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Dr. Elaine Pontillo Takes Helm of Academics Community Work Gives Students Extra Education Criminal Justice Tops New Programs

Volume one, Number three

Tickets to Success

Copyright © 2005 Indiana Institute of Technology Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President Beth Regedanz, Vice President – Institutional Advancement Trends is published quarterly for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Indiana Tech by the department of Marketing and Communications. Please send comments, news, and feature story ideas to Marketing and Communications, Indiana Tech, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803, call (260) 422-5561, extension 2250, or e-mail For alumi news, please send to the above address, attention Alumni Office, call (260) 422-5561 extension 2219, or e-mail Contributing writer: Jennifer Dawn Hans The editors reserve the right to edit articles for length and clarity. Articles may be reproduced with permission and proper attribution.

On the cover: Dr. Elaine Pontillo stepped into the role of vice president of academic affairs on April 4.

Dear Friends, In a couple of weeks, graduation will be upon us once again, and a new community of individuals will walk across the stage to receive that ever-important ticket for a promising future, the diploma. The ticket, of course, is only that – a ticket. It is what people do with the ticket that makes a difference. Our speaker for commencement has used his ticket from Indiana Tech to make a difference in the world. Retired Rear Admiral David Nash graduated in 1965 from Indiana Tech with a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering. Since that time, he has had many exciting experiences, including overseeing the re-building of Iraq. Whatever Admiral Nash does, it is with clear vision, commitment, integrity, and an eye for excellence. I am looking forward to hearing his message. And speaking of tickets, on Sept. 24, as part of Homecoming 2005, a gala event to celebrate our 75th Diamond Jubilee will be held in place of our usual homecoming banquet. The Marcels will perform, and they are best known for their songs, “Blue Moon” and “Heartaches.” See the story on Page 6 for more details. Finally, welcome to Dr. Elaine Pontillo in her new position of vice president of academic affairs. With warm regards,

Beth Regedanz Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Contents 1

Graduation Date Grows Near


Dr. Elaine Pontillo, The Future of Academics


Extra Credit: Student Work in the Community


Celebrate In Style


Warsaw Facility Opens


Hometown Tours Continue


Alumni Briefs


Volleyball Returns in Fall 2005


Men’s Basketball Makes NAIA Tournament


Alumni News


In Memoriam


Fall 2004 Honors List

From the President “I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree… Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.” --Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), American poet Greetings of springtime invite us to enjoy the changing weather and landscape here in Indiana…and many other places in our wonderful country! Students, faculty, and staff are all enjoying doing things out doors on our campus. People walk across the campus at a more relaxed pace, soaking up the environment. Ah, finally! By the time you read this message we will be only weeks, perhaps days, away from Commencement. This year our graduation ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 14th at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Our class of 2005 will be leaving us and applying their knowledge, skills, and abilities to their chosen careers. For those of us privileged to work in higher education this is a bittersweet event. We see the fruits of our labor cross the stage to receive well deserved degrees. We often think about the interactions we have experienced during the academic year. And of the friends, acquaintances, and colleagues we have met and grown with. For a fleeting moment we wonder whether we will see many of our graduates after they leave Indiana Tech. Some move forward in life and lose touch with us. But many do stay connected and come back to visit during homecoming and throughout the year. If you are an alumnus or friend of the university who hasn’t been back for a visit, know that we would love to see you. Like the joy of springtime and the newness of plants, flowers, and trees, we would welcome you home…to Indiana Tech. Come see us! Best regards,

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed. D President

Graduation Date Grows Near Commencement takes months of planning, but as the date draws nearer university staff are putting the finishing touches on this year’s ceremony. Indiana Tech’s 84th Commencement ceremony will be at 2 p.m Saturday, May 14, 2005 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. More than 550 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. As part of the celebration, the university will award an honorary degree to retired Navy Rear Admiral David Nash. The 1965 Indiana Tech graduate served as director of the program management office for the recently deactivated

Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. In addition to the awarding of degrees, a surprise guest will make an appearance as the ceremony draws to a close. For more information on Commencement, including directions to the Coliseum and hotel information, visit Follow the link from Current Students to the Registrar.

Between meetings and exploring campus during her first week on the job, Dr. Elaine A. Pontillo had little time to settle into her Seitz Center office.


Future of Academics Pontillo joins university with eye on expansion Indiana Tech greeted Dr. Elaine Pontillo like a breath of fresh air after a long winter when she arrived on campus in early April. The university chose Pontillo as vice president for academic affairs in January, but she did not formally join the administration until April 4. After serving as vice president for instructional and corporate services at


Stark State College in Canton, Ohio, for more than 10 years, she comes to Indiana Tech at a time when several new academic programs are on the horizon and longstanding programs are being strengthened. “I was drawn by what I perceive as the direction of the institution to look ahead and a commitment to career preparation programs,” Pontillo said. “I have a passion for this type of education that really touches people’s lives. Indiana Tech appeals to students who have that desire to improve. In most cases, these students are here to better themselves and contribute to society economically and personally.”

