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Ph.D. in Global Leadership Volume 5, Issue 3 / Spring 2009 The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends of Indiana Tech

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Dr. William Mayfield Dean, College of Business

Letter from the President

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Greetings, One of the most challenging and difficult tasks facing colleges and universities is balancing the demands of the present with preparation for the future. Across our beloved nation it is widely understood that the future stands still for no one. While Indiana Tech enjoys stability in so many ways, we have viewed the future as an exciting challenge rather than a distraction. On the contrary, from the very beginning of my tenure as president of Indiana Tech we have paid heed to the mantra “Celebrate the Past, Believe in the Future.” In future editions of Trends I will share important developments concerning our commitment to academic excellence. For example, we are engaging the campus community in a yearlong discussion concerning the possible development of a “thread” of leadership development throughout our traditional day curriculum. We know that students need specialized content knowledge and broad understanding. Over the past thirty or so years the need for specific knowledge and broad understanding has grown concurrently. Indiana Tech is correctly positioned to take advantage of this paradox. We know that learners benefit from coherent and relevant opportunities to apply theory as soon as possible, and we believe building a leadership thread into the curriculum will support this. This edition of Trends continues our commitment to keeping you updated on current events and future plans. You will read about Dean Bill Mayfield’s vision for the College of Business. Dr. Mayfield brings a new energy to the college and a keen focus on student development and success. Dr. Elaine Pontillo’s regular column focuses on another new academic development, our first doctoral program: the Ph.D. in Global Leadership. This new program is a momentous milestone in the history of our academic growth and commitment to excellence. In addition to academic developments, we’ve enjoyed growth and prosperity in athletics, and the launch of our men’s and women’s lacrosse programs is right around the corner. Lacrosse is an exciting and high scoring affair; read about it here. Make it a great Warrior day! Thank you,

Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, President


Tech Happenings


Richter’s Notes


Alumni Updates


In Memoriam


Facuty & Staff News



4 Dean Takes Businesslike Approach to Education

6 One Sport, Two Different Games

8 Inside Warrior Athletics

10 First Doctoral Degree at Indiana Tech 11


Astronaut Slated for Commencement

12 Momentum Update 13 Save the Date: Homecoming 2009

Trends Volume 5, Issue 3. © 2009 Indiana Institute of Technology Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D., President

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Tech Happenings

Pictured left to right: Dr. William Mayfield, Zach Rambo, Ashlie Sklenicka, Mayor Tom Henry, C.J. Miller, and Dr. Jeff Walls

HR Team Defends National Title Indiana Tech’s HR team has won the National HR Games for the second year in a row, after winning the state tournament for the third straight year. Members of this year’s team were Ashlie Sklenicka, C.J. Miller, and Zach Rambo. Dr. Jeff Walls, advisor for the Indiana Tech student chapter of Society for Human Resource Management, said the students put in 10 to 15 hours a week preparing and studying for the competition. “Watching these students compete shows that academically we are right there with these other colleges,” Walls said. “We’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing.”

Photo illustration of Oropeza Hall

Oropeza Hall Construction Under Way Groundbreaking for Frank & Anne Oropeza Hall was held March 24, with students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees gathering for the ceremony. The mayor of Fort Wayne, Tom Henry, offered remarks, congratulating Indiana Tech on its growth and the construction of the university’s fifth residence hall, which will be completed in time to house students in late August.

Cyber Defense Team Wins 4th Title For the fourth year in a row, Indiana Tech’s Collegiate Cyber Defense team won the Indiana/Illinois state competition. Team members are Aaron Johnson, Gustave Walzer, Nathan Arnold, Stuart Foust, Bobby Munger, Jeremy Lemmel, David Isaacs and Craig Reeder. Winning the Indiana/Illinois competition qualified the team for the regional competition in Minneapolis, where they were defeated by Baker College, the 2008 national champions.

Although Frank and Anne Oropeza were not able to attend the groundbreaking ceremony, President Arthur Snyder shared Frank Oropeza’s thoughts on his experience at Indiana Tech and why he and his wife have chosen to support this project. Reading a message from Oropeza, Snyder shared his story of a young veteran working full time while carrying a full course load in the mid-1950s. “The Indiana Tech welcome staff and instructors were a blessing to me in that they were all very supportive of my ambitious pursuit,” Oropeza wrote. Oropeza completed his electrical engineering degree in 1959 and enjoyed a successful career as an engineer and entrepreneur. Supporting the residence hall project is a way for him to help current and future students.

