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Homecoming Fun 2011 Students Score Big Hit with Law Enforcement Academic Evolution Enrollment Hits Record High Volume 8, Issue 1 / Fall 2011 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends

Paris, Istanbul Trip Gives Ph.D. Students International Perspective

President Snyder Announces Plans for a

new academic center

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Letter from the President

Greetings, Another academic year is off to a great start here at Indiana Tech! A wonderful group of new students has helped us set a record for enrollment. See page 14 for more information on this year’s numbers. Along with our rapid growth comes a need for facilities to accommodate all these learners and the new degree programs being added. I am pleased to announce that our Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new academic center. You’ll find more details about this state-of-the-art building on pages 18–21. In addition to welcoming our new students, we also are excited to welcome several new academic leaders. Meet our vice president for academic affairs, dean of general studies, dean of business, and other faculty members on pages 22–26. In addition to kicking off a fresh academic year, fall gives us the opportunity to celebrate past years and reconnect with old friends at Homecoming. It was amazing to see so many members of the Class of 1961 return for their 50-year reunion. For younger alumni, we tried some new events including a late night party in the Rec Center and a 1970s flashback party downtown. And, as always, the annual TWIST golf outing was a huge success. Check out pages 6–7 for some highlights of the weekend. All of our students, past and present, have one thing in common: a desire for successful personal and professional lives. This issue of Trends includes several stories about successful Warriors including alumni Aaron Bare and Max Baumgartner; two students who developed software for the Fort Wayne Police Department; and a group of students who served summer internships in the Fort Wayne area. Their accomplishments make our work at the university worthwhile. There are many more exciting things to come for Indiana Tech. You can keep up with the news through Trends, but it’s even better to pay us a visit to see for yourself what a thriving community we have become. I look forward to seeing you here soon. Sincerely,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder President

Contents Departments 2 Tech Happenings 16 Warrior Athletics 34 Richter’s Notes 35 Alumni News 36 In Memoriam 37 Faculty & Staff News Features 4 New Warsaw Site is Bigger and Better


5 Baumgardner Hand-Crafts Gift 6 Homecoming 2011 2011 CPS (College of Professional Studies) Alumnus of the Year 2011 G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumnus of the Year Indiana Tech Alumni Volunteer of the Year 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

12 Students Score Big Hit with Law Enforcement 14 Enrollment Hits Record High 18 Keeping Pace: New Academic Center Takes Shape


22 Academic Evolution Perry Takes Lead of Growing, Changing Faculty and Programs Latuszek Tackles General Studies Zimmerman Ready for Business

27 Walls Tapped as Best in Nation 28 Careers Come Alive for Interns 30 Paris, Istanbul Trip Gives Ph.D. Students International Perspective 32 Education is Key to Alum’s Success 33 Wind Turbine Next for Energy Students 35 You’ve Never Seen an Alumni Site Like This! Trends Volume 8, Issue 1.

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Tech Happenings

Welcome Week Gets Year Off to a Fun Start It may be called Welcome Week, but seven days just weren’t enough to fit in all of the great activities planned by Student Life this year. The annual celebration for new and returning students started with a Welcome Party on August 23 and concluded with a commuter lunch and Convocation on September 6. Events in between included Commuter Coffee Carts, the Metanerd Club Cook Out, free bowling and games in the Rec Center, a free movie, the first Rec Center Café of the year, and the always popular Casino Night. “Turnout for our events was wonderful, and students really had a good time,” said Andrea Check, student life coordinator. “Casual, fun activities like these are especially important for our new students so they have a chance



to meet new people outside of classes or their residence hall.” The free activities on campus are also popular with returning students. “Some events have become such traditions that students ask me about them before we’re even finished planning,” Check said. “Skipping Casino Night would be like skipping Thanksgiving.”

Convocation Speech Stresses Preparation The university’s annual Convocation marks the ceremonial start of the academic year with faculty dressed in academic regalia and traditional students packed into the Schaefer Center gym in search of inspiration for the upcoming semesters. President Arthur Snyder delivered the keynote speech himself this year, warning students that the pace of change in the world is accelerat-

ing and urging them to be prepared for what is ahead of them. “Change is every day, you have to be ready for it, you have to have focus, discipline and determination,” he said. Before the close of the Convocation, the Leepoxy Faculty Award for Innovative Practices was presented to Jerome Heaven, assistant professor of mathematics.

Tech Named ‘Military Friendly’ G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Indiana Tech the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Indiana Tech’s military friendly features include: ›› Degrees offered in traditional and accelerated formats ›› The ability to mix online and face-to-face classes ›› Generous Yellow Ribbon Program benefits ›› Scholarships for service members and their spouses ›› Warrior Vets student organization G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines. Victory Media also annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”

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New Warsaw Site is Bigger and Better Students and staff have quickly settled into the university’s new facility in Warsaw after outgrowing the previous location.

been upgraded to include ceiling mounted projectors, enabling instructors to more easily incorporate multimedia teaching tools.

The College of Professional Studies moved from its The benefits of the larger space go beyond the classroom, six-year-old facility on North Point Drive to a more however. visible, accessible location at 2928 Frontage Road in late August. The new site is about 67% larger, growing from “Students really like the building because we have 4,300 square feet to 7,200 feet. The additional space was a break room area for them and a lobby area,” said needed not only to accommodate an overall enrollment Jeri Burkhart, enrollment manager for CPS in increase, but also to meet the needs of the extremely suc- Warsaw. “Those may seem like little things, but they cessful industrial and manufacturing engineering (IME) go a long way toward making students feel welcome program in which several classes meet twice a week. and comfortable.” The previous facility in Warsaw had four classrooms, The increased visibility of the new site is also a plus. The with one equipped as a desktop computer lab. The new building faces U.S. 30, giving travelers and commuters a Frontage Road facility has five classrooms, two of them great view of the Indiana Tech sign. equipped as desktop computer labs. This creates not only more classroom space, but more flexibility as to “Prospective students are coming into the building who which courses can be scheduled in which rooms. The did not know that we were in Warsaw,” Burkhart said. site also has its own chemistry and physics equipment plus a six-laptop portable computer lab for the engineer- For more information on CPS locations and programs, ing students. The technology in all of the classrooms has visit 4


Max Baumgardner and his wife, Sally, join Dr. Snyder under the gazebo.

Baumgardner Hand-Crafts Gift It is partially in thanks to alumnus Max Baumgardner that Indiana Tech has one of its latest additions to the beautification of the Fort Wayne campus. The new gazebo, which sits on the west side of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center, was erected to house the amazing table and benches that Baumgardner hand-crafted from wood recovered from the renovation of the Uytengsu Center. Baumgardner earned his mechanical engineering degree in 1956 from Indiana Tech. He grew up in the small Indiana town of Yoder and played basketball at Ossian High School. In his senior year of high school, the team had a record of 24–0 before losing in the regional tournament to Hartford City. At that time, Indiana basketball legend Murray Mendenhall was the Indiana Tech basketball coach. It was a big day in Yoder when Mendenhall came recruiting Baumgardner. Because of his respect for Mendenhall and the fact

that he was offered a scholarship, Baumgardner committed to make the move to the big city of Fort Wayne. While at Tech, Baumgardner was not only a standout on the basketball team, but he also made his mark on the Indiana Tech baseball team under the leadership of Ben Dow. During his second year of college, Baumgardner was instrumental in helping Mendenhall recruit two of his former Ossian teammates, Dale Graft and Boyd Byerly. These three men formed the nucleus of an outstanding basketball team. Each of these three alumni is now in the Indiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. Baumgardner was inducted in 2001, and Graft and Byerly followed in 2010.

school for the education that he received on a basketball scholarship. After graduation, Baumgardner went on to a very successful career working on jet engines for Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut. He then spent 25 years at GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati and retired as director of engineering at GM Locomotive Group in LaGrange, Ill. Baumgardner and his wife, Sally, live in Franklin Grove, Ill., where Max enjoys woodworking and restoring a Model T automobile. Sally enjoys working with flowers and exploring the nature and creatures on their natural prairie property.

