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Spring 2006 volume 2 issue 3

Meet the Deans

Indiana Tech’s New Academic Chain of Command

in this issue: Update: Homecoming and Commencement 2006 New Coach Spotlight: Randy Stegall Faculty Portrait: Julie Mansfield

Volume two, Issue three

In this issue

Copyright © 2006 Indiana Institute of Technology Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President Trends is published quarterly for students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Indiana Tech by the university’s Creative Services Department.


Janet Schutte, Marketing Director Samantha Teter, Marketing Specialist Drew Kora, Graphic Designer

major league ambition Coach Randy Stegall hopes to take Tech back to the NAIA World Series

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Wired Professor Read about another of Tech’s energetic educators as this issue’s faculty portrait frames Julie Mansfield

For alumni news, please send to the above address, attention Alumni Office, call (260) 4225561 extension 2219, or e-mail alumni@indianatech. edu. The editors reserve the right to edit articles for length and clarity. Articles may be reproduced with permission and proper attribution.

MEET THE DEANS Tech’s new academic administration is in place. Meet the educators who are taking the lead.



Criminal Sciences Exposé

11 Alumni Spotlight: Kelby Kershner 12 Homecoming 2006 Schedule 13

2006 Commencement Speaker: Myles Brand

3 Letter from the President


13 Alumni News 14

Faculty & Staff News

15 In Memoriam

Letter from the president


efore writing this introductory letter I always ask Janet Schutte (Director of Marketing) about the “theme” for the upcoming issue of Trends. The reason for doing this is simple: I prefer to be consistent with the larger message of the entire publication. This time, my strategy didn’t work. Why? Because there is no particular theme to this issue. There are so many exciting things going on at Indiana Tech that sometimes it’s difficult to settle on just one topic to explore. You’ll find that this issue covers a wide range of topics – almost all of which support our plan for growth and change at Indiana Tech. Yes, we are growing and we are changing as a university. Confidently, we build new forms of academic rigor in our existing programs, and we develop new programs to serve new categories of learners. For example, our programs in criminal sciences may seem a far cry from our roots in engineering, computer studies, and business. An even greater departure from our past is the planned launch of our distance education component. So you see, not only will we be educating men and women of all ages at many locations other than our Fort Wayne campus, we will be educating them wherever they are in the world! Most assuredly this is the epitome of growth and change. Past issues of Trends have introduced new faces, and this issue is no different. As a part of our growth and change plan, many new Indiana Tech team members have joined us. We are a more capable and complete institution as a result of the additions to the team. Moreover, we are better prepared for the future and the challenges ahead. In his seminal work, “Grow or Die: the Unifying Principle of Transformation” (originally published in 1973), George Land created a revolution in thinking about how organizational growth really works. Perhaps Aline Edson, a believer in Land says it best, “There is neither nobility nor merit nor security in keeping things just as they are” and “Living without growing and changing is dying by degrees.” It seems to me that their philosophy of growth and change applies equally to individuals and organizations. In the case of Indiana Tech, it is very helpful to charting our course for next year and the years beyond. Celebrate the Past – Believe in the Future! Cordially,

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D.

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Meet the Deans

Indiana Tech’s New Academic Chain of Command As Indiana Tech embraces the future with a bold slate of new programs, people may wonder how the additions “fit” the university. To bring a little clarity and unity to the process, the administration has reorganized the academic structure with three deans in charge of three main areas.


hen Dr. Elaine Pontillo joined Indiana Tech as vice president of academic affairs about a year ago, she found a mix of programs without strong academic leadership based on subject areas. The new plan divides programs and courses into three colleges: The College of Engineering and Computer Studies, the College of Business, and the College of General Studies. Each college has a dean with experience and expertise in his or her field: Professor Dave Aschliman Dean of Engineering & Computer Studies Dr. Melanie Hatch Dean of Business Dr. Barbara Perry Dean of General Studies “Now we have leaders in academic areas that have some common themes,” Pontillo explained. The College of Engineering and Computer Studies had the strongest identity in the previous structure, in which it was called the College of Engineering and Science. The name change may not appear significant to some, but it does signal organizational change. The School of Computer Studies, with Professor Gary Messick as associate dean,