Pontillo’s background in curriculum development was one of the things that prompted university officials to hire her as vice president for academic affairs. “Elaine is well-versed in program development and is an exceptional faculty leader,” said Dr. Arthur Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “What a wonderful addition to our leadership team.” Pontillo whole-heartedly embraces the idea of working as part of a team to lead the university forward. “This is a leadership role in and of itself, but it’s also part of a leadership team,” she said. “One reason I came

Quick Facts on Dr. Elaine A. Pontillo Family: Husband, Cy, and a stepdaughter with two girls

to Indiana Tech was the people. And a critical piece of that was whether I could have a good, solid professional relationship with the president. I truly believe that the president and vice presidents must be able to work together to move forward.”

Credentials: Ph.D. in curriculum and supervision from University of Pittsburgh; M. Ed. in counseling from University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in education from Trinity College; B.S. in education (math and Spanish) from Bucknell University

Pontillo sees mentoring and support of faculty as a key aspect of her responsibilities.

Favorite pastimes: Spending time on the water at their small cottage on a lake

“In my previous position, I’m most proud of supporting my team members so they could do the things they needed to do,” she explained. “And I’d like to do that here – support those in the academic area so they can provide the best education possible. I can’t do everything, but perhaps I can touch the people who are doing things.” The biggest difference in moving from a two-year institution like Stark State to a four-year institution like Indiana Tech is the range and level of academic programs. While Pontillo acknowledges that she faces a steep learning curve in getting to know Indiana Tech, she sees a great deal of potential. “I think we have a great opportunity here to expand our programs. Some of

Previous position: Vice president for instructional and corporate services at Stark State College in Canton, Ohio

Least favorite school subject: Public speaking Favorite school subject: Math (Pontillo started out teaching math) Dream vacation: Although they have already been on some great vacations, including rafting in the Grand Canyon, she’d like to someday go on a windjammer cruise Favorite foods: Pizza and ice cream Guilty pleasure: Shopping, especially for clothes

that is already underway with additions such as criminal justice,” she noted. “I happen to like program development and curriculum development. It’s exciting to me. And Indiana Tech is poised right on the cusp of all that. I think there are some wonderful opportunities here.” With Pontillo’s background in curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation issues, Snyder sees her as an ideal person to lead the university as it expands academic

The campus welcomed Dr. Elaine Pontillo with a reception and several gifts. Above, Pontillo received a lapel pin from Beth Regedanz, vice president of institutional advancement.

offerings. “Elaine brings a wealth of experience to Indiana Tech,” he said. “She exudes an enthusiasm for the type of careeroriented professional degrees that we aim to provide.” Pontillo understands that the ultimate responsibility of the university is to provide worthwhile educational opportunities for its students. “I am a proponent of quality educational programs,” she said. “I want students and alumni to be proud of what they are getting and what they have gotten from Indiana Tech.”

Administrative assistant Jan Hartman presented several gifts includings a stuffed bear and a sweatshirt.


Extra Credit

Books and classroom lectures have long been considered a staple of the educational process, but they certainly aren’t the only way to acquire the skills needed to be successful. As a handful of Indiana Tech students recently discovered, learning often takes place

Community projects engage students beyond classrooms

them to use their skills to help an area business. The students were grouped into two teams, and they set out to design an information system to automate the Three Rivers Food Co-Op Natural Grocery store in Fort Wayne. Each team devised a plan to create a self-funding pointof-sales system at the store, and their ideas were presented to the store owner at the culmination of the project. “They were pretty innovative with their approaches,” Fontaine said.

Students who complete Fontaine’s course, which examines the life cycle of implementing information systems into a company, walk Assistant Professor Robert Fontaine, second from left, away with hands-on and his students toured the Three Rivers Food Co-op to experience that can get background information for their project. be included on their resume, he said. It shows prospective employers which the outside the walls of a traditional students understand the logistics of classroom environment. completing such a project, and that they have the ability to solve problems. Robert Fontaine, assistant professor of Information Systems at Indiana Fontaine, who finds great value in Tech, believes in the power of real-life helping his students gain practical realexperience. During fall semester, he world experience, already has students required the students in his Systems involved in another communityAnalysis and Design class to do a oriented project. Students in Fontaine’s semester-long project that enabled


Electronic Commerce Systems class this spring are creating e-commerce Web sites for several Fort Wayne businesses. At the end of the course, the companies involved will have an operational Web site that enables them to market their products and services to Internet users across the globe. Of course, not all real-life experiences can be written into a course syllabus. Sometimes, they happen quite by accident. Ken Wilkinson, director of the New Haven-Adams Township Parks Heather Hume and Recreation department and an adjunct professor at Indiana Tech, recently helped facilitate one of those unscripted learning experiences. The New Haven Girls Softball League instituted a fast pitch league for the first time this year. As the season got under way, fast pitch commissioner Vince Fendel discovered that many of his players and coaches were unfamiliar with the fundamentals of the game. Hearing this, Wilkinson thought of several Indiana Tech softball players in his Introduction to Recreation Services class. He asked the women whether they

