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Homecoming 2010 & 80th Anniversary Gala

Letter from the President

Greetings, Big things are going on at Indiana Tech! In fact, you’re holding one of them in your hands. If it seems like this issue of Trends is a bit heavier than usual, you’re not imagining things. We’ve added several pages of stories and photos to help keep you informed and in touch. While we’re beefing up each issue of Trends, we’ve also decided to switch from four issues a year to three in order to cut down on mailing costs and focus on making each issue better. However, you can stay connected between issues by signing up for our e-newsletter, The Tech Aluminati. If you would like to receive it, please send an e-mail to I think you’ll enjoy this expanded Trends. It includes coverage of our wonderful Homecoming celebration, including the dedication of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center and the 80th Anniversary Gala. I always enjoy talking with alumni who visit, but there is something especially heartwarming about seeing so many old friends reconnect and marvel at how far their university has come. This issue also includes great news about the growth we’re enjoying, from enrollment to new housing to new locations for the College of Professional Studies. These are all positive signs of how we are thriving. As we continue our transformation into a comprehensive university, our new vice president of academic affairs will take the lead in shaping our academic profile. Learn more about Dr. Dennis Gayle and his vision on Page 20. It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Indiana Tech community. I can’t wait to learn what the future holds for us. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, President

Contents Departments


Tech Happenings


Richter’s Notes


Alumni News


In Memoriam


Faculty & Staff News



Homecoming 2010


Book, Documentary Chronicle Campus History


Dedication Ceremony Honors Uytengsu


Brothers to the End!


Alumni Award Winners




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Tech Happenings

Annual Convocation Focuses on Tradition Indiana Tech has been steadily increasing campus activities and establishing new traditions in recent years, and this year’s convocation theme, “Tradition Begins with Me,” alluded to those new traditions. The ceremonial event on August 31 opened with Dr. Dennis J. Gayle, vice president of academic affairs, welcoming students to the new academic year and encouraging them to strive for their highest personal goals and ambitions. President Arthur Snyder addressed the topic of tradition, likening the Indiana Tech community to a family with memories built around rituals and events that have special meanings. “It’s a cliché—or maybe just a tradition—to say that your college years will be the most memorable years of your lives. But it’s true,” he told the crowd of students. “This is your university, and this is your time. Be an active participant in shaping the traditions that will define your college years.” Gayle then introduced a new tradition of having a distinguished alum speak at the annual convocation. This year’s speaker was Irvin J. Kontowsky, who earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management technology at Indiana Tech in 1994 and returned to earn an MBA in 2000. He is currently warehouse and shipping manager at Omega Plastics Corporation in Elkhart, Ind.

Alum Irvin J. Kontowsky



Kontowsky reflected on being an average student in high school, getting by on minimal effort, and realizing that wouldn’t work in college. He credited Dean Russell Primrose, former dean of the College of Engineering, with helping him get on the right track. “He made me realize how important the role of planning is in personal and professional life,” Kontowsky said. He advised students to have a plan for reaching their goals. “And your goal right now is college— graduating college.” Each year’s convocation closes with the Leepoxy Plastics Award for Teaching Innovation, established by Larry Lee, owner of Leepoxy Plastics and member of the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees. The 2010 winner was Susan McGrade, associate professor of English. McGrade has been a full-time faculty member since 2002, and her achievements include helping to establish the Tech Rewards program to encourage student participation in campus activities; co-organizing the 2004 Symposium on Relationshipbased Education; acting as a faculty advisor in the Tech LEADS program; and contributing to the success of the university’s study abroad program. Indiana Tech began holding an annual convocation in 2007 as a means to gather students, faculty, and staff together to address a topic relevant to personal and professional development.

University Surpasses Enrollment Goals Indiana Tech’s impressive growth continued this year, and the university has passed two significant enrollment milestones thanks to increases in both traditional and non-traditional students. Enrollment of traditional students at the Fort Wayne campus is 1,025 for the fall semester, breaking a goal of reaching 1,000. With more than 4,400 non-traditional students enrolling in the College of Professional Studies this year, the total enrollment for the university has surpassed the 5,000-student milestone. “For several years now we’ve looked at 1,000 traditional students and 5,000 total students as important benchmarks,” said President Arthur E. Snyder. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous growth over the past five years or so to reach those goals.” The enrollment growth has been achieved through strategic initiatives to become more comprehensive

in both the range of degree programs offered and the ways in which those programs are delivered. Recently added degree programs include bachelor’s degrees in education, criminal justice, biomedical engineering, software engineering, energy engineering, and organizational leadership; master’s degrees in organizational leadership, engineering management, and police administration; and a Ph.D. program in global leadership. Since the debut of online classes in fall 2006, the scope of courses and degrees offered online has grown dramatically, while the College of Professional Studies continues to develop satellite campuses in areas of high demand.

Traditional enrollment: 1,025 CPS enrollment: 4,419 Total: 5,444a

“Reaching those enrollment milestones is certainly something to celebrate, but it’s also a signal that it’s time once again to assess what our future holds,” Snyder said. “We pride ourselves on being small enough to focus on building relationships with students and giving them personal attention. We don’t want to outgrow that.”

TechFest Launches New Academic Year With the Blessid Union of Souls concert in 2005, Indiana Tech began a tradition of big events to kick off each school year. This year, Student Life staged “Light Up the Night: TechFest 2010,” an illuminating evening highlighting technology and fun for the whole community. About 500 guests from the campus and surrounding community enjoyed: ›› Performances by music group Unlikely Alibi, fire jugglers, and other live performers ›› An interactive fog screen (photo at left) and light show ›› Carnival and technology-related games for all ages ›› Free snacks and drinks ›› Giveaways for students, alumni, employees and community guests

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Tech Happenings

Steel Dynamics Gift Energizes New Lab Education and industry came together for one afternoon when officials from Indiana Tech and Steel Dynamics, Inc. celebrated the dedication of the Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory on Friday, August 13.

Aschliman said the lab will focus on solar energy this year, and three different types of solar-powered water heaters have been purchased and installed. Wind power will be the focus in the second year and biofuels in the third year.

A gift of $300,000 from Steel Dynamics Foundation, Inc. provided funds to equip the stateof-the-art energy engineering laboratory. The Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory will provide energy engineering students with equipment for instruction in alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, ethanol, and other biofuels.

The energy engineering degree program includes an emphasis on business and economic principles to ensure that graduates can approach energy efficiency from a cost perspective as well as a scientific perspective.

“I want to thank Steel Dynamics and the foundation not just for what they have done for Indiana Tech,” President Arthur E. Snyder said at the dedication ceremony. “They have done so much for Fort Wayne, its universities and the community, and we are very grateful.” Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, spoke about the importance of the energy engineering degree and its focus on renewable and alternative sources of energy. “Because of this gift from Steel Dynamics, our energy engineering students will be able to study solar energy firsthand,” Aschliman said.