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functions within the college while science courses such as physics, chemistry, and biology have been moved to the College of General Studies. The College of Business becomes more focused, dropping the “and Arts” portion of its old name. In the past, any program or course that didn’t fit in engineering and science was placed in business and arts by default. With the creation of the College of General Studies, the College of Business can focus on business programs and courses such as business administration, accounting, and sports management. The College of General Studies is home to general education courses such as math, sciences, social science, English, and humanities as well as degree programs such as therapeutic recreation, psychology, communication, and health and human services. The college also governs the Center for Criminal Sciences and the School of Education currently in development. “Organizing our programs and course offerings into these three areas lays the groundwork for the future,” Pontillo said. “This gives us the academic strength to work

toward two of our goals: expanding our range of majors and minors and intensifying the academic rigor of our programs so that our graduates can continue to compete in a complex world.” The university structure also includes the College of Professional Studies, which will continue to offer degree programs for nontraditional students. The academic realignment does not affect the operational aspects of CPS, such as course length and class locations, but it does strengthen the academic ties between CPS and the rest of the university. Two associate deans, one for CPS South (Indianapolis area locations) and one for CPS North (Fort Wayne and Elkhart area locations), report to the dean of the College of Business. “This gives CPS consistent academic leadership and unifies the institution,” Pontillo said. “An Indiana Tech business administration degree is an Indiana Tech business administration degree, not a CPS degree or a day degree.” While the revised structure brings a new level of organization to the university, it also brings new faces to academic leadership. Although Aschliman has been with Indiana Tech since 2002, he just took on the dean’s role in fall 2005. Hatch joined the university in March, with Perry following in April. The trio has no time to lose in moving forward with new programs in software engineering, health care administration, and elementary education being added this fall. “We’re moving forward with further development of relevant, practical curriculum,” Pontillo said.

Dave Aschliman

Dean, College of Engineering & Computer Studies Credentials: BSME from Purdue in 1976, MSME from Purdue in 1987 Favorite pastime: Watching Indy car and NASCAR races; playing my guitar Favorite school subject: Any math course, statics, and thermodynamics Least favorite school subject: Geography Favorite movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Star Wars” Favorite food: Pancakes Guilty pleasure: Chocolate Volcano at Don Pablo’s Restaurant First job: Shoveled coal to keep family greenhouse heated Worst job: My boss screamed at me every day

Dr. Melanie Hatch

Dean, College of Business Credentials: BA in math from Indiana University, MS in management science from University of Dayton, Ph.D. in management science from Virginia Tech Favorite school subject: It was always math. I sometimes tell people that I got my undergraduate degree in math by accident. I started out as a chemistry major, then physics. Finally one day, my advisor told me that I had taken enough math courses that I could get a degree in it and I was sold! Favorite movie: It’s based on my favorite book – “Pride and Prejudice.” I think Elizabeth Bennett is one of the greatest fictional characters from that time period. She’s smart and independent, and she snags the rich guy in the end! First job: Day camp counselor for the city parks and recreation department. It was great because I could spend eight hours a day playing sports and games with the kids and work on my tan at the same time. Interesting job: One of my most interesting jobs was working for the Air Force as an Operations Research Analyst. I got involved in war gaming and computer simulation and attended a two week war game at the Pentagon. I was also allowed to see a simulation at the Strategic Air Command and talk with the pilots of the E-3A Looking Glass aircraft.