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2011 G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Alumnus of the Year — Jill Foxworthy Jill Foxworthy earned her accounting degree from Indiana Tech in 2001. She went on to earn her MBA from Tech in 2006 with concentrations in human resources and management. Her work history is an impressive display of upward mobility. Foxworthy has worked for General Electric since graduating 10 years ago. She began as a financial analyst and after one year was chosen as one of a select few to enter the GE Plant Finance Leadership Program. From there she quickly advanced to business development financial analyst, then special projects – controllership, and now she serves as a global senior accounting manager.

Her list of awards and recognition is equally impressive: ■■ Six Sigma Green Belt Certified ■■ Honored for several work-related projects ■■ Received numerous management awards for her innovative and costsaving ideas She has continued to demonstrate support for and service to Indiana Tech in numerous ways including serving on the Alumni Board, speaking to prospective students, and attending many alumni events.

2011 CPS (College of Professional Studies) Alumnus of the Year — Tamra Dominique Tamra Dominique received both an undergraduate degree and an MBA through Indiana Tech’s College of Professional Studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1994 and returned to earn her MBA in 2001. While pursuing her degrees she owned and operated two businesses and raised four young children. Dominique also earned her Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification during her time at Indiana Tech. Her exceptional grades earned her a place in the Alpha Chi Honor Society, too. This bright businesswoman owned and operated Domino’s Pizza franchises for 24 years and received numerous sales and achievement awards for her success. For the


past four years, she has served as controller for Union Tool Corporation. Dominique continues to be a member of SHRM and IMA — The Association for Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business. Dominique has been a great supporter of her alma mater. For several years, she donated pizzas to the alumni board and for alumni events from her Domino’s franchise. She has volunteered for and attended many alumni events and served on the Alumni Board of Directors. Dominique has played an important role in the planning and execution of Homecoming events and the annual Alumni Association Wine Tasting.


Indiana Tech Alumni Volunteer of the Year — David Barrett David Barrett is a 1977 alumnus who earned his degree in electrical engineering. He went on to earn additional education at the University of Oklahoma and the U.S. Postal Service Tech School. Barrett then spent 33 successful years as an electrical technician for the U.S. Postal Service. His main role was trouble shooting, which amounts to reverse engineering. Some of the awards and recognition that he earned with the U.S.P.S. are: ■■ National Letter of Recognition—Postal Service Data System Install ■■ State Letter of Recognition—Safety Program Development ■■ On Site Maintenance Certification Instructor (Electronics) Since retiring from the U.S.P.S, Barrett has become involved in the insurance business and is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He also has been involved with the Knights of Columbus, president of his homeowners association, and currently serves as vice president of our Alumni Board of Directors. Barrett has served on the board since 2003 and is an extremely active member. He’s helping to revamp the way the board handles finances and has been instrumental in the planning and execution of many alumni events, including the Road Warrior Cruise-in. Each year, for the past three years, he has driven countless miles from one car show to another handing out about 2,500 flyers to car enthusiasts to promote the cruise-in. Anytime there is an activity on campus that calls for alumni help, especially when it involves serving students, Barrett is one of the first to volunteer to serve.

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2011 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee — Rear Admiral David J. Nash The Alumni Hall of Fame was initiated in 2005, so that each year we may honor an outstanding Indiana Tech graduate who has reached an exceptional level of professional achievement. This year’s inductee is an alumnus with a distinguished career of both personal accomplishment and service to our country. Rear Admiral David J. Nash grew up in the small community of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and came to Indiana Tech to earn his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, graduating in 1965. While at Indiana Tech, he was very involved in campus life, and was, in fact, one of the founding members of the university’s chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. His education laid a firm foundation not only for his licensing as a professional engineer, but also for his career in the U.S. Navy. In 1966 he was commissioned into the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. During his illustrious 33-year career in the U.S. Navy, he earned the rank of 2-star Rear Admiral. His career with the Navy and in the private sector has taken him all over the world. By 1995, he was serving as Commander, Pacific Division Naval Facilities Command. At this point, he was responsible for the Navy’s facilities across 11 time zones in the Pacific Command region, including command of the Third Naval Construction Brigade in Pearl Harbor. Named chief of civil engineers, he ascended to the top of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps as Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and Organization. In this capacity, he led the Navy’s 2,000 military engineers and an organization of 20,000 people responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the U.S. Navy’s shore installations worldwide.



Most recently, Nash was called upon to serve as the director of the Iraq Program Management Office (PMO) under the Coalition Provisional Authority and later as director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO) under the U.S. State Department. Under his direction, these organizations managed the $18.4 billion Iraq infrastructure reconstruction program. His task was to get the airports, ports, railroad and all surface transportation in Iraq functioning again and under control of their future government. Among the unit and individual military commendations that have been awarded to Rear Admiral Nash are: ■■ The Distinguished Service Medal ■■ Two Legion of Merit Awards ■■ A Defense Meritorious Service Medal ■■ Three Meritorious Service Medals ■■ Three Navy Commendation Medals including one with “V” for valor Nash retired from the Navy in 1998. Since then, he has extended his leadership in the private sector, directing large building programs in a variety of executive positions. He served as program director of Parsons Brinkerhoff for the billion dollar renovation of General Motors’ Warren Technical Center Campus in Warren, Mich. He joined BE&K, Inc. in Birmingham, Ala., as president of the Government Group in 2004, and became chairman and CEO of Jordan–BE&K Federal Group, LLC in 2005. In 2004, Nash also established his own consulting firm, Dave Nash and Associates International. Through his firm, he leads a team of experts in

strategic planning, project development, and program management of complex infrastructure and energy projects. Now living in Virginia, near Washington, D.C., in 2010 he was named senior vice president of MELE Associates, where he is focused on building the company’s alternative energy portfolio and its program and project management capabilities. Nash has received numerous professional honors and awards: ■■ In 2003, he was elected to the National Academy of Construction. ■■ In 2005, he was named “One of the 50 Top Newsmakers” by Engineering News-Record. ■■ In 2007, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and also was awarded the Carroll H. Dunn Award of Excellence by the Construction Industry Institute. Nash is Chairman of the Federal Facilities Council of the National Research Council Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, a Life Member and Fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers, and also a member of many professional associations. In addition to his BSEE from Indiana Tech, he holds a master’s degree in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School. And in 2005, Indiana Tech awarded him an honorary doctorate in civil engineering. Nash established the David J. Nash Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an Indiana Tech student majoring in engineering and dedicated to academic excellence. We congratulate Nash on his induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Students Score Big Hit with Law Enforcement Student-designed Software Package Eases Hostage Crisis Communications By Mary Kinder

Indiana Tech students Ben Swygart and Nathan Whetstone have been spending a lot of time with police officers lately. But, they’re certainly not in trouble with the law. In fact, they are in high demand thanks to a unique software system they helped develop through Indiana Tech. The software system, called Emergency Services Communication for CRTs, is designed for law enforcement Crisis Response Teams, which handle hostage situations and standoffs. The unique system is already in use by the Fort Wayne Police Department with several other law enforcement agencies extremely interested in the software. It’s an impressive accomplishment for a couple of college students. It all began back in 2005 when John Bowers of the Fort Wayne Police Department approached Indiana Tech about helping the department with a problem. During crisis situations, events unfold quickly. The officers and negotiators on the scene don’t have time to take elaborate notes. Somewhat surprisingly, there isn’t a system for detailing events; they simply jot down notes on legal pads. This low-tech system of communication and timeline creation caused several problems, most notably in court. Defense attorneys could easily call the notes and timelines into question. After 12

a particularly frustrating day in court, Bowers turned to Indiana Tech. The school was able to help. Student Nick Roethemeier designed a software system that kept a running log of events. Working with a team of other students, he installed the software into the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) van. While the system was far better than legal pads and Post-it notes, other law enforcement agencies didn’t like the fact that it had to be manually installed at the university. They did not want to turn over their servers and desktops, filled with classified information, and then wait for installation. So the software did not go any further. Then, early this year, Bowers again contacted Indiana Tech. This time he had a “wish list” of improvements and upgrades for the system. Associate Professor of Computer Science Julie Mansfield told him she would find the right team to make it happen. First, she contacted Ben Swygart. A senior at Indiana Tech majoring in information systems, he was looking for an internship that would be both challenging and rewarding. He definitely found it with this. “I’ve always been interested in law enforcement,” he says, “so this project was a great opportunity for me.” Trends