Richard Teets, executive vice president for steelmaking and president and chief operating officer of steel operation, and Kevin Bort, engineering manager, structural and rail division, represented Steel Dynamics at the dedication. Teets spoke at the dedication and lauded Indiana Tech for including business courses as part of the energy engineering degree program. “In the real world, energy solutions must be technically practical and economically viable,” he explained. In addition to the energy engineering degree program, the lab equipment will support coursework for students in other engineering disciplines such as electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

New Year, New Housing: Warrior Row is Third Facility in Three Years Indiana Tech celebrated the opening of its sixth residence facility with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at Warrior Row on Friday, August 27. This is the third consecutive academic year in which the university has built additional campus housing. The Warrior Row townhouses accommodate 33 students, bringing the total campus housing capacity to 470. “We’ve seen enrollment in our traditional program increase about 60% in the past five years,” Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president, explained. “That growth combined with the development of more campus activities and more campus employment opportunities has led to more students wanting to live on campus.” Warrior Row consists of seven three-story townhouse-style units. Five of the townhouses have single-person bedrooms, while two of them have a

combination of single bedrooms and double bedrooms. Each townhouse also features: ›› A furnished living room ›› A half bath on the first floor and full bathrooms on the second and third floors ›› A kitchen with full-size refrigerator, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and breakfast counter with stools ›› A full-size washer and dryer ›› Individual front and back entrances “The townhouses give us the chance to experience true apartment living while being on campus,” student Zach Lamb said at the ribbon cutting. Warrior Row is intended for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Residents are selected based on grade point average, extra-curricular activities, and class status. Students interested in living in one of the townhouses in Warrior Row must apply as a group.

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Tech Happenings

Munster, New Albany Are Newest CPS Sites To better serve mid-career learners throughout Indiana, the College of Professional Studies has combined two satellite locations in northwest Indiana and established a new satellite in southern Indiana. Indiana Tech is expanding its facilities in northwest Indiana by combining the university’s Merrillville and Hammond locations into one larger, more accessible site in Munster, Ind. The College of Professional Studies has offered classes in the region since 2007 when the university first opened a site in Merrillville. The Hammond location was added in 2008. “We’re committed to serving non-traditional students in northwest Indiana, and this new facility improves our ability to do that,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president for the College of Professional Studies. “Combining the two smaller classroom sites gives us greater flexibility in class scheduling to suit student needs.”

At the other end of the state, the College of Professional Studies opened an office in New Albany in August. The Indiana Tech location at 2441 State St. in New Albany provides space for an admissions representative and a computer lab. Students will initially be enrolled in online courses. As the demand for on-site classes grows, classroom space will be added. “There’s a tremendous need for nontraditional degree programs in that area,” Herendeen said. “By focusing on delivering online programs first, we can begin to meet that need while we grow and learn which degree programs are best suited to classroom delivery in the Louisville area.” In addition to northwest Indiana, New Albany, and the main campus in Fort Wayne, the College of Professional Studies also has locations in Elkhart, Fishers, Greenwood, Huntington, Indianapolis, Kendallville, Mishawaka, Plainfield, and Warsaw. Accelerated degree programs are also available online.

The new Indiana Tech facility at 9245 Calumet Avenue in Munster will have four classrooms and a computer lab. Classes began at the new location the week of August 22.

Indiana Tech — Northwest Indiana 9245 Calumet Ave., Suite 201 Munster, Indiana 46321 219.836.1910 Contacts: Cleveland Anderson, enrollment manager, Julie LePore, admissions representative,

Munster, IN CPS location

Indiana Tech — New Albany 2441 State St. New Albany, Indiana 47150 812.944.1613 Contact: Aleese G. Fielder, admissions representative,



New Albany ribbon cutting


Book, Documentary Chronicle Campus History

of Indiana Sr. Center on the Campus

A History of a Fort

Wayne Landmark



Attendees of Malloris’ presentation also were treated to an advance screening of a PBS documentary about the renovation project, “Green Renovation: New Life for a 19th Century Building.” The documentary also discusses the history of the building and campus, but focuses on the renovation project which utilized energy-efficient design, materials and technology to save the aging structure. The one-hour documentary debuted on PBS39 in Fort Wayne on September 30 and will be shown several times again on the local station. It also may air in other markets in the future.

Wayne Landmark

When the university chose to renovate rather than replace the oldest building on campus, the decision piqued curiosity into the landmark’s history. Malloris took on the task of researching and writing about the campus and the building, going as far back as the 1830s. The result is a small book entitled “The Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center on the Campus of Indiana Tech: A History of a Fort Wayne Landmark.” The book was given out to those who attended Malloris’ presentation at Homecoming.

A History of a Fort

The building, which was dedicated as the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center, was the gathering place for alumni attending Homecoming events. It also was the star of a history presentation by Steve Malloris, associate professor of English.

Sr. Center The Wilfred Uytengsu, a Tech on the Campus of Indian The Wilfred Uytengsu,

A centerpiece of the Indiana Tech campus also had a central role in this year’s Homecoming, with plenty of buzz surrounding the newly renovated administration building.

Steven Malloris

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Dedication Ceremony Honors Uytengsu Renovated Administration Building is Named in Honor of Generous Alumnus Uytengsu’s wife, Bonnie; his children Fred Jr., Candace, and Michael; and grandson Christian attended the dedication ceremony. “His legacy is not just a name on a building,” Snyder said. “His legacy is the example he set for his children, his grandchildren, and all of us by the way he lived.” In his remarks at the dedication, Fred Uytengsu, Jr. said he was certain his father would have been happy with the renovation and that the scope of the project had exceeded their expectations. Indiana Tech paid tribute to a generous alumnus with the dedication of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center during the 80th Anniversary Gala at this year’s Homecoming. Uytengsu donated $2 million toward the energy-efficient renovation of the administration center. The gift, announced in March 2010, is the second-largest ever made to the university by an individual. University officials had looked forward to showing Uytengsu the results of his generosity, but he passed away unexpectedly in April 2010. “It saddens me that Mr. Fred was taken from his family too soon, that he did not live to accompany them here to see what his philanthropy has brought to Indiana Tech,” President Arthur E. Snyder said in addressing about 300 people gathered for the dedication. Uytengsu was a 1951 graduate of Indiana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He was chairman 8

of the board of the largest producer of dairy products in the Philippines, Alaska Milk Corporation, which he started in 1972. He served on the boards of Universal Foods Corporation of Wisconsin, Kuok Philippine Properties, Inc. and Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Manila, and was owner of Wentworth Development Corporation. He was also the chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association’s Alaska Aces, who have won 13 championships. Snyder had corresponded with Uytengsu for several months before traveling to the Philippines to meet him in August 2009. The visit left Snyder profoundly impressed with Uytengsu’s compassion, integrity, and commitment to hard work and education. “I had no idea what an impact that one visit would have on me,” Snyder said. “Before meeting Mr. Uytengsu I had no idea how deeply a man could value education and love learning.” Trends

The Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center was built in 1857. The dedication ceremony marked the culmination of a $3.5 million renovation of the administration center which turned the pre-Civil War era building into a showcase of modern energyefficient design, materials, and technology. The design by Terry Thornsbury of Viridian Architectural Design, Inc. preserved the historic exterior brick shell of the building, windows, and door openings

Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. 1927–2010 Mr. Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. was a man revered as much for his philanthropy as he was respected for his business acumen. Affectionately known as “Mr. Fred” by the many people who respect his accomplishments and admire his kind nature, he was a man who valued education, hard work and integrity.

but integrated a new floor and roof system as well as energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems. A $1.34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy allowed the university to partner with WaterFurnace International on installation of an innovative geothermal heating and cooling system as part of the renovation. The project had an initial goal of achieving LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Level Certification, but has exceeded expectations and has been submitted for Gold Level Certification. The building provides space for the university’s leadership offices and serves as a living laboratory for the study of sustainability and energy efficiency. Indiana Tech offers a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering, and students and faculty will conduct research studies on the facility’s geothermal system. The first floor of the building includes a Campus Welcome Center, also named in honor of Uytengsu. It houses a gathering area for alumni and visitors, display cases with artifacts from the university’s history, and monitors that display information about the center’s energy usage. A one-hour PBS documentary chronicling the history of the building and the renovation process entitled “Green Renovation: New Life for a 19th Century Building” will air on WFWA Channel 39 in the Fort Wayne area, and it will be made available for PBS stations throughout the country.

“He was a warm, loving and generous man,” said Indiana Tech President Arthur Snyder. “I regret not meeting him sooner and having more time to get to know him. The fifth of twelve children of Don Tirso Uytengsu and Honey Tan, he was born in 1927 in Dumaguete City, Philippines, and when the family settled in Manila he finished high school at Silliman University. He loved learning, a trait he credited his parents with instilling. When he would speak of the road to success he described how the opportunity to study at U.S. universities added to his appreciation of education. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University in 1950 and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Indiana Tech in 1951. Mr. Uytengsu was awarded an honorary doctorate from Silliman University in 2007. In accepting the honor, he commented on the importance of education. “In today’s globalized world, an individual with a more diversified education and frame of mind will be in a better position to contribute and succeed … while an education does not necessarily guarantee success in the business world, it certainly provides a foundation for one to start with,” he said in his speech. After several years working in his parents’ business, he founded General Milling Corporation in the late 1950s and built it into one of the largest food companies in the Philippines. He also founded Holland Milk Products, Inc. in 1972 and later merged the two companies to create the Alaska Milk Corporation, the largest producer of dairy products in the Philippines. Mr. Uytengsu served as the chairman and CEO of AMC and on the boards of Universal Foods Corporation of Wisconsin; Kuok Philippine Properties, Inc.; the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Manila; and a number of philanthropic organizations. He was the owner of Wentworth Development Corporation and was the chairman of the Philippine Basketball Association’s Alaska Aces, who have won 13 championships, a fact in which he took great pleasure. “The best business plan without the effort is just a dream,” he once said. “Once one has started a business, one can only succeed by working harder and at a faster rate than one’s competitor.” Amidst the demands of business, though, he cherished his family: his wife, the former Bonnie Brooks; their children Wilfred Jr., Candice, and Michael; and their beloved grandchildren.

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Brothers to the End! When the fraternity brothers of Theta Xi reunited in Williamsport, Pa., at the end of July, it was just like old times. Even though most of the brothers had not seen each other in years, there was still a bond that had never really been broken. Plans for this incredible gathering of brothers and their spouses or significant others began in October 2009. Theta Xi brother Blaise Alexander was in California visiting his daughter who is studying to be a doctor. While on this trip, he met up with fellow brothers Jack Rosenthal and Mike Hayzer. After a few drinks, hearty laughter, and stories from the past, these three began thinking that it would be a blast to reunite with other Theta Xi brothers. As they discussed the names of people to invite, they decided not to limit invitations to people they knew, but to open up the reunion to all brothers of Theta Xi.

rumor has it that one of the brothers may have been pocketing a few for himself. While the entire Pennsylvania summer was sweltering hot with high humidity, the brothers dialed up the perfect weather weekend at the end of July. Temperatures hovered around 80 degrees, the humidity dropped, and the skies stayed clear. With many outdoor activities planned, this positive change in the weather signaled that someone was definitely smiling on the Theta Xi brothers. The weekend was kicked off with a barbecue at a beautiful cabin along the Loyalsock Creek. The following morning, the brothers spent time together on the golf course at Williamsport Country Club or visiting some of the local attractions. On Friday night, the fun continued with a ride down the Susquehanna River aboard the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat, featuring cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres. On Saturday, Alexander hosted a breakfast at the farm in the morning and a steak dinner on the farm in the evening, which ended with about two hours of singing old fraternity and patriotic songs led by John Kwap on the piano.

By Sunday morning, when everyone planned to leave, it was hard to depart as no one seemed ready for the weekend to end. Brother Hank Bittmann drove out Once the word began to travel among the brothers, of his way after the reunion to stop by Indiana Tech a team of dedicated men soon began working to and take pictures of the campus to send out to all make this reunion a reality. Ron Kantorak and Jim of his Theta Xi brothers. One brother’s wife, Judy Frazier spent many hours in the planning process, Andreef, summed up the reunion weekend this way, including doing internet research to locate addresses “I have been very fortunate to have experienced many of as many brothers as possible. Alexander generwonderful moments in my life, but this weekend is ously offered to play host to the four-day weekend at one of the best! Watching [my husband] John enjoyhis farm near Williamsport. ing himself and being so happy spending time among the brothers was priceless!” In the end, 47 Theta Xi brothers and more than 30 spouses or significant others made the trip from all Great memories of days gone by were shared, such as over the country to meet in Williamsport. Most of the famous Greek Week activities, which included the brothers attended Tech in the mid- to late 1960s. chariot races around the campus. Kantorak recalled The combined male body weight was 10,575 pounds pulling the chariot with Hayzer. “I thought I was as compared to the 7,285 pounds that they would going to die,” Kantorak said. “When we came around have combined for in their days at Indiana Tech. the corner of the Anthony Building (now the CunDuring this reunion weekend, the brothers conningham Business Center), we could feel the wind sumed 141 gallons of beer and 865 pounds of food. pushing against us at about 60 miles per hour, and we At least four dozen golf balls were lost, although had to run uphill against that wind to the finish.” 10


Front Row: Wayne Whitacre, Blaise Alexander, Joe Rudman, Bob Clark, Ron Minto Second Row: Chip Hall, Leo Neal, Terry Cornelius, Larry Bennett, Larry Hilbert, Ron Kantorak, John Andreeff, Dave Hurd, Jim Frazer, Bill Fredrickson, Ron Green Third Row: Fred Bruns, Rich Fassler, Don Lieber, Tim Darrow, Pete Leffe, Hank Bittman, Joe Rittler, George Perna, Steve Currier, Bruce Belousofsky, Tom Cincotta, Rich Rasch, Mike Jacobs Back Row: John Kwap, Bob Sikora, Phil DeNardo, Bill Rennick, Fred Boyle, John Valengavich, Walt Paul, Bob Nichols, Alex Oleinikoff, Bill Gorman, Bud Byroads, Jack Rosenthal, Bill Anderson, Mike Hayzer, Ken Bogacik.