Pictured left to right: David Isaacs, Bobby Munger, Gustave Walzer, Stuart Foust, Nathan Arnold, Jeremy Lemmel, Craig Reeder, Aaron Johnson, Coach Mike Korreckt.

“We feel that sponsoring a residence hall is a very practical way to support Indiana Tech that will benefit many students in the future so they can also follow their dreams,” Oropeza wrote. “Our accomplishments far exceeded my expectations, and I am committed to help students in hope of a more prosperous America in the future.”



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Dean Takes Businesslike Approach to Education Dr. William Mayfield approaches academics with the mindset of an entrepreneur. Mayfield intends to use his education and experience as a businessperson to lead the College of Business and its students to new levels of success. “Being the dean allows me to create opportunities that will shape the future of individual lives, shape the future of the country, at least this part of the country,” he explains. “It’s a unique challenge, equal to being an entrepreneur.” Mayfield joined Indiana Tech as dean of the College of Business in December 2008. In his first few months at the university, he says he has done more than just get his feet wet. “It’s been more like a giant cannonball.” The most difficult part of the job, he says, has been “getting my head around the four distribution systems: traditional, accelerated, online, and independent study.” Although he’s had experience with each model, 4

“throwing all four of them together creates a whole different dynamic.” While accommodating all of Indiana Tech’s class formats can be a challenge, he’s committed to giving each student the best education possible. “There’s a great value in all the students we have, each has a different perspective,” Mayfield says. “There’s a difference in teaching requirements. Same material, but a different style, a different way of teaching,” Mayfield’s entrepreneurial background shines through when he refers to students as “customers,” a concept that isn’t always popular among academics.

by adding a finance concentration within the bachelor’s degree in business administration. “The finance concentration creates a comprehensive College of Business,” he says. “We may not have a great number of students in the concentration, but it brings a quantitative element to the program.” Another piece of the puzzle involves the need to develop decision-making skills among students. “They need to learn to make decisions, to lead, to take responsibility,” he explains.

“The students buy knowledge and information from us, put it in their own wrapper, and sell it to their employers,” he explains.

One way he plans to provide guidance in decisionmaking is by bringing in guest speakers for an executive lecture series. The guest speakers will be able to share their experiences and discuss how and why they’ve made certain decisions in their own careers.

In order to ensure that his “customers” are getting a good value in their education, Mayfield is brimming with ideas for the College of Business. One piece of the puzzle is rounding out the curriculum offerings

“I want to have maybe five a year,” he says of the guest speakers, “not in the theater always, more intimate networking opportunities, especially in the evenings for CPS students.”


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He believes so strongly in the value of decision-making skills that he has incorporated it into the strategic plan for the College of Business, which states: “… the college creates a culture of creative and innovative problem solving, global thinking and business wisdom derived from experiential business knowledge. The strategy of creating decision makers takes advantage of Indiana Tech’s most significant core competencies and competitive advantage, faculty as experts, applied knowledge, and relationship education.” Mayfield says he came to Indiana Tech because he saw tremendous opportunities. After his giant cannonball into the university, he believes more than ever in those opportunities. “We can provide a great education with what we have here. We have great faculty who want to do good, and we have great students who want to learn.”

Dr. William Mayfield Dean of the College of Business Favorite class Entrepreneurship with Dr. William Bygrove at Babson College

Least favorite class College algebra

Favorite book The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson — “I love science fiction.”

Favorite food Pizza — “Pepperoni… and extra cheese.”

Dream vacation “I want to bicycle across the United States.”