Dr. Barbara Perry

Dean, College of General Studies Credentials: BS in English and psychology from University of Michigan, MS in business administration from Robert Morris College, Ed.D. in higher and adult education from University of Memphis Favorite pastime: I enjoy reading, cooking, and travel. One of our daughters and her husband are living in Brussels for three years, so my goal is to go to Europe at least twice a year, hug my daughter often, and see as much of Europe as possible. Favorite school subject: Now that is a difficult question since I have majored in four different areas: English, psychology, business, and higher education administration. So, in those areas I enjoyed English literature, marketing, management and leadership, and statistics! Least favorite school subject: Physical science Favorite movie: Only one? “The English Patient” or the “Chronicles of Narnia” for now. Guilty pleasure: Eating take-out Chinese while watching HBO! Worst Job: Second job at 16, moved from baby-sitting to the elevated status of a cook, clerk, and dish washer at a soda fountain in a drug store in Detroit.

New Coach Spotlight


andy Stegall started out like any other 5-year-old playing Tee-ball. As he got older, he continued to play the sport that came naturally to him and that he loved. Although his dad was athletic and enjoyed sports, he didn’t pressure his son to participate in sports, but it was encouraged. By the time Stegall was a senior in high school, he had been named to the Collegiate Baseball All-American Team, was Second Team All-State, and also was All-District and All-Seminole County for the third year in a row. He knew by then that what he wanted to do with his career would be centered on baseball.

Stegall had a decision to make when he was asked, once again, to play A ball. At 26, he had to decide whether to continue trying to make it into the majors. Stegall decided to leave the team and went back to Cumberland to finish his bachelor’s degree as well as his master of science. “It was a voluntary choice on my part to leave the team. I have some regrets, thinking I should have given it just one more year,” Stegall says. “But ultimately, I wanted to finish my degree and move into a coaching career.” Stegall worked with Cumberland as an assistant coach, helping the team become NAIA World Series Champions in 2004 and a member of the Final Four in 2005. At the same time, he was head coach for the Florida Collegiate Baseball League, busy recruiting players from around the country.

Stegall played for the University of South Carolina during his early college years, making Honorable Mention All-SEC Team in 1995. He transferred to Cumberland University and in 1998 was named NAIA All-American First Team shortstop and NAIA Player of the Year runnerup and set school records for batting average (.479), hits Randy Stegall was hired as Indiana Tech’s head baseball in a season (113), runs in a season (87), and total bases coach in summer 2005 and was ready for the challenge. in a season (201). After this phenomenal season, he “What I like best about the position as head coach is the entered into the 1998 Major League Baseball draft and accountability. I get to apply my own philosophies to the game and make the decisions was a 25th round selection Fun Facts during play. I am more for the Cincinnati Reds Pet: German Shepard – Kazee involved in recruiting and organization. provide a positive influence Hobbies: Running, playing golf, fishing His professional baseball on these young men.” career included playing Favorite sport (besides baseball): Football When the 2006 season A and AA minor league (“In another life, I would have liked to play football.”) opened, Stegall was still ball, for teams such as unsure what level of success the Billings Mustangs, Favorite food: Mom’s chicken and rice to expect this year. “They’re Chattanooga Lookouts, Favorite vacation spot: Las Vegas a young team with little Dayton Dragons and collegiate play experience, others. In 2000, while but they work hard and they playing in Dayton, Stegall led the Midwest League in doubles with 43 (2nd in all are enjoyable to be around. They’re a strong team, and minor leagues), led the Cincinnati Reds organization in this is a building year.” doubles and batting average, and was a Midwest League Stegall’s long-term outlook is simple: get the Tech All-Star selection. Things seemed to be looking up going baseball program back to the national level it used to be into the 2001 Cincinnati Reds spring training. But at and to win a national championship.