The brothers spent long hard hours studying during the week and even longer hours partying on the weekends. There was a real sense of community and camaraderie that is sometimes missed by today’s generation. It was a different time when most of the brothers were on the campus of Indiana Tech. Many of them were taking classes at the height of the Vietnam War. Students worked very hard during the week on their school work as well as holding down a job, so the time spent together with the brothers of Theta Xi on the weekends was a welcome change of pace. Sure, there were many moments of hysterical high jinks, good-natured pranks, and not a small consumption

of adult beverages, but these brothers also provided each other with encouragement, much-needed stressrelief, and a drive for excellence. And, if those who came to the reunion were any indication, Indiana Tech and the fraternity of Theta Xi were the impetus to great career and financial success. Many things have changed over the years. In fact, a church now sits on the property where the old twin houses of Theta Xi once proudly stood. But while the landscape around the campus of Indiana Tech has changed, and most of the buildings are no longer standing, one thing remains true: the Theta Xi men will be brothers until the end!

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Alumni Award Winners

G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade Award)

Mary Alice Cordova, BSIME 2001 While a student at Indiana Tech, Cordova was captain of the varsity women’s soccer team, president of Delta Alpha Nu sorority, involved in student mentor programs and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and served as a resident assistant. She also had internships at Stryker Medical Instruments in Kalamazoo, Mich., and WaterFurnace International in Fort Wayne.

After graduating, Cordova accepted a job offer at the BF Goodrich plant in Woodburn, as an industrial engineer. She continued her involvement with Indiana Tech by serving as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team. Her continued relationship with Tech was the impetus for starting an internship program at BF Goodrich focused on students from Indiana Tech. Cordova currently works at Dannon Corp. in Minster, Ohio, and has volunteered her time to serve on the Warrior Club advisory board. Her community service also includes the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, the March of Dimes, Senior Education Programs, Boys and Girls Club, and United Way.



College of Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year Simon Short, MBA 2008

Short earned a bachelor’s degree in both management and human resource management from Ball State University, and then continued his education by earning an MBA at Indiana Tech. He is a certified senior professional in human resources, and he has been very successful in his profession, first with Guardian Automotive and currently with Navistar. He is also a member of the Northeast Indiana Human Resource Association (NIHRA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Short has offered generous amounts of time and expertise to Indiana Tech students through events such as mock interviews and career fairs at the Career Planning and Development Center. Having someone of this caliber available to provide advice and assistance has been an invaluable asset to Tech and our students.

Alumni Volunteer of the Year Greg Lynch, BSCE 1981

Lynch uses his Indiana Tech education in the greater Fort Wayne area as vice president of engineering at Almet, Inc. in New Haven. He currently serves on the Alumni Board where he is a two-time past president, and he was the alumni representative to the Board of Trustees for seven years. He also serves as chairperson of the TWIST golf outing committee. He is a frequent visitor to campus for meetings, sporting events, Homecoming, and just about every other alumni event. He has assisted with the planning and management of our Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame banquets, and through his successful career and community involvement, he is an ambassador for Indiana Tech in the community.

2010 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

Bob Gill, BSELE 1960 Gill earned his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering from Indiana Tech in 1960, graduating magna cum laude.

From 1960 through 1983, Gill devoted his talents to Magnavox Corporation, first here in Fort Wayne and later in California. He held a number of positions with increasing responsibilities, from manager of engineering and manager of program management to director of industrial products, director of marine products and director of operations.

Gill has always been interested in acquiring more knowledge, so during his time with Magnavox he also earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Gill later moved on to become president of the Ball Corp.’s Industrial Systems Division where he created a new industrial instruments and systems business. In the 1980s, Gill and his wife, Lois, moved to the Boulder, Colo., area, where he continued his career success. He has held senior level positions at a number of prestigious companies such as Frontier Corp., where he was senior vice president and president. His expertise in taking companies to the highest level is also shown in his work as a venture partner in Appian Ventures from 2003 through the present, and as principal for the Topaz Group. Gill founded this consulting firm in 1996, and it is going strong, providing consulting services, mentoring and direction for high tech private equity groups and emerging public and private companies. Indiana Tech has benefited from Gill’s expert perspective as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees since July 2009. He has been a generous donor to the university throughout the years. At the beginning of the Momentum campaign, Bob and Lois established a scholarship program to make education possible for many students throughout the coming decades.

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HOMECOMING 2010 Alumni Banquet

80th Anniversary Gala



HOMECOMING 2010 Alumni Baseball Game

Alumni Softball Game


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Warrior Athletics

Warriors Will Add Wrestling Team in 2011 Indiana Tech will add wrestling to its growing lineup of intercollegiate athletic teams in the 2011–12 academic year. “We’re fortunate to be a thriving university, and the addition of wrestling will help us reach out to another segment of potential students who would like to continue their athletic careers at the college level,” said President Arthur E. Snyder. The university plans to name a coach for the program sometime this fall. Students interested in competing on Indiana Tech’s wrestling team can fill out a prospect form online at athletics/wrestling. With the addition of wrestling, Indiana Tech will have 20 varsity sports teams (baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling) as well as competitive cheer and dance teams. Warriors Honored for Academics

Seven Warrior teams were honored when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the Scholar 16


Team Awards in August. The seven teams were women’s tennis (3.62 GPA), men’s tennis (3.49), women’s volleyball (3.41), women’s soccer (3.26), men’s soccer (3.12), baseball (3.10), and softball (3.03). The women’s tennis, men’s tennis, and men’s soccer teams were the only teams in their respective sports to earn the award in the Wolverine — Hoosier Athletic Conference. For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team Award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average as defined by the institution. The team GPA must include all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible. New Coaches Join Tech Team Warrior athletics will welcome a few new coaches this year:

Al Grushkin will use three decades of coaching, recruiting and scouting experience to lead the men’s basketball team. Since 2008, Grushkin has been evaluating college prospects for the NBA as a scout Al Grushkin for Marty Blake and Associates. Prior to moving into the scouting role, he was first assistant coach at Arkansas State University from 2006 to 2008 and served as interim head coach at the end of the 2008 season. Grushkin’s additional coaching experience includes six years as head coach at University of the Incarnate Word and assistant coaching positions at University of Texas, Idaho State University, Western

Illinois University, University of Arkansas, University of Tulsa, and Georgia State University.

an HCAC conference champion as part of the 4 x 400 meter relay and individually was runner-up in the open 400.