One sport, two different games To the uninitiated, the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse teams to the Indiana Tech sports lineups sounds just like the addition of men’s and women’s tennis or golf or cross country: one sport with both men and women recruited to play. Chat with the lacrosse coaches, however, and you immediately learn that men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse are two different games. “The men’s game is very rough, and they wear full equipment. The women’s game is speed and finesse, very fast and exciting,” says Ed Karasek, women’s lacrosse coach. Terry Nichter, men’s lacrosse coach, calls lacrosse “the fastest game on two feet” and tries to compare it to other sports more familiar to fans. “It has the speed of hockey with the transitions and field size of soccer,” Nichter says. “It’s like a mixture of soccer and basketball, very physical.” That’s not just the perspective of two different coaches; there are differences in the rules and equipment used by the men and women. In women’s lacrosse, the only protective gear worn is goggles because rules prohibit body checking and limit stick checking. The men, however, are allowed to body check and be more physical, and therefore players wear helmets with face masks and other protective gear. What Karasek and Nichter agree on is that lacrosse is growing in popularity, and Indiana Tech needs to be a leader in fostering that growth in Indiana. Although the sport is better known in the East, it has gained ground in the Midwest in recent years. “Northwestern University has won the NCAA Division I (women’s) championships the last four years,” Karasek says. “They stole it from the East, and spawned a tremendous interest in the game in the Chicago area.”


Terry Nichter Men’s lacrosse coach ►► Coached Ball State University lacrosse team 2006–2008 ►► U.S. Lacrosse certified coach since 2003 ►► Played four years at Ball State University ►► Played four years at Bishop Luers High School

While the interest is growing, there are still challenges for recruiting athletes. “Seventy-five percent of the coaches in Indiana are parents, and getting them to talk about other players, other than their own child, is a challenge,” Karasek says. Nichter sees lack of experience among coaches as a challenge in helping young athletes pursue the sport in college. “Kids sometimes have an unrealistic concept of scholarships. In other sports, the kids are more well informed because the coaches are,” Nichter explains. “Indiana coaches are inexperienced and aren’t pushing the kids as hard.” So, in addition to getting the program started at Indiana Tech, both Karasek and Nichter are looking ahead to developing lacrosse programs for younger athletes.

Ed Karasek Women’s lacrosse coach ►► Played two seasons for Bowling Green State University,

1968-1969 “Indiana Tech has to take the lead in developing the sport,” Karasek says. “We want to get down to the 7th and 8th grade level. It’s going to take some time, organizing some clinics, getting some parents involved.” Most of the Indiana youths involved in the sport are either in the Indianapolis area or the Mishawaka area. Karasek has recruited four student-athletes from Penn High School in Mishawaka, including Stephanie Seese, “probably the best goaltender in the state.” In the Fort Wayne area, only Bishop Luers, Homestead and Snider have high school lacrosse teams, and the YMCA offers some clinics to teach the sport. Nichter played for Bishop Luers in the program’s early days and would love to see the sport also grow at Bishop Dwenger. “I’d seen a few games on TV. ESPN usually airs the NCAA tournament,” Nichter says as he explains how he discovered


►► Bachelor’s degree in business administration, Bowling Green ►► MBA, Northern Illinois University

lacrosse. “I started playing my freshman year at Luers. My friend and I really got into it, and we kind of pushed it along.” Karasek discovered lacrosse slightly later in life as a student at Bowling Green State University. “One day I traveled to one side of the campus, saw a lacrosse game and fell in love with it,” he says. He talked to the coach, who then gave him a couple of broken lacrosse sticks. Karasek taped them up and took them home to teach himself the game through practice on a neighborhood handball court that nobody used.

Karasek and Nichter are currently recruiting players for the 2009-10 season. Although a few games will be played in the fall, mostly in tournaments, the true season will be in the spring. The teams plan to play 8 home games on the Indiana Tech soccer field. Opponents will likely be colleges such as Aquinas, Davenport, Trine, Sienna Heights, and UM-Dearborn. Both Karasek and Nichter urge Tech fans to come out and see what lacrosse is all about. “It’s a really fun sport to watch, high scoring with a lot of contact, fast,” Nichter says. “Once people realize we have it and students come out to see it, I think it’ll be really popular.”

“I worked out every single day and walked on the team in the spring,” he says.

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Inside Warrior Athletics

All-Americans The Indiana Tech indoor track and field teams placed 12 athletes (four men, eight women) as All-Americans at the 2009 Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 4, 5, and 6. The men’s 4x400 relay team of junior Derrick Brinkley (Washington, DC/Archbishop Carroll), junior Russell Dill (Fort Wayne, IN/North Side), freshman Evan Carpenter (Chelsea, MI/Chelsea), and sophomore Zac Chapman (Kendallville, IN/East Noble) finished in sixth place with a time of 3.16.05.