The original software was designed in a computer language Swygart was not familiar with, so before he could start on the programming, he had to spend many hours in Indiana Tech’s networking lab. Once he was up to speed, he was able to complete several upgrades to the initial system. “The original was just a table that logged events,” he explains, “We added several components that made it more user-friendly. It’s the little things that really make a big difference.” Once the software was designed, it needed to be packaged. The goal was to be able to hand the system out at an upcoming conference. Mansfield selected Nathan Whetstone for this job. Whetstone, a sophomore majoring in communications networking, jumped at the chance. “One of the things I love about Indiana Tech is that you can jump right into your major. I got a taste right away of the type of work I would be doing after graduation.” After months of work, the software system was complete. Whetstone and Swygart presented it at the Indiana Association of Hostage-Crisis Negotiators (IAHCN) conference in Indianapolis to more than 200 law enforcement professionals. The software they showcased is a sophisticated communications system which

connects everyone on the scene of a crisis situation through computers installed on the CRT bus and a wireless network, including mobile devices. The software keeps track of all information and events quickly and easily. Officers simply enter brief notes and the software tracks the time for each entry. It not only creates a timeline of negotiations and events, but also is able to upload and disseminate vital information such as photographs and maps to all CRT members. Another key component is a chat feature that provides a fast and secure way to communicate. There also is a running timer of the entire event so negotiators are always aware of how much time has elapsed, an important factor in crisis negotiations. In addition, all pertinent information is listed at the top of the page, so team members can get up to speed with just a glance at the screen. Two other big advantages of the upgrade are ease of installation and the ability to save files offline. Everything connected with a particular case can be easily downloaded for a presentation in court,

providing visual documentation to corroborate and expand on officer testimony. This is more effective and is more difficult to debate.

software. Indiana Tech plans to make the Emergency Services Communication an ongoing project, promoting the software and making upgrades as needed.

Following their IAHCN presentation, Swygart and Whetstone were “immediately swamped with questions” as agencies from around the state were very interested in the software. The students handed out the 200 CDs and 150 information folders. They installed the system on three laptops at the conference and fielded calls from many agencies, including the Plainfield Correctional Facility. Swygart believes the software can make a big impact at correctional facilities, too, helping connect all personnel to one overall system.

Both Swygart and Whetstone credit Indiana Tech with providing them with the education they needed to undertake a project such as this. They are also quick to recognize Mansfield for helping them along the way. “She is so good at looking out for students,” Whetstone says. “It makes a big difference.” He adds that he was lucky to have her for his advisor as well, saying, “She’s a big reason why my experience here has been so good.”

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As for the future, neither student knows what’s in store. Swygart would love an opportunity to work for a federal agency such as the FBI, saying he can’t picture working in a cubicle all day. With more than two years of school left, Whetstone hasn’t chosen a direction yet. However, both say this project is a big plus for their rèsumès and their futures — just like their college of choice, Indiana Tech. Fall 2011


Enrollment Hits Record High Indiana Tech is continuing its growth trend with record numbers for new students this fall and total enrollment increasing 7.4% to an all-time high of 5,437.

“Our continued enrollment growth reinforces our belief that today’s students are seeking the type of career-oriented degree programs and personal attention that we are focused on providing,” said President Arthur E. Snyder. During the past seven years, Indiana Tech has carried out several successful strategic initiatives to become more comprehensive and increase enrollment including the expansion of academic offerings, physical improvements on the main campus, development of extensive online programs, openings of several CPS locations, and addition of new athletic teams. Enrollment in traditional programs has nearly doubled from 633 in fall 2005 to 1,137 this fall. Enrollment in CPS has grown 27% from 3,388 in 2005–06 to a projection of more than 4,300 this year.

“We’ve gotten a lot of praise for the look of our Fort Wayne campus, but our achievements really go much deeper and further than that,” Snyder The university is welcoming 492 new students for explained. “We’ve added new degrees in criminal fall 2011 to bring total enrollment in the tradition- justice, education, and innovative engineering al program at the main campus in Fort Wayne to fields, and we’ve expanded the number of stu1,137 – an increase of 10.9% over fall 2010. The dents we can reach through online programs and previous record for new students was 416 in 1965. additional CPS locations.” Indiana Tech also expects to serve more than The university’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership also 4,300 students in the College of Professional has been successful, growing from 33 students at Studies (CPS) during the 2011–12 academic year its August 2009 launch to 86 students this year. through accelerated degree programs at more than a dozen locations and online. The acceler“The cumulative effect of these improvements is ated programs offer multiple start dates throughthe enrollment growth that comes from greater out the year, so enrollment fluctuates as students awareness and recognition of the quality educabegin and complete their degrees at various times. tion we provide,” Snyder said.



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Above: Indiana Tech 2011–2012 Wrestling Team


Watch the Warriors Online

Wrestlers Ready to Hit the Mats

Live online video streaming is now available for select Indiana Tech sports events. The free service will provide fans everywhere the opportunity to watch Warrior teams in real time on their computer.

Warrior wrestlers officially made their debut with an upset win during a home match vs. Lindsey Wilson College on Nov. 3. Lindsey Wilson finished with two All-Americans in 2010–11 and was ranked third in the country in preseason polls. The Warriors will host a second home meet vs. Calumet College of St. Joseph on February 10.

During the rest of the 2011–12 academic year, all home regular and postseason volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and baseball games will be available via the live video stream combined with play-by-play audio broadcasted from our ITSN staff. Fans can access the live video streamed games from either the team’s schedule page on athletics or visit indianatechwarriors.



The team’s full schedule for its first season includes four teams that finished the 2010–11 season ranked in the top 6 of the NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Top 20 Poll: Grand View University, Lindenwood University, Missouri Valley College, and Campbellsville University. The Warriors also will take on several NCAA Division I opponents, participating in the Eastern Michigan University Open on November 5, the Michigan State

University Open on November 12, and the EMU Duals on January 15. “We feel we have put together a schedule that will challenge us to perform at our best every time we step on the mat,” Head Coach Mike Ester said. “We are looking forward to competing next year and feel that by the end of the season we will be battle tested enough to make a run at putting All-Americans on the podium.”

your representative on the Council of Presidents,” said Jim Carr, president and CEO of the NAIA. “I am confident Dr. Snyder will continue to serve your conference well.” The NAIA Council of Presidents is the primary governing body of the NAIA, which oversees athletic programs at its nearly 300 member colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

For a full wrestling schedule and roster, visit wrestling.

Softball Assistant Honored

Volleyball Starts Strong

Assistant softball coach Lloydene Searle was inducted into the Utah State University Hall of Fame in September as part of the 1980 and 1981 national championship softball teams.

The Warrior volleyball team started the 2011 on a hot streak, winning its first 19 matches. That success gained national recognition for the Warriors as they rose as high as #9 in the Tachikara–NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The team posted a perfect 9-0 record in regular season conference play and went 31-5 overall. Visit athletics/volleyball for postseason news.

Snyder Re-Elected to NAIA Council Indiana Tech President Dr. Arthur E. Snyder has been re-elected by the Wolverine– Hoosier Athletic Conference presidents to a second three-year term as the WHAC representative on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents. This will extend Snyder’s term through Dec. 31, 2014.