Students in Assistant Professor Robert Fontaine’s Systems Analysis and Design Class met with an official from Three Rivers Food Co-op to discuss the need for an information system to automate the co-op’s grocery store. could help provide some instruction at a fast pitch clinic in March, and they jumped at the chance. “These girls, their eyes just lit up,” Wilkinson said. “They remembered being 10-, 11- and 12-years-old when they got their start in fast pitch. I was overwhelmed by their response.” Catcher Heather Hume joined pitchers Nikki Winger and Cassie Acosta in New Haven, and the three athletes were amazed by the enthusiasm of the young girls in the program. “The kids seemed really glad that we were there to teach them what we knew,” Hume said. “They were eager to learn. They listened to us very well and tried to correct themselves when we told them Nikki Winger what they needed to do.” Fendel said the 35 participants were in awe of the women from Indiana Tech. “The younger kids, they were all wideeyed,” Fendel said. “Their eyes were as big as softballs when they watched them pitch.” Wilkinson, who was unable to attend the clinic, said he was incredibly moved

when he heard about all that transpired. “Sometimes all we hear about is the bad things that teen-agers and young people do,” he said. “Here’s the good stuff. These are college students giving up their free time, which they don’t have a lot of – especially athletes.” Hume said she learned quite a bit from working with the New Haven players. As a catcher, she developed an appreciation for the work involved in being a pitcher. At the same time, she strengthened her public speaking skills and gained confidence as she found herself in a situation in which she had to interact with a group of complete strangers. “We really enjoyed the whole experience,” Hume said. “We had fun teaching them something that was new to them. It kind of made me realize how much I know. I remembered how I was when I was their age. I would do it again in a heartbeat.” Becky Norris, head coach of the Indiana Tech softball team, said she strongly encourages her players to get involved in community activities. The entire team recently helped facilitate a free clinic for the Fort Wayne Fire, a fast pitch 12 and under team. The younger players were very excited to have

a chance to work with the girls from Indiana Tech. “They were thrilled to come over and work with our college kids,” Norris said. “It was an exciting time for them.” Norris said there’s much to be gained from getting out and doing things for others in the community. First, it teaches her players that there are kids out there who haven’t had the kind of instruction that they have had. It also helps younger kids understand that it takes hard work – in the classroom and out – to be a college athlete. “There’s more to Indiana Tech softball than softball,” she said.

Cassie Acosta and two other Indiana Tech softball players worked with a team of girls in New Haven to teach them the art of fast pitch.


Celebrate in Style How often do you have the opportunity to celebrate a 75th Anniversary? Indiana Tech is planning a very special evening to honor the university’s milestone. The Diamond Jubilee Gala on Saturday, Sept. 24 will be a night to remember. Upon arrival at Andorfer Commons, valets will park your car and you will enter on the red carpet. Cocktails and hors d’oeurves will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by an elegant dinner in the great hall. After visiting the spectacular dessert buffet, sit back and enjoy the legendary doo-wop band, The Marcels (“Blue Moon”)! The event is part of Homecoming, so plan on joining fellow students and alumni for this special evening to celebrate the past and make new memories for the future. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple, with proceeds to benefit Indiana Tech’s scholarship endowment fund. Purchase your tickets soon because seating is limited. Call (800) 937-2448 ext. 2219 or (260) 422-5561 ext. 2219.

The Diamond Jubilee Gala is sponsored by Do It Best Corp.

Diamond Jubilee Brings Hometown Tours to Alums The Office of Institutional Advancement is planning a series of alumni cluster meetings throughout the country to celebrate Indiana Tech’s 75th anniversary. The cluster meetings are a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other alumni, catch up on university news, and chat with Indiana Tech staff. Dates and locations for upcoming clusters are:  April 17 in Indianapolis  July 14 in Cleveland For more information, call (800) 937-2448 ext. 2219 or e-mail

Warsaw Welcomes New Classroom Facility Plainfield Will Be Next Site The new Warsaw location for the College of Professional Studies is up and running. Classes began meeting at the new building in early January, and the official grand opening was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 24. The facility at 2180 North Pointe Drive hosts six undergraduate and two graduate classes each week. The space also provides the resources for professional development activities, such as seminars on resume writing and interviewing skills. After the success of the Warsaw


expansion, the College of Professional Studies will target the west side of Indianapolis with a location in Plainfield. A 6,000-square-feet building is being built with Indiana Tech planning to occupy 4,000 square feet.

President Arthur E. Snyder and Program Director Sandy Petersen cut the ceremonial ribbon at the Warsaw grand The Plainfield facility opening. will have three classrooms plus a computer lab. The site the Plainfield library. Having a physical should be ready for Session 1 classes. presence will improve the classroom environment and expand enrollment in Indiana Tech currently holds classes at the high growth community.

Alumni Briefs Save the Date for Homecoming

The theme of this year’s Homecoming festivities is “Celebrating the Past, Believing in the Future.” Plan on joining us Sept. 23-25 for a weekend of special events. Your familiar favorites of Homecoming will happen as well as some outstanding celebrations commemorating our history. You’ll want to join us for:  Former Indiana Tech President Donald Andorfer speaking on the history of Indiana Tech  The Diamond Jubilee Gala  And as always, join us for our athletic events! Watch your mailboxes for more information in the summer months.