Roger Newton, Athletic Director

Cheer & Dance

Track & Field

National Champion

Welcome new coach, Karen Brandt

The Indiana Tech dance team competed in its first national competition at the Can Am National in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The dancers competed in the division of Collegiate Hip Hop against Iowa Central Community College and Tennessee Tech. The dancers claimed their first national title in the history of the program by defeating their competition with an amazing performance. This is the first national title for the spirit teams programs.

Karen Wolfe Brandt assumed the responsibilities of head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach on March 16, 2009. Formerly the head coach of men’s and women’s cross country and track at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Penn., Brandt brings a strong background of experience and accomplishment to Indiana Tech.

The Indiana Tech cheerleading squad competed for the second time at the Can Am Nationals. The Warriors competed against Faulkner State, Central Methodist, Charleston Southern University, Iowa Central Community College, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and State University of New York. The Warriors placed a respectable 4th place this year, despite the strong competition.

Karen Wolfe Brandt


Indiana Tech took second place in the Coed Partner Stunt category, with junior Blake Whitman (Hicksville OH/Hicksville) and Katie Cupp (Fort Wayne IN/Elmhurst) putting together an outstanding performance against four other groups to capture this honor. It was the first time that Tech had ever entered a duo in this group.

Voted the 2007 Coach of the Year by her colleagues in both the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and the NCAA East Region, Brandt and her husband/assistant coach, Jim Brandt, guided the Bloomsburg women’s cross country team to the first conference and regional titles in school history, the first NCAA Division II national appearance by a women’s team, and the first female cross country All-American. While she is a passionate and competitive coach, Brandt’s focus is not just on the athletic success of her athletes. With a deep commitment to her athletes’ academic development, Brandt’s Bloomsburg Huskies were perennially honored as BU and PSAC Scholar-Athletes as well as All-Academic individuals and teams.


The women’s 4x400 team of freshman Renyae Owsley (Indianapolis, IN/Northwest), freshman Chanelle Caldwell (Toledo, OH/Rogers), freshman Delta Martin (Gary, IN/Gary West), and sophomore Domi Elizondo Smith (Indianapolis, IN/Pike) finished sixth with a time of 3.51.21. Caldwell also placed fourth in the 800m with a time of 2.13.79 and Owsley finished fifth in the 400m dash in a time of 57.11. Tiffany Aikin (Elkhart, IN/Elkhart Central) finished sixth in the pentathlon with a school record 3289 points and sophomore Takeisha Hunt (Champaign, IL/ Champaign Central) placed sixth in the 60m high hurdles with a time of 9.02. Each of the All-Americans set a school record, and overall six school records were broken. For Brinkley, this was the second consecutive year that he captured All-American honors at the indoor nationals, while the number of recipients (12) eclipses last year’s mark of three.

Softball Coach Reaches Milestone Coach Becky Norris captured her 100th career victory as coach on March 15, 2009 when the Indiana Tech softball team defeated Medaille College (NCAA from NY) 2-0. The Warriors were led by sophomore pitcher Brittany Bingham (Woodbridge, VA/CD Hylton SR), who allowed

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4 hits and struck out a season high nine batters in the victory. The win came as the Warrior Softball team competed in the NTC Tournament in Clermont, Fla., over spring break.

Baseball Fast Start in WHAC Indiana Tech completed a season sweep of the Aquinas College Saints the weekend of March 28-30, winning both games of a doubleheader, 6-4 and 10-1.  In the first game, sophomore pitcher Corey Schwartz (Decatur, IN/Belmont) went six strong innings, scattering seven hits and striking out two but the Warriors had to rally in the top of the seventh scoring four runs to give Schwartz his third victory (3-2) of the season.  Senior Will Richards (Toronto, ONT/Muscatine CC) swung a hot bat going 3-3 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and a RBI.  Junior Lance Hanmer (Greensburg, IN/ Parkland JC) and senior Keegan McCamment (Greensburg, IN/Austin Peay) each went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  McCamment hit his third triple of the season.  Sophomore Todd Phillips (Rainsville, AL/Athens State) picked up his third save of the season in relief.  In the second game, the Warriors hammered out 15 hits and freshman pitcher Tyler Snoke (Cincinnati, OH/Glen Estes) improved to 3-1 on the season.  Senior Steve Weigle (Naples, FL/ Owens CC) went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs.  Richards finished his day going 3-4 with 3 RBIs and junior Gordon Murphy (Fort Wayne, IN/ Centenary Univ.) had 3 RBI’s with a double and his first home run of the season. The young Warriors are playing solid baseball and are hoping to continue their success in conference play. All WHAC games are played on the weekends, unless inclement weather forces postponement. Check the athletics web site for future games and make plans to attend a game at the ballpark.