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Wired Professor

Facult y Portrait: Julie Mansfield

Some people might call Julie Mansfield an overachiever, and not just because one of her MBA groups aptly deemed themselves as “The Overachievers.” Looking around her office, her walls are adorned with various awards and achievement certificates. Mansfield, a Tech faculty member for four years, has an interesting history in how she arrived at her current station in life.


t all started as a young Mansfield was working in Los Angeles as an expediter for ITT. The company needed someone to handle data entry, and she agreed to take on the job. Having no previous jobs working with computers, she found the work interesting. Her next employer, financial consultants in the movie industry, needed someone to handle the computer work for the firm. Mansfield volunteered. “I liked working with computers. And I was good at it,” she states. What started as an interesting side job turned into a business. She started her own company handling transcription and other word processing activities for doctors, lawyers, and other professionals. In 1986, Mansfield decided to head back to the Midwest to be near family. She moved to Fort Wayne and soon enrolled in Indiana Tech’s computer engineering program. She remembers that first class very well. And it wasn’t just because of the normal first day jitters of being 30 years old in a classroom with younger students. It was the fact that she laid eyes on her future husband, Martin Mansfield, associate professor of computer science. They will be married 15 years this summer. Mansfield completed her bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1993 and was awarded Outstanding Student

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in Computer Engineering as well as Outstanding Student in the College of Engineering and Science. She worked for South Adams Schools as the IS/IT director for the district. During her tenure, the district was awarded a High Tech award from Sprint. She began working for Indiana Tech in 2002 and earned her MBA in management from Tech in 2004. Julie Mansfield is a busy woman on campus. She holds three titles on her business cards, which just scratches the surface of all she does for the Tech community. Mansfield is an assistant professor of computer studies. She works with students not only in the classroom, but also makes sure they have real-world projects to work on. Some of her students recently designed and installed cabling in an elementary school computer lab. Other students design and run regional competitions as well as create exams for state collegiate networking competitions. Others compete themselves in national competitions in the computer science field. Mansfield oversees the Indiana Tech Early Start Program, which allows high school students to take college courses for credit. She meets with students and parents to explain the benefits of the program, she works with schools in creating dual credit courses, and she runs special orientations for the early start students to acclimate to college pace. “I love this

program because I was bored in high school. This is a great opportunity for students to get college credit early, whether they decide to stay at Tech or not.” Yet another of Mansfield’s responsibilities is acting as the regional director for the CISCO Networking Academy. She oversees 15 high school and community college programs by providing support and training. Under her leadership, the region was recently awarded Outstanding Support of a CISCO Academy Program. Mansfield also serves on the CISCO National Advisory Council, which guides direction of the Netacads program. After spending about 40 to 50 hours a week at work, Mansfield also serves on the boards of South Adams Schools in Berne and the McMillen Center for Health Education. She was recently awarded a Lilly faculty grant to work on a network security project, part of an upcoming cyber defense competition for her students. Where does she find all this energy? Mansfield underwent bariatric surgery in September 2003 and to date has lost 150 pounds. She enjoys running and won first place in the Indiana Tech Trek in the female division last Homecoming.

For Mansfield, it’s all about the growth of her students. “I really like what I do. The most fun I have is to watch the students go from a level of immaturity when they start college to being semi-responsible adults in the end. If they graduate, then they’ve done it.”

Fun Facts: Pets:

3 dogs (Rocky, Ada, Blaise Pascal) and 2 cats (Java and Applet) Home:

Lives in the country on three acres and spends her summers mowing Hobbies:

Running, quilting, reading Favorite food:

DeBrand’s milk chocolate truffles Favorite network hardware:

Cisco 1841 Router

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Trustee Michael Evans gave Tech a glimpse of forensic science in action in the courtroom


ndiana Tech showcased two of its newer assets in one event this spring: Trustee Michael Evans, Ph.D., and the criminal sciences program. “Science in the Courtroom: Justice Served” featured forensic expert Evans testifying in a mock trial. The event attended by nearly 200 staff, students, and faculty was the latest in an ongoing series of University Forums. It provided a view of the court system, introduction of evidence at a trial, presentation by an expert witness, and the actual outcome of the trial. Evans is founder and CEO of AIT Laboratories and joined the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees in July 2005. He holds a Ph.D. in toxicology and has a wealth of experience in the field. He has worked as a consultant to the World Health