In 1981, first-year head coach Lloydene Searle led Utah State to its second-straight national championship in softball, and the only back-to-back national championships in school history as USU posted a 5–1 record in the AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) National Tournament. Searle kept the Utah State softball program nationally prominent for the next 17 years, guiding her teams to a final eight showing at the NCAA Championships, the HCAC (High Country Athletic Conference) Championship, and Big West Conference Championships. In the fall of 2005, Searle joined the coaching staff at Indiana Tech, where she earned an MBA and teaches in the School of Education.

“One of the more effective ways to influence NAIA policy is through

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Keeping Pace:

New Academic Center Takes Shape

At the President’s Club dinner on September 15 and the Alumni Association meeting on September 17, President Arthur Snyder shared news of our university’s growth and the plans to accommodate ever increasing enrollment and expansion of degree programs: a new academic center will be built. To be constructed north of the Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center, the new building will have an academic wing and a library wing, joined at a rotunda area with a multi-flex auditorium and theater. The academic wing will have two stories plus an unfinished lower level for future completion as needed. It will house Indiana Tech’s fastest growing college, the College of General Studies. Included in this wing will be multimedia-equipped classrooms, as well as laboratories for the School of Education and the Center for Criminal Sciences, two of the university’s programs that are increasing the most in enrollment. The academic wing also 18


will have student study rooms and offices for the vice president for academic affairs, and the dean and faculty of the College of General Studies.

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The library wing also will have two levels. Since today’s information is largely digitally based, the library will have two state-of-the-art computer facilities. It also will have technically enhanced spaces for collaborative research and learning, with a multi-functional seminar room for instruction, faculty development, and video conferencing with satellite campuses. There will be group and individual study rooms, space for traditional print media, and offices for the library director and staff. The rotunda will accommodate gatherings, a cafÊ, and space for art exhibitions, while the two-story multi-flex auditorium and theater will provide space that is adaptable for specific performances, presentations, seminars, and lectures. Volume 8, Issue 1

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These pages: Architechtural renderings of potential designs for a new academic center

“It is our plan to provide stimulating programs for artistic expression and social commentary, not only to afford our students a well-rounded educational experience, but also to provide the greater Fort Wayne community with cultural opportunities on our campus,� explained Dr. Douglas Perry, vice president for academic affairs. Approximately 60,000 square feet in size with an estimated cost of $15 million, the center is being designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, and construction will be overseen by Michael Kinder & Sons. Both firms are based in Fort Wayne. Architectural drawings are not yet finalized, and a groundbreaking date has not yet been determined, but once begun, the construction timeframe is expected to be 18 months. If interested in viewing the preliminary floor plans, please contact Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement, at 260-399-2816 or

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This past May we had the largest graduating class in our history — 830! This fall we have our largest incoming class — 492 new students! Our total enrollment is now more than 5,400.

we turned our attention toward planning a new academic center. The fact is, given our current rate of growth, we will run short of classroom space and office space in a couple of years.

We have added new degree programs and improved upon existing programs. We will have our first graduate at the Ph.D. level next year and have 86 enrolled in that program, which just began in 2009.

Our plans are moving forward. As we develop these projects, we remain committed to our core purpose of providing career-focused, professional programs of higher education.

Our rapid growth is placing demands on our — Dr. Arthur Snyder facilities. For example, in each of the past four years President we have added a residence hall on campus. This year Homecoming 2011 Volume 8, Issue 1

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Academic Evolution Perry Takes Lead of Growing, Changing Faculty and Programs At first glance, a man with a background heavy on health sciences might seem like an unusual choice to lead academics at a university known mostly for engineering, business, and computer sciences. But when you talk to Dr. Doug Perry for a few minutes you realize he fits the role of vice president for academic affairs.

He noted that every significant career move he has made has been to start fresh at a new institution with a new opportunity, and the natural next step is VPAA. The allure of moving to Fort Wayne also drew him to Indiana Tech. “I love Indiana. Born in San Francisco, lived in Manhattan many years, moved to Indy, and I’ve been in the Midwest ever since. Even Cincinnati and northern Kentucky are different from Indiana,” he explained. “I’ve always liked Fort Wayne. It has everything that I like or is near things that I like.”

Perry came to Indiana Tech in July from Northern Kentucky University where he was the founding dean of the College of Informatics. Prior to his position at Northern Kentucky, Perry worked for 15 years at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in a variety of faculty and administrative His career path, the university’s academic focus, Fort posts including associate dean for graduate studies Wayne… these are just pieces of the puzzle that add and research. In an academic career spanning more up to an intangible sense that Perry and Indiana Tech than 35 years, he also has held faculty and administra- are right for each other. tive positions at State University of New York–Stony Brook and University of Albuquerque and has taught “The fit of me with this job, my constitution for it, my anatomy, physiology, and other courses for health heart for it,” Perry says in trying to sum up why he sciences students. pursued and accepted the position as VPAA, “sinking into Indiana Tech as a family, as a cause, embracing it, “My career trajectory has always been related to scibenefitting thousands of people.” ence and health sciences, and it’s always been related to technology and professional education,” Perry says. One reason he speaks of Indiana Tech as a family and “The things that are taught here, the academic mission, embracing it is his belief in the concept of relationshipare exactly in line with my academic career.” based education and the way it drives the university. 22


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“I’ve seen already over and over again, that it’s absolutely real,” he says. “The final registration day of the summer, I observed. Those kids come in brand new, come to a very different world, where they’re going to be all alone – the way they were treated, they weren’t processed. They were accepted, supported, faculty and staff would help them feel welcome. I knew then it was real.” He has already had a chance to experience relationship-based education himself. “I’ve connected more with students now than I ever did at NKU, just sitting down with them,” he says with a smile. Just a few months into the job, Perry has a firm grasp on some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Among his priorities are launching a new bachelor’s degree program in fashion marketing and management, strengthening online components of engineering programs, assisting as needed with the establishment of Indiana Tech’s law school, and further developing existing programs with exceptional promise for growth. “There are success stories waiting to happen,” he says. “We have these programs that are very good, but they’re undersubscribed.” Perry takes a big picture view of academics, readily grasping the role it plays in melding the disparate worlds of traditional students and those in the College of Professional Studies. “They’re different educational venues, different educational experiences,” he explains. “But the unifying thread is academics – the degrees we offer, the curriculum we deliver, educational quality, the transformational power of what we provide.”

With his background in informatics, it seems natural to ask how that field can be applied to Indiana Tech’s programs. Perry defines informatics as “all things digital, meaning digital technology in its broadest sense—digital technology applied to arts, sciences, professions and commerce to further those demands.” He enthusiastically cites examples in medicine, humanities, history, and e-commerce, but is hesitant to jump into ideas for new applications of the field at Indiana Tech. “I’m very careful of that,” he explains. “It would be very foolish of me with all that’s going on here to come in and say, ‘We should do this, we should do that.’ ” Instead, he is focused on continuing the great strides that have already been made in academic development. In addition to program updates and additions, he’s also looking forward to being involved with planning for a new academic center (see page 18). “The new academic center will help further define what Indiana Tech does. It will offer new dimensions of experience for students,” he says. “The library (which will relocate to the new building) is the heart and soul of any university. I really want very much to be involved with that.” Perry’s interest in the library may also be personal, as he calls himself and his wife, Meg, “unabashed bibliophiles,” reading almost everything—history, philosophy, poetry, fiction, biography, science. “Right now I’m reading two novels and one book of poetry,” he says, noting that he gets up early every morning to have time to read. “At any given time I’m reading three or four books.”

That unifying thread includes continued growth in all modes of course delivery—in class, online, and blend- He and Meg also love to travel (“both peaceful vacaed—to meet student needs and market demands. In tions and adventure travel”), and are self-described Perry’s description, the road to academic strength is “culture vultures.” paved by a range of concerns that must be balanced to serve students. “We love the performing arts. Love the fine arts too,” he enthused. “We take in as much of that as we can.” “Tradition and innovation, physical and virtual, history and future, credibility and marketability,” he says. Perhaps Indiana Tech has found a Renaissance man “There must be a broad enough spectrum of opporto lead the way to the future. tunities to learn to reach the broadest spectrum of individuals, from 18-year-olds to mid-career working professionals at the top of their game. The degrees they are getting are all Indiana Tech degrees.”