Becky Norris


First doctoral degree at Indiana Tech

Astronaut Slated for Commencement Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson will be the guest speaker at this year’s Commencement ceremony on May 16. In 18 years as an astronaut, Gibson flew five space flights, four of them as the mission commander, aboard the Space Shuttles Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

Ph.D. in Global Leadership Elaine Pontillo, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs

Academics at Indiana Tech are rapidly expanding via programs in a variety of professional careers including elementary education, criminal sciences and several engineering related fields. These programs provide students more choices while meeting the employment needs of our region and nation. We also have been enhancing academics by building program platforms within disciplines. We are planning to add to the number of degree offerings within the fields of education and criminal sciences, but our first platform, leadership, has been expanded already with degrees offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The baccalaureate degree in organizational leadership has been offered for several years to students in the College of Professional Studies. This undergraduate program provides the leadership competencies needed for middle management success in a broad range of job families and functions. Building upon the undergraduate program and noting the need among both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations for employees capable of demonstrating management and leadership capabilities, we developed the graduate program in leadership, the Master of Science in Organization Leadership (MSOL), which was launched March 2008. The leadership platform is now extended to the doctoral level with the Ph.D. in Global Leadership, which will be launched in August 2009. Feedback from a survey of Indiana Tech’s master’s graduates documented both need and interest in the proposed program concept. During the past two years, several faculty members worked collaboratively with the academic administration and a consultant to design the program. The program consists of a minimum of 60 credits beyond the master’s 10

degree and is comprised of: (1) the research core, (2) the global leadership core, (3) a choice of one specialization, organizational management or academic administration, and (4) the dissertation, an original research project. Students will be able to complete the program within a four-year timeframe. The program is designed to serve individuals who already have significant experience in their career field, including responsibility for supervising others. Students completing the program will gain indepth understanding of leadership theories and best practices and be prepared to assume more complex and responsible positions in their fields of expertise. Those in the organizational management specialty will be capable of assuming leadership responsibilities in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, while those in the academic administration specialty will be capable of assuming leadership roles in their fields within colleges and universities. Our program will continue the Indiana Tech tradition of relationship-based education by providing continuous opportunity for students to interact with the faculty members. Courses will be delivered online using the Blackboard course management system. Faculty will interact with students and require students to communicate among themselves on course content. In addition, from the initial point of admission to the program, students will be connected with faculty members to discuss their individual research interests and formulate ideas for their ultimate research project, the dissertation. This is the first doctoral level degree offered by Indiana Tech. The new degree level was added to our affiliation status with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, our institutional accrediting agency, following onsite review in November. This level of graduate study requires students to do a great deal of research and indepth study. Consequently, our library resources are being expanded. Interest in the program is high and growing. Information sessions for interested applicants are ongoing and applicants are currently being admitted. Additional information appears on our web site at www. TRENDS

Gibson earned an associate degree in engineering science from Suffolk County Community College and a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from California Polytechnic State University. He then joined the U.S. Navy and served as a fighter pilot in southeast Asia. He graduated first in his class at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, and served as a test pilot until being selected as an astronaut in 1978 in the first Space Shuttle astronaut selection. In his career with NASA, he held the positions of deputy chief of NASA aircraft operations, chief of the astronaut office, and deputy director of flight crew operations. Gibson was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2003 and has received numerous honors, awards and decorations including the DOD Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal (3 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. This year’s Commencement ceremony will include more than 550 Indiana Tech students who have earned associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The Class of 2009 includes the first students to earn the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. The 12month program began in March 2008, and 22 students completed the degree in March 2009.

