef, BSIME 2004, is assistant plant manager for Midwest Manufacturing in Pioneer, Ohio. ›› Christina Walters, BSBA 2004, is employed by Precision Soya. ›› Deborah Allison, BSBA 2006, is a development-construction accountant with Van Rooy Properties in Indianapolis. ›› Melissa Koehler-Kiser, BSTR 2007, was elected to the Recreation Therapists of Indiana Board. ›› Kim Clapp, MBA 2011, has been hired by BKD LLP as operations/human resource manager.
new to the president’s club The following donors became members of the President’s Club between June 1, 2012 and Jan. 23, 2013.
H.B. Kellner shared this photo of Sargon Murad “Johnny” Yonathan, a “fellow of considerable charm” (left), and Richard Koble, “an easy-going guy,” in front of the original Indiana Tech building around 1955. Yonathan, who was from Baghdad, Iraq, transferred to Wayne State University to major in math. Koble, who was from Bronx, N.Y., and Kellner remained friends throughout their time at Tech.
Deborah A. Allen
John A. Maher
Phillip S. Monteith, BSEETGR 1962
James Robert Bell, BSME 1967
Parkview Whitley Foundation
Deborah A. Brodie
Richard M. Scibelli, BSEETGR 1962
Joseph M. Fallon, BSEE 1956
Billy E. Steinkuhler, BSCHE 1948
E. Rick Gesue, BSME 1962
Brian J. T'Kindt
Kathleen M. Hensley
John W. Weimer, BSEE 1952
John H. Jacob, BSME 1952
Eric C. Welch
David Douglas Winters, J.D.
Irvin J. Kontowsky, MBA 2000 and BSEMT 1994
William L. Woodfill, BSME 1962
James L. Larson, Esq.
Gary E. Workman, BSCE A. Joseph Zambito, BSEE 1956
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We have learned of the deaths of the following alumni and friends.
If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Michael Peterson at 800.937.2448, ext. 2418.
John O. Berry Macungie, PA BSCE 1951
Russell C. Dunlap Lockport, NY BSANE 1964
Robert V. Martz Toledo, OH BSME 1948
Mark S. Walsh N Saint Paul, MN BSEE 1962
Armand J. Blanchard Beech Grove, IN BSCE 1950
Keith Fujihara Wheaton, IL BSCE 1971
Jerre McManama, Sr. Indianapolis, IN Former volleyball coach
Wendy R. Williams Brownsburg, IN BSBA 1994
Hyacinth J. Blockus Palm Harbor, FL BSEE 1951
John F. Gowins Frankfort, KY BSME 1942
Stephen C. Mitchell West Chester, OH BSAEE 1969
Robert S. Yoesting Crossville, TN BSEE 1958
Albert E. Boffey Mount Vernon, WA BSCE 1950
Norman A. Hubbard Melbourne, FL BSANE 1940
Walter P. Mitton Manchester, ME BSCE 1951
David E. Bowser Lancaster, PA BSEE 1964
Matthew L. Jones Chicago, IL BSCE 1956
Ronald N. Racino Lampasas, TX BSEE 1960
Vinton A. Buffenbarger Escondido, CA BSRE 1947
Robert F. Keller Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1949
Edward W. Ridgway Zion, IL BSCE 1950
Charles R. Buskirk DeLand, FL BSME 1960
Derald H. Kraft Canton, OH BSME 1948
Francis E. Schachte Yukon, PA BSME 1965
Frederick A. Buuck Fort Wayne, IN BSRE 1949
Norman F. Kruse Sarasota, FL BSChE 1959
Glen Farrel Smith Knoxville, TN BSEE 1957
Joseph L. Cajka Pace, FL BSME 1948
Leo J. Largura, Jr. St. Charles, MO BSAE 1970
William E. Storer Granby, CT BSCE 1954
Robin S. Corey Fort Wayne, IN Pursuing BSBA
Christopher S. Link Fort Wayne, IN Pursuing ASWD
Noah L. Timmons Jeffersonville, IN BSEE 1943
Carl W. Demars Bradenton, FL BSEE 1948
James W. Magee, Jr. Palm Beach Gardens, FL BSAE 1969
William W. Toy Indian Harbour Beach, FL BSME 1953
James R. Dillon Alliance, OH BSEE 1943
Vincent W. Martin Hershey, PA BSEE 1949
Richard W. Walker Simi Valley, CA BSME 1942
Faculty & Staff News Snyder, Tech Honored with Swagger Award The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance recognized Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder with the Maclyn Parker Swagger Award for community spirit shown by exemplifying strong advocacy in economic development throughout our community. Indiana Tech also was recognized with a Swagger Award in the Downtown Development category. President Snyder graciously said, “The recognition is really testament to what everyone on our team — faculty, staff, and students — has accomplished recently and over the past years. I thank everyone for their personal contribution to our success and significance!”