Alumni Directory Update Underway Another five years has come and gone. It’s time to do another alumni directory! We have contracted with Harris to research and print the 2005-2006 directory. By now, Harris Directory has probably contacted you in some way. You are under no obligation to purchase the directory, nor are you obligated to share your personal contact information with the company or other alumni. However, any information you do provide helps Indiana Tech and your long lost friends to stay in contact with you. If you find that the information about you is incorrect when Harris contacts you, please provide them with the corrected information and contact the alumni office so we can update our records as well. You can reach us at

If you are interested in making gifts monthly, you can do so through automatic bank withdrawal. Download the form at pdf/alumni/eft-form.pdf

(800) 937-2448, ext. 2410 or by e-mail at

Nominate Alumni for New Hall of Fame In honor of our 75th anniversary, the Office of Institutional Advancement is kicking off an Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize alumni who have achieved significance in their lives. Awards will be based upon demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in any of the following ways: 1. Achievement in career path/chosen field by:  Attaining unusual distinction through such areas as inventions, patents, discoveries, creative solutions  Excelling in business through leadership, influence, and initiative  Providing opportunities for other people to succeed in growth and/or development in professional career; (internships, encouragement, scholarships, mentoring, etc.) 2. Contribution to community by:  Fostering healthy communities through such things as public service, mentoring, inspiring, and protecting those less fortunate  Cultivating economic development

Indiana Tech through:  Distinguished volunteer service  Gifts to the university If you would like to nominate yourself or a friend, please call the alumni office at 800-937-2448 ext. 2346 for the appropriate form or visit

Phonathon Enjoys Success Many thanks to all of our alumni who took time out of their busy schedules to speak with our student callers during the 2005 Annual Fund Phonathon. They truly enjoyed talking with you. We reached about half our alumni during three weeks of calling. Thank you especially to those who made a pledge while talking to our callers. We were able to secure about $117,000 in pledges. This generous support means so much to the university and our students. Many traditional students would be unable to attend Indiana Tech without financial aid. Our adult learners also benefit from the improvements your support helps to fund. For those of you we did not reach by phone, you should have received a pledge card in the mail. Please consider sending in a gift. Many of our alumni received financial aid while attending Indiana Tech. Perhaps you received an athletic or academic scholarship. Please remember, even a gift of $10 makes a difference. Thanks again for your support of Indiana Tech – during the phonathon and throughout the year. Angie Carnes Director of Alumni Affairs/Annual Fund

3. Fostering the advancement of


Volleyball Set for Return in Fall 2005 A new era in Indiana Tech athletics began Friday, Feb. 11, when 14 young women signed Letters of Intent to play volleyball this fall. “I feel honored that I have such outstanding athletes coming in next year,” said volleyball coach Laura Douglas. The group of players at the signing included 10 from area high schools, one from Michigan, one transfer student, and two current Indiana Tech students. Douglas is a native of Fort Wayne and enjoyed a successful college volleyball career at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. She received such accolades as Conference Player of the Year, All Conference, Academic All American, and Scholastic Player of the Year. Douglas still holds many IPFW volleyball records. Indiana Tech had a successful volleyball program in the past, but it was

Fourteen young athletes were on hand in February to commit to being part of Indiana Tech’s new women’s volleyball team. discontinued in the 1970s. President Arthur Snyder thanked the students and their parents for their commitment to the new program on signing day. “Today is the day we start the rebuilding of the volleyball program

at Indiana Tech. You will not be disappointed.” The team is expected to play 30 to 35 games in the fall, including competition in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Warriors Earn Spot In National Tournament The Indiana Tech Warriors earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II men’s basketball tournament by winning the WHAC Tournament with a 92-87

victory over Cornerstone University. The team made a strong run in the tournament in Branson, Mo., beating College of the Ozarks and St. Vincent to reach the quaterfinals. In the third game, however, the Warriors were defeated by Oregon Tech. Several Indiana Tech basketball players earned recognition from the NAIA after the end of the season. D-II Men’s Basketball


National Championship Honors  All-Tournament Team: JuJuan Cooley D-II Men’s Basketball All-America Team  First Team: JuJuan Cooley  Honorable Mention: Luke McKenna D-II Women’s Basketball All-America Team  Honorable Mention: DeNisha Gray Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Basketball All-America Scholar-Athletes  Quanette Vales  Alicia Harrison  DeNisha Gray  Michelle Quinn

Faculty & Staff News JANUARY Suzi Twitchell moved from the registrar’s office to the traditional admissions staff as admissions coordinator. Julianna Bengs moved from the Student Information Center to a position as transfer credit specialist in the registrar’s office.

Symposium on Therapeutic Recreation and Adapted Physical Activity from April 22 through 24 in Springfield, Ill. She will co-present with Indiana Tech student Amber Stewart on the topic “Debunking the Spitting Myth: Llamas as a TR Modality.” John Brinkman, adjunct instructor in psychology, graduated from Ball State University with a Ph.D. in school psychology.

Lisa McPherson joined the staff of Student Support Services as an administrative assistant.


Sheldon Goldstein was promoted to department chair of business for the Indianapolis Campus.

Sheena Gambrell became a fulltime member of the Institutional Advancement staff as an administrative assistant.

Beth Wiesner, assistant professor of therapeutic recreation, learned that her proposal was accepted for the Midwest

Josephine Campbell joined the university as coordinator of book room and printing services.