CSI: The real world

Organization, the U.S. National Institute of Health, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other organizations. Evans created the format for the mock trial and invited the other participants, Judge Thomas Felts and attorneys David Zent and Pat Arata. The trial was based on a real case in which Evans had been called to testify for both the prosecution and the defense. A woman had been charged with operating under the influence, and Evans’ testimony was related to the differences between a blood alcohol test and a breathalyzer-type test. “The case we presented was based on an actual case that occurred approximately a year ago,” Evans said. “I chose it because it reflected some technical aspects (Science in the Courtroom) but provided both sides the opportunity to make an argument.” Evans wasn’t quite sure what kind of response to expect for the mock trial, but thought the event was quite successful. “I was entering into new territory with the presentation, and I didn’t know how

During Criminal Science Day in mid-March, prospective students were invited to participate in two mock crime scenes set up by the Fort Wayne Police Department. While the event was intended to introduce the students to Indiana Tech and the criminal justice programs, it also was intended to help students see the realities of crime scene investigations. “It’s not like ‘CSI’ (the TV show),” explained Dr. Neil Moore, director of the Center for Criminal Sciences. Almost all crime scene technicians are police officers before being chosen for this type of


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it would be received,” he said. “I was very impressed and pleased with the student and faculty response.” Neil Moore, director of the Center for Criminal Sciences, saw the mock trial as an opportunity to hear how a trial sounds and see the difference between an expert witness and a lay witness. “My students heard how Dr. Evans was qualified as an expert before the court (not just anyone gets to be an expert witness). As an expert he is given the opportunity to offer opinions and to draw conclusions (Dr. Evans did both) about evidence he has examined,” Moore explained. “Lay witnesses only get to testify to those things they actually saw or experienced and nothing more. Dr. Evans’ testimony was ‘technical,’ filled with scientific terms and knowledge. Part of being a good expert witness involves being able to “educate from the witness box.” “This was a good ‘first look’ at the way a courtroom sounds and the role several of the actors in the court room perform.”

training. One of the Fort Wayne technicians who helped set up the mock crime scenes pointed out that very few cases are actually solved based on crime scene evidence. “Much of the evidence gathered and processed by crime scene personnel corroborates other evidence from witnesses and victims,” Moore said. “Processing a crime scene is laborious and detailed work. Once the evidence is gathered, report writing becomes an essential skill (you don’t see much report writing on most police action shows, including ‘CSI’).”

Alumni spotlight on:

Kelby Kershner It doesn’t always take years for Indiana Tech alumni to enjoy success. Some find it within months of graduating from the institution.


elby Kershner grew up on the family farm just southwest of Decatur, Ind. One of seven children, Kershner knew it was expected of him to go to college but he planned to work on the family farm after graduation. In fact, while taking classes at Tech, he worked on the farm as well as other manual labor jobs during the summers. This all changed during the spring semester of his junior year. A computer studies major, Kershner was taking his required computer classes as well as a human resources class with Dr. Jeff Walls. Walls is known for challenging his students and for seeing more in them than what they may see in themselves. One day, Walls asked him, “So what do you think about law school?” Kershner had never even dreamed of such a career path. At the time, he had no intentions of such a move. But other professors also had been pushing him toward graduate school, something he just hadn’t given any thought. Instead of going back to work on the farm the summer after his junior year, Kershner accepted an internship with International Truck and Engine. It was during this internship that he knew he would not be returning to the farm. He continued to work for International throughout his senior year.