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Commencement 2009 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana


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The Momentum campaign continues to push vigorously toward the $19 million goal. Recent gifts by friends of the university have brought the total amount raised thus far to $15.4 million. Alumnus James Bard (BSME ’59) and his wife, Joan, have presented the university with a generous gift to fund the life sciences laboratory. The support will provide surgical instrumentation, prototype equipment, software, and power equipment such as sanitizers, autoclaves, and freezers. A significant portion of the contribution also will create an endowment for the laboratory.

“This is truly a momentous time for me and my wife,” Frank said. “We are grateful to God for our ability to support the college in this special manner.” 

A grant received from the Carson and Rosemary Noecker Family Foundation will be used to support the elementary education degree program.

The Momentum campaign, launched in July 2007, focuses on people, places and programs by providing funding for scholarships, facilities, and academic endeavors. The campaign continues through June 2012. Further information and a description of opportunities to offer support to the university can be found on the web site at momentum. or by calling Mark Richter, vice president of Institutional Advancement at 800.937.2448, extension 2346.

A magnanimous commitment from Indiana Tech alumnus Frank Oropeza (BSRE ’59) and his wife, Anne, has made the construction of the university’s fifth residence hall possible.

It is gratifying to see the strong belief in Indiana Tech exhibited by these benefactors.

September 18–20, 2009

Homecoming 2009 will feature a wide variety of activities involving alumni and families, current students, faculty and staff. Contact your former classmates and make plans now to attend!

Events and Activities: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 6-9 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President’s Club Dinner

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 — Spirit Day 9 a.m.–4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . Registration/Meet & Greet 11:30 a.m.– 12:45 p.m. . . . . . . 50-Year Reunion Luncheon 1 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bard Life Sciences Laboratory Dedication 1:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TECHnology 101 3 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guided Campus Tours 4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank & Anne Oropeza Hall Dedication 5–6:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wine Reception — hosted by the Alumni Board 6:30–8:30 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Banquet

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 8–8:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prayer Service 8:30–9:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . Breakfast with the President 10–11:30 a.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Association Annual Meeting 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. . . . . . . Lunch 12:30–4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Open Bowling 12:30–4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Road Warrior Cruise-in 1 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Downtown Trolley Tours 1-5 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fraternity Open Houses 6-8 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alumni Reception 6:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. . . . . . . Cinema Center Tech Movie 6-8 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 TWIST XX — Trask/Walls Invitational Student Tournament

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Richter’s Notes

Getting Older Has Its Rewards

The Office of Institutional Advancement would like to thank you for making our Spring Phonathon a success.

Mark Richter, vice president of Institutional Advancement Would you like to receive additional income for life? Would you like to provide income to a loved one? Would you like to save on taxes?

Mark welcomes your calls and visits. You can reach him at 800.937.2448, ext. 2346, or stop by his office in Abbott Center.

If any of these possibilities sounds interesting, you should look into Indiana Tech’s new gift annuity program. Our Board of Trustees approved this new giving option at its December meeting. If you are concerned about the stock market or about your future retirement income, this may be the answer you are seeking.

with an insurance company or financial institution. Another benefit of gift annuities relates to taxes. Your gift qualifies for federal and state income tax deductions. Part of the income you receive is tax free. In addition, your estate may enjoy reduced probate costs and estate taxes. When we set up our program several months ago we included a few basic guidelines. Like almost all nonprofit institutions, we use the annuity rates established by the American Council on Gift Annuities. The participants must be at least 50 years old when their payments begin. The minimum gift amount is $25,000; there is no maximum.

Here is how it works: In exchange for your gift, Indiana Tech agrees to make fixed payments for life to you and/or a loved one. This is simple and easy to do. A one-page agreement is all that is needed. There is no fine print or legalese to wade through. The amount of your annuity payment is based on your age at the time of the gift. The older you are, the higher your annuity rate. For example, a 60year-old receives 5.5%; a 70-year-old receives 6.1%. Many people appreciate the stability of annuity payments. The rates are locked in, and you can count on receiving the same amount every year. You receive your payment directly from Indiana Tech. No one else is involved. You are not dealing

I would like to show you an example of how a gift annuity works and the benefits that you will receive. Please contact me, and I will prepare an illustration for you that is based upon your age and information. Call, write, e-mail, or stop by my office in Abbott Center on Indiana Tech’s Fort Wayne campus. In these volatile economic times, a gift annuity with Indiana Tech might just provide the safety and security that you are seeking.