Josh Wolfe will be head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Wolfe is USATF level 1 certified and recently completed a master’s degree in sport administration from Ball State Josh Wolfe University. While a graduate assistant at BSU, he became a published author in the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance peerreviewed journal for his research on youth physical recreation. As an athlete, Wolfe was an All-Conference runner at NCAA Division-III Manchester and a three-time all-state runner at DeKalb High School (Waterloo, IN).

Bowlers Ready to Roll Pins will be crashing this fall when men’s and women’s bowling teams debut as the newest Warriors. Coach Larry Secrist has 23 bowlers ready to compete against about 45 other collegiate teams. The first tournament was October 16 to 17.

After two seasons as an assistant coach, Doug Edgar has stepped up to the role of head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams. He is USATF Level 2 certified in sprints, hurdles, and relays. In Doug Edgar his athletic career, Edgar was a three-time All-State runner at Concordia Lutheran High School. He currently still owns the school record as part of the sprint medley and 4 x 400 relay teams. He went on to attend Anderson University where he was

Secrist coached for the U.S. Army from 1998 to 2005 and guided the program to two Interservice Championships. In addition, three of his bowlers were selected to the U.S. Army World Wide Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In his most recent position, Secrist coached the bowling program at Carroll High School where he worked with several bowlers who competed at the state championship level. Judy Excels for Indians’ Farm Teams

Former Warrior pitcher Josh Judy helped the Columbus Clippers capture the Class AAA championship in September and has been assigned to Josh Judy play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. The right-handed reliever started the 2010 season with Class AA Akron, but was promoted to Columbus in mid-May. In 47 innings for the Clippers, Judy was 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 2 saves. The Cleveland Indians drafted him in 2007.

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Ethical Business Leadership Center

Guides Students Toward Success with Integrity Indiana Tech’s “Live. Learn. Lead.” tagline declares the university’s status as a place where students learn to be leaders in their fields. Professors are in the process of incorporating a leadership component into every course, and leadership degrees are offered at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels: associate and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, bachelor’s in organizational leadership, master of business administration, master’s in organizational leadership, master’s in engineering management, master’s in police administration, and the Ph.D. in Global Leadership. As students develop leadership skills involving management tactics, organizational policies, strategy implementation, confidence in presentation, etc., they also must understand that ethical behavior is one of the most important requirements of good leadership. Indiana Tech recognizes that all students must have an understanding of what constitutes ethical behavior for those in leadership roles and how to attain and maintain the expected standards amidst challenges in the business world. Unfortunately, there have been notable examples in recent headlines of leaders who have failed in this respect. Indiana Tech’s courses and degrees counter that influence. The mindset of ethical leadership is emphasized as vital in each student’s chosen profession, and also in their family life, personal interactions, and involvement in charitable and civic organizations. To expand on this commitment to integrity, Indiana Tech has established the Ethical Business Leadership Center. The first stage of the development of the center, funded by a gift from the Carlie Cun-



ningham Foundation, consists of a speakers series, a resource center, and a web site. Offerings will include presentations, workshops, and digital and hard copy resources about the responsibilities of ethical leadership. The Speakers

Twice a year, Ph.D. in Global Leadership students come to the main campus for an intensive residency program. During these immersion weekends, there will be presentations by nationally respected leaders known for their integrity as well as their success. Speakers may address topics related to ethics in leadership, as well as other special issues about leadership in general, such as the challenges faced by women and minorities in attaining and maintaining leadership roles, and the differences between leadership styles in the United States and other nations. The university’s master’s and undergraduate business students will be able to attend these presentations as well. Presentations can be recorded for web posting and shared via videoconference at the university’s satellite locations around the state.

The Resources

Within the university’s McMillen Library a special section is being devoted to house reference materials about leadership, business, and ethics. These resources will be both digital (e.g., searchable databases, tutorials, e-journals, etc.) and hard copy materials. The physical collection will include books, journals and assessment tools. Digital references will be accessible at the satellite campuses as well.

The Website A special website is being developed for the Ethical

Business Leadership Center. This web site will be a portal through which resources can be accessed and information disseminated to students. It will provide for a video library; links to publications; information about conferences, seminars, and scholarships; contact information for the center and faculty; links to other ethical business centers in the United States and other countries; and discussion boards, blogs, and forums where students around the world can post comments about issues of interest. Current research statistics and papers will be posted. In fact, the website holds the potential for Indiana Tech’s doctoral students to post their own research on the site, taking their place alongside well known business leaders to serve as a resource for others. The Future Influence of the Center

As the Ethical Business Leadership Center continues to grow and influence, future phases will involve establishing a larger space on campus to house programs and resources, and expansion of the program into a more broad-based initiative. Focus groups, discussion groups, mentoring activities, and webinars can be implemented. The university’s vision for the center is that eventually it will be even more influential in a public sense, with outreach into community schools, leadership newsletters, conferences for businesspeople, awards presented to acknowledge ethical leaders, and other developmental activities. Indiana Tech’s reputation has always been strong. Now, it continues with even more emphasis as the educator for leaders with integrity.

Dr. Kenneth Rauch is the director of Indiana Tech’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership program and is an associate professor in the College of Business. He is Dr. Kenneth Rauch excited about the ways the Ethical Business Leadership Center will benefit students and others. “The center is premised on the belief that business ethics lie at the core of a productive market system,” Rauch states. “The center will be a conduit for thoughtful analysis of important ethical problems in business. It will influence Tech students to become competent and responsible business citizens. Ultimately, it will offer visibility of ethical issues among not only our students, faculty and staff, but also for the greater community — even the global community.”

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Dr. Dennis J. Gayle ›› Vice President of Academic Affairs ›› Fellow, American Council on Education ›› Ph.D. in International Political Economy, UCLA ›› Master of Arts in Political Science, UCLA ›› Master of Science in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science ›› Bachelor of Arts in Economics, English and Spanish, University of the West Indies



International Infusion Dr. Gayle Brings Global Vision to Academic Leadership There are some in Fort Wayne who long to see the world. Dr. Dennis J. Gayle, on the other hand, has seen the world and seems quite content to settle in Fort Wayne.

“London is, of course, a major cosmopolitan city with a history and culture that intrigues people all over the world,” he says. “But it has its minuses, too – traffic, getting from place to place, even with the Tube. It’s not feasible to keep a car, so you have to cope with public transportation and its flaws.” He also notes that London today is much different from what it was like when he lived there during the ‘70s, calling it an “elbow society” and gesturing with elbows shoving left and right.