During the fall semester, as a senior, Kershner approached Walls and asked “Why do you think I should go to law school?” Walls explained that there was a lot he could do with such an education. At that point, Kershner decided to take the LSAT (the Law School Admission Test.) His test results surprised him. He ranked in the 85th percentile of the test. Applications to law schools came next, along with discussions and interactions with local attorneys and enrollment in a business law class which piqued his interest even further. Upon graduating from Tech, Kershner had earned the honor of Outstanding Graduate for the Computer Studies division. He also had been accepted to the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Va. – with a full-ride scholarship.

of the Department of Defense that deters, reduces, and counters WMDs (weapons of mass destruction). He also will work closely with the Chief of Staff office and the General Counsel. For the remainder of the summer, he will travel to Strasbourg, France, with fellow law students to take courses in Comparative Law, International Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and Legal History. One of the professors he will be learning from is former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, Distinguished Professor of Law and Government for Regent University. Kershner isn’t quite sure yet what direction law school will take him. He is considering taking the Indiana Bar exam. No matter what the direction, his family is proud.

Fast forward to today. Kershner is ranked 11th in his class of 160 students. As a firstyear law student, he has been chosen to teach LSAT prep courses offered by the university. He is also a grad assistant for Career and Alumni Services.

“They are pleased and impressed. There are no ill feelings about my not coming back to the farm. They very much expected that I would go to college. Besides, my older siblings have career goals that I have to compete with,” Kershner joked.

His summer plans are astounding. For about six to seven weeks during the beginning of the summer, Kershner will be an intern with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a governmental agency

No matter his future, Kershner already has been an inspiration to other students and proof that Indiana Tech alumni can be successful at any age.

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special information:

Homecoming 2006 As the university prepares for Commencement and a farewell to this year’s graduates, it’s not too early to think about Homecoming. This year’s celebration will be expanded from just a weekend to span a whole week, with a wide range of events designed to involve current students, staff, and faculty as well as alumni. The festivities begin Sept. 17 and run through Sept. 23, so mark your calendar now. Here’s a lineup of events, with more athletic events to be added later. Sunday, Sept. 17 TWIST XVII (Trask Walls Invitational Student Tournament): 4-person golf scramble, 18-holes, 12:30 p.m. shot-gun start, course fees, electric cart, lunch, dinner, prizes and guaranteed fun included. $80 per person/$60 for day students TWIST is an annual golf outing at Brookwood Golf Course.  The event was started by former professor, Walter Trask, as well as current professor, Dr. Jeffrey Walls and was designed as a social event for the students.  Over the years, the tournament has evolved and grown significantly into not just a student event, but an Indiana Tech event involving faculty, staff, alumni, and of course, students. All proceeds go to an endowed scholarship named for TWIST at Indiana Tech. Monday, Sept. 18 Sundaes on Monday: Enjoy ice cream with all of the traditional toppings at the Elkhart, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis campuses. Fun Night: Free bowling & games in the student recreation center in Andorfer Commons. Tuesday, Sept. 19 Cookout: Enjoy a lunchtime cookout outside of Andorfer Commons. L3 Forum: Topic to be determined Women’s Volleyball vs. Siena Heights Wednesday, Sept. 20 Women’s Volleyball vs. Indiana Wesleyan Special Movie: Free viewing in Andorfer Commons theater Thursday, Sept. 21 Lunch Entertainment: Comedian Mini Health Fair: In the Wellness Center President’s Club Dinner: President’s Club members, donors who have contributed $1,000 or more during the past fiscal year, are invited to enjoy a special recognition dinner and learn how their contributions impact Indiana Tech.

Friday, Sept. 22 Spirit Day: Show your school spirit by wearing your favorite orange and black Indiana Tech clothing Guided Campus Tours: Tour the engineering labs, computer science department, and some of the finest residence facilities in the state. Reception: Enjoy great food and conversation at this meet and greet event with casino games. 50th and 25th Year Reunions: Class of 1956 and class of 1981 will be recognized Bonfire and Karaoke: Sing along to your favorite songs while you warm up by the fire. Saturday, Sept. 23 Prayer Service: Non-denominational prayer service Sig Ep & Indiana Tech Trek: 5K run/walk Breakfast with the President: Start your day off right by sharing the most important meal with fellow alumni. Alumni Association Annual Meeting: Election of new officers and report from the association, update from the president, open to everyone. Special Unveiling at Scully Square Cook-out Women’s Soccer vs. Cornerstone Men’s Soccer vs. Cornerstone Carnival Games: Fun for the whole family Banquet Dinner: Performance from Indiana Tech Chorus and Announcement of Indiana Tech Alumni Hall of Fame Recipient Homecoming Dance: Students elect 2006 Homecoming King & Queen A $75 registration fee includes every event Monday through Saturday except TWIST (children under 5 are free.) You can register by phone by calling (800) 937-2448, ext. 2219, online at, or by mail to Indiana Tech Alumni Office, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803. Please make checks payable to Indiana Tech.