Faculty Highlight On Thursday, March 29, I was honored to receive an award as Indiana Tech’s nominee for innovative excellence in teaching, learning, and technology at the 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in Jacksonville, Florida. That afternoon, I also had the opportunity to lead one of the conference workshops, an interactive presentation entitled “Bringing Out the Best — Engaging Adult Students Through Inductive Activities.” The conference focuses on innovative learning strategies in higher education and attracts about 900 attendees from around the world in all academic fields. I had the opportunity to network and share ideas with faculty members from across the country and even from other countries. I also attended several workshops of interest including faculty mentoring and development, delivering online courses, critical thinking across the curriculum, and business ethics across the curriculum. In addition to the honor of receiving the award, the highlight for me was meeting Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee, one of our keynote speakers. On Friday evening, conference attendees had the opportunity to attend a performance of Albee’s play “The Lady from Dubuque” at the Florida Community College and then meet with him at a reception. He was gracious enough to autograph my program for my own aspiring writer (my son, Matt)! Rose Arant Assistant Professor of Business, College of Professional Studies

Dianne Bearking became office coordinator for the Greenwood location. Cari Foust joined the staff of the Student Information Center. Kimberly Hubartt joined the staff in the president’s office as an administrative assistant. Jim Spreen, associate professor of electrical engineering, was informed that his manuscript, “Using MathCAD to Help Visualize Electromagnetic Vector Fields,” was accepted for presentation at the 2005 American Society of Engineering Education Illinois/Indiana Section Conference on April 1 and 2 in DeKalb, Ill.

MARCH Dr. Kathleen Barlow was selected as recipient of the Cardinal Spellman Fellowship Award from Oxford University UK/Graduate Theological Foundation to complete final requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Degree with concentration areas of biblical studies and psychology and counseling. Barlow is an associate professor of English and communication and Chair of Arts and Social Sciences for the Indianapolis Campus. After sixteen months as campus director in Elkhart/South Bend, Steve Harter has returned to the Fort Wayne Campus. Harter is now a senior admissions representative. Allison Carnahan was officially named vice president of enrollment management after serving in the role on an interim basis for several months. Julie Mansfield, assistant professor of computer studies, was named to the Cisco Networking Academy National Advisory Council.


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Carl Farmer, MBA 2000, is now the Tennessee State Sales Manager for Benicorp Insurance Company. Carl can be reached at

James Williams, BSCE 1950, has retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation as an Assistant District Engineer. James can be reached at

Kristine C. (Myslinski) Bendy, BSACC 1991, a Manager at Legacy Professionals LLP in Chicago IL, welcomed sons Julian Andrew in 2001 and Nicholas Kristopher in 2003. Kristine can be reached at

Belinda Edwards, BSCIS 1991, is now a Senior Information Technology Engineer with MITRE Corporations in McLean, Va. Belinda lives in Odenton, MD and can be reached at Techbe@comcast. com Dr. Darrell D. Bowman, PH.D., BSBA 1997 and MBA 2001, has taken the Director of Undergraduate Schools of Business at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Bowman can be reached at

Jason T. Lonsbury, BSBA 2000, is a Territory Representative with Koenig Equipment in Sidney, OH. Jason can be reached at

Shawn Lang, BSBA 2001, is a Metal Buyer for Wabash Alloys. Shawn can be reached at Donald E. Marlow, MBA 2001, has taken a new position as Global Product Leader at Enerpac located in Glendale, WI. Donald lives in Germantown, WI and can be reached at Don. Olivia Esslinger, BSBA 2003, is a Sales Executive/Community Liason with BioRx, LLC in Cincinnati, OH. She can be reached at Kathlyn (Springer) Dickerhoff, BSBA 2005, works for International Truck and Engine. Kathlyn can be reached at

Alumni Association Stays Involved Greetings, It is my pleasure to address you as president of the Alumni Association. We have an exciting year ahead of us because of the 75th anniversary of the university. I would like to welcome our newest members to the board. At the last annual meeting, the Alumni Association voted in Curt French, Tom Smead, and Reid Hochstedler. The Alumni Association has set several goals for the 2005 calendar year. Those goals include assisting


with development, participating in homecoming, maintaining the alumni dues rewards program, participating in a service project, and providing leads to admissions for potential students. The dues reward program is new to the Association. Last year a committee obtained discounts for our dues-paying members. Your $10 dues payment entitles you to discounts from national car rental agencies and hotel chains as well as local discounts in the Fort Wayne area. Remember, our job is to represent you and continue to make a contribution to

the university. We want our traditional and CPS students to know we are there for you, and upon graduation you are part of our association! If you have questions, please feel free to contact the alumni office at, or you can e-mail me at Sincerely, Joya Vandivier, BSEE ’97, MBA ’01, Alumni Board President

In Memoriam

Book Chronicles Tech History

George Adamson BSCE 1951

Glen A Garrelts BSCE 1960

Edward Nishiie BSEE 1961

Philip Belanger BSCE 1955

Herbert Goldman BSELE 1958

Robert E. Oligney BSCE 1957

John C. Bell BSEE 1959

Donald Hardwick BSME 1960

Jon Pirrello BSME 1968

As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, former President Donald Andorfer is taking a historical look at Indiana Tech. The book detailing the university from 1930 to today will be available in time for this year’s homecoming celebration. If you would like to reserve a copy in advance, call (800) 937-2448 ext. 2219 or e-mail