Gayle joined Indiana Tech as the vice president of aca- “It’s become a ‘me first’ society, with people focused on demic affairs in late June, bringing the university exeither getting ahead or simply coping with challenges,” tensive experience and expertise in academic program he explains. “In Fort Wayne, people are sociable and development, student retention, faculty development, friendly, generally a different type of society.” organizational development, and international business, economics, and marketing. As friendly as Fort Wayne is, he didn’t come here just to be social. He saw the position at Indiana Tech as a “Dr. Gayle comes to Indiana Tech with outstanding unique opportunity to return to more involvement in experience as a faculty member, academic adminacademics at an institution that is headed in the right istrator and team-builder,” President Arthur E. direction. “I was fascinated by the focus on relationSnyder said in announcing the appointment. “Adship-based education and the way it is systematically ditionally, he has an impressive background as an applied at Indiana Tech,” he says. international educator.” Having firsthand experience of the day-to-day chalAlthough he was born in Jamaica, Gayle’s translenges of university administration as a president Atlantic education and international careers in himself, he also was impressed with Indiana Tech’s banking, diplomacy, project management confiscal stability. sultancy and higher education have taken him to most countries around the globe, living at various “When I looked at higher education in the United times in England, France, the West Indies, and the States, I saw so many institutions having financial United States and guest lecturing at universities challenges,” he explains. “I recognized Indiana Tech around the world. He was president of American as being well-managed and avoiding those problems.” InterContinental University in London, England, just prior to joining Indiana Tech. He chuckles Returning to a role with an academic focus allows briefly when asked about adjusting from London him to concentrate on what he finds most satisfying to Fort Wayne. in higher education. Volume 7, Issue 1

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“I gained the most satisfaction from academic is“There are students who need extra help in math or sues—working with faculty, program development, English; there are students who need more intensive and curriculum issues,” he says. “The demands of academic advising; and there are students at a higher being president were taking me away from what I level of achievement who need opportunities to enjoyed most.” grow,” he says, providing examples of students’ varied needs. “We need to work with faculty to engage with Gayle will lead and manage all aspects of academic students at the level most appropriate for them.” affairs, while expanding and continuously updating the scope of academic programs. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Gayle is keenly interesting in working with the admissions of“First and foremost, my goal is to enhance academic fice on student recruitment, particularly significantly quality by a process of continuous improvement,” he increased international enrollment. His motivation explains. “It doesn’t happen by fits and starts, but by in this is two-fold: expanding Indiana Tech’s recruitsystematic and inclusive collaboration.” ment pool in general, but also improving co-curricular education for the university’s U.S. born students. He plans to work closely with the deans, faculty and Faculty Senate committees to address academ- “Most careers will have an international component, ic improvement in several areas such as revising and it is very important for students to engage in the program review system to ensure that every extensive cross-cultural communication and networkprogram, whether in traditional or online format, ing on campus,” he says. is subject to robust evaluation at least once every three years; eliminating academic programs that Further development of education options abroad are no longer viable; developing new programs also will help students gain a global perspective. based on student needs and marketplace viability; and expanding faculty engagement in seeking ex“We’re hoping to work with international alumni to ternal funding for projects through grant developopen the doors to more education abroad opportuniment for academic initiatives. ties,” he shares. “I’m glad we’ve had some focus, and I look forward to it increasing.” Gayle also will work on improving retention rates from year to year through enhancement With so many initiatives and ideas on the horizon, of Indiana Tech’s strategy of engagement with Gayle is certain that Indiana Tech is the place for students, by improving the synergies between all him to be. related programs and services in a structured way, supporting related faculty and staff development, “After three months, it’s timely to reflect: Was this the while monitoring student satisfaction levels more right thing for me to do?” he says, smiling. “I have no systematically and inclusively. doubt that it was.” 22


Ecopsychology Specialization Leads to Dream Job for Alum Korinda Walls

Alum Korinda Walls (left) races against the clock to rescue a beached dolphin.

What degree do you pursue when you want to spark action in others about the environment?

her environmental education, she is now able to help others find their niche in environmental activism.

Korinda Walls (BA ‘08) has always been passionate about environmental activism and sustainability. She knew, however, that passion alone could not bring about change in a community. Walls maintains, “Sustainability is about making people happy. It is about relatability.” Walls believes that relatability plays two roles in bringing about sustainability.

Walls graduated from Indiana Tech summa cum laude and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. She, like many college graduates around the United States, accentuated her college education with further preparation through AmeriCorps.

First, she believes that environmental activists need to connect with people to inspire them to become active. A degree in psychology was the logical choice to provide her the background she would need to be that sort of catalyst. Second, Walls believes that people must have a relationship with the environment to become active. She argues that the environment can be affected by a broad spectrum of issues, including medical waste disposal, cleaning product choices, and recycling building materials. Walls focused her degree by hand-selecting environment-oriented classes, which resulted in a specialization called ecopsychology. She contends that “everything is environmental” and that this specialization is key in her field. By expanding

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With more than 574,000 alumni, AmeriCorps is an organization whose programs, it seems, should be well known. Surprisingly, few people are aware of the role it plays in our society and in launching the careers of many young people. AmeriCorps places people with local and national level nonprofit groups, where they provide public service. There is a wide range of service areas, including public education and environmental protection. In exchange, the members generally receive financial awards for education, basic living expenses, and student loan forbearance. The program also provides career training and certification in service skills. Since its inception in 1994, the program has invested more than $5.7 billion in community organizations.

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Alum Korinda Walls (above left and below right) works to rescue stranded dolphins.

Walls says, “I have always known that this (environmental action) was my obligation.” She explains that AmeriCorps provided her with an opportunity to fulfill her obligations while “providing a sense of community with like-minded people.”

served at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, promoting its hazardous materials program. Her mailings contributed to a 40% increase in participation in the program, which collected mercury devices, medical sharps, and perchlorate flares.

Korinda Walls was one of the AmeriCorps members mobilizing more than 2.2 million volunteers within their communities in 2008. Walls chose AmeriCorps Cape Cod as her host, where she spent 3,400 hours over two years performing environmental service and advocacy. The self-described “tree hugger” planted beach grass, assisted shellfish propagation, removed invasive plants, and educated elementary students. Walls also received certification in chainsaw operation and maintenance from her adventures in fire prevention. Perhaps the highlight of her stay was studying the behavior of dolphins that had beached themselves and then helping to save them. The job allowed her to put her love for psychology, animals and planet Earth to good use.

Walls admits that, despite these experiences, she questioned whether she would find a niche in her field upon leaving the AmeriCorps position. Fortunately, a job fair at Indiana Tech that she had attended months earlier would prove to be a key factor in her employment search. She had attended the fair in order to practice interviewing and get some exposure with local companies. Aware that this particular fair was geared mainly toward engineering, she decided to put her resume away and simply practice networking. She asked each recruiter, “What is your company doing to help the environment?”