Schutte Completes Doctorate Jenifer Schutte, assistant professor of psychology, successfully defended her dissertation November 16, 2012 at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Walls Re-Elected in SHRM Dr. Jeff Walls was re-elected to the Indiana State Council of SHRM Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 term. He continues to serve as the director for college relations, and he continues to expose students to SHRM at the national level.
Faculty Publish, Present Work Dr. Jim Schaffer, associate professor of business administration, published his research, “A Study of Coaching: What Leaders Rally Want.” Schaffer’s research supports the idea that dealing with complexity is the primary challenge executives face. According to Schaffer’s research, executive and managers report that they are most in need of help with increasing performance, both their own and that of their employees. Lisa Kindred, an associate professor of business and academic coordinator in Elkhart, gave a presentation on recruitment techniques at the September conference of the Michiana Human
University Welcomes New Staff
Resource Association in Elkhart. Kindred warned that social media can reveal too much about prospective employees, so they should use that information “with tons and tons of caution.” Dr. Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, presented “The Ways of White Folks as a Literature and Pedagogy for White Exposure” at the Monmouth University Interdisciplinary Conference on Race in November 2012. The conference is a bi-annual conference that attracts scholars and leaders in the field of Critical Race Studies. Dr. Denise Pheils, an adjunct faculty member, is published in “Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Immersive Interfaces: Virtual Worlds, Gaming & Simulation.” She wrote the chapter entitled “Bolstering Student Hands-On Experience Through Virtualization.”
The following people have recently joined the Indiana Tech team:
›› Tamara Harris, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Northern Kentucky
›› Benjamin Parker, VA specialist
›› Cleevas Craig, College of Professional Studies-Northern Kentucky
›› Elaine Ignarski, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Munster
›› Beth Schoenbachler, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies-Evansville
›› Anna Johnson, law school registrar
›› James Crilly, technology support technician, Law School
›› Kyle Klinker, recreation and community life coordinator
›› DaVanna Seifert, library administrative assistant, Law School
›› Haley Daignault, coordinator of
›› Lynda McGehee, academic records specialist
›› Rebekah Allebach, academic resource center specialist, Warsaw ›› Shauntay Bogan, business office assistant ›› Nina Collins, librarian
international student admissions and recruitment ›› Connie Duran, Tamara E. Harris, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Plainfield ›› Lori Eifrid, financial aid specialist ›› Dawn Fisher, academic resource center specialist, Fishers
›› Bhavika Mistry-Onulak, internship coordinator/career advisor ›› Laina Molaski, academic coordinator and assistant professor of business, Indianapolis
›› Anne Rackley, enrollment assistant, College of Professional Studies-Warsaw
›› James Smithson, financial aid specialist ›› Jason Stanford, director of fashion marketing and management program and assistant professor ›› Taylor Strasser, admissions counselor ›› Matarah A. Terrell, academic resource center specialist, College of Professional Studies-Fishers
›› Meredith Palmison, admissions administrative assistant and counselor, Law School
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