Additional New Faculty ›› Celia Stall-Meadows, Ed.D., director of fashion marketing and management ›› Timothy Mirtz, Ph.D., assistant professor of education ›› David Rumsey, assistant professor of mathematics ›› Brad Yoder, Ph.D., director of teacher education ›› Yulia Tolstikov-Mast, Ph.D., assistant professor, Ph.D. program ›› Brian Trill, D.B.A., assistant professor of accounting

Latuszek Tackles General Studies Indiana Tech may not be larger than Dr. Doty Latuszek’s previous employers, but it’s definitely a bit different. The new dean of the College of General Studies most recently served as provost and vice president for academic affairs for Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington, KY. “My career history has been at two-year public institutions,” she said. “This was an opportunity to come to a four-year private institution and bring the skills I had developed.” Bachelor’s degrees and graduate programs aren’t the only difference between Indiana Tech and her community college experiences. “I’ve never worked at a college with athletic programs,” Latuszek observed. “Sports are a great way to get students to connect to the university, and connecting is so important to their success.” The College of General Studies encompasses the School of Education and the Center for Criminal Science; degrees in psychology, communication, recreation management, and therapeutic recreation; and core courses required for all Indiana Tech degrees such as math, English and humanities. Latuszek said the key to balancing the variety of courses

and programs is to respect the diversity of interests represented. “I view the College of General Studies as life. It has reading, writing, math, art, literature, communication… all those things that are necessary for life,” she said. “The College of General Studies supplements other colleges, but in a way it is vital to our humanity.” Indiana Tech’s enrollment boom, especially the large number of incoming students, kept Latuszek busy during the summer hiring faculty and ensuring that enough sections of various courses were scheduled. Looking ahead, she’d like to focus on assessment of student learning outcomes and building professional families of full-time faculty and adjuncts in specific disciplines within the college. “I want to create a solid foundation of consistency and strengthen what has already taken place,” she said. Spare time was rare during Latuszek’s first few months at Tech, but if she ever has any she likes to walk, read, and spend time with family and friends. She’s also an avid movie-goer. “I have to see all of the movies nominated before the Academy Awards,” she said with a smile. Volume 8, Issue 1

Fashion Marketing and Management Indiana Tech will launch a bachelor’s degree in fashion marketing and management in spring 2012, giving students with a flair for style an opportunity to prepare for a career in the fashion industry. The program will teach students how to generate innovative solutions to address market needs. Whether a graduate wants to own a fashion business or work in management for a corporation, this major will offer a diverse education that will expose students to many facets of the global fashion industry. A core of strong business courses will be paired with industry-specific courses such as: ›› Fashion innovation and marketing ›› Textiles and apparel evaluation ›› Visual merchandising ›› Fashion event planning and promotions ›› Fashion forecasting Students also will complete an internship in a fashion business. Graduates will be prepared for careers in: ›› Retail store management ›› Buying ›› Visual merchandising ›› Store planning ›› Special events coordinating ›› Product development and sourcing For more information on this program, visit and click on Degree Programs.

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Zimmerman Ready for Business Dr. Jeffrey Zimmerman saw the position as dean of the College of Business at Indiana Tech as an opportunity to gain new experience. Although his previous employers — Clarkson College and Methodist University — offered similar programs in business and engineering, they did not have extensive online programs or satellite campuses. “I wanted to do some stuff I’d never done before,” he explained. Zimmerman’s new role puts him in charge of the largest of Indiana Tech’s colleges and the one with the most ties to the College of Professional Studies. However, he sees more similarities than differences in traditional day students and the working adults in CPS. “A lot of our day students are student-athletes. They have to focus on athletic endeavors along with their studies,” Zimmerman explained. “CPS students have more commitments to their families and jobs. So they’re very similar in the amount of time they can commit.” Whatever life stage the students are in, Zimmerman is committed to providing practical, career-oriented education.

Indiana Tech’s commitment to serving students is one of the things that have impressed him most during his first few months. “Relationship-based education is not just lip service. It’s something we actually deliver,” Zimmerman said. “Every person I’ve talked to mentioned students.” He plans to spend a significant amount of time in his first semester on strategic planning and developing a vision for the College of Business. “I’m looking forward to opportunities to bring the community into what we do,” he said. “We’re forming an advisory board to help ensure our programs are meeting the needs of businesses.” Zimmerman’s wife and four daughters (the oldest of which is attending University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) keep him pretty busy, but he makes time for cycling, playing golf and indulging in spy novels and legal thrillers. He’s looking forward to supporting Warrior athletics and getting to know Fort Wayne.

“Fort Wayne is really nice,” he observed. “Of course, I don’t know whether I’ll be saying that in January when “There are a lot of similarities in what they need academi- the snow hits.” cally,” he said. “I’d like to see complete consistency in what we offer.” 26


Walls Tapped as Best in Nation

Work with SHRM Chapter Earns Recognition

Almost everyone who has attended Indiana Tech’s Fort Wayne campus in the past 20 years or so knows, or knows of, Dr. Jeff Walls. Since joining the university in 1989, he has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate business classes in both the traditional program and the College of Professional Studies; served as advisor to the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity; served as advisor to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student organization; sponsored a variety of student events; and co-founded the annual Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament (TWIST) golf outing. One of those roles has now gained him national acclaim: Walls was named 2011 Advisor of the Year at the national SHRM conference in Las Vegas in July. “It was a pretty big surprise,” he said. “I never think about awards like this. It was very humbling.”

and Templates, a designation which sets the university apart from other schools. Walls was instrumental in developing the program in spring 1990 and took his first group of students to the SHRM convention in 1993. The trip has been a highlight of the program ever since then. “When I take them to the conference, we’re the largest school group there,” he said. “Most schools have one or two students, and they pay for them to go.” Indiana Tech students pay their own way, and each year more than 20 students jump at the opportunity to network with thousands of HR professionals. Walls always has his group sit in the front row for the convention speakers and says it’s an experience they don’t soon forget.

“You’re in the front row and Jack Welch (former CEO of GE) is right in front of you talking for an hour and a half without a Walls credits the students for his success as a SHRM chapter advisor. script,” he explained. “You can’t get that in a classroom.”

“In sports, a coach doesn’t win coach of the year without great players,” he explained. “That’s what this is.” Walls is a rare breed in the realm of faculty: tremendously popular with students but also known for being challenging. He’s frequently nominated for the Faculty of the Year Award and has won the student-selected honor more than once. SHRM has certified that Indiana Tech’s human resources program aligns with the recommended requirements for HR degree programs as outlined in the SHRMHR Curriculum Guidebook

Just as students are in awe of a speaker like Welch, Walls is still amazed by the Advisor of the Year honor months after the announcement. “I’m overwhelmed,” he said. “This is not just our conference or just small schools, this is national.” In his mind, however, the award isn’t just for him. “We’ve got great students, and we’ve got a great program,” he said. “That’s where the recognition comes from.”

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Careers Come Alive for Interns Communication Skills Highlighted as Necessity By Heather Burgette Internship Coordinator/Career Advisor

It’s the best part of my job… students landing internships at great companies and learning how their classroom knowledge directly applies to the work in front of them. In summer 2011, interns took advantage of experiencing this type of work with companies that were as varied as the majors of these students, from a mid-sized credit union to a global steel manufacturer to a small biomedical laboratory. Eight of these companies hired multiple students, and a number of them offered continuing internship positions into the fall semester. I drove out to Columbia City on a very hot summer day to visit Jeff Powell, senior computer engineering student, at Parkview Health’s latest building project. He had landed an internship with Havel through a professional connection and was the only intern on staff this summer. His project consisted of setting up systems which managed the airflow, heating and cooling throughout the hospital. “I gained experience working hands-on with building automation systems at the hardware and software levels and was able to experience first-hand how disciplines that I had thought of as being typically separate in industry can come together in ways I wouldn’t expect,” Powell said. I was impressed with the way his supervisors bragged about his ability to be professional and follow through with his tasks. Although the summer heat didn’t improve, my round of visits only got better as I stopped to say “hi” to four students interning at Fort Wayne Metals, a global leader in medical grade wire and cable. Jacob Harris, Michael Russell, and Kate Whitacre all worked in the engineering areas, while Alyssa Priebe, a junior marketing student, learned the sales and marketing side.