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always enjoy speaking with alumni and sharing some of the many exciting updates on campus. If student callers were unable to reach you, we encourage you to consider a 2009 pledge. Gifts can be made online using our secure form located at giving. For additional information or to make your donation over the phone, please call 800.937.2448, ext. 2219.

Alumni Updates ►► Terry Divelbiss, BSEE 1970, and Donald Divelbiss were chosen jointly as finalists for the TechColumbus

Kantorak is about 2 months old, and will be ready for Indiana Tech in about 18 years. ►► Randel Fry, BSME 1973, was elected treasurer of the Supplier Excellence Alliance Board of Directors.

Fry has been CEO and owner of Airco Industries since 1997.

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annuity with Indiana Tech. Benefits include: ►► Secure

quality, career-focused education. Plus, our student callers

►► Ron Kantorak, BSME 1970, and his wife, Cathy, recently welcomed a new grandson. Lawrence M.

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you that allows Indiana Tech to further its mission of high

Inventor of the Year Innovation Award. Divelbiss Corporation, which Terry Divelbiss founded in 1974, was selected as a finalist for the TechColumbus Innovation Award in the Outstanding Product and Outstanding Service categories.

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It is the ongoing support and generosity from alumni like

►► Tom Sommerfield, BSCHE 1980, is part of SABIC Innovative Plastic’s Central Engineering Team,

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Mount Vernon, Ind., that is renovating a facility in downtown Evansville. The facility provides outreach to lower income students and families. He can be reached at

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Richter at Indiana Tech at 800.937.2448 ext. 2346 or via e-mail at


►► G. Kristopher Jones, BSBA 2005, has joined Chase Bank as vice president and financial advisor

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(investments) in its branch at 220 S. Walnut St. in Muncie. Jones is an active member of the community, including Bids for Kids Foundation board president 2008-2009, Breakfast Exchange Club president 2005-2006 and 2007-2008. He is a 2003 graduate of The Leadership Academy of Madison County.

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In Memoriam

Faculty & Staff News

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 Eve Colchin at 800.937.2448 ext. 2335.

President Joins NAIA Council President Arthur E. Snyder has been chosen as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s representative to the Council of Presidents for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The 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.