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Alumni News George R. Masters, BSEE 1948, lives in Concord, N.C., is retired from Duke Energy, Inc. Royal B. Kinsley, BSEE 1952, is retired from General Electric Company and lives in Marlborough, Mass. His e-mail address is James T. Taylor, BSEE 1964, is retired. Paul Bossert, BSCHE 1974, is a global operations business leader at Dupont and lives in Chesterfield, Va. Sonia M. James, BSBA 1997, works in financial services for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital in Carmel, Ind.

Brandon A. Haines, BSCIS 1999, was recently promoted to senior system administrator on the iSeries at Cooper Standard Automotive in Auburn. He earned an MBA at Indiana Wesleyan University in December 2005 and was named “Outstanding Professional.” James P. Spelbring, BSBA 2000, is a staffing manager at Doherty Staffing Solutions and lives in Huber Heights, Ohio. Cassandra Perkins, BSE 2001, lives in East Meadow, N.Y. Kimberly Kress, BSBA 2004, is a compliance consultant with Lincoln Financial Group in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Connie Yates, BSBA 2004, recently opened Yates Insurance Agency in Mishawaka, Ind. It will provide service of personal and commercial lines. Her e-mail address is Tammy (Ridings) Henline, MBA 2005, is the director of administration at Keystone Schools in Fort Wayne. She recently was recognized in Manchester Who’s Who. Carl A. Farmer, MBA 2006, is a state sales manager at Benicorp Insurance, and he lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn. His e-mail address is

Myles Brand Chosen as Commencement Speaker NCAA President Myles Brand will be the guest speaker at Indiana Tech’s 2006 Commencement on May 13. Brand is in his fourth year as president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and during his tenure he has stressed the importance of academic integrity in collegiate sports. Prior to joining the NCAA, Brand was president of Indiana University (19942002) and University of Oregon (1989 to 1994). “We are very pleased that Dr. Brand has accepted our invitation to speak to our graduates,” said Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder. “His efforts at academic reform in the NCAA, focusing on the student in student-athlete, echo our commitment to educating the whole learner.” Brand earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1964, and his Ph.D. in

philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1967. He began his career in the department of philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh in 1967, and he has held a variety of academic and administrative posts since then. Brand also has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, Association of American Universities (AAU), and as board chair, 1999-2000; a member of the board of directors, 1992-97, and executive committee, 1994-97, of the American Council on Education (ACE); and a member of the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), 199598. The Commencement ceremony on May 13 will include more than 500 Indiana Tech students who have earned associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

What: 2006 Commencement Who: Dr. Myles Brand, NCAA president, will be guest speaker as degrees are conferred on more than 500 Indiana Tech students When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

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Faculty & Staff News Snyder Named Chair of Education Partnership Indiana Tech President Arthur E. Snyder has been named the initial chairman of the Downtown Educational Partnership (DEP). The partnership was formed in 2005 to create a collaboration among Indiana Tech, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, and SentryPoints to bring higher education opportunities to downtown Fort Wayne. Leadership of the DEP will rotate annually among the partners, with Dr. Snyder being the first to hold the role of chairperson. The chair will oversee a project management team made up of representatives from each of the three partners. In 2005, the partnership conducted a community survey to measure interest in higher education. As a result of this survey, Indiana Tech began offering classes through its College of Professional Studies at the FourthWave building, 300 E. Main St., in October. Ivy Tech began offering classes at the FourthWave building in January.