Tara Hanna and supervisor Margie Kidd at Vera Bradley

“The most beneficial part I learned was how I really love the work and the people I work with,” Priebe said. “This experience has painted a picture as to what I see myself doing in the future. Experience is really the only way to find what type of job fits you best.” Fort Wayne Metals hosts about 20 interns each summer and certainly draws from the best of the best at Indiana Tech. “Communication is so important and necessary in any career. If you are an engineer and think you’ll get to sit and design things and work out equations all day, you are sadly mistaken,” Harris, a senior mechanical engineering student, noted. “People skills are required, especially if you want to move up the ladder.”

Adrianna Michel works the TinCaps Ticket Office



My next stop was Navistar, a close friend of the Career Planning & Development Center. Two of their human resources staff members are Indiana Tech alumni, and they hired five interns from Indiana Tech this summer. Because they have 20 to 30 college interns at any point during the summer, they also have an HR intern coordinate the activities for these interns. This again was a Tech student, Stephanie Long, human resources major.

“My professors always told me that communication was the most My last stop was Do it Best Corp. world headquarters, wedged important aspect of every business relationship,” she said. “This between the railroad tracks of New Haven. David Dalman and experience really made that come alive for me and affirmed my Corey Schwartz were both hired in the web development departmajor choice. I recently decided to go to law school for labor ment. Schwartz, who had a second internship this summer, noted, relations.” “I learned how important it is to be professional at all times, requiring me to have proficient communication skills, so that I On the other side of town, I visited one of Vera Bradley’s could coordinate with my co-workers in completing complex offices to talk with Tara Hanna, a business administration stu- projects. I have become a whole lot more focused in my career dent who graduated in May 2011. Her work in the customer goals because of my experience with these two internships.” Their service department enabled her to learn all aspects of what it supervisor has solely worked with Indiana Tech to hire interns, takes to run a business by hearing weekly presentations from and so far he’s had great success each summer. various departments. Many more students interned at companies such as Allied Pay“Most importantly, I learned how crucial company culture and ment Network, Carrier, Bright Automotive, DeKalb County core values are,” Hanna said. “This experience gave me the Probation Department, FWPD Hostage Response, Steel Dyopportunity to discover what I’m passionate about and how to namics, and even the U.S. Marshall Program. The average pay was carry that into my career.” $12 to $13 per hour with the highest being $16.50 per hour. Downtown Fort Wayne boasts of a championship baseball team, the TinCaps, where Adrianna Michel, senior sports management student, has interned in the ticket sales office for the past nine months. “How to work in a professional environment with different departments all working towards the same goal – this was the most beneficial aspect for me,” Michel said. “It gave me a lot of confidence in networking with CEOs and business owners. I even gained experience in sales and cold-calling which I didn’t think I’d ever learn.”

Even better than hearing what students learned was hearing from the supervisors how much they enjoyed working with their interns and how much the students had grown during their experience there. If you are interested in learning more about partnering with Indiana Tech, please contact the Career Planning and Development Center at 800.937.2448, ext. 2217 or

Another downtown intern was Daniel Freer, junior networking student, who worked at Symantec as a quality assurance tester and programmer. Once again, realizing the importance of good communication skills was a key part of this intern’s experience. “If you have a process to troubleshoot a problem and develop a solution, you can be effective in fields you may not be trained in, thus increasing your value to your company,” Freer noted.

Daniel Freer (2nd from the left) with Indiana Tech alums and Symantec employees (from left) Tommy Rodda, Aaron Diers, and Kelley Marvin

Corey Schwartz & David Dalman

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Paris, Istanbul Trip Gives Ph.D. Students International Perspective

From left: David Pitcher, Sharon Hardy, Joe Lestrange, Stacey Little, James Gordon, and Dr. Ken Rauch attended the Global Business and Technology Association annual conference as part of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership.

The global practicum exceeded expectations and provided a contextual, cultural, and intellectual bridge to continue my development of a global mindset. I believe that this type of education exceeds all possibilities found in textbooks. — Joseph Lestrange, Ph.D. student



When the Indiana Tech Ph.D. in Global Leadership started in the summer of 2009, the aim was to prepare scholar leaders for roles in complex organizations. The heart of the program encompasses understanding the global environment with its complexity; situational and environmental challenges and opportunities; the interaction between cultural, social, political and economic trends; the organizational environment in its totality; and leading with a global mindset in the 21st century. A group of Indiana Tech students recently returned from the first international Ph.D. global practicum study trip. The group visited the HEC Institute in Paris and attended the Global Business and Technology Association conference in Istanbul, Turkey. About 350 participants from more than 40 countries attend the GBATA conference each year. “The global practicum trip was the opportunity of a lifetime,” said David Pitcher, an Indiana Tech Ph.D. student who presented a paper at the conference. “It provided cultural interaction and immersion, networking, and valuable insight into international travel.” Pitcher said the practicum is an essential part of the program. “I cannot imagine graduating with a doctorate in global leadership without having this experience. It provides a richness and depth to your graduate education. The trip to Paris and Istanbul was unbelievable.” The trip was led by Dr. Ken Rauch, director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership, and Dr. Samir Moussalli, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies and Business Chair at Huntingdon College in

Montgomery, Ala., and adjunct professor in the Indiana Tech global leadership Ph.D. program. “Global travel within our Ph.D. program is perhaps the most instructive element within the global education of our students,” Rauch explained. “Capital, technology, and information do not have nationalities anymore. They flow essentially freely in and out through national borders. In effect this has created a ‘borderless world.’ I believe we need a framework that ties everything together, that allows us to understand society, the world, and our place in it, and that could help us to make the critical decisions that will shape our future.” Rauch said international trips such as the conference in Turkey help students think with a global perspective. “It helps to synthesize the wisdom gathered in the different societies,” he said. “Rather than focusing on our individually held, small segments of reality, it provides us with a picture of the whole. Such a conceptual framework allows for expanded understanding to a new global view. Travel and study within a global practicum setting provides an excellent start to the development of this new global mindset.” The Indiana Tech doctoral degree program has grown to 86 students as it begins the third year of delivering the first Ph.D. in northeastern Indiana. The program has attracted students from 14 states and two countries, and planning is under way for another global practicum excursion in the summer of 2012.

The global practicum was more enlightening, engaging, entertaining, educational and invaluable than I could have ever expected or predicted. The real-life cultural experiences, the networking opportunities and the ability to participate as a discussant are only a few of the takeaways from this great experience. I knew this was going to be a great opportunity, I just didn’t realize how great. — James Gordon, Ph.D. student

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Education is Key to Alum’s Success “Everything else can be taken away from you, but no one can take away your education.” These words from Indiana Tech professor Dr. Jeff Walls made a great impact upon a young man studying business at Indiana Tech. Aaron Bare doesn’t just believe that education is key; he has truly made this a part of his lifestyle. Due to his interest in international business, Bare spent a semester at sea during his undergraduate days at Tech. After graduating from Indiana Tech, Bare spent time as a management consultant for Accenture and a money manager with the Vanguard Group. His desire to learn propelled him to earn a Master of Arts in Economic Development from Indiana University. Then he continued his education by earning an Executive MBA from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management where he graduated Beta Gamma Sigma. His education has led him to become a very successful and global entrepreneur who has sold six companies and currently has interest in 30 more. Bare is also the founder and owner of Buzz Mouth, a social media optimization firm. Buzz Mouth helps organizations more effectively use social media and other digital forms of communication to create brand awareness, promote sales, engage clients, and improve overall return on investment. Bare’s success in the world of entrepreneurship has garnered much praise, awards, and recognition. His technology projects have won him an ADDY, a Webby, a Telly, a video award, and several web awards. In 2008, the state of Arizona named Bare to the “35 Under 35” Entrepreneurs in Arizona. Just this year, the Phoenix Business Journal honored Bare in their annual “40 under 40” list which recognizes young professionals with strong leadership and forward-thinking skills. This is quite an accomplishment considering that Phoenix is the sixth largest city in America. Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is recognized as the 32

ing his time, resources, and talents. He even serves as the co-chair of the technology department of the Arizona Republican Party. Bare also has been active with which is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to assist with the process and engagement of international digital activism.

top MBA school for international business, has named Bare as Entrepreneur in Residence.