Charles Borden BSEE 1961

Judson Van Houten BSEE 1967

Velma A. Rohyans DDR 1932

Trends Earns Recognition

Howard T. Cherry BSEE 1934

Ronald Ingraham BSME 1961

Brian E. Schug BSACC 2002

Robert E. Cleary BSME 1949

George Knudsen BSME 1948

Veral Shields BSRE 1948

Louis Cooke, Jr. BSEE 1964

Richard Kohl BSME 1958

Joseph A. Stamm BSRE 1949

Russell Dudley BSCE 1959

Irvin Kral BSRE 1949

Sueo Tanabe BSME 1956

Frank J. Eiben BSME 1949

Gomer Kropa BSAEE 1949

Jack Walzer BSCPE 1979

Reginald Fortune BSChE 1958

LTC Dudley N. Kyle BSRE 1949

Larry Wambsganss BSCE 1965

James W. Fuzy BSEE 1967

Roger J. McGee BSRE 1962

Robert Williams BSME 1958

Charles R. Gallion BSEE 1965

Clarence Meadows BSME 1968

Jirair Yessayan BSME 1964

Indiana Tech wishes to express its sympathy to the family of:

Trends was honored with a Gold Award in the Annual Admissions Advertising Awards. The fall 2004 issue was entered in the newsletter category of the competition sponsored by the Admissions Marketing Report.

Students Excel at SHRM Competition Six students represented Indiana Tech at the annual Society of Human Resource Management competition at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in April. Mark Fowler, Kelby Kershner, Kelly Jones, Chris Silva, Dave Snyder, and Stacy Spencer formed two separate teams for the Jeopardy-like intercollegiate competition between SHRM chapters on 30 campuses around the region. The Indiana Tech team finished in eighth place. The students were accompanied by Dr. Jeff Walls.


Fall Honors List Congratulations, Academic Honors Recipients!

To be included in the Fall 2004 Academic Honors List, a student must meet the following requirements: completion of 12 credits within the fall semester; 3.5 GPA for four consecutive sessions; and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. A Joseph Abban Shyla Aker Carla Alexander Rodney Allee Deborah Allison Kathleen Allwein Anthony Alston Charissa Ambrose James Anderson Joshua Anderson Amy Andrus Kathleen Archer Joel Arnold Victor Arnstein

B Susan Baez Carol Baker Gary Baldwin Olivia Bandy Robert Barkdull Timothy Barr Alicia Barrett Shawn Barth Trishina Barton Candy Beaty Hiedi Beaty Christopher Becker Ryan Bedwell Shelley Bell Krystal Belton Sonya Benavides Keith Benbow Scott Bender April Bentley Cheryl Bentley Angela Bevel Janis Billings Jacob Billingsley Jamie Boatwright Brian Bobay Leo Bocko Heather Boehme Justin Booth Tamra Bouthot Jeffrey Bowens Rose Boyce Stephanie Bradley Terry Bradley Jennifer Brady Richard Bramhill Zachary Brandenburg Leah Brearley Tammy Breden Shawn Brewer Kristin Bridge Jamie Brim Dennis Brock


James Brockman Bradley Brockway Robin Brower Christopher Brown Donna Brown Robert Brown Ron Bryan Karen Bryant Rob Bryant Crystal Bulmer Danny Bundy Jennifer Burdine Melinda Burkley Jeff Burris Amy Butler Jessica Butler Darreck Buzzard

Bryan Cooley Jujuan Cooley Amanda Cooper Jeffery Cooper Natkia Cooper Joel Copas Joseph Corona Kevin Cotton Donna Crafton George Craig Melanie Crandall Joseph Crane Jessica Crawford Heather Creagh Terry Crews Anamarie Crone Trudy Culp



Marc Caban Michel Cairns Ryan Camp Melissa Canniff Bradley Canter Jeremy Capatina Amy Cardenas Pamela Carlton Melanie Carnahan Christa Carpenter Thomas Carpenter Patricia Carruthers Robin Carter Andrew Cartwright Lesa Cassel Glenna Castillo Heather Castro Aksana Cataldo Julie Causey Ross Causley Matthew Chirtea Joseph Christopher Jennifer Church Kevin Clancy Kim Clapp Amanda Clardy Aaron Clark Tracy Cline LeNard Coburn Kylee Cole James Collins Lena Collins Robin Collins Frank Colonna Patrick Conley Susan Conley Gretchen Connor Henry Connor Danielle Cook Gregory Cook

Bryan Daczuk Janet Dailey Andrew Darras Jack Davis Jennifer Davis Debra Dawson Nancy Day Charlene Daymude Travis Dean W. Dearduff Suzanne DeBaun Wayne Decker Christopher Deel Anthony DeHaven Carmen Delarosa Jayne Dennis Sharon Derico-Stewart Stephen Deskins Kamilla Deucore R. Diregolo Cathy Diver Timothy Dobias Kristin Dohrman Zachary Doll Andrea Dombrosky Teresa Droeger Timothy Dubach Meah Dunlap Michael Durbin Mark Durcholz Cheryl Durham

E Michael Earnhart Steven Eckhart Heather Edwards Samuel Edwards Lori Eifrid Susan Eloph Angela Emmons

Caroline Engledow Winston Enos Robert Enyeart Michelle Estes David Evans

F Justin Falk Lucas Falk Joseph Faraone Adam Felton Diane Felton Brian Ferguson JoVonna Ferguson Nejith Fernando Julie Fidler Andrew Findlay Gerald Fischer Molly Fishel Kevin Fix Michael Flanigan Megan Ford Kay Fordice Matthew Foster Nicholas Fouts Teresa Fox Bradley Frecker Janelle Freeland Donald Frisby Shane Frye Jamie Fuller Edward Funnell Mario Furlow Lana Furnish