New coaches join athletics Katie Weber has been named as the new women’s soccer coach. She is an Indiana Tech graduate (BSBA 2005) and comes to the university from Automotive Internet Technologies in Dearborn, Mich. Dan Moster will be the men’s and women’s tennis coach. He has coached at both the high school and college level. Moster also has been the director of several tennis clubs in Indiana and Alabama.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and professional tennis management from Ferris State University in Michigan.

Friedman Invited to International Summit Dr. Norma Friedman, professor of business and social sciences, was invited to participate in an international summit of world renowned psychiatrists, people who have experienced psychiatric treatment, family members, psychologists and other mental health professionals in Kilarney, Ireland from Dec.1 through 4, 2005. The summit was sponsored by the International Network of Treatment Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR). Participants from Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, England, Austria, and the United States shared data and research. INTAR promotes non-medical approaches to extreme mental or emotional states which help people recover.

Indiana Tech welcomes new faculty and staff: •Monique Anderson, director of software engineering •Cathy Elrod, administrative assistant, Seitz Center •Jennifer Fisher, admissions counselor, day admissions •Rhonda Ladig, admissions coordinator, day admissions •Dr. Ben Lee, director of online learning

Walls Earns Grant, Conference Invitations Dr. Jeff Walls, professor of business administration, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Chase Financial Literacy Program to develop a summer business course for high school students. In his grant application, Walls proposed a collaboration between Indiana Tech and two local high schools in developing an integrated financial seminar. Walls was a presenter at the Indiana State Human Resource Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in February. He spoke on “Developing future leaders in human resources.” Walls also has been selected to be one of the top presenters at the 2006 Teaching Professor Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in May. He presented a paper at last year’s conference based on his research in the area of academic dishonesty. He will deliver a similar presentation at the 2006 conference.


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In Memoriam

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

John Badovinac San Diego, CA BSELE 1959

Radford Huff Fort Wayne, IN BSMA 1961

Alfred Ranbom Nokomis, FL BSCE 1949

Walter Blake Slidell, LA BSANE 1955

Norman Johanson Bellevue, WA BSRE 1948

Gary Ridenour Minneapolis, MN BSME 1961

Carl Bodley Denver, CO BSAEE 1957

George Knudsen Gilbert, AZ BSME 1948

Robert J. Schornstein BSRE 1958

Paul Bowers Morristown, TN BSME 1957

Robert J. Kolterman Billings, MT BSEE 1949

William Dobos Weston, OR BSANE 1950

Robert Lee Winter Haven, FL BSME 1948

Steven Ferry Fort Wayne, IN BSBA 2002

L. James Leonard Marion, IN BSME 1958

Ronald Garuckis Las Vegas, NV BSME 1965

Hagop Melkonian Anaheim, CA BSEE 1953

Edward Gillen Summerville, SC BSEE 1966

Charles Meyers Decatur, IL BSDR 1958

Leroy Green Philadelphia, PA BSELE 1959

Robert Morley Casselberry, FL BSME 1958

Philip Guillot San Ramon, CA BSME 1942

Shigeyuki Nakao Lakewood, WA BSCE 1949

Dr. Warren E. Hoffman Longwood, FL Professor of Chemistry

Alvin Neal Marion, NC BSCE 1958

Delmar Huener Elkhart Lake, WI BSEE 1960

Roger J. Plossl Pavilion, NY BSCE 1950

Terry Sensenich North Huntingdon, PA BSME 1973 Harvey Shopsky Latrobe, PA BSME 1954 T. Harley Stadelman Trenton, MI BSCE 1939 George St. Onge Palm Harbor, FL BSEE 1949 Virgil Stoner BSEE 1949 Malcolm Stroad BSEETGR 1959 John Stumpf Millersville, PA BSEE 1949 John Tercyak Bonita Springs, FL BSRE 1952 Lester Trier Oviedo, FL BSCE 1939

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