A scholarship to play soccer helped guide Bare’s decision to attend Indiana Tech. Bare credits his success in business to the excellent foundation that his Indiana Tech education provided which opened many doors of opportunity. In his current capacity as founder of Buzz Mouth, Bare has people with Harvard MBAs working for him. He is proud of the continued development and growth of Indiana Tech and its educational degree programs. “Everyone should set goals and keep picking them off one at a time,” Bare advises. “Follow your dreams, and think on a larger scale. Try to make the time to travel outside of the country.”

Through his education, experience, and endeavors to better his community and the world, Bare was invited to join the exclusive organization Gen-Next. This is These are not just mere words for Bare as a group of highly successful individuals he has traveled to more than 60 countries who study and engage with economic, around the world, and he is working on educational, and international security accomplishing one of his next goals – issues and challenges in order to provide writing and publishing his own book. a better tomorrow for future generations. Bare also was invited to take part in the Giving back to the community and Google Ideas Summit Against Extreme working to make the world a better place Violence in Dublin, Ireland, this past June. continue to be of high importance for Bare. This conference brought together a variety “Everyone can make a difference. Discover of high-level thinkers and innovators with what your passion is, and get involved!” former members of extremist groups to work on developing new ways to solve the Bare certainly gets involved and makes problems of violence in the world. “I view the most of his education. He continues problems as opportunities to overcome, to expand his knowledge and uncover adjust, and learn new lessons on how to new areas of involvement. “Get engaged become better,” Bare stated. through social media in the conversation of using your passions to facilitate Bare is active in trying to use technology change in your community and in the and social media to bring positive change world,” he recommends. to the world, too. Social philanthropy, political freedom, educational solutions Aaron Bare and his wife, Jennifer, live in and improvements, democracy, and more Phoenix, Ariz., with their daughter, Bali, fiscal responsibility in government are and dog, Buddy. To learn more about some of the areas where he enjoys focusBuzz Mouth, visit Trends

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Wind Turbine Next for Energy Students The answer to sustainable energy questions may or may not be blowing in the wind, but Indiana Tech students will soon have the opportunity to find out. The Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals recently approved the university’s plan to install a wind turbine on the Fort Wayne campus.

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The wind turbine tower will be 120 feet tall, and the blade will have a diameter of 26.5 feet making the total height about 134 feet. A turbine of that size is expected to generate between 700 and 1,000 kilowatt hours per month, which is about the amount of energy used by the average household in the United States, said John Renie, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Indiana Tech launched a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering in 2008, and the wind turbine on campus will offer those students firsthand study of wind power. The operation of the turbine also will have applications in the mechanical engineering and electrical engineering programs. The equipment for the wind turbine has been ordered, and the university hopes to have it installed prior to the spring semester. A $300,000 gift from the Steel Dynamics Foundation in 2010 established the Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory, and that gift also will cover the $110,000 cost of the equipment, installation and software for the wind turbine. “This is the next step in our study of renewable energy sources,” said Dave Aschliman, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences. “Our students are already involved with solar energy through solar powered water heaters in our lab and geothermal energy through the systems installed on campus in 2010.” The wind turbine will be located on Maumee Avenue, next to the Zollner Engineering Center. During public meetings on the zoning issue, one neighbor had a concern about the possible noise of the turbine, Renie said. “For the size and height of this turbine, noise would be minimal — no louder than the outdoor air conditioning units next to the existing Indiana Tech buildings,” he explained. The power produced by the wind turbine will flow back to the power grid because the university does not have any storage capacity, Renie said, and it will be credited to Indiana Tech’s electric bill.

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Richter’s Notes

Momentum Campaign Crosses the Finish Line Your Success

Mark Richter, vice president of institutional advancement

I am extremely pleased to report that in September the Momentum Campaign surpassed its $25 million goal. This significant accomplishment was made possible through the generous support of many individuals, foundations, and corporations. Our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude is extended to all. The support that has been received has been overwhelming since the day we started the Momentum Campaign, and it is immensely gratifying to consider the permanent impact this effort will have on our students, both now and in the future.

A Bit of History Following several years of planning, the Momentum Campaign was publically launched at Homecoming in 2008. Dr. Snyder announced to a large and enthusiastic crowd on September 19, 2008 that this would be the largest fundraising campaign in the school’s history. The campaign’s stated goal was to raise $19 million by June 30, 2012.


school’s 80th anniversary gala, “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.” And reach it we have. This year at Homecoming it was announced that the $25 million goal has been accomplished with nine months remaining on the campaign schedule.

Momentum Campaign Accomplishments I want to share with you a recap of some of the things made possible by this campaign: Scholarship Support for Students ›› Fourteen new endowed scholarships have been funded ›› The Scholars Leadership Program was established

He said at the time, “Because we had developed so much synergy on our campus, so much positive activity, we felt we should name the campaign Momentum, because of the momentum we have established.”

Student Support Services ›› Three major grants were received to support student academic success ›› The Career Planning and Development Center received a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment

The momentum that he spoke of has continued to accelerate. Two years later, at Homecoming 2010, Snyder was able to report that the initial $19 million goal had been reached. He told the large crowd that had assembled for the

New Laboratories Added ›› James and Joan Bard Life Sciences Laboratory ›› Steel Dynamics Energy Engineering Laboratory ›› Uytengsu Computer Science Laboratory


›› Mimi and Ian Rolland Educational Resource Center McMillen Library Enhancements ›› Several significant gifts and grants were received, including a large grant from the McMillen Foundation Academic Program Support ›› American Electric Power Foundation provided significant support for the energy engineering program Student Residences Constructed ›› Frank and Anne Oropeza Hall ›› Evans-Kimmell Hall ›› Warrior Row A and B Campus Facilities Built ›› Wilfred Uytengsu, Sr. Center ›› Warrior Athletic Center at the west end of campus ›› Geothermal heating and cooling system installed to service the buildings on the east end of campus ›› Maximus Patio overlooking the baseball field ›› Gazebo in the center of campus

The Bottom Line We thank you for your generosity and faith in this university! Your support has enabled us to overachieve our initial goal of $19 million by 33% to attain our current total of $25.3 million. As a result, we are ensuring that our students will have the resources available to obtain a top-flight education at Indiana Tech.

You’ve Never Seen an Alumni Site Like This! Wouldn’t it be great, someday, to have a website where Indiana Tech alumni and friends can not only read about the university, but interact too? Well, “someday” is today!

Of course, the new and improved site still brings along the “hafta-see-it” highlights that you’re used to: current news about the university, feature stories about our alumni, details about resources and benefits for Alumni Association members, event calendar, contact info for staff, Alumni Board listings, helpful guidance for giving, registration forms, and more.

The new Alumni and Friends website was launched September 30, and it offers a whole new experience, unlike any you’ve seen from Tech before. Here are just a few of the things you’ll be able to do through the site:

It’s all easy to find, right there in one user-friendly place. We’ve made it simple for you to reconnect with former classmates, reminisce, find ways to become involved with the university, shop Tech Treasures, and click on links throughout the site for more info. You’ll even find a few surprises that are sure to bring a smile.