G Joshua Gadow Damon Galster Evelyn Garrett Veronica Garrison Scott Garshwiler Teresa Garwood Michelle Gavarrete Christopher Gee Jenny Geisler Christina German Alan Gerz Bradley Gettelfinger Jamie Getts Robert Gibbs William Giesler Douglas Gilbert Mark Gilson Thomas Gisczinski Gregory Glenn Jeremy Glick Christopher Goings Jennifer Gonzalez Steven Gorski

Connie Gottfried Alicia Gray Brandi Gray DeNisha Gray Larry Gray Brenda Green Heather Green Grace Greenwell Alan Griffith Jeffrey Grimm Christy Gross Pamela Grunawalt Clinton Gulley Alfonso Guzman

H David Haffner Christine Hakes John Hall Ryne Hamblin William Hammons Rahiem Hampton Matthew Hankes Robin Hanson Tracy Hare Corey Harley Tammy Harris Alicia Harrison Ada Hart Kelly Hart Scott Hartman Kathryn Hartzell Nicole Haynes Tina Healey Robert Hedden Michelle Hegsted Tamara Helmer Adam Hendrickson Matthew Henkle Roy Herdman Jeremy Hess Nathan Hess Mary Hickle Marcia Hickman Guanita Hillsman Arlene Hilmer Brandon Hinton Lori Hinton Margaret Hiss Ernestine Hobson Susan Hocker Daniel Hoeye Deborah Hoffman Gerald Hollingsworth Kimberly Holzwarth Thomas Holzwarth Lori Homan Ross Hoopes Darlene Hoot

Gerald Hoover Justina Horner Vanshelle Horton David Hubbard Joshua Hubert Adam Hull Casey Hunsucker Lisa Hurlbut Summer Hurst Adam Huskey Marion Hutchison

I Stephen Ikama-obambi Shelley Immel Trey Insley Teresa Irven

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Kimberly Kieft Jill Kindler Karen Kippert DaVonna Kirk Kevin Kline Michael Kline Susan Klink Kenneth Knarr Vickie Knell Denise Kocher Melissa Koehler Benjamin Koenemann Matthew Konow Michael Krucina Jason Kruckeberg Kathy Kyler

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Thomas McDowell Steven McGlennen Ryan McGuire Brian McIntire Luke McKenna Thomas McKim Tiffany McLaughlin Stephanie McLendon Scott McNeilan Shatea McNeill Kirk McRoberts Paul Meitz James Melton Julia Menchhofer Lisa Merkle Terrill Metz Stefanie Metzger Chad Meyer Randall Meyer Timothy Micinski David Middleton Shona Mikula Amy Miller Jessica Miller Kara Miller Lori Miller Megann Miller Rebecca Miller Roderick Miller Tracy Miller Victoria Miller Amy Mims Frederick Miner Kimberly Mitchell Judith Mitten Benjamin Molenhouse Adonis Moore Sabrina Moore Yolanda Moreno Jessica Morr Mark Morris Stephani Morris Geren Mroczek Alison Muhlenkamp Denise Muir Scott Munday Crystal Murdock Zonda Musselman Chinyimbiri Mwanza Louise Myers Rae Myers

N Pamela Nadal Jonathan Napier Dorothy Napper Eunice Navarro James Nelms Jacob Newhard Kimberly Newlin Joshua Newman Daniel Nicholson Donna Nijak Lori Nijak Dean Norausky

O Dana Obenchain Jeanine Oberley Trisha Oberlin Ofei Ohene-Asah John Okey

Emily Olds Christopher Oloruntola Catherine Olson Jessica Ordiway Donald Orlik Nicholas Oswalt Megan Overman

P Jeanette Page Melissa Paquette Jeremy Parker Nyla Parker-Warns Beverly Parks Katherine Parks Amy Parrish Jerad Parrish Amy Paterson Debra Patterson Christopher Payne Tijana Payne Catherine Pence Robert Pero Ryan Perry Mae Pettie Connie Petty Craig Phelps Marquita Phillips Christina Pickett Melissa Pierce Dawn Pitcock-Fleming Dianna Pittman Shawn Placie Devon Plant Suzanne Pollard Scott Pommert Christopher Porter Michael Pratt Gregory Priebe James Purtee

Q Mildred Quackenbush Debra Qualls Karen Quinlivan Michelle Quinn

R Mickell Raines Jeffrey Ramsey Katherine Ramsey Tyler Rasmussen Mark Ratajczak Felicia Raupp Chad Rayle Debbie Raymer Thomas Reamer Mark Reed Jeremy Reffett Karen Regalado Stephanie Reid Tammy Reid-Benedict Brian Reidy Heidi Renner Teresa Reust Siobhan Reynolds Lisa Rhoades Sarah Rice Tom Rich Kathryn Richards Amanda Ricica Laura Riggs

Lee Riggs Sean Riley Margaret Roberts Jayson Roberts-Lahti Mariana Rodriguez Connie Rogers William Rohl John Rose Todd Roseberry Jeffrey Rosenberger James Roush Bethany Rudd Timothy Rupp Jeffery Russell Daniel Rutkowski Shaun Ryan