Lest you think Walls spent her entire AmeriCorps residency in Carhartts and knee deep in sand, she explains that much of her time was spent in an office. Walls



Most of the recruiters replied that they had a recycling program or were working to reduce energy costs. That was not enough for Walls’ taste, although she had expected such answers. So she was surprised when one recruiter’s eyes lit up at her question. A representative from Fort Wayne Metals eagerly explained

their search for the perfect Green Initiative intern. “It sounded great, but at the time, I knew that joining AmeriCorps was the right opportunity, at the right time,” Walls said. When she returned from her two-year commitment with AmeriCorps, however, she followed up with Fort Wayne Metals. The company had expanded its environmental program and invited Walls to join the team. Korinda Walls is now the sustainability coordinator at Fort Wayne Metals. For a woman raised, as she put it, on “a healthy regimen of John Denver albums and Marty Stouffer nature shows,” this position is perfect. She is thankful for the culture of environmental action Fort Wayne Metals possesses; owner Scott Glaze drives a Prius and his daughter has involvement in environmental studies. Walls extended her appreciation to Indiana Tech for allowing her the freedom to specialize her degree. She states, “I use my degree every single day!” While she sometimes found it difficult to be the only one forging this path on campus at that time, it also showed her what a demand there is, in every career field, for passion.

After bringing it down, alum Korinda Walls bucked and limbed an oak tree.

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Richter’s Notes

GOAL MET… GOAL RESET! Four years ago, the planning began for Indiana Tech’s current comprehensive fundraising campaign. A campaign planning committee was formed, the university’s needs were assessed, potential supporters were consulted, and a case statement was drafted. The Momentum campaign was announced on September 18, 2008, at the annual President’s Club dinner held at the Fort Wayne Country Club. To loud applause and cheers, President Arthur Snyder announced that the university would be raising $19 million. As he outlined the key fundraising goals, he talked about the dramatic benefits for students that would emerge from successfully completing this effort. He told the assembled President’s Club members that the campaign was slated to run through June 2012; however, he quickly added that “we’re not going to be satisfied with a goal of $19 million. I would expect that we would exceed that goal, exceed it fairly quickly, and reset the goal.” Mark Richter, vice president of Institutional Advancement, welcomes your calls and visits. You can reach him at 800.937.2448, ext. 2346, or stop by his office in the Uytengsu Administration Center.


that have been built with campaign gifts: ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center Frank and Anne Oropeza Hall James and Joan Bard Life Sciences Laboratory Evans-Kimmel Hall Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory Uytengsu Computer Sciences Laboratories Geothermal heating and cooling system for the east side of campus

In addition to improvements that you can see and touch, there is an equally impressive list of new scholarships and program funds that have originated within the campaign that directly benefit our students.

We are now at the point Dr. Snyder predicted. At the Board of Trustees meeting on September 17, 2010, he reported that the campaign has been a great success and has now raised $22 million.

At the gala, Dr. Snyder said, “While we celebrate and most definitely appreciate these results, we will not just stop and rest here. Because what these results tell us is that this university is held in such high esteem, that so many others see the vision too, that we must keep moving forward. So, yesterday our Board of Trustees voted to set a new goal. By the end of the campaign in June 2012, we plan to reach $25 million.”

With 21 months remaining in the campaign, the Board of Trustees decided to raise the goal to $25 million. Dr. Snyder announced the new goal to the large and enthusiastic crowd that gathered for Indiana Tech’s 80th Anniversary Gala on September 18, 2010.

So, our work remains unfinished, and it will always be so. Education is a dynamic, vigorous, and purposeful activity. Every day that passes is an opportunity to positively impact the lives of our students. Our promise to our supporters is that we will do everything possible to faithfully discharge our responsibility.

There is quite an impressive list of campus improvements that have been accomplished during the campaign. Here are just a few of the larger projects

We recognize that many have contributed to Indiana Tech’s success, and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who have joined us in this noble cause.


Alumni Updates ►► Ed Loescher, BSChE 1964, retired and is now an instructor

at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University after earning a master’s degree in aeronautical science.

►► Deb Salyer, BSACC 2005, has joined BKD Technologies Mi-

crosoft Dynamics AX as a senior consultant. ►► Robert Bruce Laudermilk, MSM 2007, is a professor and chef

►► Paul Bossert, BSChE 1974, is recently retired from DuPont

instructor at Woosong University, Woosong Culinary Academy in South Korea.

as vice president of global operations-Solae. ►►Andrea Robinson Hinsey, MBA 2003, was recently appointed

dean of the School of Business at Ivy Tech Community College– Northeast. She also is pursuing a doctorate through Ball State University’s Adult Higher and Community Education program. ►► Tammy Harris, BSBA 2005, was named

Outstanding Customer Service Representative of the Year for the state of Indiana. The National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research will choose four national finalists and one national winner from among the state winners. Harris is assistant manager of the customer service center at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. in Fort Wayne, Ind., and is pursuing an MBA at Indiana Tech.

In Memoriam

Tammy Harris, BSBA 2005

►► Russell Goodman, BSACC 2010, is an internal revenue agent

with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. ►► In September, Dr.

Snyder and his wife Camille hosted Manuel Pena-Morros and his wife Francia during their visit to Indiana Tech. Manuel is chairman of the board of Banco Leon, the largest bank in the Dominican Republic. He attended Tech in the mid 1960s.

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

Inspired by the phrase “driven to refusal,” Stephen J. Trusik (BSEE ‘58) has made a generous memorial gift to Indiana Tech in honor of friend and classmate Peter T. Nortman (BSEE ‘57) who passed away June 30, 2010. If you would like to send a memorial gift to honor someone, please contact Michael Peterson at 800.937.2448, ext. 2418.

Arthur J. Barrett, Jr. Merrimack, NH Electrical Engineering Professor Arthur W. Bickmore Dover, NH BSRE ‘50 John E. Conn, Jr. Canoe, AL BSCE ‘42 Edward A. Conte Glen Cove, NY BSEE ‘52 Robert L. Davison Holliston, PA BSEE ‘56

Lazar Gilinski, Sr. Bal Harbour, FL BSCE ‘60

James R. Hultgren Minneapolis, MN BSEE ‘60

Robert E. Reed Condon, MT BSRE ‘50

David J. Glen Silver Spring, MD BSEE ‘74

Roger A. Kammeyer Toledo, OH BSAE ‘56

Richard J. Repka Fayette City, PA BSME ‘62

Edwin M. Good St. Petersburg, FL BSEE ‘60

Terry J. Metz Osceola, IN BSBA 2010

Daniel L. Roberson Galveston, IN BSEE ‘67

Thomas E. Hester Toledo, OH BSEE ‘60

Peter T. Nortman Portland, OR BSEE ‘57

Wilber F. Ruff Frankenmuth, MI BSEE ‘49

Richard D. Hinton North Webster, IN BSME ‘48

Charles R. Piner Huntsville, AL BSEE ‘60

Robert W. Smurr Avilla, IN BSME ‘57

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Ludwig J. Wiesztort Leeds, MA BSEE ‘50


Faculty & Staff News Two Trustees Join Board

Scott Elected President

Indiana Tech is proud to welcome two new members to the Board of Trustees. The appointments were effective July 1.

Connie Scott, director of McMillen Library, was elected President of the Indiana Black Librarians Network. She will serve the 2010–12 term.