›› Share your thoughts about Tech news and events ›› Comment on feature stories ›› Submit an idea ›› Suggest an event ›› Watch videos ›› Flip through photo galleries and yearbooks Yearbooks?! Yes, you’ll find issues of the classic Kekiongan right there on the alumni website. The university magazine Trends and the e-newsletter Tech Aluminati are there too. Now, you’ll also be able to link to Tech’s social media sites like Facebook and Twitter directly from Alumni web pages.

The snazzy new look to the site leads the way to a whole range of special features. Be sure to check it out! And you’ll find sections where you can submit your own story. Maybe you have a recollection of your days at Tech that you’d like to share. Maybe you’ve contributed to the university, and you want to tell the story about what inspired you to give. You may want to let us know of your success so the Tech community can celebrate with you!

Alumni Updates ›› Edward Loescher, BSCHE 1964, is an adjunct professor for Embry-Riddle University in Houston. He earned a master’s degree (with distinction) in aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle in 2010. ›› Steven Michalkowski, BSACC 1994, was recently hired as a financial representative at AXA Advisors in Manasquan, N.J. ›› Martin Stout, MBA 2001, is director of operations for Wright and Lerch: Attorneys at Law in Fort Wayne and has been named to the board of the Saint Meinrad Alumni Association. He earned his undergraduate degree from Saint Meinrad. ›› Chris Snyder, BSBA 2005 and MBA 2010, is now corporate partnerships manager for Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The stadium is the spring training site for the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals as well as the home of two A-league teams, the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Palm Beach Cardinals. ›› Deborah Allison, BSBA 2006, is an accountant in construction/development for Van Rooy Properties in Indianapolis. ›› Kenny Odle, BSBA 2006, is an IT project manager for Medical Protective. ›› Jennifer Carrell, BSHSM 2010, is an employment specialist for Pathfinder Services and was recently named head coach of the cheerleading program at Huntington University. She lives in Huntington, Ind.

Volume 8, Issue 1

Fall 2011


In Memoriam

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

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

Earnest A. Albert Dayton, OH BSEE 1940

Phillip E. Holt El Segundo, CA BSEE 1961

Edmund A. Lobacz Fort Wayne, IN BSME 1958

J. Arnold Voehringer Belchertown, MA BSCE 1965

George C. Bartholomay Mount Joy, PA BSEE 1959

Steve V. Kerstner Walnut Creek, CA BSME 1948

William R. McSherry Landisburg, PA BSEE 1949

Robert B. J. Warnar Mesa, AZ BSEE 1961

Horace F. Breedlove Albany, NY BSEE 1950

Carl D. Kolbe Los Altos, CA BSANE 1943

Leo R. Milette Framingham, MA BSCE 1952

Richard C. Weisenbarger Saint Marys, OH BSME 1958

Charles A. Broker Anchorage, AK BSCE 1951

Lowell W. Kratzer Defiance, OH BSEE 1950

Gerald W. Miller Simi Valley, CA BSEE 1957

Robert E. Budde Lexington, KY BSCHE 1945

James C. Krieg Bucksport, ME BSEE 1962

Dianne Joyner Hairston Moss Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 1999

William R. Calhoun Beaver, WA BSEE 1958

Albert T. Lacatski West Palm Beach, FL BSRE 1951

L. C. Nichols Springville, TN BSCE 1949

Winton L. Chance Sault Sainte Marie, MI BSEE 1948

Brian James Lahr Columbus, IN BSBA 2010

Thomas F. Preusser Largo, FL BSME 1959

Phlegar E. Compton Gibbsboro, NJ BSEE 1949

John H. Lambert Austin, TX BSEE 1961

Edward W. Roy Holyoke, MA BSEE 1955

Jack V. Dierkes Fremont, IN BSEE 1961

Joseph E. Landi Richmond, VA BSEE 1949

David L. Stewart, Sr. Kansas City, KS BSCE 1950

Edwin Eugene Elmgren Minneapolis, MN BSME 1951

David E. Laywell, Jr. Springfield, OH BSME 1958

Donald E. Stinson Fort Wayne, IN BSEE 1952

Gordon L. Ferguson Naperville, IL BSME 1958

Juan H. Leal Houston, TX BSME 1960

Howard Robert Swadener Beech Grove, IN DMS 1946

John J. Gavin, Jr. Bristol, CT BSCE 1949

Howard E. Lehr Dallas, TX BSEE 1958

Virginia Thoma Fort Wayne, IN Widow of former Indiana Tech President Edward Thoma



Faculty & Staff News

Staff Earn Promotions

University Welcomes New Staff

›› Martin Neuhoff was appointed director of athletics. Neuhoff joined Indiana Tech in 1996 as women’s soccer coach and has been the men’s soccer coach for 13 years. He has proven to be a leader among the coaching staff. “Coach Neuhoff’s teams have excelled on the field and in the classroom, and he has leveraged that mindset throughout our athletic department,” President Arthur Snyder said in announcing the promotion. “He is a committed and loyal Warrior who brings significant ability and organizational skills.” ›› Judy Roy has been promoted to executive vice president for finance and administration. She has been with Indiana Tech for nearly six years. “Judy has been a leader among the management team,” Snyder said. “The new title is an indication of the confidence I have in her knowledge, skills, Judy Roy and abilities.”

The following people have recently joined the Indiana Tech team: ›› Denise Andorfer, associate vice president of institutional advancement ›› Rhea Archer, Academic Resource Center specialist — Greenwood ›› Amber D. Birky, assistant volleyball coach ›› G. David Bokhart, men’s soccer head coach ›› Stephanie Booher, Academic Resource Center specialist — Huntington ›› Zachary Brown, assistant baseball coach ›› Jean A. Cane, Academic Resource Center specialist — Mishawaka ›› Mark A. Childs, assistant golf coach ›› Melissa Eaton, administrative assistant — New Albany ›› Gralan Early, assistant wrestling coach ›› Paulette Eldridge, business office assistant ›› Chris Haight, administrative assistant — Elkhart ›› J. Alexander Hall, Academic Resource Center specialist — Warsaw ›› Jennifer Hines, assistant librarian ›› Rich Kavalauskas, assistant men’s basketball coach ›› Johnathon Kimmel, assistant track coach ›› Gregory Kirnberger, assistant bowling coach ›› Samantha Larson, assistant volleyball coach ›› Dana L. Lawdenski, Academic Resource Center specialist — Mishawaka ›› Cynthia Lipocky, assistant volleyball coach ›› Brenda Lucas, administrative assistant — Indianapolis ›› Justin Medeiros, assistant baseball coach ›› Adrianna Michel, assistant cheerleading coach ›› Jason Mutzfield, server administrator ›› Todd Nichols, enrollment manager, College of Professional Studies — Louisville ›› Nikole Patrick, accounts receivable specialist ›› Thomas A. Pompei, assistant wrestling coach ›› Benjamin Schroeder, Academic Resource Center specialist — Warsaw ›› Jennifer Schuler, career services assistant ›› Nickolas D. Sharin, assistant track coach ›› Debra Williams, Academic Resource Center specialist — Fishers ›› Jonathan Williams, administrative assistant/bookroom assistant — Indianapolis

Other promotions include: ›› Jennifer Gaff promoted to staff accountant–payroll ›› Mhariel McDonald promoted to staff accountant ›› Emily Franze-Knickrehm and Laura Booker promoted to admissions counselor

Allwein Earns Distinction ›› Tim Allwein, associate professor of business, has been awarded the designation of Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) by the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. ›› Allwein also chaired a Higher Learning Commission team that has recently completed its analyTim Allwein sis and made recommendations for improvements in nine college-wide systems at the Nebraska College of Nursing and Allied Health, Omaha, Nebraska.

Roy Named Officer of Board ›› Judy Roy, executive vice president for finance and administration, has been named treasurer for the Questa Foundation for Education board of directors.

Volume 8, Issue 1

Fall 2011


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