Donald F. Alsever Warren, MI BSEE ‘52

Kenneth S. Ferrin Santa Maria, CA BSRE ‘48

Eugene S. Murphy Plainwell, MI BSME ‘52

Archer C. Tunis Lancaster, PA BSME ‘50

Richard R. Bayles Corvallis, MT BSCE ‘59

Akiharu Fukumoto San Jose, CA BSANE ‘56

Levern A. Pond, Jr. Montpelier, OH BSAE ‘53

Richard H. Utz Shelby Township, MI BSME ‘66

Chester H. Bladek Middletown, CT BSCE ‘50

Lester S. Gimpel Wichita, KS BSRE ‘50

Harold G. Reefer Ormond Beach, FL BSEE ‘53

Albert A. Waitt Watertown, MA BSEETGR ‘58

William E. Bray Cedar Rapids, IA BSEE ‘53

Joseph W. Grogan, Sr. Poughkeepsie, NY BSCE ‘54

Lucien J. Ruest Holt, MI BSCE ‘48

Fred T. Watson La Conner, WA BSCHE ‘46

Harold M. Brown Bonita Springs, FL BSEE ‘36

Dwight C. Harrier Richmond, VA BSCE ‘49

John F. Semelsberger, Sr. Sykesville, MD BSME ‘62

Phillip J. Willcox Huntington, IN BSMA ‘61

Roy E. Calcagno Johns Island, SC BSCHE ‘55

Charles L. Hicks Newark, OH BSCHE ‘52

Richard A. Setzer Forest City, NC BSCE ‘52

Karol “Roy” Chin Fort Wayne, IN BSME ‘57

Margaret Hiss Columbia City, IN ASBA ‘05

Donald K. Simkins Winner, SD BSEETGR ‘57

John U. Coo Bristow, VA BSCE ‘56

Dewey H. Jackson Easley, SC BSEE ‘49

Bruce A. Sinclair Grand Prairie, TX BSME ‘49

Eldon D. Corbin Cape Haze, FL BSRE ‘40

Dean R. Kazmierczak North Tonawanda, NY BSPSY ‘74

Herbert J. Straub Monroe, NY BSCE ‘50

William Croasdale Stroudsburg, PA BSANE ‘43

Carolyn K. Lamb Fort Wayne, IN BSBA ‘97

Donald J. Todd Sarasota, FL BSME ‘43

Arthur G. Davis Mount Vernon, OH BSME ‘67

Robert Lapp Fort Wayne, IN friend of the university

Loren L. Tribby Centerville, OH BSEETGR ‘56

John J. Dickey Richmond, IN BSME ‘60

Wayne H. Morse Fiskdale, MA BSCE ‘50

Carl W. Truebe Chattanooga, TN BSCHE ‘51

Professor Presents at Library Conference Dr. Norma Friedman presented a paper at the Association of College & Research Libraries National Conference in Seattle from March 12 to 15. Her topic was “Student Success and Libraries,” a look at assessment methods for engaging and involving students in information literacy. Soccer Coach Adds Responsibilities Martin Neuhoff, men’s soccer coach, has taken on the role of assistant athletic director. Neuhoff has served Indiana Tech for 13 years, developing the soccer and intramural programs. Faculty Participate in Dean’s Conference Three Indiana Tech faculty members were presenters at the 12th Annual Fort Wayne Teaching Conference on Feb. 13. Dr. Jim Schaffer presented on “Ambiguity and Uncertainty: Teaching Traditonal and Adult Students to Face the Challenges,” and Dr. Kent Young and Bill Briegel presented on “Evaluation of Instructional Method Variances for Traditional and Non-Traditional Students.” About 15 faculty members attended the conference. Photography on Display Photography by Tina Moore, administrative assistant in the College of Professional Studies, will be on display during the spring semester in the Indiana Tech Gallery on the main floor of the Cunningham Business Center. Moore has been a photographer for 19 years.

University Welcomes New Staff Indiana Tech is pleased to announce several additions to the university staff: Karen Wolfe Brandt, head coach, men’s and women’s cross country and track & field Jefferey T. Ceresa, maintenance technician Andrea Check, student life coordinator Jennifer Gaff, coordinator of campus books and print center Kerri Killion-Mueller, library information coordinator Hannah McKinnon, associate admissions counselor Laura Moore, part-time business office assistant Leonard Moretti, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Elkhart Peter Nowak, webmaster Angela Saylor, staff accountant Jim Schuld, admissions representative, College of Professional Studies—Greenwood



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Upcoming Events Please join in the opportunities available to Tech alumni and friends. All alumni events are free, unless otherwise noted. Please RSVP by e-mailing rereplogle@ or by calling 260.422.5561 or 800.937.2448, ext. 2219. Learn about upcoming alumni events and view our alumni photo gallery online at alumni

►► May 9, 2009

2nd Annual Alumni Day at the Speedway Indianapolis Motor Speedway Enjoy Pole Day with fellow alumni and their families at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Includes admittance to private, airconditioned chalet; hot buffet breakfast and lunch; behind the scenes garage passes; and Warrior welcome goodie bags. $50/person—Limited tickets available. ►►June 12–13, 2009

Early Registration Fort Wayne Campus If you would like to help out at our annual Early Registration weekend for freshmen and transfer students, please contact the Alumni Office at 800.937.2448, ext. 2270. ►►June 26, 2009

3rd Annual Alumni and Friends Beer Tasting 6:30 p.m. Bergstaff Place 2020 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne Enjoy a variety of samples from area breweries. Cash bar available. Heavy hors d’oeuvres. Call 800.937.2448, ext. 2404, for details and to reserve your place.

►► September 18–20, 2009

Homecoming 2009: Warrior Weekend Fort Wayne Campus Visit the Homecoming web site at ►► September 19, 2009

1st Annual Road Warrior Cruise-in 12:30–4:00 p.m. Parking lot by the soccer field Have a muscle car, NOS auto or street rod? Or just enjoy looking at them? You’ll definitely want to check out the variety of wheels on display at Tech’s 1st Annual Road Warrior Cruise-In! For more information, call Dave Barrett, BSEE ‘77, at 260.637.2930.

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