S Paul Sade Sheri Saliwanchik Debra Salyer Linda Sanders James Sarasien Theresa Saxhaug Angela Saylor Rebecca Scanlon Neil Schaadt Lisa Scherer Ryan Schillim John Schilling Colleen Schulz Gina Schulz Deborah Scott Dustin Sebastian Joshua Seifert Rebecca Seifert Laura Semona Michelle Sexton Kavish Shabbir Jesse Shady James Shafer Jessica Shatzer Amanda Shell Benjamin Shelton Steven Shepard Kay Shock Regina Shoe Krysten Shoulders Glenda Shroyer Amy Shuherk Justin Siler Bertha Simmons Gina Simon ElizabethShayne Sims Anthony Skeen Rodney Slone Douglas Smelker Paul Smeltzer Abigail Smith Ashley Smith Christina Smith Darlene Smith Lauriean Smith Michael Smith Nicole Smith Wayne Smith William Smith Beverly Smith-Bogan David Snider Angela Snyder Christopher Snyder Kim Snyder

James Soke Elida Sorg Melissa Spake Terri Sparrow Stacey Spencer Michael Spring Joy Spruill Jenell Sprunger Julie Sprunger Edward Sroufe Loreen Sroufe Jimmy Stacy David Stahl Melissa Staley Jolynn Stalsonburg Anthony Stambazze Eric Steele Christopher Steinlicht Robert Stephan Teresa Stevens Amber Stewart Denise Stewart Nicole Stickford Amber Stone Adam Storms Katrina Stovall Doretta Street Amy Stroud Ann Stults Daniel Stults Courtney Stultz Cynthia Stump Damion Sturdivant Amanda Suhre Deborah Sullivan Kathy Susaraba Douglas Swain Kaylee Swanson

T Katrin Tabellion Donald Taggart Carol Tait Christina Terchila Michelle Thomas Teresa Thomas Amy Thompson Cara Todd Linda Toran Aaron Tribby Ryan Trietsch Tabitha Truax-Haynes Tammy Trump Ruth Truran Shirley Tucker Erica Tupper Brian Turner Suzanne Twitchell

Kristi Walker Emma Wallace Nicholas Wallace Christina Walters Mona Ward Tamra Ward Radiah Ware Abby Warthman A’lana Washington Janet Waters Kevin Waters Guy Waugh Joshua Wearley Robert Weaver Christopher Webb Donald Webb Roger Webb Christina Wechsler Aaron Weiss Chip Welch Rachel Welch Chet Wenninger William Wentz Deborah White Donna Wicklein Mark Wicklein Eric Willard Carla Williams Diane Williams

Jeffrey Williams Mark Williams Laura Williamson Reatha Williamson Sarah Wilson Molly Windle Jarod Wolf Michael Wright Adam Wuerfel

Y Randall Yates Andrew Yoder Tiffany Yoquelet Lisa Young Michelle Young Rosalind Young

Z Ryan Zeifert DeAnn Zellers Mary Zurney

V Quanette Vales Katherine Vatch Timothy Vaughn Rajvirdhan Vijayakumar Robert Voshell

W Kary Waite Paul Wakefield Bradley Walburn Leigh Walden Kara Walker


Criminal Justice On Tap Indiana Tech’s academic offerings will expand again this fall with the addition of associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice for traditional and non-traditional students. “Criminal justice is a growing field, and it’s one in which we can excel with our unique combination of expertise in technology and business,” said President Arthur E. Snyder. The associate degree in criminal justice will provide a broad overview of the criminal justice system and fulfill the entry-level education requirement of many law enforcement agencies. The bachelor’s degree allows students to specialize in either law enforcement administration or crime analysis. The associate and bachelor’s degrees will be offered through both the traditional program and the accelerated program in the College of Professional Studies. In addition, the College of Professional Studies will offer a certificate in law enforcement supervision. In addition to criminal justice degrees, the College of Professional Studies also will add a bachelor’s degree in information systems.

Looking Ahead May 14, 2005 2005 Commencement,

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Navy Rear Admiral David Nash as guest speaker

April 2005 July 2005 Aug. 2005 Sept. 2005 Nov. 2005

Spring Fling Bling Three Rivers Festival Traditional Students Move In Homecoming and 75th Gala Speaker Series, Fort Wayne Campus

30 Will Join Alpha Chi Thirty Indiana Tech students will be inducted into the Indiana Lambda chapter of Alpha Chi on Sunday, April 24. To be eligible for Alpha Chi, students must rank in the top 10 percent of the junior or senior class and be seeking a bachelor’s degree. Those eligible are then voted on by faculty. The 30 inductees are:  Day Division: Marc Caban, Patrick Conley, Aaron Clark, Heather Creagh, Bryan Daczuk, Casey Hunsucker, Dianne Javier, Jesse Lively, Michelle Quinn, Amanda Ricica, Amber Stewart, Aaron Tribby  College of Professional Studies, Fort Wayne: Victor Arnstein, Amy Butler, George Craig, Molly Fishel, Thomas Gisczinski, Tammy Harris, Matthew Konow, Michelle Thomas, Angie Saylor, Chip Welch, Tiffany Yoquelet, Mary Zurney  College of Professional Studies, Indianapolis: Douglas Gilbert, Renate Kelly, Dawn PitcockFleming, Susan (Hocker) Sparacino, Michael Wright  College of Professional Studies, Elkhart/South Bend: Edward Funnell

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