Lawrence H. Lee: Lee is president and owner of Leepoxy Plastics and Midwest Epoxy Applicators. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and a law degree at Harvard University. Lee has served on numerous education advisory boards and task forces including the President’s Advisory Council at Indiana University–Bloomington; Hoosiers for Higher Education; the Advisory Council of the School of Business and Management Sciences at IPFW; and Fort Wayne Future. He also has served on the boards of several organizations including Fort Wayne Boys and Girls Club, Fort Wayne Sports Corp., Three Rivers Festival, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, and USA Track and Field National Foundation. He is a member of Fort Wayne Business Forum, Fort Wayne Downtown Rotary, and Fort Wayne Track Club. He has been inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame at South Side High School (Fort Wayne) and the IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame and was awarded the IU Alumni Association President’s Award, the highest award given by the IUAA to alumni volunteers. Jeffrey L. Walls, Ed.D., SPHR: Walls is the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and has been a professor of business administration at Indiana Tech since 1989. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing at Indiana University, an MBA in finance at University of Saint Francis, and a doctorate in education at Ball State University. Walls was certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 1994, recertified in 1997, and earned the Certified Professional for Life designation in 2000. He is faculty advisor for the Indiana Tech student chapter of SHRM and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He has won numerous awards from the university, including the 2009–10 Faculty Member of the Year.

Verduce, Scott Write Book Chapter The Association of College and Research Libraries has accepted a proposal for a book chapter by Cindy Verduce, director of the Career Planning & Development Center, and Connie Scott, director of McMillen Library. The chapter will be included in the upcoming ACRL publication Environments for Student Growth and Development: Libraries and Student Cindy Verduce Affairs in Collaboration. The chapter by Verduce and Scott is titled “Career Center and Library Collaborations: Preparing Students for Employment in the Twenty-First Century Workplace.”



Two Tech Employees Complete Leadership Fort Wayne Nicole Scott and Connie Scott graduated from Leadership Fort Wayne in May. The Leadership Fort Wayne program consists of nine full-day programs (September through May), an opening two-day retreat, a closing retreat, opportunities for hands-on experience, and an internship on a not-for-profit board of directors.

McGrade Earns ABD Susan McGrade, associate professor of English, has successfully defended her dissertation proposal at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her proposal, The Ways of White Women: Literary and Pedagogical Responses to Blackness, examines Langston Hughes’ first collection of short stories, The Ways of White Folks, as well as its pedagogical implications, particularly for white women who teach multicultural Susan McGrade curricula in multicultural classrooms. The successful defense earned McGrade A.B.D. designation. She expects to complete the dissertation and earn the Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism in fall 2011. McGrade was a presenter at “Changing Faces of Education,” the 2010 Great Lakes Region II Professional Development and Leadership Conference of Pi Lambda Theta, the International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education. The conference was held at IPFW in September.

Joyner’s Scouts Win Again Indiana Tech’s Explorer Post 2829, led by physics professor Dr. Rex Joyner, continued its medal-winning streak at the National Robotics Challenge in Marion, Ohio, in April. The group has won at least one award at the National Robotics Challenge or its predecessor competitions every year since 1996. Ten entries in four different categories resulted in one gold award, two silvers, and one bronze this year. Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts and is open to young people, both boys and girls, of high school age. Indiana Tech’s Explorer Post is devoted to engineering in general and robotics in particular and has existed since 1995.

Hundersmarck Publishes and Presents Dr. Steve Hundersmarck’s paper “Synthesizing Qualitative Studies: A Report on Three Different Types of Synthesis” has been published in the Kentucky Journal of Anthropology and

Sociology. Hundersmarck, director of the Center for Criminal Sciences, presented a paper and delivered the conference address at the Police Society for Problem Based Learning symposium at Virginia Beach, Va., on September 16 and 17.

Napper Chosen for Leadership Program Maurice Napper, developmental specialist in Student Support Services, has been selected for the MidAmerica Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel Emerging Leaders Institute. The Emerging Leaders Institute is a yearlong leadership development program designed to inspire and cultivate strong leadership within the association.

Rauch is Keynote Speaker Dr. Kenneth Rauch, director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership, has several upcoming presentations including: Exploring the Emerging Leadership Culture Within a “Flattened” Global Environment, the keynote speech at Global Leadership – IUPUI’S Project Leadership, at Indiana University–Purdue University in Dr. Kenneth Indianapolis; Cultural Dimension Rauch Consideration in Global Human Resource Policy Implementation, a training lecture, at the Human Resource Certification Institute in Miami, Fla.; Exploring the Integration of an Emotional Intelligence and Servant Leadership Mindset as a Model for Effective Leadership Practice, at the Multi-Sector Forum, Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, at Indiana University; and Global Leadership…Gateway to the Future, at the Northeast Indiana Human Resource Association Conference at IPFW.

Several Staff Members Are Promoted Deborah Agler has been promoted to executive director of university communications. Three members of the admissions team for Indiana Tech’s traditional program recently earned promotions. Maria Reichhart and Brook Ringenberg are now assistant directors of admission. Sarah Rodriquez is now a senior admissions counselor.

University Welcomes New Staff Indiana Tech is pleased to announce additions to the university staff: ►► Laura Booker, associate admissions counselor ►►Justin Boyce, assistant professor of psychology ►► Kim Chamberlain, administrative assistant, financial aid ►► Stephen Cripe, ARC specialist, College of Professional Studies—

Elkhart ►► Kathryn Dudek, financial aid counselor ►► Doug Edgar, track and field coach, director of cross country ►►Aleese Fielder, admissions representative, College of Professional

Studies—New Albany ►► Dennis J. Gayle, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs ►► Traci Grandey, admissions recruitment assistant ►► Tamara Hamilton, NCATE coordinator ►► Lisa Hoekje, distance education specialist ►► Patrick Kessler, admissions recruitment assistant ►►Jonah McHenry, associate admissions counselor ►► Carol Platt, admissions recruitment assistant ►► Karen Pulliam, ARC specialist, College of Professional Studies—India-

napolis ►►John Reni, assistant professor of mechanical engineering ►►Angela Schuricht, assistant professor of English ►► Robert Stash, admissions representative, College of Professional

Studies—Greenwood ►►Joshua Wolfe, cross country coach

Lisa Green was promoted to financial aid counselor

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Hall of Fame Coming in March Mark your calendar now for the new Warrior Athletic Hall of Fame Weekend coming this spring! March 25 to 27, 2011 will be filled with many great athletic events and activities, including the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet at Bergstaff Place on Saturday, March 26. If you would like to nominate someone for inclusion in the 2011 Hall of Fame class, please send names and accomplishments to Mike Peterson, director of alumni relations, at mepeterson@ The weekend will kick-off with a reception and tailgate party on Friday, March 25, followed by a night men’s lacrosse game. Saturday will include an alumni women’s soccer game and home women’s lacrosse and softball games. On Sunday, March 27, participants can enjoy home baseball and women’s lacrosse games in addition to the family-friendly Second Annual Warrior Run for One event. More information will be coming your way soon!

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